Archive for the ‘Wedding Ceremony Reviews’ Category
The History Club of Los Gatos is a great little wedding venue nestled in a woodsy area near downtown Los Gaots, CA. The grounds are very well kept and quite attractive. They have a great garden patio for the wedding ceremony and the hall provides the perfect place for dinner and dancing. I have listed a few things that I really like about this venue below:
1) If you use their preferred vendor you can do your entire wedding for a little over $6,000. Now that is a great deal.
2) The History Club is a not profit organisation which means that you are not dealing with an impersonal corporation.
3) Almost every penny that you spend with the History Club is given to local charities.
Learn more about this Los Gatos wedding venue.
I had the pleasure of marrying Danny and Ellie Vong at the Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery this weekend. It was rainy and cold which could have made for a difficult day; but, Casa Real turned the weather into a positive by having the ceremony in front of the fire place in the Amber room (picture to the left). The Amber room is large, elegant and had no problem handling the 250 guest that were present.
The Event Coordinator Alyssa Jones was incredible! She was very organised and detail oriented (important for someone in her position). I watched her work with all the vendors to make sure that everything was perfect. She did not want the Bride and Groom to have to worry about a thing.
I also like the fact that they have an in house sound system and DJ. The really makes a difference. The music was the right volume, voices could be heard and the timing of the songs was perfect.
All in all I have to give Casa Real and A+. It is a truly well run and beautiful place.
This weekend I had the honor of marrying Jacob Maalona and Liselle Gutierrez — now know as Mr. and Mrs. Maalona. They are a fantastic couple with lots of family and friends. They had thirteen groomsmen and bridesmaids — wow — and the ceremony came off without a hitch.
I spent about an hour talking with family and friends and everyone of them said that this couple is all about family. It was a beautiful wedding filled with good people and I am glad that I got to be a part of it.
Jacob and Liselle were married at Wedgwood Banquet Center in San Ramon. This is a first class venue and I have to say that Annemarie, the wedding coordinator, did a fantastic job. I recommend this place to anyone looking for a wedding venue.
I had the privileged of co-presiding over a Christian/Muslim wedding this past weekend. The couple wanted to honor both traditions so they divided the ceremony into two segments. During the first segment the couple signed an Islamic marriage contract with an Imam. I lead the couple through the second segment, which was essentially a western style Christian ceremony.
During the signing of the marriage contract the Imam spoke directly to the couple saying, ” You have both reached the age of authority in your lives and God has granted you the right to choose your own path. You are responsible for the choices you make.” The Imam’s words point towards an often lost understanding of marriage.
Marriage has often be understood as a right of passage. The argument goes something like this: Parents have authority over a child’s life and are charged with the responsibility of teaching him or her to become a compassionate and self-disciplined Person. Compassion and self -discipline are the characteristics of one who posses inner authority and no longer needs to be disciplined by an adult. An adult is ready to choose their own path — to choose a spouse. When a couple is married they are recognizes by their community as adults and joyfully sent down the path that they have chosen.
Most of the couples that I marry have been following their path for several years and are already recognized as adults. None the less, the Imam’s words are helpful. Getting through college and finding a job does require maturity; but, I would argue that Marriage requires more — more compassion and self-discipline. I think it’s helpful to understand marriage as passing from one stage of adulthood into another even more demanding stage.
I officiated the wedding ceremony of Toni Haro and Leland Yow at the Hotel De Anza last weekend. I give the hotel an “A” for overall quality and service. The ceremony and reception took place in the outdoor covered atrium which was beautifully decorated and very private. The hotels event coordinator, Laura Brown, was personable and on top of everything. The highlight of the evening was definitely the food. The hotel restaurant put on one largest buffet style meals that I have ever seen. It included crab, steak, clams and chicken in very, very generous portions. The only downside was the sound of an occasional jet landing at the nearby San Jose Airport. If you are looking for a great wedding venue in San Jose, I strongly recommend checking out the Hotel De Anza.
This past weekend I performed a simple; but, elegant wedding for Tatiana and Wesley at the Toll House in Los Gatos. The Toll House is a first rate hotel that has a beautiful courtyard for the ceremony. Their service is exceptional and their food great. I don’t know what their price range is; but, I imagine that it is on the high end.
I really enjoyed crafting Tatiana and Wesley’s ceremony. I spoke with them for about one hour during the planning process so that I could understand what kind of ceremony they wanted. They had three major requests:
- The wanted a spiritual; but, not religious ceremony.
- They wanted to connect with their Jewish/Russian heritage.
- The wanted to recognize family members who had passed away or were unable to be there for other reasons.
Armed with this information I was able to craft and preside over the wedding ceremony of their dreams. The ceremony came off without a hitch and I am certain that Tatiana and Wesley have many happy years in front of them.
I had the honor of performing Mellisa and Raymond’s wedding at the Freedom Hall in Santa Clara, CA this weekend. Over the past couple of years I have performed a dozen weddings at this venue and I have consistently been impressed with the quality of their service. Their wedding coordinators are allways organised, smiling and very, very helpful. They also seem to know exactly what the bride wants and are dedicated to providing it.
This weekend I was unable to stay and enjoy the food; but, I have had it in the past I would say that is better than average.
The Freedom Hall market’s itself as a Garden wedding venue. In my opinion this is a bit of a stretch. There Garden area is a well landscaped area of business park. It’s not a garden; but, it is beautiful and your pictures will be wonderful.
This is a great, moderately priced place to have a wedding and I highly recommend it.
You can learn more about the freedom hall at: http://www.freedomhall.com/
This past weekend I performed a wedding at Brownstone Gardens in Contra Costa County. I did not mind traviling from San Jose to Oakley because this is with out a doubt my favorite wedding venue. The grounds are breathtaking. It is actually hard to believe that such a large and luscious garden is located there.
The ceremony area consists of a very well manured lawn, with a cobblestone path and a four pillar Roman arch. The whole thing is surrounded by a grove of Cherry Trees — unbelevable.
The reception area weaves through a tropical garden complete with a large waterfall, sunken dance floor and very quaint lighting.
The grounds are awesome; but, they Pale in comparison to the staff. Brownstone is family owned and operated which means that you get the red carpet treatment and they only work with the best vendors. You can’t go wrong with Brownstone Gardens.
Check them out at http://www.brownstonegardens.com/