Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hazlwood Venue Visit

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With everything going on with Alan's health at the end of last year, I wasn't in much of a wedding-planning mindset. But then, 2014 arrived, ushering in this beautiful summer-y weather, a boost of optimism and... we're ready to do this! It's one thing to be a wedding guest or a member of the bridal party, but planning my own wedding feels crazy and surreal. It's so exciting! I've started looking into local venues and recently toured Hazlwood, a property tucked into the Santa Cruz mountains. I thought I'd share some of the pictures and pricing in case anyone else is interested.

hazlwood property
When you walk in, the owner's house and bocce ball courts are on your left, with a pond straight ahead (pictured above). Since it's winter, there were a lot of fallen leaves and dead plants, but Barbara, the owner, assured us that everything gets cleaned up and re-planted for event season.

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Next to the pond is a grass lawn (on the right) where the wedding ceremony takes place. The white greenhouse on the left is where the dinner buffet is set up.

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This is the view of the ceremony site from the porch of Barbara's house. (See the white structure in the distance?) It's under a pretty grove of redwoods, but the lighting is a little dark for my tastes.

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This is the "summer house" where the bride gets ready and which later turns into the cake-cutting spot and dance area. The doors open up so guests can dance inside and/or outside.

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 Here's the inside. Those windows!

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Hazlwood had a few different areas for photo ops or for guests to roam and explore. This set of stairs led up to a wishing well.

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In between the summer house and the ceremony site, there's this open area which would be awesome for special wedding surprises—for instance, a bounce house, a sweet slip 'n slide set up, whac-a-mole and other arcade classics... No? Too much? Okay, fine. But seriously, I'm still considering this venue because of all the space for entertaining all my crazy ideas.

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Other things to know...

About the Property: The owners, Barbara and Bob Knipe, live on the Los Gatos property and rent it out through the spring and early fall. It's just down the street from Nestldown, another wedding venue.  

Maximum Number of Guests: 100-150. Barbara emailed me the max was 100, but when we spoke in person, she said it was 150. 

Pricing: $3500 to host an event from 10 am-10 pm with clean-up from 10-11 pm; includes a 2.5 hour ceremony rehearsal the day prior. Each event gets dedicated use of the property with no two events happening on the same day. 

Contact Info: 408-429-4381; barbarahzwd@yahoo.com

Not pictured: One man cave complete with a dart board and pool table for the groom to get ready in.

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