I love this venue! The staff - personable and friendly without losing an ounce of professionalism; the aesthetics - stunning and unparalleled; the wow factor - huge!
Named after the famous architect of the Hearst Castle, this recently renovated ballroom is stunning. Yet, describing the Julia Morgan Ballroom as simply stunning is a vast understatement. It is an architectural gem tucked into the upper floor of the Merchant Exchange Building. It is chic, classy, and booming with style.
The lobby, which is often used for ceremonies, features gold leaf, polished marble walls, and a vaulted-barrel ceiling. It has a very fresh and graceful feel, which allows for a variety of styles and colors for décor. Couple's are invited to personalize their wedding by displaying interchanging pictures of themselves on the LCD screens, which are located at the entrance to the ceremony. The tall ceilings and gleaming marble provide an exquisite backdrop for a romantic event.
The reception space has quite a different feel, yet is equally as grandeur. As guests arrive, they walk into a warm and inviting foyer. It feels as though you are walking into the living room of an affluent friend's home. Leading from the lounge is the Daniel Burnham Bar and the Ballroom. Deep mahogany wraps around the perimeter of the ballroom, arching floor to ceiling windows reveal the city's sites, and the honeycomb ceiling creates an unprecedented romance.
When I first walked into the ballroom I fell in love! It is simply breathtaking and unlike any other venue I have come across. The dark browns and deep golds create a rustic, yet classic feel.
To top it all off, owner Clint Reilly has recently opened Credo, a Northern Italian restaurant just down the street from The Julia Morgan Ballroom. After completing such a work of art, it would be uncanny to open a standard restaurant. As expected, the restaurant and private dining room are booming with style and eye catching accents. The wall is covered with inspiring quotes from historical figures and celebrities. Each quote begins with "I believe," which is Credo in Latin. The Chef is Mario Maggi, who also oversees catering at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. His Italian upbringing compliments the urban trattoria perfectly.