Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Venues: Cayucos Creek Barn

It's only fitting that the first venue I cover be the Cayucos Creek Barn. It was the very first venue I came across days after we were engaged, and I'll admit--with the first photos I saw posted on the website, I actually laughed out loud! The thought that people would pay to be married at this place was hilarious! But then....there's just something about this place. I started looking at some professional photographs (great shots by Tempting Weddings) and reading about people's experiences there. It has a charm that you can't really describe, but within just a few minutes online I was smitten, as was Raf.

The CCB was also our first stop on the venue tour--we had to stop by in the morning because there was a wedding reception in the afternoon. Here are our impressions based on the core criteria:
  • Cost: The price is RIGHT! The barn is one of the least expensive venues we've found. Granted, there's not much included--you pretty much have to bring everything in here, from tables and chairs, to touches of decor. This obviously costs more money, but it's still cheaper than most places--and, the best part, we get to put our own style into it.
  • The Look & Feeling: Bare bones, rustic, and oh-so-charming! There's absolutely nothing fancy about this place--there's 2 trailers on the site for goodness sake. And yet, I'm tellin ya, the place just grows on you. You can't help but feel relaxed and at home here.
  • Competitive Edge: This place has serious Fun Factor! They have a portable firepit for roasting marshmallows and making s'mores, a horseshoe pit (which we're STOKED about), and a built-in bar. One couple even had someone come in to lead line dancing lessons during the cocktail reception--love it! It's the kind of place where you just want to kick back, relax and have a great time with friends and family--exactly what we're looking to get out of our day. Oh! And it's right next to an avacado orchard! Doesn't get any better than that. Guacamole anyone?!

Long story short--I'll be posting about a lot of places here, but the Barn is really holding its own at the top of the list. You can see all the pictures we took at CCB here.


Anonymous said...

no matter what you think i like this one too! :) and uncle beve will really like the gas pumps! :) Jin Ho looks good! and why are all the comments seperate?? why is there not just one big comment place?? or is there and i'm just to old/blind to see it! :) love you! mom

katherinemsawyer said...

Hi, it's Kate...from..Redding/Cal Poly...I can't even remember where we met!

Here is a picture of me if you are drawing a blank:

Anyway, I am planning my wedding too, and hopefully somewhere in the Central Coast. We'll have to keep in touch and help each other out along the way. My e-mail is:

So funny that I ran into your blog! It's double crazy because it turns out I know Sierra over at Big Sur Bride too! It's a small, small world, I tell you.