On October 5, 2002, we were married at Crystal Hermitage Chapel. With its breathtaking views, lavish flower gardens and its quaint, yet beautiful chapel, it made the perfect, romantic, energy-filled memory of a lifetime.
—SBL, San Diego
Crystal Hermitage, with its sweeping vistas, luxurious gardens, pristine woods and forests, and river canyon views, provides an ideal setting for your wedding day.
We are located 30 minutes from Nevada City, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, away from traffic and noise, just nature at its best.
Wedding at the Chapel
Our lovely stone chapel, based on the Porziuncola, The Little Church of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, offers an intimate and deeply inspiring atmosphere for your wedding ceremony. Nature is seen on all sides through the beautiful stained-glass windows. The chapel is simple, yet elegant and seats fifty people.
Ananda has an inspiring wedding ceremony, written by Swami Kriyananda, our spiritual teacher, combining the spiritual essence of East and West. It offers uplifting music that will remain in your heart for years to come. We can provide you with an Ananda minister, or if you prefer, you may bring a minister with you and create your own ceremony.
Here is an excerpt from the Ananda marriage vows:
I will be true to you as I pray always to be true to God. I will love you without condition, as I would be loved by you and as we are ever loved by God. I will never compete with you; I will cooperate for our own, and for all others’ highest good.
I will forgive you always, and under all circumstances. I will respect your right to see truth as you perceive it, and to be guided as you feel deeply within yourself. May our love grow ever deeper, purer, more expansive, until, in our perfected love, we find the perfect love of God.
The spacious dining hall, gallery and main rooms of Crystal Hermitage, with paintings collected from around the world, offer an elegantly decorated reception area. We can recommend caterers, musicians, photographers, and florists. Your guests will enjoy the beauty of the Hermitage and be renewed by its peace.
We are a non-alcoholic, non-smoking, drug free and vegetarian establishment offering you and your guests a special and unique experience.
Call for an appointment to visit the grounds. Experience for yourself the peace and beauty of Crystal Hermitage.
Cost of Weddings
Chapel Use: $850. We provide flowers, 50 chairs with covers, and one staff person. If needed, parking attendants are $50 per attendant.
Outdoor Weddings: $850 plus rental and delivery of chairs for up to 100 people. We provide one staff person. If needed, parking attendants are $50 per attendant.
Reception: $1,000 includes the use of the facility, and one staff person. We can recommend caterers, or you can bring food already prepared for serving. We can provide a cleaning service for an additional charge if you decide to bring the food and prefer not to do the clean-up yourself.