Mem­o­ries to last a life­time

Dubbo Photo News - - Lovin’ Local - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

SET on the sweep­ing grounds of Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the Sa­van­nah Func­tion Cen­tre of­fers a truly spe­cial wed­ding venue. With tai­lored wed­ding pack­ages to en­sure ev­ery de­tail is per­fect, the Sa­van­nah ex­pe­ri­ence is one that you and your guests will not for­get.

Dubbo lo­cal Steph Pear­son mar­ried her now hus­band, Hugh Maw­bey, on April 9, 2016, with a stun­ning re­cep­tion at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Steph and Hugh share trea­sured mem­o­ries from their spe­cial day, sur­rounded by 128 of their friends and loved ones.

“De­cid­ing to have our wed­ding re­cep­tion at the Zoo was an easy choice for us,” Steph said.

“Taronga Western Plains Zoo makes for a pic­turesque wed­ding set­ting, with its beau­ti­ful man­i­cured lawns and an in­cred­i­ble out­look over Sa­van­nah Lake. High tim­ber ceil­ings and the sur­round­ing land­scape were per­fect for our pho­tos.

“Our guests thor­oughly en­joyed canapés on the lawn be­fore din­ner, with plenty of seat­ing avail­able and a magic view across to the Spi­der Mon­keys play­ing on their island.”

Whether it’s a cer­e­mony over­look­ing the lake, or at one of the Zoo’s beau­ti­ful pic­nic grounds, there are sev­eral lo­ca­tions to choose from to say ‘I do’.

For the re­cep­tion to fol­low, Sa­van­nah Func­tion Cen­tre is unique to the re­gion. With floor to ceil­ing win­dows that show­case the nur­tured land­scape, the venue of­fers am­bi­ence and style.

The pro­fes­sional team at the Sa­van­nah Func­tion Cen­tre can cater for large or small wed­dings, and will gladly tai­lor wed­ding pack­ages to suit in­di­vid­ual needs.

“The ser­vice was fan­tas­tic and the staff worked hard to en­sure our wed­ding re­cep­tion ran smoothly as we had planned. It re­ally felt like they cared about our ex­pe­ri­ence and went above and beyond to en­sure we were happy,” Steph said.

“The three-course din­ner was de­li­cious – ev­ery foodie’s dream – and the drinks pack­age meant we had one less thing to think about on the day!

“Hav­ing my wed­ding at the Zoo was a truly mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence, and I’d gladly rec­om­mend it to any­one seek­ing a great value, stun­ning lo­ca­tion for their wed­ding,” Steph said.

Steph and Hugh stayed at the Zoo’s multi award-win­ning Zoo­fari Lodge on the night of their wed­ding, top­ping off the mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion (ad­di­tional charge). Zoo­fari Lodge guests can wake up to a view of the Zoo’s African Sa­van­nah, where gi­raffe, ze­bra, rhino and an­te­lope roam, and en­joy two-day Zoo ad­mis­sion, ex­clu­sive be­hind the scenes tours, an African-style din­ner and more.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo also of­fers an op­tional an­i­mal ex­pe­ri­ence as part of its wed­ding pack­ages.

For some­thing more spe­cial than you’d ever imag­ined, get in touch with the team at the Sa­van­nah Func­tion Cen­tre. Email sa­van­nahfc@zoo.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 6881 1438. Web­site: www.taronga.org.au/sa­van­nahfc

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