07.20.2014 | Dine in a Secret Spanish Garden : San Juan Capistrano, California
REPORT
No. 6728
VENUE:
Franciscan Gardens
LOCATION:
San Juan Capistrano, CA
TYPE
Garden / Greenhouse
STYLE
Spanish Garden Courtyard
SETTINGS
Hidden Garden in Historic Downtown
REPORTER : Katie

The Report

This venue has been VRV (Venue Report Verified); Venue Report Correspondent Micheal Radford Photography has personally visited and photographed weddings at this venue. My favorite element about Franciscan Gardens is the large, open square space which allows each client to customize their venue space design and decor.  My favorite time to shoot is just before the sun sets, when there is a beautiful glow of light behind the lush green walls that enclose the venue. The San Juan Capistrano Mission and Los Rios District surrounding areas also allow the clients to step out of the venue to experience more great scenery, backgrounds and beautiful light.” – Correspondent Micheal Radford Photography

A visit to Franciscan Gardens, located in the heart of southern California coastal town, San Juan Capistrano, begins in the most romantic of ways, by rail. The Pacific Surfliner train runs from San Diego, through Los Angeles and up to Santa Barbara, offering views many would never see unless on a surfboard. Which you’re welcome to bring on-board as there are racks to accommodate bikes and boards of any kind. Whatever winter you find within yourself, the Surfliner will evoke an indomitable, invincible summer.

California is known for it’s cool waves, year-round summer sun, palm trees and Hollywood glitz. But the underlying cool of it’s beach cities are those steeped in Spanish history. Disembarking from the train and meandering softly through historic downtown San Juan Capistrano brings us to one of the city’s oldest buildings, The Provincial. Spanish terra cotta architecture and majestic, reclaimed wood castle-like doors open into a stunning, outdoor rose garden and the air changes. It is alive with secrets and pungent with varietals. Living, lush 18ft garden walls not only ensure complete and utter privacy and shade from the California sun, but lend an air of mystery and magic. At night, the venue comes alive with strings of white lights which in photos, seem to resemble fireflies.

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07.17.2014 | WASHINGTON SCHOOLHOUSE: Park City, Utah
REPORT
No. 6603
VENUE:
Washington School House Hotel
LOCATION:
Park City Utah
TYPE
Historic Building
STYLE
Cosmopolitan French Schoolhouse
SETTINGS
Mountains + Trees
REPORTER : Cortnie

The Report

Calling all students! Put your pencils down and escape to a schoolhouse where you won’t be tested on anything but your relaxation and drinking skills. No we are not talking about college, we are talking about this stunning downtown Park City boutique hotel and iconic historic landmark. Washington Schoolhouse was built as a school in 1889 and has now graduated to a new level of luxury. After the completion of a total interior renovation (think gutted to the studs), this fabulously preserved 1889 limestone gem reopened in December 2011.  There are twelve spectacular rooms/suites for you and your crew to rest your heads at night, reclaimed oak barn wood floors and mountain ice-white marble in the baths. Historic living space with 16ft ceilings, roaring fires, chic ski lounge, heated pool, wine, trees and stars. This is not like any school we have ever been to.

The furnishings you ask? The schoolhouse has a curated collection of European antiques, vintage modern paintings, crystal chandeliers, silver flatware and serving pieces. They even took a little time to create a few custom pieces of their own. You really won’t need to do much decorating for an event here. Just bring your trapper keepers, pencil pouches and super chic party dress.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Located in the heart of breathtaking Park City, Utah, just 35 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport.

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07.16.2014 | Dream Venue : Sunny and Summery in Saint Barths
REPORT
No. 6614
VENUE:
Hotel Guanahani & Spa
LOCATION:
St. Barthélemy
TYPE
Hotel / Resort / Spa
STYLE
Pastel Creole Cottages
SETTINGS
Seaside Tropical Gardens
REPORTER : Cortnie

There is nothing more perfect for summertime celebrations than a venue that reminds us of giant box of otter pops. Hotel Guanahani & Spa  has colorful and charming cottages perched right upon the white sandy beaches of Saint Barths. Who wouldn’t want to wed or gather an island labeled as “The Pearl of the Caribbean”?!
 
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Hotel Guanahani & Spa boasts cottages the color of lemon yellow that make us want to belt out [...]

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07.10.2014 | The Cordelle : Nashville, Tennessee
REPORT
No. 6493
VENUE:
The Cordelle
LOCATION:
Nashville, Tennessee
TYPE
Historic Building
STYLE
Victorian-Meets-Modern
SETTINGS
Historic Downtown Rutledge Hill
REPORTER : Loop

The Report

Today we are sharing a BRAND NEW VENUE! Established in 2014, this venue is VRV (Venue Report Verified); Venue Report Correspondent Tact Venue Consulting has personally visited this venue. 

The story goes like this… Three gals in Los Angeles decided it was time for their families to settle some Southern roots. Nashville knows how to host, and building a venue that embodied that hospitality was the only way they wanted to do it. After Talmadge (the founder and drinkist behind Los Angeles based Pharmacie) introduced me to Chandra, Nealy, and Leigh, they asked to meet me in a tiny Echo Park bar in early 2013, to chat about venues. There they presented me with a startlingly thorough plan, which included photos of their new muse: a dark and forgotten brick home from the late 1800’s. Well, wouldn’t you know it, over the last year, I have watched them resurrect her into a beautiful space ready to host the most memorable of moments.

In a tiny corner of town called Rutledge Hill, the rolling residential streets are chock full of gorgeous turn-of-the-century brick buildings, with their stout stance and bashful charm. However; The Cordelle gracefully entered the Nashville special event and wedding scene like the belle of the ball, with it’s delicate details and loyalty to the great Victorian construction of the late 1800’s. Standing tall and slender, The Cordelle is surrounded by simply landscaped grounds, welcoming each guest like family.

It is easy to see the sparkle in this recently unearthed gem, but the real facets don’t shine until you walk to the middle of the great hall, and take a moment to look around. From the warm clatter of guests’s feet shuffling on the dark hardwood floors, to the lazy Nashville breeze blowing through the wall of open patio doors.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Nestled amidst the downtown landscape, The Cordelle is just minutes from the storied Honky Tonks of Broadway and Nashville’s state of the art Music City Center.

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07.08.2014 | You’re Invited : del mar racetrack party at a newly renovated venue!
REPORT
No. 6457
VENUE:
Morgan Run
LOCATION:
Rancho Sante Fe, California
TYPE
Clubhouse / Golf Course
STYLE
Modern Preppy
SETTINGS
Sprawling Green Golf Course
REPORTER : Cortnie

Grab your big hats and clink your mint juleps, Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack is upon us! On July 17th come and celebrate at the San Diego Magazine Opening Day Party at the newly renovated Morgan Run Club. Having recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, it’s an open and airy clubhouse venue with beautiful, soaring ceilings, views of the lush golf course, surf and turf brunch and hand-crafted cocktails.
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