Samantha Mantovani and Daniel Clarke first met as young children, but it wasn’t until they attended the same secondary school as teenagers that love blossomed.
They married in a traditional church ceremony, 13 years to the day their romance began.
“The photos on my bouquet were both sets of my grandparents who have passed; my father’s parents, being my nonno and nonna (Italian background), and my mother’s parents, being my opi and omi (German background),” Samantha said.
“My nonna passed away in October 2015 and I was very close to her. I really wanted her with me, along with my other grandparents, on my big day.”
Samantha’s love of art and craft came to the fore when styling her own wedding.
In between planning the wedding details with her groom, the bride was busy sourcing rustic favourites, such as hessian, lace, timber and flowers to add her own personal touch to the invitations, bonbonniere, table numbers, centrepieces and photo booth props.
Music added to the couple’s special day with band Something Borrowed Duo playing at the ceremony and reception.
The bride and groom’s parents, along with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, chose their own individual songs to be played during their entrance to the reception.
Samantha and Daniel’s choice was Shut Up and Dance With Me by Bruno Mars.
Samantha's simple curls paired with a sparkly hair piece.
See more photos from Samantha and Daniel's wedding day over on our Instagram.
Bride's parents: Ruth and Rocky Mantovani
Groom's parents: Jennie Wyatt and Harold Clarke
Service: St Mary’s Catholic Church, Echuca
Reception: Radcliffe’s, Echuca
Photography: Kim Rielly Photography, Melbourne
Bride's and bridesmaids' dresses: Michele’s Bridal and Formal Wear, Shepparton
Suits: Joe Paul Menswear, Shepparton
Flowers: The Flower and Function Studio, Numurkah
Cake: Made by the bride’s mother
Hair: Jo-anne Avram, the bride’s cousin
Make-up: Makeup by Katrina, Cobram