Originally part of the Old Mission San Jose garden, Palmdale Estates is a
beautifully landscaped site, featuring dozens of stately palms and native
California trees, verdant lawns, gardens and even a pond. In the midst of
this lovely setting is Best House, a Tudor-style mansion whose delightful interior and grounds create a storybook backdrop for weddings any time of year.
Built in 1915, the house reflects much of the elegant, ornate detailing of
the period: graceful arched doorways, bas-relief ceiling moldings, crystal
chandeliers, hand painted murals and gleaming hardwood floors. The Ballroom, though the largest space in the house, still has an intimate
feeling with cream-colored walls, an oversized decorative marble fireplace and a
huge leaded glass window overlooking the gardens. At one end of the
Ballroom, a few steps take you up to The Music Room, a glitzy alcove with gold
leaf walls and colorful stained glass window. At the other end are the
formal Dining Room and Solarium, two light and airy rooms with an abundance of
leaded glass windows and views of the "backyard".
When you get married here, you have exclusive use of the main floor of the
house as well as the adjacent lawns to orchestrate your wedding any way you
like. During warm months, most couples tie the knot in the white gazebo on
the rear lawn, which is bordered by pines, redwoods and dotted with palms and
fruit trees. They have their reception outdoors as well, setting up tables
in the grassy expanse next to the gazebo. Afterwards, the guests are
invited inside for dancing and cake cutting. In winter, receptions are
generally held in the Ballroom, with the other spaces used according to the
couple's preferred fluid floor plan which offers plenty of flexibility.
(Note that Starr Gardens, behind the adjacent Peach mansion, is available for
ceremonies and receptions.) Whether you celebrate under the magnificent
palms or in the grand surroundings of Best House, you can't help but enjoy the
quiet beauty of Palmdale Estates.
The main floor of the Best House is an area of 2500 square feet and will
accommodate a party of 200. The capacity of the exterior well exceeds 500.
It is an elegant facility for weddings, corporate meetings and parties.
Open House Every Wednesday
4:00pm to 8:00pm. No appointment is necessary to tour; however, if you
need assistance or intend to book a date, please call in advance to schedule an
Experience a staged ceremony as it would be on your special day at Palmdale
Estates. Meet dozens of vendors offering the very best services and goods
for your wedding.
Next Bridal Show dates - April 1st, 2007 / November 4th,
2007 - 12 pm to 3pm.
$20.00 (50% off for all Palmdale Estates Brides and Grooms
and your respective guests attending the faire.)
Photo credits: Top - Vince Terry Photography / Center
and Bottom - Firestone Photography