The First Engagement for the Gardens

My musings…

I planned to share different content in our September newsletter but given that something very exciting happened this past weekend, I am changing course!

Last Friday Mike and I traveled to Ohio to see my parents and my brother as the nostalgia itch persuaded us to take a trip to Cedar Point, one of the country’s largest amusement parks.

Every summer while growing up, my family would spend a weekend at Lake Erie, swimming for countless hours in the lake and enjoying a full day riding rollercoasters at Cedar Point. It was one of the only places each member of my family could agree on for a vacation, so it became an annual tradition. (And as I get older, I realize the two-hour drive from Columbus—versus a cross-country road trip or having to board a flight with two squabbling kids—was a good incentive for my parents to keep going back.)

Only this time, excitement from the rollercoasters paled in comparison to one monumental moment that took place on the shores of Lake Erie: Mike proposed to me!

After taking a mid-day break from the heat and the rides, my parents, brother, Mike, and I decided to stroll along the beach before dinner. As the sun was just beginning to lower for the evening and the dinner bells were ringing (not literally), I turned around to find Mike kneeling on one knee, asking me to marry him.


Photo Credit: Gardens of Weber Manor.

It was such a surreal moment. I was shocked, elated, humbled, and loved. Mike was so thoughtful to include my family and to propose in a place very sentimental to me. Our family and friends near and far have been incredibly supportive and enthusiastic, as well.  

Aside from my own personal enthusiasm for this next chapter, our engagement serves as a good reminder at just how special of a time this is for other people who are also planning their own weddings and gatherings and who may consider our venue for their special celebration.

It reaffirms our commitment to curate a space where people feel welcomed to connect, manifest their dream festivities, and receive excellent customer service. 

I feel grateful to revel in my personal season of wedding planning while simultaneously helping others to experience their own version of extraordinary.

Updates for TheGoWM…

August was a welcomed slow month for us at The Gardens of Weber Manor. We’re at that point in the business process where we’re close to launching but have a few more things to really make the space feel special.

Last month we:

  • Created a Pinterest page (follow along!);

  • Connected with vendor partners, including a catering and production company, tent company, photographers, and event planners; and

  • Finished the kitchen in the guest house/couples’ suite!

This month, we are:

  • Starting work again with our landscape designer, Anderson Landscaping, to add in approximately 700 hundred more plants to the gardens;

  • Building up natural hedging to separate our house from the event space, allowing the venue to feel more intimate;

  • Finishing up the renovation of the guest house/couples’ suite so it will be ready to use for event hosts; and

  • Drawing up designs to better incorporate the stables into the event space.

Our Asks…

This wouldn’t be a community space without the help from, well, our community! If you can assist us with any of the following, we’d greatly appreciate it.

  • Please subscribe to this monthly newsletter if you haven’t!

  • Please follow us on our social media pages: Instagram (@thegardenswm), Facebook, and Pinterest.

  • If you know any florists in the Miami area, we’d love an introduction.

  • In the spirit of our special moment this past weekend, we’re beginning a new social media campaign on IG and FB where we feature an engagement or connection story every Wednesday (#WednesdayEngaged). If you or someone you know would like to share your story with us and a couple of photos, please reach out to us at

  • Book a tour if you’re in the area and would like to see our space!

 Thanks for tuning in this month!

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


Blog News: We love to connect with our clients and friends, and we publish a special newsletter every 1st Thursday of the month. We also provide a lot of wedding tips from our preferred vendors.

“You will find that most times you have a vision of what it is that you want to accomplish and that’s most important. It allows you to work backwards and make cuts and changes that will still reflect the overall outcome you wish to achieve. What good is splurging on one particular item if it doesn’t result in the overall outcome you were trying to create?

-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