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Have An Enchanted Event at These Forest Wedding Venues In California
Known for rustic elegance, historical charm, exquisite epicurean cuisine, and inviting hospitality, destination wine country wedding venues in Napa and Sonoma provide enchanting backdrops to your perfect day. With iconic old-growth vineyards, romantic rolling hillsides, century-old barns and farmhouses, majestic oak trees, and winding country roads, it’s no wonder folks want to celebrate their weddings in the heart of California wine country in laid-back, sophisticated style.
But with endless options for vineyard wedding venues in California, sifting through them all can zap the magic right out of wedding planning excitement. That’s why, at Blissful Events, we make the entire wedding planning process as easy as the relaxed, luxurious atmosphere of wine country itself. With more than 15 years of experience working in the luxury wedding industry, Owner and Wedding Planning Director Samar Hattar knows the wine country wedding landscape intimately. She has formed deep relationships with the most professional, friendly, and creative wedding vendors in the area to help you navigate your luxury dream wedding the way you want it with relaxing ease.
By Blissful Events. Photos 1 & 3 by Carmen Alvarez Photo, Sparkle Photography, and Alison Yin Photography.
Tips For Choosing the Right Forest Wedding Venues In California
- Think about the experience you want to have while planning your wedding and on your wedding day.
Do you want to construct a ceremony and reception site from scratch? Or, would you rather have a venue with many amenities available? Either way, an expert wedding designer (we know a few!) can help turn your vision into a reality.
- Look at the existing environment and dream bigger.
Carefully chosen details and design elements can accentuate the natural beauty of outdoor wedding venues. From lighting to floral arrangements to gorgeous crystals hanging from branches, these touches turn the great outdoors into yours.
- How accessible should your wedding venue be?
Do you need a spot that’s easy to drive up to? Or is everyone up for a bit of a trek to get to the ceremony site? Either way, matching the activity required to get to a location with your guests’ mobility can be vital to creating a memorable experience.
What questions do you have about planning an outdoor wedding?
- Are you looking for an enchanting venue for your wedding but overwhelmed with the event spaces available?
- Can you envision what your ceremony site will look like? How about the reception area?
- Do you have a grand plan for your big day but don’t quite know how to take it from idea to reality?
- Would it be helpful to have a team of experts to help you create a laid-back, luxurious wedding in one of the most beautiful places on the planet?
Events by Blissful Events. Photos by Carmen Alvarez Photo & Lisa Mallory Photography.
7 Fairytale Forest Wedding Venues In California
Often, one of the first steps a couple takes when planning their wedding day is to choose the venue. We know it can be overwhelming to look at endless lists of options, so we’re here to help! Here are six forest and outdoor wedding venues In California that our experienced team of wedding designers recommends to couples looking for a whimsical, magical day.
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This quaint bed and breakfast farm creates a whimsical backdrop to an iconic wine country wedding. With hanging moss gently blowing in the breeze, views overlooking rolling green vineyards, horses moseying around the property, and accommodations in the farm home built in 1882, this six-generation cared-for property encompasses rustic farmhouse wedding enchantment. You and your guests can dine with an authentic farm-to-table experience, as the wines come straight from the vines and the meals come fresh from the garden. Saunter down to the seasonal creek, create a delectable al fresco reception, and say your I do’s under the 300-year old oak tree. SEE MORE >
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This 1859 historic ranch sits on 40 acres of majestic mountain landscape, allowing you to party the night away past the usually enforced 10 pm noise ordinance. Providing multiple options for ceremony and reception locations, the possibilities are endless. Food trucks? Bands? Multiple themed-ceremonies? With acres of rolling vineyard hills, old-growth forest, onsite gardens, and a newly-renovated indoor space, you truly can create your California wine country dream wedding the way you want it. Shuttle your guests into this private, secluded place and enjoy your wedding oasis. SEE MORE >
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Historical worldly charm, eclectic architecture, and modern luxury come together at this classy destination wine country wedding ranch. Originally settled in 1854 and used as a wagon train stopping station, the grand Victorian farmhouse still honors its homage of simple country life enlivened with esoteric architecture and upscale elegance. The remodeled 1860s dairy barn turned Prohibition-era winery turned 1950s roadhouse restaurant still embodies the feel of an upscale California Gold Rush saloon. Enjoy a pre-ceremony poolside cocktail, soak up the sunset over the vast vineyards from the infinity jacuzzi, or simply spend the day marveling through 20 acres of idyllic redwoods, oaks, Douglas firs, and walnut trees among expansive Napa Valley views. SEE MORE >
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Fusing the vast views of sprawling wine country vineyards with the majestic feel of ancient old-growth forests and the nearby Russian River, this resort provides a truly unique Sonoma wine country wedding escape. Experience your wedding celebration in various settings from the ancient redwoods, the 150-year-old apple orchard, wildflower meadows, giant kitchen garden, poolside, in the onsite restaurant, at the historic boathouse, or around the bonfire. Blending rustic charm and simple country elegance, their renovated cabins and cottages built in 1905 dot 15 acres of natural Sonoma County beauty. With the Sonoma coast just 20 minutes away, you and your guests can walk through enchanting forests and along exquisite northern California coastlines all in the same day. SEE MORE >
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• Location: Mill Valley, California
Located on 43 acres in beautiful Mill Valley, California, the Ralston White Retreat was designed by one of San Francisco’s most prolific architects, Willis Polk. Its heart-shaped lawn and beautiful grounds are the perfect canvas to paint with curated wedding details. And if you want to shout your love from the mountain tops, there are several walking paths on the property as well as connecting trails that lead to the top of Mt. Tamalpais.
• Location: Ben Lomond, California
Nestled in a redwood forest in the Santa Cruz mountains, The Sequoia Retreat Center offers a beautiful setting for those searching for the right outdoor wedding venue. Imagine an intimate ceremony surrounded by rustic elegance and natural beauty. Located 50 minutes from Silicon Valley, this accessible yet private venue also offers an abundance of natural beauty to augment with a thoughtful design.
• Location: Tomales, California
Just five miles from the Pacific Coast, Stemple Creek’s serene landscape stretches out as far as the eye can see. The property features many forest and outdoor ceremony sites, including a grove of and towering redwood trees. After you say your vows, you and your guests can enjoy a farm-to-table meal in a classic barn with endless rustic charm and laid-back elegance. Its beautiful outdoor deck overlooks the surrounding West Marin hills.
How It Works
Step 1. Make an Appointment
Step 2. Start Designing Your Dream Wedding
Work with Samar to envision your dream wedding. We’ll focus on what’s most important to you, and then our talented team will curate each piece to bring your big day to life.
Step 3. Get Married and Completely Enjoy Your Wedding Day
Imagine your dream wedding taking place while you get to enjoy it completely! Leave the details to us, and we’ll orchestrate the laid-back luxury wedding of your dreams.
Photo by Christophe Genty Photography.