The location was ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL, which was a huge selling poit for us and we received numerous compliments on it at the wedding and beyond. However, we were told when we booked the local that they would set up the ceremony site and we were responsible for the reception set up. We agreed to be there at 8am to set up, and arrived to find no one there, the ceremony site NOT set up and the brides room locked. Repeated calls to the owner went unanswered and when we did hear back she said they were not doing any set up. Our rental times were 8am-10pm, however there is NO outdoor lighting available, which makes clean-up extremely difficult.
Best kept wedding secret in Northern California! With family and friends spread throughout the US and Germany, we wanted to find a very special place where everyone could enjoy our wedding and the area as well. We searched for two years finding beautiful places but something just wouldn't be right. Then I came across a mention of the Felton Guild in a news article on the internet and I visited their website. I emailed my fiance asking "could this be the place for us?" We called and talked to Kathy, then visited the Guild within a few days. Even though it was March (cold, windy and closed since October), it was beautiful. The wedding grove is a glorious natural cathedral of huge redwood trees and there is a large lawn area for the reception. Having talked to several locations with strict guidelines and requirements, we appreciated Kathy's relaxed attitude. She didn't care if we were planning an eloquent catered affair or a down-home bar-b-que, she just wanted us to have the wedding of our dreams. The rules are simple: A couple rents the Guild for the day, has the wedding of their dreams and returns it in good condition - no other requirements. With the exception of a kitchen (I believe that may be coming), the Guild provides everything you need for a fantastic wedding. There is a changing room for the bridal party and for the groom. The forested area has the cathedral and further in there are built-in tables for gifts, buffet, cake and benches. The lawn area is perfect for an outdoor reception. There are electrical outlets available. They provide ample chairs and benches for the wedding plus tables and chairs for the reception. And yes, there are restrooms available for everyone to use.
A bonus: The Guild is just down the street from the entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. We used the Park for other events and to sneak away for some breath-taking "just married" shots. Another bonus is that the beach is just 15 minutes away, so my guests had the opportunity to explore and enjoy both the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the California coast. All in all, our guests were blown away by the beauty of the area and this venue - you can see it in our wedding video and photos as people keep looking up at the towering redwoods.