Tanya and Patrick

A Real Wedding at Stonebridge Manor

How did he propose? Patrick proposed to me at the “Happiest Place on Earth.” Each year his family goes to Disneyland at Christmas time. We weren’t going to be able to go that year at that time (or so I thought) and decided to go during a three-day weekend we had off in November. We arrived in Anaheim and checked into our hotel. We were scheduled to enter the park the following day but Patrick surprised me by having us go that evening so we could enjoy the park an extra day. We walked around and went on a few rides. Patrick then took me to the wishing well by Cinderella’s Castle. That’s where he popped the question and of course I said, “yes!” after a few tears of excitement. He then took me to the Napa Rose Restaurant where another surprise awaited, both of our families were there to celebrate with us! I couldn’t have asked for a better proposal shared with our families and a great time at Disneyland the following day.
Tell us about your venue. Words can’t even begin to explain the elegance of Stonebridge Manor. We chose to use the garden area of the venue for the ceremony with their vibrant green grass and beautiful flowers under a gazebo, which helped set the mood we were going for. The venue is an old mansion that has elegant furniture and decor throughout. Cocktail hour was held in the lower level of the house where guests could view the front of the manor. The reception was in the tented pavilion, which made the wedding still feel like it was outside but with the shade and comfort of air-conditioning. The textured flooring and water fountain inside gave a nice feeling of an outdoor garden. The swinging lanterns gave an additional feeling of romance as guests danced the night away.

Describe the theme and color scheme of your wedding. It was a vintage garden wedding but it was combined with a color scheme of light pinks, crèmes and midnight blues accented by eclectic centerpieces. I used a variety of old books and milk glass vases with flowers at the tables with some homemade decorations. The table numbers were old frames that I painted with different patterns of paper with cutout numbers in each. Pink and white lanterns added a nice soft touch to the tented reception area.

One thing you learned? Have fun with the planning and don’t be afraid to mix your ideas together to see what it may look like, you might be surprised.


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