Venue Spotlight: Rancho Valencia

All images by Braedon Photography

California is full of totally gorgeous venues for weddings and celebrations. While we wish we could visit them all, sometimes we need a fantastic reason to get in the car and drive. That’s why we were so thrilled when Brooke Keegan invited us to spend the weekend at Rancho Valencia! Located in Rancho Santa Fe, this resort and spa has it all: Hacienda styling, inviting courtyards, cozy suites with in-room fireplaces, and incredible food that will make your guests wish they could stay forever. Take a peek at these incredible photos by Braedon Photography, and you’ll see what we mean!

Thank you so much to Brooke and the Rancho Valencia team for having us as your guests!

Venue: Rancho Valencia // Photography: Braedon Photography // Cinematography: Cloudless Weddings // Welcome Floral & Décor: Blush Botanicals // Monday Breakfast Floral & Décor: Isari Flower Studio // Monday Lunch Floral & Décor: Flowers Annette Gomez // Monday Dinner and Tuesday Breakfast Floral & Décor: Olive Willow Designs // Press: Wedding Chicks // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals San Diego // Paper: Jen Simpson Design // Turndown Gifts: Plum Pretty Sugar, B. toffee


Venue Spotlight: Timber Cove

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All images by Christina McNeil

After an extensive (and totally gorgeous!) renovation, we were so excited to head back to Timber Cove for our end-of-the-year retreat with the Alison Events team. This seaside property, situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is everything a California bride could want: rugged, relaxed, sophisticated, a hippie chic-meets-modern hotel with ‘60s styling, indulgent farm-to-table cuisine, and a plethora of spaces for both indoor and outdoor celebrations.

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Our retreat embraced that casual, woodsy vibe, with invitations that combined raw denim and cork, fresh and textured flowers drawing inspiration from the coastal setting, and a tablescape that mixed Timber Cove’s luxe lodge vibe with the property’s Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture.

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The rooms and suites, with stone and wood accents and a mix of ocean and forest views, are as inviting as they come. There are 46 rooms on-site, plenty of space for an intimate wedding weekend surrounded by your closest friends. Tuck 60 people into the Ansel Adams room, with panoramic views and a redwood deck, to immerse yourselves in the hotel’s history and identity as an artist’s destination.

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Photography: Christina McNeil // Venue: Timber Cove // Planning & Design: Alison Events // Stationery: Yonder Design // Floral Design: Shotgun Floral Studio // Dinnerware, Flatware, and Glassware: Frances Lane // Rentals: Bright Rentals // Linens: La Tavola // Catering: Coast Kitchen // Wine: Jessica Lasky Catering


Venue Spotlight: The Barn at Green Valley

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Images by Sally Pinera

Tucked away in the hills of Napa Valley is a breathtaking barn venue like no other. The Barn at Green Valley is a secluded escape, a relaxed and welcoming property where you won’t know if you’re still in California or if the winding drive somehow transported you to the fields of Provence. Custom-built in 2015 for the owner’s daughter’s wedding, it’s now part of the Event Space Consulting family — and available to rent for your own wedding!

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The centerpiece is the barn itself, with a perfectly pitched roof, stone patio, and massive barn doors just begging to frame your ceremony. The covered veranda oozes refined Southern charm, just the place for cocktails on a warm Napa evening or an open-air dinner for a smaller crowd.

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Inside, the custom bar area is lit with vintage Edison bulbs, and the 8,000 square foot space easily seats 250 guests for a seated dinner or 350 for a standing reception. So whether you’re envisioning an indulgent multi-course meal (prepared in the property’s on-site catering kitchen!) or an evening of mingling and delicious libations, there’s space for everything. Follow the curved staircase up to the open-air loft, where you can sneak away for a moment to toast as newlyweds — or send the kids to play once the party gets underway!

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To really show off what the space can do, Jesse created an incredible shoot and opening party for some of our dearest friends in the industry. Found Vintage Rentals created the most inviting vignettes, Casa de Perrin helped set a stunning table, and Tulipina Design tucked breathtaking blooms on every surface. Élan Artists set the tone for an easy, relaxing afternoon, and Estate Events at Meadowood served an indulgent meal, delicious cocktails, and wine made from grapes grown on the property. And the incredible photography? Sally Pinera really outdid herself!

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The shoot itself captured the intimate, isolated nature of the property. Icy blue and misty lavender hues popped against the dark wood and warm leather of the space. Rich velvets and soft linen added a lush feel to the furnishings, and garden-inspired centerpieces dripped over the tables.

Looking to escape for your wedding (while still celebrating just 20 minutes from Napa Valley and 40 minutes from San Francisco)? Look no further than the Barn at Green Valley. We can’t wait to see what sort of stunning celebration takes over the space next.

Photography: Sally Pinera Photography // Venue: The Barn at Green Valley // Planning & Design: Jesse Tombs of Event Space Consulting / Alison Events // Floral Design: Tulipina Design // Rental Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals // Tabletop: Casa de Perrin // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens, Silk and Willow // Paper Design: Yonder Design, Broadsheet Design // Calligraphy: Little Miss Press // Catering: Estate Events by Meadowood // Entertainment: Elan Artists


In the Press: Kim’s Bachelorette Party at Viansa Sonoma

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We never pass up a chance to get creative with Sylvie Gil and the Flutter Magazine team! Jesse jumped at the chance to head to Napa, along with Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, Kathleen Deery Design, and Sylvie to create an incredible Tuscan-inspired bachelorette bash like no other for Kim Wiseley, set at Paula LeDuc’s newest exclusive venue, Viansa Sonoma.

We created a fall-hued table that was every bit as indulgent as the pairing menu. Instead of the dining room, the table was set al fresco, with the building’s rustic shutters and sprawling ivy in the background. Stoneware chargers were set on warm woven linens, then topped with terracotta-hued napkins and die cut place cards shaped like grape leaves. Organic materials, like ceramic, wood, and marble, let the delicious food and soft florals really shine.

Speaking of food, the offerings were absolutely mouthwatering. Cocktails combined sparkling wine with pineapple syrup, then the girls dined on an elegantly casual menu of parmesan cones filled with Mt. Tam cheese and apricot jam, duck confit and roasted corn fritters, oven-roasted B.L.T. salad with pork belly and grilled romaine lettuce, and almond torte with figs and Grand Marnier sabayon — each expertly paired with Viansa Sonoma wines, of course!

If your mouth isn’t watering yet, it will be when you’re done taking a look at the feature, in the latest issue of Flutter!

Photography: Sylvie Gil // Venue: Viansa Sonoma // Design & Styling: Jesse Tombs for Alison Events // Floral, Décor, Design & Linens:Kathleen Deery Design // Catering & Paper Materials:Paula LeDuc Fine Catering // Furniture Rentals: Urban Parlour // Tabletop Rentals: Mrs. Peasy, March // Hair & Makeup: Gabriel Perez for Katie Nash Beauty

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Venues We Love from K Venues

We’ve had the opportunity to work in some truly amazing locations all around the world, from Hawaii and Tulum to San Francisco and Ravello. Our clients and our team take us far and wide, giving us the chance to find new and exciting venues around every corner. We never lose that yearning to discover a new incredible place to celebrate, and are lucky to have some amazing partners who help add destinations to our ever-growing list of places we would love to work. One such person is Kristen Stimpert of K Venues, who has connected our clients with some pretty amazing spaces. Below are three venues she represents that we cannot wait to transform.

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Photos by Rebecca Gosselin Photography

Petroni Vineyards

This brand new wedding venue is located on a mountaintop just minutes from the heart of Sonoma. Romantic wine caves and sweeping views of 37 acres of vines make it feel like you’re in Italian wine country, not an hour and a half north of San Francisco. It’s the perfect spot for an indulgent celebration where wine is the star.

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Aventine Glen Ellen

Restaurants come with their own personality and atmosphere, and the vibe at Aventine Glen Ellen is one we’d love to put a spin on. Chef Adolfo Veronese has two other restaurants, in San Francisco and Hollywood, so you know his farm-to-table cooking is definitely crowd-pleasing. From a rehearsal dinner to an intimate wedding on the patio overlooking Sonoma Creek, the sophisticated comfort of this historic space sets the perfect tone for a wedding celebration.

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Mountain House Estate

Located in Northern California wine region, this charming venue is a beautiful mix of rustic and modern. Barn styling, custom bars, and gorgeous outdoor spaces come together for a picture-perfect wedding venue, while a serene bridal suite will calm any pre-wedding jitters. We can just picture a first dance on the patio, spinning under the stars surrounded by family and friends.

 


Venue Spotlight: Annadel Gardens

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If you’re thinking of getting married in Sonoma, you have the pick of the litter when it comes to absolutely gorgeous vineyard venues. One of our favorites? Annadel Estate Winery. This Northern California estate has an elegant, turn-of-the-century feel, with the ruins of the 19th-century winery at the heart of it all. The open-air courtyard is surrounded by hand-hewn stone walls that are over 12 feet high, providing an intimate setting beneath the stars.

Annadel is also known for its flowers, producing lush garden roses and stunning hydrangeas that surround the wedding venue (and make up some of the incredible decor). Nearby, a rustic barn sits behind a sprawling oak tree. The barn is more than just a rain plan, with perfectly distressed beams that offer a more rustic backdrop. And a clapboard Bridal Cottage is the ideal spot to primp before the ceremony or set up a babysitter for younger guests. Annadel really has it all!

This historic estate has been given a new life, and it’s a spectacular place to begin yours.

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An Exotic and Eccentric California Wedding

We’ve been going through the Alison Events archives lately and couldn’t help but share this oldie by goodie. About five years ago, Jackie and Joby’s wedding at Costanoa, in Pescadero, California, was not only fun and exotic — with a “The Beatles go to India” theme — but it was also eco-friendly. Many of the elements in this tented soiree were reusable, the food was entirely organic and many of the flowers used throughout were locally grown. The 200 guests also enjoyed a trio of Beatles impersonators on stilts at this marigold and paprika-hued party.

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You can read even more about this one right here and here.

Location and Catering: Costanoa // Photography: Jesse Leake // Flowers and Event Design: Sillapere // Tent liners: Raj Tents //


Venue Spotlight: Solage Resort

We’ve been lucky to work at Solage Resort, in Calistoga, California, on many occasions. The Napa venue always offers a clean slate to design from, picturesque views, and bikes to ride around on while you take it all in. Below, a taste of what the special location can offer, with photos by Jesse Leake.

Caroline and Matt are a Canadian couple who fell in love with Solage for it’s stunning natural surroundings in the heart of Calistoga. Shades of pinks, grays, greens, and whites softened the rustic wood tables and chairs that decorated the dining room overlooking the ceremony. Guest enjoyed a uniquely satisfying dinner of friend chicken and corn on the cob, and danced into the early hours of the morning to Canadian tunes.

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Also check out Lauren and Darrin’s opalescent charmer and Kathryn and Jeff’s punchy party, which both took place at Solage too.

Venue Spotlight: The Witt Estate in Napa, California

We’ve been lucky enough to design and produce multiple events at the same gorgeous barn in Napa Valley. The Witt Estate offers views of vineyards, the Mayacama Mountains, and picturesque California scenery. With that as a starting point, it’s easy to create beautiful weddings that are natural and refined. The subtle rustic aesthetic is countered by a modern edge, thanks to interior designer Erin Martin who is a true artist—everything, down to the light fixtures, is perfectly styled. And because this private venue isn’t a public space, it’s extra special.

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To see more of this venue and two great weddings we put together, check out Nicole and Wolfgang’s wedding on Martha Stewart Weddings and Maureen and Patrick’s big day on Style Me Pretty.

Photos by Anna Kuperburg and Stacey Pentland Photography.