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8 Tips For Your California Garden Wedding

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

A California garden wedding provides natural beauty for your ceremony.

Here are 8 tips for planning a garden wedding ceremony.

  • Garden settings can be a low cost option for your wedding, especially if the location is a public park.  Many County and State Parks will allow weddings to be held. Be sure you obtain permits if it’s a public place. There are also low cost garden options like Hastings House Garden in Half Moon Bay.


  • Mother nature provides a beautiful backdrop and a well tended garden can enhance the setting. Consider what flowers are in bloom when considering the colors for bridemaids dresses, bridal/attendant bouquets and other flowers you might add to complement the garden. You might consider a bridal bouquet with the same flowers found in the garden.


  • Be sure to walk around the location several times within the season for your wedding date and the time of day, this way you will  know what’s in bloom,  how private the area is and whether there is a bug problem you need to address.


  • Know the weather. Plan for the right month and also the time of day. . If choosing a mid-day ceremony you’ll want a shaded area so your officiant and you are not squinting and the photographer has good light for the ceremony and pictures after the ceremony.


  • You’ll also want a backup plan if rain is a possibility; renting a tent of canopy is always an option. .


  • Although an archway is not at necessary, it can add a look of elegance. Putting bows on your chairs to spruce them up a bit or having decorative umbrellas can add some additional color and playfulness.


  • Usually a garden wedding is more causal, so many brides choose a shorter, tea length gown. For the groom,  some decide on dress pants and a short-sleeve button down shirt or a linen or cotton suit. Appropriate shoes is a must, stilittos make it a little hard to navigate on grass! It’s also a good idea to specify in your invitations that you’re having a garden wedding, alerting them guests about whether it’s a formal or more causal event.


  • Finally, think about allergies.  Be prepared with your allergy medication if you use one and alert friends and family who suffer from allergies, so that they should come prepared as well.


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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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La Costanera Restaurant – Wedding & Reception Site

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

La Costanera Wedding LocationI’ve had the pleasure to dine twice at the Coastside’s newest restaurant, La Costanera. The restaurant is completely renovated at this bluff top location in Montara California overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This three-story, 10,000-sq.-ft. facility has a soaring glass ceiling plus tall windows to maximize ocean viewing and interaction with the environment where coastal mountains meet the sea.

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Let’s start with the food, excellent! Chief Carlos Altamirano also owns SF’s Piqueo’s and Mochica; his creations are made with authentic Peruvian ingredients, many of them brought regularly from Peru to provide a unique Peruvian fusion cuisine with a dozen types of ceviche, tiraditos and crudos. The bar has a wide range of unique Peruvian drinks and specialty cocktails.

The facility has a wide range of options for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and even small wedding ceremonies. In addition to the main dining area there is an adjacent smaller area, an upstairs room that is very private, a bar and lounge on the ground floor, and an outside seating area for up to 50. The restaurant is also wheelchair accessible. So whether you have just a few people or 300, this location can accommodate to your particular needs. Of course the rental fees depend on the space rented and the meals range from $50-100/person. They are open year-round, Tuesday-Sunday from 5pm to midnight.

You can’t beat the views from the restaurant above Montara State Beach location; see for yourself from a video I shot of the area.

Here is the address and contact info:
8150 Cabrillo Highway, Montara, CA
Phone: 650/728-1600

Visit their site at

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