I was honored to be chosen as my best friends Maid Of Honor, but wasn't expecting to be such an active part of the wedding planning. Her fiance's job required him to travel a lot, so she depended on me to come along and help make decisions; we've been friend for 15 years, so I know what she likes. We toured an endless number of Phoenix resorts and a few private estates, but she fell in love with the Stone Bridge Manor, which is easy to do when you see the amazing Garden Pavilion with water features and all. We toured during the day, so the day of the event, to see it lit up when the sun went down made it even more spectacular. During the planning phase we had options for the reception and the ceremony, and they were very accommodating for what we wanted. To make things easier, she opted to do a full service package. It is definitely more expensive, but really eliminated the foot work that we needed to do. The outdoor ceremony was beautiful, which led into a break with Hors d'Oeuvres, followed by an amazing dinner and reception. The dinner was plated and served; the staff was great and extremely friendly. I chose to have the Chicken Marsala, which was fabulous. We had plenty of room to dance, and really enjoy ourselves. The only downside is that it can be really expensive, it depends on dates and time of year, but if you are able to go all out, it is definitely worth it. Everyone enjoyed themselves, and the bride was ecstatic with the way it turned out.
Stonebridge Manor was the most amazing place to have for my wedding venue. This place is almost too good to be true. Stonebridge Manor used to be a family house and was turned into a venue for weddings with both a front and back area. The front area is known as the Manor Courtyard and is where I had my ceremony and reception. The back area can accommodate more guests and is called the Garden Pavilion. The grounds are breathtaking and decorated to the hilt. They have beautiful twinkle lights strung in the trees and beautiful maintained lawns. Not only do they offer the venue only option for one's wedding, but they also offer an all-inclusive package. I went with this option. This package included the venue and one hundred guests in addition to anything else involved in a wedding. The wedding planner, who was included in the package, stated, "All you need to do is show up with your groom and wedding party and we will take care of the rest." This was the most amazing and wonderful truth! They had photographers, caterers, florists and bakers to choose from for each detail of your wedding. The wedding planner, the preacher, the limousine, decorations and even a small bar was included in the overall cost. As a graduate student, from a different city, Stonebridge Manor made planning my wedding easy and affordable. I was never stressed out about planning details or meetings. I was aided in everything by my amazing wedding planner, which definitely helped with my low stress level. She made sure everything was ready and prepared for the wedding. If you are looking for an amazing wedding location they have it all. I would do my wedding over in a heartbeat and pick the Stonebridge Manor again and again.