Our Story

Our Journey Creating River Garden

About Our Managment

One of the Most Unique Venues In Southern California

This venue is proudly managed and professionally operated by the Common Sense Events Venue Management Team.  We pride ourselves on our operational excellence, our incredible team members, our hard work, and our love for what we do.  As we analyzed River Garden, we felt excited and sure that this place was one that would create so many incredible memories for the guests we helped host here and are so excited to accelerate the vision provided by Matt and Amy.  We look forward to seeing you at River Garden!

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Pastors Matt and Amy Stoehr began their journey creating the concept for the venue over 30 years ago when they came to the Vista area as pastors at a local community church.  As respected servant and community leaders in the San Diego area, they are passionate about God's Word, and from their passion for the local community, they imagined a gathering place that could serve the Southern California area. After years of planning, dreaming, and praying, a space became available adjacent to the church they pastored.  One year ago, after over 3 decades of dreaming of this space, they collaborated with some talented local contractors and broke ground on a property on a 7-acre plot that they had purchased some years back.  One year later, they are still faithfully working, but out of their labor has risen a space of over 50,000 square feet of dedicated event space, specifically situated to host weddings and events.  We can't wait to host you here! 

At the River Garden, our commitment to you is a thoughtfully curated space where you can make your wedding or event dreams a reality.  We have partnered with a management company and some of the best event vendors in Southern California to create a facility that is not only flexible but timeless and beautiful.  We pride ourselves on our operational excellence, a commitment to putting our couples and guests first, and superior customer service that is reflected in everything we do! (Not just this paragraph!)   We are licensed by the county to hold larger events than virtually any other event space in this area, but have also gone to great lengths to make sure that the experience here is intimate, memorable, and most importantly, fun!