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Santa Barbara Wedding Venue ~ Firestone Winery

Posted Apr 18, 2014 by I Do Venues


Love Sweet Love in Santa Barbara

Cascading rows of grapes and majestic mountain views await guests at Firestone Winery located in the Santa Ynez valley in Santa Barbara. This vast Santa Barbara wedding venue hosts four outdoor areas and two indoor spaces, offering a variety of ceremony and reception options (with gorgeous vineyard views that span across the golden horizon)!


Indoor & Outdoor Locations

Outdoor options at Firestone Winery include the Terrace, the Garden, the Courtyard, and the Vineyard Mesa. Indoor options include the Tasting Room, and my favorite, the Barrel Room and Deck. This cavernous room holds mountainous barrels of fermenting wine equipped with one long feasting table for tastings. The rot iron chandeliers create an ambiance that compliments the smell of aging wine.

Can’t decide? Don’t worry! Booking any of the options grants access to the remainder of the facilities so brides need not fret about choosing between such fantastic scenery. Firestone events are granted complete exclusivity upon reservation, however note that the Barrel Room is unavailable after the third week in September through November due to harvesting. Wine and dine in this scenic setting as you embark on new beginnings!


Photography by Kamee June



Wedding Credits: Venue – Firestone Winery; Photographer – Kamee June Photography; Caterer – Pure Joy Catering, Inc.;Event Planner – La Fleur Weddings & Events;Floral Designer – Camilla Svensson Burns Couture Floral & Event Design


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Crossings Golf Course – Carlsbad

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Gloria Atherstone


Coastal Wedding Love

Lush green golf course with ocean views? Count me in! This fantastic San Diego wedding venue provides a stunning backdrop to any celebration. Located in one of the most picturesque cities along San Diego’s coast, The Crossings at Carlsbad offers a gorgeous property to call home for your special day.


Photography by Scott Lawrence


Charm of Carlsbad

Specifically located in Carlsbad, this coastal town boasts with some of the most breathtaking beaches accompanied by great restaurants and boutiques that lend a delightful small town feel. From intimate to large weddings, the ceremony and reception spaces at The Crossings can make you feel right at home. With a vast ocean backdrop to your ceremony and a stone fireplace in the clubhouse, this manicured property and top of the line amenities are what makes today’s venue a pretty cool place to play some golf (oh, and get married)!



I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Venue – The Crossings Golf Course at Carlsbad; Photographer – Scott Lawrence


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Southern California Wedding Venue Bliss ~ The Cravens Estate

Posted Apr 11, 2014 by Gloria Atherstone



About the Venue

When looking into Southern California wedding venues you won’t want to miss out on The Cravens Estate and its European splendor! Dating back to 1930, this grand chateau is infused with elements of French and Baroque decor that is sure to aw-inspire all who visit. In entering the foyer, guests are encountered by magnificent painted murals, high ceilings and marble floors. The estate’s beautiful gardens can be overlooked from a romantic terrace, entered through the large living room. This chateau playfully presents many possibilities for your ceremony and reception with its elegant three story, fifty-room residence, as well as ample acres of gardens. The Cravens Estate presents a versatile backdrop that can be paired with many creative elements and themes. Whether you choose romantic lit candles, lush modern topiaries, rustic Italian country table settings or floral bohemian elements (this estate can be the foreground for your style of play) — all it needs is a bride’s personal touch!



Photography by Caroline Tran Photography by Caroline Tran



Ask the Expert: DIY Wedding

Personalizing your wedding comes best with a touch of personality, inspiration and handmade crafts. Combining textures such as elegant lace, patterned fabrics, ribbons, and handmade seating cards are an excellent (and easy!) way to dress a reception table or create unique wedding cards. Simply provide pens and squares of fabric for your guests and have them pin their congratulatory messages on the back of their chairs! Or how about whimsically hanging light shades that reflect the lyrical idea of a bohemian style “dream catcher?” Express yourself using paper cutout signs with playful words; a perfect addition to photographic memories and a fun way to create different photo-ops with your guests. These cutouts can also become an endearing theme when reused as table numbers. Have fun with it!



Photography by Caroline Tran

Photography by Caroline Tran

Photography by Caroline Tran


I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Venue – The Craven’s Estate in Pasadena; Photographer – Caroline Tran Photography




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Carmel Wedding Venue ~ Got Film at Holman Ranch

Posted Apr 10, 2014 by Gloria Atherstone

Cinematography to Last a Lifetime

Sensational. Perfect. Memorable. This is your wedding at Holman Ranch! Rows of vineyards cover the European-infused landscape at this amazing property nestled in Carmel Valley. It’s no secret that Holman Ranch is one of the most gorgeous and historic Carmel wedding venues!

Now that we’ve set the scene of this incredible venue — we want to be real with you about the importance of cinematography. The beauty of the venue will be well enjoyed by you and your guests on your wedding day, but what about for you (and your children) to enjoy for years to come? Your venue should set the scene of your wedding, creating the perfect backdrop to an unforgettable celebration.

As we all know, a wedding is more than just celebrating that day, it’s celebrating the start of your lives together with all your loved ones! That’s why the best advice you always hear is to cherish every moment. Then what happens when you want to re-live those moments?
That is where a cinematographer steps in! They create an amazing documentation of your wedding day (all the details, all the laughs, the hugs, the funky dances, special toasts…) and they create something very special. Something that you and your husband/wife can cherish forever!


Watch Today’s Wedding in a beautiful Highlight Film!

Video & Photography by Stillwater Cinematography



Q & A with Stillwater Cinematography

We spoke with Zachary and Wendy of Stillwater Cinematography about the beauty of Holman Ranch, and the importance of a good cinematographer to turn your wedding day into a magical highlight film like the one above! Check other videos from this wedding, such as the first dance and full documentary films.


What do you enjoy about shooting at Holman Ranch?

We love the combination of breathtaking landscapes and striking architecture. It lends to be an endless opportunity for fabulous imagery. Holman Ranch gives a feeling is as if you’re in Italy. Whisked away into a far away land, yet close to the Bay Area. Since Holman Ranch is located deep in the valley, the feeling out there is open and expansive. It’s a one of a kind experience.


What should couples bear in mind when thinking of getting a good Cinematographer?

This is something you will be watching for the rest of your life, so make sure you love their style. Hire Artists. Try and get to know each other, it’ll make the shoot more personal and unique to you. We love to meet our Couples and get comfortable together before the Wedding.


What is the best part of your job?

Knowing that we were able to capture the essence of the day for each couple and make them something they will cherish forever.


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Berkeley Wedding Venue ~ Making the Grade UC Berkeley Facult ...

Posted Apr 9, 2014 by Gloria Atherstone


Spring is here!

Happy Easter and belated Passover! Spring is officially upon us (and hopefully the weather will start to reflect the groundhog’s prediction of an early Spring soon). In the meantime, find some sweet venue inspiration in today’s wedding at The Faculty Club. Located on the campus of UC Berkeley, this woodsy setting is a private haven for your celebration! This Bay Area wedding venue exudes beauty at any season, but you can’t beat the lush green grass and blue skies of a fresh Spring wedding!



Catering Details

The Club offers a full catering service and customized menus for up to 300 seated guests, while a friendly staff is available to guide you through every step of planning your celebration. This gorgeous forested space offers wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces (touched by the eclectic charm of Berkeley) for your ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner!


Photography by Elizabeth Hurley Photography


Looking through the Lens with Elizabeth Hurley

“The venue is unique and inviting. There is something beautiful to shoot around every corner! The luscious glade, the craftsman design and architecture, stained glass windows and beautiful carved beams and fireplaces!”



I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Wedding Venue – The Faculty Club in Berkeley; Photographer – Elizabeth Hurley Photography; Florist – Kate Jett; Catering – The Faculty Club; Cake – Chelsea Mead with Kingdom Cake




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Napa Valley Wedding Venue ~ Mt. La Salle

Posted Apr 4, 2014 by I Do Venues



Breathtaking Romance and Spanish-Flair

Say hello to the incredible Christian Brothers Retreat & Conference Center among Mount La Salle Monastery in Napa. This venue embodies the heart of Wine Country and what Napa wedding venues are all about! This breathtaking editorial shoot showcases that perfectly – embracing the passions of photographer Barbara Jacqueline. The color scheme works flawlessly with this natural oasis, set atop the hills overlooking Napa Valley below. While the exotic patterns, delightful desserts and overall executed theme transports us directly to the Spanish countryside! What more could you ask for? Read more “behind-the-shoot” inspiration & watch the video below!



Concept & Inspiration with Photographer Barbara Jacqueline

“As a wedding photographer I am inspired by many things, my clients and their real life and their real love stories. Fascinated since a young child with 16th and 17th century paintings which capture the true essence of “painting with light,” as well as my mother’s own photography talents and career as a portrait photographer in Cuba, I feel strongly this has helped to mold me and inspire me. The original inspiration to this editorial is my heritage. Being of Cuban descent and Spanish ancestry, I was inspired to style a Spanish wedding that was not only beautiful and romantic; I envisioned something not so typical in a Spanish wedding bringing in elements of passion and beauty to accompany this culture.

The objective was to showcase and style a wedding that embraced the location and region to showcase the venue, as well as to invite talented wedding professionals that I have had the distinct honor of working with these past few years. The team was constructed very carefully and we worked diligently to create the ideal setting for a perfect wedding in the Napa Valley.

The Christian Brothers Retreat is a dream-like and historical setting with a chapel and several courtyards to host a romantic wedding in the Spanish setting. I was thrilled to have been involved in the concept creation and production of this editorial, modern meets tradition in a beautiful,modern,but organic way.”






Photographer – Barbara Jacqueline Photography

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Wedding Venue and Catering: Christian Brothers Retreat and Conference Center in Napa, CA; Photographer – Barbara Jacqueline Photography; Wedding Design and Planning – Gina Lett of Inspirations by Gina; Videography – Epic Studios; Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals; Linens: Napa Valley Linens; Stationary – Creative Designs by Mimi; Hardscapes – Designer 8 Rentals; Hair and Makeup – Keke Vasquez; Bridal Gown, Embellishments & AccessoriesVio Gemini Designs; Wedding Florals – EV Floral Design; Wedding Cake – The Whole Cake; Specialty Desserts – Yo Yo Cakes; Cake Pops: Marlene Osorio-Agard; Specialty Wines – The Hess Collection and Christian Brothers Retreat and Conference Center; Spanish Classical Guitarist – Jay Pierre Alvarez

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Camarillo Wedding Venue ~ A Glimpse of Spring

Posted Apr 3, 2014 by I Do Venues


Romantic Oasis

Step foot in the beautiful 5 acres of Maravilla Gardens filled with scents of flowers, songs of birds, and breezes of fresh air. As one of Camarillo’s most picturesque wedding venues, Maravilla graces all who enter with vibrant gardens, a rustic barn and an exclusive caterer. If you’re looking for a wedding venue with experience and special attention to create your personalized event, this is your playground. Maravilla personally selects Command Performance Catering as their caterer because of their impeccable menu flexibility and commitment to excellence. Between Maravilla’s environment, Command Performance Catering and an included “Day Of” coordinator, you’ll have a team of planners at your side.





Style it Your Own

Amp this venue with your style! At Maravilla, you can personalize your wedding with decor and elements that bring you and your groom’s unique flavor. Today’s wedding is chic and romantic—accentuated with a pastel palette, loose flower arrangements, burlap fabrics, and doilies—made possible by Maravilla’s universal canvas. Here, anything goes. Come on, bring your weathered and recycled objects for a rustic look, or, lavish the environment with modern decor. Maravilla Gardens can be a home to all types of weddings!


For More Inspiration, Look Here!




Wedding Credits: Venue – Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo, CA; Photographer – Shaun and Skyla Walton





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Pin Wheels and Polka Dots ~ Whimisical Sierra Foothills Wedd ...

Posted Apr 2, 2014 by I Do Venues


Ask the expert

The first day of spring has sprung and with it comes a multitude of incredible spring weddings.  This classic design is playful and whimsical, the perfect DIY combination of a well-chosen color pallet paired with modern patterns and textures. The wedding party dons the signature “daisy yellow” color with style. The dresses compliment all figure styles and the golden hue is not too bright or washed out. I love the groomsmen’s grey suites and the ties boast a yellow, green and blue pattern that gives them aisle style.

The invitations are awesome – the polka dots and clean lines could go either way modern or country, but the wonderful scrolled font and the sweet butterfly graphic give it a soft romantic look.  Who wouldn’t love these escort cards,  the idea is superb!  The pinwheel display has WOW factor and the combination of the soft pale yellow with the polka dots solid yellow color really makes the display noteworthy.



Photography by: Stout Photography

About the venue

Monte Verde Inn is the perfect place for the DIY bride because as we all know, “Do it yourself does not mean do it alone.” The Monte Verde Inn provides complete one stop shopping for brides which makes it easy to take on those special projects that we all love.

Our hats off to the venue – they try and think of everything. The ceremony location does not just look like it was built for this occasion – it has been. Accommodating brides is what they do best and the custom-made arbor is “over sized” perfect for accommodating a ceremony without that “too cozy” feeling many of the rental items may have. The soaring Redwoods provide shade in the summer and a crisp aromatic setting that everyone remembers. I also have to comment on the chairs: perfectly neutral but with a bit more character than the standard white wood chairs.

I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Photographer – Stout Photography; Floral – O’Shays Flowers and Antiques; Cake – Kelly of the Monte Verde Inn; Entertainment and Lighting – SJ’s Disc Jockey.



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