South West Wedding Locations

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    A four-part series on the best wedding locations in the South West

     
    If you have visions of getting married:

    • on a windswept beach or turquoise bay
    • under majestic Karri trees
    • at a heritage listed homestead with rambling gardens
    • under a star-lit sky on a private property
    • or, even getting hitched at a stunning and contemporary winery in the South West of Western Australia, then you’re in luck!

     

    In part 1, we shine a spotlight on this idyllic part of the Australian coastline which has a myriad of ceremony and reception options to satisfy the most inimitable and traditional of wedding concepts.

    At Cape Events, we have been working alongside countless local businesses to create beautiful wedding and event spaces and are thrilled to write an expose on our favourite locations for weddings.

     

    1) Beach wedding

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    For those wanting a coastal, beachy or Boho vibe for their wedding, the beach is an ideal location. But, it’s important to know the local seasonal wind and weather conditions before choosing a beach location.

    Essentially, there are two coastlines in the South West. The rugged, swell battered and wind swept West coast (from tip of Cape Naturalise down) and then the sheltered, white sandy and turquoise bays of Geographe bay. Both are incredibly beautiful but very different.

    Trade winds in summer (peak wedding season) mean the bays in Geographe Bay are often windy and onshore in the morning before calming off for the afternoon which is perfect for an afternoon/twilight ceremony. But, these bays have less natural light available as the sun sets earlier given the hills in the background.

    The West coast tends to be windy in the afternoon, but, when skies are overcast good photographers can capture your image in natures best surroundings with dramatic and moody skies.

    It is therefore important to speak to a local photographer or wedding/ event planners to choose the best location dependent on seasonal weather patterns and best natural light options.

    Also, be sure to ‘book’ the beach with the Local Busselton Shire.

    Our favourite beach locations:

    • Meelup Beach, Geographe Bay
    • Shelly Cove, Bunker Bay
    • Castle Rock, Geographe Bay
    • Bunker Bay, Geographe Bay
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    2)     Historical Venues

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    For some, marrying in a building that has historical significance or has ‘stood the test of time’ is symbolic of how they envisage their marriage to be and that is; enduring.  Or, it may be a case of parents or grandparents having married at the same venue and the new couple wishing to continue with a tradition. Or perhaps, it is the fact historical buildings are a perfect backdrop to host a classic and timeless wedding.

    Regardless, these magnificent buildings are stunning in appearance and project their own ‘old world charm’.

    Old Broadwater Farm, Millbrook Yallingup, Caves House Hotel and Ellensbrook Homestead are four stellar locations for a wedding ceremony and or reception, as well as Witchcliffe and Yallingup Town Hall and Pioneer Park.

    Situated in Busselton, Old Broadwater Farm has beautiful gardens and a rambling homestead which makes it picture-perfect for photo opportunities.

    Built in 1800 by Alfred Bussel and his wife Helen, the couple built, ran and worked the farm with their children, until moving to Margaret River where they then built both Ellensbrook and Wallcliffe House which was extensively damaged in bushfires in 2011. The Farm is available for both ceremony and receptions.

    Closer to the coast in Yallingup, is Millbrook Yallingup; established in 1920.

    The property features both the heritage listed Old Mill site complete with timber water wheel, and, Seymour Cottages which were built in the 1850’s.  Originally located at Dunn Bay road when Castle Rock was a whaling station, the cottages were saved from demolition in the 1980’s by being dismantled and rebuilt on the Millbrook property where they remain today.

    Millbrook Yallingup is a unique location encompassing a rich local history and is available for day time ceremony and receptions.

    If classic art -deco is more your style, then you can’t go past Caves House Hotel. Originally built in 1901, the building burned down in the late 1920’s and was rebuilt in art-deco style in 1930’s.

    With heritage listed gardens, the property sprawls across 3- hectares of natural bushland, manicured gardens and boasts the oldest pub in the South West. With plenty of accommodation options for your guests, whether that be: at the historic pub, across the beer garden in the apartments, at the caravan park or one of the local holiday home rentals in walking distance, Caves offers an historic wedding experience in rambling gardens and closely located to Yallingup Beach.

    Finally, there is Ellensbrook House nested behind coastal sand dunes and alongside a perennial stream in Margaret River. This homestead is a renovated National Trust property and has Aboriginal significance as it was a traditional summer camping spot for thousands of years prior to Alfred and Ellen building on the place in 1857. This Homestead is another example of the Bussel family’s extraordinary contribution to local history having built Old Broadwater Farm prior to and Wallcliffe House as well.

    Our favourite Historical venues:

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    3) Outdoor wedding

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    If you score perfect weather on your wedding day, then getting married and hosting your reception under a starry sky is hugely romantic. That saying, temperatures down south do tend to drop in the evening regardless of time of the year (and we’ve had rain in December and January!) so, it’s always best to have some form of marquee or shelter for your guests.

    If your plan is to host your wedding at an outdoor location with little to no infrastructure, then you need to consider implementing set-up items such as:

    • shelter for guests (marquee)
    • lighting
    • dance floor
    • ablutions
    • power source (generator)
    • marquee for caterers to work from (some caterers self-provide)
    • bar staff and wait staff
    • running water
    • bar and cool room for drinks (and caterers)
    • removal of rubbish

     

    It is a lot to consider, but, the bonus of course is working from a blank canvas and being able to create your unique wedding space exactly as you envisage it to be.

    Our favourite outdoor locations are Meneghello Estate and Credaro Estate.

    Meneghello Estate is situated on 100 acres of picturesque olive grove, with pockets of natural bushland and manicured gardens, the estate boasts panoramic views of Geographe Bay and surrounds.

    As in ancient Greece, the olive trees which grace this private property are seen as a symbol of love and peace, making it the perfect backdrop for your wedding. The property is very versatile and the ideas are endless for various styles, themes and decoration.

    Credaro Estate is located just 10 minutes South of Dunsborough and with sweeping views across the vineyards across Wildwood Valley, a Tuscan style Cellar door and terrace, the Credaro family estate is both picturesque and peaceful.

    With exclusive use of the property and its facilities, the ability to select your own caterer and access to our award-winning wines, you can create a truly unique wedding, no matter what the style!

    Our favourite outdoor locations:

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    4) Winery/restaurant wedding

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    With over 200 wineries in the local region, there is ample choice to host your wedding at a stunning winery location whether you style is rustic, uber modern, country or chic.

    The obvious benefits of hosting your reception at such a venue, is that they will provide the necessities and infrastructure for your wedding day with the added bonus of your not having to think about it such as: chairs, cutlery, table linen, menu, wine glasses, bar and wait staff, audio/visual equipment, rubbish removal, bathroom cleaning on the night and much more. Chances are, they will also have a ‘wedding or event coordinator’ who will have advice for you, and the benefit of seeing countless weddings at his/her venue previously, plus they will undoubtedly have a list of best local suppliers and wedding vendors to share with you.

    By choosing a local winery or restaurant, it simplifies organisation and allows you to focus on styling and pre-event organisation. On the night you will be able to relax and enjoy yourself knowing there is a team or staff working behind the scenes ensuring your wedding runs smoothly.

    We’ve worked extensively with Wills Domain and must profess: the views over the rolling hills of the Estate is undeniably a stellar backdrop for your wedding day. Combined with award winning wines, exceptional food experience and service, this is one provider we can 100% recommend!

    Amelia Park Restaurant (and winery) is another exceptional venue which is modern, luxurious, spacious and a stunning wedding venue with sensational food guaranteed. The restaurant is owned and operated by Blair and Renee Allen who won the Premier’s Award and 6 Gold Plate Awards during their time at Studio Bistro and Piari & Co.

    At the other end of the Cape, is Eagle Bay Brewing Company. This popular restaurant overlooks farmland and bushland to Cape Naturaliste and the Indian Ocean and is close to Eagle Bay and Bunkers Bay which are lovely beach ceremony locations. This venue is very spacious and, in the past, brides have gotten creative and stayed onsite with their guests, by hiring luxury ‘glamping’ tents and creating their own tent city.

    If you’re after something a little ‘off grid’, then take a look at Arimia Estate set on bushland off Quininup Road, Willyabrup. They consider themselves less pretentious then the larger wineries nearby and their focus is on producing exceptional wine and food. If a little more low-key is your style, then this gem nested amongst the trees and overlooking Cape Clairault Ridge is worth a visit.

    Our favourite Winery/Restaurant locations: