The venue has multiple spaces to accommodate different party sizes. The inside space has two dining rooms. The main dining room, shown above, with the large glass window and archways, can accommodate up to 112 guests. If your guest count is larger than that, your remaining guests will be siting down the hall in the overflow room, pictured above with the gold trim & gold chairs. You may be wondering how you can do toasts and first dance, if the room is split...well, you don't. After dinner, your party will proceed downstairs to the grand room for toasts, first dance, and cake cutting. Or you can take the party outdoors on the glamorous courtyard and party under the stars.
If you're like my client and you do not like the idea of breaking up the party, you can have your entire reception in the beautifully designed tent area, off of the courtyard. There is a minimum guest count of 200, and an additional rental charge on the tent, but hey, at least everyone will be together.
There are two ceremony sites in the front of the mansion, which looks simply breathtaking upon arrival. Minimal decor is needed, as the grounds are already beautiful. For an additional fee, the pool area can be used for cocktail hour, late night snack, or even a dessert display.
The catering is provided in-house. The small bites I tried were good. They can even provide the cake in-house and the sample I had of that was ahhh-mazing! The bar is only wine, beer, and champagne, all as a hosted bar. If you desire to have hard alcohol, you can bring your own for a fee; a must bring liability insurance, rent your own glassware, and provide all mixers. This can be a bit of a task and can get a little expensive, depending on your guest count.
Overall, this place is beautiful and very unique. It is quite an experience to be able to stay the night in the mansion (the room decor was really neat). Downside - they do five weddings a weekend (yes, two weddings in one day). To me, that seems like your wedding isn't exactly special but more of a turn key operation. This could be good, knowing they have a thorough and experienced staff. Or it could feel like you're just a number. Additional downside is the location. It seemed great when we looked it up, but upon making the drive from the Bay Area, there was more time spend in the country side than we would have liked. That could be a deterrent to your guests and/or dangerous at the end of it all (small winding roads to/from the property). On the positive side, the prices are very reasonable for what you get; food selection, look of the venue, complimentary parking, amazing photo opportunities. They offer a preferred vendor list, but allow vendors outside of the list. Only exclusion, DJ services. This must come from their list or you'll pay a fee to go off the list.
To recap, visually stunning mansion, with space for small to large weddings, just outside of Sacramento area. If you're looking for a unique, secluded experience with history and Italian charm, this is the spot for you. We recommend a planner for this one :)
As I sat in my office yesterday, tackling task after task, I contemplated if I was really making progress toward my goals or was I just doing busy work to move the needle a bit for the day. It got me thinking about how we track making progress toward something. How do you know when you're making progress? What are the mile marks along the way of life? Is it mastering the mundane disciplines that are necessary to daily progression? Having a daily pattern of accomplishment? Or is it something else...? Starting a new hobby, setting a new goal with a plan to accomplish it, taking a break from the mundane...becoming new, doing something new?
While writing on this topic, I became stuck at the answer. My thoughts were all over the place about how I look at progress versus how I think I should look at progress; taking into consideration a perspective from my mother's point of view on my progress (a different perspective than my own but one that comes from love and pride for her daughter). What I consider progress for myself may not resonate the same to someone else and vice versa.
So I am here to ask, what's your way of tracking your progress? Interact with me on this, in the name of research :) Is progress seeing your tasks/daily disciplines accomplished or is it something solid, like reaching a financial goal? In the search for the best work/life/health balance, how does progression fit into that? Do we constantly seek to progress higher in only one area or do we maintain a balance of progression though all avenues of life?
Have you ever felt like you were progressing in your health or your career, but regressing in your personal life? How can you maintain a positive outlook on progress in one area, if there is a regress in another? My advice to myself (and to anyone open to it) - celebrate the wins, big and small. Don't guilt yourself for losing balance. Make an effort to do something, even small, to progress your core values on a daily basis. The compound effect of those efforts will result in progress over time. Stay committed...
We are four days into the New Year. If you're like me, you set goals for the new year; to make it different, to start fresh with where you fell off last year...all goals being the change you've been waiting for. Then you wake up to day four, and realize you may have over anticipated your capacity for completion. That's not a good way to feel at the start of a new year-new you.
So where do we go wrong in the plan? Is it waiting to long to set the plan? Like maybe December 31st or January 1st, is to late to write out the goals; you brain needs more time to digest and reset itself to you new plans. Or maybe it's that we are being overly ambitious with the goals? I don't know about you, but I had a feeling of anxiety in ringing in the new year without the plan on paper or any sliver in the direction. Now on day four, there are already areas scribbled out the calendar, and daily goals moved to the next day...not part of the plan.
Frustrated by the anxiety that is getting worse, I decided to look to technology for a fix. We all can admit that our lives are on our phones; truthfully, can my millennial generation even function without their phone? The good news is, I found an app that can help keep the disciplines of the daily goals and keep accountability, even when my brain wants to tackle everything at once. With this app, I can track/check off the important daily tasks that will keep me moving in the direction of the goals I set. No more procrastination or moving things to the next day on the calendar or scratching it out completely; my app will show me that I am daily achieving rather than feeling like there are daily failures.
As an entrepreneur, running two business from my home office, doing off site consulting, being a wife, mother, girlfriend, and coach, it can sometimes be overwhelming to remember to treat myself with the same importance I place on everything else. Whatever core values you have in life or about life, make sure you make the time necessary to invest in your core values. Not doing so can lead to burnout, neglect, anxiety, and bitterness. And you can perform at your ultimate level with any of those negative feelings.
To everyone out there that can relate; let's reset. It's only day four of the new year, but let's treat today like it's day one. Write it down, tackle the goal, and don't let yourself make an excuse for not taking care of yourself first. In the end, you're all you go. Cheers to the New Year!