What do you get when you combine happily relaxed elegance with the towering majesty of California’s redwood forests? In one word: magic. At least that’s how we describe this gorgeous gathering at the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel Valley. (Sidenote: Hilary Swank agrees; she married here in 2018!). 

Escape into the Santa Lucia Mountains and relish everything this 20,000-acre private nature preserve has to offer you and your wedding party. Described as “one of the most unique, privately owned parcels of land in the United States if not the world”, Santa Lucia Preserve is an incomparable venue. 

In the 1990s, the land was sold to create what is now Santa Lucia Preserve: a member-owned community and conservancy with a mix of estate homes, lodging, equestrian facilities, a private golf club, and more. It is a breathtaking place to behold, and a popular choice for wedding ceremonies and other celebrations. There are 300 estates and over a hundred miles of trails that weave through the oak trees, redwood forests, and golden meadows. A perfect backdrop for a wedding photographer and a wedding guest dream! 

Unforgettable weddings and other events in an enchanted woodland oasis are available to Santa Lucia Preserve members and their sponsored guests. The venue doesn’t allow anyone without connections to the community to host a wedding here. The venue also hosts one wedding a weekend so each event is exclusive. It’s truly such a dream!

If you are lucky enough to host your wedding here, there are gorgeous venue options for you. Gather in a historic Hacienda with a history dating back to the Roaring Twenties. The lawn behind the Hacienda, which provides easy access to the Hacienda and a beautiful view of open fields, is another reception option. Exchange sacred vows at Redwood Grove, which is a circle of towering redwood trees that feels incredibly intimate. It can seat up to 300 people. Revel in a bucolic setting shared with deer, turkeys, bobcats, and golden eagles. Savor farm to table fare and exquisite California wines. Post-nuptials celebrate with your wedding guests in the 100-year old barn, where rustic elegance melds the past with the present. The barn can seat 225 people for a plated dinner and 175 in a buffet style. Explore epic California scenery on foot or horseback. At night, become enraptured by the mountain air in your own cozy, rustic-glam camp near Moore’s Lake, or the honeymoon suite in the Hacienda.
No matter the size of your wedding, this is one of the most important days of your life. We believe that every wedding is worthy of beautiful and timeless videography. We have covered countless weddings of all sizes and our couples are always thrilled with the final product. Be sure to enjoy some of Elysium Productions Carmel videos here.

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