San Francisco area coastal wedding destinations

Wedding & Reception Location – Half Moon Bay Golf Links

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Ceremony Locations - Half Moon Bay Coastside, Reception Locations & Dining

Ceremony Location

I’ve performed many ceremonies at the Golf Links and find this location one of the best places to officiate.

I asked Amy M. McNeil, Director of Sales & Marketing, a few questions to round out my thoughts about the location; the first was to give me 3 words she things best describes Half Moon Bay Golf Links; not surprisingly they were “Views, Service, Value”. Let me comment around her key words to describe their location and service.

Views?  You bet, you can see from a video I shot last November when I was there to officiate that the area is open and green right beside sea. There is a view of the ocean on their website; they are on more than a mile of scenic bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. Here is the link to the WBTS Video.

Service?  Amy and her staff of coordinators obviously love what they do, they take excellent care of every part of the rehearsal, celebration, and reception.  Couples always look relaxed and pampered by a staff that makes sure the whole experience goes smoothly and professionally.

Value?  Well, even with the expansive views, quality service, and fine food, the cost of Half Moon Bay Golf Links is one of the more affordable ones on the Coastside.

I asked Amy another question, what advice she would give to couples about their wedding?  Her answer?  “Trust your instincts -not only with each other, but with your wedding plans and vendors.  Everything should “click” and you should feel that your wedding vendors ‘have your back’ in all things and that they have your best interests at heart and are there to protect your overall experience.  Trust is key in all relationships from wedding planning through marriage.”

Look over their Wedding page at Half Moon Bay Golf Links.   If you’re interested in learning more specifics contact Amy McNeil, Director of Sales & Marketing at (650) 773-8895 or amcneil@hmbgolflinks.com.

terry Plank Authored by Terry Plank

California Wedding Location – Long Branch Saloon

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Ceremony Locations - Half Moon Bay Coastside, Reception Locations & Dining

Longbranch Church Wedding Location

Church Chapel

Last year we blogged about Long Branch Saloon & Farms wedding facility, since then Kevin Palmer and his family have taken everything to a whole new level, dismantling an old church and rebuilding it in their vintage western town near Half Moon Bay California.

For years, Kevin stockpiled redwood from old buildings he was tearing down for 20 years through his construction company, having no idea he’d use the great redwood and western items; until in 2005 he hit on the idea  of building a western town on land just south of Half Moon Bay. The town includes the following: western facades of a jail, dressmakers shop, feed n’ fuel, barbershop and a hotel; the original barn transformed into a saloon with authentic gambling tables and an enormous bar; a mercantile shop with western paraphernalia for sale.

Kevin says the town is “always evolving & growing”. The latest editions are The Grand Palace Parlor with the original bar from The Palace Hotel in San Francisco which survived the 1906 earthquake and the old western church that seats 80 people, opening out the back of the church to seat 200.

However, a wedding ceremony is not confined to just the church.  Ceremonies have been held above the saloon, inside the saloon, in a horse pasture, just about everywhere in the town. There have even been “theatrical weddings” where the officiant and the bridal party were decked out in western garb.  Long Branch can even provide a horse for the bride to ride up to the ceremony, a full casino night with dealers, two 20 x 20 tents, and much more.

Pricing varies depending on the services added to basic site fees, but the location price includes use of this unique old western town for the whole day, chairs, tables, and outdoor heaters if needed.  Kevin has a list of recommended and experienced vendors from caterers to florists and even has a special discount arrangement with the Half Moon Bay Lodge for discounted lodging for anyone involved with the wedding ceremony.

See lots of great photos of the location for weddings or other events at Long Branch Saloon & Farms.

terry Plank Authored by Terry Plank

Reception or Rehearsal Dinner – Pasta Moon

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Reception Locations & Dining, Resources - Half Moon Bay Coastside

Pasta Moon RistoranteThe Pasta Moon Restaurant is located in quaint downtown Half Moon Bay in a quiet corner of town, just 30 miles south of San Francisco. It has a wonderful atmosphere and is well known as an authentic Italian ristorante.

Half Moon Bay’s bounty of beauty has lured people to settle there from around the world. Several Italian growers have been growing and supplying fresh organic produce that has been a staple of the restaurants menu since it opened 17 years ago.

They have a fabulous selection of antipasti, insalata and zuppa, pizza, housemade pastas, and secondi piatti dishes for you to choose from.

For a rehearsal dinner or dinner reception Pasta Moon has a lovely private room overlooking their garden and Pilarcitos Creek. The room seats up to 45 people and is available for a luncheon or dinner.

For more information visit, www.pastamoon.com or call Teresa at 650-726-5125.

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