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Kennolyn is an elegant wedding venue located in Soquel, California. Nestled in the majestic Santa Cruz mountains, this tranquil setting is the perfect place to begin married life. The experienced staff strives to provide warm hospitality, quality service, and exquisite cuisine to give couples an experience that befits their milestone occasion.
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The Hilltop Hacienda is the main event center at Kennolyn. With a capacity for up to 300 guests, this beautiful facility offers both indoor and outdoor spaces. Couples can exchange their vows in an open-air ceremony on the lawn, overlooking the bay and surrounding redwood trees. They can also pose for photographs in front of the sophisticated water fountain. For a relaxed cocktail reception, guests can meet and greet in the courtyard area. This private space is ideal for taking in the views and clear country air or going for a short stroll to admire the grounds. When it is time for the wedding reception, newlyweds can gather in the Hacienda dining room with their loved ones. Featuring Spanish-style interiors and large windows, this space is suitable for an evening of socializing and dining. The nearby fireplace lounge is a cozy room for after-dinner drinks and late-night entertainment. Looking for a weekend-long wedding experience? Kennolyn’s Stone Creek Village offers just that.
With its rustic cabins and sprawling forests, there is something for everybody to do here during your wedding weekend retreat. Take a dip in our swimming pool or a hike among our giant redwoods. Have a ping pong tournament or climb to the highest point on our ropes course. By the time your wedding day rolls around, everybody will know each other, no matter how far away they’ve traveled. After holding your ceremony in our awe-inspiring Redwood Amphitheatre, guests can move to our lawn for a cocktail hour filled with games and music. Have your reception in Town Square, where we will provide all of the tables, chairs, linens, and dinnerware. With a Western rustic village design, this venue is perfect for anybody who wants to bring their family and friends closer together while celebrating the happy couple.
Kennolyn offers a variety of all-inclusive wedding packages and services. The experienced staff is at hand to provide couples with everything they need for an unforgettable celebration. They can assist with event design, wedding coordination, and decor rentals to ensure everything runs smoothly on the big day. All the essentials such as tables, chairs, china, glassware, and flatware are readily available. The events team can also set up the event space and clean up at the end of the night. Guests can stay overnight at the nearby Stone Creek Village, where comfortable lodgings and recreational activities are available.
A wide variety of delicious cuisines is available from Kennolyn's in-house catering team. Couples can work with the chefs to create custom menus that reflect their unique tastes and palate. The caterers use top-quality ingredients and fresh produce to make wholesome and mouthwatering dishes. American, Italian, and Mexican food are just a few options available. To-be-weds can choose to have their wedding banquet as a buffet, food station, or sit-down meal to suit their type of event.
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The venue is gorgeous, and it was the perfect place for my outdoor wedding. There is a redwood grove or great lawn facing distant views of the Pacific Ocean that are both beautiful options for a ceremony. The patio facing the lawn is perfect for dinner, and the indoor courtyard is stunning and great for cocktails and dancing. We didn't use the Hacienda itself much except for guests who wanted to sit by the fire (it's a good backup plan for inclement weather). The bridal house is amazing and accommodates many people for getting ready (multiple rooms and bathrooms, living/dining areas, with a gorgeous patio with the same amazing views out to the ocean). There is also a separate Casita with a bathroom for the groom's party to get ready. There are so many beautiful natural and architectural places for photographs as well. The landscaping is beautiful, so you don't need to spend money on many extra florals. Weddings have exclusive use of the venue, which makes it really private and intimate.
The Spring Promo deal was a great value and included buffet catering/cake/dessert, alcohol package, DJ/MC, tables/chairs/etc, ceremony arbor, some florals (it was enough given the landscaping), taxes/tips. The deal is for 100 guests, and when my group ended up being half of that, Andrea (Events Manager) was so kind and tried to give us more value for the money: double the variety of passed appetizers than was initially included in the package and adding orchids (my favorite flower) to the florals. The all-inclusive nature of the package was so amazing for not having to worry about each of these things individually.
Since the catering was included and food was very important to us, I was initially nervous to sign the contract before tasting the food. My family and I were so happy on our Tasting Day when the food was excellent, and everything we tried was delicious (and I think we have pretty high standards for food)! They were also so accommodating of dietary restrictions and preferences. Since our package was a served buffet, the vegetarian/vegans were given their own plates separately. The cake and assorted dessert were also delicious (and they were willing to make a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting as we requested).
The DJ/MC (Courtney Helms) was assigned from Sound in Motion, and we got along great. He did a wonderful job too - I danced the whole night! He was also very accommodating with including French music that we compiled (my husband is French).
Finally, I cannot say enough wonderful things about Andrea (Event Manager), Elyse (Wedding Coordinator), and the entire staff! I did not have a wedding planner, and they filled the job beautifully. I was so impressed with their communication. They responded promptly and warmly to every email, line-by-line, answering all my questions for months! They were so supportive and patient, and they seemed as invested as I was in having a wonderful wedding day and making everyone happy and comfortable. I am forever grateful to them and to Kennolyn for such a magical day!
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What can we say about Kennolyn that hasn't been said already? It's the full package: gorgeous grounds, attentive staff, delicious food, and all of the amenities to make your day perfect. We love Stone Creek Village and the Hacienda equally while appreciating the different feels you get from them both. We highly recommend you check them out!
As a wedding photographer, I've photographed weddings in many beautiful venues. Kennolyn's Hilltop Hacienda is one of my favorites! The views are world class, the grounds are really beautiful, and the hacienda is gorgeous. Wedding photographs there always come out great! The staff is very professional, and will make sure that your wedding day is perfect.
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