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Posted Jan 30, 2015 by Gloria Atherstone

Arista Winery ~ Healdsburg

About the Venue

What a beautifully diverse and stunning vineyard property! Arista Winery is truly a standout wedding venue in Wine Country. With gorgeous oak trees, vineyard vistas and picturesque Japanese water gardens, this amazing property in Healdsburg makes for a relaxing, fun and vibrant setting to hold your ceremony, reception and even rehearsal dinner. The stone pillars and magnificent rod iron gate welcome you and your guests into Arista. The natural elements around the property are remarkable and create a deep warmth and comfort that is at the heart of this family-owned and operated winery. Accommodating up to around 200 guests, you can do so much with the reception space. It works great with king’s tables like featured above. They open up the space while looking formal in a simple and clean manner. The wide open field is spacious and beautiful, while the great oaks create a canopy overhead.

Photography by Misti Layne

Ask the Expert

Photographer Misti Layne shares her love for this venue. Arista is one of my absolute favorites. Everywhere you turn there is just beautiful landscape and lots of options for photography. At Arista they are also so accommodating and helpful. This venue ranges from having goats and chickens, lavender, Japanese gardens and vineyards all in one. Arista has a variety of places that can handle intimate crowds or hundreds. Each has a different view and ambiance about them that are just inviting and blend well with the surroundings of Wine Country perfectly. The gardens, vineyards and buildings are well integrated to flow well for any party or event.     I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Venue – Arista Winery; Photographer – Misti Layne Photography; Floral Design –Dragonfly Floral; Catering – Park Avenue Catering; Cakes/Desserts – Michele’s Corner Cakes

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Wedding Venue ~ Sonoma

Posted Jan 29, 2015 by I Do Venues



Enjoy, Eat, Marry & Celebrate

Enjoy the captivating ambiance of Sonoma Plaza. Indulge in the succulent dining experience at El Dorado Kitchen. Marry your sweetheart at this wonderful wine country wedding venue. Celebrate with your loved ones. Whether you desire a large or intimate celebration – the El Dorado Hotel and Kitchen can easily accommodate up to 250 guests for your ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner. Picture your ceremony under the fig tree on the garden patio with cocktail party in the private lounge and dining at the communal table . Wherever you are on the gorgeous grounds, the El Dorado Hotel blends a refined charm with playful romance to create a one-of-a-kind avant-garde beauty!




Boutique Wedding Delight!

This boutique hotel is located in a top-notch wine country setting at the historic Sonoma Plaza. Just a few steps away from plentiful photo opportunities, including the Mission San Francisco de Solano (featured in the top left photo) along with other quaint shops to stroll along and take photos. El Dorado Hotel is comfortable and contemporary with 27 guest rooms and the delicious, Micheln Guide recommended restaurant, El Dorado Kitchen. Now that you stomach is satisfied with a delectable meal, head over to the all-day Wine Bar and solar heated pool with cabanas- a perfect way to indulge you and your guests, as you relax before your big day! (Even have your farewell brunch on the patio by the pool!)






Time to customize the menu or your foodie dreams! El Dorado’s extraordinary Executive Chef is ready to tailor a special menu to fit your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner. Featuring mouth-watering dishes such as Local King Salmon, Maine Lobster Risotto, Pumpkin Ravioli and Prime New York Strip Steak, this world-class dining experience is the perfect way to satisfy your tastebuds and give your guests a menu full of creative variety, earthy flair and exceptional seasonal produce.



Photography by Meaghan Elliott


Let’s Get Snappy with Photographer Meaghan Elliott

I loved that it was an intimate affair, and rather than having a focus on the “party” for the reception, it was centered on an amazing five-course dinner and fellowship with friends and family. The style of the hotel is very cool! Unique, fresh, modern and beautiful! It is up-scale, but still feels laid back.


I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Venue – El Dorado Kitchen & Hotel; Photographer –ME Photography; Wedding Coordinator – Jenne Hohn; Floral – Chesnut and Vine; Catering – El Dorado Kitchen; Cake/Desserts – El Dorado Kitchen


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San Francisco Wedding Venue ~ Color and Style at The Fairmon ...

Posted Jun 26, 2014 by I Do Venues


Classic & Elegant Rooms

From crystal chandeliers to silver platters, today’s wedding at The Fairmont San Francisco is truly one of the most luxurious hotels from the selection of San Francisco wedding venues. With spectacular cityscapes of the bustling city (located in view of the ocean!), there are plenty of reasons why this hotel stands out from the rest. Marble stairs, embellished moldings, encrusted wall decor and wood ballroom floors elevate all weddings held at The Fairmont. Choose from The Gold Room, The Venetian Room, The Crown Room or The Penthouse for your celebration. For outdoor space, the Garden Roof is a gem of The Fairmont’s where your guests can sip on champagne and enjoy a meal with romantic views of night life.


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Dress Up…Your Appetizers!

One way to add flavor to your party is to “dress up” your food; and The Fairmont team does just that! Meal options include delicious seated dinners, a buffet, cocktail serving or family-style dinners created by their culinary experts. Caviar on sushi and “suited up” strawberries achieve today’s formal look. A variety of menu and beverage packages are offered to fit any of your event’s needs. Luxury doesn’t end at the door — The Fairmont’s fine treatment carries throughout the entire planning and celebration day, including all of the small (yet important) details!


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Wedding Credits: Venue – The Fairmont in San Francisco, CA; Photographer – Catherine Hall Studios; Event Planner – Joannie Liss; Floral Designer – Jane’s Roses




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Carmel Wedding Venue ~ Luxury, Lavendar and Lace

Posted Jun 25, 2014 by I Do Venues


Photography By: Alison Yin

About the venue

Immersed in fields of lavender, surrounded by the Santa Lucia Mountains are twenty-six pristine acres of pure luxury where your wedding muse will come alive. The Bernardus Lodge, an ultra sophisticated boutique resort, unifies European graciousness with the casual elegance of a California ranch resort. With only 57 rooms, this Carmel wedding venue provides opulence, intimacy, and exclusivity for the discerning bride.



Photography By: Alison Yin

The Destination Wedding

A destination of a wedding, by nature, becomes a mini vacation; however regardless of the location YOU are the main attraction. Guests making the pilgrimage expect a few “bride and groom” sightings before the main event.  A welcome packet and/or itinerary is a creative way to communicate with your guests while removing obligation. The budget minded couple may choose a no-host cocktail reception to set the tone for weekended while those who enjoy a more lavish budget may opt for a formal welcome dinner to kick off the merriment.

FEATURED-Vendors-ButtonPhotographer: Alison Yin,  Venue: The Bernardus Lodge


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Temecula Wedding Venue ~ Callaway Vineyards

Posted Jun 25, 2014 by I Do Venues

Photography By: Leah Marie Photography

Views to Die For!

We have a sunset “sweet spot” for you today! On top of a breathtaking hill, about 1.5 hours south of Los Angeles in Temecula City, Callaway Vineyard & Winery offers breathtaking panoramic views, a top pick from Southern California wedding venues! You will  want to be there when the evening sky turns an array of oranges and purples. It is easier and more fun to design your wedding when you have beautiful surroundings that are fit for you! With the option to hold your ceremony on the West Lawn, and several reception rooms of your choice, Callaway works with you to create your dream wedding!

Now That’s Something to Celebrate

If you are a golf enthusiast, then this may just be your spot, if the name sounds familiar your are right, founder Ely Callaway created the famous Callaway golf brand during a brief retirement from wine making.  Now the famous brand  is celebrating 40 years of winery success, Callaway’s Vineyard & Winery brings history to your wedding scene. The green lawn and expansive vineyard’s natural hues look lovely with any color palette. Soft pastels against the stonework exterior and wood-barrel rooms add a romantic glow, while jewel tones and pop colors create a wonderful contrast. All you need to do is accentuate what this winery already has set up for you!

Looking through the Lens with Leah Marie Photography

“When I met Seung & Julie, I knew they would be fun to photograph but had no idea the magic that would happen on the other side of my camera. As you can tell they are super photogenic! Their wedding was at Callaway Winery. The winery just did some major renovations and all of the new buildings are very modern and sleek which make for some amazing wedding portraits. The reception was held in the barrel room. The barrel room is stunning and one of my favorite places to shoot a reception!”


Wedding Credits: Reception Venue — Callaway Vineyards & Winery in Temecula, CA; Photographer — Leah Marie Photography; Florist – Sweet Petals Florist



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A Central Coast Retreat ~ Carmel Valley Ranch

Posted Jun 24, 2014 by Lauren Kale

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Fairytale Enchantment

Have you been dreaming of a fairytale wedding since childhood? Do you imagine yourself surrounded by an enchanting forest backdrop amidst rolling hills and towering sycamores? Look no further, because Carmel Valley Ranch is the venue for you! Located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, the Ranch offers the best of the Central Coast. Three different ceremony locations are available to fit each bride’s desires. Choose between the Vineyard Lawn with its oak grove and lavender field, or the River Lawn, surrounded by 100-year-old oaks and towering sycamores.


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The More the Merrier

If a large ceremony is what you’re after, then the Valley Lawn, featuring a 500-acre playground is just the place for you. Along with ceremony options, Carmel Valley Ranch offers an array of reception options, each incorporating an indoor/outdoor ambiance. Take advantage of the temperate climate known to the Valley and have an intimate outdoor reception at the Organic Garden with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.


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Patio Magic

The magic is truly in the details as menus etched into wood are offered for those wanting a more permanent keepsake. Equipped with a beautifully lit pool and patio, this Lodge is a truly a romantic fairytale destination. Make every dream a reality and celebrate late into the night at this incredible venue!


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Looking through the Lens with Julie Mikos

“There were loads of gorgeous spots to photograph (in fact, it was hard to pick and choose which locations) and the staff was terrific. The food was also really yummy. Sarah Ward of Sarah Ward Events did a great job of coordinating the day, and I loved Chic Event Rentals and Rose Hip Floral’s simple design ideas. The architecture at Carmel Valley Ranch and the setting kind of speaks for itself!”




Wedding Credits: Venue – Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, CA; Photographer – Julie Mikos Photography; Wedding Coordinator – Sarah Ward of Sarah Ward Events; Floral Design – Rose Hip Floral’s; Rentals – Chic Event Rentals




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Calling “Timber” ~ Beautiful Bodega Bay Wedding ...

Posted May 9, 2014 by Gloria Atherstone

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Welcome to Timber Cove!

Located just north of the serene and relaxing Bodega Bay, Timber Cove is the perfect place to host your oceanfront wedding! This region of the Sonoma Coastline is known for its extensive wineries and world famous chefs. Timber Cove Inn sits right along this historic coastline offering an extremely peaceful setting for your celebration! With views of the cliffside as well as the expansive Pacific Ocean, this cozy venue hosts’ accommodations and amenities any water-loving couple would drool over!


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Looking through the Lens with Susan Adler Photography

“Nestled along the rugged Sonoma coastline is a gem of a location: Timber Cove Inn. This is a naturally beautiful and unique wedding location that offers an incredible background for an intimate wedding ceremony and reception. I appreciate the views of the mighty Pacific Ocean and beautiful tranquil setting. The Inn can accommodate the bridal party and guests for a perfect wedding weekend. It is the quintessential Northern California experience!”


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Picture This…

For your wedding up to 120 guests, you can choose from several outstanding coastal wedding venues (or indoor spaces) at the Timber Cove Inn. The Inn also provides wedding planning services and customized catering menus with world-renowned chefs from their own Alexander’s Restaurant! After the celebration, unwind with nearby attractions and activities such as wine tasting, kayaking, hiking, or visit the historic art galleries of Gualala. Enjoy a relaxing ocean front getaway at this enchanting destination!



Wedding Credits: Venue – Timber Cove Inn in Sonoma, CA; Photographer – Susan Adler Photography; Coordination – Timber Cove Inn; Floral Design – La Belle Fleur in Santa Rosa; Catering – Alexander’s at Timber Cove Inn



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Lounging Around Charles Krug ~ A Napa Wedding Venue

Posted May 8, 2014 by I Do Venues

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the biggest day of your life!

Today’s wedding features Charles Krug Winery, a Napa Valley venue among the top winery weddings destination! With a serene setting that creates a peaceful time to relish in your love, you can be surrounded by as many guests as you please. (Large weddings welcome!) But don’t forget to lounge around and enjoy the special details in your design. A cute, sophisticated lounge area like this allows great photo opportunities, as well as a fun and comfortable spot for your guests to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings! The contemporary pink and navy design of this wedding is uber-chic and almost resembles a styled shoot! But in fact, today’s couple really did tie the knot at one of our favorite wine country destinations!


Video by Luke Goodman Cinematography


Capture the Design Magic

Remember: Your photographer and videographer are your greatest assets for capturing all the magic that you, your planner and florist created! Make sure to choose someone who will be a great fit for you style, (as well as someone who is professional and fun!) Today’s couple chose wisely with Jennifer Skog Photography and Luke Goodman Cinematography. As you can see they make the magic come to life!


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Photography by Jennifer Skog


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Wedding Credits: Venue – Charles Krug in Napa Valley; Photographer – Jennifer Skog Photography; Cinematography – Luke Goodman and Pamela Francisco; Event Design & Planning – Amazáe Special Events; Flowers – Nicole Ha Designs; Cake – Studio Cake; Lighting – Enhanced Lighting and Sound



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