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by Kim Forrest
If you’re hoping for a wedding with an eco-friendly feel, check out Bear Flag Farm, located near Sacramento, California. The (totally functioning!) farm offers truly jaw-dropping backdrops, from a lavender field to a vineyard, fruit orchards, an olive grove, and more.
Taos, New Mexico
At this resort, couples marry in the Sacred Circle, a scenic green space that, according to legend, was originally a Native American celebration ground. Receptions are held in the Rio Grande Ballroom, with the patio available for late-night bonfires.
Elk Grove, California
This venue in Southern California is ideal for a vintage-inspired, rustic barn celebration. And yes, this is a real equestrian center so portrait opportunities with horses are totally possible!
A wedding in wine country? Yes, please! This venue offers three different settings for weddings – a lush garden for a tented reception, a rustic barn, and a vineyard lawn area, which is ideal for a scenic outdoor ceremony.
Lake Oswego, Oregon
This venue truly celebrates the scenery and beauty of the Willamette River. Ceremonies can be held surrounded by water on this venue’s Promenade, a circular deck atop the river, and the deck for cocktail hour also has beautiful water views.
Carmel Valley, California
Talk about scenery! Get married with the Santa Lucia Mountains as your backdrop at this ranch in Northern California. This venue offers lots of options for both outdoor and indoor weddings – from a patio surrounded by fragrant rose bushes to a carriage house with exposed beams.
Los Angeles, California
A unique and modern setting in the Santa Monica Mountains, this grand venue features several creative settings for weddings – from a dramatic courtyard to a spectacular ballroom with one of the most amazing ceilings you’ve ever seen.
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