Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Wedding Planning: The Location

Here we go again! I think Rob and I have found our wedding location and my new favorite yellow color has made a comeback:

The Sausalito Women's Club was designed by Julia Morgan and finished in 1918. Still actively meeting, the club now also rents out the facility for weddings. It's gorgeous, with lots of wood, arts & craft details and a brand new $500,000 kitchen. Martha herself would faint at the sight of this kitchen.

There's a carved wooden bar, a Japanese garden, a mural in the bathroom, a working fireplace, oriental carpets, 90 year old wicker furniture and two dressing rooms upstairs with 180 degree views of the bay. Basically, Rob and I want to live there.

They rent it out for 48-hour periods, allowing for leisurely rehearsal, set up and take-down. Parking is a bit of an issue since it is a residential neighborhood, but they have a whole system of shuttles already in place. Oh, and it's affordable! And the volunteers who run it are really nice! No shysters in sight.

Plus, there's a full stage with lights and a piano. Just what we need to put on our after-dinner variety show. Did I already mention that we're doing that instead of dancing? That's why Rob is learning the ukulele, why I'm shopping for ostrich feather fans and Jean is sewing sequins on snoods. (We're nuts)

The stage curtains are yellow velvet...bringing us back to the same ivory and yellow color scheme I was envisioning before. And there you have it...wedding planning is starting to be fun :)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yay! I'm really excited for you.

mamacita said...

That's so great, Emily. I'm glad things are going your way again.

Mrs. Bryant said...

you are so cool. what a fun wedding you are planning! i hope you have a fantastic photographer because i want to see lots of pictures on this blog of yours.

Jessica said...

Congratulations! I love the color scheme ideas, and the location sounds divine.

Anne said...

awesome! all the details will be so fun to plan! :)

jordan said...

Hooray.

love.boxes said...

I just love a Japanese garden. This place sounds divine! :)

hyb said...

Way to go! It sounds wonderful!

Sara said...

that sounds so perfect! the fact that it is fun is a great sign.
the variety show idea reminds me of the crazy weddings people have in Austria and Germany, the friends make whole booklets about the couple, skits, silly games, etc, apparently they go till like 6am.

sf editrix said...

Congrats on finding such a fabulous location! The views from there must be spectacular.

Anonymous said...

Sounds so YOU! cheerful bright happy quirky.

lsaspacey said...

Sounds great. As a former event planner, I think smaller venues like this are the best way to go. Since they depend on a good word of mouth, they do a great job...and yes that event price for 48-hrs is great. The fact of the shuttle system being already in place is the best sign ever though!

Elizabeth said...

I'm so happy that you've found somewhere you love! And that you're enjoying wedding planning again - that's the way it should be!

Katie said...

Aw, that is awesome! It is so nice to love the venue.

Monday I went up to check out mine and was giddy with excitement the whole time I was up there.

Beth said...

I REALLY like the sound of this place. Well done!!

e said...

Julia Morgan designed building? I'm so jealous!