Your dream garden wedding is all set for next weekend, and you know it’s going to be perfect: your dress is stunning, the location is super photogenic, and the weather should be great because, hey, it’s been great for months. No need to worry about a contingency plan, right?
Wrong. Here’s a tale that should encourage you to always be prepared with a Plan B if you’re hosting an outdoor event: Recently, a couple getting married at The Historic Castle Green had planned to have their ceremony in a clear tent (outfitted with a gorgeous chandelier, of course) on the facility’s grounds. Special lighting would wash over the tent, as well as the surrounding trees and pond for a lovely, theatrical effect. Oh yes, it was going to be a magazine-worthy affair. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas. Three storms in the week before the Big Day made it impossible to risk an al fresco wedding—even with a tent.
Although the couple had really been looking forward to tying the knot in their clear tent under the sky, the ceremony simply had to be moved to inside.
Fortunately, their experienced (not to mention clever) coordinator, Gianna Provenzano of Gianna & Company, was ready with a backup strategy. In no time at all, the wedding pros had transformed Castle Green’s ballroom with chocolate and amber lighting, tall hurricanes with mini candles down the aisle, white petals on the aisle runner, and tiny crystal-and-silver chandeliers suspended from dark chocolate velvet ropes which hung from the ceiling. The room was breathtakingly beautiful and romantic, and, most importantly, the bride and groom loved it. They didn’t even miss the tent!
Our hot-off-the-presses Here Comes The Guide, Northern California book is now available in retail and online bookstores. No N Cal bride-to-be should be without this handy, portable reference, which features almost 100 new event locations and services. We may be biased, but we think it makes a great engagement gift. Hey, one guy even presented it to his hoped-for bride when he proposed to her!
And if you’re looking for other wedding books to jump-start your wedding planning, check out Here Comes The Guide’s bookstore.
We recently held our annual off-site 3-day planning meeting at Woods Hole—a private home right on Pebble Beach Golf Course—and it’s a wonder we got anything done. Lounging around on comfy couches and chairs, we had the perfect seats from which to ogle the mesmerizing view through a wall of glass: verdant blufftop fairways giving way to a sapphire-blue sea and cloudless sky. You try focusing on a 10-page to-do list with that gorgeous panorama constantly tugging at your peripheral vision!
Well, we did have an incentive to finish everything on the list as quickly as possible: free time to relax in our 6-bedroom getaway or stroll along the links (when the golfers had gone home) or take a quick drive to Carmel or Point Lobos. Some of us even climbed down to the tide pools at the base of the bluffs to pet starfish and admire the artful way sea kelp arranges itself over the rocks. And every night we watched the sun slip below the horizon, turning the sky a brilliant orange as it disappeared into the water. Sigh. This place is so romantic—too bad our better halves weren’t there to share it with us.
But then again, 3 days of girl-time was big fun: we hung out every night in our PJs, scarfing down chocolate chip cookies and chili-cheese Fritos and staying up way past our bedtime. Seriously, this is a fabulous place for a bachelorette party…or a wedding, family reunion or any intimate event where you want everyone to feel at ease.