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10 European Inspired Wedding Venues in Southern California

Jun 4, 2019

Finding a wedding venue is HARD. Like so hard. Sometimes it is hard to tell online what it will look like in person, or the images give the wrong impression. Not to mention, there is a lot of pressure to book your venue so that you can set your date and start booking your other vendors. But don’t you worry! I’ve done the hard work for you and gathered 10 European Inspired Wedding Venues in Southern California!

Extra Tips:

What to search: If you wanting to do some research on your own and like this style, some keywords to search are – Tuscan, Villa, Estate, Castle, European, French. Just add wedding venue and where you want to get married after. For example Tuscan style wedding venue in Orange County, Estate Wedding Venue in San Diego, Castle Wedding Venue in San Diego. Pinterest is probably a better bet to use as your search engine because you can see images and there are less adds!

What to look for: There are some key things that make a venue feel like it’s from France or Italy and they are: Interesting architecture, Stone walls, Cypress trees, and Gardens. Under each venue, I’ve made note of whether or not it has these elements so you know how European it will feel without even clicking over to the website!

1.Villa Del Sol d’Oro

Location: Sierra Madre, Ca

Interesting architecture: Yes

Stone walls: Yes

Cypress trees: Yes

Gardens: Yes

Other notes:

           

2. Cal a Vie Spa

Location: Vista, ca

Interesting architecture: Yes

Stone walls: Yes

Cypress trees: No

Gardens: Yes

Other notes: Cal A Vie is a functioning Spa

3. Greystone Mansion

Location: Beverly Hills

Interesting architecture: Yes

Stone walls: Yes

Cypress trees: Yes

Gardens: Yes

4. Sunstone Winery

Location: Santa Ynez, Ca

Interesting architecture: Yes

Stone walls: Yes

Cypress trees: No

Gardens: No

Other Notes: Although this venue doesn’t have the garden or cypress trees of some of the other venues it is located on a beautiful vineyard!

5. The Villa San Juan Capistrano

Location: San Juan Capistrano, Ca

Interesting architecture: Yes

Stone walls: Yes

Cypress trees: No

Gardens: No

Other notes: It is right across the street from the San Juan Mission which is a stunning spot for portraits!

 

6. Kestral Park

Location: Santa Ynez, Ca

Interesting architecture: Yes

Stone walls: Yes

Cypress trees: No

Gardens: Yes

7. Marbella Country Club

Location: San Juan Capistrano, Ca

Interesting architecture: Yes (though it is more minimal)

Stone walls: Yes

Cypress trees: No

Gardens: No

8. Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Location: San Diego, Ca

Interesting architecture: Yes

Stone walls: Yes

Cypress trees: No

Gardens: No

9. Kimberly Crest

Location: Redlands, Ca

Interesting architecture: Yes

Stone walls: Yes

Cypress trees: Yes

Gardens: Yes

Notes: Kimberly Crest is one of my favorites. Partially because it has all the elements that make a venue feel like you are in a European dream but also because I grew up in Redlands and would come here often as a kid for Christmas Tree lightings, Family photos, and picnics!

10. Stonepine Estate

Location: Carmel Valley, Ca

Interesting architecture: Yes

Stone walls: Yes

Cypress trees: No

Gardens: Yes

There you have it 10 European Inspired Wedding Venues in Southern California!

Photo credit (in order from top to bottom): Josselyn Peterson, Jose Villa,  Jose Villa, Jose Villa, Koman Photography, Luna De Mare, Sara Weir, Cavin Elizabeth, Carrie King and Lane Dittoe.

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