So… it’s not too often that I get personal on our Central Coast Living Blog, but every July I get a little sentimental! Nine years ago, this month I was walking down an aisle dusted with rose petals at one of the most magical venues in all of Monterey (in my humble opinion) – the Memory Garden. I’ll never forget walking through the Portola Hotel & Spa on my way to marry my best friend. Each step I took through the lobby as the sun was shining through the windows; I was one step closer to becoming Mrs. Thomas.
My husband and I were immediately drawn to the Memory Garden. The clean white walls of the adobe and enchanted garden were exactly what we had envisioned for our wedding day. The natural flora and fauna of the garden didn’t really need any extra decorating; it was perfect just as it was.
I remember vividly, as I peeked from the gates before the ceremony, that this was it – my dream wedding, simple, romantic, elegant and quintessential old Monterey. After, we walked hand in hand to Frank Sinatra’s “It Happened in Monterey” (yes I know he’s referring to Monterey, Mexico, but it still worked) and as we gazed back at our family and friends, all was right in the world at that very moment!
Now our walks near and around the garden include our amazing six year old twins, who fondly call it Mommy & Daddy’s Wedding Flower Garden, and every time we take that first step through the gates, my husband and exchange a glance with one another, reflecting on our wedding day.