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Kennolyn's Hilltop Hacienda

Soquel , CA
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Your Perfect Wedding

Kennolyn sits on 300 private acres, offering expansive views of the Monterey... Read more
Special Announcement: Book now, $1,000 off your 2014 Wedding!!

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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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Kennolyn was actually the first venue that John and I went to while investigating where we wanted to get married. It was also one of the pricier options as it is all-inclusive (they provide the food, the drinks, ceremony and reception venues and a planner who is amazing). There are several packages to choose from with different prices. We ended up going with the higher buffet and middle drink options and got rave reviews on the food and drinks from all of our guests (and we loved them too!!).

Jenn at Kennolyn is an amazing planner....her personality is so sweet and easy to work with. She was so patient with all my emails with questions and got back to me immediately.

The venue itself is tucked up in the hills above Soquel/Capitola. From the Hacienda back patio, you have an amazing view of the entire Monterey Bay. The plantings and everything about the venue are just beautiful. We had our ceremony on May 18, 2013, and the weather was amazing. We did it all outside...ceremony on the back lawn with the wedding party on the patio in front of the lion's head fountain; buffet, cake, coffee/tea, photobooth, slideshow, mingling tables and kid's craft table inside the hacienda itself, and the dining tables set up on the back patio. The reception was all in the front patio. It was so nice to have everything in one place and not to have to worry about a separate caterer.

This place is stunning, the food is great and the coordinator is amazing. It was definitely worth the price. We had a storybook wedding and so much of it was due to Kennolyn.
Kennolyn was actually the first venue that John and I went to while investigating where we wanted to get married. It was Read more...
Kennolyn was actually the first venue that John and I went to while investigating where we wanted to get married. It was also one of the pricier options as it is all-inclusive (they provide the food, the drinks, ceremony and reception venues and a planner who is amazing). There are several packages to choose from with different prices. We ended up going with the higher buffet and middle drink options and got rave reviews on the food and drinks from all of our guests (and we loved them too!!).

Jenn at Kennolyn is an amazing planner....her personality is so sweet and easy to work with. She was so patient with all my emails with questions and got back to me immediately.

The venue itself is tucked up in the hills above Soquel/Capitola. From the Hacienda back patio, you have an amazing view of the entire Monterey Bay. The plantings and everything about the venue are just beautiful. We had our ceremony on May 18, 2013, and the weather was amazing. We did it all outside...ceremony on the back lawn with the wedding party on the patio in front of the lion's head fountain; buffet, cake, coffee/tea, photobooth, slideshow, mingling tables and kid's craft table inside the hacienda itself, and the dining tables set up on the back patio. The reception was all in the front patio. It was so nice to have everything in one place and not to have to worry about a separate caterer.

This place is stunning, the food is great and the coordinator is amazing. It was definitely worth the price. We had a storybook wedding and so much of it was due to Kennolyn. Read less
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Danica
Wedding:
9/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Picking a wedding venue is one of the most important things to consider when planning a wedding. It certainly was for us. I can remember when we first started looking at venues. Every place we visited didn't seem to have that person touch we were looking for. The hotels and spas felt too commercial and the wineries felt too typical but when we finally stepped foot into the Kennolyn Hacienda courtyard, we knew immediately we'd found our venue. It had everything we wanted. A beautiful view, gorgeous grounds, an intimate setting but what sold us was their staff.

Jenn McIntyre, was our wedding coordinator. She is truly an angel. She went above and beyond on SEVERAL occasions. During the tasting and vendor event, where couples come to sample their food and meet their recommended vendors, I wasn't able to sample the food. I was under doctor's care that included a special diet but Jenn didn't skip a beat. She offered to set up our own private tasting, which she did the following month when I was no longer on my diet plan. This was beyond appreciated as was the menu Jenn helped us create.

We wanted a big family style Paella dinner and Jenn actually worked with the chef to purchase one of those huge paella pans, so they could accommodate this request. Such a fun detail and one our guests enjoyed very much.

She was also amazing during our wedding weekend.

From the rehearsal, to our wedding day, to the day after our wedding she made us feel completely taken care of. I was blown away with how well she executed on all the little details we requested. From re-purposing flowers, to handling vendors, to gathering our things, she made the whole process feel seamless, which to me seemed impossible to do.

All in all, our entire experience with Kennolyn was amazing. I couldn't say enough great things and hope you consider them for your big day!
Picking a wedding venue is one of the most important things to consider when planning a wedding. It certainly was for us. Read more...
Picking a wedding venue is one of the most important things to consider when planning a wedding. It certainly was for us. I can remember when we first started looking at venues. Every place we visited didn't seem to have that person touch we were looking for. The hotels and spas felt too commercial and the wineries felt too typical but when we finally stepped foot into the Kennolyn Hacienda courtyard, we knew immediately we'd found our venue. It had everything we wanted. A beautiful view, gorgeous grounds, an intimate setting but what sold us was their staff.

Jenn McIntyre, was our wedding coordinator. She is truly an angel. She went above and beyond on SEVERAL occasions. During the tasting and vendor event, where couples come to sample their food and meet their recommended vendors, I wasn't able to sample the food. I was under doctor's care that included a special diet but Jenn didn't skip a beat. She offered to set up our own private tasting, which she did the following month when I was no longer on my diet plan. This was beyond appreciated as was the menu Jenn helped us create.

We wanted a big family style Paella dinner and Jenn actually worked with the chef to purchase one of those huge paella pans, so they could accommodate this request. Such a fun detail and one our guests enjoyed very much.

She was also amazing during our wedding weekend.

From the rehearsal, to our wedding day, to the day after our wedding she made us feel completely taken care of. I was blown away with how well she executed on all the little details we requested. From re-purposing flowers, to handling vendors, to gathering our things, she made the whole process feel seamless, which to me seemed impossible to do.

All in all, our entire experience with Kennolyn was amazing. I couldn't say enough great things and hope you consider them for your big day! Read less
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Brian
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
We were met by Jenn and she gave us a tour of the facility. Within minutes we were sold. This was what we were looking for. The venue is truly beautiful. A small hacienda at the top of a mountain overlooking the vast pacific ocean. The courtyard so inviting as it beckons you though the Spanish style iron doors and into the tranquil courtyard.

A year later our date was upon us. A year of wedding planning, anxiety and stress was behind us as we were at the venue where we would married. The weather was perfect as if the gods parted the overcast sky so the warm sunshine could cast its soothing rays upon our party.

Our day was amazing as every expectation was not only realized but exceeded.

We used the Kennolyn partners for our cake (the Buttery) and our DJ (Sound in Motion). We continue to receive compliments on the cake now weeks after the wedding. The DJ was extremely professional and did a great job as MC and with the music.

The ceremony sight was spectacular, the tables were placed outside on the patio and comfortably seated our rather large party. Jenn and Henry (Sound in Motion) moved our event along keeping our guests engaged without downtime.

As the sun went down the party moved from the outside facing patio to the warm and inviting candlelit courtyard.

We simply had a magical time and celebrated our most precious day at the most perfect of venues. Our life together much like our drive to Kennolyn has been an adventurous journey full of twists and turns that we wouldn't ever think of changing as it brought us to where we are now.
Kennolyn is the by far our easiest five star review.
Thank you Jenn and team...
We were met by Jenn and she gave us a tour of the facility. Within minutes we were sold. This was what we were looking Read more...
We were met by Jenn and she gave us a tour of the facility. Within minutes we were sold. This was what we were looking for. The venue is truly beautiful. A small hacienda at the top of a mountain overlooking the vast pacific ocean. The courtyard so inviting as it beckons you though the Spanish style iron doors and into the tranquil courtyard.

A year later our date was upon us. A year of wedding planning, anxiety and stress was behind us as we were at the venue where we would married. The weather was perfect as if the gods parted the overcast sky so the warm sunshine could cast its soothing rays upon our party.

Our day was amazing as every expectation was not only realized but exceeded.

We used the Kennolyn partners for our cake (the Buttery) and our DJ (Sound in Motion). We continue to receive compliments on the cake now weeks after the wedding. The DJ was extremely professional and did a great job as MC and with the music.

The ceremony sight was spectacular, the tables were placed outside on the patio and comfortably seated our rather large party. Jenn and Henry (Sound in Motion) moved our event along keeping our guests engaged without downtime.

As the sun went down the party moved from the outside facing patio to the warm and inviting candlelit courtyard.

We simply had a magical time and celebrated our most precious day at the most perfect of venues. Our life together much like our drive to Kennolyn has been an adventurous journey full of twists and turns that we wouldn't ever think of changing as it brought us to where we are now.
Kennolyn is the by far our easiest five star review.
Thank you Jenn and team... Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
6/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was at Kennolyn on June 15, 2012 and everything was AMAZING!! The staff was really helpful and everything flowed so smoothly! Jenn was phenomenal and so awesome to have a s a wedding coordinator! I would highly recommend this place to anyone!!! Well worth the money and every guest told us what a fabulous wedding it was! Food was also fantastic.
Our wedding was at Kennolyn on June 15, 2012 and everything was AMAZING!! The staff was really helpful and everything Read more...
Our wedding was at Kennolyn on June 15, 2012 and everything was AMAZING!! The staff was really helpful and everything flowed so smoothly! Jenn was phenomenal and so awesome to have a s a wedding coordinator! I would highly recommend this place to anyone!!! Well worth the money and every guest told us what a fabulous wedding it was! Food was also fantastic. Read less
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Matt
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Jenn is incredible. We had our wedding in September and our family and friends had a blast. Everyone said that it was one of the best wedding's they've been to.

Our friends who planned weddings spent months of preparation and were overwhelmed by all of the details, but at Kennolyn we were able to relax while Jenn and her staff took care of so many of the planning details.

After sampling the standard food options, we decided that wanted our own menu based on recipes that we had eaten growing up, and the chef pulled off our custom menu perfectly.

Everyone enjoyed the long relaxed Saturday on the camp grounds filled with sports and swimming and hanging out, and the bonfires Friday and Saturday night were unforgettable.

Accommodations were excellent. The cabins were nicely furnished and the beds were very comfortable.

Finally, the ceremony and reception at the Hacienda were beautiful. Sunshine, views of the Pacific, lots of space to spread out, and a great dance floor.

Highly recommend.
Jenn is incredible. We had our wedding in September and our family and friends had a blast. Everyone said that it was one Read more...
Jenn is incredible. We had our wedding in September and our family and friends had a blast. Everyone said that it was one of the best wedding's they've been to.

Our friends who planned weddings spent months of preparation and were overwhelmed by all of the details, but at Kennolyn we were able to relax while Jenn and her staff took care of so many of the planning details.

After sampling the standard food options, we decided that wanted our own menu based on recipes that we had eaten growing up, and the chef pulled off our custom menu perfectly.

Everyone enjoyed the long relaxed Saturday on the camp grounds filled with sports and swimming and hanging out, and the bonfires Friday and Saturday night were unforgettable.

Accommodations were excellent. The cabins were nicely furnished and the beds were very comfortable.

Finally, the ceremony and reception at the Hacienda were beautiful. Sunshine, views of the Pacific, lots of space to spread out, and a great dance floor.

Highly recommend. Read less
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cookielady
Wedding:
9/9/2011
5.0/5.0
There was never any other place I considered getting married besides Kennolyn. My sister got married here 10 years ago and best friend 5 years ago. It is the perfect all in one location for ceremony and reception. Just gorgeous! You get married outside over looking the bay, eat dinner on a patio over looking the bay, you party in a pretty spanish style courtyard with a fountain and it's all right there for you and your guests only. Another great perk of this location is you are the only event happening at that time. Jenn & Janeen are absolute pro's and made my experience a good one for sure! Also, catering is on site, so you don't have to worry about finding a seperate catering vendor. Worth every penny!!
There was never any other place I considered getting married besides Kennolyn. My sister got married here 10 years ago and Read more...
There was never any other place I considered getting married besides Kennolyn. My sister got married here 10 years ago and best friend 5 years ago. It is the perfect all in one location for ceremony and reception. Just gorgeous! You get married outside over looking the bay, eat dinner on a patio over looking the bay, you party in a pretty spanish style courtyard with a fountain and it's all right there for you and your guests only. Another great perk of this location is you are the only event happening at that time. Jenn & Janeen are absolute pro's and made my experience a good one for sure! Also, catering is on site, so you don't have to worry about finding a seperate catering vendor. Worth every penny!! Read less
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sharelleleal
Wedding:
5/20/2011
5.0/5.0
We loved everything about our wedding. The planning process was easy and so was the day of execution. We knew we were in good hands and didn't have to worry about anything but enjoying ourselves, we knew that Jenn, our wedding coordinator, would take care of everything and had our vision of what we wanted our wedding to be in mind. We got endless compliments on how gorgeous the wedding was, what a great venue it was and especially on the food!
We loved everything about our wedding. The planning process was easy and so was the day of execution. We knew we were in Read more...
We loved everything about our wedding. The planning process was easy and so was the day of execution. We knew we were in good hands and didn't have to worry about anything but enjoying ourselves, we knew that Jenn, our wedding coordinator, would take care of everything and had our vision of what we wanted our wedding to be in mind. We got endless compliments on how gorgeous the wedding was, what a great venue it was and especially on the food! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
5/19/2013
4.8/5.0
We just got married at Kennolyn last month. Jenn was very helpful with all of the planning and answered all of my questions. She can be as involved or as hands-off as you want her to be, it just depends on how much you reach out to her either by email or by phone. We picked Kennolyn because we wanted to get married in the forest but also wanted the convenience of some sort of organized area where people could easily eat dinner and dance without having to worry about tons of bugs or tripping over tree roots. The courtyard leads to a small banquet hall with a fireplace that they light when it get dark, the buffet tables, and a table for the cake. I personally did not like having the cake inside because it kind of messed up the flow (people had to move inside for cake cutting and then did not end up moving back outside where I had hoped the rest of the dancing would take place). However, it was a very hot day and it was the best place for it considering we did not want the cake to be a melted mess by the time we got around to cutting it five hours after it was delivered. After you go through the hall there is an outdoor, partially covered terrace where everyone can eat and you can see the Monterey Bay (if you're luck and the weather cooperates). Just past the tables are the steps that lead to the lawn area where there is a fountain and steps for the ceremony to take place on. As mentioned, it was a really hot day so it was nice that they provide parasols for the guests to shade themselves. The one suggestion I have about the parasols is that they provide some for the parents and others who sit down after walking down the aisle. The only negative that I can see is that if you are interested in using a DJ you must choose from either Sound in Motion or Music Now. We felt a little restricted in this sense but both companies have multiple DJs that should be available if you book early.

Good luck with your wedding planning!
We just got married at Kennolyn last month. Jenn was very helpful with all of the planning and answered all of my Read more...
We just got married at Kennolyn last month. Jenn was very helpful with all of the planning and answered all of my questions. She can be as involved or as hands-off as you want her to be, it just depends on how much you reach out to her either by email or by phone. We picked Kennolyn because we wanted to get married in the forest but also wanted the convenience of some sort of organized area where people could easily eat dinner and dance without having to worry about tons of bugs or tripping over tree roots. The courtyard leads to a small banquet hall with a fireplace that they light when it get dark, the buffet tables, and a table for the cake. I personally did not like having the cake inside because it kind of messed up the flow (people had to move inside for cake cutting and then did not end up moving back outside where I had hoped the rest of the dancing would take place). However, it was a very hot day and it was the best place for it considering we did not want the cake to be a melted mess by the time we got around to cutting it five hours after it was delivered. After you go through the hall there is an outdoor, partially covered terrace where everyone can eat and you can see the Monterey Bay (if you're luck and the weather cooperates). Just past the tables are the steps that lead to the lawn area where there is a fountain and steps for the ceremony to take place on. As mentioned, it was a really hot day so it was nice that they provide parasols for the guests to shade themselves. The one suggestion I have about the parasols is that they provide some for the parents and others who sit down after walking down the aisle. The only negative that I can see is that if you are interested in using a DJ you must choose from either Sound in Motion or Music Now. We felt a little restricted in this sense but both companies have multiple DJs that should be available if you book early.

Good luck with your wedding planning! Read less
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lbetancourt
Wedding:
6/4/2011
4.2/5.0
We found that Kennolyn was very accommodating and willing to work with our vision. They also were extremely helpful on the day of when it was necessary to let go and "hand over the keys" to a point person to help things run smoothly. We had some very unexpected rain on our wedding day and Jenn our coordinator made it her mission to ensure our day was special and beautiful. This included working with the rental companies in the days prior to get the measurements and proper tents set up as well as running around day of to execute last minute dining layout set up and correct typical malfunctions that can happen on any wedding day, not to mention one in rainstorm weather.
We found that Kennolyn was very accommodating and willing to work with our vision. They also were extremely helpful on the Read more...
We found that Kennolyn was very accommodating and willing to work with our vision. They also were extremely helpful on the day of when it was necessary to let go and "hand over the keys" to a point person to help things run smoothly. We had some very unexpected rain on our wedding day and Jenn our coordinator made it her mission to ensure our day was special and beautiful. This included working with the rental companies in the days prior to get the measurements and proper tents set up as well as running around day of to execute last minute dining layout set up and correct typical malfunctions that can happen on any wedding day, not to mention one in rainstorm weather. Read less
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