What Would They Know? Lina Meneely of Spicers Hidden Vale

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Ms Floral

Spicers Hidden Vale is a unique wedding venue specialising in luxury destination weddings. Just an hour from Brisbane and set amongst hills and lush bush land, it’s absolutely picturesque. And also extremely versatile! Want a small, intimate affair with only two guests? Not a problem! How about a grand celebration with 200? You’ve got it. Relaxed garden cocktail party or a seven course formal degustation dinner? Whatever you like! The talented team at Spicers Hidden Vale love to work with bridal couples to make their dreams come true. We adore this venue’s stunning grounds and the endless options for ceremony locations, plus the incredible views from the reception rooms. Today we’re chatting to Lina Meneely, the venue’s wedding coordinator. Lina gives us a behind the scenes look on how weddings at Spicers Hidden Vale come together, and why this venue is such a favourite with everyone who visits.

Tell us about Spicers Hidden Vale…
Spicers Hidden Vale is a luxury retreat specialising in luxury destination weddings. Featuring an onsite hatted restaurant, Homage Restaurant, luxurious accommodation, onsite market garden, astonishing views and 12,000 acres of bushland to explore.

Where exactly is it situated?
Set amongst rolling hills and lush bushland, our historic property is set just outside of Grandchester and on the edge of the Scenic Rim.

What do bridal couples love about having their weddings there?
The delicious food, stunning surrounds and the fact that absolutely everything is taken care of. All they need to do is relax and focus on what’s really important.

Images: Jess Marks Photography

Can you tell us a bit about your ceremony space?
We have numerous ceremony spaces around the property all taking in the natural surrounds. My personal favourite is our Figtree location which overlooks the valley.

What’s your favourite spot in the grounds for wedding photos?
Our back paddock looks incredible at sunset. It transforms into a golden field.

What are your reception spaces like?
We do have quite a number of reception spaces around the property. Our most popular would either be dining under the stars or in our gorgeous, historic barn. The ambience is incredible.

Images: Salt Media

How many guests can the reception space cater for?
We can cater for up to 100 guests however can certainly accommodate more if a marquee is hired in.

What styles of weddings do you generally have at Spicers Hidden Vale?
Most of our couples are looking for laid back luxury. Simple, elegant with a focus on the natural surrounds.

What’s been the most memorable wedding held there?
We were fortunate to host our owners (Jude & Graham Turner) son’s wedding. We were truly humbled that they chose us to help share in creating these special memories and this day will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Images: Tay + Francis Photography

Do you offer food and wine matching advice?
We do! We can even arrange a meeting with our restaurant manager and sommelier on request.

What’s your favourite item on the menu?
Homage farm pork, wood fired tallow, Davidson plum.

You also offer guest accommodation. How many guests can you accommodate?
Spicers Hidden Vale has 34 luxurious room options featuring mix of beautifully restored cottages, most with spectacular views across the surrounding ranges. Comfortably we can accommodate 70 guests.

Images: New Black Studios

What cottage or suite do you recommend for bridal couples?
I always recommend the Luxury Suite. This aptly names suite features beautiful neutral styling, a spacious living area and gorgeous natural light for those getting ready photos.

Does your team offer planning and styling services?
We do certainly take care of all things planning and coordination however do have an incredible group of stylists and florists that we recommend you bring in to bring your vision to life.

Do you work with specific suppliers and/or can couples user their own?
We do leave the option open for couples to bring in any supplier that they choose however do have an amazing group of creatives that we readily recommend.

Image: Salt Media

What sets you apart from other venues in the area?
We have that extra level of care with every couple to truly understand them and what they want from their special day.

What do you love about coordinating weddings?
I love that no two days, two weddings or two couples are the same. I love that I get to help in bringing their vision of their perfect day to life.

Thank you Lina for inviting us in to the Spicers Hidden Vale world today! What an incredible venue and service you provide for your couples. To find out more about Spicers Hidden Vale, head to their website or check them out on the Polka Dot Directory.

Headshot courtesy of Spicers Hidden Vale

  • Cara Hodge says:
    September 30, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Such a beautiful venue and Lina provides such an amazing level of service, not only to her couples, but to everyone she encounters.
    Jamie + Cara – Brisbane City Celebrants



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