Southern California is such a great place for weddings because there's such a variety to choose from! From breathtaking mountain views, sunny beaches, romantic gardens, and luxurious historic architecture, Los Angeles and Orange County offer some of the most iconic wedding venues in the world! It can be a challenge to decide on which venue is the best for your wedding.
As an Orange County-based wedding photographer for the last 13 years, I've had the opportunity to work at a variety of wedding venues throughout SoCal and here I've compiled a few of my favorite locations to help you as you search for the perfect place to host your big day.
Pasea Hotel & Spa
This boutique oceanfront hotel in Huntington Beach is known for it's impeccable customer service. With over 26,000 square feet of combined event space, this beautiful venue is a must see. The famed, Sapphire Ballroom can fit up to 800 guests and is fully customizable to make your wedding reception vision come to life! With convenient shopping and the beach so close, this venue is also the perfect space for your out of town guests to enjoy before and after your event.
coyote hills golf course
An award winning Orange County golf course with a beautiful outdoor pagoda that overlooks a scenic waterfall. Coyote Hills is great for hosting both ceremonies and receptions with options for both indoor and outdoor event space. The staff is known for their gracious hospitality and top-notch service.
This spacious 13,000 square foot venue features an incredible grand stairway and giant Italian crystal chandelier that greets you the moment you walk through the door. Upstairs you'll find a customizable space that allows for both large and small weddings, and a private outdoor patio area that's great for intimate ceremonies and cocktail hour.
Ebell of Los angeles
A historic gem of Los Angeles, the Ebell features breathtaking Italian Renaissance-style architecture, beautiful details, and its events team is well known for high-class service. This is a great location to host your entire event in one place, get ready on-site, and host a large amount of guests.
Ebell of Long Beach
A local landmark featuring opulent vintage decor and stunning Spanish Revival style architecture. With it's glamorous decor, amazing catering, and great location near both Los Angeles and Orange County, you can't go wrong with hosting an Ebell of Long Beach wedding!
A quaint restaurant on a hill in Orange County with an amazing view and wonderful food! Summit House Restaurant has both an outdoor ceremony area with a gazebo and a large ballroom space. On your one year anniversary, you'll be welcomed back for a celebratory dinner in the restaurant.
Hummingbird Nest ranch
One of Southern California's most iconic wedding venues! Hummingbird Nest Ranch boasts up to six different options for ceremony and reception space. If you're planning a luxurious wedding experience with incredible views - this venue is absolutely must see!
Old ranch country club
Understated elegance in a quiet pocket of Orange County! Old Ranch Country Club features a beautiful wrought iron topped pergola overlooking the course, ensuring a beautiful ceremony view. Up to 6,000 feet of banquet room space are available and customizable to accommodate both large and small weddings. To top it all off, Old Ranch Country Club is well known for it's exceptional catering and high-class service.
Indoor & Outdoor
La Ventura Event Center
This charming wedding venue in the heart of San Clemente features dreamy Spanish-Colonial Revival style architecture and is the perfect location for intimate weddings! The courtyard features red clay tile, exposed wooden beams, a cozy outdoor fireplace, and beautiful tile artwork. This venue also includes both bride and groom suites that are great for preparations. As a bonus, the beach is only about half a mile away -great for wedding photos!
Once home to a literal smog shop, this space was renovated and revisioned in 2008 as an eco-friendly forward event and wedding venue. The unique urban-meets-vintage vibes and the stunning vertical gardens are a dream for couples who want a non-traditional flair for the big day. After the ceremony ends, you can roll up the 18-foot glass garage doors and invite your guests into the SmogShoppe for dinner and dancing.
Los Angeles county
Friendly Hills country club
A private golf course nestled in within Friendly Hills that features beautiful views of the course (a great backdrop for your ceremony!) and a huge craftsman style clubhouse that's known for it's great catering and warm, friendly events team!
Marbella Country Club
Enjoy sweeping views of this gorgeous golf course and it's spacious country club with dreamy Mediterranean style architecture. This high-class venue features a variety of event spaces so your guests can easily flow from ceremony, to cocktail hour, to reception. The exceptional service and delicious catering will not disappoint!
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
A historic piece of Los Angeles' Little Tokyo District. This hidden gem features a beautiful Japanese Garden and a spacious indoor reception space that offers the option of in-house or brought-in catering and bar services. A must see for intimate weddings!