SADDLE up for the wedding of the year, with Jeffrey Browne and Perth’s Rhonda Wyllie set to tie the reins in April.
“It will just be at the farm,” Wyllie told Confidential in the Emirates marquee’s first-class lounge this week.
The Wyllie’s Murray River Farm is no ordinary farm. The 1526ha Coolup property is considered one of Australia’s finest, with a 16.6ha man-made lake, a mini golf course, waterfalls, large areas of manicured lawns and a floating gazebo.
The couple were initially planning on getting hitched in Ravello, an Italian resort town above the Amalfi Coast, in September 2016.
But they decided to wed closer to home to make it easier for elderly family members to attend.
After meeting at the Logies on a “blind date” in 2013, Browne, the former Nine Network managing director who now fronts Carsales.com.au, popped the question to the Perth business mover and shaker on Valentine’s Day in 2014 at St Kilda’s Cafe Di Stasio.
When they aren’t jetsetting, they are regulars at Perth social events.
The nuptials will be a no-expense spared affair with J’Aton to dress the soon-to-be Mrs Browne on the big day. Wyllie, Australia’s second-richest woman, said the Melbourne dressmaker dressed her daughter Melissa and her entire wedding party for her 2006 New Year’s Eve wedding to fashion wholesaler Jamie Karlson at the farm.
It was a poignant day because it was Wyllie’s ex-husband, tycoon Bill Wyllie’s last public appearance, walking Melissa down the aisle, before he died of cancer some months later.