Auberge du Soleil Weddings
More than 30 years ago, the Auberge du Soleil opened as a gourmet restaurant among the vineyards of the Northern California. Over the decades it became known as one of Napa Valley’s most unique wedding resort and spa destinations. The “Inn of the Sun” delighted its dining guests for four years before expanding into an inn. Today, this Mediterranean-inspired retreat boasts some of the highest awards and accolades not just in the Wine Country, but in the world. Similarly, Auberge du Soleil weddings are very picturesque with great potential for photos.
Auberge du Soleil consistently scores high marks among reviewers such as Conde Nast and Wine Spectator. It also houses a Michelin-starred restaurant. An original partner of the Green Spa Network, Auberge was the first hotel and wedding venue in the Napa Valley region certified through the Bay Area Green Business Program. All said and done, the Auberge du Soleil maintains an extraordinary level of service to its guests. Not to mention a setting that simply takes your breath away.
Highlights of Auberge du Soleil Weddings
As a Napa Valley wedding photographer, it is always exciting when a venue offers not just one, but several gorgeous wedding ceremony and reception sites. First, the “Ceremony Deck” accommodates up to 120 guests. It is the quintessential ceremony location for a Napa wedding. This private terrace overlooks the Auberge’s 33-acre hillside olive grove. Due to its position, it provides views unrivaled in the Napa Valley area.
Second, “La Pagode” features a unique and private setting in the heart of a verdant olive grove. This is ideal for an intimate wedding ceremony of up to 20 guests. The “Cedar Room,” the equally intimate “La Galerie,” and the private yet spacious Vista are your indoor dining options. The Auberge du Soleil is truly versatile in its range of available wedding settings. And the staff is fully prepared to support you in the wedding planning process. A sales and catering manager are at your service. In addition, a private dining manager is also at hand to help coordinate the service and dining aspects of your special day.
Coupled with Napa Valley’s incredible light, this is a great venue for a wedding, or even Napa Valley engagement photos. By late afternoon, the light in this part of California is both soft and flattering. In order to make the most of this light, you should definitely set aside some time for photos with your wedding photographer. Early evening and twilight will generally yield fantastic results at a venue like this.
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Chris Werner is a Lake Tahoe photographer who travels regularly for weddings in the Wine Country and the rest of Northern California.