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Hartley Botanica

Somis , CA
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4465 Balcom Canyon Rd
Somis, CA 93066 US (map)

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805-523-9846

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3-acres of professionally landscaped grounds, designed specifically for weddings and receptions. Waterfalls, hand-paved walkways, bird aviaries, vine-covered archways, and packages... Read more
3-acres of professionally landscaped grounds, designed specifically for weddings and receptions. Waterfalls, hand-paved walkways, bird aviaries, vine-covered archways, and packages including valet parking, catering, coordination, and more! You want an enchanted garden wedding? Look no further! Read less
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Maritza
Wedding:
3/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Fantastic! Barbara and her team were so easy to work with! the location is beautiful! i had to book on short notice and it was no issue! this was my dream wedding!
Fantastic! Barbara and her team were so easy to work with! the location is beautiful! i had to book on short notice and it Read more...
Fantastic! Barbara and her team were so easy to work with! the location is beautiful! i had to book on short notice and it was no issue! this was my dream wedding! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
I looked at a few vendors before I found Hartley but as soon as I stepped foot there I knew that this was THE place. I booked it as fast as I could. This was the most beautiful place I have ever seen and the owners are the nicest and most accommodating people. My wedding was beautiful! They helped make everything perfect. All of my guests commented on how beautiful the place was and how much fun they were having. I highly recommend them for your wedding. They book really fast though. Must be because everyone else loves it there too.
I looked at a few vendors before I found Hartley but as soon as I stepped foot there I knew that this was THE place. I Read more...
I looked at a few vendors before I found Hartley but as soon as I stepped foot there I knew that this was THE place. I booked it as fast as I could. This was the most beautiful place I have ever seen and the owners are the nicest and most accommodating people. My wedding was beautiful! They helped make everything perfect. All of my guests commented on how beautiful the place was and how much fun they were having. I highly recommend them for your wedding. They book really fast though. Must be because everyone else loves it there too. Read less
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Hartley Botanica responded with the following comments:

Thanks for your review, Stephanie! It was a pleasure working with you and your family. I do hope you come back and visit! Bring the (future) kids! ;)
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Monica
Wedding:
6/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Hartley Botanica is a GORGEOUS garden venue! I absolutely fell in Love with it the first time I step foot in there! I wasn't even engaged and I already knew that I was going to get married there!! Our guest also fell in love with the beautiful location! Barbara the owner is great && was a joy to work with! She made everything simple & fun. And through out the months of planning she became a dear friend! Command Performance there in house cater was amazing! Trevor was also great && joy to work with! The food is Delicious && the service is very professional! I honestly believe that Hartley Botanica is the most beautiful garden wedding location in all of So Cal.! The day went absolutely smoothly! With the help of Karen (the coordinator that's included when you book) and Trevor along with this team from Command Performance everything was perfect && they made sure everything went by smoothly && took care of everything so we wouldn't have to worry about a thing that day! It was the Best Day of our life's && We are glad it took place at Hartley Botanica!

Barbara - Thank you! It was a joy to work with you! And it was fun getting to know you through out the months! You know you'll see us around! && Don't be surprise if we crash the open houses! LoL! JK.. Kinda. Gerry && I are very happy with you && we are extremely happy we chose Hartley!
Hartley Botanica is a GORGEOUS garden venue! I absolutely fell in Love with it the first time I step foot in there! I Read more...
Hartley Botanica is a GORGEOUS garden venue! I absolutely fell in Love with it the first time I step foot in there! I wasn't even engaged and I already knew that I was going to get married there!! Our guest also fell in love with the beautiful location! Barbara the owner is great && was a joy to work with! She made everything simple & fun. And through out the months of planning she became a dear friend! Command Performance there in house cater was amazing! Trevor was also great && joy to work with! The food is Delicious && the service is very professional! I honestly believe that Hartley Botanica is the most beautiful garden wedding location in all of So Cal.! The day went absolutely smoothly! With the help of Karen (the coordinator that's included when you book) and Trevor along with this team from Command Performance everything was perfect && they made sure everything went by smoothly && took care of everything so we wouldn't have to worry about a thing that day! It was the Best Day of our life's && We are glad it took place at Hartley Botanica!

Barbara - Thank you! It was a joy to work with you! And it was fun getting to know you through out the months! You know you'll see us around! && Don't be surprise if we crash the open houses! LoL! JK.. Kinda. Gerry && I are very happy with you && we are extremely happy we chose Hartley! Read less
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Hartley Botanica responded with the following comments:

Love you guys! Crash the Open House anytime! ;) Or come back as our Mock Bride & Groom!!
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Jennifer Barton Wardlow
Wedding:
3/3/2012
4.8/5.0
I absolutely love this venue. It's a hidden treasure tucked away in Somis (Ventura County). I've never had so many people tell me that if they had known this was there, they would have had their own wedding there or that they will get married there also. nI absolutely LOVE this garden! Their wedding coordinator was not on top of things as much as I expected her to be, but the caterer absolutely made up for any short comings!
I absolutely love this venue. It's a hidden treasure tucked away in Somis (Ventura County). I've never had so many people Read more...
I absolutely love this venue. It's a hidden treasure tucked away in Somis (Ventura County). I've never had so many people tell me that if they had known this was there, they would have had their own wedding there or that they will get married there also. nI absolutely LOVE this garden! Their wedding coordinator was not on top of things as much as I expected her to be, but the caterer absolutely made up for any short comings! Read less
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SNewell0107
Wedding:
1/7/2012
4.8/5.0
This venue was absolutely gorgeous. They made it easy by providing a list of vendors that they recommended. All of their recommendations were great. The catering service they provide is amazing, the food was delicious and the decor that came with it was beautiful. The grounds were amazing, we couldn't have chosen a better location!
This venue was absolutely gorgeous. They made it easy by providing a list of vendors that they recommended. All of their Read more...
This venue was absolutely gorgeous. They made it easy by providing a list of vendors that they recommended. All of their recommendations were great. The catering service they provide is amazing, the food was delicious and the decor that came with it was beautiful. The grounds were amazing, we couldn't have chosen a better location! Read less
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Immarried
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Hartley's is great, truely beautiful landscaping and waterfalls! Our guests are still raving about how great our wedding was and how smoothly everything went. The food was amazing, Command Performance does an exceptional job with service and professionalism, and I would use them in the future. Wendi the day of coordinator was so patient and so helpful - she really pulled off exactly what we asked for. The florist Belle of the Ball was amazing and knew what we needed for the location so we did not over spend. I would recommend Hartleys if you want a perfect day and perfect memories!
Hartley's is great, truely beautiful landscaping and waterfalls! Our guests are still raving about how great our wedding Read more...
Hartley's is great, truely beautiful landscaping and waterfalls! Our guests are still raving about how great our wedding was and how smoothly everything went. The food was amazing, Command Performance does an exceptional job with service and professionalism, and I would use them in the future. Wendi the day of coordinator was so patient and so helpful - she really pulled off exactly what we asked for. The florist Belle of the Ball was amazing and knew what we needed for the location so we did not over spend. I would recommend Hartleys if you want a perfect day and perfect memories! Read less
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Karissa
Wedding:
11/12/2011
2.9/5.0
Before I got married, I didn't even know where Somis was, but I'm so glad that I happened to stumble across it when I was looking for wedding venues in Ventura. We wanted to get married on the beach, but figured we could stop by Hartley's on our way up to Ventura. Right when we walked in, my husband and I looked at each other and said "This is the place".

We originally wanted to get married in Kauai, but decided against it, but this is the next best thing to it. It's a lush tropical garden designed just for weddings. It's completely outdoors with an exception of a cute bridal suite. It's intimate, romantic and beautiful.

When you book with them, you have to use their caterer (Command Performance). We have no complaints about them, their food and service was great. You bring in all of your own alcohol, which we loved. You get to serve exactly what you want and get to take home the leftovers.

You also get a day-of wedding coordinator, Wendi. She is the only reason I didn't give Hartley's a 5 star rating, which it deserves. I wanted to rate them even lower based on my experience, but everyone else that was involved was perfect. She (Wendi) is the pushiest woman I have ever met. I could easily sit here and rant about her, but to make a very long story short, I wouldn't recommend Hartley's to close friends or to complete strangers because of her. Some people may think I was just one of those Bridezillas, but when I had guests send me emails after our wedding complaining about her, I knew I wasn't crazy.

Bottom line is this: Hartley's is beautiful, Barbara (the owner) is fantastic and Trevor (Head of Catering) is great. If you fall in love with this venue like we did, I would strongly, STRONGLY encourage you to bring in your own wedding coordinator because Wendi ruined a huge part of my big day and I would hate to see it happen again to another bride.
Before I got married, I didn't even know where Somis was, but I'm so glad that I happened to stumble across it when I was Read more...
Before I got married, I didn't even know where Somis was, but I'm so glad that I happened to stumble across it when I was looking for wedding venues in Ventura. We wanted to get married on the beach, but figured we could stop by Hartley's on our way up to Ventura. Right when we walked in, my husband and I looked at each other and said "This is the place".

We originally wanted to get married in Kauai, but decided against it, but this is the next best thing to it. It's a lush tropical garden designed just for weddings. It's completely outdoors with an exception of a cute bridal suite. It's intimate, romantic and beautiful.

When you book with them, you have to use their caterer (Command Performance). We have no complaints about them, their food and service was great. You bring in all of your own alcohol, which we loved. You get to serve exactly what you want and get to take home the leftovers.

You also get a day-of wedding coordinator, Wendi. She is the only reason I didn't give Hartley's a 5 star rating, which it deserves. I wanted to rate them even lower based on my experience, but everyone else that was involved was perfect. She (Wendi) is the pushiest woman I have ever met. I could easily sit here and rant about her, but to make a very long story short, I wouldn't recommend Hartley's to close friends or to complete strangers because of her. Some people may think I was just one of those Bridezillas, but when I had guests send me emails after our wedding complaining about her, I knew I wasn't crazy.

Bottom line is this: Hartley's is beautiful, Barbara (the owner) is fantastic and Trevor (Head of Catering) is great. If you fall in love with this venue like we did, I would strongly, STRONGLY encourage you to bring in your own wedding coordinator because Wendi ruined a huge part of my big day and I would hate to see it happen again to another bride. Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
This place is as good as it gets! Absolutely magical and the best venue for an all outdoor wedding. I had so many people tell me ours was the most beautiful wedding they've ever been to (...yes!!) Everything is inclusive and you have the option to add other additions and upgrades too. The caterer that comes with the venue was not only easy to work with, but made the most delicious 'wedding food' I've ever had!
This place is as good as it gets! Absolutely magical and the best venue for an all outdoor wedding. I had so many people Read more...
This place is as good as it gets! Absolutely magical and the best venue for an all outdoor wedding. I had so many people tell me ours was the most beautiful wedding they've ever been to (...yes!!) Everything is inclusive and you have the option to add other additions and upgrades too. The caterer that comes with the venue was not only easy to work with, but made the most delicious 'wedding food' I've ever had! Read less
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Hartley Botanica responded with the following comments:

Thanks Kimberly! It was a pleasure working with you! Enjoy married life, and don't forget to visit! - Barbara
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ashleyc16
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
We LOVED Hartley! The evening was flawless. Trevor (From Command Performance Catering) and his staff were so easy and awesome to work with. He was so accommodating when we wanted to create a more personalized menu. BTW, the jalapeno mac and cheese is to die for and your guests will LOVE it. The wait staff was great, and the BYO bar set up is a definite $ saver. Wendi was a big help for the rehearsal and day of! We also used Cakes by Vreeke and Rockrose Floral and couldn't have been happier with both choices. Hartley is worth the drive and every penny!!
We LOVED Hartley! The evening was flawless. Trevor (From Command Performance Catering) and his staff were so easy and Read more...
We LOVED Hartley! The evening was flawless. Trevor (From Command Performance Catering) and his staff were so easy and awesome to work with. He was so accommodating when we wanted to create a more personalized menu. BTW, the jalapeno mac and cheese is to die for and your guests will LOVE it. The wait staff was great, and the BYO bar set up is a definite $ saver. Wendi was a big help for the rehearsal and day of! We also used Cakes by Vreeke and Rockrose Floral and couldn't have been happier with both choices. Hartley is worth the drive and every penny!! Read less
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Hartley Botanica responded with the following comments:

You guys are the best! Thanks for all the great reviews. It was so fun to work with you, and your families are so nice. Don't forget to come back for a visit once in a while! -Barbara
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vrstasira
Wedding:
8/27/2011
2.8/5.0
I really wish I could write a better review. I was married here in August. Hartley Botanica is beautiful and unique in many ways. This is why we chose the venue. Our guests were impressed with how things looked and many aspects of our day. However, we had a poor experience with Wendi (the day of wedding coordinator who comes with the venue). I found her to be rude and in my opinion she mishandled certain important aspects of our wedding and reception. Family members and some of our other vendors complained to us about the way she spoke to them and found her manners to be unpleasant. I found her tone and choice of words used towards me to be offensive and really unpleasant. Guests who observed her behavior towards me expressed concern as well. Her conduct is the main reason I am not comfortable recommending this venue to other brides. I do not think that wedding coordinators should be rude to brides on their wedding day or act in ways that have a negative impact on a customer's experience. I do not believe this is an unreasonable expectation.

During our planning phase we had pleasant interactions with Barbara (the owner) - I found her to be reasonable and friendly. We also found most of the other vendors affiliated with Hartley to be of quality. There were some other less important issues - but nothing that would dissuade me from recommending the venue completely (besides our experience with the wedding coordinator). I am just very surprised, given my previous pleasant experiences with Barbara, that the wedding coordinator felt it was acceptable to act in the way that she did towards us. All I can think/hope is that the owners are not aware of the extent to the issue.
I really wish I could write a better review. I was married here in August. Hartley Botanica is beautiful and unique in Read more...
I really wish I could write a better review. I was married here in August. Hartley Botanica is beautiful and unique in many ways. This is why we chose the venue. Our guests were impressed with how things looked and many aspects of our day. However, we had a poor experience with Wendi (the day of wedding coordinator who comes with the venue). I found her to be rude and in my opinion she mishandled certain important aspects of our wedding and reception. Family members and some of our other vendors complained to us about the way she spoke to them and found her manners to be unpleasant. I found her tone and choice of words used towards me to be offensive and really unpleasant. Guests who observed her behavior towards me expressed concern as well. Her conduct is the main reason I am not comfortable recommending this venue to other brides. I do not think that wedding coordinators should be rude to brides on their wedding day or act in ways that have a negative impact on a customer's experience. I do not believe this is an unreasonable expectation.

During our planning phase we had pleasant interactions with Barbara (the owner) - I found her to be reasonable and friendly. We also found most of the other vendors affiliated with Hartley to be of quality. There were some other less important issues - but nothing that would dissuade me from recommending the venue completely (besides our experience with the wedding coordinator). I am just very surprised, given my previous pleasant experiences with Barbara, that the wedding coordinator felt it was acceptable to act in the way that she did towards us. All I can think/hope is that the owners are not aware of the extent to the issue. Read less
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