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Wedding Venue: Piedmont Community Hall

Posted Feb 15, 2015 by Gloria Atherstone

Photography by: Emily Takes Photos
What a beautiful celebration! Click here to see more images…

About the Venue

At the Piedmont Community Hall, choosing a gorgeous backdrop for an elegant, outdoor garden wedding is easy. With the Community Hall, circular brick patio, Redwood Amphitheater, Japanese Teahouse, and the stunning Exedra Plaza, this facility is sure to please any couple.

The Redwood Amphitheater with its forest-like setting and babbling brook is quiet, serene, and perfect for a small intimate celebration. With the light filtering through the soaring Redwood trees, a magical feeling will overcome you and your guests as you exchange your vows in front of a soaring cathedral of Redwood trees.

If your guest count will tip over 150 guests, the Exedra Plaza is exquisitely located in the heart of Piedmont Park. A beautiful fountain with rounded staircases on either side provides the perfect stage for your nuptials. Host your cocktail hour in the Japanese Tea House, open the walls on three sides and expose an open-air tree-house effect where your guests can enjoy the meticulously manicured garden.

For an outdoor reception, the tasteful and inviting brick patio in front of the Community Hall is always alive with color, from blooming seasonal flowers, to an ancient tree and a round planter as center stage. After the champagne has been sipped and plates cleared, let your guests celebrate by dancing the night away in the Community Hall.

Ask the Experts

We love The Piedmont Community Hall – this charming wedding venue is tucked away in the East Bay hills and offers couples endless design options. A natural rustic affair or a chic garden party, this facility is a blank slate. We love the trans-formative quality of this enchanting venue which allows a bride to create a party that is uniquely her.

Great lighting will transform any space. The amazing lighting provided by Enhanced Lighting and Design added warmth, personality, and pizazz to the classic Mediterranean architecture of the Community Hall. The rich amber glow brings attention to the herringbone hardwood floors, wood beamed ceilings, and wrought-iron chandelier. The playful patterned washes on the walls and floors take this design up a notch from classic to club chic. The classic architecture makes it a beautiful venue on its own, but it is also a great blank canvas for all kinds of details and décor.

I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Photographer – Emily Takes Photos, Planner – Dreams on a Dime Events and Weddings, Designer – Enhanced Lighting and Design, Florist – Lee’s Florist and Nursery, Cake – Carolyn Wong Cakes, Catering – Good Fellas Catering, Invitations – Wedding Paper Divas.


Wedding Venue: Clos La Chance

Posted Feb 14, 2015 by Gloria Atherstone

Photography by: Carlie Statsky Photography
Want to see more images from this gorgeous celebration? Click here to take a look at the photo gallery.

About the Venue

Clos LaChance is only a brief drive from Silicon Valley, but its gorgeous white stucco and creeping ivy exterior feels a million miles away from the daily grind. The winery, which produces quality wines that are both sustainably farmed and affordable, provides a beautiful backdrop for your special day.

The expansive Grand Lawn is host to panoramic views of 100 acres of vineyards and golden mountain sides. Exchange vows under the wooden pergola with this as your backdrop to really wow your guests. It is only a hop, skip, and a jump to the adjacent flagstone Grand Terrace, perfect for hosting your seated dinner with its bordered walls of white roses and fantastic views.

Dancing takes place in the salon – filled with incredible antiques and true old world glamour, this space boasts rich wood trim, a dramatic wrought iron chandelier, and an original tapestry depicting Roman scenery covering one massive wall. Guests will feel as if they have been invited into someone’s beautiful and warm home for dancing and cake, and is there really any better way to host your most treasured friends and family?

Ask the Expert

Carlie Statsky did such an incredible job of capturing this wedding in all of its bright, cheerful glory. I love the color palette of yellows, pinks, and oranges which works perfectly in Spring and Summer when the flowers are blooming, the days are hot, and everyone is basking in the sunshine. The use of billy balls, a silly and whimsical flower, amidst a bed of romantic blooms like ranunculus and roses stand out and adds a sense of fun to the arrangements. The Grand Lawn of Clos LaChance, where this couple exchanged vows, has a fantastic open wood arbor to set the stage. I love the use of the existing wood structure to hang flowers from ribbons in a multitude of colors for a playful and lovely backdrop. Giving guests paper parasols to block the sunshine is a lovely gesture in wine country where the days tend to really heat up.

The thought provided to the details of this wedding is so clear – the couple did not use a planner so DIY projects were key, and I think everything came together beautifully! A few words from the photographer regarding the couple’s vision for their special day:

“Marilyn and Jason are so clearly in love and they brought that same clarity to their vision for their big day. Every aspect of the day felt so thoughtful and cohesive, from the custom invitations, programs, and menus that were all designed by the couple themselves, to the yellow macaroons that Marilyn’s mom baked, to the beautiful floral designs and the stunning cake, to the basket of golden flip flops by the dance floor. I love how bright and alive the day looked, which completely reflects Marilyn’s personality. There were so many beautiful moments that day, beginning with their first look in San Francisco, Jason’s surprise letter for Marilyn just moments before the ceremony, an emotional and personal ceremony and later an amazing live band to get the party started and some late night photo booth antics.

There is so much beauty in this one location, with views out over the vineyards in every direction and beautiful Californian light that streams through the courtyards and gardens that surround the place. Both inside and out feel elegant and inviting, with many different areas for guests to enjoy themselves.” ~ Carlie Statsky

I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Photographer – Carlie Statsky Photography, Day of Wedding Coordinator – Clos laChance Winery, Florist – Nicole Ha Designs, Cake – Bala from The Cakemaker, Catering – Le Papillon, Entertainment – Keith Johnson Band, Stationary – Fong Brothers Printing.


Wedding Venue: St. Francis Yacht Club Sneak Preview

Posted Feb 13, 2015 by Gloria Atherstone

Photography by: Misti Layne

About the venue

Wow – check out the view of this amazing San Francisco icon. The St. Francis Yacht Club has been welcoming world-class sailing competitions for more than eight decades and the location of The St. Francis Yacht Club is world renowned. The Spanish-styled buildings sit quietly at the edge of Marina Green, just before you enter the Presidio. Can you say location, location, location?! If you are a native of San Francisco, you are fully aware of the multi-million dollar price tags that are associated with the real estate that sits just across the street from the Yacht Club. What an incredible opportunity to share this fantastc view with your family and friends.

I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Photographer – Misti Layne; Floral – San Francisco Florist; Catering and Beverages – St. Francis Yacht Club; Day of Coordinator – Sarah McClendon; Cake – The Cakemaker; Rentals – Classic Party Rentals; Lighting – Got Light; Entertainment – Denon and Doyle; Invitations – Paper Source.


Wedding Venue ~ Seascape Beach Resort

Posted Feb 12, 2015 by I Do Venues

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Seaside Paradise

Escape to coastal paradise at the Seascape Beach Resort this is an  incredible wedding venue overlooking the Monterey Bay! If you’re searching for wedding venues on the beach, along the Santa Cruz and Monterey coast you will find some incredible places for your perfect coastal wedding! With vast ocean views and lush garden surroundings, Seascape Resort is a refreshing blend of natural beauty and modern resort amenities. While you’re there, stay awhile. Seascape Resort features 285 suites and beach villas for all your family and friends!


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Looking through the Lens with Danielle Gillett

“I loved the design and details of this wedding. Both the bride and mother of the bride are professional florists and have their own business. They truly had an eye for detail and made the wedding very special to go in conjunction with the beach themed location!”


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wedding venues on the beach


More Lovely Details in the Gallery…

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Wedding Credits: Venue – Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos, CA; Photography – Danielle Gillett Photography; Floral Design – Seascape Floral (Owned by Mother of the Bride); Catering – Seascape Resort; Cake – The Buttery; Linens – La Tavola Linen




Wedding Venue ~ Lost Canyons Golf Club

Posted Feb 11, 2015 by I Do Venues



Southern California Love

The incredible wedding venue Lost Canyons Golf Club in Southern California’s Simi Valley, turns it’s lush valley golf club into a romantic wedding destination for anyone who loves panoramic views of rolling hills and green lawn (all year round!) Close to Malibu and Los Angeles, it’s no wonder this phenomenal location is perfect for a destination wedding, or for a familiar space for So-Cal natives. Choose indoors or out – the venue also features a ranch style clubhouse that can be dressed up to your design pleasure!




Wedding Credits: Venue – Lost Canyons Golf Club; Photographer – Sun-dance Photography







Let Your Love Light Shine at La Venta Inn

Posted Feb 10, 2015 by I Do Venues

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Say Hello to Colorful, Natural Beauty

La Venta Inn is an indescribably gorgeous, one-of-a-kind venue! Resting in Palos Verdes Estates within Los Angeles County, the restored Spanish architecture makes this venue one of the most unique grounds among Southern California wedding venues. The venue is refreshed with an ambiance of modern-vintage elegance that makes a homey, yet chic, atmosphere. In addition to beautiful gardens, the estate’s elegant ballroom—complete with a stone fireplace—and two dining rooms warm the hearts of any guest who enter. But you must see it for yourself! This private estate encourages couples to visit the property in order to fully experience its charm and enchantment.


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Southern California wedding venues


Bon Appetit!

At La Venta Inn, you will only experience the best of the best menu and catering service! With custom-designed, gourmet menus from La Venta Inn’s catering by the award winning New York Food Company, you and your guests will have a delicious meal – one less thing to worry about! With a variety of service options, choose from white-glove, seated; family style; buffet; stations; and tray passed. But don’t worry, La Venta is an open property that welcomes most licensed and insured professionals if you choose to go that route!

Check out the La Venta Inn in our Venues Directory for the entire “Venue 411″ and more photos of this special venue!


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Wedding Credits: Venue – La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes, CA; Photographer – Gavin Wade Photographers




Wedding Venue ~ Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa

Posted Feb 9, 2015 by I Do Venues

Photography by: Misti Layne
Don’t forget to take a look at the slide show!

About the Venue

Looking for the perfect romantic Southern California wedding venue destination with a unique, rancho flair? Try the beautiful grounds of Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa. It’s the perfect blend of lush San Diego foliage and mission-style buildings tucked into flower beds and covered in green. Nestled in the heart of Torrey Pines on nine acres, elegant indoor or lush outdoor ceremonies are equally beautiful in the nearly-perfect weather of San Diego year-round. Using rich, bold colors like the wedding featured above (dark cherry red with a bold red and different shades of green) help tie in the rancho-style feel that this unique venue offers.

Ask the Expert

The couple was so fun and we had an amazing time just walking around. They really thought of their guests and family in choosing this venue and made sure guests were cared for from the gift bags at the hotel to transportation to the venue itself. What I love most about this venue is the beautiful garden and foliage, especially when in bloom, that make for so many great photo spots! Everything took place at La Estancia and everything was so well handled by the staff. The ceremony location was beautiful with trees, bushes, and flowers, and the reception site just steps away. ~ Misti Layne

I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Photographer – Misti Layne; Day of Coordination and Invitations – Melanie Montoya Weddings; Floral – Organic Elements; Cake – CAKE; Catering and Beverages – Estancia La Jolla; Entertainment – Tim Altbaum Productions.


Wedding Venue ~Arista Winery

Posted Feb 8, 2015 by I Do Venues

Photography by: Misti Layne
Yet another gorgeous venue with a spectacular photo gallery!

About the wedding venue

Once you’ve taken care of the first important setting (the ring), it’s time to start thinking about a different setting. Fall in the wine country is spectacular, and celebrating the union of your families through marriage at one of Sonoma’s most gorgeous vineyards will give you an ever-lasting connection to this magical place. If you are engaged and your taste buds tend to be tickled by a good Pinot or Zin, then I can whole-heartedly encourage you to check out Arista Winery in Healdsburg as a possible locale for your nuptials.

Ask the expert

I love this couple’s interpretation of color and texture; it flawlessly fuses a very traditional “winery” color palette with sumptuous fabrics and unique textures. It is a great combination of bold and dramatic without being showy. The undiscerning eye may regard this event as a traditional green and purple wine country color palette, but take a closer look…

Check out the table linen – the fabric is a Topaz style fabric. The iridescent shimmer creates the illusion of an underlying “grape” hue that incorporates so many unique options for your table scape. I encourage DIY brides to begin their reception design with an awesome table linen. Like many things in life, you only have so much “real estate” to work with for your wedding design and your dining tables account for a large percentage of it.

The filtered sunlight of a tree-covered garden or the soft warm glow of overhead cafe lights, the depth of a fabric like Hartman Studios or La Tavola’s looks amazing. The playful style of this fabric allows your late afternoon garden part to transform into a chic and starlit dance party without missing a beat.

I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Photographer – Misti Layne; Floral – Dragonfly Floral; Beverages – Arista Winery; Catering – KC Catering and Event Planning, Entertainment – AMS Entertainment.

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