Malibu Wedding Venue
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Malibu, California 90265
Contact: Aime Lindsay
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High up in the Malibu hills, Stone Manor is a little closer to heaven than most places, and has a view commensurate with its proximity to Paradise. From its secluded niche at the end of its own private road, the estate overlooks a vast swath of the Pacific, stretching from Catalina to Santa Monica Bay. And while the panoramic vista is definitely something to write home about, the house and grounds are equally grand.
The mansion, with its thick walls and stone façade, is reminiscent of an English manor. It presides over a series of formally landscaped terraces, which step down to the edge of the property and share a common backdrop of sea and sky. Ceremonies are usually held on the upper terrace, a broad U-shaped lawn with a slate aisle down its center. The bride makes her entrance from the house where, from the top of a stone stairway, she can survey the entire scene below: guests seated on the grass, a border of fiery bougainvillea and deep green hedges, and the Malibu coastline in the distance.
After the ceremony, it’s a genuine pleasure to stroll down the flagstone pathways, under bougainvillea-draped stone arches and past acres of blooming flowers and trees. The lower terrace is really an orchard, which can be set up for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Guests mingle beneath a leafy canopy of fruit trees and watch the sun set over the ocean. In another corner of the property they can sip champagne and chat at umbrella-shaded tables on the flagstone pool deck, to the accompaniment of a waterfall cascading into the pool.
Receptions are held in the courtyard at the entrance to the house. Made of golden stone, it’s softly illuminated by copper and amber carriage lights that cast a honeyed glow during evening celebrations. At one end of the courtyard a waterfall flows down the terraced hillside, which is threaded with pathways and shaded by 30-foot trees. An option for smaller gatherings is the Garden House, a stone pavilion with a large, open-air terrace. This patio is completely enclosed by a glass windbreak, so diners can enjoy the ocean view without interference from ocean breezes. The pavilion can also be set up with tables, but it’s most often used for dancing. Stone walls support a whitewashed pine, peaked ceiling, and multiple sets of French doors on all sides let in plenty of light and air. At night, the starry sky seems to come all the way down to the ground, thanks to thousands of Tivoli lights glowing in the surrounding hedges, arches and trees.
The latest addition to the ever-evolving estate is the Grotto, located just below the Garden House. Fashioned entirely of stone, its sultry lighting and vine-covered walls make it an intriguing spot for an after dinner cappuccino, cognac or cigar.
Building Stone Manor took seven years and 14,000 tons of stone to complete. The result is a heavenly home in a gorgeous setting. And although the streets here are paved with slate, not gold, we’re confident that even the angels consider it a job well done.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The location holds up to 100 seated guests indoors or 200 outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The site holds 100 seated or 150 standing guests indoors and 200 seated or 225 standing outdoors.
50% of the total event cost is required to reserve your date. The balance is due 10 days prior to the event. In-season rental fees range $18,000–25,000 and off-season fees range $12,500–18,000 depending on the guest count.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: BYO
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair access CBA
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra charge
Parking: shuttle service required
Accommodations: main house available for additional fee, sleeps 8–12
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
View: Malibu coastline, garden, fountain, waterfall, pool
Other: built-in sound system, cordless mics, extensive lighting
Alcohol: BYO, licensed server
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: liability required
Year-round; Saturday until 10pm; Sunday–Friday noon–9:30pm.