Wedding Planner Feb. 2012

A dreamy setting for a wedding

By From page D18 | February 03, 2012

Nestled just a few short miles off Highway 50 in Shingle Springs is picturesque Cielo Estate Vineyards and Winery.

Originally home to the Hodgkin and Spinardi families, the estate still boasts the historic Victorian house from the 1800s which is now used as a guest house and venue for smaller functions.

Cielo’s 41 acres include breathtaking views and beautiful vineyards, working together to serve as the ideal setting for any bride in search of a wedding in California wine country.

Stroll around the property, or enjoy a glass of wine outside in the gazebo. It won’t take long before you fall in love with the scenery and ambiance at Cielo Estate.

Once you’ve decided Cielo is the perfect place to bring your wedding plans together, Weddings Events and Catering Manager Carrie Nave Manson is there for you every step of the way. She has been in the wedding and event industry for six years, helping to create beautiful memories for brides and their grooms.

The Cielo Estate wedding package is an all-inclusive package. The complete package includes: use of the beautiful gazebo and park area and the “le table” for your wedding day, rehearsal, chairs for your ceremony, chairs and tables for your reception, “The Farmhouse” for the bridal party to ready themselves, beautifully set tables with white linens, china, flatware, stemware and votives, fresh flowers, custom wedding cake and cake cutting service, hors d’oeuvres, buffet or plated menu, set-up and clean and everything for the special day.

There are seven different menus to choose from, both buffet and plated, including hors d’oeuvres, salad, entrées and sides. The menus vary from Mexican to seafood and range in price starting at $105 per person, up to the market price of seafood choices. Cielo also offers wine and beer packages which are at an additional charge.

Cielo Estate is inviting brides to their Total Bridal Experience happening on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. You will have the chance to sample food, wine and “create your own cake combination.” Reserve a spot by e-mail ing [email protected] and have the chance to win a complimentary champagne toast for the guests at your wedding.

Disappointment is not in the cards for any bride making the decision to wed at Cielo Estate Vineyards and Winery. It is the ultimate wine country wedding escape in El Dorado County.

Visit the Website for even more information at or take a trip to 3040 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs to see it all for yourself. You can also call 530-672-8575 to speak with Manson about creating your perfect wedding day.

Rachael A. McCoy

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