CATEGORY: Venue Stories

This Maine Wedding Was Like A Giant Weekend-Long Slumber Party
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27003
VENUE:
French's Point
LOCATION:
Stockton Springs, Maine
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Party Peninsula
Haute Historic Estate
Outdoor Destination Wedding
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

This wedding was more than just a dinner party, it was a whole weekend of revelry, wine-ing and dining with friends and family from near and far. The awesome celebration took place at French’s Point in Maine’s Penobscot Bay, an old historic estate with incredible views of the coast and plenty of sleeping spots for a big crowd of loved ones.

With lots of manicured gardens and coastline vantage points, there’s no shortage of indoor and outdoor venue options on the grounds at this gorgeous Maine wedding venue. It's just the right size to do a buyout and sleep all of your wedding guests on property in cozy, private digs. Plus, it comes with a sailcloth tent on-site, which is a major win.


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It's Mr. C if You Please
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 26915
VENUE:
Mr. C Beverly Hills
LOCATION:
Los Angeles, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Hotel/Resort/Spa
Timeless CIpriani Elegance
Beverly Hills Luxury
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

The Los Angeles of yore was a strange, ritzy affair, welcoming the rough tumblers alongside the class acts. West coasters knew the value of paradise out among the palm trees and a city always under construction, and if you had picked any brain of a mid-century Angeleno, he or she would’ve told you anything was possible in the future if you could protect what’s yours in the present.

These days, philosophy doesn’t always make its way into the luxury game. Too often, respect and relaxation aren’t backed enough by earnestness and empathy. One stunning L.A. gem, however, is as chic as it is classic, because no joint in town knows how to recreate the City of Angels’ old-school charm like Mr. C Beverly Hills.

 

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History Lesson: How a 1970's A-Frame Transformed into the Most Beautiful Bohemian Beach House... Ever
Katie David Bush
REPORT
No. 26857
VENUE:
The Beach Lodge
LOCATION:
Oxnard, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
Beachy Beauty
Cinematic Beach house
REPORTER: Katie David Bush

Nothing good ever comes easy. It's a simple fact hard work pays off and without it, you miss that glorious sense of accomplishment oft copied but never really duplicated.  It takes a special person indeed to see potential in what others overlook.  The sparkling turquoise beauty you see below wasn't always as shiny and polished as it is now, at least not when Tiffany Caliva-Talledo a graphic and motion designer living in Ventura County, CA purchased it. She runs a small motion design company called FarmHand Studios and was looking for a diamond in the rough to renovate.

Her story of this beautiful, little beach house's discovery and subsequent transformation is an inspiration not only to us design & gathering gurus, but maybe it's a lovely lesson for all of us to dig a little deeper, look a little closer and take a second glance at something (or even someone?) we would normally pass right by.  As for it's current state, we'd say this beach house is picture-perfect for a bohemian beach bachelorette party, gorgeous girls getaway or sweet weekend escape. It's almost booked through 2016 so get to gathering!

 

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History Lesson: The Butchers Daughter - This Inspiring Woman Has Opened Two Successful Restaurants!
Katie David Bush
REPORT
No. 26883
VENUE:
The Butchers Daughter
LOCATION:
Venice
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Juice Bar / Cafe
Organic & Clean
Heart of Venice
REPORTER: Katie David Bush

We've had our little gathering-locale-loving eyes a-spy on the beautiful Butcher's Daughter for a few years now, coveting the impossibly chic and sunny decor in it's East Coast eateries and heartily devouring the fresh, healthy fare. So when a little birdie told us The Butcher's Daughter was coming to the West Coast (and Venice Beach, no less) we knew we had to get the inside scoop (and squeal with delight).

Lucky for us, said little birdie happened to come in the form of fabulous Venue Report friend, Correspondent, magnificent interior designer, stylist & owner of the freaking cutest Tiny Canal Cottage (talk about high style in a small space!),  Whitney Leigh Morris. If you're not following her on Instagram @whitneyleighmorris you're just silly. She and The Butcher's Daughter owner Heather Tierney, happen to be long-time collaborators, friends and new Venice neighbors. The two had planned a fun field trip up the coast to Ojai - so Whitney kindly offered to play Venue Reporter and interview Heather during the ride. Let's just say, having these two fabulous creatives in one car must have made for a seriously rad road trip! 

If you are looking to get inspired by women, these two will surely fill you up. 

 

The Butchers Daughter in Venice CA

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How Selling Vegetables Turned Into A Famous Flourishing Farm in New York
Katie David Bush
REPORT
No. 26851
VENUE:
Blooming Hill Farm
LOCATION:
Monroe, New York
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Rustic Ranch
Organic Farmhouse Garden
REPORTER: Katie David Bush

The most beautiful of concepts often starts small, humbly, honestly... but with great passion and vision. In the case of Blooming Hill Farm, it's inception came in the early eighties with a mid-stream life change for it's owner, Guy Jones, trading in a buttoned-up storefront law office in Albany New York for a small farm, work gloves, farming & foraging in the lower Hudson Valley. As they say, "organic farming - it's nothin' new, we built a nation on it." What came of this leap of faith, built on selling farmed & beautifully foraged produce at farmer's markets in New York City, forging relationships with well-known chefs and ultimately turning a passion into a new way for New Yorkers and subsquently, America to eat and gather. 

We are privileged to have had the opportunity to talk with Austin Jones, son of Guy Jones who now runs business development and events, about the heart and history that brought Blooming Hill Farm to beautiful life.

 

Blooming Hill Farm in New York

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