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Mackenzie + David | Photo By Chana and Don | San Diego Event Venue

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These two had a field day in Amy’s Closet!


David and Mackenzie completely melted our hearts with their sweet dispositions and obviously deep love for each other.

David looked so handsome all ready to for their first look!

Mackenzie was a vision among the flowers in our back field.


Their faithful ring-bearer had his own suit and kept everyone thoroughly entertained during the pre-ceremony activities!

After the first look, he got some well-deserved alone time with the love birds before his big moment.

The ceremony was beautiful and on the Front Lawn of our Castle! 

Their smiles were simply contagious.

Photos by Chana and Don captured this magic moment, (as well as all of these gorgeous shots of the day), of the second first kiss as man and wife and we just love the Castle in the background!

Cocktail hour and dinner were on the Upper Lawn and guests basked in the comfortable weather while staff from Personal Touch Dining came around with delectable hors d’oeuvers!

The flowers were all provided by David and Mackenzie’s family and the arrangements were gorgeous!

Here at the Castle, we have “Amy’s Closet,” named after the Castle’s Founder.

Just ask our talented coordination team about it!

If you’re very sweet like these two were, you can explore the treasure trove of wedding accessories we’ve stored in there from all the years of weddings we’ve held! 

Many of the fun accessories were from there and took a huge load off of Mackenzie and David’s shoulders so nobody had to worry about those tiny details.

That’s what our team is for!

As the sun began to set, everyone was reminded why San Diego has some of the best sunsets!

How perfect was this shot??


DJ Pat from Sound Prodigy was the MC for the night as well and invited the guests inside for some special dances and sweets.

The happy couple chose to go with a dessert bar pack to the brim with a confectionery rainbow of different sweet for all tastes.

Personal Touch Dining served lemon bars, brownies, chocolate chip cookies until everyone was stuffed and very happy.

After cake-cutting, the halls of our castle rang with good music and laughter into the rest of the night!

Another magical wedding for the books.

Thanks to Mackenzie and David for choosing to spend their big day here with us at the Castle! 

We loved your love and wish you endless years of happiness.

Thanks also to the wonderful vendors mentioned above whom we cannot do without!

Special thanks as always to Personal Touch Dining who Manages, Coordinates, and Caters to all our events.




Lindsey + James | All Good Things Photography | San Diego Event Venues

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Once upon a time,

A humble blogger was presented the opportunity to tell the tale of Lindsey and James’

magical Wedding and Reception at a hidden castle tucked deep into the hills of Ramona…


Our story begins high in the tower where Lindsey prepared for the grand event with the help of her friends and family.



Radiant with joy, she was ready to surprise her Prince Charming who had been preparing as well in a far-away land for the night’s festivities.



James was the picture of confidence!

Not a nerve was trembling as he awaited his lady-love for their First Look.



The forest was still, all manner of creatures held their breath in anticipation of the big moment!




The spell was broken at last and James, beholding his beautiful Bride was overjoyed.



Like a heavenly body, both Groom and Bride shone brighter than the sun once reunited.



The ceremony was on the Castle’s Front Lawn and subjects from both kingdoms flocked to witness the momentous occasion.



Finally, the moment everyone had been waiting for: they were pronounced Husband and Wife!



All who were present rejoiced and the quiet valley erupted in celebration.



To their joined nations they were officially introduced: Mr. and Mrs. Kuykendall.

Mirror from CC Vintage Rentals


Beauty such as that of the decorations and floral masterpieces had never been witnessed before!

Florals by Sugar Rose Flowers


Legend shall tell of the elegance and charm that reached every corner of the Castle’s Upper Lawn where guests sat in wonder at their seats.

Florals by Sugar Rose Flowers


Love, truly, seemed to be everywhere…

LOVE sign from CC Vintage Rentals


The space was alight with the golden glow from the candles reflected in the accents upon the tabletops.



Revelers feasted upon the highest of delicacies from the Castle’s kitchens and not a soul was left hungry. 

Cake by Flour Power


For their first act as Husband and Wife, cutting a splendid slice of delicious cake marked the beginning of their wedded journey, moving through life together.



Dancing and laughter commenced as the line between worlds blurred, and all those present could feel the magic of the night.



Iridescent bubbles caught the light guided the couple back to the mortal realm.

There all passed on their blessings to end the wondrous celebration. 



Thus was the beginning of Lindsey and James’ next great adventure, 

And they lived

Happily Ever After.


Thanks to Lindsey and James for choosing to share their special day with us here at Mt. Woodson Castle!

Thanks also to the vendors tagged above, All Good Things Photography for the gorgeous pictures, and especially Personal Touch Dining who Caters, Manages, and Coordinates all our events!


Jade + Garrett (pt. 2!) | Nena Films | San Diego Event Venues

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Part two?!

Yes, there’s more!

Nena Films sent us a beautiful video of Garrett and Jade’s wedding.

We did a blog post about their special day with heaps of pictures from Gabriel Conover Photography, and we’re ecstatic to see more!

Click here to check out the video! 

Ashley + Chris | Brooke Ziegler Photography | Mt. Woodson Castle

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Country Queen and Her King!



This gorgeous couple enchanted us with their love and Country Charm. Chris and Ashley couldn’t have picked a more perfect spot than our Castle for their dream wedding and it felt like they’d always belonged here!



Their nuptials were held was down at our Oak Tree Ceremony Site where guests were shaded from the hot sun.



Helping out with the ceremony was their enthusiastic band of flower girls, ring bearers, sign bearers, (and parental assistants) to usher Ashley down the aisle. 



The beautiful day created the perfect backdrop for the exchanging of the vows!



We’re still stunned by Ashley and how much she looked like an Arthurian Queen in her crown and lace gown.



Such a touching and romantic moment!



These two look like they’re ready to start the rest of their lives together!



Detail shots like this make us melt!



There are so many gorgeous nooks, perfect for pictures, all around our Castle and Brooke Ziegler Photography found just about every one of them!



Thanks to all the amazing vendors who helped make this day flawless! Especially Bill Calhoun, the MC and DJ for the night, and Personal Touch Dining who always Coordinates, Manages, and Caters to our events!


We’re honored to be Ashley and Chris’ dream wedding location and loved working with them!

Wishing them all the best!




DJ: Bill Calhoun Mobile Music

Photo: Brooke Ziegler Photography

Samantha + Dallas | Resolusean Photography | Mt. Woodson Castle

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After some final touches here, in our separate Bride and Groom’s Suites, Dallas and Samantha anxiously awaited the signal from Resolusean Photography to start their First Look in front of the Castle!

The Happy Couple’s floral arrangements were from Sugar Rose Flowers and we loved how soft and bright Samantha’s gorgeous bouquet was.

Sugar Rose Florals also decorated the ceremony space out at our Oak Tree Ceremony Space and garlands of eucalyptus always look so exquisite draped luxuriously along the edge of the aisle.

A beautiful candle-lighting ceremony accompanied the vows for Samantha and Dallas to symbolically light the way to their future together.

This special candle can now be lit for every anniversary!

With a kiss to seal the deal, Dallas and Samanta were united forever by their love! 

We have so many fantastic secret locations for the perfect photo.

Our back deck overlooking the golf course always has a natural breeze to add dramatic flair to an already stunning shot! 

Our Castle and Coordinating team are always ready to switch up plans if the need arises. The unusually chilly weather that day prompted a change of scenery and we were able to move everyone inside our comfortable Great Hall. The Sweetheart Table had a spot right in front of the grand stone fireplace overlooking the guests.

We can also fit more guests upstairs!

The balcony has an exciting vantage point not commonly seen by anyone other than the DJ and we loved all the gold accents Samantha and Dallas incorporated into their tablescape.

Flour Power baked this adorable cake for Samantha and Dallas to cut together!

After dinner, in a whirlwind of efficiency, the Personal Touch Dining catering staff helped break down some of the dining tables to make room for the dancing!

Musically Yours DJ’s took over from there and kept the dancefloor lively with their groovin’ tunes.

When it was all finally over, Dallas and Samantha were guided down our front steps by their loving family and friends who filled the air with their enthusiastic bubble blowing skills!

To make their great escape, they had an immaculate vintage getaway mobile ready and waiting to take them to their final destination.

We were so honored to be part of Dallas and Samantha’s special day and just wanted to thank all of the wonderful vendors mentioned above for their outstanding work.

Special thanks, as always, to Personal Touch Dining for the expert Management, Coordination, and Catering services here at our beloved Castle.


Celeste + Austin | LiveAces Photography | Mt. Woodson Castle

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Love in Lilac!

Austin and Celest were a gorgeous couple and their family and Bridal Party were overjoyed to celebrate their love with us here at the Castle.

LiveAces Photography shared these amazing photos with us and we just had to share them with the world!


Celeste’s lilac accents popped up all over the event and in the decor, going perfectly with her Spring wedding day.

We love how her Bridesmaids had robes in the perfect shade to complete the look as they got ready!


Austin’s Groomsmen all looked so sharp in their gray suits with that hint of lilac in their ties.


Celeste’s bouquet by Four Seasons Flowers was stunning and the small custom memorial picture attached made sure to keep all her loved ones close on the big day.


The ceremony was at our Upper Lawn site!



We will never get enough of our spectacular built-in backdrop here!


We believe “The Big Moment” should always have this grand of a location, thankfully our Castle comes with several of these special spots!


During Cocktail Hour, Personal Touch Dining regaled guests by serving some mouthwatering cocktails and appetizers to kick off the party, followed by a delicious buffet for dinner!

After dinner, guests were invited inside the Castle by Dancing DJ Productions to celebrate for the rest of the night!

While everyone was inside, LiveAces Photography was able to capture something we at the Castle experience nightly: the breathtaking mountain stars! The nighttime Ramona sky is always packed with these wonderous twinkling beauties!


Huge thanks go out to Celeste and Austin for choosing us to help celebrate their big day! We also wanted to thank all of the vendors for making the night flow so smoothly! 

And special thanks to Personal Touch Dining for the Coordination, Management, and Catering of our beloved Castle!


Whitney + Shubir | Tayler Ashley Photography | Mt. Woodson Castle

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Silver and Peach, a lil’ something of each!



Tayler Ashley Photography shared Whitney and Shubir’s magical wedding photos with us and we are loving their mix of modern and traditional.



Whitney and her Bride Tribe looked so elegant in their ombre peach tones and we can’t help but appreciate the style choice to have Shubir in this sharp blue suit!



This group knew how to have a good time!



The Ceremony was on our majestic Front Lawn with the Castle in the background. 



We were honored to witness such a unique combination of traditional Hindu wedding rituals mixed into this modern ceremony!



Shubir and Whitney exchanged gorgeous flower garlands, their sashes were tied together, and they took a “small journey” together around the ceremony space in the traditional Hindu fashion to symbolize their established friendship as Husband and Wife.



After the ceremony, Personal Touch Dining provided appetizers and refreshments during the cocktail hour while Shubir and Whitney got to sneak away for some extra pictures. 



Crystal Gardens was the talented florist who dazzled us with the gorgeous arrangements!



Peach and Silver were the accent colors for the evening and we love how well their tablescape went with the subtle silver eucalyptus centerpieces.



The first dance was magical and we adore the use of our large dance floor area on the Lower Lawn area! 



So much space to show off their moves!



After dinner, the guests were encouraged to move inside by Bill Calhoun Mobile Music for the rest of the night full of dancing and sweets! 



Flour Power provided the cake and we are delighted by the intricate frosting details.



Personal Touch Dining also set up the dessert station where guests could help themselves to some of Whitney and Shubir’s favorite treats!



We loved working with these two and wish nothing but the best for their bright future together!



Big thanks go out to all the vendors mentioned above who helped make this day go so smoothly!

As always, thanks to Personal Touch Dining who Manages, Coordinates, and Caters to our beloved Castle!

Emily + Chris | True Photography | Mt. Woodson Castle

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Chris and Emily brought so much fun to our Castle!



Their day at the Castle began with getting everyone primped and polished.

Chris and his Groomsmen looked so dapper in their leather suspenders!



True Photography was able to capture Emily looking elegant as she gazed out a window.



Her Bridesmaids were lovely in their lacy pink dresses!



The gorgeous flower arrangements and table centerpieces were done by Simply Adina Floral Design and she never ceases to amaze us with her skills!



After a quick First Look, the happy couple snagged some hilarious pictures with the Bridal Party before their nuptials. 



The Ring Bearers delighted everyone with their lightsabers as they came down the aisle and this set the tone for a reoccurring secret theme throughout the rest of the night!



The ceremony on our Upper Lawn was stunning as always, and our Castle backdrop makes for the perfect picture every time!



While their guests enjoyed themselves at the cocktail hour, Emily and Chris were able to sneak away into the ethereal landscape around our Castle for a private romantic moment.



The tables were beautiful and we love the dark wood centerpieces! 



Personal Touch Dining served Emily and Chris’ choice of either the Rosemary & Panko Encrusted Chicken topped with a Tomato Basil Sauce or the White Seabass sprinkled with Crumbled Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomatoes and drizzled in a Lemon Butter Sauce.



After dinner and Toasts, guests were encouraged to move inside for dancing with DJ Pat from  Sound Prodigy who can also provide a sweet photo bus!



The Mobile Groovin’ Bus is great because it rolls right up the driveway in front of our Castle and comes equipped with awesome props for the ultimate hilarious pictures.



Inside, the cake was cut and everybody loved the Star Wars themed cake topper!



Personal Touch Dining provided doughnuts and their custom Doughnut Wall to display all of the tasty treats!



We loved working with these two and wanted to thank them for choosing our beloved Castle to have their Wedding and Reception!


Thanks also to all of the vendors who helped make this day happen!


Mt. Woodson Castle is Managed, Coordinated, and Catered by Personal Touch Dining.



Stellar Online Review! | San Diego Catering

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Rachel and Matt were married last December at our beloved Castle and left such a

meaningful review of us on Wedding Wire!


We sincerely appreciate them taking the time to review us and loved working with them!


Matt Hanson , married on 12/23/2018


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Great value; great to work with

“Personal Touch Dining operates Mt Woodson Castle, Leo Carillo Ranch, and several other wedding venues near San Diego. My wife and I originally called them to inquire about Leo Carillo Ranch; the ranch was not available on our wedding date, but Mt Woodson Castle was and so we went to check it out. It took all of a few minutes for us to realize that it was the venue for us, and shortly thereafter we entered into business with Personal Touch Dining.

The package that Personal Touch Dining provided includes access to the venue, catering, and coordination (pre-wedding and day-of.)

Many of our guests described Mt Woodson Castle as “magical;” many of our guests told us that the food was the best they’d ever had at a wedding; my wife and I feel the same way. I’m not really sure what else needs to be said on these fronts.

We loved the inclusion of wedding coordination with our package. Iman was the coordinator who handled most of our pre-event planning. I loved her communication style: she laid out all of the decisions that we needed to make and talked us through everything that we had questions about. Iman actually left the company a week before our wedding, but she transitioned everything to her coworker Leah and our event went off without a hitch.

Our day-of coordinator, Rian, was a pleasure to work with. He helped put my wife and I at ease during the rehearsal by staying late with us and ironing out details. On the day of the wedding, he was in constant communication with our vendors and with us. Our pre-ceremony events and our speeches went longer than expected, but Rian kept us on track and made up time wherever he could. Our guests were very impressed with the flow and with the transitions.

The event staff did a fantastic job of setup, teardown, and serving our guests throughout the day. It was such a whirlwind that my wife and I barely noticed that the staff was there. But looking around, it was abundantly clear that they had been working hard and keeping the event running smoothly. We thank them profoundly.

Personal Touch Dining included pre-event and day-of coordination with their base wedding package. With this taken into account, their pricing was far lower than comparable venues. My wife and I found Personal Touch Dining / Mt Woodson Castle to be an excellent value, considering how expensive weddings can be.

We would both happily work with Personal Touch Dining in the future, but neither of us plans on getting married again so it would have to be in a different capacity.”

We also recently finished a blog post about the details of their special day that you can check out here!

Miranda + Tyler | Harmony Haft Photography | San Diego Event Venues

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Weddings like this one remind us what True Love looks like…


Sound Prodigy manages the Mobile Groovin’ Bus which happened to be the perfect color green to match the rest of the Happy Couple’s color pallet!

This Photo Bus was available for guests to use from the start of the cocktail hour until the end of the night!


Harmony Haft did such a fantastic job capturing the fun-loving bridal party!

This group was so cheery and always up for a good time. 


Bluebell Florals worked their magic, yet again, and created the sweetest arrangements!


Just look at this “soon to be a husband” smile! Melts our hearts!


The ceremony was on our Front Lawn with the Castle in the background and these two look so excited!


We’ll never get tired of priceless shots like these!


If you go with one of our preferred photographers, they know exactly where and when to get the perfect pictures!


The centerpieces for the tables were so full and romantic with their wispy peonies and soft eucalyptus.


After toasts, DJ Pat from Sound Prodigy welcomes the guests to join him inside the castle…


…where he always keeps the dance floor rocking!


Their cake looked almost too good to eat!

All of the tiny flowers and succulents on the cake topper were edible and hand-made!


Guests always love dancing in our Great Room. Nothing beats dancing up a storm inside a Castle!


Once it’s finally time to say their goodbyes, Tyler and Miranda had a grand exit through a surge of bubbles to their get-away mobile!

All our well wishes go out to Miranda and Tyler for the awesome experience of working with them. 

Their friends and family were all so much fun and we hope that we helped create many lasting memories. 

Big thanks to all the amazing vendors who came to help us out that day! Special shoutout to Harmony Haft Photography, DJ Pat from Sound Prodigy, and Personal Touch Dining for the Coordination, Management, and catering of all our events!