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A weekend gettaway at Hearst Castle Part I

May 6, 2010

Hearst Castle

This past weekend, a couple girlfriends and I headed on a weekend gettaway to the lovely Hearst Castle!  The famed castle, referred to affectionately as “the ranch” by Mr. William Randolph Hearst, began as a short project for a modest bungalow that quickly got out of hand.  Designed by architect Julia Morgan, the project spanned 28-years and was never officially completed due to the failing health of Mr. Hearst.

Hearst Castle


Me & the Girls in front of Casa Grande

Me & the Girls in front of Casa Grande

Today the 165 room castle takes up more than 90,000 square feet and is open to the public for tours.  Hearst was a collector of fine art who had a love for the historical architectural styles of Europe and that passion is deeply conveyed in his home.

The Neptune Pool

The Neptune Pool

Me in front of the Neptune Pool!

One of my favorite parts of the property was the awe-inspiring outdoor Neptune pool.  Inspired by the ancient architecture of Rome, the columns used in the pool actually date back to early Roman times and were one of the “collectibles” Hearst acquired.  Doesn’t the water look inviting?

Apparently the Hearst family still throws barbecues here.  I wonder how I could go about getting on the guest list. 😉

Fireplace in the Main House

The Main House

Hearst collected a lot of things, fireplaces included!  I wish I could remember all the dates on these, but as far as I know they are very, very old.  Everything in Hearst’s home is part of his collection.  It’s quite a site to see.  As I walked around the property, I felt like I was in Europe.  It was a small taste of something I someday look forward to!

The Dining Room

Place setting

The dining room was a gathering space where Hearst would share meals with the famous guests he invited to stay with him.  Breakfast and lunch were optional, but when the dinner bells rang everyone knew it was time to head into the dining room.  Although everything else was very formal, Hearst’s place setting was surprisingly casual because he wanted to make his guests feel at home.

I also included a picture of the dishes for my mom to see because she loves dishes and it’s in her colors!  I wish I could have brought a set home! 🙂

Here are some more random pictures of the interior of Hearst’s property:

Guest room

Beautiful ceilings

Ancient vases

As you can see Hearst collected everything from ceilings, doors, lamps, books, tapestries, and ancient vases.

Also, I had to snap a photo of the old wine bottles in Hearst’s kitchen. 🙂 Some of these bottles date back to the 1820s!  I can see that Hearst definitely had good taste in wine simply by reading the name of the region indicated on the bottle like Bordeaux and Chablis.

The Roman Pool

Gold tiles

The tour ended with a stop to the beautiful indoor Roman Pool.  It’s the perfect spot for a romantic, evening swim and probably one of the most expensive rooms in the estate due to the gold tiles used in the walls, floors, and pool!  This room was breathtaking and probably my favorite stop on the entire tour.

Special Events & Weddings!

Breathtaking views

Hold your special event or wedding right here!

One of the cool things I did discover is that you can hold events at Hearst’s Castle!  Yes, your wedding or special event could actually be held there.  Not to say it won’t cost you an arm and a leg because the price begins anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 to rent the space on top of a $1,000 – $2,000 non-refundable deposit.  Insurance up to 1 million dollars is also required.  So… you may want to consider your options unless you are like my friend Julie who plans on marrying a rich doctor! 🙂

Well, our photo tour is coming to an end!  The pictures don’t do ANY justice to the sheer magnificence that is Hearst Castle.  It’s really one of those things you have to see with your own eyes!  Hopefully this gives you a little teaser of what you have to look forward to because I HIGHLY recommend that you go see it if you get the chance.




Valentine’s Day Themed Weddings!

February 5, 2010

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I would post pictures from a wedding I worked at last summer as an intern for Cathy Teeters Beautiful Weddings.  This particular wedding had a very romantic feel to it.  They were going for a summery “watermelon” theme by using green, red, and pink… but I think the look came off more as Valentine-y.  Had I been consulting them, I would have suggested going with a dark green and light green paired with either the red or pink.

The wedding reception was held at the Salt Creek Golf Retreat in Nashville, Indiana.  The reception room had a spectacular wall-to-wall view of the luscious green golf course, which I loved.  I also adored the fireplace which you can see in the background of the first picture below.

I put together the lovely table centerpieces.  The small picture doesn’t show it best, but if you click to enlarge the photo you can see the vase is filled with cellophane and water, which gives a very interesting effect.  They chose hydrangeas for the main centerpiece with roses floating in water surrounding it.  The flowers were a very simple way to show elegance while remaining cost effective.  We all know in this economy just how important that is!

Guest favors included green, red, and pink jelly beans in a small jar sealed with a cork.

The wedding cake was a very simple buttercream cake with green ribbon bordering each layer and roses cascading along the side.  Cathy was responsible for decorating the cake with real roses.

These pictures show just how easily you can put together a Valentine’s Day themed wedding.  Remember these tips!

  • Color choice is everything!  Stick to romantic colors like red and pink paired with neutrals such as white or black.
  • Candles spell romance so use as many as possible in your table centerpieces!  Tea light candles are a great way to incorporate candles while remaining budget-conscious.
  • Roses are the classic Valentine’s Day flower.  Remember, roses come in all sorts of colors (peach, light pink, red).  Don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit!