My fiancee John and I got engaged about 3 weeks ago after 2 years of dating! I was ecstatic, but then realized that we are embarking on a tremendous journey to have everything organized for a wedding of 250 people in no more then a year. I personally do not like the idea of being engaged for more then a year, it just does not work for me personally.
As we live in West Hartford, John and I started looking in the immediate vicinity at places like The Society Room, the Aquaturf and The Farmington Club. None of the places had the date that we had available, so we were a bit dissapointed. Fortunately, one of our friends mentioned a new venue in the area called Farmington Gardens right on Route 4 in Farmington.
This past weekend John and I scheduled a private tour of the facility and were impressed from the moment we pulled into the driveway! The building has tons of rustic charm and beautiful gardens. We met with Phil the event coordinator/manager and he gave us a tour of the place. We were told it was recently renovated by the new owners who said it was a former garden center. What really caught my eye during the tour was the greenhouse that was converted to a cocktail/reception area. The space is absolutely gorgeous with beautiful garden views and Chinese lanterns! The chandeliers and exposed beams in the main room truly make the space breathtaking!
What sealed the deal for our deposit was the fact that we will be the only party scheduled for our big day, even though it is a Saturday in July!
I highly recommend checking out Farmington Gardens if you are looking for immediate availabilities as they are a newer venue and just started booking dates a few months ago. They are directly across from the driving range on Route 4 in Farmington. Their address is 999 Farmington Avenue and I dealt with Phil!
I look forward to using this board for advice on the planning process!
John & Christine - 7/14/2012 - Getting Married at the new Farmington Gardens!