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2520 Mark West Springs Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

(707) 528-9333

Mark West Lodge Event Center is a wedding venue tucked into the hillsides of Sonoma County, California. We service weddings throughout the local area, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and all around the North Bay. Mark West Lodge Event Center is an enchanting wedding venue that has been part of the North Bays' wedding industry for over 10 years. We specialize in creating a setting for an unforgettable Wedding.

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Fall is Here!

Marina Nojima

Fall has arrived and we are so excited! So we've dedicated this post to Fall and all of those beautiful fall weddings that are happening or going to be happening! 

Color of the YEAR

Marina Nojima

Coming up this year, we are participating in two wedding shows—The Sonoma Wedding Show is the first and will be Pinterest themed. As a vendor at this show, we will be showcasing the color of the year Marsala, as every other vendor will—it is part of the shows' theme. With this as our color, we were inspired to write a blog post for any brides thinking of making it apart of their color palette. Pantone had a few color pairings with Marsala and we couldn't help but love them all— from neutrals to warmer tone combinations. Marsala is an earthy wine tone and pairs beautifully with “amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.(pantone.com)”

 

Below are photos pulled from Pinterest for a little color palette inspiration with MARSALA. 

 

(Photos were not taken by Mark West Lodge and Do no belong to us)

There you go, a few different color ways to give some wedding day inspiration.

 

The Sonoma Wedding Show will be on September 13, 2015 in Santa Rosa, California located at the Hyatt Hotel.

For more information about the event here is the link: http://sonomaweddingshow.com

 

Wedding Weekend: Things to do in Sonoma County

Marina Nojima

Grapevines wrapping the arbor that spans the Mark West Springs Road width

Grapevines wrapping the arbor that spans the Mark West Springs Road width

Zip lining in Occidental with Sonoma Canopy Tours via Sunset Magazine http://www.sunset.com/travel/wine-country/napa-and-sonoma-face-off/napa-and-sonoma-face-off_8

 

Attending a wedding in Sonoma County and you have a few hours or even days to spare—well there are no lack of activities or places to visit. Northern California is known for its picturesque  scenery and Sonoma County is home to some of the most beautiful of those locations.  From wine tasting in Dry Creek Valley, hiking the Redwoods to visiting museums and zip lining with Sonoma Canopy Tours in Occidental. Having grown up in Sonoma County, I can say without a doubt this place is rich with life, activities and fun things for friends and families.

Below is a list of some of the things you can do to enjoy this county and the wedding weekend. You can enjoy these activities with friends and family visiting from out-of-town or for simply wanting to get to know Sonoma County a little  better.

Mark West Lodge's historical grapevines: Mark West Lodge is home to a long history, the land has been witness to years of transformations— a destination for travelers to visit the hot spring to a French Restaurant and now a Venue. The years in between the grapevines grew stronger and stronger, now the grapevines that wrap the arbor spanning Mark West Springs Road on the side of the lodge are over 160 years old. Once, showcased in the show Ripley's Believe it or not, these grapevines are quite the picturesque view from the outdoor sitting area.

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve: Serene, quiet and a reminder of just how amazing mother nature is—this natural reserve is home to an amphitheater, hiking trails and more on 805 acres. Head over to their website for more information: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=450

Sonoma Canopy Tours: Zip lining in Occidental is quite the adventure, guided zip lining with stunning forest views. Check them out online: http://www.sonomacanopytours.com

Bodega Bay: A day by the bay, breathtaking ocean views coastal side. Enjoy with family and friends and make a day of it. Visit: http://www.visitbodegabayca.com

Jack London State Historical Park: An amazing historical landmark located in Glen Ellen, when you visit your will experience the natural setting and the history of the man himself. Picnic, hangout, walk and learn—a great place to explore. Visit: http://www.jacklondonpark.com

Safari West:  A Wildlife preserve and african tent camp. Check them out here fore more information: http://www.safariwest.com

Charles M. Schulz Museum: The cartoonist made famous by his comic Peanuts has a museum dedicated to his lifetime work. Great place to learn about Schulz and have a look at his work. Visit: http://schulzmuseum.org

Dry Creek Valley: Go on a wine tasting tour or stop by some of your favorites—a great place to taste some of the best wine out there in our region.  Check out the website to see the places you’d can visit or route your own self-guided tour. http://www.drycreekvalley.org

Dessert Bars are a thing and we are OBSESSED!

Marina Nojima

The optimist sees the treat, the pessimist sees the stomach ache, and the realist sees the calories.

Dessert Bar's are all the rage and we are totally jumping on that bandwagon! Treats, customizable and unique ways to display them—what could be better? Below we've compiled our dessert bar inspiration from across the web. Check them out and remember...try to not drool on your computer.

 

Love the idea of a doughnut tier or in this photo a doughnut cake via Green Wedding Shoes. Such a unique and creative idea for a reception treat.

 
 
http://greenweddingshoes.com/a-vintage-circus-wedding-ashley-ricky-part-2/

Breakfast with a twist, build a waffle with toppings of your choice via Praise Wedding.

http://www.praisewedding.com/archives/5432

 
 

Customize and pop in your mouth! Popcorn is easy, quick and can be sweet or savory! via Hostess with the Mostess

http://blog.hwtm.com/2011/12/olde-fashioned-rustic-popcorn-bar/

Images have linked sources and are not property of Mark West Lodge