(Closed) The Garden Pavilion in Sonoma…anyone?

posted 11 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 63
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  • Wedding: July 2011

OK, I made a layout in Paintbrush this morning. I know it looks like a child did it with crayon and nothing is to scale (especially the table sizes), but it works for us 🙂 Thought I’d share!

Post # 65
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  • Wedding: July 2011

@Jaynee: Yeah, I wasn’t sure where to put the guestbook but Elizabeth actually suggested right at the entrance to the gardens. We’re going to have 2 people staff it the hour before the ceremony, and potentially move it inside during the cocktail hour.

Yes we’re taking a few extra tables (not cocktail-size, mind you) and chairs and umbrellas to put on the lawn for cocktail hour and afterwards if people want to get away from the music.

Post # 66
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  • Wedding: July 2011

@twitchee27: 

Hi Ladies! T minus 30 days to go for me. So excited 🙂 Has anyone decided to add lighting to the path between the venue and the parking lot? According to Elizabeth there isn’t any lighting so I was thinking of buying some solar lanterns. 

Twitchee – have you figured out what kinds of flowers you are buying from the flower mart? Maki wasn’t able to work with my budget so I’ve decided to do everything on my own. Since you are the week before me I’m guessing we’ll end up with similar types of flowers, and I’m also aiming for bright colors to contrast the pavilion’s green. I was out of the country for the last month so I’m figuring out some of these details at the last minute…

Post # 67
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  • Wedding: July 2011

@emymey: Hey girl! Woo hoo – it’s game time, I hope you’re as excited as I am!

I am definitely lighting the path to the parking lot with lanterns I got on clearance from West Elm and tall candles from Ross. When I was there for a wedding last August, it was pretty dark on the walk in and out.

As far as flowers, I’m sorry Maki was too expensive! I decided to have her do just my bridal bouquet, and then I will do all the other flowers. I definitely agree with your idea of bright colors to contrast with the green. Maki actually told me about a flower farm up in Glen Ellen called Oak Hill Farm that sells to the general public, I’m going to check them out on the Thursday before. If they can’t help, then I’m heading to the flower mart on Friday looking for the brightest colors I can find. Too bad it won’t be dahlia season…I love those colors.

Post # 69
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  • Wedding: July 2011

Great idea re: the mason jars. My grandmother has hundreds of them…. 

Twitchee – I’ll check out Oak Hill Farm, thanks for passing along the suggestion. Just out of curiosity, how much is Maki charging for the bouquet? Feel free to message me directly if you want to.

Post # 70
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  • Wedding: July 2011

@emymey: I have no problem sharing – it’s a bit of a splurge at $150 + $30 for delivery, but I think it will be really lovely.

Post # 75
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  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes I believe I saw that a while ago, but it’s so thrilling to look at all of them again so close to my day. I apologize if it seems like I’m spamming this thread, I’m just so excited to have found fellow brides getting married at the GP.  Talk soon!

Post # 76
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  • Wedding: May 2011

Hello GPers!

I’ve been super busy ever since the wedding: new jobs, family events, lots of things going on. But I wanted to pop in and share my experiences with you all. And thanks to  @twitchee27 for sharing my photos, since I clearly still have “bride brain” and haven’t posted them yet! Tongue out

So…. it was AMAZING! The whole place was in bloom and they had clearly put in a ton of work in the gardens, house, ballroom, etc. We rented out the Kiser house (sight unseen, since we’re not local) and were very happy. The house is very “Anthropologie” and has lots of antiques and charm. She put out bouquets of fresh flowers everywhere, stocked the fridge with a few essentials (breakfast breads, jam, syrup, milk, etc.) and brought us fresh strawberries!

Our wedding party stayed in the house, and the convenience factor was huge. They helped out a ton, and we all still had lots of time to just hang out and relax.

Throughout our stay, Elizabeth and her daughter Kat were very accommodating. They loaned us their stash of parasols, refreshed flowers in the house, and helped find someone to loan us a printer for last-minute copies. I didn’t have any issues with her, but I’ll post more on that soon.  

But first, here are my thoughts on some of the questions/discussions I’ve seen here:

  • The bathroom sitch.  We had a slight-jam up on the wedding day, since our 13 guests all had to shower that morning. Good time management cures all, though. We offered up the poolhouse shower, but no one needed it.
  • The smell. I noticed the faint smell in the house and poolhouse, but it didn’t seem to bother anyone. I think it came from just being an old house, or from recent rains – kind of a musty smell. I didn’t notice it after a few minutes.
  • Lighting. It’s pitch black once you’re away from the main buildings. We bought supplies to make luminaries (out to the parking lot), but forgot about them. The older folks (with no smartphone flashlight app!) struggled a bit, but it worked out.  I also recommend a flashlight (or app) for walking around the property at night. There’s also a small flashlight in the house.
  • Animals. We didn’t see any cats while we were there, and very rarely saw the little dogs. Mostly the dogs were trailing behind Elizabeth and her daughter – never loose. I think they wrangle them in when weddings are there.
  • Traffic. It’s crazy during rush hour on weekdays, or during the height of the season. Remind your vendors! A few of mine were a bit late.
  • Photos. Leave lots of time for them! My photog took three times the number of pictures as she normally would – just because everything is so freakin’ beautiful. Definitely a fan of the day-after session at GP.

If anyone has questions about something specific, just ask!

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