Seriously. I saw a lot. The next one up, is something special as I thought nothing could beat out the Mondrian. And I mean nothing. Until - Angelic Grove.
Angelic Grove is a floral/event design company in Phoenix. It's run by a husband and wife team. They rent out their showroom for small, intimate events. Perf!
It looks like an industrial loft. Perf!
It's downtown. Even better - even though I'm the only one that thought that was a plus. You see, my mom lives half an hour from downtown and when we were driving back home from Angelic Grove, she made sure to make every comment she could about how far away it is. This is what I deal with constantly.
And I loved the owner. Can you tell, I have a thing for contacts. Either love 'em or not. I truly feel that they are half of what sells a place to me. If they can't talk it up like they love it too, I just can't fall myself. If they aren't enthusiastic about it, how can I be?
Angelic Grove had no negatives. Not one. After, I saw this place, I was sold. Done!
Buuuuut - my mother kept making her comments and we moved on, "just to check it out" to The Castle of Ashley Manor...
A castle, you say? Ya. I'm not a castle girly but I gave it a chance.
I only have pictures of the gardens because guess what? That's all I liked. The gardens. The Castle has a set up where ceremony happens outdoors and reception indoors. I asked and no one has ever had their reception outside, ever. But, it's so much prettier...
I asked again and I would have to pay the full price to only use half the facility.
And then I ate, again.
I kid you, not.