Even though we haven't made any decisions about where to have the wedding, California is definitely on the top 5 list. I LOVE to look at new locations and imagine the kind of wedding that would take place. A few days ago a good friend sent me a link to one of her dream wedding locations. (Thanks JH!!) Post Ranch Inn is a luxury resort located on the cliffs of Big Sur, California. Here are some of the amazing photos from their website:
Here's another California location that exudes style. Hummingbird Nest Ranch is a equestrian facility located just 30 minutes north of West Los Angeles. I love all the images of the fountain, the Spanish feel of this location and the gorgeous mountains in the background. However, since my future hubbie was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, I don't know that we could get married in California and not have the ocean involved. We also met on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and got engaged on a beach in the Dominican Republic... It just wouldn't be right to start the next stage of our life away from the ocean.***
So lets be honest... we couldn't afford either of these places unless we only had 20 guests and only half of them got to eat... hehehe.
***obiter dictum: If you want to have more than 50 people to your beach wedding, the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors requires $150 permits to hold a wedding near a lifeguard station. An additional 15% of vendors fees (which includes florists, rental companies, and photographers) goes to the county as well. The Department may also require that you acquire a $1 million liability insurance policy, which will cost around $100. Additionally if you wish to have music you need to contact the local police department for a sound permit.