Luxury Wedding Venue in Baja California
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to come visit a very special property, a well-kept secret that I had to explore in Ensenada. I have always been a huge fan of northern Baja from camping, surfing and exploring a ton during my childhood and have been an even bigger fan of the trending Valle de Guadalupe wine and culinary scene that’s been exploding lately.
We hopped in the car and drove about a few hours south of the border to an exquisite waterfront estate called Casa de Los Siete Patios. Nestled on its own private peninsula overlooking the Pacific ocean, Casa de Los Siete Patios is an expansive estate offering the most incredible oceanfront wedding venue we have discovered that won’t break the budget! Coined ‘Montage South’ by a couple who work at the luxury Orange Country resort themselves, this well kept secret allows you to have uninstructed ocean views and expansive lawns in a stunning setting without the million dollar budget.
After making our way down to Ensenada, and stopping in Puerto Nuevo for lobster tacos and margaritas on the way, the architect and builder of the home, Jean-Lupe Bitterlin, greeted us. Jean-Lupe built the family estate in 1969 and had been expanding on it throughout the decades with the growth of his family. His mother was the famed Doña Pepita who founded El Rey Sol, Mexico’s oldest French restaurant, which he still owns and operates today and provides catering for the weddings on his property.
As we drove onto the estate our jaws dropped… Spectacular pristine landscaping, the massive pool, the charming house tour that seemed to get larger and larger the more we explored.
What was so interesting about this property was the way it seemed to go on and on, with hidden nooks, patios, lawns and courtyards. It felt as you could explore around forever and offer so many interesting areas for guests to enjoy during your wedding or event. They offer several ceremony and reception options ranging in guest counts from 100-800 in size! Making this versatile and intimate at the same time.
The bedrooms were each decorated individually with heavy rustic furnishings and treasures collected throughout the years from Jean-Loup’s travels. With 5 bedrooms (sleeps 10) and 7 baths, you can have your family or wedding party stay in the storied villa with the remaining guests 10 minutes away in Ensenada.
Did we mention Bono from U2 stays here when using the Sony Mexico recording studios?
In the morning, we were treated to an incredible Mexican breakfast of chilequiles and fresh orange juice on a quaint patio shaded by Torrey Pines before being treated to a personal tour of Jean-Lupes favorite wineries own by his close personal friends.
We were truly honored to receive such an incredible 5-star treatment and personal tour of this property by the famed owner himself. With the ocean in front of you, the wine valley behind you and countless activities such as golfing, fishing and diving as sporting options to offer guests, Casa de Los Siete Patios is truly a remarkable Baja California wedding venue I strongly recommend for your luxury beachside wedding.
To learn more about this property and speak to us about planning your wedding at Casa de Los Siete Patio contact us!
(P.S. I will gladly accompany you anytime for a venue tour for the chance to go back and plan your wedding!)Read More »
Feeding America San Diego ‘Friendraiser’ Event
We were so honored to be able to design such an incredible event for a wonderful cause this past fall for Feeding America San Diego. Held at a private equestrian farm in Rancho Santa Fe, we transformed this ‘barn’ into a spectacular event to raise awareness and bring some major VIPS together for a wonderful cause. This fall harvest themed event tied in the seasonal produce, flowers and herbs of the season to remind the guests of this ‘friendraiser’ how important feeding our own is. Food brings together friends and family and nourishes us to live healthier, happier lives. This equestrian event provides wonderful wedding inspiration as well! See the details below of this fall harvest equestrian event.
See this event featured over on Strictly Weddings for even more details!
Photography: Paula Luna
Flowers: Krista Jon
Furniture: Hire Elegance
Props: Archive Rentals
Catering: Coast Catering
Drapery: Luke Gulley, LG Productions
Lighting: Peterson Event Lighting
Cooking Presentation: Richard Blais
Linen & Napkins: La Tavola
Table Rentals: Casa De Perrin & Classic Party Rentals
Pantone Color of the year: Marsala
With the release of Pantone’s trend shifting color of the year designers and fashionistas alike are drinking up all that is marsala, like the wine. This rich wine hued tone lends itself to some fabulous winter and fall palettes but can you foresee it in a spring or summer wedding? Definitely. Just add in softer colors such as aquas, soft grey and ballerina pink to lighten it up for the occasion of your choice. Not ready to take the full marsala plunge? Start with a marsala lip or nail color for a soft segway into the color trend.
The above boards work great for dramatic colder weather inspiration but let’s flash back to our Art History for Brides Renaissance shoot for some spring or summer worthy marsala inspiration.
Photos on design board via Pinterest
Photos from Renaissance Shoot via Paula Luna
Luxe Nutcracker Birthday Party in Beverly Hills
Twirling ballerinas, menacing mice, sugar plums and some Christmas magic swirling around in a symphony of music are all of the reasons that make The Nutcracker Suite a little girls fantasy. What better theme to use for a luxurious little girls 1st birthday party when it’s right around the corner from Christmas? Last year I had the pleasure of working with Jina of Plush Little Baby for another one of her darling children’s 1st birthday parties. And in true Korean tradition, the first birthday celebration, or dol, is nothing to be shy of!
See more of this luxurious baby party over at 100 Layer Cakelet here!
This whimsical Nutcracker ballerina cake by Sweet & Saucy shop stole the show!
Venue: Mr. C Beverly Hills
Event Design and Graphics: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations
Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Desserts & Styling: Cake Creamery
Centerpiece, Backdrop, Party Favors, Tutus: Plush Little Baby
Photography: Troy Grover Photographers
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