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News about Brookside Farm, San Diego Wedding Location

Fall/Winter 2002

Cover of Fall/Winter 2002 edition
San Diego Bride and Groom Magazine

Text of above San Diego Bride and Groom article:

An Intimate Country Wedding with Rustic Charm

Rachel Kenyon's dream for her wedding had always been to be surrounded by nature in a rustic yet elegant setting. "I'm a bit of a country girl," says 28-year-old Rachel, a second grade teacher, "so I wanted an outdoor wedding with rustic charm although my vision was to have a classy affair, too."

Her wedding to Anthony Finney on April 8, 2001, took place at Brookside Farm in Dulzura, a small town about 40 minutes southeast of San Diego. The location fit the bride's requirements perfectly. "I liked the location because it was a rural setting not too far from San Diego," remarks Rachel. "The property, centered around a large, refurbished farmhouse and included a series of shaded terraces flanked by oak trees and colorful flowers with a stream running by."

Three-tiered Patio Setting
She adds that another factor in her decision was the size of the location. "I preferred to have my wedding at an intimate setting where our 75 guests could mingle in close proximity to each other rather than a large, spread-out affair," explains Rachel. "The three-tiered patio accommodated both our ceremony and reception. During the ceremony, guests sat on the lower patio facing the babbling brook and raised ivy-covered archway and platform. Then, during the reception, the lower level was quickly transformed into the dance floor, and the upper levels were set for the reception buffet."

The Rancho San Diego couple started planning their wedding in December 2000. "Since I proposed in October 2000, and Rachel wanted a spring wedding, we didn't have a lot of time to plan," says 32-year-old Anthony, an auto shop owner. "But Rachel pulled most of the details together during her holiday vacation from school."

Self-written Vows
For the 1 p.m. ceremony, Rachel and Anthony wrote their own vows. "This is something I recommend for everyone," advises Rachel. "The ceremony represents what's important, why you're there. Take the time to plan the ceremony and make it unique to the two of you so it will be something that you will remember."
Instead of the traditional bridal processional music typically played at weddings, Rachel walked down the aisle to the country song "Amazed" by Lone Star. This brought tears to the groom's eyes.

Luncheon Buffet
The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour during which time the couple's photos were taken on the property's garden paths. After the cocktail hour, a luncheon buffet was set up on the site's top two patio tiers overlooking the dance floor.
An old-fashioned wagon with big red wheels served as an interesting display for the fruit and vegetable crudites and chocolate fondue. The Old West-style bar added to the wedding's rustic charm.

"For the wedding's colors, I selected a country look with an accent of royal blue to fit the natural environment," states Rachel. "My bridesmaids' dresses were royal blue. In keeping with the rustic feeling, we placed galvanized cutout oil lamps on some tables, and pretty glass lamps with blue oil on other tables. To further enhance lighting, we rented old-fashioned lamp-posts draped in ivy which added a touch of elegance to our intimate setting."

Wild Flowers with Blue Accents
Centerpieces consisted of heart-shaped topiaries in clay pots that were covered in ivy and decorated with tiny rosebuds and little white doves. Around the base of each centerpiece were arrays of wild flowers with accents of blue. All bridal bouquets also included wild flowers with accents of blue, and the wedding archway was adorned with wild flowers and greenery.

For her wedding favors, Rachel ordered Lindor truffles in bulk over the Internet that were placed on the reception tables. In addition, she made her own invitations at home using her color printer. "I think the invitations were just as nice as if professionally printed," says Rachel. "I chose a floral design with a spring, outdoors theme. It was definitely worth the extra time it took to create these myself."

Something that made Anthony's and Rachel's wedding even more special was to be able to share their joy by knowing that the proceeds of the location rental funded a charity. "This was a nice surprise to learn that Brookside Farm gives 100% of the facility rental costs to a charity providing humanitarian works in 50 countries around the world," remarks Rachel.

Some Wedding Advice
The bride offers her own advice to couples planning their weddings. "It's possible to plan the wedding of your dreams within your budget in just a matter of months if you have the time to invest," says Rachel. "I was lucky that I had a month off from work to focus on planning the wedding.

"To reduce your costs, shop yourself for such items as centerpieces, favors and room decorations. In addition, plan your wedding for a day other than Saturday. Many of your costs will be lower, and you'll benefit from greater flexibility from vendors.”

San Diego Bride & Groom is copyright 2001 by K&K Publications, Inc.

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