As Mr. Beanstalk and I watched the episode of TLC’s hit show Four Weddings that featured our possible wedding venue, Cauley Square Historic Village, we finally found it! Our dream wedding venue!
It looked like a small restaurant in the most beautiful garden setting. The building had that old Florida architecture with tons of character. And the wedding that took place there won first place! The only problem? We had no idea where this place was! I had taped the episode and watched it several times, hoping that I could decipher where in South Florida this wedding was.
I soon took to the internet and spent several hours on Google searching. I forget what it was I typed in exactly (maybe, “intimate South Florida garden wedding venues”?), but a list came up and, after clicking on each link, I finally found the venue featured in the episode! It is called the Sundy House and is located in historic downtown Delray Beach, which is about an hour north of Miami.
The Sundy House is a small boutique hotel that only has 11 rooms. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and used to be the home of John Shaw Sundy, former mayor of Delray Beach (1911–1927). The Inn is nestled within an acre of stunning tropical gardens, and the only freshwater swimming pond in Florida is located on the property! It truly is a unique and breathtaking venue. We knew we had found our wedding location!
The front of the Sundy House is so charming.
The terrace by one of the many ponds
The freshwater swimming pond
Dining in the tropics
This will be a fabulous spot for some great wedding pics!
The bar is located in an atrium—very tropical.
After contacting the hotel, we found out that it was within our budget and that they were available on our date! Plus we could do the ceremony and reception on site! I took it as a sign—it was meant to be! We let them knew we were interested, and within a few days a contract was drawn up.
Even though we knew in our hearts this was where we would be getting married, Mr. Beanstalk and I wanted my parents to visit the Sundy House. (Signing a contract without having ever visited the venue was kind of a big deal!) A week later my family went and met with the events manager. He walked them through the whole property and answered any questions they had. As soon as they left they called me and told us to go ahead and sign the contract. Everything was beautiful. They kept gushing about what a truly unique and magical venue this was! That it is just like a secret garden, tucked away in the heart of the downtown area. I was over the moon with joy. We signed the contract and sent our deposit. I was beyond excited! I had begun to think I would never find my perfect garden venue, but I finally did! Patience and perseverance pays off!
This is the dining room where our reception will be. How breathtaking is that vine-covered ceiling?
A possible way to decorate
*All images via the Sundy House
How did you find your dream wedding venue? Did you stumble upon it by watching a show (like I did), or was it a place you always fantasized tying the knot at?