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Mark Padgett Discusses 3 Reasons Why Barn Weddings are Glorious!

A BarnWeddingCA Exclusive | written by MIA MENDOLA

Photo courtesy of Chris+Jenn

There is nothing so special as the
charm of a barn!

The aesthetics and rustic nature give your wedding a unique quality that can’t be captured anywhere else. Wedding designers like Mark Padgett couldn’t agree more. Mark Padgett is a premiere wedding designer and event coordinator on the Central Coast of California who specializes in transforming unique venues into one-of-a-kind events. He shares with us the three reasons why designing a barn wedding can be more glorious than any other type of venue.


1. Aesthetics and Surroundings

Well before barns gained popularity as a venue for weddings, they were sought after for their beauty and charm. Artists and photographers have made barns a staple subject since, well, since they started building them!  Practically every state, each landowner, and certainly every country, has a different approach to the architecture of a barn, so the variety of designs and materials in a barn are vast. The rustic nature of a barn is appealing because of those materials. Aged wood, huge beams, wood shingles, corrugated metal, brick and stone and pealing layers of wash or paint all give us a sense of authenticity and history. The locations that we find barns are the other huge draw.  Gorgeous fields, rolling hills and stunning vineyards give a celebration instant beauty, seclusion and charm.

Finally, even though many of us never grew up around a barn, they always have the feeling of home and of family. What could be better for the family celebration of a lifetime?


2.    Freedom

Unlike a ballroom or banquet facility, most barns that rent for celebrations offer the space and surroundings and not much else. This gives you a huge amount of freedom.

Freedom when it comes to using the wedding professionals that you desire*, to bring in the tables and chairs you love and the very economical freedom to supply your own alcoholic beverages. Huge savings! Always ask what the venue’s alcohol policy is but generally it is wide open.

*Each barn is managed differently and some may have a preferred vendor list. Don’t worry, this is to your benefit and if you know of a well-established professional caterer that you want to use and isn’t on their list, you need only to ask and they will send them a vendor agreement.


3.     Size and Structure

The open structure and sheer size of a barn plays a large part in their appeal as well. Apart from renting a tent or finding a big ballroom in a Hotel, few outdoor wedding venues, including vineyards, can accommodate a large wedding indoors. Most barns can easily host parties of 175 and more.

If you are looking for a unique venue that will create a one-of-a-kind wedding day, choosing a barn can be a charming way to go. With authentic structure, gorgeous surroundings and flexibility, a custom barn wedding can make for an unforgettable celebration.


 Mark can help you plan your perfect barn wedding!

Mark Padgett

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san luis obispo, ca 93401

A Look Into California’s Central Coast with Danae Pearce

A BarnWeddingCA Exclusive | written by MIA MENDOLA

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Photo by Lindsey Gomes Photography


 As home to a variety of beautiful backdrops and a multitude of venues, the central coast of California is the ideal outdoor wedding location.

In addition to physical appeal, the area also boasts a strong network of high-end vendors and industry influentials. SLO/Santa Barbara-wedding planner Danae Grace is one such individual. She started in the industry 8 years ago, her Screen shot 2013-06-04 at 4.51.27 PMbusiness, taking inspiration from other wedding designers not only from California, but also large cities such as New York and L.A.: “I am an entrepreneur inspired by high-end, fabulous details. I am inspired by top wedding designers, trends and exquisite venues. I researched and worked with top professionals and four years ago, I started Danae Grace Events

While high-end, big city weddings can serve inspirational, an outdoor wedding on the coast can be just as glamorous. Danae explains why California could be your ideal wedding destination.

Photo by Kate Harrison Photography

1. Ambiance

“Overall the environment, atmosphere and weather make this a destination wedding point. My clients from the East Coast, L.A. and New York all select the Central Coast as a destination wedding spot. There is an overall beauty with the wine country and rolling hills and wonderful vendors to work with.”

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The Central Coast is fun! This is a great destination for all of your guests to stay entertained.

“There are a lot of activities for them to do. From wine tasting and fun dinners, to the beach and horseback riding.”

Photo by Kate Harrison Photography at Santa Margarita Ranch

3. A Close Community of Vendors and Venues

A community of vendors and venues Coming to California provides access to top wedding vendors, and the central coast has a niche market where vendors and venues work together.

“It makes it easy for the destination bride. There is a lot of access to top wedding vendors in California. It [the coast] is not like L.A. or San Francisco where you will have so many vendors to choose from.We have a lot of vendors here that are more specialized and familiar with the venues.”

There is also a variety of venues on the central coast. With options ranging from the beach, to barns and ranches, private estates, to a resort wedding, a bride doesn’t have to settle for anything short of a fantastic venue.

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Photo by Kate Harrison Photography

Danae Suggests:

Danae urges couples to consider the central coast for an outdoor wedding. The venues, backdrops and hospitality make it a hidden gem for your dream wedding.

Want to learn more about Danae Grace Events? Click here to visit Danae’s website

Our Story — Barn Wedding CA

Our Story — Barn Wedding CA

Allyson Magda Photography


is the idyllic setting for an outdoor or barn/ranch wedding. The gorgeous climate paired with a vast range of  locations—from waterfront to rolling hills and vineyards—makes for a perfect outdoor wedding scene. And the number of premiere venues and vendors in the area is just as impressive.

Originally developed for an exclusive working ranch-turned-wedding venue, Barn Wedding CA is relaunching as the number-one ranked online source for outdoor wedding service advertisement, catering to the unique barn wedding industry in California. We partner to advertise the best names in the industry to help create the ideal outdoor/barn wedding. From venues to designers, florists, caterers, photographers…we provide high caliber connections for every event detail, and organize them by area (zip code) for convenient, virtually one-stop planning.

Whether you’re a barn or ranch wedding venue looking to advertise, or a couple searching for the perfect California venue, we encourage you to join us at Barn Wedding CA!

Photo by Allyson Magda Photography