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Tropical Luxe at Sausalito Wedding Venue Cavallo Point

Posted Apr 1, 2014 by I Do Venues



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Cavallo Point is one of our favorite venues, as it is a place where eco chic takes on new meaning! This wedding designed by Gloria Atherstone (the founder of I Do Venues) and her team at I Do Weddings Management. The concept was to mesh the whimsical feel of the blue Caribbean with the gorgeous historic property at Cavallo Point. Think Tommy Bahama meets Ernest Hemingway, then let your imagination run wild!



The Tidewater Room at Cavallo Point is one of the smaller event spaces and offers a perfect neutral canvas. The large mural of exotic sea-life that graces the entrance to the room provides inspiration for the event. Palm trees and foliage spread across the entire space providing a sense of continuity, and giving the design a great launching point. In the grand scheme of your design, trees and large elements are relatively inexpensive and give you a huge “wow!” factor. Color can be a stumbling block when planning out your design. Every event space can be transformed by choosing color palettes and elements that incorporate the venue’s architectural details, while still allowing you to focus on your chosen color palette. Make the room work for your wedding!


Photography by Janae Shields

Gloria Atherstone shares her vision behind this wedding!

“The table linens from La Tavola were ideal as the ecru fabric has a tranquil wave pattern that ties in beautifully with the overall theme. The copper, gold and green colors blended with the existing carpet, drapes and wall color at Cavallo Point. The green and cerulean blue and aqua allowed us to transport guests to the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean. Pops of color used on the seat cushions, napkins and in the lounge area were a quick and easy way to bring the design full circle. We love the fireplace and lounge, as they are always a big hit and bring in warmth and comfort to the space. Kudos to Kate’s Blossoms for providing the drift wood combined with orchids, tropical greenery and seashells, which were not only inspiring, but a unique way to tie in the overall design theme in a memorable, fun and eye-catching way!”


I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Venue – Cavallo Point in Marin County; Photographer – Janae Shields Photography; Wedding Coordination – I Do Weddings Management; Floral – Kate’s Blossoms; Linens - La Tavola; Cake – Studio Cake; Catering – Cavallo Point





Cavallo Point is hosting the Love Tour this Sunday, Feb. 17! With five other locations in California, this boutique bridal bash could be heading to a city near you!


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A Delightful Discovery ~ Temecula Wedding Venue Ponte Family ...

Posted Mar 31, 2014 by I Do Venues



About the Venue

Temecula wedding venues offer beautiful weather and gorgeous scenery! Located in Southern California’s Temecula Wine Country, you will find the wide open property of Ponte Family Estate Winery for your ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner!

Ponte offers two secluded ceremony sites to choose from: Vineyard Garden and Fountain View Garden. The Vineyard Garden (featured above) holds up to 350 guests and offers 180 degree stunning panoramic views of the vineyards and the mountains of the Temecula Valley.

For your reception, there are four exquisitely unique indoor locations to celebrate with your loved ones (including the extraordinary Vineyard Pavilion room featured below). Ponte Winery also offers a delectably diverse and mouthwatering dining menu!



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This amazing location provides so much more than your just your garden celebration! And when you add these fabulous pops of color to your ceremony, you assure that your design and backdrop will be perfect for that first kiss! Ponte Vineyards provides this handsome architectural arch that blends into the vineyard seamlessly as the focal point for your ceremony. As you can see by this floral fete, adding a combination of color and texture makes quite the splash. A color palette of majenta and pale pink infused with soft greens and a band of winding branches ensures a gorgeous burst of floral texture.



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The light interior space is simple yet striking. The expansive ceiling is well adorned by the architectural wood beans and the matching iron fordged hardware. This is a great way to bring depth to the space by creating contrast to the soft neutral color palette of the walls, carpets and curtains. If you were looking to bring a little more color and whimsy to the room, try a collection of paper lanterns in varying sizes. Either in a soft ecru or a muted version of your color palette. Hang them from the wood beamed ceiling in varying lengths to create a magical effect of light and color!



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Photography by Katelin Wallace


I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Venue –Ponte Winery in Temecula; Photographer – Katelin Wallace

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Eco Chic Los Angeles Wedding Venue ~ The Smog Shoppe

Posted Mar 28, 2014 by I Do Venues




About the Venue

Quirky, fun and out-of-the-box! This amazing Los Angeles wedding venue went from a 1980′s smog-check center to a rad 100% solar-powered oasis to hold your wedding ceremony and reception! This private industrial venue spans a 6,500 square foot indoor/outdoor haven for desert plants, vertical gardens and chic vintage furnishings!

We are so excited to feature the Smog Shoppe as a new IDV venue! Hard to believe it’s the first time, since we are such big fans of this urban sustainable wedding space. Yes, it’s actually one of the most sustainably designed urban spaces in not only California, but the United States!




Photography by Adrienne Gunde


Looking through the Lens with Adrienne Gunde

Such a joy-filled day! The Smog Shoppe, with its quirky backdrops & always intimate vibe, provided the perfect nook to house all this joy! Ayumi & Brian are those type of people who radiate positivity & warmth at all times, and their wedding was a perfect reflection of that – the bright pops of color everywhere, the cheerful table settings, the labor-of-love DIY goodness {check out those handpainted signs! the cool toolbox! the invites! the pocket squares!}.

As I always say, the most beautiful weddings to me are not necessarily the grandiose ones, with the ginormous budget, or the opulent decor – they are the ones that are by default unique & creative because they incorporate the pieces of who you are, that are naturally stylish because they celebrate your personalities, that can’t help but be meaningful & fun because they focus on your very own special type of love! I can’t thank Ayumi & Brian enough for giving me the chance to be a part of this day, and to All You Need is Love Events for coordinating everything.”



I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Venue – The Smog Shoppe in Los Angeles; Photographer – Adrienne Gunde Photography; Wedding Coordinator – All You Need is Love Events

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A Blushing Bride at Pasadena’s Premier Wedding Venue

Posted Mar 27, 2014 by I Do Venues







Photography by: Lori Paladino Photography

About the venue

As you drive down the main drag in downtown Pasadena, taking in the charm and small town atmosphere created by years of preservation and restoration, you will notice off in the distance what seems like the faint rendering of a castle. Castle Green in Pasadena is a throw back to a forgotten era. Built in 1898, the seven story historic building is stunning and incorporates the best of Moorish, Colonial, and Victorian building and architectural elements.

The small cities that dot the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains are the epitome of small town suburban California. The streets are lined with trees, the Spanish style architecture of the quaint downtown villages are bustling with family-owned shops and business, and each has a unique feel to them as they were build before the idea of planned community was invented.

The communities of Pasadena, Arcadia, and Altadena were all established in the early 1900s and were the hub of the “Country Club” and social circuit for the Los Angeles area. Castle Green was the preferred vacation spot for east coast tycoons, movie stars, and even several presidents. What a grand location to entertain family and friends – where you can begin your own happily ever after in your very own castle.

I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Photographer – Lori Paladino Photography; Designer/Planner – Dream Events with Kathy Johnson; Arbor Floral Design – The Flower Girl San Francisco; Floral – Flowers by Hilary; Cake – Sweet and Organic Custom Cakes and Desserts; Catering – The Ultimate Affaire; Drapery – Elliott Hines of Pipe Dream Events; Wedding Musician – Wil Seabrook; DJ – Phil Birdsell.

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Sublime Sonoma Wedding Location ~ Vine Hill House

Posted Mar 26, 2014 by I Do Venues


Wedding of Andrea Mei and Matthew Smith

Wedding of Andrea Mei and Matthew Smith


Wedding of Andrea Mei and Matthew Smith
Photography by: Lion Photography

About the venue

If you happen to get lost along highway 101 near the Russian River, you will most assuredly meander your way past the quaint and charming village of Sebastopol. I love this charming part of the Wine Country; well-known for amazing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the Russian River Valley’s appeal as a destination for incredible wine country weddings is making a splash among brides nationwide.

Vine Hill House has quickly become a favorite! The grand Victorian-era home is located on the O’Connell Vineyards Estate – the estate wine is superb, but the grounds definitely garner some attention of their own. Surrounded by rolling vineyards and heirloom organic apple orchards, the property also offers panoramic views of Mount Saint Helena and the Coastal Mountain Range – absolutely breathtaking!

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This spectacular event captures the essence of the Vine Hill House perfectly and Rosemarie Lion has created such a captivating journal for the couple. I love the details and the low-light shots – just amazing. As you take in the setting, the expansive lawn filled with dining tables and a string of cafe lights overhead, you realize it is just the right amount of “country couture” with a touch of elegance and sparkle. The flowers are simply stunning. The color combination of raspberry, blush, and magenta allow them to stand out against the deep green hues of the natural backdrop. They bring just the right amount of color and texture without being overwhelming. The floral work on the rustic country arbor receives a huge thumbs up!! The bright colors pop against the aged wood, the hanging elements mimic the idea if the hanging grapes in the vineyard beyond, and the overall look creates movement and softens a more masculine structure. Love It.

I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Photographer – Lion Photography; Coordinator – Dan O’Connell of Vine Hill House; Floral – Gavita Flora; Cake – Susiecakes; Catering – Trends Catering, Entertainment – AMS.

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Napa Wedding Venue ~ Bold Colors at Beaulieu Gardens

Posted Mar 25, 2014 by I Do Venues



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The stone amphitheater at Beaulieu Gardens, one of the most prestigious Napa wedding venues, is an alluring ceremony backdrop that allows each bride to personalize their celebration.  The delightful display of fountains, reflecting pools, statuary, and a few cherubs are a playful addition to your guest list and provide a sense of sophistication. Rustic wood benches can replace the classic chivari chairs commonly used, brushing off the more conventional look and creating a welcoming and relaxed “vibe” for party-goers.  The impressive over-sized staircase and accompanying blush fabric are used to provide a focal point and alter for the bride and groom.


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This celebration is a wonderful fusion of old world charm and modern accents.  The couple embraced a bold modern color pallet of coral and navy. This combination could have easily overwhelmed the dramatic garden space, but under the guiding hand of MAP Events this celebration simply buzzed with individuality and style. The groomsmen’s outfits are stylish and fun! The dining trellis is captivating with its fusion of grape leaves  and twinkling lights. The long rectangular dining tables perched underneath are in full bloom as antiqued silver vases are overflowing with roses. This sets the mood for a festiv evening.  What an incredible night!



Ceremony & Reception Venue: Beaulieu Garden
Event Planner: MAP Events
Event Designer: Gloria Wong Design
Caterer: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering
Floral Design: Cherries Flowers

Lighting: Got Light?
Rental Equipment: Classic Party Rentals SF
Cake: Fleur de Lisa Cakes


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Napa Velley Wedding Venue ~ The Carneros Inn

Posted Mar 25, 2014 by I Do Venues


Photography by: Jose Villa

About the Venue

The Carneros Inn is probably on every planner and photographer’s list of the top ten places to host a wedding in the Napa Valley country. You have so many options and even with a budget-minded celebration, the natural elements that the property offers is so much to work with, making everything flow and fall into place.

This amazing wedding celebration has the gorgeous signatures of Beth Helmstetter Events and Kathleen Deery Design written all over it, and the subtle photography is unmistakably Jose Villa. The Carneros Inn is well-known for establishing the aesthetic of a California wine country wedding. Many resorts, restaurants, and wineries in the area receive their charm from mimicking an era or region from other countries, such as Tuscany, Italy, Hollywood heydays, etc. The Carneros Inn has redefined what California casual elegance is all about.

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Kathleen Deery is one of my favorite floral designers. When you let her loose on a project, she has an amazing sense of overall style and brings a complete “mixed media” format to your celebration. I love how she uses a combination of glass, fabric, paper, lighting, furniture, props, and flowers into her overall design to provide not only beauty, but true style.

This celebration is breathtaking. The design incorporates many different themes but in such a cohesive way. The buildings at the Carneros Inn are unmistakably California farmhouse chic. As you can see, the planner has taken this and paired it with varying textures and styles and it all looks dazzling. The clear Lucite “ghost chairs” have an unmistakable modern flair. I often find these paired with a more club chic style, but you can see how these chairs absolutely make this room pop. The modern splash against the hardwood floors, white wood wainscoting on the walls, and the facility’s modernistic lighting fixtures is brilliant. Picture this room set up with either white wood folding chairs, and now that wonderful California wine country vibe that you see is changed completely to a more casual country cottage feel. It really is amazing how much furniture can change the environment.

I love the butterflies! The subtle graphic that is used on most of the collateral is gorgeous, but more than that, I love the attention. It’s not just enough to have the gorgeous graphic incorporated in all the collateral, Beth Helmstetter has incorporated the butterflies into the room and outdoors, subtly attaching them all around the room: on the lights, on the trees, on the glass. It’s as if they were fluttering around the room and stopped for just a brief moment. Amazing!

I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Photographer – Jose Villa; Event Planner – Beth Helmstetter Events; Floral Design and Rentals – Kathleen Deery Design; Cake – Perfect Endings Wedding Cake; Linen Rentals – La Tavola Linen; Entertainment – Patrick Numair, Michael Udelson.

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Central Coast Wedding Celebration at Stillwater Vineyards

Posted Mar 24, 2014 by I Do Venues



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Photography by Mike Larson Inc.

About the Venue

Rustic, charming, and the perfect wine country getaway… Yes, we are talking about Still Waters Vineyards in California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles. Mike Larson seems to capture the best of the Central Valley and just about anywhere he goes. This stunning celebration was beautifully designed by Mark Padgett and is a perfect example of country couture!

Still Waters Vineyards is a small boutique winery that will allow you to indulge every sense – it’s perfect for the couple who likes the idea of producing a “sustainable” event. Couples can pour handcrafted wines created from the surrounding vineyards, olive oil from the bountiful olive orchards that are over 100 years old, and you and your caterer can harvest a variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables from the organic gardens to include in your celebration – perfect!

I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Photographer – Mike Larson Inc.; Designer/Planner – Mark Padgett Event Design; Floral – Flowers by Denise; Catering – Two Cooks Catering; Cake – Kathy Callahan; Beverages – Still Waters Vineyard; Rentals – Got You Cover’d; Lighting – Kramer Entertainment; Entertainment – Toan Chau (Guitarist), Malik Miko-Thorne (DJ); Childcare – The Little Guest.

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