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Weddings on the Farm

I have two good friends, both unmarried. One is a City Girl through and through. Her dream wedding would probably be at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco, surrounded by 350 of her closest friends, dancing the night away in front of a 25-piece orchestra. She’s looking for complete refinement and urban chic.

The Bently ReserveBut my other friend is what most people would call a Country Girl, and City Girl’s wedding fantasy is actually her “anti-wedding.”  My country friend longs for something more simple, “homey” and “down on the farm.”  She imagines 35-50 guests relaxing under a star-filled evening sky, noshing on comfort foods, dancing to their favorite tunes with the faint scent of horses, hay and meadowsweet wafting in on a warm breeze. For her, this is what a wedding should be: time with friends and family in a rustic setting.

Rush Ranch Nature CenterApparently, my friend the Country Girl is not alone. In fact, there’s a growing market for low-key weddings, especially at ranches and farms. The NY Times even wrote about it. I’ll admit that the wedding they feature was a bit more casual than most, but hey, to each her own.

Personally, I prefer a happy medium, someplace like Thomas Fogarty Winery that offers the best of both worlds. Luckily, with so many choices for wedding locations in California, we can all find something that feels just right to each of us.

Meredith Posted by Meredith on Mar 16, 2009.
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Designing Your Own Wedding Flowers

Planning your dream wedding on a very real budget? You’re not alone. Cutting back on the pricey parts of your wedding is never easy, but if you have even an ounce of “do-it-yourself” spirit, you might find some of the tasks you had planned to pass off to a pro are kind of fun to DIY.

Case in point: the flowers. While we think no one can take the place of one of our Certified By The Guide floral designers, you may find that someone you know and love may indeed have to take a pro’s place: your mother or sister, perhaps. But before you send Mom to the flower market with a handful of color swatches and good intentions, she may need a little professional guidance.

Patricia Gibbons, Floral DesignerWith that goal in mind, East Bay floral designer Patricia Gibbons is holding a Design Your Own Wedding Flowers workshop. The March 22nd event will demonstrate how to create bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. You’ll learn lots of helpful tips on how to keep the flowers fresh and beautiful, and how to properly use color to make your flowers look amazing.

Need more help? Patricia’s also planning another workshop that will focus on reception flowers, with tips for saving money on your centerpieces. Just .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Patricia to register and find out the where and when.

Wedding Workshop: Design Your Own Wedding Flowers
When: March 22, 2009
Fee: $85
Contact: 510/527-3197 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for further info.

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Mar 12, 2009.
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The Real OC

Even if you aren’t aspiring to be like the “Real Housewives of Orange County,” you’re likely to find an wedding venue in the OC that seems like it was made just for you. Here’s a taste of this region’s vast range of options:

Disney's Fairytale WeddingTotal romantics and anyone who’s a child at heart will love a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding.

For the metro-chic or art obsessed, seven-degrees is your ticket. The building itself is a magnum opus to behold. 

Equestrians and those who fancy a rustic wedding would adore the Red Horse Barn.

If you’re interested in history, the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace and its stunning grounds will blow you and your guests away.

seven-degreesWild birds and the county’s namesake orange blossoms abound at the Rancho Las Lomas.

Julia Posted by Julia on Mar 09, 2009.
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