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Venue Tells All with Candace Miller
Marina City Club boasts with shimmering seaside beauty! As one of our favorite Los Angeles wedding venues, we could gush about this sparkling venue all day. But today we thought we would let Candace Miller do that. After all she is the Catering Director at Marina City Club, and no one knows this lovely venue better than her!
What makes Marina City Club stand out?
- Views from our floor to ceiling windows on the 3rd floor overlook the largest man-made marina in the United States!
- The entire 3rd floor is completely yours for your special day. Only one event per day is scheduled to ensure top priority!
- We have in-house draping already installed, party lanterns with LED lights, baby grand piano and a Chandelier over the sweet heart table ALL at no additional charge.
How do you accommodate to your brides in a special way?
- Truly make them feel and understand we care about their day and vow to make is special as it can be!
- Help wherever is needed with the planning process, such as give recommendations and referrals.
- Our tasting is complimentary up to 3 people.
- We have one large Bridal suite and a smaller Groom’s room, both included with the venue!
Describe what you love most about Marina City Club.
- I love the flow of our space, it’s very non-traditional square ballroom type.
- The cocktail hour is host to a 360-degree bar with full service around the entire thing.
- The formal ballroom sits to the left of the cocktail hour space, providing easy flow from one room to the next.
- We have a small outdoor patio area and lounge area right outside of the Restrooms.
If you like what you hear, check out Marina City Club‘s profile for more dazzling details!
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<h3>Views to Die For!</h3>
We have a sunset “sweet spot” for you today! Atop a hill, about 1.5 hours south of Los Angeles in Temecula City, <strong>Callaway Vineyard & Winery</strong> offers breathtaking panoramic views — surely a top pick from Southern California wedding venues! You’ll want to be there when the evening sky turns an array of oranges and purples. It’s easier (and more fun!) to design your wedding when you have beautiful surroundings that work <em>for </em>you. With the option to hold your ceremony on the West Lawn, and several reception rooms of your choice, Callaway works <em>with </em>you to create your dream wedding!
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<h3>Now That’s Something to Celebrate</h3>
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!
<h3>Looking through the Lens with Leah Marie Photography</h3>
<em>”When I met <em>Seung & Julie</em>, 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!”</em>
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<em>Wedding Credits: Reception Venue — <a href=”http://www.callawaywinery.com/main.html” target=”_blank”>Callaway Vineyards & Winery </a>in Temecula, CA; Photographer — <a href=”http://www.leahmariephotography.com/” target=”_blank”>Leah Marie Photography</a></em>; <em>Florist – <a href=”http://www.sweetpetalsflorist.com/” target=”_blank”>Sweet Petals Florist</a></em>
About the Venue
Ojai Valley Inn and Spa is stunning as you can see! There is such a variety of scenery at wedding venues in Southern California. Whether it’s a beach with palm trees dancing in the breeze, a mountain top forest or in this case a quaint luscious town filled with green countryside and mountain-scape, So-Cal venues have a lot to offer. The small, mission-style town of Ojai (in Ventura County) offers a gorgeous property to hold your wedding! Ojai Inn & Spa sets a beautifully tranquil backdrop for your ceremony and reception. With six onsite venues that range from a Big Red Barn to the Artist Cottage Lawn and Herb Garden, you can find any backdrop you can imagine for your wedding!
Photography by Sloan Photographers
This incridlbe soiree exwmplifies how to tie together a lush florals with lots of rustic touches. The spanish style adobe arhitecture of this veneu is incredible. it would be a shame to see it overpowered with a desing tht is either too modern or possible to LUXE. How many brides wnat to get married under the boughs of an ancient oak tree, sun setting behind them. this is your spot. I love how the design teeam from all you need is love events took simple glass “buble vases filled with water suspended by transparent with jsut one simple flower to adorn them. they look like tiny rain droplets as the sun sets behind the tree and dances upon the water. it’s gorgeous and fairly inexpensive-
Toss the Bouquet – A Note from the Bride
This bride “tosses her bouquet” of advice to brides planning their wedding now!
“Everyone kept telling us how relaxed we were about the whole thing, especially the day of the wedding, which must mean that was rather unique. We planned well, and had amazingly organized wedding coordinators, but most of all we just focused on being relaxed, happy, and confident in our decision to spend the rest of our lives together, instead of fretting over details that didn’t matter. The whole thing was incredibly personal. We had the wedding in my hometown of Ojai. We gave local olive oil in jars to guests as favors, which was picked and pressed at our family friends’ ranch. I picked the flowers and wedding favors to reflect the setting of Ojai. I also asked Camilla to use flowers and colors that represented Ojai’s native flora: oranges, lavendar, and olives.”
I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality:Venue – Ojai Valley Inn & Spa; Wedding Photography – Sloan Photographers; Event Planning – All You Need is Love Events; Floral Design – Camilla Svensson Burns
About the Venue
Love, Love, Love. There is so much fun to be had at this amazing Russian River wedding venue! This rustic, forested setting has fifteen acres of property with quick coastal access. Dawn Ranch Lodge is located in the small town of Guerneville, situated right along the Russian River and nestled among gorgeous towering Redwoods. Surrounded by ancient apple orchards, bamboo groves, grassy meadows and beautifully landscaped gardens, Dawn Ranch offers a magical tranquility, yet contemporary atmosphere.
The long meadow at Dawn Ranch Lodge has been the setting for intimate wedding ceremonies for over a century! While the guest ranch features the Agriculture Restaurant & Bar, which focuses on locally sourced organic produce. There is a full service bar offering local beer and wine, as well as specialty cocktails. Also among the lodge’s many amenities is private river access, a pool and wireless internet access amidst the gorgeous, isolated forest surroundings.
Photography by AE Pictures Inc.
I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Venue – Dawn Ranch Lodge in Guerneville; Photographer – AE Pictures Inc.; Floral – Aztec Dahlias; Cake – Susie Cakes
About the Venue
The playful and fun-loving mood that you can see reflected here is becoming the industry standard when hosting your celebration at a classic California wedding venue like the Westlake Village Inn. The resort and spa is perfectly located halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, which means that it’s an easy day trip for all of your locals to make a quick weekend getaway. Your out-of-townees will be brilliantly taken care of, so you don’t have to worry about anything except enjoying this beautiful property and saying “I Do” to the one you love! There are also three equally amazing ceremony spots. One is the perfect White Garden Gazebo features a Tuscan-inspired cobblestone patio in front of the natural stone waterfall in the heart of a secluded lush botanical garden, creating one gorgeous ceremony site!
Photography by Sun-Dance Photography
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Westlake Village Inn is so unique, and there are distinct areas around the property that have definite “flavor,” giving you have the opportunity to share more than just one space with your guests. Hosting a fun meet and greet in the wine cellar that comfortably accommodates 50 plus guests is a great way to start off your big day! Enjoy a great evening of wine-tasting and full dinner pairing, creating a good ol’ fashion pool party – nothing like beer and burgers poolside to make everyone feel comfy and get them settled in!
I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Venue – Westlake Village Inn; Photographer – Sun-Dance Photography
Photography By: Vivian Chen
About the Venue
The installation of your wedding design is paramount to “organized chaos.” A two to three hour window for “set up” provides a challenge for even the most seasoned professional. Therefore, venues that carry a liberal policy are praised. The budget bride will appreciate the low fees and flexible time line associated with The Stinson Beach Community Center. The rental fees are very moderate and the policy allows for access on Fridays for set up and Sundays for clean up for an additional $200.00. Brilliant.
Photography By: Vivian Chen
The Beach Soiree
A casual seaside celebration can provide sustenance for your inner DIY Wedding Diva, while allowing your wedding budget to stay in check. If you are headed to the beach for a barefoot celebration be sure to add these items to your checklist.
- Easy sounds perfect; but Breezy can be your wedding day nemesis. An intimate cove or inlet, beneath overhanging cliffs provide the necessary wind break, a sense of privacy, and better acoustics so the guests can hear the exchanging of vows.
- No matter the size of the ceremony, check with the local Parks and Recreation department to ensure you are aware of any permits that may be required.
- Be considerate of your older guests, if you are not seating the entire congregation provide a few chairs for the elderly or those that may not be able bodied.
- If you are planning on seating all of your guests make sure there is a plan for delivery, set up, and breakdown of the furniture. Inquire about “portage” charges for locations not directly accessible by delivery vehicles.
Photography By: Andi Hatch
Bohemian to the Max!
I absolutely adore the Marin Headlands. This clandestine patch of Northern California Coastline epitomizes why brides get married in The Bay Area: panoramic ocean views, a sun drenched beach, mountainous terrain filled with native grasses, wildflowers and the sweet song of about a gazillion species of birds. This is Nirvana for the Boho Chic bride. Today we would like to introduce you to the quirky and cool Marin wedding venue ~ Headlands Center for the Arts.
A collection of forgotten military buildings (formerly known as Fort Barry) has been re-imagined by the “artists in residence.” In collaboration with the Golden Gate National Parks Department these artists set out on the unique mission to “rehabilitate” these former army barracks without abandoning their architectural, artistic or historic relevance. If we have peaked your curiosity, make sure to inquire specifically about Building 960. This entire building can be your playground and every room from the social hall to the latrine has been whimsically redesigned as a living “art” instillation.
The sweet simplicity of this celebration is the perfect design adaptation for the Bohemian vibe of this eccentric wedding venue. The ceremony and or celebration hall features floor to ceilings windows, a fireplace, architectural columns and a beautifully restored tin ceiling. These elements provide an inviting canvass for a vintage or shabby chic design.
Your ceremony and reception will not skip a beat if you include the artisan benches which are hand crafted and include a rustic space. A creative aisle runner, flowers hanging from vintage mason jars (be sure to re-purpose these later in the celebration) are simple and inexpensive. Also, these elements of style require minimal effort to clean up as the social hall needs to be “flipped” and transformed into your dance club and after dinner lounge.
Photography By: Andi Hatch
Photographer: Andi Hatch
Florist: Chestnut & Vine Floral Design
About the Venue
The moment you step foot onto the breathtaking Hakone Gardens, you are instantly greeted with tranquility. Bay Area wedding venues offer a range of picturesque scenery – from coastal to city venues – but nothing is quite like marrying the one you love among the peaceful, natural beauty at Hakone Gardens. Nestled in the hills of Saratoga, 15 miles west of San Jose, the whispers of the waterfall and lavish Japanese landscaping send you into a serene state of mind! Cherry blossom and bamboo trees line the entire property adding fun and unique character. Guests can stroll the twisting paths along the elegant koi pond to the Moonviewing house where they are greeted with enchanting views. Subtle lavender hues engulf the Wisteria Arbor, as you can see nothing but gorgeous greenery for your ceremony backdrop!
Photography by Chung Li
Looking through the Lens with Photographer Chung Li
“Marie and Alex’s wedding was beautifully done at one of my favorite venues — Hakone Japanese Gardens in Saratoga! I absolutely love all the details of this wedding, Marie looks so classy with her unique red dress!”
I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality:Venue – Hakone Gardens in Saratoga; Wedding Photography – Chung Li Photography