We put together this inspiration board for Tahoe Unveiled (our sister company) and thought you might enjoy it! This board takes an organic approach to wedding style and shows how natural elements and a little creativity can be used to create a feeling of casual elegance.
Testarossa Winery is nestled above the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Gatos in a serene and peaceful setting in the historic Novitiate. Testarossa combines a romantic and incredibly unique venue with unbelievable service. Their staff proudly performs as the icing on the cake. Nothing is too much to ask and everyone is very personable.
As you enter the winery, you walk through a grand double doorway into the long stone cave. The brick imprints, arching ceiling, and esoteric design bestows an unparalleled romantic atmosphere. During a wedding, this space is used for the ceremony or the cocktail/reception. Regardless of the event, the cave provides a dramatic, romantic, and unparalleled space.
Ceremony's can also take place outdoors on the patio, which is decorated with wooden wine barrels, clear globe lights, and sandy gravel. It has a modern farm-like feel combining nature with simple elegance.
The Castello Room is used for dinner and can accommodate up to 150ppl. Instead of a standard square or rectangle room, the Castello room has wide pillars (perfect for pin spot lighting), sconces, and an elegant ceiling canopy. Due to the shape and pillars, 60" round tables (seat 7 - 9 people) are best suited for this room. However, there is ample space for a long double-sided head table or family table.
The tasting room, also known as the Palazzio Room, is warm and inviting with a long wooden bar, a glowing wine barrel wall, and tall wooden pillars. The dance floor is long and narrow, but is sufficient for a party of 120 or less. A large wooden antique table, sitting next to the wooden door, is perfect for a guest book or dessert station. But, this table comes with Testarossa accesories and a charge is incurred to remove the items.
Price per person · $100 - $150
Rental Fees · $4000 - $6500
Items Included · 60" rounds, fruitwood chivari chairs, cream floor length linens, 6' and 8' banquet tables, tall and short cocktail tables, white wooden ceremony chairs, votives in square and round vases, hurricane vases, sound system in the Castello room (not equipped with microphone), dinnerware, glassware, dressing room for the band, and room for the catering company.
Food · Catering company required, which is limited to companies noted on Testarossa's vendor list.
Bar · Per person packaged pricing for bottled beer and wine.
Timing · Dinner setup can begin as early as 3pm; ceremony and reception setup begins at 5pm, allowing the event to start as early as 6pm. Events are contracted for 5 hours.
Staff · Impeccable! Fabulous, friendly, and very easy to work with.
Setup · Easy load in and load out areas with ramp access.
Power · Ample power for bands, dj's, and lighting.
Lighting · Provided lighting is subtle with dimming options in the dining room and reception room. Hiring a lighting company to up-light the pillars provides a glowing ambiance.
Liability Insurance · $1,000,000 special event liability coverage is required.
Overall Cost · Pricing is very reasonable. The rental fees include most, if not all of the furniture you will need. There are no hidden fees - all prices are noted in the contract.
The ceremony and reception both took place at Testarossa Winery in Los Gatos. The ceremony was outdoors on the patio, which was decorated with string lights, candles, flowers, crystals, and beautiful trees created by Beth O'Hara with Millefiori Floral Designs. The reception was indoors in the cavernous tasting room, which was decorated with wooden signs, a photo booth, candles, and more of Millefiori's beautiful flower arrangements. Lighting, candles, flowers, and accessories created a romantic ambiance in each room.
The bride and groom were a photographer's dream! They devoted 4 hours strictly to photos with Jen Good Photography. A limo drove the wedding party around Los Gatos stopping off at their favorite spots in town to take pictures. They captured the playful, the romantic, and the personality of their relationship. Click on the gallery below to view the pictures larger. I will post more pictures soon!
Venue · Testarossa Winery
Flowers · Millefiori Floral Designs
Photographer · Jen Good
Ceremony Music · Steven Gary
Band · Savoir Faire
Photo Booth · Red Cheese
Catering · Thomas John Events
Meghan and JJ had a gorgeous wedding with a fantastic view of Lake Tahoe last weekend. The threatening thunder clouds provided an ominous backdrop and thankfully left us surprisingly dry! The Gatekeepers Museum made for a beautiful woodsy, serene venue, which was complimented by their 'mountain themed' features including river rocks as place cards, moss to decorate the cake table, and bamboo linens.
Venue · The Gatekeepers Museum
Photography · Focus Photo Tahoe
Flowers · Sierra Floral Design
Catering · Mountain Magic
Videography · Howard Steigner
Cake · Tahoe House
Ceremony Music · The String Beings
DJ · We Ain't Saints