The Riverstone Estate
While the Yarra Valley is renowned for magical weddings, The Riverstone Estate is truly something special. Situated on top of a hill, with 360 degree views of rolling valleys synonymous with the region, you soon realise that photos do not do this spectacular venue justice.
When it comes to The Riverstone Estate they believe in providing old fashioned, family service. As soon as you step foot into the venue you can feel the connection they have created in making every couple feel special and deserving of a premier wedding experience. It is this vibe that leaves couple and their guests raving.
There is nothing cookie cutter about The Riverstone Estate and one thing a couple will notice from the very beginning is the abundance of choice they have so they can have a completely unique wedding experience. Their focus is solely on their clients and making sure they bring a bespoke feel to every aspect of the day. With no task too hard to fulfil, The Riverstone Estate have noticed they have two distinct styles of weddings that their couples steer towards – beautiful intimate sit-down lunch or dinner weddings or relaxed grazing styled weddings full of fun.
They love wowing couples with their menu design and they have a large array of menu options full of seasonal and local produce. Think beautiful grazing stations where the guests can help themselves; or sit-down menus that allow guests to choose their own main meal from four options; a casual carvery; shared plates that encourage socialising and their new dugustation menus are set to impress any foodie.
Here we get to know a little more about this gorgeous gem of the renowned Yarra Valley.
What is the process for couples booking with you – do you offer site visits, a dedicated co-ordinator, how hands-on are you with assisting their planning?
From site visits, to co-ordination and meeting with our couples along the way. Food tastings and open days. We are a small passionate team who love working with our couples booking to the day and beyond. We have just had a weekend of cellar door bookings with over six couples from last season coming back to say hi, and enjoy a wine – we love this.
“Our favourite part of our day at The Riverstone Estate was when we were driven out to the vineyards on the golf buggy and told to just have 15 minutes to ourselves, we were given a glass of champagne each as well as a delicious cheese platter to enjoy. It was a very memorable moment shared between just the two of us, which we will cherish forever.” – Sarah and Matt
With Melbourne’s unpredictable weather, how do you accommodate a rainy day?
We have plan B options, of course, and this property even on a rainy day has its own mystical mood, its fabulous. Rain, hail or shine its their wedding day and we deliver.
What trends or exciting new things are you seeing from couples booking with you?
Our couples are coming to us seeking inspiration and loving what’s been done on the property before which we love. We work closely with our couples to create something unique and bespoke, always keeping in mind and utilising our natural surrounds. We’re so lucky to be able to embrace and celebrate the natural beauty of our property and find that trends and styling that compliment this always work best. Drawing inspiration from seasonality and colour palette of the property at the time of your wedding is something to keep in mind and helps create a suitable aesthetic to really impress your guests.
With so much experience in weddings and events, your staff will be well equipped to deal with any wedding day dilemmas, what advice would you offer couples planning their special day?
Relax and leave the day to us – your in good hands, the small things you are worried about are just that !
“Riverstone reflected what we are about completely. From the views, the relaxed atmosphere, amazing food and wine to the fun, friendly and family atmosphere it could not have been more perfect. The team at Riverstone go out of their way. On the day, we didn’t have to worry about a thing, every single detail was taken care of. Karen, Matt, Sheila – these guys just don’t work at Riverstone – they were amazing. The food on the day was incredible, a special thanks to Reuben and team.” – Kirsten and Justin
With impressive panoramas and multiple ceremony locations, there is the opportunity to either opt for a simple ceremony set up letting the landscape provide the perfect backdrop or, let your imagination run wild and utilise the space with floral installations, decorative arbors or even a teepee. Receptions at Riverstone see either indoor or outdoor spaces transformed with feature lighting (fairy lights or festoons) and impressive banquet style dining being two popular trends.
The Riverstone Estate is a venue that will truly impress. For more information and to contact their wonderful team of talent, head here.