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25+ Best Redwood Wedding Venues in California [Updated for 2020!]

Where to Get Married in the Redwoods in California

You love the redwoods and getting married under three hundred year old trees in California would be your dream come true. You know there out there… but where? Where do you get married under the redwoods in California?

I’ve been a wedding photographer since 2008 and I’ve photographed dozens of couples at redwood wedding venues all over the state. I’ve collected photos, details, stories, and more about the best redwood wedding venues in California, most that I’ve been to and a few that I haven’t yet. Get excited, get inspired, and plan your perfect wedding under these incredible, peaceful giants.

Best Redwood Wedding Venues in California

1. Berkeley Botanical Garden: Mather Redwood Grove, Berkeley

An absolute FAVORITE! This is a top, stunning, gorgeous, and memorable redwood grove with incredible light. They offer three timeslots for wedding ceremonies in the redwood grove here and you can have your wedding reception on site in the Conference Center (can be prettier than it sounds!) or the Julia Morgan building (absolutely stunning), OR you can have your reception off site at another location after your ceremony here.

Berkeley Botanical Garden Information –

The Berkeley Botanical Garden is located at 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720. Their website, where you can learn more about renting the venue, is here: Website

Berkeley Botanical Garden Photos –

Married couple stands in the redwoods at their redwood wedding venue the Berkeley Botanical Garden, Berkeley
Married couple in the Berkeley Botanical Garden Mather Redwood Grove on their wedding day
Married couple stands in the redwoods at their redwood wedding venue ceremony site, the Berkeley Botanical Garden, Berkeley
Ceremony amphitheater at the Berkeley Botanical Garden Mather Redwood Grove

2. Tilden Botanical Garden, Berkeley

I love this little garden! You can have a smaller wedding (maybe up to 30-50 guests?) here with a reception elsewhere OR you can have a wedding at the (walking distance) nearby Berkeley Botanical Garden with a two hour photo reservation here to have photos in the redwoods. Either way it’s a total win as this spot is gorgeous and has some truly lovely little redwoods in a gorgeous grove at the bottom of the hill. Super peaceful, absolutely lovely.

Tilden Botanical Garden Information –

The Tilden Botanical Garden is located at 2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Orinda, CA 94563. Their website, where you can learn more about renting the venue, is here: Website

Tilden Botanical Garden Photos –

Tilden Botanical Garden, Berkeley redwood wedding venue california
Married couple portraits in the Tilden Botanical Garden redwood grove
Tilden Botanical Garden, Berkeley redwood wedding venue california
Married couple portraits in the Tilden Botanical Garden redwood grove

3. The Family Farm, Woodside

This gorgeous club has a LOVELY spot for a wedding ceremony under the redwoods with tons of guests and lovely light streaming through the trees. It’s absolutely beautiful, with lots of space for a dinner reception on the lawn under the trees, portraits in the forest, and a cozy reception hall for dancing in the evening. Highly recommend this Northern California spot!

The Family Farm Information –

The Family Farm is located at 1400 Portola Rd. Woodside, CA 94062. Their Yelp page, where you can learn more about renting the venue, is here: Website

The Family Farm Photos –

The Family Farm, Woodside redwood wedding venue ceremony site
The Family Farm wedding ceremony site in the redwoods
The Family Farm, Woodside redwood wedding venue with bride and groom
Left: The Family Farm wedding ceremony site in the redwoods; Right: Couple stands on the bridge leading into The Family Farm, also in a redwood grove

4. The Outdoor Art Club, Mill Valley

The Outdoor Art Club is a gorgeous venue with a lovely patio and old school wooden reception hall (still very classy). It does not technically have any redwoods on the property, but there is a gorgeous grove about a two minute drive from the venue for all of your first look and portrait needs. It’s gorgeous, easy access, a quiet and open park, and even has a little creek running through it.

You could even conceivably have a wedding ceremony standing around here with your guests before everybody heading over to the reception at the Outdoor Art Club (perhaps a big parade, a la New Orleans?!). Anyways, I love this little park forest and it’s a great spot to incorporate redwoods in your wedding day plans!

The Outdoor Art Club Information –

The Outdoor Art Club is located at 1 W Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941. Their website, where you can learn more about renting the venue, is here: Website

The Outdoor Art Club Photos –

Married couple portraits on their wedding day in the redwood grove that’s just down the street from the Outdoor Art Club
Married couple portraits on their wedding day in the redwood grove that’s just down the street from the Outdoor Art Club

5. Stern Grove and the Trocadero House, San Francisco

Stern Grove and the Trocadero House is a lovely little nook in San Francisco with a stunning redwoods grove. Have your ceremony under the big trees, easily fit all of your guests, and then host your reception in the little yellow house (it’s so cute). A super simple, beautiful, and private redwood wedding venue.

Stern Grove Information –

Stern Grove and the Trocadero House is located at 19th Ave and Sloat Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94132. Their website, where you can learn more about renting the venue, is here: Website

Stern Grove Photos –

Ceremony spot in the redwoods at Stern Grove in San Francisco
Married couple portraits on their wedding day in the redwood grove at Stern Grove

6. Glen Oaks, Big Sur

Glen Oaks Information –

Glen Oaks is located at 47080 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920 Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

7. Waterfall Lodge and Retreat, Ben Lomond, near Santa Cruz

Waterfall Lodge and Retreat Information –

Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

8. Ventana, Big Sur

Ventana Information –

Ventana is located at 47080 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920. Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

9. Sequoia Retreat Center, Ben Lomond near Santa Cruz

Sequoia Retreat Center Information –

The Sequoia Retreat Center is located at 11445 Alba Road Ben Lomond, CA 95005. Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

10. Nestldown, Los Gatos

Nestldown Information –

Nestldown is located at 22420 Old Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos, CA 95030. Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

11. St Lucia Preserve, Carmel

St Lucia Preserve Information –

The St Lucia Preserve is located at 1 Rancho San Carlos Road, Carmel, CA 93923. Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

12. Deer Park Villa, Fairfax

Deer Park Villa Information –

Deer Park Villa is located at 367 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, CA 94930. Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

13. The Mountain Terrace, Woodside

The Mountain Terrace Information –

The Mountain Terrace is located at 17285 Skyline Blvd, Woodside, CA 94062. Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

The Mountain Terrace Photos –

Redwoods ceremony site at wedding venue The Mountain Terrace, Woodside
The Mountain Terrace ceremony spot on the lawn in front of the redwoods, overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
Bride and groom in the Redwoods at wedding venue The Mountain Terrace, Woodside
Couples portraits in the redwoods at The Mountain Terrace wedding venue
Redwoods at wedding venue The Mountain Terrace, Woodside
The iconic redwood cluster at The Mountain Terrace, overlooking the San Francisco Bay at sunset.

14. Kennolyn Camp’s Stone Creek Village, Soquel

I love this magical little wedding venue in the redwoods! It’s so lovely, so simple, and has SO much space. Plus, you can rent little houses and cabins to stay on the actual property, you have the whole place to you and your wedding party the entire weekend, and overall, it’s just a lovely venue in the trees.

Kennolyn Camp’s Stone Creek Village Information –

Kennolyn Camp’s Stone Creek Village is located at 8400 Glen Haven Rd, Soquel, CA 95073. Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

Kennolyn Camp’s Stone Creek Village Photos –

Kennolyn Camp's Stone Creek Village, Soquel redwoods wedding venue ceremony ampitheater
Ceremony amphitheater in the redwoods at Kennolyn Camp’s Stone Creek Village
Kennolyn Camp's Stone Creek Village, Soquel redwoods wedding venue ceremony ampitheater
Ceremony amphitheater in the redwoods at Kennolyn Camp’s Stone Creek Village

15. Highlands House and Park, Ben Lomond near Santa Cruz

Highlands House and Park Information –

Highlands House and Park is located at 8500 Highway 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005. Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

16. Saratoga Springs, Saratoga

Saratoga Springs Information –

Saratoga Springs is located at 22801 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070. Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

17. Off the Beaten Path Private Estate, Napa

Off the Beaten Path is a fabulous wedding planning company that has contacts for stunning wedding venues you cannot otherwise rent. Work with them for a gorgeous ceremony or reception in the redwoods, like this lovely couple did below. A ceremony on a hill overlooking the vineyards and then a gorgeous dinner in the redwoods (although you could easily do your ceremony in the redwoods instead, if you wanted!).

Off the Beaten Path Information –

Their website, where you can learn more about working with them and renting this venue, is here: Website.

Off the Beaten Path Photos –

Dinner reception for a wedding in the redwoods with Off the Beaten Path Weddings in Napa, California.
Dinner reception for a wedding in the redwoods with Off the Beaten Path Weddings in Napa, California.
Dinner reception for a wedding in the redwoods with Off the Beaten Path Weddings in Napa, California.
Dinner reception for a wedding in the redwoods with Off the Beaten Path Weddings in Napa, California.

18. OVY Camp, San Gregorio

A wedding venue that you can reserve for the weekend, this camp has room for 129 people to sleep on site! A gorgeous redwood ceremony spot and a beautiful lodge style indoor room for dinner receptions (up to 200 guests) that stay cozy and warm, this is a great venue for a wedding. You are not tied down to a specific caterer like the YMCA camp, which is similar.

OVY Camp Information –

The OVY Camp is located at 5360 La Honda Road, San Gregorio, CA, 94074. Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

19. Piedmont Community Hall, Piedmont / Oakland

This lovely little wedding venue is located right in the quiet part of Piedmont, in a medium large park in the middle of the city. A little oasis, it has a lovely spot for a ceremony under the redwoods on one side, a great outdoor patio area for the dinner reception, and a nice indoor space for dancing in the evenings late into the night.

Piedmont Community Hall Information –

Piedmont Community Hall is located at 711 Highland Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611. Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

Piedmont Community Hall Photos –

Redwood wedding ceremony site at Piedmont Community Hall
The redwood ceremony site at Piedmont Community Hall

20. Amphitheater of the Redwoods at Pema Osel Ling, Watsonville

This spot is a retreat in the redwoods and a great space for an entire weekend: Reservations include an overnight and are either Friday-Sunday or Sunday-Monday. A gorgeous wedding ceremony amphitheater in the redwoods and then a large lawn area for dinner and dancing on the edge of the forest, this spot will keep your guests outside and enjoying the magic… all weekend long!

Amphitheater of the Redwoods at Pema Osel Ling Information –

Amphitheatre of the Redwoods at Pema Osel Ling is located at 2013 Eureka Canyon Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076. Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue (and get better directions than the GPS!), is here: Website.

21. Island Farm

A stunningly beautiful private (and working!) farm in the redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains. A lovely space for a reception and wedding ceremony in the trees.

Island Farm Information –

Island Farm is located in the Santa Cruz mountains. It’s a private farm, but you can learn more about having your wedding at the venue by reaching out to a planner with connections there: Website.

22. Old Mill Park, Mill Valley

A great spot for a redwoods wedding at a lovely little picnic area in the park.

Old Mill Park Information –

You can learn more about renting a space at the park for your wedding here: Website.

23. Redwood Regional Park, Oakland

You can easily rent out one of two wonderful picnic space for a wedding here OR their community center. The ceremony spots for the picnic areas are in the redwoods and so beautiful (plus you can have a lovely cocktail hour or dinner reception right there in the picnic area) and the community center has a great ceremony spot with redwoods behind you and around you.

Redwood Regional Park Information –

You can learn more about renting a space at the park for your wedding here: Website.

Redwood Regional Park Photos –

Redwood ceremony site in Redwood Regional Park Oakland
Left: Ceremony spot in the redwoods (they brought their own arbor in!); Right: Couples portraits in the redwoods after their wedding ceremony!
A first kiss at the ceremony site in Redwood Regional park, among the redwoods
A first kiss at the ceremony site in Redwood Regional park, among the redwoods
Cocktail hour wedding reception in the redwoods at Oakland Regional Park in California
Cocktail hour wedding reception in the redwoods at Oakland Regional Park (a picnic area turned wedding venue)

24. Camp Campbell, Boulder Creek (near Big Basin)

Camp Campbell is a YMCA Camp and when you reserve it for a wedding, you get the venue for the whole weekend, from 4pm on Friday to 12pm on Sunday. Your guests get to stay on the property with you and you even get access to the activities on site: Archery, a Ropes Course, and more.

Unfortunately, outside catering is not allowed at this venue due to their facility rules: They provide all food (at a cost) for your wedding weekend.

Camp Campbell Information –

Camp Campbell is located at 16275 Highway 9 Boulder Creek, Boulder Creek, 95006. It’s north of Santa Cruz, east of Big Basin State Park, and west of San Jose/the South Bay. Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

25. Sand Rock Farm, Aptos

This venue has lovely forested areas and a stunningly beautiful old rock and brick area for an intimate dinner reception as well. Truly looks like old France or Spain or something, but WITH REDWOODS (truly California magic!).

Sand Rock Farm Information –

Sand Rock Farm is located at 6901 Freedom Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003. Their website, where you can learn more about renting this venue, is here: Website.

Where to Elope or Have an Intimate Wedding in the Redwoods

Slowcoast, Davenport

This gorgeous home in the trees above Davenport (just north of Santa Cruz, California), is an absolutely stunning spot to get married in the redwoods and then spend the weekend with your family celebrating in the trees, at the beach, and watching the stars come out from the hot tub. Perfect for a small wedding but one where you still want to host a simple dinner or having a little dancing on the deck in the evenings, this spot (redwood grove included) is tucked away in the hills, complete with a running creek and a separate, private home (for the newlyweds!) in the back of the property.

Just fifteen minutes by car from the beach, you can combine redwoods wedding photos with beach wedding photos for the best of both worlds!

Slowcoast Information –

Slowcoast is located at 460 Swanton Road, Davenport, CA 95017. Their website, where you can learn more about renting the venue, is here: Website

Slowcoast Photos –

Water Tower Loft, Elk

Water Tower Loft Information –

You can find out more info about this intimate location on their AirBnB listing here: Website.

Half Moon Bay

Elope in the redwoods in Half Moon Bay for an intimate, gorgeous wedding in the forest. Celebrate with a reception elsewhere afterwards.

Private wedding ceremony spot in the redwoods in Half Moon Bay, perfect for an elopement
Wedding day couples portraits in the redwoods in Half Moon Bay, perfect for an elopement

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Okay, FINE, I am cheating with this one: Sequoias are NOT Redwoods and to conflate the two would be a disservice, BUT they are very similar in look and feel and I think you would be missing out if you didn’t consider Sequoia National Park as the perfect spot for an intimate wedding or elopement under the trees. Get married outside, appreciate the trees, and start your wedding with gorgeous views and lots of extra oxygen ;) haha xo.

Read more about Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks here.

Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park

Another spot that’s actually Sequoias, this is one stunning spot in Yosemite National Park. Often eclipsed by the incredibly beautiful and wonderful Glacier Point or Yosemite Valley, this spot, recently reopened after some rehabilitation, would be a stunning spot to say your vows.

Read more about the Yosemite National Park Mariposa Grove here. You can read more about how to get married in Yosemite National Park here, too. I’ve written all about the permit process and photo recommendations!

Jedediah State Redwoods Park

You can learn more about the park right here: Website.

Oakland Redwoods

I love this spot for a sneaky redwoods elopement! These two snuck away, just the two of them!, to say their vows in the redwoods and make it all official. This park is truly one of my favorites of all time and such a perfect spot for a lovely little redwoods elopement.

Oakland Redwoods Information –

Learn more about the park here: Website.

Oakland Redwoods Photos –

Private wedding ceremony and portrait spot in the redwoods in Oakland, perfect for an elopement
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