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Kennolyn's Hilltop Hacienda

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ABOUT US

Special Announcement: Book a wedding in May or June of 2015 & receive $500 off!

Your Perfect Wedding

Kennolyn sits on 300 private acres, offering expansive views of... Read more
Special Announcement: Book a wedding in May or June of 2015 & receive $500 off!

Your Perfect Wedding

Kennolyn sits on 300 private acres, offering expansive views of the Monterey Bay, redwood-topped hills, and the Monterey Peninsula. With a Spanish-style courtyard, a dining room filled with windows, and terraces cascading down to a large lawn, this beautiful property is the ideal location in which to set your dream wedding.

The lush lawn overlooking the bay is a spectacular place to exchange your vows before your family and friends. A tiled fountain sets the stage for a picture perfect ceremony. Kennolyn's professional wedding coordinator will ensure your ceremony goes perfectly.

After the ceremony, enjoy an hors d'oeuvres reception in the courtyard, centered around the 4-tiered fountain bubbling with cascading water. The chefs have created California-inspired menus with many choices to please even the most discriminating palates. Or you may customize a special menu to fit a theme - Mexican, Indian, Japanese -- these talented chefs can accommodate any style of food.

After dining on the terrace overlooking the ocean and sweeping vistas, your wedding festivities continue with dancing and cake in the courtyard. Kennolyn's unique progressive-style facility provides different locations for each part of your special day, adding to the ambiance and overall experience.

Even though Kennolyn is only a few miles from the highway, its secluded location offers a private and personalized wedding venue that your friends and family will be talking about for years.

Kennolyn is also able to offer a very unique wedding experience using our two venues, the Hilltop Hacienda for your wedding ceremony and reception plus adjacent Stone Creek Village for a weekend-long intimate wedding experience for your closest family and friends. This Wedding Weekend option is only available a few times each a year and sells out quickly.

Not only are we the 1st event venue in Santa Cruz County to earn the prestigious Diamond Certified Award, we are also Independently Rated Highest in Quality. Come tour Kennolyn and find out why it's one of the most popular places in the area to get married. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
125
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Country / Golf Club, Farm
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Rustic
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Outside Cake OK
What food and beverage items are available?
Linens

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
75
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Indian, Italian, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Southern, Spanish, Thai
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Open Bar, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Wine
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian

REVIEWS

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Deena
Wedding:
10/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Get married here!!! That's simply the best way to put it. We had our ceremony and reception at Kennolyn Hilltop Hacienda this Halloween and it was beyond fantastic. The location is gorgeous, you WILL get a million compliments on this venue. Jenn is an amazing coordinator and a super sweet person -- she help us so much along our planning journey. She and Jeanine were indispensable on the day of our wedding, making everything flow flawlessly and seemingly effortlessly through all their hard behind-the-scenes work. Jenn did wonders with all the DIY decor stuff we dropped off the day before the wedding in addition to guiding all our arriving vendors on the day-of. They are super experienced and thought of so many little things I never would have. Jenn knows weddings inside and out, and is also super into working with any silly, non-traditional ideas you may have (and getting hitched on Halloween, we had lots!). All the other staff is awesome, food and drinks are amazing here (get the white wine sangria!), bridal suite is roomy and perfect. They own all their own amenities so no lugging over rented tables and chairs -- they are already super wedding-geared which was pivotal for us as we planned the whole shebang in under 4 months! Guests thought we must have spent all year planning this wedding -- nope, that's just the Kennolyn magic!
Get married here!!! That's simply the best way to put it. We had our ceremony and reception at Kennolyn Hilltop Hacienda Read more...
Get married here!!! That's simply the best way to put it. We had our ceremony and reception at Kennolyn Hilltop Hacienda this Halloween and it was beyond fantastic. The location is gorgeous, you WILL get a million compliments on this venue. Jenn is an amazing coordinator and a super sweet person -- she help us so much along our planning journey. She and Jeanine were indispensable on the day of our wedding, making everything flow flawlessly and seemingly effortlessly through all their hard behind-the-scenes work. Jenn did wonders with all the DIY decor stuff we dropped off the day before the wedding in addition to guiding all our arriving vendors on the day-of. They are super experienced and thought of so many little things I never would have. Jenn knows weddings inside and out, and is also super into working with any silly, non-traditional ideas you may have (and getting hitched on Halloween, we had lots!). All the other staff is awesome, food and drinks are amazing here (get the white wine sangria!), bridal suite is roomy and perfect. They own all their own amenities so no lugging over rented tables and chairs -- they are already super wedding-geared which was pivotal for us as we planned the whole shebang in under 4 months! Guests thought we must have spent all year planning this wedding -- nope, that's just the Kennolyn magic! Read less
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Jenny
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
The venue was perfect, food was great but the best part was jenn, the wedding planner. she is so organized and thinks of everything. she makes it so easy for the bride to enjoy her day.
The venue was perfect, food was great but the best part was jenn, the wedding planner. she is so organized and thinks of Read more...
The venue was perfect, food was great but the best part was jenn, the wedding planner. she is so organized and thinks of everything. she makes it so easy for the bride to enjoy her day. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Megan
Wedding:
8/15/2015
5.0/5.0
I could not have done this without Jenn and Janeen and all of the amazing staff at Kennolyn! I had a little over a year to plan my wedding, but was became discouraged when I could not find the right venue. I wanted something indoor/outdoor, near the redwoods but not in them, with character/charm, and located in the area where my husband and I met and fell in love. When I found Kennolyn, I knew immediately this was the place.

Once we decided and booked our date, it only got better. Jenn is amazing and basically held my hand though the entire thing, because I know nothing about weddings and had no idea what I was doing. They do everything! They coordinate, decorate, cater, serve, bar tend, setup, and clean up. All I had to do was give Jenn an idea about what I wanted (pictures from Pinterest were a big help!) and made sure she got all of my extra supplies the night before, and she and her crew transformed the hacienda into exactly how I had pictured it. We chose the Stations dining package and the food was absolutely delicious! We had a tasting to make the final decisions, but I would definitely recommend going to the preview day they have in the Spring. They showcase their food, beverages, and preferred vendors. They also have it set up so you can picture it decorated.

Anyway, Jenn and Janeen made sure everything was running smoothly and knew exactly what we were supposed to be doing and when. The entire experience was perfect and I wouldn't change a thing.

Thank you!!!
I could not have done this without Jenn and Janeen and all of the amazing staff at Kennolyn! I had a little over a year to Read more...
I could not have done this without Jenn and Janeen and all of the amazing staff at Kennolyn! I had a little over a year to plan my wedding, but was became discouraged when I could not find the right venue. I wanted something indoor/outdoor, near the redwoods but not in them, with character/charm, and located in the area where my husband and I met and fell in love. When I found Kennolyn, I knew immediately this was the place.

Once we decided and booked our date, it only got better. Jenn is amazing and basically held my hand though the entire thing, because I know nothing about weddings and had no idea what I was doing. They do everything! They coordinate, decorate, cater, serve, bar tend, setup, and clean up. All I had to do was give Jenn an idea about what I wanted (pictures from Pinterest were a big help!) and made sure she got all of my extra supplies the night before, and she and her crew transformed the hacienda into exactly how I had pictured it. We chose the Stations dining package and the food was absolutely delicious! We had a tasting to make the final decisions, but I would definitely recommend going to the preview day they have in the Spring. They showcase their food, beverages, and preferred vendors. They also have it set up so you can picture it decorated.

Anyway, Jenn and Janeen made sure everything was running smoothly and knew exactly what we were supposed to be doing and when. The entire experience was perfect and I wouldn't change a thing.

Thank you!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Jackie
Wedding:
8/8/2015
5.0/5.0
Kennolyn was the perfect venue for our wedding! Thanks to our coordinator who did not leave one stone unturned we had the best day!!
Kennolyn was the perfect venue for our wedding! Thanks to our coordinator who did not leave one stone unturned we had the Read more...
Kennolyn was the perfect venue for our wedding! Thanks to our coordinator who did not leave one stone unturned we had the best day!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough great things about Kennolyn! We had our wedding at Kennolyn in July and could not have asked for a better venue. The view is breathtaking, the food was fantastic (the mashed potatoes were to die for), and most of all the event coordinators and staff were extremely helpful and easy to work with. Our wedding was a success due to Jenn, our event coordinator and the rest of the staff on the day of the wedding. Jenn communicated with us throughout our entire process, getting back to us right away with any questions. Also, the day of the wedding, everything went smoothly due to Jenn and the staff taking care of things behind the scenes and keeping everyone calm and taken care of (down to finding a pin for my Mom's corsage when it broke). She was a pleasure to work with and made what could be a stressful event into a stress free, enjoyable wedding. All of our guests keep raving about our wedding and how beautiful the venue was and how smooth everything ran. I wish we could do it all over again...it went by way too fast. If you are looking for an outdoor venue to have your wedding, look no further, as Kennolyn is a beautiful spot in which you have all to yourself and your guests. No other wedding is planned the same day. Also, Jenn and the rest of the staff are extremely helpful, easy to work with and are flexible with your ideas. It is a bit of a drive up to the venue, which could be a problem for some people, but we hired a shuttle service to take people to and from the wedding so they didn't have to worry about driving. It all worked out perfectly. Our only complaint...we wish it could have lasted longer, the venue stops at 9pm, but it was the perfect amount of time because it ended on a high note and everyone having fun. Thank you Kennolyn for our perfect wedding! A great start to our marriage.
I can't say enough great things about Kennolyn! We had our wedding at Kennolyn in July and could not have asked for a Read more...
I can't say enough great things about Kennolyn! We had our wedding at Kennolyn in July and could not have asked for a better venue. The view is breathtaking, the food was fantastic (the mashed potatoes were to die for), and most of all the event coordinators and staff were extremely helpful and easy to work with. Our wedding was a success due to Jenn, our event coordinator and the rest of the staff on the day of the wedding. Jenn communicated with us throughout our entire process, getting back to us right away with any questions. Also, the day of the wedding, everything went smoothly due to Jenn and the staff taking care of things behind the scenes and keeping everyone calm and taken care of (down to finding a pin for my Mom's corsage when it broke). She was a pleasure to work with and made what could be a stressful event into a stress free, enjoyable wedding. All of our guests keep raving about our wedding and how beautiful the venue was and how smooth everything ran. I wish we could do it all over again...it went by way too fast. If you are looking for an outdoor venue to have your wedding, look no further, as Kennolyn is a beautiful spot in which you have all to yourself and your guests. No other wedding is planned the same day. Also, Jenn and the rest of the staff are extremely helpful, easy to work with and are flexible with your ideas. It is a bit of a drive up to the venue, which could be a problem for some people, but we hired a shuttle service to take people to and from the wedding so they didn't have to worry about driving. It all worked out perfectly. Our only complaint...we wish it could have lasted longer, the venue stops at 9pm, but it was the perfect amount of time because it ended on a high note and everyone having fun. Thank you Kennolyn for our perfect wedding! A great start to our marriage. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Kate
Wedding:
6/20/2015
5.0/5.0
Jen was so helpful! She makes the wedding planning process so easy! Everyone who attended our wedding said it was so beautiful and so much fun!
Jen was so helpful! She makes the wedding planning process so easy! Everyone who attended our wedding said it was so Read more...
Jen was so helpful! She makes the wedding planning process so easy! Everyone who attended our wedding said it was so beautiful and so much fun! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Spending an entire wedding weekend planned by Jenn and the kennolyn team was an absolute dream. A year later, and I'm still being told it was the "Best Wedding EVER!" by friends and family. The only tricky part is organizing cabins and transportation- but the rest was made super easy! My family and friends are a hard group to host, due to food sensitivities and accessibility issues, but they somehow made it look effortless! We all had a marvelous time.
Spending an entire wedding weekend planned by Jenn and the kennolyn team was an absolute dream. A year later, and I'm Read more...
Spending an entire wedding weekend planned by Jenn and the kennolyn team was an absolute dream. A year later, and I'm still being told it was the "Best Wedding EVER!" by friends and family. The only tricky part is organizing cabins and transportation- but the rest was made super easy! My family and friends are a hard group to host, due to food sensitivities and accessibility issues, but they somehow made it look effortless! We all had a marvelous time. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Jenn, Jeanine and the rest of the staff at Kennolyn will meet all of your needs. They are the most devoted staff and are willing to do anything and everything to make your day/weekend as special as possible. Our wedding there was more magical than we could have ever dreamed it to be. We also enjoyed the "wedding weekend" that is offered. The weekend was so awesome and relaxing-it allowed for us to spend quality time with all of our guests that stayed for the weekend. We would recommend this venue to anyone and everyone who asks!
Jenn, Jeanine and the rest of the staff at Kennolyn will meet all of your needs. They are the most devoted staff and are Read more...
Jenn, Jeanine and the rest of the staff at Kennolyn will meet all of your needs. They are the most devoted staff and are willing to do anything and everything to make your day/weekend as special as possible. Our wedding there was more magical than we could have ever dreamed it to be. We also enjoyed the "wedding weekend" that is offered. The weekend was so awesome and relaxing-it allowed for us to spend quality time with all of our guests that stayed for the weekend. We would recommend this venue to anyone and everyone who asks! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rehearsal Dinner, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Nancy
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
Truly a beautiful and amazing place to have a wedding. From start to finish the staff at Kennolyn helped me with everything I needed.
Truly a beautiful and amazing place to have a wedding. From start to finish the staff at Kennolyn helped me with Read more...
Truly a beautiful and amazing place to have a wedding. From start to finish the staff at Kennolyn helped me with everything I needed. Read less
Services Used: Catering, DJ, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Alexandra
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
I would pick Kennolyn for our wedding over and over again!! It was such a spectacular venue, and I know that Kennolyn's awesome staff were a huge part of the reason our wedding day was such a success!

My mom and I loved Jenn from the moment we met her. She was so helpful and low pressure when we were first looking at the venue, and always very easy to get in touch with during the planning stages. Having her there as a day-of coordinator helped everything go amazingly smoothly! (Multiple guests commented on how flawless our wedding seemed!) It was so great to just be able to drop off our decorations during the rehearsal, and then to return the next day to see them expertly displayed! Jenn also coordinated all of the outside vendors we hired -- I didn't have to worry about a thing on the day of! I just showed up and enjoyed the day!

The food was delicious, and the servers polite and professional. Our champagne glasses were never empty! As bride and groom, appetizers and buffet items were brought directly to the sweetheart table. Jenn and Janeen even arranged it so that I could have a special vegetarian meal, and made sure I got a slice of the cake. They really thought of everything, and anticipated my needs before I even could.

Also, the location is really beautiful! We had an amazing view of the ocean, including a spectacular sunset during dinner. I love the Spanish hacienda style of the place, and our pictures among the redwood trees came out stunning. It was so nice that it is private (no strangers looking on!) and my guests were easily shuttled to and from the hotel in our charter buses. Many guests came up to tell us how beautiful, comfortable and fun our venue was.

Don't hesitate to book Kennolyn as your wedding venue -- I promise you won't regret it!

(Thank you again, Jenn and Janeen!)
I would pick Kennolyn for our wedding over and over again!! It was such a spectacular venue, and I know that Kennolyn's Read more...
I would pick Kennolyn for our wedding over and over again!! It was such a spectacular venue, and I know that Kennolyn's awesome staff were a huge part of the reason our wedding day was such a success!

My mom and I loved Jenn from the moment we met her. She was so helpful and low pressure when we were first looking at the venue, and always very easy to get in touch with during the planning stages. Having her there as a day-of coordinator helped everything go amazingly smoothly! (Multiple guests commented on how flawless our wedding seemed!) It was so great to just be able to drop off our decorations during the rehearsal, and then to return the next day to see them expertly displayed! Jenn also coordinated all of the outside vendors we hired -- I didn't have to worry about a thing on the day of! I just showed up and enjoyed the day!

The food was delicious, and the servers polite and professional. Our champagne glasses were never empty! As bride and groom, appetizers and buffet items were brought directly to the sweetheart table. Jenn and Janeen even arranged it so that I could have a special vegetarian meal, and made sure I got a slice of the cake. They really thought of everything, and anticipated my needs before I even could.

Also, the location is really beautiful! We had an amazing view of the ocean, including a spectacular sunset during dinner. I love the Spanish hacienda style of the place, and our pictures among the redwood trees came out stunning. It was so nice that it is private (no strangers looking on!) and my guests were easily shuttled to and from the hotel in our charter buses. Many guests came up to tell us how beautiful, comfortable and fun our venue was.

Don't hesitate to book Kennolyn as your wedding venue -- I promise you won't regret it!

(Thank you again, Jenn and Janeen!) Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue

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Kennolyn wants to help you save on your wedding. Whether you have a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday wedding, take advantage of these savings! 175 guests - $1,000 OFF your wedding, 225 guests - $2,000 OFF your wedding, and 275 guests - we will waive the entire facility fee.
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