one of my favorite "hidden gems"…

One of the best things about any great wedding planner, is that we have a knowledge of “hidden gems” in the industry. Whether it’s a fabulous letterpress studio that is also budget friendly, who to call if you want “glam” mirrored tables for your reception, or where to find an amazing wedding location that is different from the typical hotel ballroom…we are sure to have something in our bag of tricks! Now I can’t go giving all my secrets away;-)but I will share with you my all time favorite beachfront venue.

The Sunset Restaurant is a beautiful venue nestled on Zuma Beach in Malibu. It’s one of the very few locations where you can actually have your ceremony right on the sand! With their recent renovation, the restaurant has a very SMW look to it, lots of white and blues…very simple chic interior.

Rather than rambling on and on about how fab they are, I thought I would invite Kelly Ann, the Sunset’s event manager to chat a bit about their location. I have worked with her team for the past 3 years, and she is such a gem…I absolutely ADORE working with her!

SMW: Tell us something “simply modern” about having a wedding at The Sunset?
KA: That’s funny…that’s our slogan…”Simplicity is more at The Sunset!” The food and venue is modern, fresh, simple, affordable and is steps from the sand. The Sunsets are stunning and the ocean’s sound is enchanting. It is the Malibu’s “simply modern” restaurant and special event venue!

SMW: What size weddings is the Sunset best suited for?
KA: 100-120, Any larger requires a tent. 200 max for sit-down.

SMW: What cuisine is the specialty at the Sunset?
KA: Farmers Market driven produce with sustainable proteins are created into fresh and innovative dishes by Executive Chef Jake Rojas. An step towards the Slo Food Movement!

SMW: What advice/tips do you have for couples still looking for the perfect venue?
KA: 1. Know who you are together and apart.
2. Each of you write down on paper your top 5 wedding venues
3. Show each other
4. Factor in the x factor (the families suggestions/opinions:))
5. Join together by choosing the top five and go and make an appointment.
6. Get as much info and then research the venue after you leave.
7. Make sure you’ve met the person you’ll be dealing with at the venue.
8 Finances together…do these places fit your entire budget?
9. All other items have been budgeted
10. If the guest count fits…..get your name on their books!! BOOK!

Kelly Ann…thank you so much for taking the time to share more about your beautiful property!

P.S. Not looking for a location? Stop by the Sunset for lunch or dinner…they have the YUMMIEST food!

(clockwise): my client’s beautiful wedding ceremony-Kim Fox Photography; bar/lounge area-Chris Schmitt Photography; ballroom reception-Chris Schmitt Photography; beach photo-Henshall Photography; cocktails on the patio-Chris Schmitt Photography; tented reception-Chris Schmitt Photography

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James - Definitely one of my favorite venues =)

Alyssa Jul - wow. what a cool and unique venue!

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