I got married at The Harper on 12-10-22 and from start to finish, it was amazing. I say this having booked this venue without seeing it in person before booking (check out the website's virtual tour for an overview of the whole venue). Right af...
ter we booked, Lyzmari contacted me and we set up an intro call. She was friendly, detailed and honest. Throughout wedding planning, we worked primarily with event specialist, Katie Brantley, who was warm, professional, communicative and so helpful. The venue is essentially an all-inclusive ceremony/reception venue, which makes wedding planning as stress-free as possible.
The Harper is a beautiful and roomy modern/industrial venue. There is a spacious outdoor area that was perfect for our ceremony and cocktail hour. The outdoor area flowed into the even more spacious indoor area with lots of natural light for the reception. The reception space is right next to the ceremony space with large sliding glass doors which open to allow for a very indoor/outdoor feel. There is also a large skylight directly above the dance floor area. We used the indoor space as a blank canvas, which was great b/c we wanted to decorate the inside to match our moody theme. There is a beautiful bridal dressing room with a private bathroom/shower, as well as a separate groom's lounge. The bridal suite has floor to ceiling windows with ample sunlight pouring in the room - perfect for getting-ready photos, and it has a connected outdoor patio area that looks like a European villa - perfect for group photos. The Harper is located in an industrial area/auto corner, so from the street, it doesn’t look like much. However, once you walk inside and into the space, you feel like you’ve been transported to the most beautiful, serene venue (there are also a ton of gorgeous areas around the venue for photos). The Harper is definitely large enough to accommodate a few hundred guests, depending on set up, but can also be configured for smaller crowds, and it's easily accessible b/c it's close to SNA with many hotels at varied price pts. With our guest count, we needed to have valet, arranged by Katie, and they were very fast and professional. The bathrooms were also clean and luxurious.
The Harper's staff is exceptional. We went to a Thursday evening group tasting a few months before our date where we tasted different cocktails, apps, entrees, desserts and late nite snacks. We also got to mingle with the staff. The staff were so friendly and fun! On the day-of, everything was done so efficiently (there was never a long bar line), and everyone performed their jobs with a smile/positive attitude, which really brought the best energy possible to our wedding day! For our evening reception, we went with The Harper's in-house caterer, Room Forty, and bar service, Pharmacie, both of which were arranged by Katie. She was very clear and communicative about everything that she needed from us and when she needed them by (e.g., guest count, menu selections, etc.). We chose to do a plated dinner with choice of 3 entrees, one of which was a silent veg option that we selected ourselves. Katie worked very closely with our wedding planners (Fetelle Designs) to make things even more seamless and efficient. We didn’t have to worry or stress about ANYTHING on our wedding day. I highly recommend The Harper for anyone planning a special event or wedding. You can feel rest assured that they will work hard to ensure that your day is special and runs smooth.