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Married at Mundi Mundi

Tuesday, 5th May, 2009

Historic mining town, outback tourist centre - now Broken Hill can add wedding destination to its resume.

Perth couple Kester and Jeanne-Marie Hawkins-Brown had never set eyes on Broken Hill before but that didn't stop them getting married here on Sunday. Or more precisely, at Mundi Mundi lookout.

The couple's decision to exchange vows thousands of kilometres from their home had more to do with the date than the destination. Kester and Jeanne-Marie were engaged five years ago on May 1, and have been trying to marry on the same date ever since. "But every year on the 1st of May something's come up," Jeanne-Marie said. This year was turning out the same way until Jeanne-Marie, who was scheduled to attend a textile workshop in Broken Hill in May, struck on an idea. Half-joking, she suggested they get married in Broken Hill. Kester loved the idea. While the workshop was cancelled, the couple, who are also moving to Tasmania on Saturday, decided to stick with their original plan. They exchanged vows in an afternoon ceremony in front of 25 guests who travelled from Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and Tasmania. Both agreed the highlight of the ceremony was the bride's arrival by ... camel. "It was the best spot and everyone who came thought it was great," Jeanne-Marie said. Kester, who drove a hired mini-bus full of his relatives from Adelaide on Saturday, said the day was perfect and the scenery spectacular. "We had a couple of drinks at Silverton and had champagne in the creek bed." The reception was held at the Broken Earth Cafe and Restaurant. Jeanne-Marie had nothing but praise for the various local businesses she enlisted as part of the wedding plans.

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