Weddings at Maleny Retreat- Tegan and Emmanuel

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Maleny Retreat at Booroobin is a most magical venue for a wedding. A pleasant country drive through Maleny and past  rambling farmhouses and paddocks with mooing dairy cows brings you to a manicured hidden paradise with views that will take your breathe away. Maleny Retreat is a perfect blank canvas to create your dream wedding with a marquee and stylist or DIY styling. Accommodation is available on site and the host , Joy, is delightful and very helpful. Joy even drives the bride and groom  and their photographer  on a buggy around the property and to nearby vantage points for location wedding photos, which is fantastic.

I photographed Tegan and Emmanuel’s ” Surprise ” wedding over two days at Maleny Retreat on a cool and rainy  weekend in March. Great atmosphere- I love the mist in the  mountains.  Invitations had been sent out to guests for ‘Tegan and Emmanuel’s Paddock Party’ at Maleny Retreat to celebrate their engagement. Little did anyone know what was planned. Tegan and Emmanuel love an element of surprise and doing things  a little differently and their surprise announcement  made until over lunch on Friday  that they were getting married that afternoon meant family had no time to plan, it was swing into action time. Tegan had arranged for hair and makeup artists to be at the cottage the girls were staying in at Spicers Tamarind Resort and for me to photograph events as they unfolded. Meanwhile Emmanuel and the boys set up the ceremony site at Maleny Retreat with  simple rustic vintage styling. The idea was to have a stressfree low key wedding with only a select few chosen people and to have a shin dig of a celebration party with many friends  the following day. A red bedouin style marquee from Nomadic Tents was perfect for the ‘ paddock’ wedding party celebration. There were lots of personalised  decor items (including vintage doors and windows and sunflowers from Emmanuel’s Mother’s garden and hay bales from Tegan’s parents’ farm ) and hired items inluding rustic furniture, Morroccan rugs and lamps,  icecream and pop corn machines and games including jenga and croquet  items and a food van for catering  which created a carnivale atmosphere.

The actual wedding sevice with celebrant Margarita Prori Smith  took place in the company of a small group of special friends and family . Tegan’s Mum couldn’t stop crying the whole time .After the simple ceremony we went on a photoshoot with Joy on the buggy and she drove us around Maleny Retreat and  up the road to have photos with some cows. It was a quite warm afternoon , mid thirties. The next day the weather turned cool and rainy. It was a mystery drive for guests to get to Maleny Retreat  with foglights and low visibility. When the fog lifted everyone was  treated to a magical reveal of the Glasshouse Moutains and valley below.Totally spectacular.

The entire weekend was so relaxed and so much fun . I was made to feel like a welcome guest  and I had a great time at this very special wedding. What will always be memorable for me as a photographer is the slideshow of  the ‘secret wedding’ photos I took projected on a burlap ‘screen’ tied with rope slung along with bunting between tent poles amonst the hay bales. When the bride and groom did their ‘ big reveal’ as a witty epilogue to a game of trivia at the party, guests were blown away by the images and it was wonderful to experience their reaction . Emmanuel and Tegan’s love story is a very romantic one but this may have to wait till another blog post.Marion Jonkers Photography is recommended by Maleny Retreat as a preferred photographer . Book a site inspection  with Joy on 0449 287 762 contact Maleny Retreat

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