A Garden Wedding of Family and Friends

The MacArthur History of Family & Hospitality

The MacArthur Place ethos rests firmly on good, old-fashioned values stemming from the Burris family who originally established the land 150 years ago. Following David Burris’ death, five generations of his family continued to occupy the property, maintaining the gardens, cultivating the vineyards, and raising horses. It could be said the tradition of hospitality at MacArthur Place began well before it was ever a hotel, especially during the ’50s and 60’s when Franklin Burris and his wife Leilani became famous for throwing extravagant Hawaiian‐style luaus by the swimming pool they had installed at the center of the garden grounds.

A MacArthur Place Garden Wedding

In this storied property’s newest iteration as MacArthur Place, we continue to honor the Burris family legacy and carry on their sense of local hospitality (including the occasional luau party!). The property’s lush, six-acre garden setting with statuesque trees, verdant foliage and of course its historic pedigree makes MacArthur Place a magical wedding location in Sonoma.

Emily & Brad

We were honored to host Emily and Brad — one of the very first couples to wed at MacArthur after our recent renovations — for a beautiful garden wedding amidst the stunning, autumnal October skies. Emily grew up in Sonoma with a family friend who had been married at MacArthur Place, and was excited to carry on the tradition. As evidenced by the beautiful photos below, Emily and Brad’s wedding was as much about their special bond as it was a festive gathering of family and friends.

Photography by Torrey Fox.

Following the recent renovation at MacArthur Place, Coach House is a versatile, new event space that combines the charm and character of the historic estate with modern design and amenities. Coach House contains three inviting event salons that, based on the wedding size, can be used individually or combined for a more expansive space. Emily and Brad held their ceremony on the West Lawn, and then invited guests inside Coach House for their dinner reception.

Whether it’s an intimate gathering or a lavish celebration, MacArthur Place delivers an idyllic, unforgettable setting for your dream Sonoma wedding.

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