The beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland has become a haven for beautiful weddings, and it’s no surprise as the area is home to all manner of wedding venues, but also seems perpetually lush and peaceful – a reflection of the lives newlyweds dream of with their new life partners.
The Hinterland encompasses the lush and green region centred on Maleny, Montville and Mapleton but stretches down into the coastal valley area of Woombye, Palmwoods and Mooloolah and west of the ranges through Conondale and Kenilworth.
Weddings in the area have developed into a multi-million dollar industry that caters for all tastes, from small intimate gatherings to large lavish ceremonies where no desire is spared.
Sunshine Coast residents Christine and James Fenn married in May after an eight-year courtship.
They desired a hinterland wedding, with the beautiful green backdrops, but were mindful of keeping a rein on their costs.
The Hinterland wedding establishment was able to meet their desires to ensure their special day was, in fact, special.
“Weddings can get out of hand – ridiculous, cost wise – and we wanted to find a place where we wouldn’t get locked in to anything,” Christine explained.
They close a beautiful simple location on Maleny’s picturesque Mountain View Road known as Half Moon Hideaway, which is small and quiet, but overlooks the stunning Glass House Mountains.
The venue also includes a small eco-cabin which needs to be booked out for two nights as part of the deal, and horse and cows on the property add to the country feel.
Christine planned her own wedding, scouring op-shops for cutlery, and even searched Gumtree and eBay to track down the perfect table centrepieces, she made her own cutlery sleeves, grew and made their own wedding favours from succulents.
“We had a food truck, we had a tee pee, we even brought our own drinks,” she said.
“We wanted to do it cost effectively; it was amazing, we had everything exactly how we wanted.
“And we had a beautiful backdrop; there was a stage, so we were literally standing in front of the Glasshouse Mountains.”
The wedding produced a beautiful wedding for the couple and their intimate number of 50 guests, unforgettable memories, for an overall cost of $18,000 – a fraction of the $60,000 these days of an average Australian wedding.
“It’s definitely the most amazing place; I’m definitely a hinterland girl, not into beach weddings,” Christine said.
For Maroochydore couple Chris and Jodi Mullins, getting married on the Sunshine Coast, where they had both grown up, was a no-brainer, but pinpointing the location to Maleny came almost spontaneously.
Chris had grown up in Caloundra and Jodi in Bli Bli, and the Hinterland was always special and somewhat surreal.
“I think the area speaks of life itself; it’s fertile, green, lush, it smells of life and success and certainly draws me to the area,” Chris said.
“It’s always beautiful, even on the wet days.”
The couple was married in September in a ceremony at Tiffany’s function centre, on the southern side of Maleny, and has as its backdrop the rugged and beautiful Glass House Mountains.
“We’re both Sunshine Coast born and bred and we felt it important to marry where we grew up and where we will live for the rest of our lives, I believe,” Chris said.
“I was in the Navy for 10 years and travelled the world, but when I would think of home it was always that backdrop, the Glasshouse Mountains.”
They say the ceremony and reception was perfect – expertly-managed and, as a result, stress-free and packed with wonderful memories.