The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College

6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College

The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College is a private wedding venue located on the Cabrillo College Campus in Aptos, California. This elegant, private venue provides the perfect setting for any wedding. With both indoor and outdoor options, The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College can accommodate a wide range of weddings, and reflect your unique wedding vision.

Facilities and Capacity
The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College is a historic mansion that is versatile and can host a variety of weddings. Their intimate indoor space is perfect for 130 guests or less, where the covered and uncovered outdoor options can accommodate up to 250 guests. The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College will work with you and your wedding planners to coordinate the best setting suited for you.

Services Offered
The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College is a full-service wedding venue offering a variety of services to accommodate your every need. With the available customizations, you will have the wedding of your dreams in this beautiful, historic venue. The services offered include:

  • Bridal suite
  • Event planning
  • Event rentals
  • In-house catering
  • In-house bar
  • Outside vendors
  • Setup
  • Cleanup


Cuisine
The Cabrillo College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Department can provide onsite food and beverage services for your special day. Each dish is handcrafted with the finest ingredients to enhance their high-quality meals. These experienced and talented culinary students prepare each event alongside their professional instructors every step of the way. The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College is sure to impress with their experienced servers and catering services, from passed hors d'oeuvres at your cocktail party to a widespread buffet at your reception.

History
The beautiful ocean-view property where the Sesnon House at Cabrillo College sits was purchased in 1858 by the Porter family. The only daughter of the Porter family married into the Sesnon family and soon designed their summer mansion, the Pino Alto, in 1911. After World War II, the home was sold to the Salesian Order where it was maintained as a seminary and school until Cabrillo College purchased the property in 1978. Due to the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, the building was renovated and reopened in the fall of 1996.

Tables set up on terrace
Tables set up on terrace
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The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College
Front of the house
Front of the house
Front porch
Front porch
Front of house at dusk
Front of house at dusk
Back of house after the rain
Back of house after the rain
Night view of the house from the garden
Night view of the house from the garden
Outside dining with a sweetheart table
Outside dining with a sweetheart table
Outsode ceremony location
Outsode ceremony location
Alternative outside ceremony location
Alternative outside ceremony location
Inside dining in our McPherson Room
Inside dining in our McPherson Room
Cocktail area inside the McPherson Room
Cocktail area inside the McPherson Room
Stage in McPherson Room set up for cake cutting
Stage in McPherson Room set up for cake cutting
Inside dining in our Pino Alto Room
Inside dining in our Pino Alto Room
Student catering available for some dates during the school year
Student catering available for some dates during the school year
Bridal dressing area
Bridal dressing area
Dance floor
Dance floor
Tables set up on terrace
Tables set up on terrace
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The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College
Front of the house
Front of the house

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10 Reviews for The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College

Recommended by 98% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 4.8

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    John · Married on 12/20/2018

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    Good Food, Helpful Day-of Coordinator

    My wife and I got married at Sesnon House in the summer of 2018. Chrissie, the day-of coordinator/manager of the House, was very helpful and made sure the day went smoothly. The food was excellent and the staff polite.

    Sent on 12/20/2018
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    Sharon · Married on 07/28/2018

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    Hospitality at it's finest!

    We had the best wedding ever July 28, 2018! I would like to thank Chrissy, Rosie, Sue, and the entire, wonderful staff for making my big day a dream come true.

    Quick overview of our situation: We got engaged in February and my fiance wanted to get married "before football season in the fall." Looking back, I was overwhelmed and massively anxious.. until I stumbled upon Sesnon House on Yelp.

    I'm not a person who loves to get involved in details and generally assume professionals in the space have way more context and information on throwing a wedding party than I do. In the case of Sesnon House, this was more than accurate -- and in addition, I have to say that the level of integrity and quality that the staff put into planning our event was beyond spectacular.

    I didn't have time to make every decision necessary to make the event work, so I basically delegated decision making about the linens, sourcing the DJ, alcohol decisions to the staff. To make things more exciting, our original forecast of 100 guests exploded to 150+ in the weeks leading up to the wedding. The few things I did meticulously plan (ceremony logistics, food planning, etc) quickly had to be rearranged, but Chrissy and Sue accommodated these changes without a bat of an eye and a single one hour session. Chrissy & Sue are super experienced so they are able to condense the planning of the event to the micro level with about an hour of thoughtfully presented questions.

    Furthermore, the beauty of venue and scalability of operation of this place is unmatched. It's Santa Cruz charm at its finest, with the most enthusiastic staff who really put their all into making the day perfect. Our wedding was great, but what really put it over the top was the picture perfect weather that brought the fantastical aspect of "California living" into clear focus for our guests. The food was excellent, and the vibe of the day was so joyful, wonderful, and magical. I know that that kind of operational perfection is not a coincidence -- the precision and thoughtfulness in planning shone through every aspect of our big day. I even remember the logistics of walking down the aisle being managed to the core -- Rosie sprinted to the back while I was driven to meet with the flowers, and in preparing to walk, another staff member adjusted my veil so it looked just right. Seriously -- who are these people??? It's easy to get really cynical about the wedding industry with all the ridiculous personas and pricings you get when you shop around, but honestly, Sesnon House was a complete joy to work with. Thank you guys to the moon and back! The kindness and passion in their work was so contagious that by the end of the night, everyone had a joyful experience that really brought out the best in them.

    Oh and PS -- while we sprung for literally every feature we could imagine, me and my now hubby landed within budget!!!! What a cherry on top of all the insanity. It's nice to pay what you expect for a day that was magical beyond belief. My dad's advice that day was to keep an album close by for the rest of our lives to remember the day, and I'm so happy that Sesnon House is the back drop to ours.

    Sent on 12/20/2018

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The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 2,500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 2,500.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, Event Planning, Parking, Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Cake Cutting, Server(s)
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartender(s), Limited Bar
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 3
  • Describe your venue: Garden, Historic Building, Mansion
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Outside Vendors, Set Up, Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Server(s)
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Limited Bar, Open Bar, Outside Alcohol
  • What event items are available? Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, March, November, December

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  • 6500 Soquel Dr Aptos, CA, 95003 See on map
    831-534-9499 (Phone number)

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