5 Cali Hot Spots for Your WeddingWords by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Romance is Calling
From rolling vineyard landscapes to the sandy beaches of the Pacific, California offers gorgeous destination wedding backdrops in spades. Here are five Preferred Hotels & Resorts that provide the perfect place to say "I do" in the Golden State.
Carneros Resort & Spa – Napa
Surrounded by rolling vineyards, Carneros Resort and Spa is luxury and relaxation in a modern, farm-inspired setting. Offering high-end, cottage-style accommodations paired with fine dining and sumptuous varietals, this property is as special as it is romantic.
Alfresco showers, private gardens, poolside panoramic views of the nearby vineyards, and exclusive dining selections offer guests an unparalleled experience in the heart of Napa.
Enjoy an intimate ceremony or an event of up to 210 people with an unforgettable backdrop either indoors or out. The perfect balance of rustic charm and modern luxury, weddings at Carneros Resort and Spa are sophisticated, understated and tailored to your taste and personality.
The Huntington Hotel – San Francisco
San Francisco exudes romance and The Huntington Hotel encapsulates the history and panache of famed Nob Hill. Once a luxury apartment building in 1924, this historic landmark is now a modern icon offering couples a stylish retreat. With an unparalleled location, The Huntington Hotel overlooks Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park and the city skyline.
The elegant, oversized guest rooms and three-story penthouse, on-site luxury spa and relaxation pool provide couples and guests respite from wedding planning and sightseeing. Indulge in a meal at the iconic Big 4 Restaurant and Lounge (named after the big railroad tycoons who developed the Southwest) where live music and delectable dinner options unite.
Hotel Californian – Santa Barbara
Sandwiched between the sandy beaches and quaint downtown of Santa Barbara is Hotel Californian. This historic (yet recently renovated) property boast 123 guest rooms each with ocean, garden or mountain views. Built in 1925, the property has been reimagined by celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard with a cool, Moroccan-inspired vibe. The sophisticated color palette and vibrant patterns found throughout the property’s three buildings lend themselves to gorgeous wedding celebrations.
Choose from beautifully appointed ball-rooms (for up to 285 guests), a rooftop terrace overlooking the Pacific or other outdoor venue spaces for your destination wedding.
Shutters on the Beach – Santa Monica
If you envision a lively beach wedding with the Santa Monica Pier in the distance, a secluded location and five-star service for your guests, Shutters on the Beach might be your perfect home-away-from-home for your wedding.
Situated in the heart of Santa Monica you’ll find a quintessential Southern California hotel that’s iconic for its nod to Cape Cod’s architecture. Enjoy all the area has to offer along with the welcoming residence-style Shutters on the Beach is so well known for. Gather around oversized fireplaces in the lobby or back in your upgraded room, surrounded by your wrap-around deck as the sunsets over the Pacific.
Hotel Casa Del Mar – Santa Monica
One of only two hotels on the sand in Los Angeles, Hotel Casa Del Mar is a marriage between Renaissance splendor and modern luxury. The Mediterranean-inspired historic property offers panoramic ocean views, 129 indulgently appointed guest rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, on-site spa and Palm Terrace Pool – all overlooking the sand and sea. Imagine getting wedding-day ready in one of their two-story penthouse suites, offering the ultimate in seaside luxury.
Saying “I do” on property is a dream come true with their sweeping staircase for the ultimate of entrances, seriously glamorous ballroom or outdoor terrace, allowing you and your guests to enjoy dinner under the stars after watching the sun slip below the horizon.
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