I get to go again on January 7th when I take another future SIL to see it while she is in town taking 2 of our 4 little ring bearers to Disneyland. While I was there on April 16th last year I took lots of photos of the different areas so I could plan accordingly for lighting, weather, sunset, etc. All the pics below are mostly my personal shots from that day.
The coolest thing about this place - the private zoo on the premises that guests can walk the trail before the ceremony or during the cocktail hour to see 4 tigers, llamas, zebras, wild cats, exotic birds and more! Check it out - what do you think?
The entrance where guests walk along the trellis to the gathering/cocktail area when they first arrive.
The Cocktail area by a fountain pool (we will have a strolling magician during our cocktail hour to entertain the guests)
Look at how all the flowers are in full bloom in April! Love it!
Another shot of cocktail area from above (to the left is the outdoor bar area, in the distance is the outdoor teatro where the ceremony is held)
Another shot of the outdoor ceremony area with chairs set up
A shot from the teatro looking up at Rick's Cafe. The balcony is a very popular photo op location. (This is also how the guests get down to the ceremony site from the cocktail/reception area...it is also where we are setting up a 'kids corner' area with babysitters for younger children to play games and watch DVD's and even let younger babies sleep in small pack n plays)
The reception area with a stone fireplace in the center where our sweetheart table will be set up in front of (It also has another bar area available and an alcove behind the fireplace where we can set up the buffet and keep it out of sight of the guests dining tables)
The alcove behind the fireplace where the buffet and chocolate fountain will be set up.
Some shots of inside Rick's Cafe where the kids corner will be set up...it's very cool, there are different table/bar areas for guests as well as another fireplace for ambience
Though not large, there's even an area behind the teatro for a 'groom's quarters'. Not many places offer a place for the guys to change and hang in!
Where guests will walk in from...that raised brick area will have the gift table on it.
The area where guests will exit their vehicles at the valet station...also a wonderful photo op area
The estate has some beautiful lawns, trees and flowers and this vintage red photo booth I can't wait to get some fun shots in!
More pretty walkways for photos
Another shot of the cocktail/fountain and outdoor bar area
A deck (part of the cocktail area) next to Rick's Cafe
Cocktail area with lounge chairs and tables set out (we won't have that big round ottoman at our cocktail hour but we will have some cushioned benches and tables up against the fountain pool similar to those brown ones).