The Gardens at Lake Merritt

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We fell in love with the Garden Center and botanical gardens during the Autumn Lights Festival last fall, so decided to take a site tour to evaluate if it would be a good backdrop for our wedding.  So I booked a site tour with the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department during lunch.  Clinton worked from home today, so he could easily meet me there.

The tour was extensive, and our guide answered all of our questions.  The idea was to have the ceremony in the Japanese Gardens, but the garden area is fairly small, so at most we could just put down a few chairs for our parents.  The garden was still just as lovely, so I think we’re going with that.

The Garden Room adjoining the gardens that we can rent together ended up being a might bit too small for even our small wedding reception, so at first we were contemplating another room in the Garden Center.  However, our guide ended up taking us to check out the Sailboat House too.  I had been there once before for my parents’ friend’s 60th birthday several years back.

Our timing could not have been more perfect!  The weather was absolutely perfect when we went – a break in the rain allowed for a stunningly sunny and gorgeous lake, with puffy white clouds in the sky that accentuated the large walls of windows of the Sailboat House.  We fell immediately in love with the venue!  Now to finalize plans and book the places!

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