17 Woodsy Wedding Venues in Northern California

If you want nature, in the form of glorious trees, to play a role in your wedding, these venues could be just what you're looking for. From a cathedral in the forest created by a grove of redwoods to a canopy of spreading oaks aglow with bistro lights at night, they'll all add a woodsy beauty to your celebration.



YOSEMITE AND FORESTS



Mammoth Mountain & June Mountain Resorts

Outdoor Ceremony at Mammoth Mountain & June Mountain Resorts

Location: 1 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes CA

Style: Alpine oasis with an assortment of lodges and event venues

Fab Feature: Say "I do" atop Mammoth's 11,053-foot summit! Treat your guests to a champagne gondola ride up the mountain and, if you like, ski down yourselves after exchanging vows.  

Event Space Highlights: Prime choices include the Tamarack Lodge and Resort overlooking the crystalline shores of Twin Lakes, and June Mountain, which boasts an equally majestic setting, glacial lakes, and "big sky" 360-degree panoramas.  

Notable Services: Resort staff will customizie your destination celebration to suit your personal style.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: A large variety of rooms, condos, and other lodging is available.

Price: $$


The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth Lakes

Wooded Setting at The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth Lakes

Location: 50 Hillside Drive, Mammoth Lakes CA

Style: All-seasons luxury resort

Fab Feature: Besides being surrounded by stunning scenery, the resort is just across the street from the gondola that takes you to the mountaintop for skiing and hiking…and it's only a short walk from shopping, dining. and entertainment in Mammoth Village.

Event Space Highlights: Exchange vows and serve cocktails and hors d'oeuvres poolside against a background of towering pines, quaking aspens, and high mountain peaks. Indoor celebration options include the Gallery Room, a pair of banquet rooms, or the Whitebark Restaurant Bar & Lounge, warmed by two fireplaces.

Extra Perks: When you host your wedding here, you'll receive wedding-night accommodations for the wedding couple and a sparkling toast during your reception, and you'll earn bonus Starpoints to use for your honeymoon.

Catering: Provided in-house

Accommodations: 230 guest rooms and suites

Price: $ • $$



NORTH BAY



Deer Park Villa

Outdoor Reception with String Lights at Deer Park Villa

Location: 367 Bolinas Road, Fairfax CA

Style: Picturesque, forested

Interesting Tidbit: In 1937, original owners Joe and Antoinette Ghiringhelli planted a grove of redwood trees to celebrate their purchase of the property—a dream they'd had since they were married here themselves 10 years earlier. Those trees are now known as the "Enchanted Forest", towering giants that have sheltered hundreds of couples as they exchange vows.

Event Space Highlights: You'll love saying "I do" in the redwood grove, a circle of trees that serve as a natural cathedral. Host your dinner al fresco, too, and market lights placed high in the branches will add a romantic glow at night. An outdoor bar is ideal for the cocktail hour, and the Dance Hall provides a large room for indoor receptions. The hall's Lodge Bar is available for late-night partying.

Wedding Package Perks: In addition to the ceremony and reception options, there's a fabulous Bridal Suite (in the former carriage house), with a full bathroom, cedar closet, lots of windows, and vintage furnishings. You also get to party past midnight at the Late Night Lounge, and park for free.

Catering: Choose from list.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$ • $$$



NORTH COAST



The Secret Gardens

Outdoor Ceremony at The Secret Gardens

Location: Corner East Shore and Bay Flat Roads, Bodega Bay, CA

Style: Magical gardens

Fab Feature: There's beauty everywhere you look, from abundant blooms of rhododendrons, irises, and camellias…to delicate Japanese maples, cherry trees, and towering redwoods…to a babbling brook and several lovely ponds.

Event Space Highlights: Exchange vows on a tree-shaded redwood deck, then meander along the garden paths before joining your guests for the reception at the handsome pavilion at the far side of the gardens.  

Notable Amenities: Along with the gorgeous setting, the rental fee includes a large dance deck, 2 bars, bride and groom dressing areas, fountains, a fire pit, tables and chairs, ample parking (on-site and on-street), and much more.

Catering: Preferred list

Accommodations: Nearby hotels

Price: $ • $$



EAST BAY



UC Botanical Garden

Wedding Day under the Tall Trees at UC Botanical Garden

Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley CA

Style: Garden of earthly delights

Fab Feature: This 34-acre garden overlooking San Francisco Bay is a living museum with over 12,000 different kinds of plants, including many rare and endangered species. A stroll through its varied environments takes you past a cloud forest, a Japanese pool with waterfalls, and even an orchid and carnivorous plant house!

Event Space Highlights: The favorite ceremony site is a serene grove of redwoods with amphitheater seating for your guests. More intimate receptions are held in the historic Julia Morgan Hall, with its all-wood interior, fireplace, and gardenview deck. Larger groups celebrate in the Conference Center, which is set in the Palm and Cycad Garden and opens to an expansive deck.

Wedding Package Perks: Extras include a dressing room, access to the garden for wedding photos, day-of admission to the garden for wedding guests, and a 1-year family membership for the wedding couple.

Catering: Choose from list.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$


Wedgewood Weddings | Redwood Canyon

Outdoor Ceremony at Wedgewood Weddings Redwood Canyon

Location: 17007 Redwood Road, Castro Valley CA

Style: Classic elegance in a natural setting

Fab Feature: Perched in the rolling green hills above Castro Valley, this picturesque property is surrounded by trees and sprawling meadows. The occasional sighting of deer or other wildlife makes you think that you're in the country, though you're conveniently just minutes from town.

Event Space Highlights: The park-like grounds offer two sites for exchanging vows, including a hidden forested oasis with a white pergola--perfect for your "secret garden" ceremony! A quaint white footbridge is a romantic spot for photos, and both banquet spaces have serene golf course views.

Wedding Package: All-inclusive wedding packages are completely customizable, with flexible menus plus invitations, florals, DJ, officiant, and more. The experienced event team work with your budget and vision to come up with a wedding that's uniquely yours.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$



PENINSULA



The Mountain Terrace

Outdoor Ceremony at  The Mountain Terrace

Location: 17285 Skyline Boulevard, Woodside CA

Style: Mountainside private venue

Fab Feature: An acre of lawn, bordered by oaks and dozens of soaring redwoods, gives way to a sweeping view of the southern part of San Francisco Bay down to the Fremont hills. 

Event Space Highlights: The lawn is spacious enough for a ceremony and reception, but there's also a two-level redwood deck that hosts cocktail receptions and seated dinners, too. The deck connects to a large room indoors, which can be used for dancing or fireside celebrations in winter. 

Notable Services: Their culinary team will arrange a menu tasting and consultation, and then customize your menu.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$



NORTH STATE



Twenty Mile House

Railroad Tracks at Twenty Mile House

Location: 700 Old Cromberg Road, Graeagle CA

Style: Environmentally-friendly private estate in the woods

Interesting Tidbit: This historic, sustainable private estate was established in 1854 and was once a stage coach stop.

Event Space Highlights: Set on 200 secluded acres along the Feather River, this unique destination venue is surrounded by forest. Ceremony sites include a lawn bordered by gardens, creekside beneath pines, or next to the river. Cocktails and dining take place in the brick patio bar and reception area.

Wedding Package Perks: Their signature Eco-Elegant Wedding Package includes a forest or riverfront ceremony site plus a customized menu crafted from local organic cuisine—even the wedding cake is organic!

Catering: Provided in-house or preferred list

Accommodations: Guest rooms and cabins sleep up to 26.

Price: $ • $$



TAHOE



The Chateau at Incline Village

Outdoor Ceremony at The Chateau at Incline Village

Location: 955 Fairway Boulevard, Incline Village NV

Style: Elegant Tahoe lodge

Fab Feature: The Château is the epitome of Tahoe charm, with vaulted timber ceilings, impressive stone fireplaces, covered decks, and expansive mountain and lake views.

Event Space Highlights: Say your vows surrounded by greenery at the creekside Aspen Grove. The lake and beach are across the street for photo sessions, and the Grove even has its own indoor reception facility. Winter weddings are especially inviting in the Tahoe Grand Ballroom, where large stacked-rock fireplaces keep things cozy. The Ballroom's spacious deck overlooks the scenic championship golf course.

Notable Services: Their Executive Chef will customize your reception menu, and the event staff are happy to put together a pre- or post-wedding golf tournament for you and your guests.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $$


Ridge Tahoe Resort

Outdoor Ceremony at Ridge Tahoe Resort

Location: 400 Ridge Club Drive, Stateline NV

Style: Laid-back luxe in the High Sierras

Fab Feature: Nestled on a spectacular ridge above Lake Tahoe, this South Shore beauty benefits from a dramatic mountaintop setting overlooking the Carson Valley. Hard to believe that bustling nightlife and casino action are just 10 minutes away!

Event Space Highlights: Ceremonies in the Grand View Garden are cradled by towering aspen and panoramic natural vistas. Alternatively, the resort team can whisk you and your guests down the hill to wed lakeside, with the powdery beach beneath your feet. Winter weddings are warm and cheery in the Stagecoach View Room, whose windows frame lovely mountainscapes. Receptions take on a rustic glamour in the bi-level Clubhouse, complete with built-in bar, stone details and, of course, gorgeous views.

Wedding Package Perks: Whether you're planning an intimate elopement or a grand affair, The Ridge makes destination weddings a breeze. They offer packages that accommodate most budgets and include photography, florals, DJ, cake, officiant, and even bridal hair and makeup!

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 302 guest rooms and condominium suites (1–2 bedrooms).

Price: $$



SANTA CRUZ



Highlands House and Park

Wedding Party at Highlands House and Park

Location: 8500 Highway 9, Ben Lomond CA

Style: Warm and welcoming with a backyard casual vibe

Interesting Tidbit: Once the site of a noble British couple's turn-of-the-century manor house, today the 43 unspoiled acres in the sunny Santa Cruz Mountains are a lovely county park. The two-story Highlands House was rebuilt in the 1930s as a family retreat, and it lends a homey vintage charm to celebrations.

Event Space Highlights: The spacious front lawn is ringed by towering oaks, pines and redwoods, and accented by magnolia trees and camellia bushes. A ceremony site with a white gazebo rests at one end of the lawn, with plenty of room left over for an outdoor garden reception. The House's great room has a hardwood floor that's perfect for dancing, a cool parlor for the cake, and even a second-floor balcony for the bouquet toss.

Notable Amenities: Couples love the venue's affordability, as well as the freedom to DIY to their hearts' content (though with Nature's gifts, the site doesn't need much to make it shine).

Catering: Bring your own (and BYO alcohol, too!).

Accommodations: Nearby hotels in Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, and Scotts Valley.

Price: $



GOLD COUNTRY




Wedgewood Weddings | Sequoia Mansion

Bride and Groom in the Garden at Wedgewood Weddings Sequoia Mansion

Location: 643 Bee Street, Placerville CA

Style: Historic Victorian charm comes to Gold Country

Interesting Tidbit: Loaded with authentic vintage details, the mansion was originally built in 1853 by Gold Country entrepreneurs. It was restored by local winemakers in 2002, and the basement is now the Nello Olivo Wine Cellar and Tasting Room (which can be reserved for your rehearsal dinner!).

Event Space Highlights: Exchange vows on the front lawn with the mansion's façade as the backdrop, or in the enchanting tree-filled garden. Indoor ceremonies are held in the gardenview Veranda Room, whose embossed ceiling and leaded-glass trim recall a bygone era. Afterwards, friends and family mingle in the handsome Bar, which includes a stunning hand-carved 19th-century fireplace. Regal receptions bask in the warm glow of dark wood trim and the glass-and-brass chandeliers suspended from a soaring cathedral ceiling.

Wedding Package Perks: Wedgewood's event coordinators help you make the most of this unique locale's amenities. They'll work with you to customize Wedgewood's all-inclusive wedding packages and generous meal options to suit your budget and celebration style.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$



SAN FRANCISCO



Presidio Golf Course and Clubhouse

Bride and Groom in the Eucalyptus Forest at Presidio Golf Course and Clubhouse

Location: 300 Finley Road at Arguello Gate, The Presidio, San Francisco CA

Style: Refined, yet casual

Fab Feature: The clubhouse is set in the renowned Presidio National Park and surrounded by 1,500 acres of eucalyptus and cypress trees, pine forest, and coastal wild flowers—and don't forget the ocean and bay views! 

Event Space Highlights: The inviting clubhouse showcases a cathedral ceiling, exposed fir beams, cherrywood trim and paneling, and a large limestone fireplace. Five French doors open to the Tented Terrace, which is perfect for any type of function from barbecue to black-tie. 

Notable Services: Their experienced coordination team will work with you to realize your wedding vision and create a stress-free experience.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$



SACRAMENTO AREA



Granite Bay Golf Club

Bride and Groom on Wooden Bridge at Granite Bay Golf Club

Location: 9600 Golf Club Drive, Granite Bay CA

Style: Classic-contemporary chic

Fab Feature: The Private Event Director will personally accompany you and your photographer around the grounds via golf cart, making sure you have access to the most photogenic spots for gorgeous wedding pix. 

Event Space Highlights: Couples exchange vows on the secluded Wedding Garden lawn, and then invite their guests into the skylit Conservatory for the reception. It opens to a fantastic covered patio that overlooks the golf course, a sparkling lake, and the tree-dotted hills in the distance. Smaller rooms, like the wood-lined Library, are available for more intimate events.

Notable Amenities: Your rental includes Chiavari chairs, specialty linens, uplighting, ceiling draping, complimentary parking, and more. Plus the Executive Chef will customize your reception cuisine.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $$



SOUTH BAY



Saratoga Springs

Wedding Party under Streaming Sunlight at Saratoga Springs

Location: 22801 Big Basin Way, Saratoga CA

Style: Woodsy, 125-acre preserve

Fab Feature: Cathedral Grove, where the branches of majestic redwoods and towering box elders form an arch like the ceiling of a Gothic church, is a spectacular ceremony site. 

Event Space Highlights: The Grove also makes a unique reception spot, especially when adorned with hanging lanterns or flickering candles at night. A historic stone bridge makes a charming backdrop for a second ceremony/reception site, which comes with a hillside dance area and panoramic views.

Notable Services and Amenities: They offer a full-service, all-outdoor wedding experience, including décor enhancements (your choice of wedding arch, bistro lights, wine barrels), photo booth, DJ/MC, and much more.  

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $



WINE COUNTRY



Simi Winery

Red Outdoor Reception at Simi Winery

Location: 16275 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg CA

Style: Landmark "green" winery

Fab Feature: If you want to elope and prefer a small, low-key wedding, Simi offers a "Midweek Elopements and Intimate Weddings" package.

Event Space Highlights: A redwood-flanked terrace with fountain, a redwood-rimmed garden courtyard, and the winery building itself (with its stone-walled wine cellar) are available for your celebration.

Notable Amenities: Your rental includes photography, flowers, and cake. You may also choose from among Simi's wines for your reception.

Catering: Provided by their exclusive caterer, Park Avenue Catering.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$ • $$$


Beltane Ranch

Outdoor Ceremony under Oak at Beltane Ranch

Location: 11775 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen CA

Style: Historic, family-owned working ranch and vineyards

Interesting Tidbit: Beltane Ranch dates back to 1892, when a black woman from New Orleans named Mary Ellen Pleasant came to the Valley of the Moon and and built the existing house to escape—and celebrate—her business success in SF.

Event Space Highlights: Two lawns, in front of and behind the Victorian house, are used for ceremonies. A garden area and rustic horse barn host rehearsal dinners and small receptions.

Notable Service: If you're hosting an intimate wedding, rehearsal dinner, or brunch for 50 guests or fewer, Beltane Ranch's chef will custom-design and prepare a menu that showcases their sustainable estate-grown organic produce, olive oil, and wine pairings.

Catering: Choose from list for events over 50 guests. Smaller events may use the in-house catering service.

Accommodations: 5 B&B guest rooms.

Price: $$ • $$$


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