I had the pleasure of DJ’ing a friend’s wedding at this venue last night, and I have to say that this is one incredible venue!
The last 10 miles or so of road leading to the venue are a narrow, treacherous and dirty downhill affair, but the results are more than worth it. My friends had an excellent solution to the “open bar/driving bad road” problem in hiring a shuttle service for the night. They contracted two departures from the venue, one for 8:30, and one for 10:00, when the events and all amplified sound must end. This made a great solution that allowed people to get a safe ride back to their cars or accommodations in a comfortable fashion without any peril. Of course, this led to folks being more able to let loose and have some fun!
The layout is incredible, and spans multiple distinct, yet connected outdoor areas on different levels that allow for an almost endless number of possibilities when it comes to planning your wedding.
The scenery is breathtaking, looking immediately onto the river and into the mountains, with immaculate and well-groomed landscaping framed and accented by wonderful hardscaping, rockwork, walkways, fountains, a giant waterfall, multiple running ponds and falls, and more. No set of pictures can do this spread justice – you have to be standing there in it.
The main entertaining area is a wonderful patio area with a stone dance-floor butting up to an attractive bar area that is covered and enclosed.
Staffing: The owner was on-site, and lives on the property, and was quick to greet me once I arrived to set up. His staff was excellent all throughout, and very helpful all night, never unwilling to help out. They worked very well with all the vendors and made for a very smooth-flowing event.
As for times, all amplified sound must end promptly at 10:00pm, and sound levels need to be kept modest as sound travels easily, and even echoes through the canyon towards other nearby private residences. That being said, these modest, conservative levels never impacted the quality of my performance or the experience of the guests, and the floor was full all night. You can still have volume and low-end, you just need be mindful of the challenges and peculiarities of the location and you’ll be fine.
My least favorite aspect of this venue is the access, as mentioned, but once you know what you’re in for, it’s not that bad, and if you account for it like my friends did, the impact of this element on your guests can literally be nil.
My only regret is that this venue is farther away from me, and lies outside of my default service range since I am based in Roseville, about 20 minutes outside of Sacramento. I do hope to be able to visit this venue again!