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Jindabyne wedding pitch to Canberra same-sex couples

By Ian Campbell 9 February 2018 2
Owners of the Panorama at Jindabyne, Anton and Bibi Wiseman. Photo: supplied

Owners of the Panorama at Jindabyne, Anton and Bibi Wiesmann. Photo: Supplied.

A Snowy Mountains couple brought together by a sense of respect and fairness has been in Canberra pitching their property overlooking Lake Jindabyne to same-sex couples looking to tie the knot in 2018.

Every love story is unique and Anton and Bibi Wiesmann, owners of the Panorama have their own tale to tell, one they shared at the Canberra Wedding Expo over the weekend.

“There is much to celebrate in 2018, with many same-sex couples planning to mark their love and relationship with marriage,” Anton says.

“There is some magic about the Panorama that allows people to be themselves, it’s a space that brings people together, but also allows for people to retreat for some time out.”

Bibi and Anton’s own relationship was built around social activism, equality, and fairness – the very themes that won out in the discussion around same-sex marriage during 2017.

Exposing slavery in the shrimp trade in Thailand was the mission that sparked their love.

Anton, born and bred in Austria, was working for the United Nations out of Bangkok.

“But nobody would talk to me, I am a white looking researcher, the cultural barriers were hard to break down,” Anton says.

“Until I started working with Bibi. She was recommended to me and started opening doors, building trust, and translating for me, she helped make it very successful work.”

Their final report was presented to the U.S Congress, where American retailers were put under pressure to support a more ethical shrimp supply chain.

“Thai shrimp farms were going to lose business unless they cleaned up their act,” Anton says.

“People were being trafficked from Myanmar and Cambodia and totally exploited, I believe that is starting to change.”

With Thai-born Bibi completing a Masters in Business Admin, and Anton keen to travel less, the pair spent six months in 2014 looking for an accommodation business to take on.

“We travelled Australia and did over 15,000 kilometres looking at hotel after hotel and then we came to this place – absolutely magic,” Bibi says.

“People come, share a meal, have a party, enjoy the big view from the balcony, ride a bike, go kayaking – it makes me happy to see that.”

Lake Jindabyne. Photo: Tourism Snowy Mountains.

Lake Jindabyne. Photo: Tourism Snowy Mountains.

Bibi and Anton’s own love story drives their vision for the Panorama – a place where people of all backgrounds are welcomed and invited to come together and celebrate love and friendship.

“Marriage is a fusing of two families and I just love seeing it all come together,” Bibi says.

Married? What worked or didn’t work with your wedding venue? We’d love to hear about and learn from your experience below in the comments thread.

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John Moulis 4:05 pm 09 Feb 18

My bro was married (to a woman) on the day in September 2013 the Abbott government came to power.

In the leadup he asked if the requirement that the celebrant recite the Marriage Act provision that “marriage is between one man and one woman” could be dropped. He was told it couldn’t be, but he could tack something onto it which negated it.

When the wedding was held the celebrant said that “marriage is between one man and one woman, but it is hoped that in the near future marriage rights will be extended to all people in the community”.

About Regional 3:31 pm 09 Feb 18

Our wedding venue was great, my brothers drunken speech was the issue! Ian

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