Compass Rose Gardens has been enchanting couples for over 25 years. Coaxed from nature by Donna Cook Freeman, the Gardens are secreted away in the heart of Bodega Bay on the lovely Sonoma Coast, adjacent to picturesque Northern California beaches and neighboring the famous Wine Country.
Couples have the wedding of their dreams come to life beneath a towering willow tree and surrounded by a lush collection of ferns and fuchsias, framing the heavenly ceremony site. The garden paths wind around a creek fed pond and run through a serene redwood grove. The patio is ideal for cocktails and hors d'oeurves, while the fabulous pavilion accommodates dining and dancing into the night.
The Gardens provide an escape from everyday life, perfect for creating a truly magical wedding. By appointment only, Melinda Freeman McLees at (707)-478-0486 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for a private tour.
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Recommended by 95% of couples
Mandy · Married on 05/07/2016
This review is for the updated, re-named venue: The Secret Gardens.Sent on 06/06/2016
Wow. Seriously. It's hard to even put this into words. As long as your dates and budgets match up, I honestly have trouble imagining anyone declining The Secret Gardens. You can't enter this space and not have your breath taken away. It's just drop-dead gorgeous. I'm sure every guest commented on what a find this place was - as did all of our vendors!
It's also just so relaxing to have all of these different little spaces people can wander through. Anyone who feels like taking a break from the crowd can find places to just stroll or sit and relax. It's everything I could have ever wanted and so, so much more.
We were the first couple to be married under the new management and everything was just a breeze. The new owners are experienced professionals (they own other venues) and they made everything just so easy and pleasant. They're the kind of laid back you can only be once you've seen it all.
And on that note - the pricing is pretty good. It's not exactly a budget option but the amount of flexibility you get for the price is insane. BYO catering / alcohol / etc. - no "preferred lists" you have to pay for deviating from. Of course, they'll give you a list of suggested vendors in the area to help get you started but this place is really hands-off and just wants to let you enjoy your day however you see fit. For every "can we...?" question we asked them, we got an enthusiastic "Yes!" as a response. And no naggy coordinators trying to run your show and stick you to a script - just questions to make sure you've thought of all of the basic stuff you want to do with the space, a breakdown of what you get and what you need to provide, and lists and reminders of everything they need from you.
Honestly my favorite thing about the entire day was this place. I already miss it, and as soon as the day was over my husband and I started dreaming up ways to come back. Absolutely the best.
User4397946 · 2+ years ago
This place was worth every reasonable penny we spent on it. Phrases I heard all night included "Magical", "Fairytale", and "Amazing". It truly is the perfect venue. The last thing I wanted was to have my wedding reception in a banquet hall, but I still wanted it to have an air of elegance to it. This place is absolutely stunning. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to be repeatedly told throughout the evening "THIS IS THE BEST WEDDING I'VE EVER BEEN TO!!!".Sent on 08/30/2015
Brook · Married on 10/01/2011
The most beautiful place for a wedding!! Mindy is amazing and I couldnt have been happier with the location!Sent on 10/07/2011