Moss Beach Wedding Venue
343 Cypress Avenue
Moss Beach, California 94038
Note: Cypress Meadows is booking weddings for the rest of 2013, but is not taking bookings for 2014.
Tucked inside a quaint residential neighborhood just north of Half Moon Bay Airport, Cypress Meadows is a welcome addition to the San Mateo coastal scene. This private banquet facility is hidden behind a pretty flower farm, and offers a secluded milieu for your wedding celebration. On these nine pleasant acres, adjacent to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, the air is sweet, tinged with a hint of salt from the nearby sea, and the atmosphere mellow and relaxed.
Your congenial proprietors are Randy and Sharon Dardenelle, who designed Cypress Meadows specifically to host social events. They’ve outfitted meeting areas and guest rooms with the latest modern technology; yet, they’ve managed to instill the place with a timeless simplicity, beginning with the cedar board-and-batten building. Trimmed with river rock pillars and copper handrails, the structure conveys a comfortable, rustic vibe. Yet it’s a fairly new venue, so everything is neat and fresh inside. Guests enter through the foyer, where a trio of skylights, a travertine tile floor, and a gas fireplace in one corner make an inviting first impression. Brides often place their gift table and guest book here.
Indoor gatherings congregate in the Cypress Room, a warm and friendly space bookended by two gas fireplaces glowing beneath tall, stacked-stone hearths. Depending on your preferred setup, the room can accommodate up to 75 guests, with overflow seating on an adjacent terrace (which can be tented in case the weather doesn’t cooperate).
The terrace is also a sublime spot for your cocktail hour, with a low trickling waterfall pond and potted plants setting the scene. The most striking feature, however, is the bird’s-eye view of a lovely hillside garden, with a sprawling meadow down below. From the terrace, follow a loose gravel path that cascades downward through native plantings—flowering herbs, blooming succulents and fragrant lavender—that spill over low walls. Several stone seating areas built into the landscape entice you to pose for photos, framed by purple salvia and wispy ornamental grasses. Or steal a few moments with your sweetie, snuggling together on the old-fashioned driftwood swing.
At the bottom of the path, a vast green meadow, kissed with bursts of yellow wildflowers, spreads before you. On one side, a copse of lofty cypress trees feathers the sky; on another, a bank of lithe willows bends in the breeze. Opposite, Montara Mountain forms a jagged silhouette against the mercurial skyline. Wedding ceremonies on the meadow take on an informal, country charm coupled with a sense of wild majesty. Little decoration is needed to improve upon what nature provides, which includes peek-a-boo ocean views.
Unlike at some locations, you’re free to hire any caterer you wish to take advantage of the commercial kitchen with separate, easy access. Another bonus at this property: two guest rooms on opposite sides of the building, each with its own private entrance. The nicely styled suites—one for the bride, one for the groom—open to a balcony overlooking the meadow. What an inspired spot for tossing your bridal bouquet, as you savor the culmination of your memorable celebration at Cypress Meadows.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The facility holds 80 seated guests indoors, and 150 seated outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Cypress Meadows can accommodate 65 seated or 80 standing guests indoors and 100 seated or 150 standing outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: The facility holds 60 seated guests.
A $1,000 deposit is required to reserve your date. The balance is due 30 days prior to the event. Rental fees range $1,500–5,000 depending on the day of the week and the type of event.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: some provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: CBA
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
Meeting Equipment: provided
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: 2 guest rooms
Telephone: office phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: provided
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
Cleanup: caterer & facility
View: forest, fountain, garden, courtyard, meadow, mountains, ocean
Other: on-site florals, A/V equipment
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Year-round, daily, 8am–10pm.