City-by-City Guide: Northern California's Best Wedding Ceremony Sites

Gorgeous places to host your ceremony in Northern California.
by Christa Vagnozzi

1. Chapel of Love

Traditional brides wanting something a bit unique can marry in the outdoor chapel on the grounds of Nestldown in Los Gatos. Declare your love for one another before towering redwood trees at the edge of a tranquil pond.

2. Garden Charm

Surround yourself with nature’s best at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma. Barbara Thleiji of Belle Occasion directed us to this lush paradise where you can say “I do” by a reflecting pool.

3. Through the Grapevine

No need to travel far to wed in wine country. Practically in your own backyard, find Hans Fahden Vineyards in Calistoga, a state-of-the-art vineyard where couples can marry in the wisteria-covered teahouse overlooking acres of cabernet vineyards.

4. On the Water

For stunning 360-degree views of the horizon, consider marrying aboard your very own yacht. Commodore Events can host nautical nuptials on the San Francisco Bay performed by the captain himself.

5. Inn Style

Roses or vineyards: Which surroundings do you prefer? The Harvest Inn in St. Helena, a Tudor-style hotel that exudes vintage charm, can accommodate both.

6. Estate Grandeur

If the phrase “the bigger the better” could describe your theme, look to Hacienda De Las Flores in Moraga. Jacqui Marchessini of Details of Merriment loves this Spanish-style estate for its outdoor ceremonies by the central fountain. (925) 376-2520

7. Luxe Life

Chaminade in Santa Cruz: It’s a little bit cultural and completely luxurious. Ceremonies unfold in a Spanish courtyard overlooking Monterey Bay.

8. Church Vows

Architecture fans can wed at Swedenborgian Church, a historic Arts & Crafts structure located in San Francisco. Built in the late nineteenth-century, the space is highlighted by four oil landscape murals, a stained-glass window, and handmade maple chairs (in the place of traditional pews).

9. City Sites

Feel like you’re on top of the world—well, on top of San Francisco that is—at the Carnelian Room. Exchange vows before one of the best views of the city, on the 52nd floor high above California Street.

10. Peak Romance

Set atop a dramatic bluff that kisses the Pacific, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is as elegant as it gets. Say “I do” on the lawn that stretches to the cliff’s edge.

Todd Rafalovich Photography

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