On the venue: The grounds of Mastronardi Estate Winery are naturally beautiful and enhanced every part of our day from the ceremony by the vineyard to photos by the historic wine making equipment and the reception at the Vino Vista. Ourselves and our guests were overwhelmed by each new chapter in the day as it unfolded. The uninhibited flow between the Vino Vista and the winery during the reception allowed people to move inside and out and gave guests more than just their table area to mingle and celebrate. Before beginning the journey to our wedding we could not have imagined the day as it unfolded because we have never found a place in Essex County with such a unique and beautiful wedding venue. It feels effortless while one is there, but clearly it was thoughtfully and tastefully created from the exquisite natural surroundings.
On Chef Don and staff: Several of our guests were shocked at the exceptional quality of the food. The meal created by Chef Don was beyond even our own expectations from the tasting as he used simple and accessible ingredients that everybody enjoys and added something unique to each dish that satisfied the range of adventurous palates in our families. Our personal favourites were the three colour pasta in a garlic parmesan sauce, the shrimp, the avocado crisp appetizer, and the beef tenderloin in a wild mushroom sauce. The wine pairings with Mastronardi’s own Baco Noir and Gewurtztraminer satisfied the discerning wine drinkers of the group and were accessible to all. The Infuzion Confusion cocktail was particularly fun and certainly improved the dance moves of all who partook. Virtually every item on the menu had somebody claim it to be their favourite and our guests were universally impressed. Beyond that, Chef Don is a charming and thoughtful person who is always smiling and made a great impression. He offered us food on any occasion we met him at any event. The wait staff and bartending service was equally friendly and attentive. Their approachability was far above what we have experienced at other catered events and their smiles and good service made dinner an exceptional hit.
On working with Eadie and Laura: Everything about the day itself was perfect for us and the whole reason for that was event coordinators Eadie and Laura. From the first meeting where they put me (the groom) at ease by outlining their cost-certainty guarantee they always treated us with great professionalism and also friendly warmth. We looked forward to every meeting (and inevitably they all turned into a wine tasting when the business was concluded). In order to pull off our stunning wedding and reception with its modern classic décor, an outdoor ceremony, and the reception we had a total of 5 meetings. The intense stress that we hear so many of our friends have with the wedding planning process and bringing together the various components was a non-issue for us as we simply arrived to this beautiful event which was better than we had envisioned in the first place. I cannot underscore enough the impact that Eadie and Laura had on our wedding. They controlled every element of what guests experienced and made the process of planning and having a wedding easy and a great deal of fun. The day went so well that several couples inquired about bookings for their own upcoming nuptials while at our reception.
Summary: Having had our wedding at Mastronardi Estate Winery I cannot imagine doing a wedding any other way. Eadie and Laura outlined the process in our first meeting and made our vision a reality (in many cases exceeding what we thought would be possible). The food continues to be raved about and the décor and grounds made for a memorable night. It seemed that every aspect had a beautiful twist that elevated it beyond typical wedding fare. In the end, we could celebrate our love and marriage in beautiful surrounds and not worry about anything except saying ‘I do’ and it was a day that we will treasure for the rest of our lives together.
-Samantha & Adam Mulcaster