My husband and I got married at Villa Florentina and it was the happiest day ever! We chose Villa Florentina because many of my family members and friends live in California and I have fallen in love with the foothills. My husband worried that people would feel inconvenienced by drive time from the Bay Area but the feedback we got even from our east coast friends was that it was an amazing gem of an area of California and they were so happy we provided them an opportunity to discover it. Folks made the most of the perfect weather in late September for river rafting, hiking, wine tasting and even a casino evening. Some stayed in Coloma and some in Placerville. Apparently a few of our friends found a great watering hole to continue the party after the reception ended. Guests said over and over how fun, beautiful and unique the whole weekend was.
Ok but this is about the venue, not just the area in which it is located...
I wanted our wedding to reflect our love of the outdoors but without being so rustic that some guests would be underwhelmed or uncomfortable. We wanted elegance without stuffiness. We wanted a venue and vendors who could work together so as to appear smooth and seamless. We wanted our wedding to be in a special and unique place - no cookie cutter wedding factory venues where we would feel rushed. We (ok, I) really was excited to have beautiful photos. Villa Florentina provided all of this and more.
The venue was impeccable and gorgeous. The owners clearly take pride in keeping it that way both inside and out. We loved that there were so many distinct areas - the lawn for the ceremony, the round patio for the reception, and the paths, house patio, and bocce courts for the cocktails we served before and after the ceremony. Loren was great - super responsive and made us feel very much welcome. He seemed to have thought of everything and was a great resource as we were planning.
We could not have known how soft the evening breeze would feel drifting up the canyon or how the colors of the sunset had guests talking. Those things have to be experienced to believe them. The professional photos taken outside and those incorporating the Tuscan decorative details of the house were AMAZING. Had we more time, we could have gone into Coloma for fun historic photos but we truly didn't need to because we had so much beauty on site. We opted to have a few of us stay at the house the night of the wedding. It was a luxury to sleep there and wake to such calm, quiet beauty.
Every event has its little glitches (for us the caterer didn't bring enough limes so one of the Villa's parking attendants went to the store and got more - so cool) and I should have planned for more lighting/candles on the tables (thank goodness for the floating globe lights the Villa strung up around the patio) but nobody cared because everyone was drinking in the beauty of the sunset and happiness of the day.
All in all, we could not have been happier with Villa Florentina. It was a magical day for us and so much of it was because we truly felt relaxed and at home there, with the utmost confidence that the site had everything we and our vendors needed. Thank you Villa Florentina!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the American River and Coloma Valley, Villa Florentina welcomes you for luxurious weddings and weekend getaways. The days here are filled with gentle breezes, the sound of the river, and a sense of love and laughter. From the verandas and terraces you will gaze across the silvery leaves of the estate's olive grove and down the valley towards the setting sun. As night falls and the stars dance overhead, you will wish the evenings could last forever. ... more less