The Barns at Cooper Molera is a rustic wedding venue in Monterey, California. This barn was built in the late 19th century, but has been recently renovated to accommodate modern weddings with a historic, country-chic twist. The Barn provides a natural wooden venue for intimate gatherings and grand events alike. The grounds surrounding the Barn and adobe houses provide a beautiful, serene place for you to exchange your vows and enjoy the natural splendor that Cooper Molera has to offer. If you’re looking for a historical and unique wedding venue, The Barns at Cooper Molera is an ideal choice.
Facilities and Capacity
The Barns at Cooper Molera is comprised of a classic barn, adobe (clay-brick) house structures, and beautiful outdoor grounds for your ceremony and reception spaces. You will start your day in the Jockey’s Loft, a luxury bridal suite with modern amenities and refreshments served by the Cooper Modera staff. As you move from the loft to the outdoor ceremony space, you’ll be pleased by the venue’s smattering of oak trees and and roses coloring the distant orchards. After the ceremony, guide your guests into the barnyard where natural light meets romantic atmosphere. The 19th century style decor and furnishings add a distinctive charm, and lantern lighting outside will only enhance the magic and ambiance of your big day.
The Barns at Cooper Molera does everything in their power to make your wedding day a happy, stress-free day to remember. On the morning of the wedding they will help you set up equipment, place decor, and ensure everything is ready for your ceremony and reception. Before the ceremony they provide the wedding party with drinks and snacks, as well as pre-ceremony refreshments for your guests as they arrive. After cocktail hour, you and your guests will be served a custom-made menu, including delicious hors d’oeuvres, plated and buffet-style entrees, and late-night snacks to keep your guests’ energy up throughout the evening.
The Barns at Cooper Molera has a sister venue, The Perry House, also located in Monterey County. This venue has a rustic theme, but is more European inspired than the Cooper Molera.
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Emily Riske · Married on 07/13/2019
The perfect venue
If you're reading this, then congratulations! You have found your venue, I'm so excited for you. Do not look at others, you're done, you're tired.Sent on 07/17/2019
My event coordinator was Rosie, and she's a complete powerhouse and boss. She runs a tight ship, nothing will get by her, and she's sweet as can be. The venue was so well planned and organized, I didn't have to think of anything. All night I received compliments on "my" tremendous planning. Don't get me wrong, there's work involved, but the entire staff and process was so seamless.
The food...was...amazing. I was once walking by the venue outside and a STRANGER stopped me, and told me we should have our wedding there because her daughter's wedding was the best wedding ever. Her (presumed other) daughter then got very angry, a fight ensued, I slowly backed away, but the message was received. This was after we had reserved The Barns, but such a great thing to hear. And obviously I don't need to tell you it's gorgeous.
Book now, or forever hold your peace.
Ruth L McDonald · Married on 05/26/2019
The whole day and event were magical! From the moment the bridal party arrived, to the clean up after the newlyweds departed, everything was perfect. The ceremony was set up beautifully; opening the barn doors was another magical moment for Megan's entrance on her father's arm. Afterwards, our guests mingled in and outside the tent, enjoyed the passed drinks and bar, and I think every last one of them made sure to rave about the passed appetizers. On top of that, they seemed to keep coming! No shortage! The servers were all top notch and made our guests comfortable and sated till dinner. The Bride and Groom were amazed that you found them during cocktail hour to offer an entire plate of hors de oeuvres. They thought you were offering a bite and when they turned back around to find you still there, you said, "This is all for you. You need to eat." They were so thankful for the small details you attended to.Sent on 06/01/2019
When we entered the barn for dinner, we were stunned by how beautiful it was. The plated dinner service was astonishing. Your staff worked liked clockwork to get 160 people served while being pleasant and kind and friendly. More positive comments from our guests about this. And... the meal itself: outstanding! Every single person just raved to us over and over about how perfectly the tri-tip was prepared and how tender and not overcooked the salmon was. And full breadbaskets! So many of our guest commented positively about the food, service- the entire meal.
When it was time to turn dinner over to dancing and our guest returned to the tent, it was raining, yet we were all warm and comfortable and the bar was hopping in the tent. No one minded waiting while your staff cleared & set up for dancing and the rest of the evening. The bartenders rocked! Our guests were thrilled with the open bar and specialty cocktails, as well as the Barns label wines.
It was just, from beginning to end, a fantastic, wonderful wedding. Our daughter, the bride, said it was the "best day of my life!" Now that 3 days have elapsed, we have heard from every person there that it was the most beautiful wedding venue, best orchestrated wedding, and most fun wedding they have ever been to! Seriously, they are still calling, texting, and emailing us to let us know how terrific it was.
Thank you so very much for everything you did to make this the successful wedding it was. Your help and flexibility in last minute rain plan, changing the grill stations to plated dinner, arranging the tent and accommodating our numbers in the barn for dinner and for dancing, were all so appreciated. Please convey our compliments to all your staff who worked that day and evening. All were professional and contributed to our magical day. It could not have been more perfect, and we wanted to make sure to let you know how we feel.
This is what Megan, the bride, posted on Facebook:
"Yesterday was the best day of my life. I got to marry the man of my dreams surrounded by our friends and family in the most beautiful setting ever."
And, just wanted to close by sharing some of the comments our friends and relatives have been posting:
"Such a beautiful wedding. What a great venue and an even better party!"
"Congratulations and best wishes for a lifetime together! You looked gorgeous Megan and you both looked so happy. The venue was amazing! "
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Alison · Married on 10/06/2018
Wedding at The Barns
We had our wedding at The Barns at Cooper Molera a few weeks ago. We could not have been more happy with the day! The venue was gorgeous and Susan our day of coordinator made sure everything was perfect! The venue was great for out of town guests with hotels and the wharf close by and we loved the rustic vibe of the venue in the convenience of downtown Monterey. Events by Classic has made the upstairs space in the barn a gorgeous bridal suite and sitting area for the bridal party and family to use prior to the wedding and throughout. We had our ceremony outside with the barn and trees as our backdrop and the transition to our cocktail hour in the upper tier outside the barn was perfect. We had a plated dinner inside the barn and the service and food was phenomenal! We were worried about having enough space in the barn for our dance floor and we had arranged with Susan to have our head table(16 people) moved to allow plenty of space. The tables were moved quickly and discreetly after our first dance and it made for plenty of room for dancing the night away. Thank you to the Classic Catering crew who worked so hard to make the evening flawless!Sent on 10/25/2018
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