The Padre Hotel is a historical landmark hotel located on the corner of 18th and “H” streets in Bakersfield, California. Originally constructed in 1928 as a luxury hotel and restaurant, the eight-story building recently went through an extensive renovation and reopened in 2010. The Padre Hotel now features 112 rooms and suites, several meeting spaces, a restaurant, a bar, a cafe, a bistro, and an outdoor bar with a cabana and firepits.
If you are a bride looking for sophistication and class with a modern city vibe, this would be a great wedding venue. This look would completely satisfy the bride that is drawn to cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. It really has a lot to offer and the staff is phenomenal to work with. It was interesting to see how many options were offered to a bride. They specifically tailor the entire day to fit your desires.
As a photographer, it is important to me that venues have enough character to drive beautiful photographs-and this is most certainly a venue I would recommend and here’s why:
The Belvedere is a very cool are with all the modern details including a very vibrant teal tuffled wall-making for a great back drop. It is an indoor space that is created to have a very romantic ambiance which can be a little challenging in photographs but sets for a great atmosphere for either ceremony or dining.
They are tremendously flexible with all of their furniture. This is a wonderful feature for a bride that loves design. They literally will walk you through and allow you to see the furniture that you wish to move around and utilize for your day. We were able to really make that a special feature creating very cool photographs.
My favorite location is the outdoor area. It sits high above giving you great city view which makes for amazing photos. They have a small cabana and an outdoor bar (which is important to some brides). I love the vibe. It’s fresh and hip and a little sultry. You will love this location and so will your guests!
Finally, I love all the urban elements that downtown and nearby areas have to offer. It is fun for any photographer to be able to capture a bride and groom within these city elements.
Attached are images to inspire your wedding! The amazing team of ladies at Event Truly Yours helped pull this amazing look together for a very modern vibe. This will give you an idea of how you can really make the elements of the Padre Hotel shine and become something LA or San Francisco would typically offer you (and I’m sure at a way more affordable price than those big cities)! Enjoy.
Vendors who collaborated on this amazing project:
Venue: The Padre Hotel
Wedding Coordinators: Event Truly Yours
Florals + Paper Goods: Flower Bar
Cake: GhilaDolci Bakery
Men’s Suit: Aj’s Tuxedo
Bridal Gown: Ladies & Gents Bridal
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Maria
Hair Stylist: Jacob Hernandez
Second Photographer: A’marie Photography