Some people fantasise about nice clothes, cars, houses… for us it’s farms. And today’s property is right up there in the proverbial wank bank.
Mali Brae Farm is a mighty fine Southern Highlands wedding venue that comes with a tonne of perks, including on-site accommodation, seating for 100 guests, a killer in-house catering team and 90 acres of rolling green hills and pastures.
We chatted to owner Shelley about what inspired her and her partner to get involved with weddings, and why so many couples opt for a rustic farm like Mali Brae.
Tell us a bit about your venue…
Mali Brae Farm is a boutique wedding venue in the Southern Highlands. We pride ourselves on working closely with our bride and groom to help them achieve the wedding they’ve been planning and imagining since they were engaged.
We have majestic views and a wonderful rural ambiance that charms your guests from the moment they arrive. With incredible food and six ceremony sites to choose from – including a beautiful indoor option – you can plan all aspects of your wedding day with confidence.
What inspired you to get involved with weddings?
We have a beautiful property that we wanted to share with brides and grooms so they can have incredible photos and a private place that they deserve for their wedding day.
What’s your favourite thing you’ve seen a couple do at your venue?
I love it when they bring a rug to stand on while they are getting married that they plan to use in their babies room – it leaves you all warm and fuzzy.
And what do you think would be epic at your property? Any ideas you’d love to see a couple carry out?
An early morning wedding while the mist is settling over the main dam – the photos would be incredible but with such an early start I know why we haven’t had that happen yet.
Tell us about the facilities your venue offers.
Mali Brae Farm offers gorgeous gardens and a choice of ceremony site. Couples arrive and the venue is set, except for those special touches that they want to add to their wedding day (or have us organise it all for you using our styling services). Our charming cottages are available to hire for the night and the menu will impress all your guests.
Do you offer onsite accommodation? And are there places to stay nearby?
We have two cottages, one where the bride and groom stay and the other where family and friends can spend the night. There is plenty of accommodation in the area and we provide a list of recommended places that are close by.
Describe the kind of couples your venue generally attracts.
We attract couples that are looking for an exclusive, beautiful and peaceful environment, who want a relaxed feel to their wedding but at the same time without compromising on amazing food, great customer service and a well presented and maintained property.
Any new additions on the horizon?
We have just finished building our open fire pit to cook whole lamb, pork and chickens on – amazing – yummmm.