What was your experience with Phil in the lead up to the wedding day?
Phil was very helpful leading up to our day. Having a face to face meeting leading up to was something we really enjoyed. We both appreciated having met Phil before the big day and being able to get to know each other somewhat. During this meeting he made us feel very relaxed about it all and comfortable.
Do you feel everything was under control on the day?
Yes everything definitely felt under control on the day. We had not a single concern about how Phil would go, we trusted him 100% to do what he does best.
Does Phil fit in with your wedding party and guests?
There were many times throughout the day/night where Phil blended into the guests and we didn’t even notice him. And also because he was a great people person and having a laugh/chat with guests too.
How was the overall experience on the day with Phil?
The whole day was amazing with Phil. We were so impressed with how he took control in every shot to ensure he’s getting the best content. But he was also more than happy to let us have our own requests and freedom. Phil is also a very easy person to chat with and a bit of a jokester. It made everything very relaxed and easy.
Is there anything Phil could do to improve?
Nothing at all.
Ok, I’ll be honest – Gabbinar is my absolute favourite venue to photograph in the whole of South East Queensland.
This 148-year-old grand homestead sits on 13 acres up on the Toowoomba Ranges. It used to be governor’s residence, so it’s very fancy with manicured gardens, ancient trees and a lot of opulence and grandeur. If you’ve been planning your fairytale wedding since you were young, you’ll want to have it here.
The homestead began hosting weddings in 2012. They offer couples the entire estate, encouraging them to think of it as home for the day. And what a home! Inside the grand entrance, you’ll find many rooms to explore, including a glass conservatory, ballroom, sitting rooms, drawing room and library. There are plenty of historical features like crystal chandeliers, marble and slate mantelpieces, French doors, leadlight windows and wide verandahs. Outside, there are gorgeous grounds – wise old trees on the lawns, large fountains and long driveways. But enough about the estate – what about the wedding experience?
There are four ceremony locations on the grounds:
You can style these spots however you like and even use other locations if you find somewhere on the grounds you like better (though these spots are pretty special).
While we’re off roaming the grounds and taking photos, the staff keep the guests busy with a garden party. Guests can enjoy drinks and play some tennis, croquet and board games while they relax and chat. It’s all very Gatsby!
The bride can get ready in her own bridal retreat. The Gabbinar even provides a bride’s retreat package with lunch and drinks for five friends, just to make the morning special!
The groom can book a hotel in Toowoomba to get ready. However, for continuity in the photos and video, I advise the groom to get ready in the elegant Gabbinar library. (The bride is tucked away, so there’s no worry about seeing them before the ceremony.)
As you can imagine, the house and grounds provide endless opportunities to be creative. During the day, the manicured lawns, perfectly landscaped gardens and mountain views provide for memorable shots. And, at night, the towering trees across the grounds are adorned with lights. I’ve been here many times and still find ways to do creative videos because the possibilities are endless.
You can hold your reception either in the glass conservatory inside the homestead or outside in the gardens. You can have a sit-down or cocktail-style reception. The impressive conservatory has a glass ceiling and chandeliers, cream walls and timber floors. It really suits any wedding colour palette.
The catering team creates menus that highlight the fresh produce of the Darling Downs. The team has won a stack of awards, including Queensland’s best caterers and Queensland’s best wedding caterers two years running at the Australian Restaurant and Catering Association’s Awards For Excellence.
After the reception, you can move into the heritage-listed ballroom and dance the night away.
The Gabbinar’s expert planning team will help you make the day perfect. They genuinely want every couple to have the ultimate wedding experience. I thought their 5-star service was next level. They stood by throughout the day, ready to attend to everyone’s needs – not just the couple and their guests, but the vendors as well. On top of their wedding package, the team can assist with whatever inspires you: supper stations, dessert bars, sparkler exits and even fireworks.
They give you a login to their wedding planning app where you can upload photos, tick off your checklist and have online chats with planners.
Your guests will find plenty of accommodation in Toowoomba. Local taxis and Ubers will service the homestead and there are 150 car spaces on the property. Public transport isn’t really an option, but your guests will forgive you when they get there!
Obviously I love this wedding venue, so I highly recommend contacting them to take a tour. Contact me if you have any queries or would like to discuss your upcoming wedding.
I’ve shot a lot of wedding in my time, but I never seen such an emotional filled wedding like this. As a videographer I can do most of the work in a film and bring my ideas to life. But when the couple are so in love and are just so happy without a care in the world, then they bring that extra to a film. That is what happened with this film. This is one of my favourite weddings I’ve ever shot at Gabbinbar and I am so happy with the result.
Kim & Brendon Filmed November 2019