Wedded Bliss in Oxnard
If wedding bells are in the air, couples might want to consider Oxnard for a seaside destination wedding. One of the favorite places to tie the knot is at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort. The property contains two-room suites and is the only all-suite hotel in Southern California to sit directly on the beach. Couples can opt for a ceremony on the resort’s Presidential Lawn, providing sweeping views of the Pacific Coast with the Channel Islands serving as a backdrop or hold the ceremony directly on the sand. The Garden Courtyard also makes for a picturesque setting and receptions can be held on the sunset patio, poolside or in one of the resort’s beautifully appointed ballrooms. Another great option for weddings is aboard the Scarlett Belle, a stunning riverboat located in picturesque Channel Islands Harbor. The Scarlett Belle can accommodate up to 150 passengers with ceremonies performed on the upper level deck surrounded by views of the Channel Islands and Oxnard’s majestic coastline. Guests can enjoy the reception and dance the night away on the white dance floor with strobe colored lights. Historic Heritage Square in Downtown Oxnard provides more opportunities for weddings. Its beautifully restored 1902 church includes original stained-glass windows. And, the spacious open-air plaza provides an ideal setting for garden ceremonies and receptions. The main plaza area seats up to 225 for a ceremonial style wedding and up to 200 people for dining. For smaller weddings, the Rose Garden in the east courtyard area of Heritage Square makes a perfect choice. The on-site La Dolce Vita Restaurant contains a banquet room which can seat up to 80 guests. Besides weddings, Heritage Square, which contains restored farmhouses saved from destruction in the Oxnard Plain dating back to the 1800’s, is adorned with colorful gardens and peaceful fountains for individuals to stroll through while taking in the sites. Individuals can also take tours of the houses on the weekends. Other historic homes in Oxnard include houses in the Oxnard Historic District in downtown. Several of the lovely homes & gardens are open to the public during the Autumn Home Tour which returns this year after a three-year hiatus. Visitors can roam through the Revival style homes that date back as far as the 1920’s. A walking map is provided to visitors as well as refreshments.
To learn more about Oxnard, visit the website at www.visitoxnard.com.
photo courtesy Kenny Backer Photography
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