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Clarke Estate

Santa Fe Springs , CA

LOCATION

10211 Pioneer Blvd.
Santa Fe Springs, CA US 90670 (map)
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ABOUT US

The Clarke Estate is a historic landmark and was designed by renowned architect Irving Gill. It is an elegant site for outdoor weddings, receptions, and special adult events. Completed... Read more
The Clarke Estate is a historic landmark and was designed by renowned architect Irving Gill. It is an elegant site for outdoor weddings, receptions, and special adult events. Completed in 1921, the 8,000 square-foot home is constructed of poured-in-place reinforced concrete. The home is built around a central courtyard edged with Tuscan-style columns and graceful arches. With six acres of land nestled in the City of Santa Fe Springs this beautiful outdoor venue can accommodate a maximum of three hundred guest. We can host both your ceremony and reception or a reception only. The Clarke Estate does not have onsite catering so a caterer of your choice can be used. The Estate will provide chairs for the ceremony and tables and chairs for the reception. The Estate has two dressing rooms available, one for the bride and bridesmaids and the other for the groom and groomsmen, these are only available if ceremony is held at the Clarke Estate. TheClarke Estate is in a residential area so all parties must end at 10pm and you must hire a DJ from our required DJ list.

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1921
When was your venue last renovated?
1989
Describe your venue:
Government Building, Historic Site
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
No
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
2900
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Sydney
Wedding:
6/8/2014
4.6/5.0
My husband and I LOVED our wedding held at The Clarke Estate a few weeks ago.

The venue books up fast, we were lucky to get one of the last June spots when booking a year in advance. However it's well worth the advance planning both for the price and all that The Clarke Estate has to offer.

The Estate itself is beautiful and unique - a real gem tucked behind unassuming city buildings in Santa Fe Springs. Ceremonies can be held in the courtyard for smaller weddings, but we opted for a wedding on the lawn since our guest list was right on the edge of medium. The huge grass lawn takes a bit of creativity to carve a ceremony space out of, I'd recommend thinking through some kind of backdrop or altar to create the space.

There are a variety of spaces for pictures - from the huge shade tree to the bamboo to their striking orange doors. Our photographer couldn't decide which space he liked best, so we did a little bit of all of them!

We held our cocktail hour and reception in the back lawn, which gave the perfect impression of a classy outdoor garden or backyard party. It can get hot in the summer, and the table area isn't completely shaded - so be prepared if you're there in the hotter months.

The Clarke Estate is a DIY type venue - they provide the space, tables and chairs, and staff/ security for the day. The rest is up to you to bring in - which allows you customize things (by price and by style) whichever what you'd like! They do have a required DJ list, which at first we found a bit frustrating - however they've built variety into the list to allow brides to have some say.

Tamra, the main contact at the Clarke Estate, was the best. A total professional, she was always incredibly responsive and supportive during the year long planning period. For someone who has dozens of brides every summer, I was always incredibly impressed that she recognized me whenever we stopped by the venue!
My husband and I LOVED our wedding held at The Clarke Estate a few weeks ago.

The venue books up fast, we were Read more...
My husband and I LOVED our wedding held at The Clarke Estate a few weeks ago.

The venue books up fast, we were lucky to get one of the last June spots when booking a year in advance. However it's well worth the advance planning both for the price and all that The Clarke Estate has to offer.

The Estate itself is beautiful and unique - a real gem tucked behind unassuming city buildings in Santa Fe Springs. Ceremonies can be held in the courtyard for smaller weddings, but we opted for a wedding on the lawn since our guest list was right on the edge of medium. The huge grass lawn takes a bit of creativity to carve a ceremony space out of, I'd recommend thinking through some kind of backdrop or altar to create the space.

There are a variety of spaces for pictures - from the huge shade tree to the bamboo to their striking orange doors. Our photographer couldn't decide which space he liked best, so we did a little bit of all of them!

We held our cocktail hour and reception in the back lawn, which gave the perfect impression of a classy outdoor garden or backyard party. It can get hot in the summer, and the table area isn't completely shaded - so be prepared if you're there in the hotter months.

The Clarke Estate is a DIY type venue - they provide the space, tables and chairs, and staff/ security for the day. The rest is up to you to bring in - which allows you customize things (by price and by style) whichever what you'd like! They do have a required DJ list, which at first we found a bit frustrating - however they've built variety into the list to allow brides to have some say.

Tamra, the main contact at the Clarke Estate, was the best. A total professional, she was always incredibly responsive and supportive during the year long planning period. For someone who has dozens of brides every summer, I was always incredibly impressed that she recognized me whenever we stopped by the venue! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
10/5/2013
4.8/5.0
Tamra at the Clarke Estate is a genius and helped us with our vision of how we wanted our special day. I cant brag enough about the bang for the buck. The Clarke Estate comes with all of the tables that you need to use for your guests, cake table, gift table, etc. as well as all the chairs, plus the bar for the bartender (you of course or your caterer has to supply all the alcohol and cups/barware). The tables are bare, but most catering companies supply that anyways. It was an amazing venue with the most varied and gorgeous backdrops you could imagine.
The only reason I give the Clarke Estate a 4 for flexibility is that the party ends at 10pm...Period! But honestly, by the time the whole day had ended, I was pretty pooped and probably couldnt have hung too much longer. They also have a required DJ list, but it has about 14 DJ's to choose from and ours was AMAZING!
Tamra at the Clarke Estate is a genius and helped us with our vision of how we wanted our special day. I cant brag enough Read more...
Tamra at the Clarke Estate is a genius and helped us with our vision of how we wanted our special day. I cant brag enough about the bang for the buck. The Clarke Estate comes with all of the tables that you need to use for your guests, cake table, gift table, etc. as well as all the chairs, plus the bar for the bartender (you of course or your caterer has to supply all the alcohol and cups/barware). The tables are bare, but most catering companies supply that anyways. It was an amazing venue with the most varied and gorgeous backdrops you could imagine.
The only reason I give the Clarke Estate a 4 for flexibility is that the party ends at 10pm...Period! But honestly, by the time the whole day had ended, I was pretty pooped and probably couldnt have hung too much longer. They also have a required DJ list, but it has about 14 DJ's to choose from and ours was AMAZING! Read less
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Crystal
Wedding:
7/27/2013
4.9/5.0
Most beautiful place to have an intimate/romantic and even vintage wedding! My day was beautiful and the girls made it happen! Thank you so much!!
Most beautiful place to have an intimate/romantic and even vintage wedding! My day was beautiful and the girls made it Read more...
Most beautiful place to have an intimate/romantic and even vintage wedding! My day was beautiful and the girls made it happen! Thank you so much!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.1/5.0
We had our wedding at the Clarke Estate on Sat July 13 and it was just beautiful. A real gem of a venue and the price cannot be beat. For our budget this venue was just perfect. Since it is city-owned there are some restrictions that you might not find at other venues (e.g., no stringing lights overhead inside courtyard) but overall still worth it. Tamra is great, very well organized. Try to get her to work your actual event - we had Raylene, an assistant, and she was a little spacy and didn't coordinate day-of stuff as well as we'd been told she would. Overall, I'd highly recommend this venue!
We had our wedding at the Clarke Estate on Sat July 13 and it was just beautiful. A real gem of a venue and the price Read more...
We had our wedding at the Clarke Estate on Sat July 13 and it was just beautiful. A real gem of a venue and the price cannot be beat. For our budget this venue was just perfect. Since it is city-owned there are some restrictions that you might not find at other venues (e.g., no stringing lights overhead inside courtyard) but overall still worth it. Tamra is great, very well organized. Try to get her to work your actual event - we had Raylene, an assistant, and she was a little spacy and didn't coordinate day-of stuff as well as we'd been told she would. Overall, I'd highly recommend this venue! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at the Clarke Estate on May 17 2013. The venue was BEAUTIFUL, everyone kept commenting on how beautiful our venue was. As to how the Clarke Estate was as a vendor, here are a few points:
-Tamra was super great to work with! She is super organized, and she knows what she is doing! She had charts to help us with table set up and chairs, and she even coordinated our ceremony which was SUPER helpful since our bridal party was 20 people! She was professional, very responsive, and cared very much that our wedding turn out how we wanted it. She made the experience go soooo smoothly.
-The venue is all outdoors, and it was spectacular! It was well-maintained, and all facilities were working perfectly.
-Some things to keep in mind: it's a very popular venue! So if you want a specific date, you need to go at the 1st of that month 1 year ahead of time! i.e. say you're set on August 14th of 2014 , then you need to go to the venue on August 1 of 2013 and be prepared to camp out (people have done it!).
-The venue has a list of DJ's you MUST choose from, which makes things more expensive.
-If you want string lights, you need an approved insured vendor.
-There are no sparkler allowed on the grounds of the Clarke Estate.
-Everything must be out and cleaned up by 11pm
-They can accomodate up to 300 people! (which is nice)

I would highly recommend the Clarke Estate, it was beautiful, professional, and everything I wanted!
We had our wedding at the Clarke Estate on May 17 2013. The venue was BEAUTIFUL, everyone kept commenting on how beautiful Read more...
We had our wedding at the Clarke Estate on May 17 2013. The venue was BEAUTIFUL, everyone kept commenting on how beautiful our venue was. As to how the Clarke Estate was as a vendor, here are a few points:
-Tamra was super great to work with! She is super organized, and she knows what she is doing! She had charts to help us with table set up and chairs, and she even coordinated our ceremony which was SUPER helpful since our bridal party was 20 people! She was professional, very responsive, and cared very much that our wedding turn out how we wanted it. She made the experience go soooo smoothly.
-The venue is all outdoors, and it was spectacular! It was well-maintained, and all facilities were working perfectly.
-Some things to keep in mind: it's a very popular venue! So if you want a specific date, you need to go at the 1st of that month 1 year ahead of time! i.e. say you're set on August 14th of 2014 , then you need to go to the venue on August 1 of 2013 and be prepared to camp out (people have done it!).
-The venue has a list of DJ's you MUST choose from, which makes things more expensive.
-If you want string lights, you need an approved insured vendor.
-There are no sparkler allowed on the grounds of the Clarke Estate.
-Everything must be out and cleaned up by 11pm
-They can accomodate up to 300 people! (which is nice)

I would highly recommend the Clarke Estate, it was beautiful, professional, and everything I wanted! Read less
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Karla
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
BEAUTIFUL venue! I only had my ceremony there, but now i wished i would have had my reception there also! Its a very beautiful place. The staff is very helpful. Thank you Tamra for your amazing help.
I'm so very glad I chose this venue for my ceremony. The courtyard looked absolutely amazin all done up!
BEAUTIFUL venue! I only had my ceremony there, but now i wished i would have had my reception there also! Its a very Read more...
BEAUTIFUL venue! I only had my ceremony there, but now i wished i would have had my reception there also! Its a very beautiful place. The staff is very helpful. Thank you Tamra for your amazing help.
I'm so very glad I chose this venue for my ceremony. The courtyard looked absolutely amazin all done up! Read less
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Gina
Wedding:
4/7/2012
4.5/5.0
Tamra is polite, courteous and flexible. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and I could not hope for a prettier day, weather wise. All our guests raved about the beauty of the venue. What's great about a garden wedding and reception is that kids are free to run around and have fun. The only real downside about the estate is that there is no plan B, so all you can do is pray for good weather.
Tamra is polite, courteous and flexible. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and I could not hope for a prettier day, Read more...
Tamra is polite, courteous and flexible. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and I could not hope for a prettier day, weather wise. All our guests raved about the beauty of the venue. What's great about a garden wedding and reception is that kids are free to run around and have fun. The only real downside about the estate is that there is no plan B, so all you can do is pray for good weather. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The Clarke Estate was the first place we looked at to get married and we fell in love with it immediately. We had the ceremony on the North Lawn facing the bamboo, the main thing that drew us there. Then we had our cocktail hour in the courtyard and the reception in the back. We loved that you could bring in your own catering and bar too. It's just such a beautiful place, tucked away that you wouldn't even know it was there. Everyone was really impressed with the place. Tamra was a great help and made everything go nicely the day of. Highly recommend that you check this place out!
The Clarke Estate was the first place we looked at to get married and we fell in love with it immediately. We had the Read more...
The Clarke Estate was the first place we looked at to get married and we fell in love with it immediately. We had the ceremony on the North Lawn facing the bamboo, the main thing that drew us there. Then we had our cocktail hour in the courtyard and the reception in the back. We loved that you could bring in your own catering and bar too. It's just such a beautiful place, tucked away that you wouldn't even know it was there. Everyone was really impressed with the place. Tamra was a great help and made everything go nicely the day of. Highly recommend that you check this place out! Read less
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Joann
Wedding:
6/26/2011
4.6/5.0
This place is a hidden gem. Once you step onto the grounds you feel like your in a completely different world. I was going for a vintage garden type of look and this place was perfect. I was the only event there all day which was fantastic. The price to rent the venue was cheap and you could bring all your own vendors except DJ.
This place is a hidden gem. Once you step onto the grounds you feel like your in a completely different world. I was going Read more...
This place is a hidden gem. Once you step onto the grounds you feel like your in a completely different world. I was going for a vintage garden type of look and this place was perfect. I was the only event there all day which was fantastic. The price to rent the venue was cheap and you could bring all your own vendors except DJ. Read less
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pjlee1580
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Great venue, coordinator, and value
Great venue, coordinator, and value
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KKoops
Wedding:
6/10/2011
4.8/5.0
We absolutely LOVED having our wedding and reception at the Clarke Estate in Santa Fe Springs! The venue was beautiful, the lawns were nicely manicured, the flowers were beautiful, the grounds and bathrooms were clean, the staff was wonderful--I simply could go on and on. Tamra was awesome! She was very thorough and detailed and helped ensure that all the things I asked came to fruition. She was a little bit over the top on a few things (i.e. not letting ANYBODY except the bridal party into the bridal suite, including my hair/make-up girl) but mostly she was incredibly accommodating and helpful. The people at the Clarke Estate were incredibly professional, easy to get a hold of, and helpful in all cases. I would definitely recommend the Clarke Estate as a wedding venue to ANY bride! :)
We absolutely LOVED having our wedding and reception at the Clarke Estate in Santa Fe Springs! The venue was beautiful, Read more...
We absolutely LOVED having our wedding and reception at the Clarke Estate in Santa Fe Springs! The venue was beautiful, the lawns were nicely manicured, the flowers were beautiful, the grounds and bathrooms were clean, the staff was wonderful--I simply could go on and on. Tamra was awesome! She was very thorough and detailed and helped ensure that all the things I asked came to fruition. She was a little bit over the top on a few things (i.e. not letting ANYBODY except the bridal party into the bridal suite, including my hair/make-up girl) but mostly she was incredibly accommodating and helpful. The people at the Clarke Estate were incredibly professional, easy to get a hold of, and helpful in all cases. I would definitely recommend the Clarke Estate as a wedding venue to ANY bride! :) Read less
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theshinylife
Wedding:
4/30/2011
4.3/5.0
The Clarke Estate was the PERFECT venue for our special wedding day! My husband is a wedding photographer (www.harrisonlongphotography.com) and he shot a wedding there two years ago before we were ever engaged, but he knew then that it was a special place that I would love. I didn't think anything nice would be in Santa Fe Springs, but as soon as I walked through the classy orange gate, I was in LOVE! The beautiful, expansive green lawn, the over 30 foot bamboo forrest, the classic architecture of the estate...all of it was perfect for us.

We got married on April 30th! Woohoo! And all of our guests were AMAZED when they came in and they are still talking about how beautiful and peaceful that venue was. Tamra is really organized and helped us create a perfect day. She helps preserve the Clarke Estate so that many couples can enjoy it, but she is also flexible in helping you make your individual design a reality.

It is really hard to reserve because the days get booked fast (which shows how beautiful it is!) so, I'll give you some tips:

-You can book one year ahead for any day of that month. so, on september 1, 2011, you can book for any day in september 2012, but you can't book sooner than the first of that month. i showed up an hour before the city office opens and there were already 4 couples in line so i didn't get a saturday in september. the first two couples got in line at 9pm the night before...so this just goes to show what you need to do!
-You must wrap up by 10pm and all vendors out by 11pm
-No live music, but you can have a few instruments for the ceremony
-The venue comes with enough folding white chairs and round tables for 300 guests (which really saves you a lot!)

Thank you Clarke Estate!
The Clarke Estate was the PERFECT venue for our special wedding day! My husband is a wedding photographer Read more...
The Clarke Estate was the PERFECT venue for our special wedding day! My husband is a wedding photographer (www.harrisonlongphotography.com) and he shot a wedding there two years ago before we were ever engaged, but he knew then that it was a special place that I would love. I didn't think anything nice would be in Santa Fe Springs, but as soon as I walked through the classy orange gate, I was in LOVE! The beautiful, expansive green lawn, the over 30 foot bamboo forrest, the classic architecture of the estate...all of it was perfect for us.

We got married on April 30th! Woohoo! And all of our guests were AMAZED when they came in and they are still talking about how beautiful and peaceful that venue was. Tamra is really organized and helped us create a perfect day. She helps preserve the Clarke Estate so that many couples can enjoy it, but she is also flexible in helping you make your individual design a reality.

It is really hard to reserve because the days get booked fast (which shows how beautiful it is!) so, I'll give you some tips:

-You can book one year ahead for any day of that month. so, on september 1, 2011, you can book for any day in september 2012, but you can't book sooner than the first of that month. i showed up an hour before the city office opens and there were already 4 couples in line so i didn't get a saturday in september. the first two couples got in line at 9pm the night before...so this just goes to show what you need to do!
-You must wrap up by 10pm and all vendors out by 11pm
-No live music, but you can have a few instruments for the ceremony
-The venue comes with enough folding white chairs and round tables for 300 guests (which really saves you a lot!)

Thank you Clarke Estate! Read less
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Alleese
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
We had the most wonderful wedding ceremony on the grass and reception in the courtyard at the Clarke Estate. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a unique, romantic, and affordable wedding day. Staff is awesome and flexible, cost is outstanding, and the grounds are beautiful!
We had the most wonderful wedding ceremony on the grass and reception in the courtyard at the Clarke Estate. I highly Read more...
We had the most wonderful wedding ceremony on the grass and reception in the courtyard at the Clarke Estate. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a unique, romantic, and affordable wedding day. Staff is awesome and flexible, cost is outstanding, and the grounds are beautiful! Read less
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photoist
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I visited a handful of potential wedding venues in 2009, and as soon as we walked onto the grounds of Clarke Estate, I knew that our search was over. Clarke Estate offered exactly what we was looking for- an intimate outdoor venue with plenty of space and possibilities for decoration. The price for 9 hours (add'l hours are $30/hr, max 2 hrs) is very reasonable, especially if you are a resident! Check out the website for the latest 2011 rates, I think it's like 50% off for residents!

The venue itself is inviting and provides varied and pretty backdrops for wedding photography. Access to the roof is a plus- our photographer was able to get some great aerial shots. The green space where ceremonies are held is perfect for weddings with lots of kiddies in attendance, there's plenty of room for them to run around.

You'll also want Tamra Cook to work your wedding. She is organized and no-nonsense. She was able to answer all our questions via phone, email, and in person. She was very helpful in making sure that we knew what we could and could not do in terms of decoration and set-up. She made sure everything ran smoothly from the rehearsal to the actual day of.

Note: you can only book up to a year ahead. Slots open up the first of business day of every month for weddings of the same month of the following year. It's not uncommon for folks to camp out in front of City Hall the whole night in order to get their preferred wedding date, especially if it's a Saturday during a popular wedding month. If you're a Friday or Sunday bride, you probably wouldn't need to stand in line the day before.
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My husband and I visited a handful of potential wedding venues in 2009, and as soon as we walked onto the grounds of Clarke Estate, I knew that our search was over. Clarke Estate offered exactly what we was looking for- an intimate outdoor venue with plenty of space and possibilities for decoration. The price for 9 hours (add'l hours are $30/hr, max 2 hrs) is very reasonable, especially if you are a resident! Check out the website for the latest 2011 rates, I think it's like 50% off for residents!

The venue itself is inviting and provides varied and pretty backdrops for wedding photography. Access to the roof is a plus- our photographer was able to get some great aerial shots. The green space where ceremonies are held is perfect for weddings with lots of kiddies in attendance, there's plenty of room for them to run around.

You'll also want Tamra Cook to work your wedding. She is organized and no-nonsense. She was able to answer all our questions via phone, email, and in person. She was very helpful in making sure that we knew what we could and could not do in terms of decoration and set-up. She made sure everything ran smoothly from the rehearsal to the actual day of.

Note: you can only book up to a year ahead. Slots open up the first of business day of every month for weddings of the same month of the following year. It's not uncommon for folks to camp out in front of City Hall the whole night in order to get their preferred wedding date, especially if it's a Saturday during a popular wedding month. If you're a Friday or Sunday bride, you probably wouldn't need to stand in line the day before. Read less
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Melanie
Wedding:
9/12/2010
5.0/5.0
The Clarke Estate is truly a hidden gem. Even people who live in the neighborhood may not not about it, as this venue is tucked away down a long driveway behind the civic center. Once you enter the gates, it's as if you've entered another world... beautiful fountains, a building reminiscent of Zorro, and the most gorgeous grounds including bamboo forests and huge tall trees make for the most perfect picture settings! The staff was all super helpful and easy to get ahold of via email or phone for all my questions, and the wedding went off perfectly! I would HIGHLY recommend this place. I loved that the ceremony and reception were on the same grounds, but far enough apart that it didn't feel like they were melding.
The Clarke Estate is truly a hidden gem. Even people who live in the neighborhood may not not about it, as this venue is Read more...
The Clarke Estate is truly a hidden gem. Even people who live in the neighborhood may not not about it, as this venue is tucked away down a long driveway behind the civic center. Once you enter the gates, it's as if you've entered another world... beautiful fountains, a building reminiscent of Zorro, and the most gorgeous grounds including bamboo forests and huge tall trees make for the most perfect picture settings! The staff was all super helpful and easy to get ahold of via email or phone for all my questions, and the wedding went off perfectly! I would HIGHLY recommend this place. I loved that the ceremony and reception were on the same grounds, but far enough apart that it didn't feel like they were melding. Read less
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candice
Wedding:
7/3/2010
4.0/5.0
The Clarke Estate overall is an amazing venue! All the greenery, the bamboo grove, the courtyard, I just love it all!

The flexibility isn't great but that's because they book so fast. At first we booked a Sunday because that's the only thing that had available in July. I wasn't particularly happy with that but if we wanted Clarke, it had to be that way so it was fine. Later we received a call that the Saturday bride canceled so we were able to jump on that date.

Tamra was pretty good at responding to my emails within 2 days, she is cordial through e-mail. She is friendly sometimes, very outspoken and opinionated and she'll make it known she don't care if you agree or disagree. Overall I know she is looking for the brides best interest, but even though she's been there for a while doesn't mean she knows everything.
There were plenty of times my coordinator and I were talking about my vision of where to place certain things or what to do at a certain area and Tamra would walk right in and say "That's not where most of my brides put that. I mean you can put it there if you want, I don't want to be right, I just know I'm going to be." I ignored her comments and did what I wanted where I wanted as long as I wasn't going against their guidelines and in the end I was happy with my decisions and at the end of our wedding night she went up to me and said "You win. I was wrong about X and X, etc. and hey, I told you I didn't want to be right."
On one instance my 5 yr old nephew got upset and took off running. My brother went to follow him but because of the crowd, lost sight of him. My brother asked Tamra if she had seen a small boy go through that area. Mind you there were no children at the wedding aside from those actually in the wedding so there weren't kids everywhere. She responded with "Do I look like a babysitter?"
We couldn't find my nephew for a few minutes, we were truly worried and that's how she responded to it. We weren't asking her to watch him we simply asked if she happened to see a small boy.
Because of the factors I listed above, that is why I gave professionalism 2 and a half stars and quality of service 4 stars.

Music is off at 10:00 p.m. which sucks but we just had an after party.

Overall I'm pleased with Clarke. The only negative really was Tamra's attitude, but it's not enough to make a dent or make a change of venue. She was friendly but she has her moments I guess.

I love, love Clarke Estate and would do it all over again. And I would recommend Clarke to any bride looking for a venue.
The Clarke Estate overall is an amazing venue! All the greenery, the bamboo grove, the courtyard, I just love it all! Read more...
The Clarke Estate overall is an amazing venue! All the greenery, the bamboo grove, the courtyard, I just love it all!

The flexibility isn't great but that's because they book so fast. At first we booked a Sunday because that's the only thing that had available in July. I wasn't particularly happy with that but if we wanted Clarke, it had to be that way so it was fine. Later we received a call that the Saturday bride canceled so we were able to jump on that date.

Tamra was pretty good at responding to my emails within 2 days, she is cordial through e-mail. She is friendly sometimes, very outspoken and opinionated and she'll make it known she don't care if you agree or disagree. Overall I know she is looking for the brides best interest, but even though she's been there for a while doesn't mean she knows everything.
There were plenty of times my coordinator and I were talking about my vision of where to place certain things or what to do at a certain area and Tamra would walk right in and say "That's not where most of my brides put that. I mean you can put it there if you want, I don't want to be right, I just know I'm going to be." I ignored her comments and did what I wanted where I wanted as long as I wasn't going against their guidelines and in the end I was happy with my decisions and at the end of our wedding night she went up to me and said "You win. I was wrong about X and X, etc. and hey, I told you I didn't want to be right."
On one instance my 5 yr old nephew got upset and took off running. My brother went to follow him but because of the crowd, lost sight of him. My brother asked Tamra if she had seen a small boy go through that area. Mind you there were no children at the wedding aside from those actually in the wedding so there weren't kids everywhere. She responded with "Do I look like a babysitter?"
We couldn't find my nephew for a few minutes, we were truly worried and that's how she responded to it. We weren't asking her to watch him we simply asked if she happened to see a small boy.
Because of the factors I listed above, that is why I gave professionalism 2 and a half stars and quality of service 4 stars.

Music is off at 10:00 p.m. which sucks but we just had an after party.

Overall I'm pleased with Clarke. The only negative really was Tamra's attitude, but it's not enough to make a dent or make a change of venue. She was friendly but she has her moments I guess.

I love, love Clarke Estate and would do it all over again. And I would recommend Clarke to any bride looking for a venue. Read less
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Denise
Wedding:
6/6/2010
4.8/5.0
We had our reception in Clarke Estate's backyard in June and were extremely happy with their services. People are still raving about Clarke Estate--a hidden gem in Santa Fe Springs.

It is a magical place, perfect for a spring or summer day. There are so many gorgeous places to take bridal pictures (our photographer took advantage of that!). I highly recommend you check our their website and photo gallery. From the entrance to the quaint & private courtyard, to the lovely backyard with the fountain. It is an elegant and classic spot for outdoor weddings.

Tamra was helpful throughout, even though we planned our wedding from across the country. Professional & experienced. The staff made sure things went smoothly the day of the wedding.
We had our reception in Clarke Estate's backyard in June and were extremely happy with their services. People are still Read more...
We had our reception in Clarke Estate's backyard in June and were extremely happy with their services. People are still raving about Clarke Estate--a hidden gem in Santa Fe Springs.

It is a magical place, perfect for a spring or summer day. There are so many gorgeous places to take bridal pictures (our photographer took advantage of that!). I highly recommend you check our their website and photo gallery. From the entrance to the quaint & private courtyard, to the lovely backyard with the fountain. It is an elegant and classic spot for outdoor weddings.

Tamra was helpful throughout, even though we planned our wedding from across the country. Professional & experienced. The staff made sure things went smoothly the day of the wedding. Read less
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RSpencer
Wedding:
10/11/2009
4.3/5.0
My husband and I got married at the Clarke Estate in October of 2009. The whole experience from booking the venue to the wedding day was wonderful. Tamra, Genevee and their team made our wedding so special. I have been to one other wedding here several years back and it is a beautiful site with big bamboo, fig, oak , and banyan trees. They can accommodate up to 300 guests and you can choose all your own vendors, except DJ. The one drawback is that you cannot have a band, but with approval, we had drummers and flutists for our ceremony. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the Clarke Estate!
My husband and I got married at the Clarke Estate in October of 2009. The whole experience from booking the venue to the Read more...
My husband and I got married at the Clarke Estate in October of 2009. The whole experience from booking the venue to the wedding day was wonderful. Tamra, Genevee and their team made our wedding so special. I have been to one other wedding here several years back and it is a beautiful site with big bamboo, fig, oak , and banyan trees. They can accommodate up to 300 guests and you can choose all your own vendors, except DJ. The one drawback is that you cannot have a band, but with approval, we had drummers and flutists for our ceremony. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the Clarke Estate! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Tamra is really charming and Genoveve is a doll. They are both very professional. At no point did we feel like we were being supervised. The Clarke Estate itself is beautiful. No disappointments from either the venue or the staff. It?s a very romantic, calm, simple yet fun place to wed. All of our guests fell in love with the place.
Tamra is really charming and Genoveve is a doll. They are both very professional. At no point did we feel like we were Read more...
Tamra is really charming and Genoveve is a doll. They are both very professional. At no point did we feel like we were being supervised. The Clarke Estate itself is beautiful. No disappointments from either the venue or the staff. It?s a very romantic, calm, simple yet fun place to wed. All of our guests fell in love with the place. Read less
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Toni and Steven
Wedding:
9/6/2009
5.0/5.0
Tamra and her staff were great to work with. We could have not had a great day without them. The venue itself is beautiful, our guests were in awe of its beauty.
Tamra and her staff were great to work with. We could have not had a great day without them. The venue itself is Read more...
Tamra and her staff were great to work with. We could have not had a great day without them. The venue itself is beautiful, our guests were in awe of its beauty. Read less
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dapotato
Wedding:
8/5/2007
4.6/5.0
As soon as I pulled up to this venue, I knew it was perfect for our wedding. The well-kept grounds, the charming courtyard, the splashes of red, all the bamboo, the Modern architecture, and the expansive outdoor areas met our aesthetic criteria. On the practical side we loved the relatively reasonable rental fee (it's more of a steal if you are a city resident) that includes use of chairs and tables for up to 300 guests, 10 hour use of the estate (7 hours of which guests can be on the grounds), city-required security, a site coordinator, and ceremony sound equipment. Ample parking is provided a short walk from the main gate of the estate, only one event is held at a time, and the expansiveness and variety of the grounds allows you to hold both ceremony and reception at the same venue, a must on our list, while still varying the feel of each portion of the wedding. There are a few regulations that must be respected due to the historic designation of the estate and its residential neighborhood, but none of the stipulations were deal breakers for us. Their BYO policy for food and alcohol allowed us to save quite a bit on catering costs as well. The estate's events coordinator, Tamra Wilbur, was professional, pleasant to work with, accommodating of any special requests, and wonderfully organized in her dealings with us, our wedding coordinator, and our caterer.
As soon as I pulled up to this venue, I knew it was perfect for our wedding. The well-kept grounds, the charming Read more...
As soon as I pulled up to this venue, I knew it was perfect for our wedding. The well-kept grounds, the charming courtyard, the splashes of red, all the bamboo, the Modern architecture, and the expansive outdoor areas met our aesthetic criteria. On the practical side we loved the relatively reasonable rental fee (it's more of a steal if you are a city resident) that includes use of chairs and tables for up to 300 guests, 10 hour use of the estate (7 hours of which guests can be on the grounds), city-required security, a site coordinator, and ceremony sound equipment. Ample parking is provided a short walk from the main gate of the estate, only one event is held at a time, and the expansiveness and variety of the grounds allows you to hold both ceremony and reception at the same venue, a must on our list, while still varying the feel of each portion of the wedding. There are a few regulations that must be respected due to the historic designation of the estate and its residential neighborhood, but none of the stipulations were deal breakers for us. Their BYO policy for food and alcohol allowed us to save quite a bit on catering costs as well. The estate's events coordinator, Tamra Wilbur, was professional, pleasant to work with, accommodating of any special requests, and wonderfully organized in her dealings with us, our wedding coordinator, and our caterer. Read less
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