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How You Can Get “The Glow” | Must Have Wedding Moments

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Just a Dash Of Castle Magic Can Make You Shine!

 

Gabriel Conover Photography

We’ve been pretty vocal about how much we live for this defining moment during our weddings here at Mt. Woodson Castle.

 

All Good Things Photography

 There’s a certain magic that happens at the end of each ceremony that we wish we could bottle and share with the world.

 

Gabriel Conover Photography

After the happy couple says their vows, a new tension starts to build…

 

Paige Hill Photography

They have their Big Kiss, everyone cheers, they turn to the crowd…

 

Tayler Ashley Photography

and BAM!!

 

True Photography

Striking everyone in the crowd, that indescribable tidal wave of incandescent bliss pours out of the faces of the newlyweds as they walk back down the aisle, hand in hand.

 

True Photography

It’s one of our favorite parts of our Special Events and keeps us doing what we love most: making your dream event come to life.

 

Traci True Photography

So, Reach Out to us!

Real Photo SD

See what our talented Coordination Team can do to make “The Glow” happen for you!

 

Wolfheart Wedding Photography

 

 

A Father’s Day Tribute

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“A father is someone you look up to, no matter how tall you grow.”

 

 

 My Daddy, by Ranja Kujala

I sit and look back to how far I can remember,
And you are always there next to me.
Each and every day you were helping me grow up,
And making me be the best that I can be.

Your love was forever strong,
Your cuddles forever tight.
Every day since I was born,
Your love was always in sight.

I will always be your Baby Girl,
And you will always be my Dad.
I know I will always be the luckiest
To have the best Dad any girl could have had.

My Daddy, I love you with all my heart,
Much more than I ever say.
You are my world, my everything,
Each and every day.

 

Thanks to all the proud Dads who have graced our historic halls with their love.

 

From all of us at Mt. Woodson Castle, we hope you feel appreciated, and we wish you all a wonderful Father’s Day!

 

Amanda + Tim | Chris Keeley Photography

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Thanks to Chris Keeley Photography, we’re able to share some incredible shots of Amanda and Tim’s gorgeous wedding here at our Castle.

We love the way Amanda’s reflection in the door seems to glow!

 

 

With the final button, the look is complete, and Amanda’s Bridesmaids share the Bride’s excitement for the day.

We love this blue as an accent to our natural pallet here at the Castle!

 

 

Typically, a First Look is between a Bride and Groom…

(You all might want to grab a couple of tissues for this!)

 

 

…But this exclusive First Look was for a Father and his Daughter.

 

 

While Amanda had her First Look, Tim and his Groomsmen were having their private photoshoot!

His dark gray suit shines against the dark front door.

 

 

Everyone looked so sharp in their suits, even the ring bearer!

 

 

These two angels took their job very seriously during the ceremony.

No bubble toys were going to distract them from their mission!

 

 

The ceremony on our Front Lawn will always be one of our favorites for the big reveal at the beginning of the aisle!

 

 

The officiant can’t help but slide a knowing glance over at Tim as Amanda came up the aisle.

 

 

Our Castle creates the most stunning backdrop during the ceremony.

 

 

The Big Kiss!

 

 

The “I Do” Glow: our favorite part of the ceremony!

 

 

 

The staff from Personal Touch Dining moved chairs, tray-passed appetizers, and mixed cocktails for the guests while the Bridal Party took a few group photos.

 

 

 

Guests slowly found their seats and admired the romantic centerpieces from Sugar Rose Flowers.

 

 

The newlyweds Made their Grand Entrance back into the party with style!

These hockey fans had to represent their favorite teams on their big day.

 

 

The Personal Touch Dining team made a plate of appetizers for the newlyweds to enjoy during toasts.

 They also made the Bride and Groom’s plates from the buffet so they could relax.

 

 

After dinner, our coordination team encouraged everyone to move inside the Castle for the rest of the evening’s events!

Inside, everyone enjoyed the First, Father/Daughter, and Mother/Son Dances before dessert.

 

 

For dessert, Personal Touch Dining provided the guests with everything from Cake-Pops to Lemon Squares!

 

 

DJMCJAG (JAG Affair DJ) took over for the rest of the event, and the guests had a blast!

 

 

Chris Keeley Photography snagged some priceless action-shots of all the dance moves!

 

 

This crowd knew how to party!

 

 

Finally, with the last song, our coordination team passed out bubbles and lined up the revelers for the Grand Exit.

 

 

A love like this can never grow old.

We’re so thankful to be part of Tim and Amanda’s special day and wish them all the best in their future together!

 

 

Thanks to the fantastic team of vendors who helped everything go so smoothly for these lovebirds!

Special thanks to Personal Touch Dining for the Catering, Event Coordination, and Venue Management of our Castle.

Vendors

Personal Touch Dining

DJMCJAG (JAG Affair DJ)

Chris Keeley Photography

Sugar Rose Flowers

 

 

Casey + Matt | Sierra Solis Photography

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We’re so excited to share this Modern Romantic Wedding with you all!

Casey and Matt were one of our sweetest couples from last season. Everyone could tell they just wanted to be married already! So in love, and with such a fun modern vision for our rustic Castle!

 

The day began with Matt prepping for the day in our Groom’s Room, giddy from the moment he arrived!

 

 

He and Casey chose not to do a First Look and exchanged heartfelt notes with wedding gifts to each other instead.

 

 

In the Bridal Suite, Casey enjoyed a private moment to read a card from Matt before adding the final touches to her wedding day look.

 

 

Inside our Bridal Suite, the vintage furniture, spacious sunroom, and polished vanity area offer the perfect amount of space for almost any size group of Bridesmaids.

 

 

Casey’s dress was magnificent.

We were in love with the voluminous skirt for that romantic princess feel, but the clean lines of the extra-wide hems gave it a touch of modern class that seamlessly blended the two themes. 

 

 

Down at the Oak Tree ceremony site, Bluebell Florals decorated the modern custom-built frame made by the family.

The sleek all-white frame looked touched by magic, with the eucalyptus artfully trailing up the sides.

 

 

Just look at the grin on this Groom!

Once all the guests found a seat, the ceremony began, and Matt eagerly awaited his Bride.

 

 

We can’t get over how perfectly the arch framed the Big Kiss!

 

 

As the newlyweds made their way back down the aisle together, glowing the whole way, our coordination team helped direct guests upstairs to the cocktail hour.

 

 

The family and Bridal Party had a fun little photoshoot while Personal Touch Dining served fresh appetizers, made on-site, paired with their craft cocktails.

 

 

Vintage mirrors are a beautiful and unique way to personalize your seating chart! 

 

 

The dining tables glittered off the gold chargers from all of Bluebell Florals’ candles, flawlessly continuing the classic romantic theme. 

 

 

With the dance floor outside on our front-drive, the Grand Entrance and First Dance were out beneath the twinkling market lights.

Soon after the newlyweds found their seats, the seated dinner from Personal Touch Dining began.

 

 

After dinner, guests sampled the three lower tiers of this stunning cake from Flour Power Custom Cakery!

 

 

As a fun game before dancing, we watched Matt and Casely play the Shoe Game with questions the guests had been submitting during the event.

 

 

Finally,  the DJ opened the dance floor!

We love this hand-painted sign, perfect for the occasion.

 

 

The Groove DJ Services kept the Castle rocking, and guests had plenty of space to get their groove on!

 

 

With the end of the last song, our coordination team passed out bubbles for the Grand Exit and lined everyone up to say goodbye to the love birds! 

 

 

We were so happy to be part of this amazing couple’s special day!

We wish them all the best in their bright future to come.

 

 

Thanks to the fantastic team of vendors who collaborated to make Matt and Casey’s day so wonderful!

Special thanks to Personal Touch Dining for the Special Event Catering, Coordination, and Venue Management of all our events!

 

Vendors

The Groove DJ

Sierra Solis Photography

Bluebell Florals

Personal Touch Dining

Flour Power Custom Cakery

 

Joy + Mauro | Paige Hill Photography

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Classically Romantic White Wedding

 

 

Our love birds, Joy and Mauro, had their wedding ceremony in a private church before coming to our Castle for their classic White Wedding reception.

 

They rolled up our front drive in an elegant vintage car, setting the tone for the rest of their high-class event!

 

 

 

As their guests made their way to the Upper Lawn Area for the cocktail hour, Caprice Strings welcomed them to the festivities.

 

 

Bottles of Olive Oil acted as escort cards and unique party favors!

 

 

Guests enjoyed fresh appetizers, made on-site by Personal Touch Dining, as they sipped their craft cocktails and mingled with family and friends.

 

 

While guests reveled in the abundance of good music, drinks, and food, Paige Hill Photography worked down on our Lower Lawn Area with the Bridal Party.

 

They had a blast with their private photoshoot!

 

 

The family made the artful floral arrangements!

 

We love the delicate look of all that Baby’s Breath mixed with the time-honored white roses. 

 

 

As cocktail hour came to an end, everyone found their seats inside the Castle.

 

The subtle gold accents from the charger plates add a level of elegance that complimented the modest centerpieces.

 

 

Finally, the Bride and Groom were ready to join their Party!

For our indoor receptions, the Grand Entrance comes from our grand front doors and down the stone steps into the Main Hall.

 

 

Inside our Castle, there’s plenty of room for a full reception.

Keep your guests warm and dry in case a surprise Spring shower shows up for your wedding day!

 

 

Personal Touch Dining provided an exquisite buffet dinner, with food made fresh on-site!

 

They always make sure to accommodate any dietary restrictions a guest may have.

 

 

After dinner, the staff at Personal Touch Dining worked quickly and cleared away a few tables to create a dance floor.

 

The newlyweds savored the moment of their First Dance as Husband and Wife before opening up the dancefloor to everyone.

 

 

The French Gourmet Bakery provided this incredible cream-filled, three-tiered, flaky, dream cake for the happy couple.

 

We had never seen anything so unique, or tasted something so delicious!

 

 

On top of serving the decadent wedding cake, Personal Touch Dining created an entre dessert display with donuts, cannolis, and cookies for an extra treat!

 

All these smaller desserts are perfect for grabbing on the way back to the dancefloor.

 

 

Bill Calhoun Mobile Music kept the Castle rocking the rest of the evening with his music selection for guests of all ages!

 

 

Finally, our coordination team gathered everyone in lines out front to send-off the Bride and Groom for the Grand Exit, signaling the end of the festivities.

 

 

We loved working with these two!

 

We’re so honored that they chose our Castle to help celebrate their love. We wish them all the best in their future together.

 

 

Huge thanks to the fantastic team of vendors who helped us bring everything about this beautiful day together!

Special thanks to Personal Touch Dining for our Special Events Catering, Coordination, and Venue Management!

 

Vendors

Personal Touch Dining

Bill Calhoun Mobile Music

Paige Hill Photography

The French Gourmet Bakery: Cake

Caprice Strings: String Instrument Trio

Florals by the Bride

Megan + Dustin | Wolfheart Weddings

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“‘Til Death Do We Party”

 

 

Daring, romantic, and wild.

Love birds, Megan and Dustin, chose an alternative themed ceremony and reception here at our Castle, and we couldn’t get enough of their broody romantic motif!

 

 

Wolfheart Weddings knew just how to capture their edgy taste by utilizing all the fantastic decor items!

 

 

Megan was a blood-red bombshell in her exquisite black lace gown and classic cat-eye.

 

 

Finest City Florist helped her create this artistic hairpiece made of Silver Dollar Eucalyptus and delicate roses to complete her look!

 

 

Dustin had plenty of snazzy personal flair planned for his outfit too.

The print on his jacket is so unique and fun, capable of standing out by itself while also accentuating his lovely Bride’s ensemble.

 

 

Hardly able to contain his excitement, the Groom got ready with his Groomsmen in his designated private suite.

 

 

The rough stone, dark exposed beams, and antique lighting fixtures in our halls make the perfect backdrop for a dusky and intimate First Look.

 

 

With the guests all seated, it was time for the ceremony down beneath our Great Oaks!

The Ring Bearer and Flower Girl looked like rockstars leading Megan down the aisle.

 

 

After getting a full glimpse of Megan’s incredible dress, we wish more Bride’s took a chance with something so elegant and unique!

 

 

During the ceremony, the happy couple chose to do a Beer Blending ceremony to signify their union.

 

 

We think Finest City Florist perfectly framed The Big Kiss with this rustic arch and bold crimson accents.

 

 

No amount of black can darken this “I Do” Glow!

 

 

Each guest received a handmade bracelet and ribbon wand to celebrate with, and moved upstairs to our Upper Lawn area for refreshments!

 

 

While everyone else was snacking on appetizers and sipping craft cocktails, all made fresh on-site by Personal Touch Dining, this Bridal Party rocked out during their private photoshoot!

 

 

The table decor was a decadent blend of the newlywed’s decor and florals from Finest City Florist.

Black birdcages were the main feature to most centerpieces, and we love the flexibility they allow for large varieties of displays!

 

 

After Cocktail Hour, Megan and Dustin made their Grand Entrance to the party for the first time as Husband and Wife, pausing for a moment to have their First Dance on our Front Patio for all their guests to see.

 

 

Personal Touch Dining served an incredible buffet dinner for everyone with all their best-perfected recipes.

 

 

Soon after, everyone made their way into the Grand Hall for Parent Dances and a chance to make room for all the desserts coming up!

Wolfheart Weddings was sure to grab shots of the Happy Couple’s handmade signs that displayed their fantastic sense of humor.

 

 

TNT Entertainment kept the dance floor live-wire electric as they fed off of the enthusiastic crowd.

 

 

These two decided to go with a personal Couple’s Cake for their Cake-Cutting ceremony, so Personal Touch Dining offered a spread of tasty treats for their guests.

 

 

Miniature Cake shooters, cookies, and brownies were some of the favorite treats from the dessert station.

 

 

We love creative ways our clients thank their guests, and these Candied Apple wedding favors are so true to the theme of the night!

 

 

Finally, it was time to go, so our Coordination Team arranged the guests into a tunnel for the happy couple to walk through during their Grand Exit.

 

 

We’re so thankful to have been part of this extraordinary celebration.

We had such a blast working with this creative and passionate pair, and we wish them all the best!

 

We’d also like to thank the stellar team of vendors who helped us make the magic happen!

Special thanks to Personal Touch Dining who Coordinated and Catered this event, as well as Manage our beautiful venue!

Vendors

Wolfheart Weddings: Photography

Personal Touch Dining: Event Coordination, Venue Management, Event Catering

TNT Entertainment: DJ

Finest City Florist

Define: Awesome | A Mother’s Day Post

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“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”

–Maya Angelou Author, Poet, Civil Rights Activist

 

 

Life doesn’t come with a manual; it comes with a mother.

 

It’s the little things they do for us that show how much they care. Helping us live our best lives, a friend and guide, under the word “Awesome” in the dictionary, we should see a picture of our mothers.

(Especially Moms like this one with all the sweet dance moves!) 

 

 

Selfless, yet strong—and the most beautiful woman we’ve ever known.

 

We at the Castle have seen a lot of Mother-Son dances, but nothing so original and spectacular as this choreographed Dance Battle! This incredible duo will always remember the heart and bravery that went into this performance for their family and friends. 

 

 

“A Mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.”

 

Inspired by this Mom’s love for her son, we had to give her the recognition all awesome moms should get every day. We at Mt. Woodson Castle applaud all you awesome Moms, and we hope you feel Loved and Celebrated this Mother’s Day.

 

 

Tell us all the funny and unique ways your Mom shows her love for you!

 

Thanks, Gabriel Conover Photography, for the fantastic action shots!

Miriam + Jackson | Ali Art & Photography

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Captured by Ali Art & Photography, this excited Bride, Miriam, couldn’t wait to put on her wedding gown with the help of her lovely Bridesmaids in our Bridal Suite!

 

Classicly adorned in pearls and a small jeweled headpiece, Miriam looked exquisite in her bridal ensemble.

The bouquets, made by the Bride, added even more beauty to this gorgeous group of Bridesmaids.

Jackson and his Groomsmen took a more relaxed approach to the wedding day preparation, and the Hawaiian shirts set the tone.

The delight in Jackson’s eyes is infectious as he checks the final touches to his suit.

It’s not just about the Bride’s ensemble; the Groom should always stand out too!

Our historic halls are full of unique spots perfect for photo opportunities, like this First Look!

Soon it was time for everyone to line up for the ceremony down at the Oak Trees, Ali Art & Photography captured this behind-the-scenes moment between Miriam and her father.

Guests moved upstairs to the Upper Lawn for Cocktail Hour, where Personal Touch Dining served fresh appetizers and specialty craft cocktails, all made on-site!

The Lower Lawn Reception Site held all the dining tables, and the buffet dinner from Personal Touch Dining was delicious as always!

The multi-talented TNT Entertainment set up a fantastic photo booth with loads of fun props, and kept the dance floor rocking all night!

The happy couple chose to go with a personal Couple’s Cake for themselves and asked Personal Touch Dining to provide an array of other sweet treats for their guests.

Personal Touch Dining even provided a Donut wall to display their variety of flavors!

We’re so glad to have a part in such a memorable day for these love birds.

We wish them all the best in their bright future to come!

 

Thanks to our crew of vendors who helped everything flow so smoothly!

Special thanks to Personal Touch Dining and their hard-working staff for all they do at our events!

 

Vendors

Personal Touch Dining: Event Catering, Venue Management, and Event Planning/Coordination

TNT Entertainment: DJ and Photobooth

Ali Art & Photography

Florals by the Bride!

 

Steph + Matt | Kalon Weddings

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Stephanie and Matthew were one of our sweetest couples last year, and when a surprise Spring shower appeared on the weather forecast for their special day, we made sure nothing rained on their parade!

 

 

Steph and her bridesmaids took their time getting ready in our cozy Bridal Suite before the private First Look a little later on.

 

 

Steph looked radiant in her wedding gown.

The lace details and beaded embellishments were exquisite!

 

 

Getting ready just down the hall from the ladies, Matt and his Groomsmen got prepared in our Groom’s Room and relaxed while waiting for the signal that Steph was ready.

A classic Dark Blue suit looks so sharp with a soft pastel tie, and it makes a handsome set of blue eyes pop!

 

 

We love it when photographers utilize our historic side rooms for priceless moments like this First Look!

Each room has so much unique character, and it weaves a spell in photos to show off the classic vintage romance.

 

 

Guiding guests to the ceremony is effortless with this gorgeous vintage mirror, a fantastic DIY decor piece!

 

 

An indescribable excitement fills the air when the Bride walks down a Castle staircase like a princess in a fairytale.

 

 

Our Grand Hall can comfortably seat about 100 guests, and the view from the Balcony is unmatched.

 

 

Finally, the moment we’d all been waiting for: The Big Kiss!!

Having all that rustic stone and dark hand-carved as your wedding backdrop makes for a stunning picture!

 

 

Have we mentioned how much we love the view from the Balcony?

Just look at these two do the “I Do” Glow!

 

 

Personal Touch Dining quickly flipped the room, and set up an Appetizer Station, while also tray passing hors d’oeuvres, for guests to pair with their craft cocktails.

 

 

Once guests found their seats, they noticed adorable treats on each place setting as a wedding favor from the Bride and Groom.

 

 

Simply Adina Floral Design is always there when we notice an especially lovely floral arrangement. 

The bouquets, boutonnieres, and table centerpieces were all works of her genius.

 

 

After the Grand Entrance, the newlyweds enjoyed a moment together at their table while our elite Coordination Team made plates for them off of the buffet.

 

 

Personal Touch Dining makes its food fresh on-site, and the buffet dinner was excellent, as always!

 

 

After dinner and toasts outside in our Upper Lawn reception area, everyone was encouraged to come inside the Grand Hall again to watch the First Dance.

 

 

Leeds Entertainment coaxed everyone out on the dancefloor with their fun mix of songs for all ages!

 

 

When everyone had danced off enough dinner to fit dessert, the love birds cut the beautiful cake from Flour Power Cakery.

 

 

As the last song faded, guests grabbed a bottle of bubbles and lined up for the Grand Exit to send these two off in style!

 

 

We’re so glad we were able to bring out the best of a stormy situation, and we know this happy couple can weather anything together!

We wish them all the best in their bright future together.

 

 

Thanks to the phenomenal team of vendors who helped us make the magic happen!

Extra thanks to the team at Personal Touch Dining for the catering, Coordination, and Venue Management!

Vendors

Leeds Entertainment: DJs

Kalon Weddings Photography

Flour Power

Simply Adina Floral Design

Personal Touch Dining

 

 

Shane + Brian | Kyrsten Ashlay Photography

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Classic Romantic Castle Wedding

 

 

A crisp Spring day on our mountain top made for a beautiful wedding with this fun-loving and handsome couple.

 

 

Brian and his Groomsmen got ready in our Groom’s Room, just down the hall from Shane and her Bridesmaids in the Bridal Suite.

 

 

Nothing quite so timeless as a sharp black tux and bow tie!

 

 

Shane’s dreamy lace gown with her loose curls creates the perfect romantic ensemble.

 

 

 

This radiant Bride’s look wouldn’t be complete without Fallbrook Florist‘s beautiful personal bouquets for Shane and her bridesmaids.

 

 

Instead of a First Look between the Bride and Groom, Kyrsten Ashlay Photography captured a tender First Look between father and daughter. 

 

 

Moments like this will never lose their momentous heart-melting significance for us.

 

 

Sun out just in time for the ceremony; the happy couple exchanged vows in front of our majestic Castle. 

 

 

After the big kiss, the newlyweds treated everyone to the signature “I Do” glow, full of postnuptial bliss!

 

 

Personal Touch Dining tray-passed fresh appetizers, made on-site, while guests enjoyed the time to mingle and put their entries in the happy couple’s Sign-In-In Book.

 

 

To keep the decor simple and elegant, Shane and Brian decided to go with lanterns and gold chargers to add a little glitz.

 

 

Each guest had a small potted succulent and a bag of treats to take home as wedding favors!

 

 

Our Great Hall comfortably fits enough space to seat seven tables, and also has extra space upstairs for dinner.

 

 

Personal Touch Dining offered another exquisite buffet dinner, always providing plenty to go around.

 

 

After dinner, The Groove had their photo booth all set up for guests to enjoy as we made space in the great hall for dancing.

 

 

We’ve always been a fan of The Wedding Shoe game, and are always surprised by the guests help think up!

 

 

After dancing a little of the incredible food off, Brian and Shane got ready to cut the cake!

 

 

Since they chose to go with a Couple’s cake, Personal Touch Dining made sure there were plenty of decadent donuts for guests to take back to the dancefloor.

 

 

The Groove carried the party for the rest of the night, keeping the Castle rocking and all the guests delighted with the music choice!

 

 

We’re so glad to have been part of the start of this incredible couple’s journey through life together!

 

 

We wish them nothing but the best for their many years together.

 

Thanks to all the fantastic vendors who helped us put this wedding together!

Special thanks to Personal Touch Dining for the Catering, Event Coordination, and Venue Management!

 

Vendors

The Groove: DJ and Photo Booth

Kyrsten Ashlay Photography

Fallbrook Florist

Personal Touch Dining