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L.A. Destination Wedding Venue

Words by Carolyn Steere
Photos courtesy of Terranea Resort

Situated on a magnificent coastal bluff conveniently located only minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown L.A. is the picturesque Terranea Resort, a Destination Hotel. This Mediterranean-inspired 102-acre estate, surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean, has it all…135,000 square-feet of indoor and outdoor wedding space, four inviting swimming pools, a full-service spa, an award-winning golf course and eight unique dining options. Guest accommodations range from beautifully appointed resort rooms with amazing ocean views to fully equipped villas and casitas where family and friends can gather and stay together.

The wedding professionals at Terranea take pride in understanding the vision of their couples. They then add their expertise and creative touch with the result being destination wedding dreams coming to life. Details are key, from the exquisite floral designs to Pastry Chef Mark Clear’s “bride and groom” chocolate-dipped strawberries delivered to your room. 

The culinary experience at Terranea is amazing from your first bite of breakfast at catalina kitchen and lunch overlooking the ocean at Nelson’s to experiencing the contemporary Asian flavors at bashi or the fresh California cuisine at mar’sel. Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra takes “farm-to-table” very seriously with the ever expanding garden that ensures the freshest ingredients wind up on the dining table.

Your wedding guests will never say “bored” with the array of activities on-site including stunning coastal hikes, a unique falconry experience, exploring tide pools, a Yo-Chi fitness class or just relaxing poolside under a cabana seaside at Cielo Point. Take relaxation up a notch and visit the spa to be indulged with one of their signature rituals, but be sure to allow for some serious downtime in the spa’s serene environment enjoying the sea breezes and listening to the ocean waves.

In our travels to discover the best places for hosting a destination wedding, we are always excited to find venues that truly have the flexibility to provide intimate settings for small weddings and the grandeur of a ballroom for a large, elegant event. Terranea has mastered the entire range and does so with excellence.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2017 issue. You can order a copy here.

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