The Church in the Forest in Pebble Beach, California is located in the award-winning Erdman Chapel on the campus of the Stevenson School. Set among the Monterey Pines in Del Monte Forest, our chapel has long been a favorite place for weddings. The contemporary design of the chapel allows seating for 250 and features a stunning chancel window in the sanctuary. The church is a place of warmth, welcome and beauty, therefore, an ideal place for your ceremony.
Couples of all faiths are welcomed for weddings at the church. There are two pastors on staff who are available to perform your wedding and do so with a sense of warmth and dignity. If you wish to use your own officiant, please discuss this with the wedding coordinator when you schedule your wedding.
The church is often booked well in advance. You would be wise to reserve your wedding date as soon as you can by contacting the wedding coordinator, Sherry St. Clair, at [email protected] or 831-624-1374. Your Wedding Reservation Form should be returned within two weeks of making your reservation along with the non-refundable $900 deposit. Your tentative reservation will be held for 14 days.
The fee for a wedding at Church in the Forest is $1800 and includes:
· Use of the chapel (including the Bride’s dressing room) for three hours: one hour for the rehearsal and two hours for the wedding.
- Services of the minister, the organist, the wedding coordinator and the wedding hostess.
- Sanctuary flowers and candles
- Parking and guest entry to Pebble Beach
- Use of the church gardens for photographs
If you wish to include a Unity Candle in your ceremony, please bring that with you to the rehearsal and, if you wish to use the additional church candelabras, please also bring 18 tapers for that purpose.
To insure your reservation, a non-refundable $900 deposit must accompany your wedding reservation form. Our return confirmation letter will indicate the date the final payment is due. We will refund this remaining payment if your cancellation is received at least two weeks prior to your wedding date.
As you probably are aware, you must have a valid Certificate of Registry of Marriage (license) from any California county. Please bring the license and the forwarding envelope to the rehearsal.
Two hours are allotted for each wedding.
The hour before the ceremony is for the bride and her attendants to dress, preparation of the church and seating of the guests.
The second hour is for the wedding itself, signing of the documents and photographs. It is very important that you and your guests arrive on time so that you will not be under any pressure. We will be sending you a map and directions with your confirmation letter, and you may also go access the directions through your GPS.
BRIDE’S DRESSING ROOM
A Bride’s Room is available for the bride and her attendants to dress. We are not responsible for any loss incurred while using the dressing area. Please make sure to remove all personal items from the dressing area after the wedding. The groom and the groomsmen should arrive in wedding attire at least thirty minutes or before the ceremony.
Wedding rehearsals usually take place the day prior to the ceremony. We schedule rehearsals for one hour, usually to take place in the late afternoon or early evening. The exact time will be established when you make your wedding reservation.
If you have chosen to bring your own clergy/officiant, s/he is most welcome. One of our ministers will be present at the rehearsal to be of any service to your officiant, and we would suggest that you arrange with your clergy/officiant to lead the rehearsal. Please encourage your wedding party to be prompt so that you, as the bride, will not be put under undue pressure.
In keeping with the spirit of a wedding ceremony, photographs during the wedding ceremony may be taken following these guidelines:
- From the entrance during the processional
- From the balcony or office door during the service
- From the back of the church during the recessional
- Ask your photographer to confer with the clergy/officiant for guidance and direction
- Video is under the same guidelines
- The time for additional pictures is after the ceremony. Again, please have the videographer check with the Wedding hostess and the minister.
Our talented church organist/pianist is available to you; however, if you have your own musicians, please let the wedding coordinator and hostess know of your plans. Our church organist/pianist may also assist you in the selection of appropriate music. We will provide you with a beautifully recorded CD of our organist performing traditional selections for your convenience in making your selections. Please see the Note from your Organist and complete the Music Planning Form. Our organist can suggest instrumentalists and soloists if you wish.
Church in the Forest will provide sanctuary flowers that will remain in the church for the Sunday service. However, you may bring your own wedding flowers for your ceremony. Be sure the florist understands that the church will not be available until the hour before your ceremony and that all additional flowers must be removed from the church immediately after the wedding. If your florist wishes to deliver flowers earlier in the day, please inform him/her that the security personnel at the entrance to the school may open the church doors for them.
The wedding coordinator will assist you with your selection of a date and time for your big event. She will make your wedding reservation, arrange with you the payment of the fees and assist with any other details or questions you might have. She may also suggest various local florists, photographers and reception sites.
The wedding hostess will be at the wedding rehearsal and the wedding to provide guidance and information. She will work with you to create the highest service that the church can offer and will, with the minister or officiant, walk you through the wedding ceremony step by step. If you have any questions, hostess, Sherry St. Clair, will be happy to take your calls and make sure that your day goes off without a hitch.
Please know that because the church is on the Stevenson school campus, use of alcohol is prohibited on the property.
The Church in the Forest is not responsible for any loss or damage to your personal property or that of your guests.
The church office is usually open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, or by appointment with the wedding coordinator.
For more information or to make a wedding reservation, please contact the wedding coordinator, Sherry St. Clair, at [email protected] or (831) 624-1374.
WEDDING VIDEO SAMPLES:
Please see a sample of a lovely wedding hosted by Church in the Forest
This following video is used with permission from Joel Fricker Productions
If you would like to book your wedding at Church in the Forest, please be in touch with the wedding coordinator and then submit the following Wedding Reservation Form with your deposit. We are here to serve you and make your special day the best it can be.