Best California Wedding Locations
Best California Wedding Locations: Ranches and Gardens
In La Canada, the expansive Descanso Gardens are filled with camellia forests and other colorful florals. Transforming the tradition of a 'courthouse' wedding into a dreamily romantic day, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse offers 5 areas to hold ceremonies in their sunken garden. Oceanfront weddings at the Adamson House in Malibu are held near the star fountains and sycamore lawn on a State Park historic property filled with classic California architectural details. Calamigos Ranch also in the Malibu Hills offers six locations on a 130 acre property with waterfalls lakes and lush greenery. At Mayacamas Ranch in Calistoga couples exchange vows on a private mountaintop.
Best California Wedding Locations: Wineries
Make a wedding toast with the wine made right there on the vineyard. In the Santa Ynez Valley Firestone Vineyard offers events sites in Paso Robles and Los Olivos. In the Napa Valley Beaulieu Garden is a favorite wedding spot. Resort properties in the Napa Valley area include The Carneros Inn, Meadowood, Auberge du Soliel, The Sonoma Mission Inn, and Solange in Calistoga all great options for dream wine country weddings.
Best California Wedding Locations: Roofs with a View
From the Kyoto Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to the eco friendly architectural marvel at the California Academy of Sciences in SF, California is home to some truly unique rooftop event sites. The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica offers a dramatic rooftop Penthouse with ocean views. In San Francsico floor the sky deck on the 40th floor of the Mandarin Oriental features breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
California boasts countless historic landmarks and archtectural marvels. The classic Union Station in downtown Los Angeles a Spanish Revival has been seen in numerous films. An art moderne cocktail lounge, garden coutryards, and sweeping 50 foot celings, make this art deco train station an ideal wedding day location. In Los Angeles the Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by architect Frank Gehry is home to the Los Angeles Philharminic as well as some of the most dramatic event spaces. In San Francisco, the gorgeous Beaux Arts rooms of the Flood Mansion feature classic Italian Rennaissance design and spectacular views.
Best California Wedding Locations: Luxury Hotels
California has no shortage of gorgeous luxury hotels. The Hotel Bel-Air in west Los Angeles is the the midst of a dramatic renovation and will reopen soon for couples to once again get hitched in their romantic gardens next to the swam filled pond. Other favorite Southern California locations include the glamorous Beverly Hills Hotel (the author got married there), The Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore in Monecito, and Bacara in Santa Barbara. In Northern California, weddings at The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe are nestled into the scenic mountains above Northstar. Along the coast in Big Sur The Post Ranch Inn offers soaring coastal views perched high on a cliff over the ocean.
California wedding locations at the beach, on a rooftop, in a natural landscape, high up a moutaintop, or set at a landmark building will make a bride and groom's special day picture perfect.
Photo by Julie Wolfson
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