Vows & Views: Why Sanctuary Cove is Home to the Best Wedding Chapel on the Gold Coast

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Saying “I do” is a momentous occasion, and choosing the perfect location to solidify your vows is an essential part of your wedding day. For many couples seeking a Gold Coast wedding, the Sanctuary Cove Chapel is the premier destination.

This iconic venue isn’t just a beautiful space – it’s a place where breathtaking views and elegant design combine to create an unforgettable atmosphere for your special ceremony.

As a wedding videographer, I’ve captured love stories in the Sanctuary Cove Chapel for over 17 years. Having witnessed countless ceremonies in this stunning space, I’ve developed a deep understanding of its unique qualities and the magic it brings to weddings.

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What makes the Sanctuary Cove Chapel unique?

Nestled on the picturesque Gold Coast waterfront, Sanctuary Cove Chapel offers a truly unique setting for your vows. Imagine exchanging them bathed in natural light, with stunning water views creating a romantic and unforgettable atmosphere.

The chapel itself exudes timeless elegance. Its architecture provides a beautiful blank canvas for you to personalize the space to match your vision. Whether you dream of a classic and sophisticated ceremony or a more whimsical theme, the chapel’s versatile design can accommodate your desires.

Here’s what truly sets Sanctuary Cove Chapel apart:

  • Unforgettable Vows with a View: Say “I do” with the sparkling Gold Coast water as your backdrop, creating a truly awe-inspiring moment you and your guests will cherish forever.
  • Intimate and Warm Ambiance: The chapel’s smaller size fosters a close and personal atmosphere, perfect for a heartfelt and romantic ceremony.
  • Crystal-Clear Acoustics: Ensure every whispered vow and moving melody is perfectly heard by you and your loved ones with the chapel’s excellent acoustics.
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The overall design exudes a sleek and sophisticated atmosphere. The mezzanine level offers photographers and videographers an ideal vantage point to capture every emotional moment of your ceremony.

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We captured Kobe and Michael’s wedding day at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort and the bride shared why she chose this chapel for her ceremony.

“I had never been to the Intercontinental in Sanctuary Cove before and because it was so close to our home we booked an appointment to meet the wedding coordinator and have a look around. The grounds and venue were beautiful and the chapel took my breath away. I remember looking at Michael as we walked in through the chapel doors, my eyes teared up and I was speechless! Goosebumps don’t lie! At that moment, we knew this was where we would get married.”

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Related Article: Complete Wedding Guide for the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

Video Tour of the Sanctuary Cove Chapel

In this video I created for the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort you can explore the chapel’s elegant design, breathtaking views, and unique features, all brought to life through real wedding footage to conclude the clip.

Take a virtual walk-through and envision your dream wedding ceremony coming to life in this beautiful space. See for yourself the emotional exchanges between bride and groom, the excitement of the guests, and the overall stunning atmosphere of the chapel.

Sanctuary Cove’s Magic for Post ceremony Photos

The magic of Sanctuary Cove Chapel doesn’t end with the exchange of vows. This stunning venue transforms into a photographer’s dream during the golden hour, offering a breathtaking backdrop for your post-ceremony photos. Imagine this:

  • Golden Light Symphony: As the sun dips lower in the sky, the floor-to-ceiling glass walls of the chapel bathe the interior in a warm, golden glow. This natural light creates a dreamy and romantic atmosphere, perfect for capturing those intimate and timeless portraits of the newly married couple.
  • Coomera River as Your Canvas: Step outside the chapel, and the picturesque Coomera River unfolds before you. This majestic waterway adds a touch of grandeur and serenity to your photos. Capture stunning wide shots of the happy couple embracing on the jetty, or use the lush greenery and sparkling water for a more natural and whimsical feel.
  • Architectural Elegance: The chapel’s modern architecture itself becomes a captivating element in your photos. The clean lines, sleek design, and strategically placed light fixtures offer unique backdrops for posed portraits or candid moments of celebration with the wedding party.

Sanctuary Cove Chapel isn’t just a beautiful venue for your ceremony; it’s a blank canvas waiting to be filled with the vibrant colors of your love story. With the help of a skilled photographer and the magic of the golden hour, this stunning chapel will ensure your post-ceremony photos are just as unforgettable as your vows.

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If you want to enquire with the friendly wedding team at the resort here’s a direct link to their wedding page:

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort – Weddings

Photos in this article courtesy of Ben & Hope Photography, Luke Middlemiss Photography, & Lynn & Justin.

Other FAQs

No, the Sanctuary Cove Chapel is not religious. It’s described as non-denominational. This means it welcomes couples of all faiths or no faith at all to hold their wedding ceremony there. This makes it a versatile option for couples with different religious backgrounds or those who prefer a secular ceremony.

The Sanctuary Cove Chapel is located within the Sanctuary Cove resort area, part of the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. It’s situated on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The resort can be found by taking Exit 57 from the M1 Motorway.

The Sanctuary Cove Chapel can comfortably seat up to 100 guests.

Besides Sanctuary Cove Chapel, here are other wedding chapels on the Gold Coast that offer unique sceneries and atmospheres for your special day:

The Valley Estate Chapel
Coolibah Downs Private Estate Chapel
Braeside Wedding Chapel
Rotary Broadwater Chapel
Summergrove Estate Chapel (just over the border in NSW)

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