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A Wedding A-Fair to Remember

Patty Clawson - Saturday, March 30, 2013

Wedding Fair at Twenty Mile HouseRecently I attended one of the most well-thought-out, and quaint local wedding fairs that combined a wedding venue along with food service, party rentals, event management, massage, DJ service and cake vendors – all located in Plumas County.

Set at the historic Twenty Mile House, this venue couldn't have been any better since the weather was so agreeable on this splendid spring day. It was as if owners Kevin Gage and Karen Steele had personally ordered the warm sun with blue skies and white clouds that drifted overhead. You could even hear the soft chirp of the birds in the distance and the gentle tones of the Feather River in the background. Absolutely perfect.

As I walked around this historic venue, I saw many “would be brides” with their hand tightly clasped in their future husband’s hand, and giddy with excitement as they booked their big day. And I don’t blame them, because Twenty Mile House is simply gorgeous.  

Built in 1854, it was a former stagecoach stop that is now set on a private and secluded estate with over 200-acres of riverside property that is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains. But most notably, Twenty Mile House specializes in hosting all-exclusive eco-friendly weddings – with packages that include exclusive use of the entire estate, spacious grounds and a historic general store.

While I was at the wedding fair, I couldn’t help but think this was a one-stop wedding venue shop, since it paired nicely with some of the finest local vendors around. Through out the grounds and in the general store, vendors offered tastes of fine cuisine and custom wedding cakes. And literally on tap, the local brewery had sips of ale to sample along my fortuitous grazing of appetizers and entrees.

 Wedding Cake from Quincy Cooking CottageOn more than one occasion, I popped the decadent flavors of chocolate ganache, rich vanilla cream and red velvet into my mouth. These mini cupcakes were mere tastings of the possible wedding cakes to come. I also made my way over to  the silver chaffing dishes full of main entrées. I sampled local grass fed tri tip beef with marinade and drizzled with house made sauce. Took a bite of free range chicken served with tomatoes, basil, capers and Kalamata olives, and savored the curried coconut shrimp plated along side garlic mashed potatoes with jackets.

But what really struck me was the fact that these local vendors where all under one local wedding venue – it was truly brilliant.

The event almost made me want to be a bride again. Well, maybe not – pretty happy being an old married gal. But, for the up and coming bride looking for a chic, eco-friendly venue along with the ease of retaining fine wedding vendors for planning, food preparation and entertainment - this event was among the best.

I’ve listed the vendors below because I think they are worth mentioning and should be considered for your next Graeagle area wedding event or dining experience, as most of these food caterers have restaurants too.

Twenty Mile House

Mountain Cuisine

Southern Accent

Pangaea Café & Pub 

The Brewing Liar 

Quincy Cooking Cottage 

Traci’s Sweet Surprises 

Dishgrace Party Rentals  

Mobile Massage Therapy

Wildsmile Entertainment 

Joy Simplified – Mountain Weddings & Event Management

Spa at Plumas Pines

Camp Layman

Sierra Sky Lodge

For more information on weddings, visit our Wedding Page.

Patty Clawson is a Brand Strategist and Creative Director at Big Fish Creations. She is a 1995 graduate from University of Nevada where she majored in Journalism with a minor in Art History. Born and raised in the Almaden Valley (Silicon Valley) Patty has been a Graeagle resident for over twenty years.

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