Southern California is literally bursting with wedding venues. From beachside ceremonies, to quaint historic buildings, we pretty much have it all! I love photographing at new locations, but over the years several venues have landed a special place in my heart. It might be the location, decor, or amazing light – either way these distinctive venues have something special going for them! Take a look at my top picks for unique wedding venues in Southern California.
The Portofino Hotel & Marina Redondo Beach - This Redondo Beach venue is perfect for the couple looking for an oceanside ceremony, with an ultra cool hotel vibe. Take a look at their AH-MAZING lobby; I could photograph here all day!
The Victorian – Right in the center of Santa Monica this historic house is full of colorful books, and old world charm. Plus it’s only a few blocks from the beach, which is perfect for couple’s portraits.
Villa Del Sol - Located in the heart of Downtown Fullerton this Spanish Colonial-styled California Hotel has been revitalized to house a collection of boutiques, restaurants and businesses. This 1920′s landmark with alluring center courtyard makes a delightful choice for an outdoor wedding.
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens – Situated inside Cal State Long Beach, these picturesque grounds are truly one of a kind!
Brookside Equestrian Center – Located in Walnut, this Equestrian Center is a great location if you’re looking for that Southern charm. These grounds are absolutely stunning, with unrivaled appeal for any horse lover.
Hotel Maya – Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the downtown Long Beach skyline, this super cool hotel features bright Spanish decor, with endless nooks and crannies to photograph in!
Laguna Beach Marriott – With enchanting Victorian-style architecture, award-winning cuisine, and stunning surroundings, you’ll understand why this Dana Point venue is a popular wedding destination.
The Center Club – With a blend of Old World grandeur and Asian simplicity, the Center Club is an exceptional site for weddings. Located on the ground floor of the 21-story Center Tower, and adjacent to Orange County’s Performing Arts Center, the club is bordered on three sides by a lovely Japanese water garden.
Fullerton Arboretum – Part of Cal State Fullerton, this peaceful setting is comprised of acres of botanic gardens, featuring different collections of plants from around the world. The perfect choice for nature lovers, looking for a quaint and scenic wedding location.
Ponte Winery - Located in the heart of Temecula Wine Country and nestled among 300 acres of vineyards and gardens, Ponte Family Estate Winery is one of the most elegant wineries in the area.
Shorebreak Hotel – This Huntington Beach hotel showcases modern hotel design, while drawing inspiration from Southern California’s cultivated yet laid-back surf culture. Only a few blocks from Huntington Beach Pier this dog-friendly boutique hotel offers ocean views, outstanding culinary delights, and modern furnishings.
These select venues are only a small collection of what Southern California has to offer. Any must-see venues I’ve missed?