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Ojai Valley Inn and Spa is stunning as you can see! There is such a variety of scenery at wedding venues in Southern California. Whether it’s a beach with palm trees dancing in the breeze, a mountain top forest or in this case a quaint luscious town filled with green countryside and mountain-scape, So-Cal venues have a lot to offer. The small, mission-style town of Ojai (in Ventura County) offers a gorgeous property to hold your wedding! Ojai Inn & Spa sets a beautifully tranquil backdrop for your ceremony and reception. With six onsite venues that range from a Big Red Barn to the Artist Cottage Lawn and Herb Garden, you can find any backdrop you can imagine for your wedding!
Photography by Sloan Photographers
This incridlbe soiree exwmplifies how to tie together a lush florals with lots of rustic touches. The spanish style adobe arhitecture of this veneu is incredible. it would be a shame to see it overpowered with a desing tht is either too modern or possible to LUXE. How many brides wnat to get married under the boughs of an ancient oak tree, sun setting behind them. this is your spot. I love how the design teeam from all you need is love events took simple glass “buble vases filled with water suspended by transparent with jsut one simple flower to adorn them. they look like tiny rain droplets as the sun sets behind the tree and dances upon the water. it’s gorgeous and fairly inexpensive-
Toss the Bouquet – A Note from the Bride
This bride “tosses her bouquet” of advice to brides planning their wedding now!
“Everyone kept telling us how relaxed we were about the whole thing, especially the day of the wedding, which must mean that was rather unique. We planned well, and had amazingly organized wedding coordinators, but most of all we just focused on being relaxed, happy, and confident in our decision to spend the rest of our lives together, instead of fretting over details that didn’t matter. The whole thing was incredibly personal. We had the wedding in my hometown of Ojai. We gave local olive oil in jars to guests as favors, which was picked and pressed at our family friends’ ranch. I picked the flowers and wedding favors to reflect the setting of Ojai. I also asked Camilla to use flowers and colors that represented Ojai’s native flora: oranges, lavendar, and olives.”
I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality:Venue – Ojai Valley Inn & Spa; Wedding Photography – Sloan Photographers; Event Planning – All You Need is Love Events; Floral Design – Camilla Svensson Burns
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Love, Love, Love. There is so much fun to be had at this amazing Russian River wedding venue! This rustic, forested setting has fifteen acres of property with quick coastal access. Dawn Ranch Lodge is located in the small town of Guerneville, situated right along the Russian River and nestled among gorgeous towering Redwoods. Surrounded by ancient apple orchards, bamboo groves, grassy meadows and beautifully landscaped gardens, Dawn Ranch offers a magical tranquility, yet contemporary atmosphere.
The long meadow at Dawn Ranch Lodge has been the setting for intimate wedding ceremonies for over a century! While the guest ranch features the Agriculture Restaurant & Bar, which focuses on locally sourced organic produce. There is a full service bar offering local beer and wine, as well as specialty cocktails. Also among the lodge’s many amenities is private river access, a pool and wireless internet access amidst the gorgeous, isolated forest surroundings.
Photography by AE Pictures Inc.
I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Venue – Dawn Ranch Lodge in Guerneville; Photographer – AE Pictures Inc.; Floral – Aztec Dahlias; Cake – Susie Cakes
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The playful and fun-loving mood that you can see reflected here is becoming the industry standard when hosting your celebration at a classic California wedding venue like the Westlake Village Inn. The resort and spa is perfectly located halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, which means that it’s an easy day trip for all of your locals to make a quick weekend getaway. Your out-of-townees will be brilliantly taken care of, so you don’t have to worry about anything except enjoying this beautiful property and saying “I Do” to the one you love! There are also three equally amazing ceremony spots. One is the perfect White Garden Gazebo features a Tuscan-inspired cobblestone patio in front of the natural stone waterfall in the heart of a secluded lush botanical garden, creating one gorgeous ceremony site!
Photography by Sun-Dance Photography
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Westlake Village Inn is so unique, and there are distinct areas around the property that have definite “flavor,” giving you have the opportunity to share more than just one space with your guests. Hosting a fun meet and greet in the wine cellar that comfortably accommodates 50 plus guests is a great way to start off your big day! Enjoy a great evening of wine-tasting and full dinner pairing, creating a good ol’ fashion pool party – nothing like beer and burgers poolside to make everyone feel comfy and get them settled in!
I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality: Venue – Westlake Village Inn; Photographer – Sun-Dance Photography
Photography By: Vivian Chen
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The installation of your wedding design is paramount to “organized chaos.” A two to three hour window for “set up” provides a challenge for even the most seasoned professional. Therefore, venues that carry a liberal policy are praised. The budget bride will appreciate the low fees and flexible time line associated with The Stinson Beach Community Center. The rental fees are very moderate and the policy allows for access on Fridays for set up and Sundays for clean up for an additional $200.00. Brilliant.
Photography By: Vivian Chen
The Beach Soiree
A casual seaside celebration can provide sustenance for your inner DIY Wedding Diva, while allowing your wedding budget to stay in check. If you are headed to the beach for a barefoot celebration be sure to add these items to your checklist.
- Easy sounds perfect; but Breezy can be your wedding day nemesis. An intimate cove or inlet, beneath overhanging cliffs provide the necessary wind break, a sense of privacy, and better acoustics so the guests can hear the exchanging of vows.
- No matter the size of the ceremony, check with the local Parks and Recreation department to ensure you are aware of any permits that may be required.
- Be considerate of your older guests, if you are not seating the entire congregation provide a few chairs for the elderly or those that may not be able bodied.
- If you are planning on seating all of your guests make sure there is a plan for delivery, set up, and breakdown of the furniture. Inquire about “portage” charges for locations not directly accessible by delivery vehicles.
Photography By: Andi Hatch
Bohemian to the Max!
I absolutely adore the Marin Headlands. This clandestine patch of Northern California Coastline epitomizes why brides get married in The Bay Area: panoramic ocean views, a sun drenched beach, mountainous terrain filled with native grasses, wildflowers and the sweet song of about a gazillion species of birds. This is Nirvana for the Boho Chic bride. Today we would like to introduce you to the quirky and cool Marin wedding venue ~ Headlands Center for the Arts.
A collection of forgotten military buildings (formerly known as Fort Barry) has been re-imagined by the “artists in residence.” In collaboration with the Golden Gate National Parks Department these artists set out on the unique mission to “rehabilitate” these former army barracks without abandoning their architectural, artistic or historic relevance. If we have peaked your curiosity, make sure to inquire specifically about Building 960. This entire building can be your playground and every room from the social hall to the latrine has been whimsically redesigned as a living “art” instillation.
The sweet simplicity of this celebration is the perfect design adaptation for the Bohemian vibe of this eccentric wedding venue. The ceremony and or celebration hall features floor to ceilings windows, a fireplace, architectural columns and a beautifully restored tin ceiling. These elements provide an inviting canvass for a vintage or shabby chic design.
Your ceremony and reception will not skip a beat if you include the artisan benches which are hand crafted and include a rustic space. A creative aisle runner, flowers hanging from vintage mason jars (be sure to re-purpose these later in the celebration) are simple and inexpensive. Also, these elements of style require minimal effort to clean up as the social hall needs to be “flipped” and transformed into your dance club and after dinner lounge.
Photography By: Andi Hatch
Photographer: Andi Hatch
Florist: Chestnut & Vine Floral Design
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The moment you step foot onto the breathtaking Hakone Gardens, you are instantly greeted with tranquility. Bay Area wedding venues offer a range of picturesque scenery – from coastal to city venues – but nothing is quite like marrying the one you love among the peaceful, natural beauty at Hakone Gardens. Nestled in the hills of Saratoga, 15 miles west of San Jose, the whispers of the waterfall and lavish Japanese landscaping send you into a serene state of mind! Cherry blossom and bamboo trees line the entire property adding fun and unique character. Guests can stroll the twisting paths along the elegant koi pond to the Moonviewing house where they are greeted with enchanting views. Subtle lavender hues engulf the Wisteria Arbor, as you can see nothing but gorgeous greenery for your ceremony backdrop!
Photography by Chung Li
Looking through the Lens with Photographer Chung Li
“Marie and Alex’s wedding was beautifully done at one of my favorite venues — Hakone Japanese Gardens in Saratoga! I absolutely love all the details of this wedding, Marie looks so classy with her unique red dress!”
I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride’s dream a reality:Venue – Hakone Gardens in Saratoga; Wedding Photography – Chung Li Photography
Photography By: Alison Yin
Part of the family!
Wedding planners share the same vernacular. Sophisticated and timeless can be euphemisms for traditional and cookie cutter. The incorporation of the couples’ beloved boxer provides inspiration for every bride-to-be interested in incorporating unconventional details into their seemingly conventional celebration and making it a unique celebration to remember .
The Flood Mansion in San Francisco offers couples a posh Nob Hill wedding address. Additionally, if you and your fiancee can not imagine starting your life together with out the approval of “ Man’s Best Friend” do not let your location dissuade you. Whether “FIDO” walks the bride down the aisle, provides a needed companion for a flirty flower girl or appears for a quick cameo during your photo shoot, don’t leave out this important member of your new family.
Looking thru the lens!
“I especially loved Neva and Graham. They are so sweet and clearly so much in love with each other making the day so fun to photograph. The couple set the tone for an incredibly elegant celebration that was fun and not the least bit stuffy.
The flood mansion has both beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces so you can hold the ceremony and reception at the same location with out feeling “stuck” in one spot . In addition, The Flood Mansion is gorgeous with so much character. It’s the perfect San Francisco location. The mansion provides iconic views of The Golden Gate Bridge and Downtown San Francisco as your photographic backdrop.” ~ Allison Yin
Love Sweet Love in Santa Barbara
Cascading rows of grapes and majestic mountain views await guests at Firestone Winery located in the Santa Ynez valley in Santa Barbara. This vast Santa Barbara wedding venue hosts four outdoor areas and two indoor spaces, offering a variety of ceremony and reception options (with gorgeous vineyard views that span across the golden horizon)!
Indoor & Outdoor Locations
Outdoor options at Firestone Winery include the Terrace, the Garden, the Courtyard, and the Vineyard Mesa. Indoor options include the Tasting Room, and my favorite, the Barrel Room and Deck. This cavernous room holds mountainous barrels of fermenting wine equipped with one long feasting table for tastings. The rot iron chandeliers create an ambiance that compliments the smell of aging wine.
Can’t decide? Don’t worry! Booking any of the options grants access to the remainder of the facilities so brides need not fret about choosing between such fantastic scenery. Firestone events are granted complete exclusivity upon reservation, however note that the Barrel Room is unavailable after the third week in September through November due to harvesting. Wine and dine in this scenic setting as you embark on new beginnings!
Photography by Kamee June
Wedding Credits: Venue – Firestone Winery; Photographer – Kamee June Photography; Caterer – Pure Joy Catering, Inc.;Event Planner – La Fleur Weddings & Events;Floral Designer – Camilla Svensson Burns Couture Floral & Event Design