Being a Wedding Videographer for now just on 25 years. I have been approached by several online Wedding Bloggers to participate in this project from a Videographers point of view, Wedding locations & venues from different areas across NSW & ACT & VICTORIA.
I have been asked to write a series of Blogs based on our own opinions of the 3 best Wedding Locations & Venues in Canberra.
Specifically those that cater for both Wedding Ceremonies & have Reception facilities all at the one location.
These are listed in no particular order. Canberra is so very spoiled for Wedding Locations. I am yet to find one I didn't like.
Please bare in mind these views are from a Videographers point of view looking at Settings & Backdrops that stand out on Video.
1/ BUSHFIELD FARM, GUNDAROO.
A recent addition to the Canberra Regions Wedding Venues & Locations is Bushfield Farm. Set on a private property owned by two of the most loveliest people you will ever meet. Their passion for that Perfect Wedding is seen from the dedication they put into preparing this venue for all couples Wedding Day.
The setting is in the venue's name. It is a rural bush, working farm.
Complete with it's vast array of friendly animals that love to drop in on a couples wedding day.
The set Ceremony location area has been well thought out to reflect Nature at it's very best. Surrounded by tall willowing trees & small waterways with a decorative wooden bridge for the Bride to make her entry. Makes for a Beautiful beginning to the Ceremony.
The Property provides more than ample opportunities for those great Wedding Party Photographs & Video with a magnificent dam complete with bird life & other natural looking settings & props.
The Reception area/room is the Woolshed. And it is always set out superbly to reflect each couple's theme. Can easily accommodate 150 guests. Maybe more. Depending on set up configurations. A very warm feeling to the Reception Room as the aging wooden structures give a added touch to the Rustic feel of the room. Add it some corrugated iron. The Shearing Area and you suddenly have a ambience of Old World Rustic/Bush charm at every angle. Ample Bar & Catering area's. We love this venue as it provides the perfect Rustic Background that allows us to create a end product Wedding Video that captures exactly what the Bride & Groom were thinking when they chose this venue.
2/ KURRAJONG HOTEL, BARTON
This Venue is by far our pick of the City based Wedding Venue's. A low Level Hotel complex that while is a everyday hotel for visiting guests.
Is perfectly designed for Weddings. The Ceremony Garden area has that Jaw Dropping surprise appeal about it.
Surrounding Gardens and a wide open space for guest seating for up to 200 guests. The design of this area is a Videographers Dream.
Sweeping entry ramps as the Bride approaches with background manicured gardens. The centre lawn area's are carefully cared for.
The Arbour Ceremony position has been well thought out with a high hedge type partition behind the arbour gives guests a view of the native tall gum trees behind the couple as they pledge their love to each other. Additional ample shaded seating area's on both sides.
The staff here seem to always be on their toes. They just know how important a flawless wedding is expected to run.
The Reception room is equally as impressive. With a Old World Charm feeling to it, it's dark mahogany featured area's quit impressive.
So many configurations for seating plans can be achieved as the room is quite spacious, allowing for easily 200+ guests comfortably.
Something very important for Videographers is the Room Lighting. This also has been well thought out and provides no obstacles for the perfect lighting for the easy creation of your Wedding Video. The lighting is subtle. While keeping it dim enough to create the Romantic feel that a Wedding produces. But at the same time using the rooms area's, such as the ceiling to reflect and provide ample light.
Not unlike the ceremony staff. The reception staff are on the ball. Serving is done without even noticing it being conducted. Staff move around the room with a professionalism that is noticed, But without being noticed. If that makes sense.
If you are planning a City Based Wedding. You will need to put this venue on your short list.
3/ PIALLIGO ESTATE, PIALLIGO
This Venue needs no introduction.
Situated on the outskirts on Canberra City. Close to the Airport is Pialligo Estate with it's backdrop of Olive Groves & Vineyards.
One thing you do notice here is that you could actually be anywhere your imagination takes you. While it has wide open spaces for Ceremony Area's. You could be excused for your mind wandering to other places. You would not think this venue is in the heart of Canberra.
Pialligo Estate offers several different Ceremony Locations on it's property. You could choose from a Wide open space using the Olive Groves & Vineyards as your backdrop. Or may in amongst those plantings. Or maybe on the manicured area just outside of the reception venue.
If your planning a arrival by Helicopter to have your guests open mouthed in awe. Pialligo Estate caters for this as well.
Land by Helicopter right beside your Ceremony Location and thrill your Groom & Guests with such a spectacular entrance.
The Reception Room is hosted by what one would call The most efficient & friendliest Wedding Co-ordinators in the business.
Nothing is too much trouble for her and her staff. Detailed touches can be seen everywhere in the room.
A large Permanent Marquee type Room that could easily hold 300+ guests comfortably with still a lot of room to move. A smooth flooring is something we always notice. And Pialligo Estate has also thought of this. Lighting is perfect. Not Bright. But at a level to suit the mood.
The service staff reflects the attention to detail reflected by the Wedding Co-ordinator. Everything is just perfection. From Floral arrangements adorning the room. Sound System is just a Dream to listen to. Ample area for Photobooth, Live Band & DJ.
Pialligo Estate has got your Wedding nailed.
Special Mentions also to GINNANDARY HOMESTEAD, TUGGERNONG HOMESTEAD & GOOLIBRI.
All 3 are excellent locations & should be added to your list of visiting when planning your wedding. Each have their own unique charm