Eco Weddings with Qii House
There’s something special about escaping life’s hustle and bustle to enjoy the serenity that comes with the bush. Outdoor weddings, but in particular, eco-friendly weddings reflect both the beauty in the environment and in you as a couple. Embracing your natural surrounds and celebrating getting back to the basics is what makes an eco-escape so enticing, and enjoyable.
We were delighted to stumble upon a local gem that celebrates this growing area and passionate owner, Heather Kolb has filled us in on what makes Qii House Eco Retreat so special, alongside her top tips for your own eco-friendly wedding experience.
Qii House is the pristine harmonious space to set the tone of your tranquil green wedding. This hidden organic architectural gem is set in the heart of the Great Otway National Park in simply luxury and fresh mountain air. It will not only delight special guests, but will spark romance and imagination. Set high in tall timbered blue gums and abundant tree ferns in marshmallow clouds, Qii house is a whimsical vision to behold. Hidden in seclusion within a lush rainforest canopy, Japanese inspired gardens and an endless eco wilderness, Qii house is every honeymooner’s dream escape. The abundance in natural fauna and flora at your doorstep; exclusivity, stillness and romanticism is an eco-tourist’s paradise.
Qii House is a unique destination and location. The house is of high local significance for its unique contemporary “Brutalist” architectural prowess and has been beautifully restored. A great vibe and great energy makes this the ideal place to feel at one with nature and savour the moment in fresh mountain air, in the ancient Otways eco-system.
At Qii House, there are ample eco-tourism attractions close by for an adventurous heart, including 10 waterfalls within a 10km radius, copious hiking and mountain bike tracks, canoeing at Lake Elizabeth, the Glow worms at Lavers Hill, berry picking farms, fishing off Lorne Pier; Lorne and the “Great Ocean Road” is 15 minutes away.
For something more relaxing, board games and books are available for use at Qii house, nature hiking sticks, some basic gym items including skipping ropes, kettle bells and medicine balls. Or for the spirited alfresco cook there are outdoor cooking facilities; including a pizza oven and BBQ. In house catering can also be arranged.
The meditative peace and tranquillity at Qii house is the perfect space for dreamers, for romance, to re-energise and to be one with nature.
Complimentary spa vouchers for the Bride and Groom or a couple’s massage are available from Endota Spa, Lorne for extended stays of a minimum of 3 days. A mobile masseuse can also be arranged to come onsite. Why not indulge the moment and be pampered in the simple luxuriance of this Australian native bush hide away?
- Qii house accommodates 8 guests; 4 bedrooms; 2 queen and 2 with 2 single beds.
Qii House is open to hosting a range of events. Be it an intimate wedding celebration, bridal shower or a get together with friends, Qii House offers the perfect environment to celebrate and get away from the every day stresses of life. Each time they will go above and beyond to ensure you are well looked after and that your event is perfect.
- The Grand Pacific Hotel is a local catering option, as are Tribal talent RK GROUP who can meet any requests you might have.
Qii House Eco Meditation and Relaxation Retreat, secluded within a lush, green rainforest canopy in the heart of the Otways National Park is a honeymooner’s dream escape.
The abundance in natural fauna and flora at your doorstep; exclusivity, stillness and romanticism is an eco-tourists paradise.
After the hustle and bustle of your big day it is the perfect space to wind down for an extended stay. Why not relax in simple luxuriance of the tree -tops on the under floor-lit sunset deck, sipping champagne with delicious chocolates or cookies from the deluxe Qii house gift -wrapped hamper? Drift into the night under the stars on the comfy daybeds listening to a bush orchestra and enjoy simple pleasures in stillness. Complimentary aromatic candles are included to add an extra touch of ambience. The “fan-shaped” deck is elevated and is the perfect platform for star- gazing and animal spotting through the Qii house giant red telescope.
PLANNING AN ECO WEDDING – 10 Tips to get Eco-friendly
- The Ambience
Qii house is the pristine harmonious space to set the tone of your tranquil green wedding. This hidden organic architectural gem is set in the heart of the Great Otway National Park in simply luxury and fresh mountain air. Set high in the tall timbered blue gums, abundant tree ferns in marshmallow clouds, Qii house is a whimsical vision and the perfect space to spark romance and imagination.
The natural flora and fauna are magnificent; the gentle luxuriant bush aromas are sensual and uplifting. Qii gardens are Japanese inspired and house a giant waterfall lit tree before a blue stone fountain. A large bamboo umbrella which backdrops a weeping cherry tree may be a sacred space to exchange wedding vows before your special guests and in rainforest splendour; with the energies in nature and its bush symphony. Qii house viewing deck is architecturally bespoke and shaped like an oriental fan…nestled in the tree- tops and is another great space to exchange wedding vows. You may even spot a wedge tail eagle, an echidna or a kangaroo.
- Choose Eco-Friendly Rings
You may have an heirloom ring made for a relative and more often than not people love to breath this sentiment into their wedding and continue to pass it on through generations. It is a great way to remember the generations of people long gone and to bring them to this special occasion of a lifetime. It is also a spiritual sentiment that embraces the cycle of life. Keepsakes create cherished living memories. Or stones may be reset and rings remodeled.
More and more jewellers are using are using recycled gold and fair-labour gemstones. Be sure to use local jewellers where possible to cut down on emissions (Gems & Jewels do this beautifully). These days, many wedding planners are also mindful of the importance of environmental conservation matters.
- Re-use a wedding gown
Traditionally, many brides have chosen to revamp a wedding dress handed down through generations or even from an overseas relative. Feng Shui fashion is also becoming a popular choice for brides. Some brides like to go to charities such as Brides Against Breast Cancer for their dresses that may donate to a sentimental cause.
- Photography: Go Digital
Even though most photographers are using digital cameras, it’s a must for a ‘green’ wedding. Digital photos don’t use the harsh chemicals, wasted paper, and rolls of film that film photography does. Another plus is you get to choose exactly what prints you want printed.
- Use Recycled Paper
Using recycled paper is an easy way to create green invitations or programs. Ask your vendors if they can print on recycled paper or recycle the leftover scraps. For an alternative to cut back on paper, create a wedding website where your guests can print off directions, reply, and find out hotel information.
- Home Grown Flowers.
For your flowers, considering choosing a local organic florist to arrange your centrepieces and bouquets. For a summer wedding you may use farmer’s market finds to create bouquet and table arrangements, or use potted plants which can be given away to your attendants at the end of your special day. The Qii house rainforest environment may be the perfect solution from which to craft your special native bush bouquet.
- Choose an Organic Menu
Ask your caterers if they can provide vegetarian and organic entrees. Also consider what you are dining on. If your location doesn’t provide dishes, consider renting them to avoid disposable plates. Qii house has a selection of caterers that provide glassware and china.
Instead of favours, let your guests know that you have donated a specified amount per guest toward your favourite environmental organisation. Check out www.idofoundation.org, where you can register to raise money for your favourite organisation.
- Local Vendors
Choosing area vendors is a great way to keep the transportation emissions low and support your local economy. If you are interested in using a green wedding planner, check your local listings. I love Ivory Tribe artistry and their beautifully romantic sentiment.
- A Green Honeymoon
When planning your honeymoon, keep in mind the practice of ecotourism, which is defined by The International Ecotourism Society as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” Check out their website for ideas and sources to plan an eco-friendly honeymoon.
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