Kimmi Cranes is a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer specializing in capturing vibrant and candid portraits that tell the story of your day.
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There are plenty of beautiful wedding venues within San Francisco Bay Area and the surrounding cities. If you are a couple looking to get married in the city, hop on over to our romantic San Francisco wedding venues blog for inspiration. There are also plenty of beautiful San Jose wedding venues, Napa valley wedding venues, and Sonoma wedding venues to consider. However, if you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there are other adventurous wedding destinations to choose from. Whether you want a waterfront wedding, views of the San Francisco Bay, or picturesque rolling hills in wine country, the wedding venues in the Bay Area are endless.
A true wonderland, Marin County offers a variety of scenery that can’t be missed. From ancient redwood forests, a wide range of flora and fauna, to a dramatic coastline, getting married in Marin County won’t disappoint. Surrounded by water on three sides, Marin offers a dream getaway for couples who want to tie the knot among natural treasures. Couples can choose from a variety of Marin wedding venues to best suit all their ultimate wedding ceremony dreams.
San Francisco Bay Area weddings are a bit more costly than the national average for weddings. With all wedding costs included, you should expect to pay somewhere around $30,000 to $36,000. This, of course, depends on which wedding venue you choose, the type of catering you get, and other additional add-ons you choose to have to make your wedding as memorable as possible. For more luxurious weddings in San Francisco, you should be ready to pay way more than this as some luxury wedding venues charge a premium to host your wedding ceremony.
In order to get married in California, a couple must obtain a Marriage License before a ceremony is performed. To get a marriage license in San Francisco or Marin, you must appear at the County Clerk’s office in person with valid picture identification. To schedule an appointment for an in-person marriage license, you will need to complete and submit a Marriage License Form online. Once granted, the marriage license is valid for 90 days and must be used before or on the expiration date.
Marin County comprises several cities including Belvedere, Fairfax, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Nicasio, Novato, Point Reyes, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, Stinson Beach, Tiburon, and Tomales. These areas are home to picturesque wedding venues that offer gardens, views of the Pacific Coast, estates, among others.
Address: 52 Beach Rd, Belvedere, CA
Phone: (415) 819 – 9927
A truly unique wedding venue, the China Cabin in Belvedere is on a sidewheel steamer that traveled from San Francisco to the Far East for about 20 years in the late 1800s. The Cabin consists of a large room and two small staterooms with wonderful views of the San Francisco skyline.
Address: 367 Bolinas Road, Fairfax, CA
Phone: (415) 456 – 8084
A four-acre wedding venue, the Deer Park Villa in Fairfax offers a Redwood Grove and garden paradise. Their wedding packages include an after-hours party at their Late Night VIP room as well as rehearsal time in the Zen Grove. Perfect for any couple looking to have an enchanted forest wedding.
Address: 810 Panoramic Highway, Mill Valley, CA
Phone: (415) 381 – 9000
With spectacular views from high atop Mt. Tamalpais, the Mountain Home Inn offers a great outdoor wedding venue to celebrate your nuptial with family and friends. The inn has ten quiet guest rooms along with a full-service restaurant and bar.
Address: 1 West Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, CA
Phone: (415) 383 – 2582
If you and your fiance are looking for a gorgeous wedding venue with a garden patio, the Outdoor Art Club is the optimal sport to hold your wedding ceremony. This venue features French doors and a sprawling native oak tree canopy, making it a wonderful location to say “I do”. Please note that a docent guided tour is required before rental.
Address: 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, CA
Phone: (415) 383 – 6000
Perfect for an intimate wedding, the Pelican Inn features a glass conservatory with abundant vines and flowers along with horses and a rustic barn. Couples can choose to hold their ceremony at the inn’s great outdoor lawn or nearby at the Muir Beach overlook.
Address: 2025 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, CA
Phone: (415) 381 – 6155
Thinking of a coastal wedding venue? Slide Ranch has spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and renting from them supports their non-profit mission. From the Dome, you and your guests can enjoy group camping after the wedding. At the Yurt, you can exchange vows overlooking the ocean and enjoy a traditional yurt with a wood burning stove. Lastly, their Farm-to-Table Teaching Center offers a luxury venue with a commercial kitchen.
Address: 1 Old Rancheria, Nicasio, CA
Phone: (415) 264 – 6859
Dreaming of a country wedding? Rancho Nicasio is nestled in a secluded valley and surrounded by views of grassy hills, woods, and grazing ranch animals. It features a rustic barn and is the perfect wedding venue for any couple looking for a Spanish-style country retreat.
Address: 235 Alameda del Prado, Novato, CA
Phone: (415) 883 – 5583
If you’re looking for a winery wedding venue but don’t want to try out to Napa Valley, Pacheco Ranch is the perfect choice. Their picturesque estate features a vineyard in the heart of Marin and is great for intimate weddings.
Address: 1312 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA
Phone: (415) 295 – 5296
Featuring the expansive Magnolia Terrace, Maple Lawn offers a jewel of a garden area. With blooming hedges, a canopied terrace, mature magnolia and camellia trees, and two multi-tiered fountains with Greek goddesses, this wedding venue will make your wedding one to remember. Not convinced yet? You and your partner will exchange vows underneath a neoclassical arch.
Address: 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, CA
Phone: (415) 339 – 4700
One of Northern California’s most romantic locations, Cavallo Point Lodge offers a stunning natural setting with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. The venue features their historic Mission Blue Chapel and Callippe Ballroom.
Address: 43 Main Street, Tiburon, CA
Phone: (415) 435 – 4812
Just steps away from the sparkling bay, Corinthian Yacht Club boasts of their redwood paneled Grand Ballroom along with expansive views of the harbor and skyline from their Sun Porch. This venue is known for its stunning Colonial Revival architecture and soaring Corinthian Columns with panoramic views of Treasure Island, Alcatraz, and Angels Island.
Address: 900 Cerini Road, Tamales, CA
Phone: (707) 878 – 2181
With its historic barn and lush terraced gardens, the Haven at Tomales is the perfect wedding venue for couples who want panoramic views of rolling hills and towering eucalyptus forests. This local farm offers bountiful views of West Marin and is only available for a limited number of weddings annually.
If you and your fiancé want to get married further away from the Pacific Coast, look no further! Imagine getting married on a gorgeous terrace with the backdrop of wine country and sipping impeccable wines with your family and friends at sunset. Sounds like a dream right? Well, you can make this wedding fantasy come true by hosting your ceremony at a Napa Valley or Sonoma wedding venue. The rolling vineyards and historic estates in this region are known for producing some of the best wines in the world. Getting married in Napa is perfect for wine connoisseurs and wine enthusiasts alike, and it’s only a two hour drive from the Bay Area.
Kimmi Cranes is a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer who offers all-inclusive wedding photography packages, engagement photoshoots, elopement photography and family portraits. Based in South Lake Tahoe, she’s more than happy to travel and capture your special event in the surrounding areas of San Francisco, Marin County, Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Santa Rosa. She loves to explore the outdoors and take photos of people in front of breathtaking landscapes. Her photos craft a beautiful story of love, excitement, and emotions to be remembered for years to come.
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