Scouting for unique and memorable locations to host your destination wedding?Would saying “I Do” by the bubbling Canungra creek, under the towering Silky Oak trees or in the rows of the vines – set over 15 acres and 8000 vines, hit the mark? Located conveniently just a 40 minute drive from the Gold Coast, O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards boasts a historical homestead, wine cellar and new addition white marquee with festoon lighting, perfect for a rustic, country wedding with a bonus splash of tropical Queensland vibes. We caught up with the event manager at O'Reilly's, Alison Dougherty, who spilled all the reasons why you should consider this stunning location for your big day.
Tell us more about O’Reillys Canungra Valley Vineyards…
In the peaceful Canungra Valley, the magnificent O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards is an elegant homestead that features sweeping verandahs, intimate dining rooms and a working wine cellar, with people passionate about food and wine.
Why does it make such an ideal destination wedding venue?
The breathtaking scenery of the Vineyard provides a spectacular backdrop for your special day. O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards can offer you the all in one location for your ceremony and wedding reception, with exclusive use of the property after 4pm. We are also pleased to offer complimentary ceremony venue hire when you book your reception with us.
At O’Reilly’s we are known for our attention to detail and customer service, with the highest quality produce to complement our wines.
Tell us more about yourself and your role at the Vineyards…
I’ve been working at O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards for 10 years now. I love working for the O’Reilly family, their values and professionalism are something that I deeply respect. My role at the vineyard is Events Manager and this role enables me to look after the running of events, which include weddings, conferences and functions.
I worked in the operational side of the business for several years and always had a passion for weddings. O'Reilly’s supported me through extra studies and having this support while still working in the business, helped me get the qualifications and experience that I needed to become an Events Manager.
What is your favourite part of your job?
My favorite part of the job is seeing the Bride and Groom relax and enjoy their special day stress free.
Often couples are overwhelmed with the great variety of vendors to choose from for their wedding day. How can you help the couple?
Taking extra care with our site inspections and making sure we understand what the couple is after will help narrow down exactly what is suited to making their day exactly as they wish.
At O'Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards we have a great range of venues. With our beautiful silk lined Marquee, barrel lined wine cellar with its rustic charm, or our Historical ballroom.
We also have a great variety of all-inclusive packages to suit all.
How do you effectively achieve the vision of the couple?
By being a good listener, with good communication and being adaptive.
Do you have any favourite moments from weddings you’ve planned?
All my weddings have brought special moments. It is such a privilege to be chosen to be a part of someone’s special day.
What are you favourite wedding trends at the moment?
I think it is really important for the couple to stay true to themselves and what suits them when it comes to wedding styling. There is so many trends that I love but my favorite at the moment would be the rustic themed wedding with greenery and wooden decorations, which suits our property perfectly.
What three words would you use to describe your creative vision for weddings?
Celebration, memories, quality.
What is the process couples go through with you when planning a wedding at O’Reillys?
Although every couple is different, this is the traditional process we go through:
email your enquiry
visit property for your site inspection.
Full in love with the property and book your preferred date
work with the wedding coordinator to plan your day
meet with myself to make sure that your day runs stress free
Can you tell us about the wedding packages you offer at O’Reillys?
The great thing about our packages is that they are all inclusive which helps take away a lot of the confusion and stress. This includes the ceremony, reception décor, food and beverage options and much more. Your only decision is which venue suits you the best.
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Wedding packages can be found at – oreillys.com.au/vineyard
Meet Tamil or Alison for a site inspection to discuss all our packages available - call (07) 5543 4011