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Unique country weddings are on trend and the Scenic Rim has emerged as Queensland’s hottest new wedding destination location.

The region, ideally located one hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, is rich with options for brides and grooms seeking a wedding destination with a difference.

In the Scenic Rim you can say ‘I do’ on a lavender farm, in a hot air balloon, perched above world heritage listed rainforest, or in a stunning open-air vineyard chapel among the vines.

Need some help planning your big day? Check out Scenic Rim Bride, run by event and styling guru Bronwyn McDonald. She’s based in the region and can help make your vision reality.

Wedding cakes by Marina Machado.

Looking for an amazing cake? We have you sorted. Cake-making goddess Marina Machado is based in the Scenic Rim and her cakes are incredible!

Put these fabulous Scenic Rim wedding destinations on your shortlist.

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Bronwyn McDonald of Scenic Rim Brides.

Bronwyn McDonald, owner and creator of Scenic Rim Bride, has 20+ years working in wedding and event management and styling and brings her expert eye to your Scenic Rim wedding.

Bronwyn is a creative and romantic at heart and she lives and breathes dream weddings.

Prior to returning to her home on Tamborine Mountain, Bronwyn worked for Japan Airlines, as well as the Sheraton and Versace Resorts on the Gold Coast. Now she channels her experience and creative eye to Scenic Rim wedding venues, sharing her talent and love of detail with newlyweds who want to add a natural, rural and on-trend country vibe to their nuptials.

“The Scenic Rim is so vast and has so much available here that often people don’t know where to start” says Bronwyn.

“My background is in styling and I love to work with brides and grooms to bring their event together and focus on everything right through to those finishing touches.”

For the past year Bronwyn and her team has pulled together a comprehensive guide to some of the region’s most incredible venues – from modern country, to rural tranquillity, to cliff-top intimacy.

From the ceremony to the accommodation, the styling and the photography, Scenic Rim Bride can be your one-stop shop for wedding planning.

Go to the Scenic Rim Bride website for a community directory of dream venues, as well as some amazing wedding images shot around the region.

Bronwyn shares her tips on the best places for food, wine and romance in the Scenic Rim.

My favourite Scenic Rim place to eat is …

I’m passionate about our food and where it comes from and most of all, flavour!!
Breakfast:  Wild Plum Kitchen, Sticky black rice pudding in winter and smashed avo mizuna with snow pea tendrils, radish, sesame and miso butter on sourdough every other time of the year!
Lunch: Is usually on the run so a plant based salad from Sacred Earth Wholefoodskeeps me going or on the weekends I love enjoying everything Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm has to offer, from stunning architecture to delicious food, it’s a beautiful dining experience.
Dinner:  Leaf Japanese for casual dining, or takeaway. For fine dining my choice would be Pethers Rainforest Retreat, both are close to my home on Tamborine Mountain.

My favourite Scenic Rim date is …

Where do I start? Probably with a helicopter ride to Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm for lunch with my love (it’s on my to do list for 2019!)
Or a picnic lunch at Glenloch Gatehouse, enjoying their 2ha of gardens, paired with a Witches Falls wine and a selection of gourmet local cheeses from The Vintage Pickle.

My favourite Scenic Rim place to have coffee is …

Green Lane Coffee, Tamborine – they make a good almond milk cappuccino and they have WIFI!

What I love about the Scenic Rim is ….

What I love about the Scenic Rim is … it’s so vast yet it’s all connected.  The people are warm, genuine and super passionate about the region and excited to share their ideas for weddings and open their doors with a warm invitation for me to view their exclusive properties.

My favourite Scenic Rim view is …

My favourite Scenic Rim view is …  We are spoiled for choice when it comes to views but lately I have been loving Rosins Lookout in Beechmont and the view from Lake Moogerah.  Seeing the cows roam freely and bath in the lake is a surreal like feeling yet it’s nature working at its best, untouched.

My favourite Scenic Rim walk is …

My favourite Scenic Rim walk is … the one to my car on a Thursday morning! Thursdays are allocated for exploring more of the Rim and meeting the faces behind the places.

You’ve said ‘yes!’, the ring is amazing, the guest list is growing and all you need now is a spectacular place to hold your dream wedding!

Welcome to the Scenic Rim.

This picturesque region is emerging as the darling of south-east Queensland brides and grooms.

The Scenic Rim has it all – location (one hour from Brisbane & the Gold Coast), spectacular views (they don’t call us Scenic for nothing) and some to-die for wedding venues.

There’s so many to choose from but here are 15 of our favourites.

  1. The White Chapel & Black Hall Kalbar

horse and carriage

This is the Scenic Rim’s newest wedding venue and one thing is for sure, your photographs are going to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

No expense has been spared by the owners, April and Paul Cornwell, who have transformed a disused country church (circa 1883) into a designer wedding chapel and reception venue.

From the chandeliers, to the ornate gardens, to the rustic shed and the sleek Black Hall reception venue, your wedding will be the talk of your friends for months to come.

The property features many photographic backdrops, created with your big day – and your wedding album – in mind.

The team behind The White Chapel have thought of everything – there’s even a minibus to carry your guests home to their local accommodation.

  1. The Vue Restaurant & Wedding Chapel, Boonah

Boonah Valley Motel wedding

Country weddings done right. Here’s a venue where you can have it all in one location – vows in the gorgeous outdoor chapel, food in the neighbouring restaurant and accommodation in the beautiful on-site country cabins.

This one-stop shop will make saying ‘I Do’ easy and fuss free.

  1. Kooroomba Vineyard & Restaurant, Mt Alford

Kooroomba wedding

If it’s stunning mountain views you’re after, look no further than Kooroomba Vineyard & Restaurant.

Say ‘I do’ in the new wedding chapel, situated on the edge of the vineyard, with a glorious mountain backdrop. Your guests can wander back to the architect-designed restaurant and winery for sunset drinks, dinner and dancing.

This location is a photographer’s dream – your insta feed will be full of hashtag incredible images.

  1. Flinders Peak Winery, Peak Crossing

flinders peak wedding

Wine, mountain views, wild life, cosy villas, WINE. Here’s another fabulous all-in-one location for your wedding. Who needs the hassle of traipsing from church to reception venue to accommodation – it’s all here on site at Peak Crossing. There’s a rustic barn for your reception, complete with bar and Chesterfield lounges,  and plenty of locally-made wine. Wander back to your villa when the party is over and wake to the stunning views over the vineyard.

  1. Cedar Creek Estate

Cedar Creek Estate Wedding

Your wedding vision will become reality at Cedar Creek Estate on Tamborine Mountain. From the stone chapel, to the garden arbour, the glorious gardens, the lake and the water feature, your day will be one you and your guests will remember for years to come.

Choose from a large array of wines and enlist the help of the resident wedding co-ordinators. Formal and informal wedding receptions can be arranged.

And once the formalities are over head to the on-site Glow Worm Caves for some ‘illuminating’ photographs with your love.

  1. Albert River Wines

Albert River Wines weddings

Looking for an historic, unique country wedding venue? Enter Albert River Wines. This historic property, situated a short drive from Canungra, has been a finalist in the Australian Bridal Institute Awards for Ceremony and Reception Venues for the past three years. Albert River Wines offers newlyweds many options – from the Jacaranda Gazebo, the ornate, restored vineyard chapel, to the chapel garden to the historic homestead restaurant.

Tamborine House has been beautifully restored and is a fabulous showcase of the 1800s architectural style. Entertain your guests on the sprawling verandas, or in the Auchenflower House Ballroom.

  1. Tea & Niceties

tea and niceties

Enchanting, vintage-themed weddings are de rigueur here at Tea & Niceties on Tamborine Mountain.

Nothing will be left to chance. The gardens are breathtaking and you’ll find plenty of photographic backdrops on this one-acre property, which boasts lush rainforest and curated gardens. There’s a lace-laden pergola and your reception in the elegant tearoom will create an atmosphere your guests will be talking about for weeks to come.

The resident wedding co-ordinator will make sure your big day is perfect and very magical.

  1. Pethers Rainforest Retreat

Pethers Retreat Weddings

Boutique rainforest retreats aren’t something you find every day. And yet here’s a magical one, located on Tamborine Mountain just 30minutes drive from the Gold Coast. The team at Pethers Rainforest Retreat specialise in catering to intimate weddings of up to 70 people. The rainforest setting will set your nuptials apart. Feast on a banquet meal in the timber and glass restaurant, with a spectacular fireplace at the centre.

Your guests will love the on-site accommodation – private tree house retreats which can accommodate up to 20 people.

There’s also a new Wedding Garden, featuring manicured lawns and a wedding gazebo. Walk down the red carpet to your love and your dream rainforest wedding.

  1. Cedar Creek Lodges

Cedar Creek Lodges wedding

OMG! How can one location offer so many wedding options?

The hardest part of being married here at Cedar Creek Lodges will be deciding where and how to do it.

Do you opt for the Rainforest amphitheater and its towering timber columns lit up by fairy lights? Or how about The Outlook a manicured knoll, bordered by Lilly Pilly hedges? Then there’s the Rainforest Restaurant and Lounge Bar. And let’s not forget the architecturally-designed Island Glade, a sister pavilion to the Rainforest Amphitheatre, and located on the Cedar Creek.

Cedar Creek Lodges are located in Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain. There is so much to do onsite your guests will return home revived and reinvigorated. Minigolf, flying fox, laser tag, tree top challenge, bird feeding and horse riding.

And yes there’s accommodation on site – could this be the perfect wedding venue?

  1. Canungra Valley Vineyards

Creekside Reception with Festoon Lights Canungra Valley Vineyard

Canungra Valley Vineyards is part of the impressive O’Reilly’s family of attractions. The vineyards are situated just outside Canungra and on the way to the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat the in the Lamington National Park.

The Canungra Valley Vineyards has become a popular choice for newlyweds, thanks to the stunning location and suite of incredible options located on this sprawling estate.

The hardest part will be deciding where to say ‘I do’. Will it be a long table lunch by the creek? Or a marquee on the lawn? A relaxed gourmet picnic, or a bells and whistles dinner inside the historic winery homestead?

The CVV team will make your wedding wishes come true.

  1. Tamborine Gardens Wedding Resort

Tamborine Gardens wedding

Here’s a stress-free wedding option. The team at Tamborine Gardens Wedding & Function Resort are wedding experts. Leave the planning in their hands as they craft a wedding to match your vision. The options are endless – there’s the Garden of Eden, the Tamborine Chapel, the private gazebo and of course the amazing, lush gardens.

  1. Scenic Rim Hot Air Balloon Weddings

hot air balloon wedding scenic rim

Your big day is sure to leave you flying high – particularly when you exchange vows thousands of metres above ground!

If you’re after an intimate wedding with a difference then this is for you.

Join the team at Hot Air Gold Coast for a hot air balloon wedding. They’ll expertly carry you and your wedding party into the clouds for a unique wedding experience.

  1. Sarabah Estate

Sarabah Estate wedding

The team at Sarabah Estate Canungra promise to deliver brides and grooms their dream wedding. Sarabah Estate is a 50-acre rural retreat, nestled on the boundary the Lamington National Park.

The picturesque property is perfect for an outdoor wedding – say ‘I do’ with the estate vineyard in the background.

You’ll love the timber and stone European-designed chalet, which comfortably caters to 100 people. If your guest list is bigger, opt for the marquee wedding.

There are some fabulous accommodation options nearby too.

  1. Heritage Wines Tamborine Mountain

Heritage Wines wedding

Does your wedding wish list call for a rural setting with ocean views? You’ll love Heritage Wines. Located on the gorgeous Tamborine Mountain, this property enjoys stunning views out to the Pacific Ocean. It’s a versatile venue, where the former Infant Saviour Catholic Church from Burleigh has been has been transformed into an elegant wedding chapel. If you’d prefer to exchange vows in The Glasshouse – a 360-degree glass building with incredible views – that’s on offer too. The sprawling hinterland property offers plenty of inspiration for a country-themed reception.

And of course the Heritage Boutique wines will be flowing all night!

  1. Binna Burra Mountain Lodge

Binna Burra Scenic Rim wedding

Fancy being married within the heritage listed Lamington National Park? Give the team at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge a call.

Your wedding guests will love the natural beauty of this 20,600ha Australian bush and rainforest park and of course, there are the stunning views!

Binna Burra can cater for big and small weddings and offers newlyweds a range of unique locations and wedding themes.

The on-site wedding coordinator will ensure your big day runs smoothly.