Livermore Wedding Venue
2647 Arroyo Road
Livermore, California 94550
Select summer 2016 dates still available! Contact Carol Markie at 925/373-5703 or [email protected] for more details, and don’t forget to mention Here Comes The Guide when you inquire!
If you’re in search of a romantic estate surrounded by vineyards for your upcoming special occasion, this gem of a venue set in the Livermore Valley Wine Country is an obvious choice.
Built in 1891 by Christopher Augustine Buckley, Sr., who was known as the “Blind Boss” of San Francisco politics (yes, he was actually blind), it’s part of the 100-acre landholding that once served as his family’s summer home. Today, in addition to the handsomely restored Main House, the property features a lovely Carriage House and Cottage as well as gardens, apple orchards, vineyards, lawns, and scenic walks that serve as a glamorous Victorian-style frame for all types of events. Like the grand private residences of a far more opulent age, this site takes visitors back to an elegant era, one where time stops and memories that last are made.
Festivities can be staged indoors or out, weather permitting. With its graceful white gazebo (perfect for saying “I do”), shade trees and white Victorian-era streetlamps, the broad North Lawn behind the Main House is a dreamy setting for ceremonies. The smaller front lawn, where the couple can exchange vows at the top of the wide Main House stairs, and the home’s huge double parlor provide similarly picturesque options.
Cocktails and appetizers may be served in a variety of locations, too: around the fountain on the front lawn, on the North Lawn, or in either or both of the two large parlors inside. The spacious U-shaped veranda that wraps around most of the central structure is also tailor-made for indulging in a glass of champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres while enjoying the garden, orchard and vineyard views along with the breezes and birdsong.
As for dining and dancing, indoor and al fresco possibilities abound. Set up tables on the North Lawn for an outdoor banquet or barbecue, or deck the halls of the Main House’s handsome interior. Oak floors and wainscoting, fireplaces, pocket doors, chandeliers, and other period details lend the rooms of this historic home a special charm. There’s even a spacious and secluded chamber downstairs that can be employed as a private haven for the bride and her wedding party.
No matter where you wander on the property, you’ll discover all kinds of photogenic spots to pause or pose. But what we find most appealing about this site are the many ways you can personalize the venue and its sprawling visitor-friendly grounds. There’s plenty of room for kids to play in the meadows and orchards without feeling confined, while still in full view of their families; for elders to sit a spell on the benches and admire the garden views; for couples to stroll arm-in-arm along the treelined paths; or for friends and family to gather and enjoy every unforgettable moment of your celebration.
CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The site holds 70 seated or standing guests indoors and 150 seated or standing outdoors.
A $500 deposit is required to reserve your date. The balance is due 30 days prior to the event. Rental fees range $580–3,000 depending on the day of the event and your resident status (whether or not you are a Livermore resident).
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO or through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: garden, landscaped grounds; panorama of hills and vineyards
Other: picnic area, gazebo
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Community Center/Civic Bldg
Smoking: designated area only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Year-round, daily, times vary.
Alternate Info: Ravenwood Historic Park