Garden Wedding season is definitely upon us! The fresh spring weather stretching into the balmy summer months gets brides and grooms dreaming of an al fresco ceremony and reception, surrounded by lush lawns, flower-filled hedges and towering trees. And right here in sunny southern California, we have an impressive array of private estates and public gardens and parks that boast of all these…plus impeccable amenities for special events. So we’ve put together our own survey of 10 must-see venues to consider for a romantic garden wedding!
Romantic Garden Venues in Southern California!
1 – Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Arcadia
The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a unique 127-acre botanical garden and historical site located in what was the heart of the historic Rancho Santa Anita in the city of Arcadia. For inquiries, visit them here.
2 – Happy Trails Garden, Pasadena
Located in the heart of Old Pasadena, Happy Trails Garden has wedding ceremonies held on the raised deck at the base of a huge camphor tree that umbrellas the entire garden. Guest seating is on the grass, while brick patios and walkways connect the flower filled garden and offer areas for music and dancing. For wedding reservations, get initial information here.
3 – Fenyes Estate Gardens, Pasadena Museum of History
The Fenyes Estate Gardens are the perfect location for weddings and corporate events. Hundreds of exotic crinum lilies and amaryllis belladonna bloom throughout the spring and summer months beside a stream that cuts across the property. Wide swaths of lawn have the magnificent Fenyes Mansion as their backdrop. Inquire here for your wedding plans.
4 – Greystone Mansion and Gardens, Beverly Hills
Greystone Mansion, also known as the Doheny Mansion, is a Tudor style mansion on a landscaped estate with distinctive formal English gardens. Now the property of the City of Beverly Hills, Greystone is maintained as a public park, as well as a location for special events and movie filming. For outdoor weddings, the estate offers a choice of venues: the Formal Garden, Forecourt & Cypress Walk, the Pool, the Mansion Courtyard, the Terrace and Reflection Pond. Visit their site to book your wedding.
5 – Langham Huntington, Pasadena
The Langham Huntington Hotel is nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in beautiful Pasadena. It boasts of 23 acres of cultivated gardens and historic ballrooms—the perfect setting for a once-in-a-lifetime dream wedding.See the full details here and on their blog.
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6 – Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, CSULB
The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden encompasses 1.3 acres on the campus of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Surrounded by tall trees, the elegant garden features a lush green landscape, a graceful arched bridge, shimmering koi pond, and sparkling waterfalls. Further wedding reservation info is available here.
7 – Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge
Descanso Gardens, located in La Cañada Flintridge, Los Angeles County, is a 150-acre botanical garden—featuring a Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Oak Forest, Camellia Garden, California Natives Garden, Lilac Garden, and its most recent attraction, an Ancient Forest. Stop by their site for more details.
8 – Yamashiro Hollywood
Yamashiro offers its patrons lush gardens and a koi pond in the Hollywood Hills overlooking the city. Sushi and Cal-Asian fare are served amid Japanese-inspired tranquility and unparalleled views—a place of serenity high above Los Angeles. Interested? You may make inquiries here.
9 – Lindley-Scott House, Azusa
Lindley-Scott House is located on four acres of lush gardens in the city of Azusa close to the San Gabriel Mountains. Ceremonies are held in two locations: the lawn area surrounded by stately trees and hedgerows, with the wedding arch as its focal point; and the gazebo area, with a charming gazebo and large pepper trees as the focal point. For more information, visit here.
10 – The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena
The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden was created by Kinzuchi Fujii between 1935 – 1940 for Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns. It is the only intact example of a major Japanese-style garden created before World War II for a residence in Southern California. This pond-style stroll garden features a 15-foot waterfall and a formal tea house on approximately two acres of land. Get more details of this lovely venue here.
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