Weddings at Rancho Valencia in San Diego

I truly adore the Rancho Santa Fe area. It has so many gorgeous properties for events. If I had to say so, weddings at Rancho Valencia just might be my favorite. Having such a large resort with several different event spaces gives couples a unique variety in their galleries. Also, because the property is so grand, no two weddings ever have to look alike as there are so many choices for ceremony, reception, and portrait spots.

 

The Rose Garden

Perched above the olive grove and surrounded by large palm trees, the Rose Garden provides an intimate wedding venue for up to 30 guests for a private wedding ceremony. If your guest count is too large for the space, don’t worry! You could still make use of it for gorgeous portraits of your bridal party or of just the two of you!

Weddings at Rancho Valencia in the Rose Garden, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographerWeddings at Rancho Valencia in the Rose Garden, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer 

The Sunrise Terrace

One of my favorite spaces at Rancho Valencia, the Sunrise Terrace features a gorgeous courtyard-style al fresco space that’s adorned with a fountain, fireplace, lush bougainvillea, and hacienda-style arches that make for a perfect ceremony backdrop. The space can fit around 100 guests for a ceremony and closer to 80 max for a seated reception. The only drawback about this space is that if your ceremony is too early in the day, the light is very harsh on the couple from being in full sun. I recommend setting the ceremony time for after the sun is a little hidden by the main building.

Weddings at Rancho Valencia in the Sunrise Terrace Patio, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographerWeddings at Rancho Valencia in the Sunrise Terrace Patio, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographerWeddings at Rancho Valencia in the Sunrise Terrace Patio, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer 
Right around the corner from the main Terrace is a spacious patio that would be a great space for cocktail hour. Plus, it has pretty views of the surrounding nature of Rancho Valencia. You can choose to mingle inside the Sunrise Room or remain on the patio.

Sunrise Room at Rancho Valencia wedding private venue rental, film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Weddings at Rancho Valencia in the Sunrise Terrace Patio, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
Weddings at Rancho Valencia in the Sunrise Terrace Patio, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
 

The Terrace Room and Patio

For those of you who prefer hosting indoor receptions or want a space that’s indoor and outdoor, the Terrace Room and Patio will be your go-to spot. Tile wainscoting and handcrafted furnishings bring character to the indoor Terrace Room. 
This private space can accommodate up to 150 people for a seated reception.

Weddings at Rancho Valencia in the Terrace Room and Patio, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographerWeddings at Rancho Valencia in the Terrace Room and Patio, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer 
As you exit the Terrace Room through French doors, you’ll step onto the Terrace Patio that’s framed by a series of arches and surrounded by vibrant bougainvillea. 
Using both the Terrace Room and the Patio, you could host up to 200 guests.

Weddings at Rancho Valencia in the Terrace Room and Patio, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer

Weddings at Rancho Valencia in the Terrace Room and Patio, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
Weddings at Rancho Valencia in the Terrace Room and Patio, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
Weddings at Rancho Valencia in the Terrace Room and Patio, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer 

The Croquet Lawn

By far the largest space at Rancho Valencia, the Croquet Lawn gives couples a blank space for receptions or even ceremonies. Surrounded by pockets of hibiscus, bougainvillea, and palm trees that flank the side of the main building, the 8,400 square foot croquet lawn can hold up to 500 guests for seated dinners. I’ve seen this space decorated so many ways from tented receptions to completely open air set-ups. You can’t go wrong with the Croquet Lawn!

Weddings at Rancho Valencia on the Croquet Lawn, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer

Weddings at Rancho Valencia on the Croquet Lawn, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
Weddings at Rancho Valencia on the Croquet Lawn, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
Weddings at Rancho Valencia on the Croquet Lawn, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer 

The Hacienda

Looking for a completely private experience? The Hacienda can be rented starting at $5,000 per evening depending on the season. Small weddings may take place in this quaint space.

Rancho Valencia Hacienda wedding private venue rental, film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Rancho Valencia Hacienda wedding private venue rental, film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Strawberry water, Rancho Valencia Hacienda wedding private venue rental, film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
 

Portrait Locations at Rancho Valencia

Needless to say, there are so many different portrait opportunities at Rancho Valencia. Due to its expansive property, your options are endless! My favorite spots are around the Spa and also in little hidden pockets of the resort.

Weddings at Rancho Valencia, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
Weddings at Rancho Valencia, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
The Spa at Rancho Valencia, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
The Spa at Rancho Valencia, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
The Spa at Rancho Valencia, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
The Spa at Rancho Valencia, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
The Spa at Rancho Valencia, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
The Spa at Rancho Valencia, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
The Spa at Rancho Valencia, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
Weddings at Rancho Valencia, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
Weddings at Rancho Valencia, Cavin Elizabeth Photography - San Diego film photographer
 

My Work at Rancho Valencia

Fall Themed Rancho Valencia Sunrise Patio Reception

Recently, I had the honor of photographing a Rancho Valencia Sunrise Patio reception for local wedding planners. Festively-themed, this gorgeous cocktail hour and dinner will be sure to get you in the holiday spirits!   Rancho Valencia Sunrise Patio Cocktail Hour Guests were greeted with cocktails from the gorgeous plaid bar by To Be Designed. […]

Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia

Back in winter, I dreamt of creating a beekeeper editorial. That editorial, a honey inspired wedding at Rancho Valencia, was published last week on Ruffled. To give more background on my inspiration: I was rummaging through my closet and found a miniature honey dipper. Suddenly, I was inspired to create an editorial based around a […]

Elegant Fine Art Rancho Valencia Wedding Inspiration

Back in December, I had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Kristi from Details Details on this beautiful Rancho Valencia wedding inspiration shoot. Inspired by neutrals and chinoiserie, the vision for this shoot featured many fine art details that I am absolutely head over heels in love with. 

Contact Rancho Valencia

To contact the department for weddings at Rancho Valencia, visit their website to fill out their information request form. You might even notice that my work is on many of their website pages, which makes me so giddy!