Elegant wedding inspiration at New Santa Ynez wedding venue: Brave and Maiden Estate

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So, this gorgeous wedding editorial we’re sharing today is extra special because it’s in celebration of a brand new California wedding venue, officially open for biz. Eeeee! Brave and Maiden is the latest project from Hospitality Collaborative, the crew behind roomfortyPharmacie + two fave SoCal venues, Fig House and The Harper. We’re forever fans of founder Steve Fortunato’s work, so we can’t wait to check it out ourselves!

We’ve got more details about this Santa Ynez venue as you scroll through the sneak peaks Braedon Photography sent our way.

New Santa Ynez wedding venue: Brave and Maiden Estate

New Santa Ynez wedding venue: Brave and Maiden Estate

This pretty spot is the new winery and event venue in Santa Barbara wine country. If you have your wedding there, you’ll gain access to the whole place—including the tasting room and barrel room, plus a bridal suite.

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formal bride and groom

Yellow bridal bouquet

Yellow bridal bouquet

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Gorgeous modern wedding gown by Miss Tashina.

New Santa Ynez wedding venue: Brave and Maiden Estate

New Santa Ynez wedding venue: Brave and Maiden Estate

New Santa Ynez wedding venue: Brave and Maiden Estate

Yellow bridal bouquet

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Yellow wedding centerpieces

Often with winery venues, guests have to choose between great wine or a great venue. This property offers some of the very best, in both categories. Critically acclaimed winemaker Paul Hobbs was the consulting winemaker on this project, and in collaboration with the estate’s winemaker Joshua Clapper, Hobbs and Clapper have created one of Santa Ynez Valley’s top Bordeaux wine programs (their Merlot is single-handedly pushing back against the bad rap associated with California Merlot). 

Yellow wedding centerpieces

Yellow wedding centerpieces

modern grey place settings

Yellow wedding centerpieces

Yellow wedding centerpieces

Yellow wedding centerpieces

The major perk to having Hospitality Collaborative’s support alongside the project was their mission to build a space that wasn’t just a winery that opens its doors to weddings, but having weddings in mind every step of the way. One example is the inclusion of a full catering kitchen (no spendy kitchen rentals needed!) and a private apartment that’s not just for getting ready, but lodging too.

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modern draped wedding cake

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New Santa Ynez wedding venue: Brave and Maiden Estate

For design and architecture, the winery tapped Backen and Gillam, the firm behind some of the state’s most celebrated wineries, including Harlan Estate. Building a facility that worked with the surrounding landscape and respecting the natural beauty of the valley was important for all involved. The design of the facilities accomplished that beautifully. Both the buildings and the grounds are stunning. Whether for a nature-surrounded ceremony under the oak tree among the vineyards,  a more formal setting by the olive tree ceremony circle overlooking the vineyard, a reception in the olive grove, or a rehearsal dinner in the stunning yet comfortable tasting room, there are so many beautiful settings to choose from on this property. 

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New Santa Ynez wedding venue: Brave and Maiden Estate

Sequin bridal jacket

We are v. into this as a reception look, BTW.

New Santa Ynez wedding venue: Brave and Maiden Estate

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Bridal jumpsuit

So, how many guests can Brave and Maiden accommodate? It’s ideal for intimate weddings with up to 80 guests, which we kinda love. It’s perfect for the couple who wants to emphasize great food AND great wine, which roomforty has been all about for 14 years.

We’ve featured their work tons of times (and teamed up with them too)—you can peep a few of their pretty plates being served up here and here.

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This venue’s bound to be a good one, dontcha think?

Photography: Braedon Photography / Venue: Brave and Maiden / Planning, Design & Paper Goods: Orange Blossom Special Events / Florals: The Little Branch / Bites: roomforty / Hospitality Group: Hospitality Collaborative / Cake: Colin O’Dea Cakes Rentals: Archive Rentals / Hair & Makeup: Makeup Therapy / Styling & Bridal Gown: Miss Tashina

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