As a wedding photographer here in Orange County, I've had so many wonderful opportunities to photograph some of the most beautiful weddings here in southern California.

I've narrowed down a list of my top ten personal favorite wedding venues. There are some sophisticated and elegant or rustic and modern. Let's get started!


Monarch Beach

Website | Phone: 949-234-3900

Monarch Beach (formerly St. Regis Monarch Beach) in Dana Point is one of my all time favorite Orange County wedding venues. This beautiful resort tucked away off Pacific Coast Highway has amazing ocean views, a golf course, restaurants and so much more. There are several ceremony location options that make it the perfect place to get married in southern California.  The resort is also AAA Five Diamond and Premier Resort Gold Medal winners.

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My favorite part is this dramatic room. The hand painted ceiling, the staircase and that floor for obvious reasons!

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The first kiss as husband and wife overlooking the blue waters in Dana Point!

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Club 19 is the perfect setting for an outdoor intimate reception. A terrace wrapped with flowers overlooking the golf course and ocean views. 

Event Design & Coordination: Pure Lavish Events | Photography: Ambre Williams  | Florals: Florals by Jenny | Linens: Luxe Linen | Rentals: Chiavairi Chair Rentals

 
 

Franciscan Gardens

Website | Phone: 949-248-1586

In the historic downtown San Juan Capistrano, a blossoming garden is tucked away behind wooden gates. It's an enchanting Spanish garden that has old world charm in an outdoor courtyard. 

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The Ebell Long Beach

Website | Phone: 562-436-4014

This gorgeous historic building is a hidden gem in Long Beach, one of my favorite wedding venues in southern California. It has beautiful architecture, tiled floors, chandeliers and skylights that take your breath away right when you walk through the doors. 

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The large rooms can accommodate all your guests for the reception. Look at the gorgeous orb chandilers!

Event Planning & Design: Megan Dileen Events | Photography: Ambre Williams Photography | Floral Design: Bellatula | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Rentals: Baker Party Rentals | Cake: RooneyGirl Bakeshop 

 
 

Wilson Creek Winery

Website | Phone: 951-699-9463

Tucked away in the heart of the Southern California wine country, hides this breathtaking vineyard. With it's rollings hills and tuscan inspired grounds, it's no wonder why Wilson Creek Winery is a top California wedding venue. 

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The 1912

Website | Phone: 800-717-1545  

With upscale flair and vintage charm, it’s no wonder why this downtown Santa Ana building is a top new wedding venue in Orange County. The exposed ceiling, modern chandeliers, tile backdrop, large windows and bridal suite are just a few of my favorites!

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The tile geometric backdrop can be for the ceremony backdrop and switched over for the reception while guests enjoy the private bar during cocktail hour. 

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There are so many photo opportunities in walking distance of the 1912 wedding venue. It adds to the urban vibe that couples love about the venue.

Photography: Ambre Williams Photography | Design + Coordination: Inconceivable Events | Desserts: Rooney Girl Bakeshop | Cookies: April's Sweet Creations | Bride's Attire: Mon Amie Bridal Salon | Groom's Tux: Friar Tux | Flowers: Love Anne Joy Design and Events | Furniture Rentals: Party Pieces by Perry | Dishware Rentals: Cherished Rentals | Chair + Linen Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Stationary + Calligraphy: The Paper Mint Press | Hair + Make-up: Chelsea of Fuse Hair and Beauty | Jewelry: Estylo Jewelry

 
 

The Retro Ranch

Website | Phone: 323-893-3412

This private 10 acre estate is a hidden piece of paradise in Temecula Wine Country. There’s a hillside ceremony spot, red barn, pool deck, modern bridal suite, tree swing and more. I love these views from this ranch and the open space for an outdoor wedding.

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The ceremony is underneath the pergola which you can decorate to your style and vision against the trees. 

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Guests can enjoy the views of Temecula while dining for the reception and end the night dancing under the stars.

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This modern and rustic bar is inside the home with the pool right outside. There's also a bridal suite for the girls to get ready and a man cave where the guys can get ready, too. You can even start your honeymoon by staying the night at the house...

Photography: Ambre Williams Photography | Coordinators & Stylists: Pure Lavish Events | Rentals: Archive | Flowers: Doily Design Haus | Headpieces: What A Betty | Cakes: Sweet Layers Cakes | Fashion: Mon Amie | Paper Goods: Posh Paper | Custom Sign: Art By Kelly | Beauty: Elisa K. Wilson | Groom: Friar Tux

 

Oak Creek

Website | Phone: 949-653-5300

Oak Creek is a secluded and serene golf club that's tucked away in Irvine. It's Spanish architecture and stone terraces against the lush greens make it one of the top wedding venues in California.  

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Photography: Ambre Williams Photography | Wedding Planner & Event Coordinator: At Your Door Events, Sara Holland | Venue: Los Verdes Golf Course | Videography: Vnext Media | Florist: Flower Allie | Cake: Great Dane Bakery | Paper Goods: Paper Crew | Entertainment: Freelance Event Sound | Photo Booth: Pixel Photo Booth | Officiant: Pastor Danny Moon | Hair & Makeup: Fuse Hair & Beauty | Dove Release: White Dove Release
Transportation: United Royal Coach | Dress: Mon Ami Bridal | Shoes: Benjamin Adams | Jewelry: Adorn

 
 

Wedgewood Champions Club Retreat 

Website | Phone: 866-966-3009

This beautiful Wedgewood venue overlooks the Temescal Valley in Corona. Couples especially love this venue because it's all inclusive with a lot of vendor options included with the venue. There are plenty of locations on the golf course that make amazing bridal portraits. A perfect venue for an outdoor wedding.

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Bistro strung lights create an intimate and romantic setting to enjoy the rest of the evening.

Photography: Ambre Williams Photography | Venue: The Champions Club at the Wedgewood Retreat | Florist: Floral Sensations | Cake, Paper goods, Photobooth: Venue | Entertainment: JC Entertainment | Officiant: David Cutler | Transportation: KLS Limo | Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang | Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse

 

Los Verdes Golf Club

Website | Phone: 310-377-7888

Los Verdes Golf Club is a beautiful wedding venue in Rancho Palos Verdes. The open ballroom with floor to ceiling windows overlooks the green golf course and ocean views. There's a private circular entrance to wrought iron doors that create an experience for guests when they arrive on the wedding day.

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