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Jacqueline + Justin’s Garden Gazebo Wedding

Today on the blog we are sharing photos of Jacqueline and Justin’s garden gazebo wedding back in September!

How absolutely gorgeous is her dress? The soft tulle layers with the delicate embroidery details and the nude lace sleeves. And these jeweled Badgeley Mischka shoes to die for! And the groom looks so dapper in his tux!

Jacquline and Justin decided to have their wedding ceremony at our classic garden gazebo ceremony. The white columns with floral arrangements and the white wedding chairs with champagne sashes give it such an elegant feel.

The reception was held in the Pavilion with chiffon draped ceiling, a 6 foot Swavorski Crystal chandelier set with gold chargers, blush napkins and perfectly arranged centerpieces.

Bride and dad came across the sparkling lake in our wedding boat and walked down the aisle to meet her soon to be husband.

Now pronounce you husband and wife!

During Cocktail Hour while guests were enjoying tray passed appetizers and drinks at the bar the bride and groom and their bridal party were off in the Meadow taking gorgeous photos and fun one likes this one!

Let’s get the party started!

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. McGee!

  Venue: Los Willows Wedding Estate
Photographer: True Photography
Videographer: Carry Onwards Photo + Film
Florist: Blooming Grace
DJ: C Squared
Cake: Elegance on Display
Wedding Gown: Essence of Australia



The Los Willows Team

Hosted, Cash, Tab, Oh My!: Guide to Bar Packages for Your Wedding

You’ve selected your venue and your date yay! Now it’s time to get down to business and start planning the other details of the big day like what food you and your guests will be eating, linens, centerpieces, flowers, cake and whether or not you will have a bar and what kind.

When it comes to bars each venue is different in what they offer. Today we are going to be sharing some of the most common bar types and the good and bad with each.

Photographer: Leah Marie Photography

“Do I even have to have a bar?”The answer is no, of course not! If you don’t want alcohol served at your wedding then by no means do you have to have it. You can opt to just serve the complimentary drinks that the venue provides or just juice and soda. Here at Los Willows if you choose to not have a bar we provide infused water, lemonade, iced tea and sparkling cider for the wedding toast.

“I definitely want a bar at my wedding.”
Love it! Depending on the venue they might have various options for bars. Let’s get into what the different types are.

Cash Bar
Guests pay for their own drinks both alcohol or non-alcoholic. A set up a fee may be required for the Host to pay and non-refundable.

Photographer: True Photography

Hosted Bar
The Host puts down a Tab, a pre-determined dollar amount for the bar and guests receive drinks, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, on the tab until it is reached. Once the Tab has been reached the Host can add more money to the tab or convert to a cash bar.
What you want included on the Tab is up to you and the venue. Maybe you just want to do beer, wine, champagne, sodas and juices and have guests pay for any liquor maybe you want to do beer, wine, champagne, sodas and juices, well and premium liquor and have guests pay for the Patron or Maker’s Mark.


Photographer: Shadowcatcher Imagery

Bar Packages
The Host is charged per person. Packages can range from just soda and juice to everything included.

Corkage Fee
Some venues will allow you to bring in your own liquor but will charge you a corkage fee to do so.

Photographer: Leah Marie Photography

Soft Bar
This is a bar with beer, wine, juice and soda so no “hard” alcohol.


Here at Los Willows we offer a variety of options for bars. Click here to read all about our bar options or schedule a tour to learn all about our packages and to pick the one that’s best for you!


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Just Married Champagne Cruise

Photographer: Pauline Conway Photography

Imagine this: you walk down the aisle whether it’s in our grassy meadow with twinkling lights, lakeside with a sparkling lake and natural landscape behind you or in front of our garden gazebo with manicured lawns, you say ‘I Do’, kiss and are now pronounced Mr. and Mrs! You make your walk back down the aisle and down to the dock where our ‘Just Married’ Wedding Boat is waiting to whisk you away as you take a cruise around the lake. Your bridal party stands lakeside and send you off celebrating this special day! You board and are greeted by our captain as you sip on champagne and have a special moment, just the two of you as you take in all the planning, emails, visits and emotions of the day as you now are newlyweds! The photographer is capturing this moment for you to look back on years to come. While you are “catching your breath” guests are invited down to our bar and patio for cocktail hour where they enjoy delicious tray passed appetizers, a great selection of beer, wine, and cocktails as they sit and take in the beautiful views.

Photographer: Shadowcatcher Imagery


This is just one of the endless unique features that Los Willows has to offer! Call us at 760-731-9400 or go online to schedule your tour to come out and see for yourself the beauty of Los Willows!




The Los Willows Team