It was coincidental that Hozier’s hit ‘Take Me to Church’ should be playing on the radio as I drove into Brisbane for the opening night of the Valley’s newest event space: High Church.

High Church is the result of a vision held by Nicolle Toohey in partnership with Emma and Andrew Golder. Nicolle has long worked in the Brisbane events industry and had a great vision to convert the old church into a space for corporate events, ceremonies and wedding receptions. Nicolle approached Emma and Andrew who own the building and run the beautiful art gallery downstairs . Together they formed a partnership to bring us this unique and enchanting space.

The gorgeous chapel features stained glass windows and crystal chandeliers, and opens out onto a rooftop terrace boasting sparkly city views. Guests can relax underneath market umbrellas, sip on champagne, and watch the sun go down as they wait your arrival. You can also make the most of the venue and host your ceremony here prior to the reception. With a great team, the space can be turned around for an all-in-one wedding destination.

High Church can host a cocktail affair for 250 or seat 120 in its beautiful white french crossed back chairs (included in the venue hire). Stylists have the perfect canvas to add to your wedding vision, as we saw at the opening night with a sophisticated setting by Main Event Weddings. Long tables were styled with white blooms, candles, and copper accents perched atop dark tablecloths and white runners – a fresh yet elegant look.

During the opening evening I was reminded again about the pizzazz from the Zen Catering team who warmed my heart with a cinnamon donut ball resting inside a mug of dark hot chocolate!  High Church have a strong team of trusted suppliers from stylists to celebrants, including a handful of caterers who are familiar with the workings of the venue. However if you have your heart set on a particular caterer then High Church are flexible enough to grant access for a minimal surcharge.

Guests were able to chat with the ever-so-friendly celebrant Josh Withers whilst listening to the musical talent of Rush Entertainment. All in all, it was a fantastic opportunity for couples to see the venue firsthand and discuss their wedding details with experienced vendors.

{Images by Just For Love Photography}

First published on Polka Dot Bride

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