Saturday, January 20th, 2018

The Abbey – Historic Georgeousness in San Diego

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Abbey-ball-room-thumbOh, yea. Romance, history, beautiful venue and great food – all in one lovely San Diego wedding location. Read on about the venue which will sweep you back in time on your wedding day. In the heart of Banker’s Hill near Balboa Park, San Diego stands the charming wedding site know as The Abbey. We love the romantic air of this fabulous and historic San Diego landmark. Everything about this venue radiates romance; from the delicately traditional ballroom to the awesome stained glass dome skylights. Check out these amazing photos. 

The Abbey - A Beautiful, Historic San Diego Wedding Location

The Abbey - A Beautiful, Historic San Diego Wedding Location

If you love the thought and feeling of a time-honored wedding, this venue offers an amazing slice of history. Step back into the year 1910. William Howard Taft was president, the Panama Canal was near completion, and the country was enjoying the carefree years of la belle époque (I looked it up – “Beautiful Era”). In the small town of San Diego, a burst of architectural creativity produced noteworthy buildings, such as those in Horton Plaza and the U.S. Grant Hotel. In fashionable “Uptown” San Diego horticulturist Kate Sessions was planting trees that would soon shade glorious Balboa Park. On the fringe of this newborn landscape, master architect Norman Foote Marsh unveiled the Park Place Methodist Episcopal Church, an acclaimed structure that would eventually become “The Abbey.” Makes you want to hike your skirts up above your ankles, doesn’t it ladies?

Now a full service event planning company, the consummate professionals at The Abbey easily handle all the details of your wedding day, so you can relax and enjoy it to the fullest. Packages are available for ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners and any other wedding related celebrations. The Abbey provides you with a full service catering company and offers on-site coordination. Your rental is made easy as it includes: tables, chairs, china, glassware, silverware, linens, and chairs, as well as their “crew” to assure your San Diego wedding is smooth. If you do choose this as your wedding venue, your guests will be treated to yummy cuisine; all prepared on site in their 2,400 square foot gourmet kitchen. Mmm,mm,mm. Fresh, hot and delicious.  

The Abbey Features Two Enormous Domed, Stained Glass Skylights

The Abbey Features Two Enormous Domed, Stained Glass Skylights

Picture this: Two enormous domed, stained glass skylights bathe the room in a pale yellow glow, while the twelve luminous stained glass windows cast their own heavenly light. Standing in the middle of this former church, you feel as if you’re in a Renaissance cathedral: dark, polished redwood molding and woodwork is everywhere—framing doors, railings, walls and curved balconies. Stunning fixtures made of hand-blown, orange-yellow glass are suspended from 50-foot ceilings. Wedding ceremonies take place where the pulpit used to be, and no matter where guests are seated—on the ground floor or up on the mezzanine—they can easily see the goings-on. 

The Abbey - Full Service Catering Company and On-site Coordination

The Abbey - Full Service Catering Company and On-site Coordination

After a totally romantic ceremony your guests begin to feast on hors d’ouerves, such as Baked Brie in Puffed Pastry with Apricots and Candied Walnuts, Spinach and Artichoke Gratin with Toasted Garlic Crostini. OMGosh!  Trays are passed with Coconut Fried Shrimp with Passion Fruit Dipping Sauce and Mushroom Bruschetta with Fresh Herbs. Then the chef gets serious! The Entrée: Baby Spinach and Radicchio with Crispy Pancetta, Kalamata Olives, Roasted Red Peppers, Asiago and Roasted Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette, Duet of Pan-Seared Pacific Salmon with Roasted Leeks, Tomatoes, Saffron and Cream, and Grilled Petite Center Cut Filet Mignon sauced with a rich Veal Demi Glace, Truffles and Madeira Sauté of Asparagus, Baby Carrot and Red Bell Peppers with Sage Butter Potato Soufflé with Fresh Rosemary, Rustic Breads with Whipped Herb Butter. Are you getting all of this? And don’t forget dessert of Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Assorted Chocolate Truffles. (Please invite me to your wedding, because this sounds fabulous!) 

A couple of notes from Real Weddings at The Abbey:

Hi Kristie,

We just got back from our honeymoon and I wanted to take a minute to say thank you for all your help!!  The wedding was perfect! We really could not have asked for anything more!  I have heard from so many people who tell me that it was the best wedding that they’ve ever been to, and the food was wonderful!!

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Hi Kristie,
I got your message….but not until we got back from our honeymoon, sorry! We had a blast – it was absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for all of your help! It was exactly what we wanted and totally stress free! So many of our guests commented on how it was one of the best weddings they had ever been to – which is saying a lot since we have a big family and were pretty much the last to get married! 

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Dear Kristie;

WOW, what an amazing day. Everything was so perfect. The music was perfect, the flowers were perfect, the food was great, and the service was unimaginable. They were all so great. They were all so polite and willing to make everything just right. That was by far the best day of our whole life and I owe most of it to you and your staff. That was just amazing. With many thanks and appreciation to one of the most memorable days of our life.

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We think The Abbey is definitely worth checking into. If you’ve attended a wedding at the Abbey, fill us in. We want the whole story for our San Diego brides-to-be, and love to hear what you think.

The Abbey - Lovely San Diego Wedding Ceremony Location

The Abbey - Lovely San Diego Wedding Ceremony Location

The Abbey - Step Back in Time at this Historic Landmark Wedding Location

The Abbey - Step Back in Time at this Historic Landmark Wedding Location

The Abbey - San Diego Wedding Reception Location

The Abbey - San Diego Wedding Reception Location

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