10 Best Outdoor Wedding Sites in Southern California

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1. Gated Grandeur

Sherwood Country Club may be one of the country's most elite clubs, but its gorgeous outdoor areas are open to nonmembers for weddings. The rolling hills, ancient oaks, roses and outdoor terraces make for a perfect ceremony spot. Then enjoy a gourmet menu prepared by Sherwood's world-class chefs for your reception. (805) 496-3036, SherwoodCountryClub.com

2. City Escape

Looking for a serene setting in the heart of Los Angeles? Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens' third-floor garden, referred to as the "Garden in the Sky," is a space that features Japanese-style landscaping and a gorgeous waterfall. The catering staff can create a full menu for your reception featuring either Western or Japanese cuisine. (213) 629-1200, KyotoGrandHotel.com

3. Beachfront Beauty

Terranea Resort, on the coast of Palos Verdes Peninsula, is a luxe, secluded resort. Its Mediterranean-style lawns, gardens and terraces can accommodate more than 1,000 guests for ceremonies and receptions. The postcard-worthy scenery allows for amazing photo ops! (310) 802-7433, Terranea.com

4. Sky-High Estate

Your guests will get breathtaking views from Rancho del Cielo in Malibu. Celebrate into the night with the sparkling Santa Monica Bay and the distant hills of Rancho Palos Verdes in the background. Both catering and the bar are bring-your-own, so you can work your wedding theme into the menu. (818) 486-2830, RanchodelCieloMalibu.com

5. Fairy Tale Magic

Fulfill your childhood fantasies with a wedding at Anaheim's Disneyland Resort. Get married in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at the Magic Kingdom and celebrate with a reception in the Fantasyland courtyard. The Disney catering staff works with you to create the cake and menu. (714) 520-7005, DisneyWeddings.Go.com

6. Divine Vineyard

Located in the heart of the Temecula Wine Country, Ponte Family Estate Winery is home to the Fountain View Garden. With gorgeous mountain and vineyard views, vine-covered trellises and immaculate landscaping, you'll find plenty of great photo ops. The on-site chef must provide the catering, but you're welcome to bring in your own cake. (951) 694-9444, PonteWinery.com

7. Natural Habitat

If an exotic locale is what you're after, but you don't want to travel to get it, have your wedding at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park. Say "I do" in the Heart of Africa for a safari feel, or the Mombasa Island Lagoon Overlook patio for a more tropical vibe. The zoo will cater your reception, and if you'd like, a staff member can even come around with some furry friends during your cocktail hour. (619) 744-3350, SanDiegoZoo.org

8. Palm Tree Plaza

Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara features a variety of wedding sites, like a rose garden, private patio and a rotunda. The resort will cater your reception held on The Plaza del Sol, a large patio adorned with archways and elegant lighting. (805) 884-8515, FPDTR.com

9. European Elegance

The St. Regis at Monarch Beach in Dana Point has stunning outdoor accommodations filled with Mediterranean-inspired architecture. Make your grand entrance down a staircase and onto the picturesque Grand Lawn, which can seat 900. Hosting a more intimate celebration? The Sunset Terrace can seat about 80 guests. Work with their catering staff to come up with a menu you'll love. (866) 242-3391, StRegisMB.com

10. Regal Ranch

The secluded, rustic charm of Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu can hold any size of party. Chateau Le Dome, located on a hilltop in the middle of the vineyards, lets you bring in all of your own vendors and has no time restrictions! Exchange vows under an oak tree arch entwined with grapevines and take in the gorgeous views. (818) 889-0008 x22, MalibuFamilyWines.com

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