Wed­ding bells

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

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, 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.

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