Three Wedding Venues for Nature Lovers in the Bay Area
For an event that (hopefully) only comes once in a lifetime, it’s important to pick the perfect venue, and in an area as beautiful as Northern California, that choice isn’t always easy – especially when it comes to outdoor venues. Rolling vineyards, towering redwood trees, white sand beaches, and sweeping landscapes make the Bay Area an arcade for unforgettable outdoor event venues. To help you narrow it down, here are three of our favorites.
Once a working fruit ranch at the turn of the century, the lushly landscaped property spans 180 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Los Gatos. With over seven acres of landscaped lawns, gardens, ponds and waterfalls, 35 acres of working orchards producing peaches, apples, kiwis and other fruits, majestic redwood groves, an estate house, and a full tennis court and baseball field, Nestldown makes an absolute perfect location for an intimate wedding weekend. Signature touches include use of a vintage London taxi, 25 passenger-carrying train, a tree house, and a fantasy cottage (a furnished children’s playhouse that is guarded by topiary sculptures and carrousel animals). This private estate can host up to 200 guests and rental fees start at $6,000 depending on guest count and the time of year.
The Ranch at Little Hills
If you’re looking for an outdoor space that offers a truly secluded yet beautiful “in the woods” feel, The Ranch at Little Hills can’t be beat. Nestled in the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness of San Ramon, the 25 acre ranch offers a beautiful, intimate setting for a wedding ceremony and reception. From an open range that gives a rustic feel, to an elegant redwood pergola deck, to an intimate oak tree grove, the ceremony sites at this award winning venue will take your breath away, wow your guests, and provide endless photo opportunities. Beyond the ceremony sites, the reception takes place under stately oak trees, beneath a white canopy tent. Lighting has been perfected to create a romantic and magical, candle-lit atmosphere and accommodates large, extravagant affairs and intimate weddings alike. A rental fee of $3,995 is required to reserve your date. Menu packages range from $29-$44 per person and beverage packages range from $10-$20 per person.
The Freedom Hall and Gardens
It’s hard to believe that this intimate property, surrounded by lofty redwoods, peaceful willows, carpets of flowers with splashing fountains and large ponds is situated right in the heart of Silicon Valley’s high tech empire and only two minutes off the 101 freeway. Repeatedly voted by "The Knot" bridal magazine as one of the best wedding reception facilities in the bay area, The Freedom Hall and Gardens features fairy-tale like water features and landscapes for those seeking a forest sanctuary with the practicality of a central location. Their recently renovated ceremony facility features rich hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a panoramic view of the gardens. There is a $1,500 required deposit and price per person starts at $79 with a 100 person minimum. However, there is no additional rental fee.
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