(Closed) Bay Area Brides: Where did/will you get married?

posted 7 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m getting married in April at the Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek- it is affordable and has a pretty outdoor gazebo and rose garden for the ceremony.We are on a pretty tight budget so this was a great budget-friendly option!

 

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Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re getting married at the Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton – outdoor ceremony in a courtyard, and a beautiful ballroom reception (with a staircase for our grand entrance).

http://www.rubyhill.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=223855&ssid=70774&vnf=1

My 2nd choice was Oceano Hotel in Half Moon Bay – simple, outdoor grassy wedding and the option of either a tented reception or one indoor in one of their reception ballrooms inside.

http://www.oceanohalfmoonbay.com/?p=weddings

Good luck with your venue search!  This was the most difficult step for us, once the venue was secured, everything else has been slightly easier. 🙂

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My FI and I are pretty sure we’re going to get married in Muir Woods. It’s very reasonable, and we love the outdoors and forest–it’s so beautiful! There’s also no real fuss and you can’t have a lot of people, which we want, though we can’t have the reception there. We’re thinking that the reception will be back at my parents’ home. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My MOH got married last summer at Fortino Winery in Gilroy.  It was a really beautiful wedding.  🙂

And other places…the bay area is full of so many wonderful places (I don’t live there now but it’s where I grew up).  Do you have any idea of what kind of wedding the two of you want?  Indoor/outdoor, fancy/casual, naturey/buildingey (sorry those aren’t words but hopefully you get my thought).

I think narrowing those ideas down will be a good starting point.  🙂

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We ended up choosing Cornerstone Gardens.  

Venues we considered were:

Auberge Du Soleil (viewed in person, was serious contender)

Meadowood (viewed in person, was serious contender)

Viansa (viewed in person, didn’t like it)

Vintage Estate (viewed in person, garden felt too public)

Brix (didn’t view, decided against restaurant buyout)

Mountain Terrace (viewed in person, beautiful backyard but dated inside area)

Hotel Vitale (viewed in person, didn’t like ceremony area, didn’t like ballroom, Americano was too small as an alternative)

St. Regis (didn’t view, ballroom looked boring)

Ritz, Four Seasons (didn’t view, looked like typical hotel wedding spaces)

de Young, Terra (too modern and “clean”, wanted more of a soft feel)

Liquid Sky Estate & Cetrella (didn’t view, decided against doing the restaurant buyout thing)

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We decided on Trentadue Winery in Geyserville. http://www.trentadue.com/

We chose Trentadue because we have out of state guests and wanted them to experience wine country in all its glory. Trentadue has that element plus a family-owned, friendly atmosphere, and delicious wine! It is beautifully landscaped with a variety of interesting aspects from the winery itself, the vineyards, outdoor arbor and intimate ceremony site. Lots of space to stroll the grounds, it has a great north lawn and large events room that add grandeur to the location. The room has French doors that open all around, and there are exposed rafters from which we will hang banners/coats of arms toward our Renaissance theme.

Here’s a couple photos:

A very close second was Mark West Lodge in Santa Rosa. http://www.markwestlodge.com/

MarkWest is intimate and warm. Ali, the coordinator, is an absolute GEM.

I hope this helps the search!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@missmuggins: Thank you! It was a long search but this place stood above all the rest. I hope you have great luck in your search. Keep us posted!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Cornflakegirl: Trentadue is beautiful!  We also considered Mark West Lodge and I would have chosen it just for Ali alone, she was wonderful!

We ended up going with the Garden Pavilion (across from Cornerstone in Sonoma).  It’s an old victorian house with gorgeous gardens and a big covered outdoor pavilion.  The price was right and we get the place for 3 days, including two nights in the pool house.  http://www.projectwedding.com/vendor/ww_photo/the-garden-pavilion?o=1

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Getting married in North Beach, San Francisco. Wedding at Sts Peter and Paul Church (the big one on Washington Square) followed by a reception at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club.

Also looked at the Presidio Golf Course, other Presidio locations (including SF Film Center), Golden Gate Yacht Club. Another great one is SF City Hall, the rotunda can be rented on Saturday evenings.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I got married outdoors at the Randall Museum, up atop Duboce Park and north of the Castro. Here’s a link to photos!

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