Basils Farm Wedding Blog

Basils Farm Wedding Blog

Welcome to the Basils Farm Weddings Blog. If you are planning a wedding and are looking for inspiration we hope you will find the information and images below helpful. We are very grateful to the amazing couples who have celebrated their wedding at Basils. They have kindly offered some words of wisdom regarding the creation of their special day and feedback on what they enjoyed.

If you would like further information on Weddings at Basils Farm and also view the packages available, please head to our Weddings Page. For more wedding inspiration follow @basilsfarmweddings on Instagram.

 

Samantha & Damien – 6th December 2019

 

Why did you choose Basils Farm for your wedding?
The feel when you first walk in is something else. Beautiful, lush gardens then you see the stunning views of the fields and bay. Such a hidden gem on the Bellarine and is totally different from the other wineries. It is simply stunning, effortless and relaxed which is exactly what we wanted!

How did you find the planning process?
The planning process was amazing. Talla (and Basils staff) were super accommodating and nothing was ever too much trouble. They listened to what we wanted and helped our vision come to life. Any minor adjustments we wanted, they allowed. I feel compared to other venues, Basils were more than happy to listen and create what we wanted rather than giving us a ‘set’ criteria that everyone was to follow. So many of our guests commented and said how our day just represented Damien and I so much. This only happened because Basils allowed us to create a day that suited us.

What was your favourite moment on your Big Day?
This is a hard one. All of it! I have lots that stick out like arriving and seeing all our guests, our vows, our speeches and our super fun dance floor party!

Can you tell me about your styling inspiration?
I used Pinterest a lot for our ceremony. I knew I wanted 2x flower stands and the styling to be minimal and simple as I feel the venue is just too stunning, less was more. We didn’t need to do a lot décor wise. Just flowers for the ceremony and I chose simple, natural colours with a small pop of colour. As for the café and pavilion Basils provided flower jars around the barrels that suited my flowers and we hired festoon lights and neon sign. Not much was needed at all! Those bay views are amazing.

What you some words of wisdom for future Basils brides?
Enjoy every minute, the lead-up and the day because it all goes so fast. Be super organised the week of and the day of your wedding so you can just relax and watch it all play out how you envisioned. No one wants to see a stressed-out bride!

Suppliers

Photography – Ali Bailey. @_alibailey
Celebrant – @weddingsbyniki
Video – @lightbox_media 
Menswear – @eddyelias_menswear
Wedding Gown – @onedaybridal@chosenbyoneday
Hair @blondie.salon

Mikaela & Jackson – 30th November, 2019

 

Why did you choose Basils Farm for your wedding?
We visited a lot of local venues, but none of them stood out like Basils Farm. We had never been to Basils Farm before, but we knew as soon as we visited, that it was the place we wanted to have our wedding. From the stunning venue to the paddock to plate menu, we knew it was the one for us!

How did you find the planning process?
The Planning process was really good. We were presented with lots of variety and options so that we could ensure the day was exactly how we wanted it. We like to be organised and had a lot of questions, Talla was great value and more than happy to answer all of our queries. We soon learnt, there is no such thing as a silly question!

What was your favourite moment on your Big Day?
All of it, It was seriously PERFECT! We even got a rainbow! Lucky enough to get this in our professional photo’s.

Can you tell me about your styling inspirations?
We wanted a relaxed, semi-formal wedding with lots of greenery, as we both love the environment. Basils gave us just that. The location of a winery overlooking the water was a spectacular setting and everything we could have dreamed of.

What are some words of wisdom for future Basils brides?
Be in the moment and enjoy it. Enjoy the booking and planning process, the lead-up, the day before, the day. It’s all part of the fun. And on the day, take a moment, a deep breath, look out at everyone and remember that all the guests, your closest friends and family are there for you guys. Enjoy!

Suppliers

Photography – Jackie Coogan, Little Chief Photography @little_chief_photography_
Celebrant – Robyn Maddock  0437 994 178
Video – Caroline Tayler  @swvideography
Wedding Gown –
Bridal House Geelong @bridalhousegeelong
Hair –
Justin Lancaster (Stella and Hutch) @justin_lancas
Florist – Bouquets Ebony Travers @wildfolkflowers
Flowers/decorations/signage  Corinne Bentley  @littletacka
Makeup Artist  Shiloh Henderson Makeup Artist@shilohhendersonmakeup
Cake – Caitlin Box
Music – MC and Music DJ Steve Lobo @djstevelobo

Lauren & Josh –  26th October, 2019

 

Why did you choose Basils Farm for your wedding? 
My husband and I moved to the Bellarine Peninsula in 2017 and visited Basil Farm for the first time soon after. We immediately loved the serene and beautiful location. When it came time to find a wedding venue we after somewhere that was local for us, relaxed, had beautiful scenery and good food and with the opportunity to have both the ceremony and reception in one place, so of course, Basil’s Farm was the perfect choice.

How did you find the planning process? 
I was surprised by how much planning does go into a wedding even for a fairly casual wedding such as ours, but Talla and the staff were so helpful and guided us through the whole process from start to finish with so much warmth, kindness, direction and fun! The chef/staff were very accommodating to our guests with dietary requirements and made the food planning process fun!

What was your favourite moment on your Big Day? 
Seeing all our family and friends in one place, connecting, laughing, dancing and having a fab time. 

Can you tell me about your styling inspiration? 
We kept it fairly simple with mostly native flower arrangements on wine barrels to frame the ceremony space, flowers in vases on the tables, a flower arrangement above the pavilion door and some candles. We didn’t feel the need to add too much decoration at Basil’s Farm because the venue is already so pretty with the water view, gum trees, veggie patch, fireplace and pavilion green wall.

What are some words of wisdom for future Basils brides? 
Just trust Talla and her team!  and your wedding will be amazing at Basil’s Farm no matter the weather on the day.

Suppliers

Photography – Jack Dickson Regent Photography @regentphotographyaus
Celebrant –
Sue Warner @wedingcelebrantbellarine
Hair & Makeup –
@cassandra.de.bruin
Florist –
@petalsandthornsfloraldesign
Cake –
Sarah Lyons Cakes & Co @sarah.el.jones 

Alyce & Brett – 26th September, 2019

 

Why did you choose Basils Farm for your wedding?
We had been looking for something rustic, relaxed but beautiful and my cousin suggested I check out Basils Farm and it is just beautiful.  I love how you can see the water, I love the gardens, I love the feel of the place, it is naturally just really beautiful.  We also loved the pavilion for the reception as it is a beautiful canvas to create whatever you want the reception to feel and look like and the ability to have the dance floor set up outside in the garden with fairy lights overhead, it just created such a beautiful atmosphere, can’t forget the fire pit going in the background.  I mean, I could really go on and on about all the amazing details that make up Basils Farm.

How did you find the planning process?
The planning with Talla and Basils was so easy going and simple.  At our first meeting, we were shown around the property and explained what possibilities there are for places we can have the ceremony or the reception and how it can be set up etc.  They were very clear on pricing (which was super helpful – no guessing games or hidden costs).  And all the staff were just amazing to deal with.  We even loved meeting the chef and chatting through the menu for the wedding.  Which also included a dinner for several couples that were getting married at Basils to taste test the food.  My husband and I walked away so happy with the food and wine and stuffed full of goodness and ideas for our own wedding menu.  And on that note, the number of people that raved about how amazing the food is was really a testament to Basils care and expertise in offering fresh and delicious food.

What was your favourite moment on your Big Day?
It was the most relaxed day, I didn’t feel stressed at all and felt so taken care of by Basils Farm.  If anything went wrong, I knew nothing about it and the day was all handled with such professionalism.  It was everything I had hoped for.  I think my favourite moment was standing with my husband during the ceremony in front of all our favourite people becoming husband and wife.  I also loved dancing and just seeing everyone have a great time.  So special to have Timothy Marriage Photography capturing all these moments for us.  He was a dream to work with.

Can you tell me about your styling inspiration?
I love white, wood and greenery, so that was pretty much my vision. Kept things simple but elegant.  My dad helped me make an arbour and my cousin did the flowers. We kept our bouquets simple, each with just a single white protea. The table settings were simple also.  Just white with little jars of greenery on the tables. We also had little pots of local honey for each guest that my mother in law had organised.

What you some words of wisdom for future Basils brides?
Create the day that you and your partner want, not what other people think it should be.  Be clear about what you want the day to be like and what your vision is and then just enjoy.  The most important thing is that you and your partner are coming together to become husband and wife, everything else is just the ”cherry on the top”.

Suppliers

Photography – Timothy Marriage  @timothymarriage
Celebrant – Family member 
Wedding Gown –
Fairytales Bridal Boutique @fairytalesbridalboutique
Menswear – Calibre
Hair – Kimberley @kimberleyandcohairtorquay
Makeup – Cherie @cheriegreenmakeup
Styling –
Basils Farm
Florist –
@blossom_and_the_bee & Arbour and table flowers by a family member