Weddings in Carmel Valley offer something for everyone. Choose from picture-perfect estates that range from lush gardens, luxury resorts, to century-old stone cellars. Carmel Valley is one of the most sought after wedding destinations because of its natural beauty, hospitality, and amazing wine and cuisine. Keep reading for more details on weddings in Carmel Valley!


Carmel Valley is one of California’s most beloved areas – a famous vacation spot and a favorite weekend destination for locals as well. Carmel Valley is also home to one of our favorite Northern California wedding locations. From the charming village of Carmel-by-the-Sea to the vineyards and ranches of Carmel Valley, here are the best wedding venues Carmel has to offer!

Escape into the Santa Lucia Mountains and relish everything this 20,000 acre private nature preserve has to offer you and your wedding party. A wedding at Saint Lucia Preserve is a true California wedding. Exchange vows in a cathedral of redwoods and then celebrate with your guests in the 100-year old barn, where rustic elegance meets the present. Be one with nature as you’ll share the space with deer, turkeys and golden eagles. Savor farm to fable food and exquisite California wines.

Gardener Ranch provides all the space you could want for your wedding in a picturesque setting. The property has several lawns with views of the Santa Lucia Mountains, an outdoor patio, and a clubhouse with three banquet rooms and dressing rooms for the bride and groom. The full day and weekend retreat packages also get you exclusive use of the property and its recreational amenities, including the swimming pool and fire pit. The capacity is 350 and the venue can also be booked for a weekend wedding retreat, with accommodations for up to 51 guests for two nights and three days.

Nestled in majestic Carmel Valley, Quail Lodge & Golf Club offers a variety of scenic wedding venues featuring naturally-inspired backdrops with plush green grasses, a glistening lake and the Santa Lucia Mountains. Utilize their experienced Sales Managers to plan your perfect rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception for small intimate groups to larger celebrations of up to 200.

Fine Dining

Once famous as an artist colony, nowadays the Carmel area is known as a peaceful weekend getaway. The breathtaking scenery and the top-notch restaurants make it a top wedding destination. There is nothing better than soaking in the sun and the sounds of crashing waves as you sip on some fine wine. Here’s a few of our favorite restaurants with ocean views in Carmel Valley. Just imagine your rehearsal dinner here!

One of Carmel’s only ocean view restaurants also happens to be owned by one of Carmel’s famous residents. Former Carmel-by-the-Sea mayor, Clint Eastwood, takes pride in his ocean side gem and for good reason. The Restaurant at Mission Ranch is situated just above the Carmel Mission with views of Carmel Valley, Carmel River Beach and Point Lobos in the distance. It’s top-notch American menu, piano bar and famous Sunday Brunch makes this a must when visiting the Monterey Peninsula.

Dramatic views of Yankee Point and the Big Sur coastline sets the laid back tone at the California Market at Pacific’s Edge. Located at Hyatt Carmel Highlands, California Market’s casual approach to breakfast and lunch offers visitors the option to bask in the sunshine on their outdoor deck or soak in the views from their cozy interior. If you’re looking to take it up a notch, book a dinner reservation and have a front row seat to nature’s most spectacular sunset show where the extensive wine menu is just the icing on the cake!

If those aren’t enough, of course you can take a drive to nearby Monterey and Pebble Beach for some more amazing views! 

Wedding Vendors

With so many gorgeous and natural backdrops in Carmel Valley, it’s important to select a photographer that will capture the style you’re looking for. From ethereal and editorial to moody pictures, Northern California offers a large selection of renowned photographers that will create memories to last forever.

It’s the day to have every detail beautifully planned and coordinated. It’s important to select a planner that understands your  vision. There are specific wedding planners that specialize in certain styles and Carmel Valley offers a number of amazing professionals that will be with you from beginning to end. 

Importance of Videography

Rolling footage of Carmel Valley’s gorgeous blue water  is just one key moment you will want a videographer for! Allow Elysium Productions to create an unforgettable keepsake of your wedding day you will cherish forever. Browse our beautiful portfolio of wedding videography highlights in the Bay Area and see how we can capture your special day.


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