Come hell or high water Krystle and John Mantovani were determined their wedding was going to be big, spectacular and unforgettable – not just for them but for everyone who attended. And they didn't just get what they planned - they got a lot more.
When Cobram couple Krystle and Giovanni (John) Mantovani went looking for a wedding venue for their October wedding it had to be able to accommodate a large crowd of 240 guests.
They were determined to do it in style and not compromise on their dream – which for John included a big Italian wedding.
And the Tatalia Room at Rich River Golf Club delivered exactly everything the couple were looking for.
“We didn't want to get married in our hometown of Cobram, we wanted something different and something that could cater for a large group of family and friends, I took one look at Rich River and fell in love with the venue,” Krystle said.
Krystle said she couldn't fault the food, service and accommodation, all of which were a major drawcard for the couple.
“The menu was one of the most important things for us and with my husband being Italian, food was one things we weren't ever going to compromise on.”
The couple had a four-course meal including appetisers, entrée, main meal and sweets. Guests dined on seafood cocktails, spring rolls, antipasto, pork belly, steak or chicken breast, and soufflé or a chocolate dessert, followed by wedding cake made by Tracy Luscombe from Tracy’s Cakes.
“The food was simply incredible and everyone at the wedding was very impressed with the menu – people still talk to me today about how good the food was,” she laughs.
Krystle said function and events coordinator Hayley Evans went out of her way to ensure everything went according to plan, including helping the couple set up their table decorations.
“Hayley was fantastic and even though it was very stressful to organise and sort out, in the end it turned out to absolutely be the best day of my life.”
Because the couple (and the majority of the guests) were from out of town, accommodation was also something that needed to be considered and the guests made the most of what was on offer at the venue.
The couple were put up in the wedding suite for the night and treated to champagne, chocolates and a spa.
They met their guests for breakfast the next day at the club, which finished off the wedding perfectly.
Krystle and John chose to get married at St Mary’s Church at 1.30pm, with guests then meeting at Rich River at 5pm for pre-dinner drinks.
“We decided to have an early wedding so our guests could go back to their accommodation and freshen up before the reception. It also allowed us plenty of time to get our photos taken.”
Photographer Leanne Whitley was in charge of capturing all the details of the big day for the couple and she didn't disappoint.
“Our photos were fantastic and Leanne made the most of all the great places Echuca-Moama had to offer, including the Port area.”
As part of her wedding preparations, Krystle attended the Echuca-Moama Wedding Expo and said she found it extremely helpful, giving her lots of ideas for her own special day.
“I got a lot out of the expo and it certainly gave me a lot of direction, I even walked away with my wedding jewellery organised,” she said.
After such a massive wedding and big build up, the couple chose to spend three weeks travelling Europe for the honeymoon.
“John was in charge of the honeymoon and he certainly put on a good show and we had a great time.”
See more photo's of Krystle and John's wedding over on our Instagram page, https://www.instagram.com/brideandgroomau/