Mt Woodson Castle

Testimonials

Kate and Jake - Mt. Woodson Castle - True Photography Weddings - San Diego, CA (42)

We worked with Iman Rosario of Personal Touch Dining most of the year to plan our wedding at Mt. Woodson in October.  Wedding of my dreams for sure and Mt. Woodson made it.  Our guests from across the U.S. were blown away by the beauty of the property and having full access to the grounds and castle.

Aside from planning the wedding of my dreams, Iman was so easy to work with, very responsive, and had great ideas.  The food was excellent and we honestly had no issues throughout the entire process – which for a wedding was shocking.

We had the ceremony and dinner on the front lawn and then moved inside for dancing. Later in the night, we had a cigar and port bar on one of the other main patios, a highlight of the night for many of our guests.

It was great that Woodson works with two local hotels in Scripps Ranch that provide FREE roundtrip shuttle service for your guests, assuming you book at least 10 rooms.  We had 55 people stay at the hotels, who could completely enjoy themselves all night at wedding.  A great perk!

With a tight budget we were surprised by how reasonable it was to have our wedding there.  I would highly recommend adding this venue to your list – you can’t beat the beauty or the service you’ll receive from Personal Touch Dining

10/24/2014

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Talk about a hidden gem. Mt Woodson is jaw droopingly gorgeous, and most pictures really do not do it justice, BUT along with that they have a world class staff.

Iman and her team are so professional and on point. The planning process was a breeze, Iman answers emails immediately! For any bride that is planning their wedding this is an absolute dream as we often want answers right away and are not always as patient as we might like. Iman is a ROCKSTAR.

I can’t thank Iman and her team enough. I wasn’t the easiest bride, I had lots of requests, was pretty picky about the food and how it looked, and everything else. Iman was patient and always eager to please, and she did. November 15th, 2014 was the best day EVER!

Iman and her team blew me away. Everyone at our wedding was raving about how this was the best food they’ve had at a wedding, and this is coming from foodies! And the desserts, OH MY GOD divine. If your planning your wedding be sure to try the tri-tip, and parmesan crusted chicken sooooo tasty!

They also packed us to-go boxes which we enjoyed on our flight home. So thoughtful and delicious the day after not even warmed up.

THANK YOU for everything. You guys are world class.

11/15/2014

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I got married at The Castle on September 20, 2014.  From the moment I laid eyes on this place, I knew I had to get married there.  All other choices faded away immediately.  Besides the fact that the location is drop dead gorgeous, the thing that sets this apart from other venues is the coordinator, Iman.  She was beyond amazing.  She answered every question promptly and professionally.  Without her, the wedding would not have been so fabulous.  The food was to die for!!!  I can’t tell you how many people mentioned it was the best wedding they had ever been to, the best food at a wedding (Personal Touch is the mandated catering company), and the most gorgeous setting.  Iman took care of us from head to toe … even tied the corset on my dress!  There was no detail too small or too large for Iman to handle.  The other thing I have to mention is the great value of the venue.  I pretty much looked at every venue in SD county and this was the most beautiful and the best value.  If you are considering this venue, pull the trigger ASAP!  Please contact me directly if you’d like any additional details!  I can’t say enough good things about Iman.

9/20/2014

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I got married at mt. woodson castle 4-26-14 and i can’t say enough amazing things about this venue!!! yes, it was cold, nature is terrible and i took that risk by having my ceremony and reception all outside but boy was it worth it. My husband and i had an alice in wonderland themed wedding and needed a venue that was not so cookie cutter. the castle itself reminded me of the white rabbits house so it was a perfect start! we had our ceremony on the upper lawn (first to do so in this venues history *cough best idea iv ever had*), cocktail hour in the castle and reception on the lower lawn. Iman did an amazing job making sure everything flowed perfectly though out the day, she was even the one to quickly bustle my dress when it was bothering me. what kind of venue coordinator does that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????? Iman is the most professional miracle worker i have ever come across. during the planning process if i woke up in the middle of the night in a panic over napkin colors, you bet she emailed me back as soon as she got in sometimes even earlier to get things handled. this venue is worth every penny and i am luckily enough to be one of those brides that can say nothing went wrong during my wedding and it was near to perfect. That wouldn’t have happened without Iman and the personal touch dining staff.

4/26/2014

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Our wedding was in February so we searched for a long time for a venue that had a unique and rustic venue that had an indoor area. I love outdoor wedding but did not want to worry about the weather. We fell in love with the castle and all of its character immediately. We also really liked that it was all inclusive and had many different options, such as providing the alcohol your default and having them serve it.

A few months before the day of coordinator Iman started contacting me to work out the details and she was amazing. As the big day got closer I started having a million questions and she always responded to me annoying emails promptly. Even when they were late on a Saturday night.

I cannot say enough about what a huge help she was in the days leading up. She had all of the details taken care of and I just had to bring e erythema by the night of the rehearsal dinner and she set everything up. It was so nice not to worry about anything on the day of because she had it all taken care of. Even when little things came up like fitting people into the seating chart at the last minute she handled it so smoothly. Things went off without a hitch.

This company definitely knew what they were doing and had clearly done this many times. What we really noticed was the little things they did to make it special. At dinner, the staff brought the head table a plate of the tray passed appetizers because they knew we missed the cocktail hour taking pictures and didn’t get any. And at the end of the night, they had two steak dinners and some slices of wedding cake waiting for us in the limo for a late night snack. We were so impressed with how they thought of everything.

2/15/2015

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We had the pleasure of working with Tracy and Iman while planning our wedding at Mt. Woodson Castle. When first researching wedding venues I set Mt. Woodson aside because I thought there is no way a wedding at a castle would be in our budget. After speaking with many other venues, and feeling rather discouraged by their price points and all that they did not include, I figured I might as well give Mt. Woodson a try after all. Much to my surprise Mt. Woodson was not only significantly less than the other well-known venues I had contacted, but their price included so much more than everywhere else! Add to that the exceptional service we received from Tracy, Iman and all of the other staff, our wedding was a dream. One of the things I appreciated most was how honest and upfront Tracy was with us when meeting for the first time. I never felt like I was being struck with hidden fees and they never made me feel as if any request or question I had were silly or outlandish. Personal Touch Dining does the catering for Mt. Woodson and the food is amazing, definitely not your typical “wedding food”! They even provided children’s menus as well as vegetarian meals and a dairy-free meal for our few guests with dietary restrictions without issue. We had guests coming up to us during the wedding just to tell us how much they loved the food and still have people complimenting it a month after our wedding. One couple even told us that they tried to recreate the potatoes the week after at home because they enjoyed them so much. Our day was absolutely perfect thanks to Tracy and Iman’s hard work.

10/26/2013

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Mt. Woodson was our dream venue!! Our wedding coordinator knew we didn’t want the “cookie cutter” San Diego wedding and suggested we look at Mt. Woodson. From the moment we arrived we knew this was THE location for us!! Tracy was wonderful to work with from the very start to the end. And our day-of coordinator, Iman, was fantastic!! We can’t say enough amazing things about this venue.

They allowed our dog to be part of the ceremony, we had sparklers for the grand exit, we could bring our own alcohol for the bar, and so much more!! The inside of the castle is breathtaking, especially at night all lite up. The pictures from our first dance are my favorite. It was truly our dream wedding. Our guests also commented on how beautiful and unique the venue was and how much fun they had.

Thank you Mt. Woodson Castle and Tracy for making our dream wedding come true!!!!

8/31/2013

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Our wedding turned out to be a perfect day, thanks greatly to Iman and Tracy and the staff of Personal Touch Dining. They were energetic, creative and supportive throughout the entire process. The preparations were done well in advance and we were able to really enjoy the whole day while the staff took care of all the details during the event.

05/11/2013

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We knew we wanted a mountain wedding and were blown-away by Mt. Woodson Castle. It really is a stunning venue and needs very little decoration to look amazing. We chose the food stations and the food was simply delicious. The staff was so helpful and responsive and handled everything for us the day of. It was a perfect wedding and everything ran so smoothly. All of our guests had so many compliments for us and it just felt cozy and special from beginning to end. This is just the perfect venue and terrific value. There is no question that we would choose Mt. Woodson all over again!

12/2012


Beautiful. Amazing. Perfect. We’ve all been to a million weddings on the beach or in a hall. My husband and I wanted our wedding to be unique, but classy and charming. Mt. Woodson was perfect. I’ve never been to a wedding in any place like. It was so special and beautiful. I was a little discouraged in the beginning by bad reviews from before the management changed, but the new management is extremely professional, organized, and responsive. All my guests were blown away by the venue! I can’t rave enough about how amazing Mt. Woodson is. It holds an extremely special place in my heart! I wish I could have another event there.

5/12


After looking at hundreds of venues all over southern California I finally found Mt. Woodson Castle. It had everything I was looking for: beautiful and unique property, indoor and outdoor spaces, very accommodating, fit within my budget. Not the typical ballroom; everywhere you turn there is a beautiful backdrop for photos.

The Castle is run by Personal Touch Dining which does a fabulous job through the entire process! Because they run the Castle you need to use them as your caterer (you can bring in your own cake) but I would use them anyway because they are awesome! They have package deals and are very flexible about customizing them to fit your needs.

The only advice I have is to wear wedge shoes because the Castle’s original stone pathways get hard to walk on. Also, there is not a hotel right by the Castle so you might want to consider transportation for your guests. We did not provide transportation but I think it would be nice if it fit into your budget.

The venue was one of the highlights of our wedding. All of our guests were so excited to be at the Castle!

5/12


I cannot say enough great things about our venue! I worked with Tracey to set up our wedding to be a complete success, and she was amazing. She must deal with a lot of drama, because no question or favor was too big and everyone seemed happy to help. The staff was professional, and very courteous. They went above and beyond for me and my guests. I would definitely recommend them to anyone!

10/11


In the beginning I had some troubles with Mt. Woodson because of the previous managers, but the moment this venue got new management everything started to look up. The new management was so easy to work with, accommodating, and professional. This venue is absolutely stunning; my husband and I we’re so happy with how everything looked on the big day. The fairytale wedding I had pictured came to life at this venue

10/10