Venue Hunt With A Beijos Bride

By February 16, 2016 No Comments

It’s always fun to step right in from the very beginning and help our brides from the first stages of planning her wedding.  We love helping out with the all the preliminary details like date setting and venue shopping especially.  We have a some amazing Fall weddings that we just recently sealed the deal on for venues and we wanted to share our tours of them with you.  We can’t wait to transition these event spaces into a stunning Beijos Event!

Our first stop in a hidden gem in Carlsbad, CA called Leo Carrillo Ranch. This venue speaks California Ranch slash desert like no other.  The beautiful grounds are full of succulent plants and amazing desert boho details without even trying.  The 27 acres was originally part of a working rancho and vacation retreat for Leo Carrillo himself, actor in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.  It is now considered a California historic state park, which Carlsbad has turned into an amazing educational and recreational resource.  The city had restored and preserved the beautiful hand crafted adobe buildings, hacienda, reflecting pool, cabana, cantina, carriage house, stable and barn.  Let’s take a look…


Here is the old hacienda house, where the weddings take place


The barn and stables leading up to the hacienda


The gated entrance, where a welcome drink area would be perfect


The other side of the gate where the welcome cocktails could be


The courtyard where ceremony is held


The beautiful reflection pool and cabana, great hanging place for cocktail hour


The grassy area for the reception.


The actual house is so cute with the most amazing character


The hacienda could be another great area for welcome drinks or cocktails


Such an awesome space for a California Ranch style wedding


Looking up into the ceremony space from the cantina


We love this space and  the best part is, it’s one of the most affordable out there!!


On to the next venue, nestled in the beautiful downtown Santa Barbara is the El Presidio Chapel and Casa de la Guerra reception space.  This old world chapel and reception space is also a California historical state park founded in the 1820’s.  The 18th century Spanish colonial fort that is Santa Barbara’s birthplace has been restored and reconstructed.  It’s about the size of a city block, and serves as an important opportunity as a living history site to interpret the city’s Hispanic heritage.  How cool is that for a wedding venue??


This chapel is to die for…so much history and character


We can’t wait to dress it with beautiful garlands and flowers


This is Casa de la Guerra, the outdoor reception space with strung lights and opportunities to hang flowers and lanterns.  We are picturing the great fiesta here now!!


We just love this space the the city!! So much you can do with it to make it a memorable day.  And some other good news…it’s an affordable one too!!  IMG_3843

We had fun showing you where we’ll be this Fall with our weddings, we can’t wait to take you along more of this journey and of course show you the finished product!!

Xx Leah

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