At a glance: You are in for an unforgettable experience at the Arterra Event Gallery. Between Mike Gehrs's expert event planning, the stunning and dramatic space, and Chef's gourmet menus, our wedding became everything we'd dreamed of and more. When we first saw the un-renovated space in February 2013, we realized that it had great potential but were unsure of how it would come together. Mike painted the portrait of an elegant venue with first-class food and drink, and then he made it happen! His rustic modernist aesthetic came to life during the spring and summer and amazed our guests this fall. The floors alone are jaw-droppingly dramatic, and the rest of the space does not disappoint. We especially loved the high beamed ceilings, all the natural light, and the beautiful bar (salvaged from the original Pachamama’s restaurant). SERVICE: Mike Gehrs was our main contact at Arterra. He answered emails promptly and communicated information to me clearly, including a detailed budget and timeline for our event. He also contacted and managed vendor deliveries on the day of the wedding—all I had to do was show up. Mike’s attention to detail and his experience in the industry are invaluable resources, regardless of your event planning experience. I learned a tremendous amount about entertaining just by listening to him brainstorm. He was attentive to my requests, quick with ideas when I wasn’t sure what was needed, and happy to oblige if I disagreed with something he suggested. Mike’s staff, including his assistant manager Aaron, functioned like a well-oiled machine. My guests were stunned to hear that this was their first event. His servers were personable, efficient, and always in the right place at the right time. We were especially impressed with Travis, who was our personal attendant for the evening. He kept my husband and me supplied with water and drinks in alternation—perfect for a busy evening of chatting and dancing. All in all, Mike, Aaron, and the rest of the staff kept the evening flowing effortlessly according to our timeline. (We did not have a DJ and instead relied on the staff to help us keep the evening on track.) FOOD: The Chef had not yet been hired when we decided on the Arterra, but as Mike promised, the meal was unforgettable. Fresh produce, exquisitely prepared entrees, delicious wine. We were able to customize from the Studio and Gallery menus, something that fit our taste and budget. Our guests flipped over the delicious food and the family-style service. VENUE: We had cocktails on the patio, then dinner and dancing indoors. Outdoors, cabaret tables and patio furniture was scattered around for the comfort of our guests, and there is plenty of shade (trees and large canvas sails) in case of heat. Indoors, we had slideshows playing on the monitors, and low music playing over the speaker system during dinner. An amazing evening from start to finish.
Alicia & Steve