We chose to have our wedding at Green Gables Wedding Estate in San Marcos, CA. The schoolhouse that was built in the 1800's still stands there today surrounded by lush green gardens, and it is now being used as the Bridal Suite. All of the blooming flowers in April were perfect for the garden wedding!
As guests arrived, they stopped by our sign-in table to take a program, drop off gifts and cards, write marriage advice for us, and stamp their fingerprint on our fingerprint tree. The table also included photos from our engagement shoot, small florals, and a handmade burlap banner with the wedding date.
The cocktail hour followed the ceremony and guests enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres in this cute courtyard between the ceremony gazebo and the reception tent.
In keeping with the schoolhouse/garden theme, the centerpieces were lanterns atop a stack of hardcover books surrounded by candles and florals. The table numbers were one-of-a-kind wooden doorknobs. Burlap and lace runners ran along farm tables for that sweet, rustic charm. The Green Gables tent had beautiful chandeliers that provided a cheerful glow to the evening. I also loved the mismatched china on the gold chargers to add a bit of old school flair.
Green Gables Wedding Estate was perfect for the sweet garden party that seemed straight out of a fairytale story.