My fiance and I recently relocated to the Bay Area from New York City. We are new to the area (7 days young!) and looking for wedding/reception venues in wine country, East Bay or SF. The challenge is, we're foodies on a grad student's budget. For most of our guests, this will be considered a destination wedding as most will travel from the midwest and east coast. Food, beverages and venue are key!
I'd like flexibility on catering, if possible, and to rely on the venue itself to create ambience so less money is needed on flowers, etc.
We're pretty non-traditional and open a variety of venues although a winery or urban venue would be our top choice.
Aesthetic is anywhere from modern elegance to rustic mediterranean.