There are quite a few areas in the park to have your ceremony and/or reception at but we chose the Rainforest Amphitheatre for our ceremony and the Island Glade for our reception. These are outdoors but covered and were truly beautiful! All that luscious greenery and cedar creek running behind us ... serene and beautiful!
The Island Glade has a roof but is right next to the amphitheatre (which became the dance floor later). There was an open fire and low lighting after the speeches. These areas are separated by the ssupport beams which were entwined with Jasmine. It smelt divine too.
The bridal party walk down from the gorgeous cabins through the rainforest over the cutest little bridge and follow the winding path to the wishing well and amphitheatre. As the guests are sitting (on cushions) on the stairs they get to see the bride enter from the side.
It was very romantic and had a great ambience!
The food was all cooked at the Island Glade (there is a kitchen down there too!) and a bar at the back of the area. The food was absolutely DIVINE and just about all of our guests mentioned it to us! It was an important factor, I really wanted a great meal. Nothing worse than a crap 3 course meal to sit through! It was piping hot and cooked beautifully! The dessert was amazing. We were so impressed by the quality.
We look forward to going back on our anniversary and even if we choose the very affordable camping option there's so much other cool stuff to do at Thunderbird Park we are all looking forward to it!
These photos are from the first trip down to check out the venue and sign the paperwork!
|Walking to the Amphitheatre (for guests)|
|The view from the stairs looking into the Island Glade|
|From the Amphitheatre looking at the path the bride walks|
|View from the Amphitheatre looking at where guests will sit|
|That sweet bridge|
|from the path looking into the Amphitheatre and Island Glade|
|The Island Glade (minus all the tables of course) and Sam!|
|The bar is at the back!|