Emma & Tegan
We are a wife and wife team!
Emma and Tegan are Beechmont locals and live just 5 minutes down the road from Providence Farm Hall. Emma is the fifth generation of McKenzie’s to live and work on the farm but is the first to branch away from farming and into entertainment. Emma has a BA in Applied Theatre and Media Arts. She has been working for six years in the entertainment industry and has a passion for bringing people together to share experiences.
Tegan is a qualified Archaeologist with a special interest in anthropology and the history of ceremonies and rituals. She fell in love with this space and the rich history of it being a gathering place which has seen so many significant life events in the community for so many generations.
Emma and Tegan first realised their dream of restoring and making the hall a business in 2017 after hosting their own engagement party. They loved working with the blank canvas and creating a magical atmosphere for all of their closest friends and family. It was truly a night to remember. In 2018 Emma and Tegan got married! They had an intimate ceremony and reception in the hall where they did everything themselves. Creating their own memories in the hall has inspired them to share this amazing space with other couples that want to have the freedom of making their engagement or wedding day exactly how they want it with no restrictions.
In midst of the crazy year that has been 2020 Emma and Tegan have been chipping away at little renovations like repairing and painting the inside walls, polishing the floors, updating the kitchen benches to stainless steel, and re-carpeting the front room to become a ‘kids space’. They hope that 2021 will be an even bigger year for restorations and celebrations!
Tegan left, Emma right
Providence Farm Hall is a family-owned venue that sits upon the mountain tops of the Gold Coast Hinterland in the shire of the Scenic Rim. The hall has a rich history, its walls and dance floor have seen hundreds of celebrations over the past 80 years. Weddings, bush dances, music festivals, theatre, art shows and birthday parties are just a few of the events that have been held here over the years.
The McKenzie family were involved in constructing the hall in the 1940s and have been a part of its rich history since then. The land was originally donated by the McKenzie family in the 1940s so that the community could build the biggest and best hall in the district. In recent years Greg and Wendy McKenzie bought the Hall and the land back off the Beechmont community. The community has now built a new multi-purpose hall with sports facilities and a fully equipped kitchen which is now located at Graceleigh Park.
Today, Greg, Wendy and their daughter Emma and her wife Tegan have re-opened the doors so that everyone can have the chance to enjoy this gorgeous hall and all it has to offer. They endeavour to keep the prices affordable whilst being able to slowly restore the hall to its former glory.
THE MCKENZIE CLAN
Providence Farm is a working farm that provides local produce to locals from locals. For over 100 years the Providence Farm has been a dairy farm and still, today provides beautiful, fresh and natural bath milk. The happy cows and goats share the paddocks surrounding the hall. You will find all of the produce in the farm shed just 200 meters down the road. This is a truly local experience and if you're interested in patting a cow or a goat or maybe even having a go at milking, you only need to call Greg and he will be happy to show you how it's done!
Still, want to know more? Check out this article about Wendy and Greg