|As you enter the
Kern River Valley, located 45 miles east of Bakersfield, you are surrounded by
1.1 million acres of Sequoia National Forest. Traveling further northeast
brings you to the historic and quaint town of Kernville. Kernville is located
in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and at an elevation of 2,500
Kern River Cottage Gardens is located on a private estate, owned and operated by Charley Erickson and his daughter, Jan Mazzone. Charley and Jan initially started the Cottage Gardens to provide people with the opportunity to experience a truly enchanting and unique garden wedding with memories to last a lifetime. When visitors found the beauty of the gardens, walkways, and custom table settings, they began to reserve the facilities for an ever expanding list of events and special occasions.
Upon your arrival at Kern River Cottage Gardens, you'll find a beautiful private residence atop a hill decorated with extraordinary brickwork. Events take place in the back yard gardens that is highlighted with multi-levels of bricks, boulders, trees, and flowers all with an ambience of white lights. Entering the back yard through the white arched gate gives you a walking tour of the entire property.
The yard is complete with an arbor that is 20 feet wide by 60 feet long. The entire structure is lined with white lights. Guests are seated for the ceremony in rows of individual white chairs under the arbor and on one of the many levels, depending on group size. The setting provides shade in the day and offers enchanted lighting during the evening. There are also four custom umbrellas, personally designed by Charley, ranging in size from 12 to 25 feet in diameter. All of the umbrellas are strung with lights that are controlled by individual dimmer switches for that perfect mood. The area will seat about 125 people.
The interior of Kern River Cottage Gardens provides rooms in which the wedding party can prepare for the ceremony and reception. Later after the ceremony takes place, coordinators can prepare the rest of the property for the reception. Caterers can even make use of the kitchen in preparing food service. The home is equipped with a unique professional sound system that allows music to be piped inside and out. As evening sets in, the umbrellas and arbor sparkle with hundreds of tiny white lights to give an incredible atmosphere to any special occasion.
After the ceremony and reception begins to wind down, the bride and groom can make their way to an awaiting car to take them to any of the several bed and breakfast inns in the area. The newly married couple do not even have to travel for their honeymoon. Numerous activities are available in the Kern River Valley, such as white water rafting and kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, boating, fishing, jet skiing, water skiing, browse village shops, or just relax in the great outdoors.
If you are looking for the perfect place to have your group's most memorable event ever, or that picturesque garden wedding ceremony, then Kern River Cottage Gardens is it.
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