Where my story begins...
When I was a young girl of eight years old, I was asked to be a flower girl in my dear Aunt Lynne’s wedding. I still remember feeling so flattered and eager about wearing a pretty dress and being part of another wedding—especially for Auntie Lynne and Uncle Andy. My sister, Natalie (pictured here) was asked to be the ring bearer, but this didn’t settle well with her at all! She started sobbing asking our parents why she had to wear a bear costume at the wedding. This story is amongst our family favorites! Once she learned of her real duties and that she could also wear a pretty dress, she was as thrilled as I was.
When we found out the wedding would be at Ardenwood Historic Farm, we were ecstatic! Our family spent time here on the 4th of July for an old fashioned celebration, attended the pumpkin patch annually and always looked forward to interacting with the animals and old-fashion farm activities. My favorite memory of all, however, was being in a wedding here. I had butterflies in my stomach as we prepared to walk down the aisle and little did I know, this would be the first of many walks I would do on this lawn.
Three years later, at the age of 11, I tagged along with my mom while she looked for an event venue to host my parents’ 40th birthday party. We stumbled upon Palmdale Estates in Fremont and I was completely awestruck! The moment I walked onto the grounds of this stunning property, I knew I wanted to make it a part of my life. As we stepped into the Best House, the most graceful, kind, elegant and professional woman I had ever met promptly greeted us and showed us around. A few days later, my parents booked their first of four major milestone events we would later have at Palmdale Estates including my own wedding! During this first meeting, I candidly asked Veena if I could come work for her, and instead of laughing this off, she replied, “Yes! When you turn 15, come back and I’ll hire you.” I clung to these words and Veena kept her “promise”. Shortly after I turned 15, I wrote Veena to remind her what she told me 4 years prior. My parents were so nervous about my heart being broken in case she did not remember me, but I was determined and very hopeful. Within a few weeks, she called me in for an interview and the rest is history. My Palmdale career began in March of 2004 and is still going strong.
I believe with every fiber of my being that Veena and I were meant to meet and that I had to be a part of Palmdale Estates’ legacy. We were absolutely devastated when we learned that the original Palmdale Estates location was being sold to a developer. Our last year at this gorgeous property was filled with many tears, but also lots of laughter and joy reflecting on all the special moments and memories we helped create for so many people. We are so grateful to have been awarded the opportunity to transfer our experience and knowledge of the wedding and event industry to Ardenwood Historic Farm-- a dream come true!! A special thank you to my family and friends who have helped and supported me and always believed in me! Cheers to chapter two!