Wedding Sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Bay Area
This page started from an email question asking for advice
on finding wedding sites with redwoods and a stream. Not
having a clue I asked
the local news group for suggestions and people came through
with many wonderful possibilities. The responses are collected
here in case someone else may need inspiration.
- San Mateo Garden Center
From Jocelyn Mueller firstname.lastname@example.org.
I just recently got married at the San Mateo Garden Center. It is
located at 605 Parkside Way in San Mateo. (at Beresford Park) The phone
number is (650)-574-1506 and the contact person there is Shirley Breslin.
The Garden Center is an absolutely beautiful place to get married. It can
accomodate about 90 people. We got married in the outdoor gazebo that is
surrounded by greenery and flowers and a rose garden. There is also a
little pond running underneath the gazebo. Our pictures are stunning with
all of the beautiful natural surroundings.
The reception is held there as well. They have an indoor facility for your
lunch/dinner/dance reception. They provide all of the tables and chairs
and they set them up for you too. You do however, need to bring everything
else in yourself(caterers, linens, beverages, DJ), but the experience
we had there was all worth it!! I highly recommend holding a wedding here.
Shirley is so friendly and accomodating and our wedding just couldn't
have been any more perfect!
- Laurel Mill Lodge
Laurel Mill Lodge
is lovely space tucked away in the mountains of Los Gatos that
looks like a wonderful place for a wedding.
The Laurel Mill Lodge provides scenic indoor and
outdoor gathering space in the redwoods of the Santa
Cruz Mountains for weddings, reunions, workshops,
retreats or parties.
Esther Seehof and Bob Kundus, Proprietors
PO Box 368
Los Gatos, CA 95031
Call (408) 353-5851 or E-mail
- From Douglas Turner (dturner@leland.Stanford.EDU)
This description sounds exactly like the Redwood grove next to LaHonda
creek in the Cuesta LaHonda Guild homeowners group in LaHonda. It is
located at the end of Playbowl street and is referred to as "The
PlayBowl". You can drive in and take a look anytime. To use the area, ie,
unlock the restrooms and have official permission, you need to call the
"Cuesta" office at (415)747-0361. There is a small use fee. Hope this
helps, Doug Turner
- From email@example.com (Brad Anders)
You might also consider Hakone (sp?) gardens, which is just on the outskirts
of downtown Saratoga on Hwy. 9. They have all of the facilities necessary
for weddings and even have a place indoors (tea room) in case you have
- From firstname.lastname@example.org (Tim Marvin)
Sanborne (sp?) Park on Hwy. 9 just out of Saratoga is very nice.
- From Micah Olsen (email@example.com)
We got married at Methuselah, one of the last ancient redwood trees left in
San Mateo county. It's a beautiful and fairly unknown spot (it's rare for
anyone to be there). It's also not hard to get to: it's just off of Skyline
Blvd. between King's Mountain Rd. and 84, across the street from a park.
- From firstname.lastname@example.org.COM (Roger Vortman)
My wife and I were married in Henry Cowell state park, near
Felton. We just hiked around in the park until we found a
nice (and accessible) spot a few weeks ahead of time. A couple
of people went by while we were getting married, but since we weren't
on a trail, it really didn't matter. It was a beautiful spot in
the redwoods and has been a wonderful memory for many years (well,
12 years, anyway).
- From Jennifer H. Koziel (email@example.com)
here is an excellent book called "Here Comes the Guide" which lists
wedding sites, services, prices, etc for Northern California. It's
updated every year. We used it to find our wedding site (Byington
Winery). We also found the Mariani Vineyards in it, which had a
private wedding site in a grove of redwoods next to a mountain stream.
You can find the book in the Travel or Wedding sections of most
bookstores for less than $20. I thought it had a good mix of popular/
well-known places and smaller, private sites like some of the ones
mentioned in this thread.
- From Brian Erickson (brian.erickson@Xilinx.COM)
You might check out Millpond in the SC mountains above Soquel. It is
approx 1/2 hr drive from Los Gatos (no traffic). It is located off of
Soquel-San Jose Rd on Olive Springs. It is a great setting on Soquel
Creek. I don't have the listing, but call 411.
- From firstname.lastname@example.org (CherryI)
Well can't think of a place within 1.5 miles of Mountain View. But my
husband and I were up at either Davide Bruce or Byington wineries a few
weeks ago. I think it might Byington. You have to go up Bear Creek road
off Hwy 17 past the Hwy 35 Skyline turnoff. There a beautiful two story
English tudor looking building with the wine tasting on the first floor
lobby and a reception hall on the second floor. But around the left side
of the building behind theres a beautifull walkway up to the top of hill
where there's a gazebo and a beautifull 360 degree view of the Santa Cruz
mountains. It's really well worth the drive to check this out. It's not a
grove of redwoods, but it's a beautiful rural mountain setting with fields
of vineyards below.
- From email@example.com (john haskey)
Cathedral Grove on the Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge
Railroad in Felton, CA. Roaring Camp will haul the wedding party
to the grove in a private caboose. There are no streams or water close to
the grove. 408 335-4484.
- From graff@Eng.Sun.COM (Mark Graff)
My wife and I were married several years ago in Memorial Park, in San Mateo
County. The rustic outdoor amphitheater there has got lots of redwoods,
and is right near the creek. It's also sufficiently out of the way that
we were not bothered by onlookers (one bicyclist stopped to watch way
in the back). This was in the middle of May. It's less than an hour from
We had about 75 people for the ceremony and everybody loved it.
- pierce at hogranch dot com
There's a private wedding grounds [ :) I don't know what else to call
it!] above Soquel. Its called Millpond. 408-462-1866. Its off of
Old Soquel-San Jose Road, probably about one hour from Mtn View. Can
handle parties of 1000 if need be. They have a pond, creek, redwood
groves, bbq pits, a vast lawn. Its quite the setup. A neighbor has a
LLAMA cart that can be rented to 'deliver' the bride and/or groom or
haul them off... :) They are wired into all the local caterers and
stuff, can do anything from country-casual to fairly formal (well, as
formal as you can be outdoors...) Millpond only supplies the
location, you contract with the caterers etc yourself, but they had a
photoalbum and lots of suggestions when we dropped by. Give them a
call, stop by and check it out.
- From Keith Meehan
The Loma Prieta Community
Foundation recently built a patio/gazebo behind the CT English Junior High.
This is on Summit Road between 17 and the store. It's definitely not
embedded in redwoods, but has a huge sweeping view towards the ocean. It
really is one of the better view sites in the mountains.
For more info, contact the LPCF Rec. Office. They should be in the book, if
not, someone at CT English can give you the number.
- Aura47@AOL.com (Diane)
As a minister, I can recommend that the natural beauty of the ocean is a
wonderful backdrop for any wedding. There are many State Parks, and
beach sites, that provide tables and accomodations for any size group.
Formal or informal weddings are enhanced by the beauty of the natural
surroundings, and sunset is always a favorite for some. Receptions can
be especially fun for the guests, and the children of the guests.
- Dan Veditz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I recently had my wedding at the Lemon Yellow Farm (also called
Wafarer's Inn for some reason) at 111 Vine Hill Rd, near the end of
Branciforte above Santa Cruz. Beautiful garden setting. This site is
also the location of one of the Cabrillo Music Festival performances
and of the Avant Garden Party that's been held the past couple of years.
- Pema Osel Ling Weddings in the Redwoods
Located on 102 acres of Redwoods overlooking Monterey Bay, we offer affordable
weekend weddings, with sites for your ceremony, reception, accommodations,
a caterer, a swimming pool and more! We are equipped to host a variety of
group metings and events with incredible biking and hiking and a location
near many exciting attractions.
2160 Eureka Canyon Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95076
831 761 6270.
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