San Francisco area coastal wedding destinations

Coastal Canyon Events – Ocean View Wedding Location

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Ceremony Locations - Half Moon Bay Coastside

Stunning Hilltop Half Moon Bay Pacific Ocean View

Coastal Canyon Events Wedding LocationTo get to Coastal Canyon Events, you first drive a little south of Half Moon Bay then  up a canyon to the top of a hill overlooking the San Mateo County Coastside.  It’s probably the best long views towards the Pacific Ocean and Half Moon Bay I know of for a wedding ceremony setting.

This site can seat up to 250 people with a parking area for up to 150 cars.

The area for the wedding ceremony is surrounded on three sides by hay fields that gives a sense of space and remote beauty.  Candace, co-owner, is a “concrete artist” by trade and so she has incorporated many unique concrete sculptures and massive rocks to give added beauty and a feeling of expansiveness.

It comes complete with

  • Glassed in stage
  • Enclosed  kitchen for your caterer
  • Dressing area for the Bride
  • Several restrooms
  • Electrical generator
  • Security lighting.

This location would be good for an elegant affair and is an especially unique location for a country western wedding theme.

Get more information at or contact Candace at (650) 224-7933.

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Sam’s Chowder House – Wedding Location & Reception Location

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

One Of The Best Coastside Ceremony Location Ocean Views

Sam's Chowder House Harbor View

View Of Pillar Point From Sam’s Chowderhouse

Sam’s Chowder House offers one of the best ocean view locations for a wedding ceremony and reception in the Half Moon Bay area. The have both outdoor and indoor locations for a ceremony. Outside, I’ve performed several ceremonies on the beach at the harbor below the restaurant; they also have a nice grass area on site that offers a beach wedding location without getting sand in your shoes!
As for the food, well they have award-winning seafood and everything I’ve had there at receptions and for general dining has been of the highest quality and flavor. The service staff for weddings are experienced and helpful so you are in good hands for the ceremony and the reception following.

Wedding Couple at Sams Chowderhouse

Sam’s web site is one of the best of the San Mateo County Coastside wedding vendors and services. They have a very helpful Web Cam mounted on the roof, you can see both north and south so you’re never surprised by what the weather might hold if you’re traveling over for the day.

Look over their site at; contact them at 650 712-0245 or at Terry is available as an officiant here and any Bay Area locations.

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Hasting House – Half Moon Bay Wedding Location

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Ceremony Locations - Half Moon Bay Coastside

The Hastings HouseOk, my summer hiatus is over.  I’m starting this Fall Blog with one of my favorite wedding ceremony locations, The Hasting House.

Owned by Linda Montalto Patterson and Richard Patterson, this beautiful garden location across from the Pacific Ocean offers a unique, secluded environment for a smaller wedding.  I’ve performed ceremonies there for just a couple and for weddings with 100 guests.

Linda is an artist and has employed her excellent artistic sense to create this extensive garden as a wedding ceremony location.  They built a bungalow that can be used for the bride to dress prior to the ceremony or to prepare for her entrance to the ceremony in the garden.  Linda does an excellent job of preparing brides before their big day and is especially helpful in coordinating the process leading up to the ceremony.  She has an extensive list of wedding vendors she values who have proven their professionalism and expertise over the years of working there.

Richard is a professional guitarist, he can provide some of the best guitar wedding music one can find in the SF Bay area.  He has performed all over the world, even studying in Spain for some time.  He can draw from an extensive repertoire and can include the couples special music requests.

Here’s a Video of the location.

To learn more about this facility visit their website at where you can hear Richard performing in the background. Call to make an appointment to view the location at 650.726.2513 or email Linda at

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