Favorite California Wedding Venues

January 14, 2021

“Favorite California Wedding Venues” by TONI G PHOTO.

Choosing your wedding venue is one of the FIRST things that you’ll do after getting engaged (in addition to hiring your photographer), because they book up so far in advance! There’s soo so many options — do you want to get married in the mountains, the beach, desert, a backyard, rooftop, or garden, etc? Think about what vibe you want, what season you want to be married in, and how many people are on your guest list when searching for your venue! You should definitely check out THIS article which will help you know which questions to ask when visiting the venues too!! :)))

Here are a few of my Favorite California Wedding Venues...

  • Rush Creek Lodge — Yosemite
  • Olympic Valley Estate — Petaluma
  • Wolf Lakes — Fresno 
  • San Joaquin River Parkway — Fresno 
  • Merryman’s Station — Exeter 
  • Wedgewood Weddings — Carmel 

Rush Creek Lodge — Yosemite

My all time fav venue!! You can get married in the beautiful & dramatic Yosemite trees.. And then walk right down a little hill to the reception that’s connected to the newly built resort that all of your fam/friends can stay the night in (which is BEST case scenario — because it’s so annoying for guests to figure out transportation back to a hotel after a long wedding night lol)! Rush Creek Lodge is soo so beautiful + super convenient for the guests with lots of activities for them to do all in one place. :)))

Venue: Rush Creek Lodge
Address: 34001 CA-120, Groveland, CA 95321
Phone: (209) 379-2373
Website:https://www.rushcreeklodge.com/
Instagram:@yosemite_rushcreek

Olympic Valley Estate — Petaluma

This venue is centered around the cutest white historical looking house with green grass & a little pond for the ceremony views, beautiful golden grass hills for the most magical California sunsets EVER, and a fun barn for the reception. :))) All 3 of these areas are super close together which is easy for the guests! :)))

View more from this wedding here: Olympia Valley Estate Wedding Photos

Venue: Olympia’s Valley Estate
Address: 1051 Walker Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone: (707) 766-9251
Website: https://olympiasvalley.com/
Instagram:@olympiasvalleyestate

Wolf Lakes — Fresno

Wolf Lakes is such a great choice for Fresno locals! It has a garden side + a lake side to choose from (both are beautiful)! They offer rides around the lake on a boat for guests too which is fun. And they also have getting ready rooms for the couple & bridal parties! :)))

Lake Side Ceremony Spot @ Wolf Lakes
Garden Side Ceremony Spot @ Wolf Lakes

Venue: Wolf Lakes Park
Address: 11646 E. Ashlan Ave.Sanger, CA 93657
Website: https://www.wolflakespark.com/
Instagram:@wolflakespark

San Joaquin River Parkway — Fresno

San Joaquin River Parkway is another solid choice for Fresno locals! :))) It has a big, beautiful, historical looking house, gardens, vineyards, palm trees, golden grass fields, and 2 big barns to choose from for your reception! :))) (but this one does not have “getting ready rooms” — so you’d have to get ready off site & transport everyone to the venue)!

View more from this wedding here: San Joaquin River Parkway Wedding Photos
Ceremony in front of the White House @ San Joaquin River Parkway
Ceremony in front of the Palm Trees @ San Joaquin River Parkway

Venue: San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Inc.
Address: 11605 Old Friant Rd, Fresno, CA 93730
Phone: (559) 248-8480
Website:https://www.riverparkway.org/
Instagram:@riverparkwaytrust

Merryman Station — Exeter

Merryman’s Station is a repurposed train station turned rustic wedding venue! It’s super beautiful with lots of exposed brick & two levels to the reception which is nice if you’re planning on having lots of guests! It’s also located right next to an orange orchard which is super pretty for sunset photos! :)))

Venue: Merryman Station
Address: 20898 Ave 296, Exeter, CA 93221
Phone: (559) 592-5706
Website: https://www.merrymanstation.com/
Instagram:@merrymanstation

Wedgewood Weddings — Carmel

This is def my go-to recommendation if you want a beach wedding! :))) I’m pretty sure they handle all of the permit info & set up/ tear down so that you can get married on the actual beach.. And then you can shuttle everyone to their pretty venue for the reception!

Venue: Carmel Fields by Wedgewood Weddings
Address: 4860 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923
Phone: (866) 966-3009
Website: www.wedgewoodweddings.com/venues/california/carmel-fields
Instagram:@wedgewood.carmel

And there you have it! Just a few of my Favorite California Wedding Venues!

And here’s a few additional favs below!

  • Cardella Winery — Mendota 
  • CaliPaso Winery — Paso Robles 
  • Higuera Ranch — SLO 
  • Calamigos Ranch — Malibu

Hope this info helps you on your search for your wedding venue!! :)))
Excited for you!! :))) xoxoxx
-Toni G.

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