When you think of a California wedding, you probably think of the beach. While the beach is stunning, a vineyard valley wedding could be just as gorgeous! The mountainous landscape covered in vineyards in between Los Angeles and San Francisco is arguably one of the most picturesque locations in California. Additionally, the Santa Ynez valley is perfect for creating an al fresco feel without going to Italy. On top of that, it is romantic, organic, and the perfect location to say “I do!”

Santa Ynez Wedding Venues

A Santa Ynez wedding at Kestrel Park showcases the rustic beauty of the Santa Barbara countryside. The 17th century style barn and dovecote provide a beautiful backdrop for the most elegant photos. Only 8-10 events are accepted annually at Kestrel Park. This allows the venue to keep the grounds pristine. More than anything, be sure to contact your destination wedding planner quickly if a wedding at Kestrel park is a must for you!

In contrast, a Santa Ynez wedding at The Villa at The Sunstone Winery is perfect for a wine-loving bride with European roots. A modern bride may opt for lucite chairs and pampas grass. This would create a design with texture and clean lines to mimic the nearby vineyards. On the other hand, a boho bride may choose to hang macrame tapestries. Your wedding planner can help you identify your personal style for a truly one of a kind event. The Sunstone Villa is a perfect starting point to create the wedding you have always dreamed of.   

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The Season of Your Santa Ynez Wedding

Summer in Santa Ynez means vineyards! A Santa Ynez wedding in July or August with a creamy palette compliments the scenery creating an ethereal and romantic feel. The light and airy photography helps add to the memories of the perfect location. As the clusters of grapes on the vines grow heavier day after day, the valley starts to show signs of autumn. A jewel toned Santa Ynez wedding creates a moody and romantic setting, ideal for September and October.

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Written by Lydia Salisbury for Rachael Ellen Events 

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