Kate and Alex married at the impossibly majestic Art-Deco Burnham Beeches. Though the old hotel itself was closed (as the iconic Rone exhibition was just being finished), we got to enjoy the surrounding grounds and the amazing Piggery Cafe. I also had the absolute pleasure of teaming up with the brilliant video genius Nathan Kaso, and floral mastermind Sassafras Wedding Design. As you scroll down and check out some pictures from Kate and Alex’s fun-filled wedding day, I’ll pop in a little info about the Burnham Beeches wedding experience to share some Melbourne wedding inspo with you all!
The Sherbrooke location of this super versatile venue is perfect for Melbourne locals, elopements, interstate weddings and even international destination weddings. Just 45 minutes outside of Melbourne CBD, you get the convenience of an easy trip from the city, combined with the unique charm of an Aussie country-style wedding on a gorgeous estate in the illustrious Dandenong region.
Burnham Beeches Wedding
The Burnham Beeches estate with its Art Moderne mansion and sprawling grounds is all-encompassing when it comes to wedding venue perfection.
You’ll find the following features tucked away in their own little piece of heaven within the grounds of this beautiful estate. Each of these points provide a little bit of “wow” in order to come together and create the perfect rural wedding experience…
- A lovingly nurtured rural landscape (approx. 56 acres) that hosts established gardens that provide delicious produce.
- Extensions on the mansion that include 58 hotel rooms/suites (with plans to transform these into Australia’s very first luxury 6-star retreat).
- Greenhouses filled with delicious vegetables.
- The rustic Piggery Cafe – a former piggery that has been turned into a cafe/bakery which hosts events and makes delectable foods sourced from the grounds and the surrounding Dandenong region.
- An old mill (with plans to transform it into a Moo Brew-affiliated microbrewery and bar).
- Four additional cottages.
- Bubbling streams, natural springs and an adjacent rainforest.
- A 500-tree trufferie.
- An emu enclosure that provides the emu eggs used in various Piggery Café dishes.
- Lawn bowls, croquet and bocce pitches.
The Piggery Cafe
Sure, hosting a wedding at a former piggery probably doesn’t sound like a go-er, but hear me out. This old piggery has been entirely transformed into a bloody brilliant venue with delicious food and a truly charming atmosphere.
Capable of seating 30-150 people, The Piggery Cafe is a super versatile wedding location.
The highly regarded menu is all locally sourced, with most of it being produced within the bounds of the estate itself. From fresh fruits and vegetables to locally sourced meats and even emu eggs from the emu pen on-site, you’ve got all the range in the world.
A Piggery Cafe wedding is 100% a worthwhile investment if you’re after delicious food, rural charm and enough room to seat a large amount of guests.
If Yarra Valley wedding venues are your jam, be sure to check out Immerse Yarra Valley, Stones of the Yarra Valley, Yering Station, or a little closer in towards the city in Ripponlea, this Quat Quatta wedding. For something more on the industrial end of the dial, check out this list of unique Melbourne wedding venues.
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