So, how many venues did you go visit before you knew you found "the one"?
Just 1! I did a ton of online reseach before hand and knew that is where i wanted to have it. I had already been to wedding at some the more popular locations in my area and knew I didn't want it to have it at any of them..not that anythign was wrong with them, i just didnt want the typical banquet hall type venue so I didn't have to both with any of them.
I was fortunate enough to have that magical "Fairytale Bride Moment."
We were at the Festival of Lights in downtown Riverside. After having a great time, we were walking through downtown to get back to my car and BOOM, there it was. Riverside has a few old mission and gothic style churches and we just so happened to walk by one that looked like something out of a magazine. We just recently took a tour and it was everything I had dreamed of since I was 12. Gothic style designs, huge decorative pillar, long red carpeted isles with classic textile drapes hanging over the seating.