From fields of colorful flowers to rolling pastures, these California meadows offer idyllic inspiration.
Apple Creek Ranch
7250 Domingos Road, Santa Rita Hills; (805) 570-0246;StayACR.com
Your guests can enjoy panoramic views of lush meadows and rolling hills as you lounge on decks, patios and patios surrounding the property, creating a cozy setting for an intimate wedding. An indoor barn covered in market lights opens open to the outdoor space, which can accommodate weddings for up to 200 people, complete with a paved dance floor for parties. Plus, who wouldn't want to live close to restaurants, wineries, and shopping for the ultimate wine country exploration!
Bear Flag Farm
Winter; (530) 753-9494;BearFlagFarm.com
Just outside Sacramento is Bear Flag Farm, with miles of purple lavender fields. Host a picturesque celebration in a white marquee on the lawns of this private estate, accommodating 250 to 300 guests. The environment can take care of the decor, but Signature Celebrations takes care of everything else - from event coordination to on-site catering, and even the wedding cake!
4707 Bloomfield Road, Petaluma; (707) 526-0990;BloomfieldEvents.com
No matter what the season, you can see some really beautiful foliage at Bloomfield Farm. Proud to have practiced sustainable farming for over a decade, the farm grows an abundance of vegetables, herbs and fruit. You can host 150 guests in the historic barn for a rustic reception, then sit back on the patio with lounge furniture and ambient lighting for a cozy after-party atmosphere. The fireplace on the patio is the perfect s'mores bar!
8500 Clubhouse Drive, Pleasanton; (925) 426-6666;PlayCallippe.com
Over time, native plants bloom across the golf course landscape, creating an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife—the perfect backdrop for an organic wedding. Accommodate up to 200 friends and family to enjoy the view from the venue's outdoor patio, which is adorned with rental items and linens to match your choice of style, theme and color palette. Added bonus: an on-site coordinator will take care of any last-minute needs, giving you peace of mind on your wedding day.
Carmel Valley Ranch
1 Old Ranch Road, Carmel;CarmelValleyRanch.com
Vineyards, mountains and gardens - OMG! It's safe to say that this Northern California ranch is the perfect place to host a nature lover (or anyone who loves the great outdoors, for that matter). Visit the Organic Gardens where you and your 175 guests will be surrounded by flower beds and freshly picked vegetables, and enjoy farm-to-table meals on site. Another option is to rent The Range, which is located inside the driving range and has a large white tent with beautiful views of the Carmel Valley. Even the two interior reception areas allow you to soak up the scenery thanks to the oversized windows.
23570 Arnold Avenue, Sonoma; (707) 933-3010;CornerStoneSonoma.com
From an outdoor area on a vineyard lawn to a white tent in a wedding garden, CornerStone Sonoma offers a variety of reception locations across its picturesque grounds. Patches of ivory roses, olive trees and seasonal perennials adorn the perimeter, while Mediterranean meadow grasses of varying textures and colors form a stunning backdrop—both perfect photo spots to commemorate the day. Want to host indoors? The rustic interior of the Garden Barn is perfect, with sliding doors on all four sides, and can still accommodate up to 125 guests admiring the mountains beyond.
Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch
5704 North Walk, Carlsbad; (760) 431-0352;Flower field website
With 50 acres of giant buttercups and another three acres of roses, orchids, sweet peas and petunias, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch certainly lives up to its name. Surround yourself and your guests with these blooms for a lively outdoor ceremony, then choose from the newly built Paul Ecke Jr. or Paul Ecke Jr. The open lawn with the beautiful mountains in the background will bring you an unforgettable reception. Countless rows of these colorful blooms come to life from March through May, but the venue is open year-round for special events.
Highlands Resort and Spa
10600 Highland Springs Ave., Cherry Valley; (951) 845-1151;HSResort.com
A 1,000+ year old oak tree - the second oldest coastal oak in the world - is one of the main focal points of this historic building, where you can say "I do". There are also 2,400 hectares of lush organic pastures and a sea of lavender. The picture backdrops here don't disappoint. Outdoor reception at Maslinik, Olives are harvested here every fall for the production of organic olive oil, or surround yourself and your 100-200 guests among the natural pine forest - for a festive lawn experience. If it's raining, you can choose to have a wedding marquee illuminated by bistro lights and paper lanterns, or an indoor celebration at the Great Oak Steakhouse (named for the famous tree).
Fama Lavender Keys Creek
12460 Keys Creek Road, Valley Center; (760) 742 3844;KCL Farm Network
Although there are several lavender fields scattered throughout California, Keith Creek is the only organic lavender farm in the San Diego area. Rows of lavender, rosemary and rose geraniums cover the expansive landscape, and multiple levels of private event spaces offer guests perfect views of the field. Another plus: The venue is flexible enough to allow enough time for proper setup and teardown, so you can slow down and enjoy every moment.
8620 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo; (805) 491-1400;MGardens.com
What started 41 years ago as a lemon grove surrounded by dirt roads in Maravilla in the heart of Ventura County has grown into a lush garden. Adjacent to a working farm, the site is planted with annuals such as blueberries, raspberries, squash and cilantro, creating a lush backdrop that changes with the seasons. An open garden area is set aside, surrounded by manicured hedges and manicured for weddings, comfortably accommodating up to 300 guests. In the package you also get a caterer, coordinator for the day and rent!
Peggio Lavender Farm
11573 Golf Road, Turlock; (209) 632-5052;LavenderFarm.com website
The small family farm specializes in growing annual lavender on its one-hectare property not far from the reception area, which is outside the rustic greenhouse and gift shop. The entire area can accommodate up to 250 people, and the farm offers unique tables, white wooden chairs and a variety of decorations, ultimately making the planning process much easier.
101 Spring Hill Drive, Cherokee; (530) 321-1274;SavageFlowerRanch.wix.com/savageflowerranch
From the open front of the triangular cedar barn, admire the 23 acres of grassy pastures dotted with wildflowers. The indoor and outdoor spaces are illuminated by pendant lights on wheels and glass bottles. Anything goes events can help you transform a space to complement your specific style, color palette and theme. Bonus: only one wedding is booked each weekend, so all focus will be on your wedding needs (and your 200 guests)!
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