Fortunate is the bride who weds in Marin County! Surrounded by water on three sides, Marin is a scenic wonderland whose natural treasures—ancient redwood forests, a dramatic coastline, and a wide range of flora and fauna—make for dynamic celebratory settings. Here are 10 unique wedding locations, each offering a different way to experience Marin’s legendary beauty:
Urban sophistication meets great natural beauty in this hip, boutique hotel—an oasis of calm next to Richardson Bay. The lobby (with waterfall and fireplace), balconied guestrooms and wedding lawn all face the water, enjoying a glorious view of Mt. Tamalpais and the wooded ridges of Mill Valley.
Tucked at the base of Mill Valley’s rolling hills, this unpretentious and very affordable restaurant sits right at the edge of a lagoon in a quiet corner of the bay—perfect for a rehearsal dinner. The main room and its decks provide an expansive view of the water, complete with sea birds from a nearby preserve.
Set in West Marin’s rolling hills, this cozy Tudor-style inn seems an apparition from the English countryside. Get married on the lawn or nearby beach, followed by a candlelit celebration in the intimate glassed-in conservatory, accompanied by an abundance of vines and flowers.
“25 minutes from everywhere,” this Spanish-style country retreat in a secluded valley is surrounded by grassy hills, woods and grazing ranch animals. The Rancho Room, with its wooden ceiling trusses and permanent oak dance floor, opens to a deck overlooking a lawn and a vine-festooned gazebo (custom-made for ceremonies).
Step back in time to the sun-kissed days when California belonged to Spain and town centers held flowing fountains, colonnades, bell towers, gardens and charming baroque façades. The interfaith Unity In Marin, nestled in the rolling hills of southern Novato, includes a chapel, the spacious Unity Hall for receptions, a commercial kitchen, and a lawn and courtyard with fountain, garden and shaded colonnade.
This 11-acre venue provides a gorgeous setting for weddings, with exquisitely landscaped gardens and a serene, private atmosphere. Ceremony sites abound on the grounds, and charming indoor receptions rooms are available, too. The airy Livermore Pavilion boasts two stone fireplaces and opens to its own deck and garden, while the Garden Room features a beautifully appointed interior, front and rear garden patios, and a gas fireplace. You can reserve individual spaces or buy out the entire site!
Like a castle on a wooded Scottish brae, this hilltop seminary with breathtaking vistas evokes romantic visions. After a ceremony in one of two charming chapels, host a reception on one of the campus’ lawns or in one of its impressive stone buildings. Rent a Victorian house on site and stay overnight!
Beautiful surroundings, an award-winning culinary team, and a 40-year-old tradition of service have made San Geronimo a Marin County favorite. The hilltop clubhouse offers five event spaces, with the main banquet area boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the rolling fairways and distant woods. Ceremonies and tented receptions are often held on the manicured lawn, and your on-site personal Wedding Coordinator will oversee all the details. This venue is known for its affordability, flexibility and incredible friendliness.
Thanks to being built over the water with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Spinnaker’s new private banquet room affords sweeping views that include Belvedere, Angel Island, the Bay Bridge and San Francisco’s skyline. Sliding glass doors open onto an outdoor deck that offers an additional 1,000 square feet of bayside space.
Occupying three beautiful acres at the tip of the scenic Tiburon Peninsula, this upscale three-story, 102-room California Craftsman-style lodge is only steps away from SF Bay and the ferry landing, and minutes from world-class recreation like hiking, sailing, ocean kayaking and wine tasting. Shoppers will love the many unique shops, art galleries and restaurants nearby. Think: room blocks for your guests…
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