Rejuvenated Historical Mango Grove hosts its first wedding
by Paul Jackson
It had been neglected for more than a decade but the historical Mango Grove on the ridge at Park Ridge has just hosted its first wedding this century.
Before July this year, it seemed that the only people interested in hanging out under the Mango Grove were up to no good. With regularly dumped rubbish and other unsavoury items, it wasn’t the kind of place you could take your family or sit for lunch. But earlier this year a group of locals saw beyond the rubbish to the historical beauty of the grove of trees that have stood together for more than 100 years.
Park Ridge Bushcare Connect worked with Logan City Council, who own the property, and organised a community working bee to clean up, beautify and restore the mango grove. As volunteers descended on the property in July this year, they were excited about restoring the parklands to the kind of place people would bring their families or even hold a wedding.
Having been part of the working bee that day, I was excited when I noticed a wedding being held under the grove and stopped in to speak with the couple and their photographer. I was keen to find out how the grove had added to their day.
Richard Khouri from Say Milk Photography and Videography was thrilled with the location.
“From a photographer’s perspective, the surrounding nature is beautiful and the lighting is perfect. The mango trees provide ample shade while still bringing in light from all corners. Basically everything is glowing without any annoying shadows or over-exposed light”, he said.
But it was bride-to-be, Tomika, who discovered the grove.
“I saw a tiny photo of the Mango Grove in an issue of Park Ridge News and spent weeks driving around looking for it when I was in the area. When I found it, I fell in love instantly.
“As someone with a love for photography I could just see the beautiful wedding photos that could be taken there and I knew straight away I wanted my wedding photos done there”, she said.
The Park Ridge Mango Grove is located between Park Ridge High School and Harvest Rise Estate opposite the water tower.