15 Woodsy Wedding Venues in Southern California

Whether it's a single spreading oak, a dappled forest, or a majestic grove of redwoods, trees impart an irresistible beauty to a wedding. All of the Southern California venues we've highlighted below showcase Mother Nature's arborial handiwork, and any one of them might have just the outdoor setting you're looking for.



ORANGE COUNTY



Environmental Nature Center

Location: 1601 East 16th Street, Newport Beach CA

Style: Eco-friendly garden setting

Interesting Tidbit: The first building in OC to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification, it features energy-conserving climate control, water efficient systems and fixtures, and the imaginative use of recycled and recyclable materials throughout.

Event Space Highlights: At this 8,500-square-foot facility, you'll find halls, patios, and native gardens planted in the midst of its gorgeous 3.5-acre surround.  

Notable Amenity: Your event fees are also recycled—most of them go to supporting the Center's operating costs and programs, and a big portion of your bill is tax deductible, too.

Catering: Bring your own.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$

Woodsy Paths at Environmental Nature Center


LOS ANGELES



Oak Canyon Ranch

Location: 3272 Triunfo Canyon Road, Agoura Hills CA

Style: Rustic elegance

Fab Feature: This 48-acre private estate in the Santa Monica Mountains is just 10 miles from Malibu and 25 from Los Angeles.

Event Space Highlights: A large reception hall, lodge, and many cottages used for staging or dressing rooms are spread over the property in the shade of abundant mature oak trees.

Notable Services: The venue offers full event services, including customized menus.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $$

Outdoor Reception at Oak Canyon Ranch


LAKE ARROWHEAD



San Moritz Lodge

Location: 24640 San Moritz Drive, Crestline CA

Style: Grand lakefront chalet and grounds

Fab Feature: When you get married here, you can seal your vows with a kiss in the midst of nature's wonderland. 

Event Space Highlights: The Ceremony Lawn in front of the Lodge faces Lake Gregory and is edged by tall conifers. Indoor ceremonies and receptions are held in either the Lakeview Room, with its 35-foot-high cathedral ceiling, flagstone-faced fireplace, and adjoining patio, or the cozy Fireside Room, which is warmed by a fireplace. 

Notable Services: Their wedding packages and professional Wedding Coordinator will make planning your wedding a breeze.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$

Lakeside Woods at San Moritz Lodge

Arrowhead Pine Rose Weddings and Cabins

Location: 25994 State Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead CA

Style: Mile-high, pine-scented getaway

Fab Feature: The Rustic Romance Cottage is a charming honeymoon suite with a stone fireplace and an extra-large Jacuzzi tub. 

Event Space Highlights: The Cedar Creek Pond area, amidst towering evergreens, works well for intimate affairs for up to 40. Larger events are held in the wonderful Hidden Creek Lodge, a multi-tiered site with a stream running down one side and a serene pond at its base.

Wedding Package Perks: All of their packages include a professional wedding coordinator to personally assist with the entire process. Plus, they offer a range of pricing to accommodate most budgets, and will create a payment plan for you, too. 

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: On-site cabins and nearby lodges.

Price: $ • $$

Outdoor Ambiance at Arrowhead Pine Rose Weddings and Cabins


EASTERN SIERRA



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: $$

Outdoor Ceremony at Mammoth Mountain & June Mountain Resorts


VENTURA



Moorpark Country Club

Location: 11800 Championship Drive, Moorpark, CA

Style: Romantic garden elegance

Fab Feature: In the scenic canyons of ranch country lies an exclusive hilltop oasis, blessed with sweeping natural vistas and high-caliber amenities—all at a surprisingly reasonable price.   

Event Space Highlights: Have your ceremony in front of a pretty garden gazebo surrounded by rose bushes and a verdant lawn; or tie the knot against a backdrop of leafy trees and lush greenery. Cocktail hours on the patio and receptions inside the Ballroom, which has floor-to-ceiling windows, enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and rolling fairways dotted with lakes and trees. 

Notable Services: Experienced event coordinators help you visualize your day and match you up with the best of local vendors. Flexible and varied menus even include a Sunday Wedding Brunch special. 

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$

Outdoor Ceremony at Moorpark Country Club


SANTA BARBARA



Elings Park

Location: 1298 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara CA

Style: California outdoor-casual with views

Fab Feature: This 230-acre nonprofit park is blessed with incredible city, mountain, and ocean views. Your rental fee helps support this beautiful community facility.

Event Space Highlights: Terraced into a hillside, Godric Grove is a nature-lovers dream spot. Say your vows atop the Stone Amphitheater overlooking an oaken forest, then celebrate on a free-form redwood deck beneath the oak canopy. For a different ambiance altogether, the South Bluffs offers ceremonies embracing a panoramic ocean vista. In another part of the park, a spacious meadow with a gazebo and two stone terraces hosts lush ceremonies and DIY receptions limited only by your imagination (lawn games, anyone?).

Wedding Package Perks: The site fee is surprisingly affordable for this prestigious (and gorgeous!) area, plus you can BYO catering and alcohol for potentially more savings. Lots of free parking, too!

Catering: Bring your own.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$

Bride and Groom under the Trees at Elings Park


SAN GABRIEL VALLEY



The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Location: 270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena CA

Style: Japanese pond-style stroll garden

Interesting Tidbit: Created between 1935 and 1940 and considered a masterwork, this exquisite garden set on two acres features lots of winding paths, canopies of oaks and sycamores, a 15-foot waterfall, and a formal teahouse overlooking the pond.

Event Space Highlights: In addition to the garden and teahouse, the property includes a home that may be used for events.  

Notable Amenities: Your rental includes exclusive use of the entire property during your wedding, two changing suites, a 1.5-hour rehearsal prior to the event, and more.

Catering: Choose from list.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $$

Outdoor Garden Reception at The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden


SAN FERNANDO VALLEY



Middle Ranch

Location: 11700 Little Tujunga Canyon Road, Lake View Terrace CA

Style: Civilization harmonizes with rugged landscape

Interesting Tidbit: Although known primarily as an exclusive 650-acre equestrian ranch, Middle Ranch is also a spectacular place for a wedding. 

Event Space Highlights: Ceremonies are held on the expansive front lawn with a backdrop of trees and mountains. The venue's main building, the award-winning Lodge, features an abundance of warm wood and a two-sided fieldstone fireplace. French doors open to a lovely and spacious garden patio.

Notable Services and Amenities: They only host one even per day, so you get top priority. Plus, their catering partner, Anoush Catering, will make sure your customized reception cuisine and service exceeds your expectations.

Catering: Provided in-house, exclusively by Anoush Catering.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$

Patio Reception at Middle Ranch


INLAND EMPIRE



Wedgewood Weddings | Galway Downs

Location: 38801 Corralitos Road, Temecula CA

Style: Lavish equestrian estate in Temecula Wine Country

Fab Feature: This magnificent property's 242 gorgeous acres boast century-old oak trees, graceful willows, flowing creeks, and soft green meadows surrounded by rolling hills.

Event Space Highlights: The picturesque gardens and grounds are just made for romantic ceremonies... One magical gathering spot rests alongside a waterfall beneath the shade of oak trees. Notable indoor sites include the majestic Carriage House, with redwood rafters, a high vaulted ceiling, and a stone hearth. The refurbished Barn has a contemporary polish, yet retains its beautifully weathered charm.

Wedding Package Perks: Wedgewood's fully customizable and stress-free packages let you mix and match your desired amenities, from invitations to florals. The event team can also arrange a horse and carriage for your grand entry or exit—and you can party until 1am!

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $$ • $$$

Outdoor Ceremony at Wedgewood Weddings Galway Downs

Lake Oak Meadows Weddings and Events

Location: 36101 Glen Oaks Road, Temecula CA

Style: Wine Country private estate

Fab Feature: The breathtaking setting encompasses acres of trees, heirloom roses, secret gardens and bronze statues, waterfalls, fountains, shady knolls, a picturesque lake, and endless views. You can even arrive by horse and carriage if you like!

Event Space Highlights: The ceremony site is fantastic—it's on a grass-covered peninsula that extends into a tranquil blue lagoon surrounded by trees. Dining and dancing takes place on a flagstone fountain patio bordered by trees and strung with lanterns overhead…or in an informal ballroom with ceiling fans and windows overlooking the grounds.

Notable Amenity: Food is provided exclusively by Temecula Catering, who will prepare a complimentary tasting prior to creating your customized menu.

Catering: Provided in-house. 

Accommodations: Romantic honeymoon suite and nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$ • $$$

Bride and Groom Kiss by the Fountain at Lake Oak Meadows Weddings and Events

The Guest Ranch at Pacific Crest in Wrightwood

Location: 78 Big Pines Highway, Wrightwood CA

Style: Down-home dude ranch-inspired cabin and grounds

Interesting Tidbit: The Guest Ranch sits on 300 acres of forested wilderness that encompasses lawns, private hiking trails, and pristine wildlife habitat.  

Event Space Highlights: An extraordinary 250-year-old oak creates an enormous natural canopy and an idyllic spot to say your vows. Afterwards, guests cross a bridge over a pond to an expansive lawn for the reception. At night, globe lights placed in the trees and all around add a romantic glow.

Notable Amenities: They provide a preferred lodging list—including adorable local cabins—for guests who stay the weekend. And they also offer a special wedding party discount for their on-site zipline rides during the weekend.

Catering: Choose from list.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$

Outdoor Reception at The Guest Ranch at Pacific Crest in Wrightwood


SAN DIEGO



Twin Oaks Golf Course

Location: 1441 N Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos CA

Style: Relaxed, elegant, natural

Fab Feature: Set in the rolling hills of San Marcos, this Arts and Crafts-style venue includes a manicured hilltop garden area, views of the hills, and a championship golf course.

Event Space Highlights: The California Craftsman-style Garden Room has large picture windows that afford panoramic views of the grounds. Outdoors, the Garden Terrace comes complete with an oversized stone fireplace and market lighting. 

Notable Services and Amenities: The creative and flexible catering staff will help you plan your event and customize your menu. 

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$

Trees and Wedding Arch at Twin Oaks Golf Course

Paradise Falls

Location: 190 Wilshire Road, Oceanside CA

Style: Garden paradise

Interesting Tidbit: This 18-acre "paradise" has hosted weddings for over 25 years, with just one wedding per day! 

Event Space Highlights: Get married on the expansive Gazebo Lawn, where an amazing, old-growth tree's spreading branches form a canopy overhead. You can dine al fresco on the Upper Reception Lawn in the warm glow of lanterns, market lights, and twinkle lights wrapped around the surrounding trees. For an indoor reception there's the elegant Tented Pavilion, lavishly draped and decorated with out-of-the-ordinary antique sofas, armoires, and chandeliers.

Notable Amenities: There's a well-appointed Bridal Cottage, and a "man cave" for the groom and his buddies, complete with putting green.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $$

Outdoor Ceremony at Paradise Falls
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