Kennolyn’s Hilltop Hacienda is an elegant wedding venue located in the Santa Cruz mountains in Soquel, California. This 300-acre property offers couples and their guests gorgeous views of Monterey Bay, towering redwood trees and the Monterey Peninsula. They pride themselves on their California-inspired menus, secluded location and high-quality service. Kennolyn’s Hilltop Hacienda can't wait to make your dreams come true.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 300 guests at this private venue. They offer multiple indoor and outdoor spaces for your big day. You can say your “I do’s” on their lush lawn overlooking the bay, with a beautiful tiled fountain as your backdrop. Or, you can exchange your vows in an intimate space with their majestic redwood trees surrounding you. For your cocktail hour, you and your guests can enjoy hors d'oeuvres on their beautiful courtyard, featuring a four-tiered bubbling fountain. Then, you can celebrate in their Spanish-style Hacienda. Their spacious dining room features panoramic views of the mountains and Monterey Bay. They also boast a cozy fireplace lounge. You can finish the night on their outdoor terrace where you can dance under the stars.
This full-service venue offers all-inclusive packages to ensure every detail of your big day is taken care of. Their experienced staff will help you design, decorate and coordinate your wedding from start to finish. They only host one event per day, so the venue will be exclusively yours the day of your affair. You can get ready in their on-site bridal suite, while your guests enjoy complimentary parking. Additional services include:
Firepit and heat lamps
This unique estate offers fresh and innovative cuisine from their executive chef. They will work with you one-on-one to create a customized menu that takes into account any dietary needs you may have. They specialize in a variety of cuisines, including American, Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern and Southern, to name a few. Couples can choose from a cocktail reception, a buffet, stations or a plated meal. Sample entrees include:
Spiced Rubbed Flank Steak
Tuscan Stuffed Chicken Roulade
Kennolyn also offers their Stone Creek Village as a weekend destination wedding option. This rustic overnight venue provides a wide variety of activities for you and your guests, such as swimming, hiking, rock climbing, volleyball and more. They offer comfortable cabins and cottages to spend the night, as well as multiple sites for your celebration. You can have your ceremony in their amphitheater in the woods, and then have your reception in their Lodge, complete with hardwood floors and a fireplace.
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Aneeka · Married on 05/12/2018
We couldn't have asked for a better, more beautiful and dreamy venue in the redwoods for our wedding. We were also sold on the all-inclusiveness of the venue. We worked closely with Janine on all the details leading up to the big day - she was very responsive and always had great suggestions for making our day perfect. I also had special circumstances given I was doing my own flowers, and I needed to be able to check in to Casa de Caldwell early - Janine and the other Kennolyn staff were flexible and were able to accommodate me! Jenn and Lauren were so supportive and helpful from the time we checked in to Casa de Caldwell - they took over handling of the final wedding details, and even put together some last minute decor so my bridesmaids and I could relax! They also arranged all the decor, put the flower centerpieces out, and even helped me pull off a T-Rex encounter/first-look prank - they did an amazing job! All of the food was delicious and plentiful - we chose the buffet option for dinner and all our guests loved it and were so happy they could go back for seconds (and thirds!). All of the staff went above and beyond our expectations to make it a fun and stress-free weekend - everyone was a real joy to work with. We only had one minor issue, which really doesn't reflect on Kennolyn, but since they require using Sound in Motion for a DJ, I will mention it here - The DJ selected for us by Sound in Motion did a great job on everything up until the last 2/3 of the dance party, where he didn't stick to our selection and the funk/soul train vibe we asked for - I had to request several times throughout the evening that he play certain songs. Although our friends could tell it wasn't our type of music, everyone still had a great time so we really can't complain. It would be nice though if there were more options for DJs. That said, Kennolyn was amazing and we're so glad we chose to have our wedding there; you wont regret having yours there either!Sent on 08/09/2018
zerin jaber · Married on 03/01/2019
They love weddings, but we love weddingwire! All of our friends have commented on how great the pictures look!Sent on 03/13/2019
Julia · Married on 09/01/2018
Working with Kennolyn staff was easy and they were so organized and accommodating. Our wedding day was perfect and the venue is amazing!!Sent on 09/16/2018
Kennolyn Price Rates
Enjoy a $1000 discount from your 2020 summer wedding at either Hilltop Hacienda (May - July) or Stone Creek Village (May only). Cannot be combined with any other promotion
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.