Our first foray

We hosted our very first wedding in January! I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it went. In some ways it feels like it was months ago given how slowly the deep winter months seem to pass by (even here in Miami!). And in other ways I feel like we’re still catching our breath from the exuberating frenzies of that day and the ensuing bookings we’ve received over the past couple of weeks.

I am dedicating this month’s “My musings” section to our first wedding in the venue. It feels a bit surreal to type those words. Over the past 10 months, we have experienced countless periods of doubt, worry, and anxiousness (well, maybe just me as Mike is always even-keel). So, to have our event space come to life with over 100 fine folks traveling from near and far, dressed in their best, laughing and conversing amongst the bamboo and cordylines, witnessing the marriage between two of the sweetest people, was a dream come true for us.

Much like this whole journey has been, the wedding day had its ups and downs. To start, it rained from around 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, with three hours dedicated to torrential downpour. Additionally, our contractor – who has been nothing short of wonderful – finished the studio side of the couple’s suite the day before the wedding, giving us less than 24 hours to make it presentable for the big day. We spent the entire day on our feet and didn’t eat anything until about 8 o’clock at night. My nerves were starting to fray mid-afternoon trying to get everything ready while it was pouring outside.

But, the moments of anxiety were worth it. At 3:00, the sun finally peaked out behind the blanket of clouds, just in time for us to scurry 115 chairs out to the terrace for the 4:30 ceremony. The plants’ greenery hummed with vibrancy and the pavers bore an especially rich red thanks to the dampness left by the rain. When the sun began to set around 5:30 and the bistro lights flicked on, the venue took on a tropical whimsy that rivaled the beauty of an island paradise (in my humble opinion ;)).

Photo Credit: Gardens of Weber Manor.

Perhaps my favorite part of the evening was chatting with some of the guests. We truly could not have asked for a kinder couple with such genial family and friends to help us with our first foray into hosting events. They treated us like we were an extension of the guest list, asking us about our venture and sharing stories with us about the bride and groom.

Those moments of talking with some of the family members and close friends of our couple reminded us of why we’re doing what we’re doing: to provide a space where others can create happiness, to witness and take part in unforgettable memories-in-the-making between friends old and new. Bonding. Celebrating. Creating joy. And while we want to continue expanding the event space and business and hope to achieve a point where we hire permanent staff to help us run the venue (it’d mean we have a lot of bookings!), I’ll never want to be too busy to enjoy these sacred times of getting to know our clients and meeting the people that make them them.

By the time the premises had been vacated around 6:30 pm (as the reception was taking place elsewhere), the skies opened up again. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect; the day was magical.

Updates for TheGoWM…

We’re burning the midnight oil with all our activity!

Last month we:

  • Hosted our first wedding!

  • Booked five more weddings at the GoWM!

  • Finished construction on the studio side of the couple’s suite.

  • Put some more work into the operational side of our business:

    • Building out our preferred vendor page on our website for booked clients

    • Streamlined our booking and methods of contact

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

  • Tidied up around the new concrete that had been put in toward the end of December.

  • Sealed the paved terrace and pathways to preserve color and help prevent slippage.

  • Bought our very own luxury bathroom trailer with A/C!

  • Hung bistro lights over the turf.

This month, we plan to:

  • Host our second wedding!

  • Buy a tent to have rain coverage in-house.

  • Furnish the studio side of the couple’s suite.

  • Put together a comprehensive checklist for our clients (we’re always looking for ways to make the planning process as painless as possible).

  • Continue landscaping in all areas of the venue.

  • Start planning our official launch party in June!

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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