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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
My Work at Rancho Valencia
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!