MARCH 2022

A month of learning and love

February was a busy stretch for us (at this point, which month isn’t filled to the brim?!), but it was also a period for both learning and loving.  

A couple of weeks ago, we hosted our second wedding. This time it was a full wedding with ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Furthermore, there were 150 guests in attendance – our venue’s maximum capacity!

We went from taking baby steps to a full-on marathon in the matter of one event.

Photo Credit: David Levi.

I’ve heard many entrepreneurs speak through podcasts, live events, books, etc., and a common theme amongst many business owners’ journeys is that an acute moment arrives where they don’t feel ready to take a big leap (e.g. to launch the new product, to quit the day job and work on the business full-time, etc.), but they end up taking the leap because simply put, it’s time. They grab the bull by the horns and jump two feet into the task at hand, even if feelings of fear, anxiousness, and trepidation seemingly outweigh the excitement and potential success to come.   

Hosting this wedding was one of those moments for us. We felt utterly underprepared to host a full wedding at capacity given our newness and the mountain of to-dos we still want to accomplish in the venue to “feel ready.” However, we ripped the Band-Aid off and saw our space transform into a gorgeous wedding venue for a stunning couple.

We were fortunate enough to work with amazing vendors, from a top-notch caterer (LEC Kosher Catering) to a well-oiled valet team (Magnum Parking Solutions) to a kind and talented photographer, David Levi. The bride also had some incredibly crafty friends who could turn lead into gold, like Laila, head florist at Lilac Fleur.

Mike and I were all at once elated, relieved, in awe, exhausted, and grateful by the end of the wedding. In addition to a successful event, we were able to gain some helpful lessons that we’ll take with us for future gatherings in our venue:

  1. Simple can be beautiful. Before starting the venue, I often thought of weddings as super elaborate and super expensive productions. Sure, there are plenty of weddings that fall under both of those categories. However, there are also a myriad of ways to keep the wedding décor simple and fairly inexpensive while still looking fabulous. For example, the bride trimmed her own eucalyptus branches and used them as table décor for the dinner reception. It was such a personal touch and made for picturesque centerpieces.

  2. The caterers were immeasurably helpful. We realize we need to expand our cement area for caterers to give them more space as well as create a second pathway so that there is a separate entrance and exit route. We want our venue to be a space where not only hosts and guests love to spend time, but also where our partnered vendors feel comfortable providing their services.

  3. We need to buy an ice chest so that party hosts and/or caterers have extra storage for ice. Ice is a quintessential component of an event, so therefore, ice storage is essential.

There were many more tidbits we garnered for future events, but I won’t bore you with the nitty gritty. Overall, we appreciated this opportunity immensely, and we’re fortunate to have worked with another great couple (plus an awesome family and friend group to go along with them)!

To wrap up “my musings” for this month (and in the spirit of attempting to maintain balance, which I often discuss in our newsletters), February wasn’t all about work. Mike and I were able to take a quick but much needed vacation. What was supposed to be a visit out to snow hike and camp in Colorado, turned into a kid-free drive up to Disney World. It was certainly a different experience going this time without the kids, but the beauty of it was we were able to spend long moments admiring the architectural details of the buildings and sets – and gathering inspiration for our venue!

What could have been a ruined vacation when all our plans went up in flames, ended up being a fun and relaxing time at Disney. As we’re learning in the event world, curve balls can happen at any time, but with some patience, problem-solving, and creativity, any experience can be phenomenal even when things don’t go according to plan.

Updates for TheGoWM…

Last month we:

  • Hosted our second wedding!

  • Landscaped (finally!!) in front of the couple’s production suite

  • Added more hedging plants to separate parking from the hosting spaces

  • Continued to fill in the back corner of our venue with sod, another area that will become a hosting option

  • Started cosmetic renovations on our luxury bathroom trailer

  • Bought a 40’ x 60’ tent to have an in-house rain option

  • Bought the remainder of the tables and chairs – we now have 150 white Chiavari chairs and 23 rectangular tables

This month, we plan to:

  • Host our third wedding!

  • Plan our official launch party, which will be June 16!!

  • Do an Instagram giveaway if (when!) we reach 500 followers – help us get there by sharing our content!

  • Continue furnishing the production suite

  • Continue landscaping in all areas of the venue

  • Build a sign for our entraceway

  • Build a SEO strategy for the website (send help!)

  • Go wedding dress shopping (we’re getting married and I’m finally going to start looking at dresses!)

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 Thanks for tuning in this month, and happy Valentine’s Day!

-Emily, Co-Founder, The Gardens of Weber Manor

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-Emily, Co-Founder, The Gardens of Weber Manor

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When I say that pictures and videos do not do this space justice, that is an understatement!! The Gardens of Weber Manor, in all of its whimsy and magic, is truly a perfect little nook in the heart of the Redlands. No matter what the vision or mood board, this venue and its versatility will allow you to transform it to match your wildest dreams. Add to that the fact that Mike & Emily are the absolute sweetest owners & venue managers, and there should be NOTHING holding you back from booking a tour and picking your wedding date that same day. It is clear that they have put their heart and souls into building up The Gardens from the ground up. So whether you’re planning a wedding, anniversary, birthday or corporate event, you need not look further. 

– Alianne Valladares-Prieto

The Gardens of Weber Manor is a hidden gem. This venue is magical. I can’t express how amazing it was working with Emily and Mike. They answered every question I had and made me feel that they had everything under control at all times. The staff was awesome!!! The rooms looked beautiful!!! I want to give a special thanks to Emily it was an absolute pleasure working with you. Everything went smoothly, easily and successfully thanks to Emily and Mike and the rest of the team. We felt like family from the time we started to plan the wedding and especially on our wedding day. Thanks to the Gardens of Weber Manor for the wedding of our dreams!

– Fernanda Rodriguez

We cannot say enough good things about this venue and the owners, Emily & Mike! It is truly a hidden gem. The garden is absolutely gorgeous – you really don’t even need to decorate because the scenery has so much beauty all itself. There are so many spots throughout the venue that could be used for different parts of an event, and no matter where you turned it was a perfect photo backdrop. Our friends and family kept telling us how beautiful the venue was and wondering how we found it.

– Kyla Hill