5 Locations for a Stunning Summer Wedding

If you’re tying the knot this summer, chances are you’ve already sealed the deal on your location. But for those still in the planning phases, choosing the most picturesque place may pose to be a challenge – that’s because the Bay Area boasts an abundance of gorgeous locations from high end hotels to wineries to gardens. Let us help you narrow the choices with our hand-picked favorites for a stunning summer wedding.

The Fairmont – San Francisco, CA

Fairmont Penthouse  Source: www.loriphoto.com
Fairmont Penthouse Source: www.loriphoto.com

There isn’t a single location in San Francisco that can top the view at the Fairmont.  Perched high atop prestigious Nob Hill, this Crown Jewel has hosted some of city’s most remarkable weddings. While every space in The Fairmont San Francisco has its own unique history, we love the Penthouse Suite for more intimate celebrations. It spans the entire eight floor with three large bedrooms, a living room with a grand piano and a formal dining room that seats up to 60 guests.  Without a doubt, the most amazing part is the view. 

Westin Verasa – Napa, CA

Westin Verasa   Source: hayleyannephotography.com
Westin Verasa Source: hayleyannephotography.com

This fabulous hotel has become one of the Napa Valley’s most desired wedding destinations for good reason! The luxurious property offers indoor and outdoor options for up to 175 people to toast, cheer and celebrate. It all starts with relaxing accommodations and thoughtful amenities like the heated saltwater pool and bocce ball courts alongside the Napa River. We’d say that the most unique part of the Westin Verasa experience is the custom menu by Michelin-starred chef Chef Ken Frank of La Toque. Guests will seriously be wow’d by the caliber of food coming out of the kitchen…and trust us, that’s only the beginning.

Carneros Inn – Sonoma, CA

Carneros Inn   Source: www.thecarnerosinn.com
Carneros Inn Source: www.thecarnerosinn.com

This is one of our favorite wedding locations for its rustic charm and refreshing approach to luxury. Carneros offers several venues for the special day, one of our favorite being the Apple Orchard, which is a grassy lawn lined with apple trees that makes the most picturesque setting for a ceremony.  There is also the Hilltop Dining Room, which accommodates up to 80 and offers gorgeous panoramic views of the hills and vineyards. If you are planning on a larger ceremony, Carneros has a pair of contemporary ballrooms connected by a courtyard that is perfect for larger events of up to 175.  Any way you choose to go, you’ll be in good hands at Carneros.

Calistoga Ranch – Calistoga, CA

Calistoga Ranch  Source: calistogaranch.com
Calistoga Ranch Source: calistogaranch.com

If you want to feel like you’re secluded from the outside world in an oasis of nature, then Calistoga Ranch is your place to tie the knot. This pristine setting tucked away in a private canyon offers serene beauty and understated sophistication for any wedding ceremony. You can exchange vows in the beauty of the open air as guests enjoy the private vineyard, Calistoga mountains and the hidden wine cave. Did we mention that Calistoga Ranch is also a wonderful choice for a honeymoon?  Accommodations are nothing short of spectacular, with amenities that include a private jacuzzi, outdoor rainfall shower, private open-air kitchen and fireplace, among many luxurious touches.

The Legion of Honor – San Francisco, CA

Legion of Honor Wedding  Source: www.hannahsuh.com
Legion of Honor Wedding Source: www.hannahsuh.com

You know you’re walking into the grandeur of history as soon as you step foot onto the Legion of Honor. Most wedding ceremonies take place on the gorgeous, grassy Balustrade Lawn against the backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. Or, there’s the option to get married inside amongst the priceless artwork and historic Rodin sculptures.  Either way, any wedding at the Legion of Honor will be a majestic celebration.


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