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Our Top 3 Favourite Sunshine Coast Wedding Venues

Quite often we get asked what our favourite wedding venues are. Even though some of our favourite locations for weddings aren’t really “venues”, we thought we’d put together a list of our top wedding venues on the Sunshine Coast. This is the first in a few roundup lists of venues around South East Queensland. Keep an eye out for our Brisbane and Byron Bay lists :)

3 - MALENY RETREAT

Coming in at Number 3 is Maleny Retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. With views out to the Glasshouse Mountains and plenty of open space and rolling green hills, this is a great place to host your wedding. Pair it with a Tipi Luxe tipi or Sperry Tent and you’re all set!

Views out to the Glasshouse Mountains

Views out to the Glasshouse Mountains

The beautiful Tipi Luxe tent

The beautiful Tipi Luxe tent

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Maleny Retreat wedding Sunshine Coast Tipi Luxe

2 - YABBALOUMBA RETREAT, KENILWORTH

Located near Kenilworth is Yabbaloumba Retreat. Think countryside and farmland with accommodation to stay and get ready in. Have your ceremony down near the creek or in one of the fields, then head over to the shed for your reception (or bring in one of those Tipi’s or Sperry tents). Add some bell tents for your guests to stay in after the party has finished and you’re all set!

Let your guests glamp in style!

Let your guests glamp in style!

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Yabbaloumba Retreat outdoor ceremony Sunshine Coast
There are plenty of options for ceremony and reception spots.

There are plenty of options for ceremony and reception spots.

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Yabbaloumba Retreat wedding bride and groom
Yabbaloumba Retreat wedding Sunshine Coast couple

1 - FALLS FARM, MAPLETON

The Falls Farm is a spectacular location. Featuring fields, trees, dams and plenty of space, it’s an incredible place to host your wedding ceremony and reception. Maddie and Frankie chose a spot near one of the dams for their ceremony and a Tipi Luxe tipi for their reception. This is without a doubt one of our favourite venues on the Sunshine Coast!

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EPHEMERAL CREATIVE Falls Farm wedding ceremony location
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EPHEMERAL CREATIVE Falls Farm wedding Sunshine Coast with Tipi and festoon lighting

That’s it! Our roundup of our favourite 3 venues on the Sunshine Coast. Stay tuned for our next list of favourite venues.

Light

 
 

When it comes to photography, nothing could be more important than light. The very way a photograph is created requires light to enter the lens and react with the film or sensor to create an image. Not only is light a crucial element to the physical creation of an image, it will also determine the feel and mood of every one of your photos. So, it’s worthwhile taking the time to consider the lighting for your wedding, here are just a few things to think about when planning your day.

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Window Light 

Walking into a space with big windows and light streaming in is probably one of our favourite lighting scenarios. The soft outside light is often very flattering and the resulting shadows create interest. Big windows where you are getting ready is a real bonus, not only for us but your hair and makeup artists will thank you too. We love creating portraits with window light.

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Outdoor Ceremony Lighting

If you are planning an outdoor ceremony, even shade is ideal. We know this is not always possible, so if you can't have even shade, try to avoid having the sun shining directly into either of your faces, where one of you may be squinting and the other in shadow. Dappled lighting can also be tricky. If your outdoor ceremony is in a sunny location, having the sun behind you is one of the best scenarios. It’s a good idea to visit your ceremony location close to your wedding date, even the day before and stand in position at the time of your ceremony to see what the sun is doing, then you can always angle the ceremony orientation to ensure the best lighting conditions possible.

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Indoor Ceremony Lighting

When it comes to an indoor ceremony, the lighting is often already in place and it may not be possible to change it. The crucial things to look out for are whether there is enough light where you will be standing and if you will be on a stage with access to stage lighting we suggest warm/yellow light as this will be most flattering for skin tones. Even if you would like to use coloured lights, it’s helpful to have some warm light hitting your faces as well.

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Portrait Time

The last hour before sunset and the following 15 minutes of dusk is our favourite time to make portraits. This is the time when the sun is most golden then often becomes soft and pink and the glorious blue of dusk. Googling what time the sun will set on your wedding day and potentially factoring that into the way you schedule your day is worthwhile. Of course, if the sun decides not to join us on your wedding day, clouds, rain and shadows are cool too, we may just need to start portraits earlier as it can get dark quickly. This is also true for photos in urban locations where there are tall buildings that the sun can hide behind.

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Reception Lighting

For your reception try to avoid fluorescent lighting, as fluoros can cause inconsistent lighting conditions and have a tendency to make skin tones look green-ish. Plenty of candles, strings of festoon lighting or any warm lighting is perfect and creates a lovely ambience.

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This is of course only a guide and ideal lighting conditions are not always possible. We can work with whatever lighting we encounter on the day and sometimes this leads to even more creativity in how we photograph. Either way there's no need to stress.

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