Post # 1
Hi Bees, the FI and I were thinking of doing a small 30 people destination wedding since he is from Washington and part of my family is estranged. We were talking about possibly Maui, but would be a trek for older family members and are thinking of doing something closer. Any pretty garden/botanical/heavily green venues in Southern California or even Wine country? Just want to see your ideas! Thanks!
Post # 3
Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg/Mendocino area. I don’t know if they do weddings, but they probably do…it’s freeeeaking amazing there. There are also some cool places in the Sonoma/Napa area, but I’m not familiar with names of places. There is a castle in Napa that I’ve been to that is just gorgeous…again, I’m not sure if they do weddings but they probably do. There are ranches and stuff all over these areas. There is also The Lodge at Blue Lakes, which sounds pretty affordable and its really pretty there (they most definitely do weddings)….other than that…I don’t know…but try to stay away from the southern cali areas unless you want a beach wedding. Plus, the areas that I’ve mentioned are only about 15 hours away from the Tacoma area of Washington.
Post # 4
@boogiewoogies: Thank you! I will definitely look into those!
Post # 5
@b53191: Mhmm. The castle is called “Castello di Amorosa”…there’s pics on Google!
Post # 6
Huntington Library Gardens! It’s too bad the rental fee is $100K, seriously! Other more affordable options lol are LA Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Descano Gardens, Fullerton Arboreteum, and San Diego Botanical Garden. Calamigos Ranch is very pretty (Malibu is a great option). You’ll get more “green” venues if you go up the central coast too.
Post # 7
Ironstone Vineyards is in the Sierra foothills (about 3 hours from San Francisco) and has absolutely gorgeous gardens. We did our engagement photos there during daffodil season (March)
Post # 8
Amphitheatre of the Redwoods (at Pema Osel Ling)
Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley
Mountain Terrace at Woodside
Post # 9
Depends on your budget,
The Conservatory of Flowers in SF,
UC Davis Arboretum
LA County Arboretum
You can also rent a home on land.
…there are so many, you just have to narrow in on an area.
Post # 10
The UC Berkeley Botanic Gardens are to die for and have weddings all the time! They are in the Berkeley Hills and are huge. Spring is the best time there – everything is lush and flowering 🙂
Post # 11
Mine was a garden ceremony in French Camp, CA! It was perfect!!
Post # 12
@b53191: check out the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden in Long Beach. Very Pretty, and affordable.
Post # 13
San Diego Botanical Gardens is gorgeous, and pretty easy on the budget! GL!
Post # 14
If you live around the area, there’s the Japanese gardens over at CSULB–I’ve been to about 2 weddings there.
There’s also the Fullerton Arboretum, I went on a picnic there with some friends, it was pretty. I think they do weddings, too.