(Closed) In desperate need of a woodsy CA venue

posted 7 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@summyxo:  This is probably a bit far north for you, but the first thing I thought of was Pema Osel Ling/Amphitheater of the Redwoods.  It’s in the Santa Cruz Mountains and operates as a Buddhist retreat that can be rented out for the weekend (they have a whole bunch of cabins and guest houses).  It’s very rustic but oh, man, it is so gorgeous.  It’s on the mountainside with spectacular views and their ceremony spot is in a circle of redwoods.  We visited it and loved it, but unfortunately our friends & family are not woodsy enough to want to stay there all weekend.

Post # 6
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Calamigos Ranch or Temecula Under the Oaks

Post # 7
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

2nd Calamigos Ranch.  Also you want to check out San Diego County City Parks since there are a ton of historical ranches and wineries such as Rancho Guojome Adobe County Park.

Post # 8
516 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My fiancé and I were looking for something woodsy as well.  Here are a few more Northern CA suggestions:

Forest House Lodge – Beautiful woodsy ceremony site and fun lodge up the road that is entirely for you and your guests.  Includes lodging, catering, cake, full bar and coordination.  (This is where my fiancé and I will be getting married, so we are a little biased!) 

Amphitheater of the Redwoods – Beautiful, but like @Entangled said, it is a little more rustic. It is a Buddhist retreat, so some of the accommodations were very basic.

Nestledown – Probably one of the most beautiful ceremony sites I saw in my search, in Los Gatos in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but a little on the pricier side.

Dawn Ranch Lodge – In Sonoma County, didn’t see in person.



Post # 11
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My friends recently got married at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve in Calabasas. It was beautiful. Gorgeous views. Lots of trees.

Here’s some links to real weddings I found through google.


Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Wedding: Sarah + Luke (Ahmanson Ranch House)


Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve


Post # 13
516 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@summyxo: We are getting married at FHL next summer, July 6.  I would also recommend checking out the FHL’s facebook page, many more pictures.  Hope you find a perfect woodsy spot for your wedding!  Good luck with the search!

Post # 14
3 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

I went to a wedding at the Temecula Creek Inn. There isn’t a view really, but very pretty. The ceremony takes place under a huge tree.

Post # 15
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We’re having our ceremony and reception at Neighborhood Unitarian Church in Pasadena–it doesn’t qualify as being in a forest, but if you’d consider something urban but with a lot of huge trees on property, it’s pretty nice. We’re doing our ceremony in one of the chapels, but you could use the back lawn. http://www.uuneighborhood.org/events.htm

Post # 16
8 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

The Highland Springs resort is gorgeous…very woodsy. Rustic chic type of feel. Only about 90 minutes from LA.

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