Capistrano’s Restaurant and Catering inside the Embassy Suites Hotel – Arcadia211 East Huntington Drive Arcadia, CA
The bride waits hidden behind the waterfall. Slowly, she begins her promenade through the picturesque courtyard. When she reaches the Ceremony Patio, a pair of ushers opens two wrought-iron gates. The bride ascends three steps to meet her groom inside a red-roofed gazebo at the farthest end of the courtyard.
The Embassy Suites Hotel in Arcadia located adjacent to Pasadena is an all-suite hotel boasting a seven-story high atrium with glass ceilings. This Mediterranean style atrium is full of lush greenery, waterfalls, bridges and koi ponds.
From the moment you enter the distressed brick foyer culminating in a coved ceiling and ornate brass chandelier, you know you are in for something special.
Just beyond the reception desk, a cluster of palms towers over a sweeping waterfall and pond, home to a covey of contented ducks and colorful koi. The sound of the flowing water enhances the lush atmosphere, designed to transport visitors to a pastoral retreat where a bit of the exotic outdoors is brought inside. To dramatize this effect, the hotel’s seven stories of rooms are built around a large atrium courtyard topped by a vaulted skylight. During the day, natural light casts a warm, inviting glow over everything. At night, the “street lamps” and lantern sconces light up, and the courtyard becomes a Costa Del Sol street scene.
Capistrano’s, the Embassy Suites’ signature restaurant, is transformed into a virtual outdoor cafe, enticing strolling visitors to stop and stay awhile. Capistrano’s patio is poised just above the duck pond, making it an enchanting spot for a cocktail reception following the ceremony. And oh, what a wedding ceremony! The bride waits hidden behind the waterfall. Slowly, she begins here promenade through the picturesque courtyard, perhaps trailing her fingertips in the trickling Spanish fountain in the center. When she reaches the Ceremony Patio, a pair of ushers opens two wrought-iron gates.
As the music swells, the bride ascends three steps to meet her groom inside a red-roofed gazebo at the farthest end of the courtyard. Sometimes the hotel guests can’t keep from leaning on their balcony railings to sneak a peek at the wedding couple, evoking the days when all the villagers would turn out to wish the bride well.