Why You'll Love This Place
A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
In 1927, Joe and Antoinette Ghiringhelli held their wedding-night dinner at a restaurant tucked into the hills of Fairfax. Charmed by the special property—originally opened in 1916 as a lodge—the young newlyweds made a promise to each other that one day they would own it. In 1937 their dream became a reality. To celebrate, Joe planted a grove of redwood trees, which have since grown into an "Enchanted Forest" of towering giants that have sheltered hundreds of couples as they exchange wedding vows.
The bride's day begins in the adorable Bridal Suite, which once served as the Villa's carriage house. There's a full bathroom, cedar closet, and lots of windows—all accented by vintage furnishings, art, and décor. If you opt to take photos around the grounds before the festivities begin, your photographer will surely thank you—the light here is lovely at any time of day, and you're likely to capture some shots of the Villa's namesake deer, who are frequent (and welcome!) visitors.
As guests begin to arrive, they'll be guided by attendants down a shady gravel path to a parking area surrounded by trees and picturesque outbuildings. From there, they'll make their way toward the heart of the property where the Enchanted Forest stands.
The trees form a large circle, becoming a natural cathedral that feels both sacred and celebratory. You can say "I do" beneath an arbor or chuppah, or let the beauty of the redwoods serve as your altar. After the ceremony, the grove will be set for dinner so you and your guests can continue to enjoy the setting. It's especially pretty as night falls, when market lights, high in the boughs, form a softly glowing canopy.
During the cocktail hour, guests mingle at the outside bar, which overlooks a sweet, handmade stone water feature depicting a fairytale bridge and turret. The bar is backed by a series of shelves just begging to be personalized—couples have decorated them with family photos, candles, and lighted marquee signs. Guests can also play bocce ball, roast s'mores around fire pits, or retreat to the Zen Grove, a peaceful spot with a circular flowerbed at its center that can be set with chairs, tables, or lounge furniture.
After dinner, the party moves to the Dance Hall. This large room occupies a section of Deer Park’s historic restaurant, named “Bootlegger’s Lodge” in a colorful nod to the Prohibition Era. 1920s-inspired art and tchotchkes line the walls, and wrought-iron lamps and sconces cast just the right amount of light on the hardwood dance floor. The Dance Hall also houses The Lodge Bar, which stays open late so you and your guests can wind down the evening without feeling rushed.
The venue celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2016, and is lovingly run by a third generation of the Ghiringhelli family. When couples wed at Deer Park Villa, they become part of its enduring romantic story.
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Intimate Weekday Weddings in the Redwoods
Deer Park Villa offers Intimate Wedding Packages designed to accommodate up to 50 of your closest family and friends!
If you're interested in an Intimate Redwood Wedding, please contact Deer Park Villa today for a tour.
Interested in seeing another reception venue? Check out their sister property, the cool Ghiringhelli's the Venue.
And, for a stylish afterparty/late night option? We recommend checking out their second sister property, VIP Room.
PRICES: What's this going to cost?
- Package prices vary depending on:
- Day of week
- Time of day
- Time of year
- Space reserved
- Guest count
- Type of event
Wedding packages include the bridal room, redwood grove, outdoor fire pit, lounge, heaters and bar, tables & chairs, indoor & outdoor dancing locations, and complimentary parking. Full bar and beverage packages, as well as an in-house DJ, are also available for an extra fee.
|Total meeting capacity for this venue is 0.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site can seat 200 indoors or 350 outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility holds 200 seated or 300 standing indoors, and 350 seated or 350 standing outdoors.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Small Wedding
- Late Night
- LGBTQ+ Friendly
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Buildings & other settings available:
- Banquet Hall / Events Facility
- Historic / Landmark Building
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest / Woods
- Fountain / Water Feature
- Landscaped Grounds
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Catering: select from approved list
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided
Parking: large, complimentary, supervised lot; available daytime and overnight
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
View: forest, fountain, garden, landscaped grounds
Other: outdoor fire pit lounge, heaters, lounge bar & deck area
But take note of the following limitations!
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
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