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Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues

When Mike and I got first got engaged, the very first thing we decided on was what kind of a vibe we envisioned for our wedding day. We quickly realized that we wanted something outdoors that felt sort of like a backyard wedding, with lots of plants and greenery. In spite of the frequent droughts we have here, Southern California actually has a bounty of lush garden wedding venues! As a photographer, these locations are always a delight to capture because they typically provide a variety of photo backdrops and they give lots of shade on a hot sunny day. Since clouds are often hard to come by here, that last part is especially important if your timeline requires wedding party portraits in the middle of a summer afternoon! It’s much easier to get beautifully lit images at all hours of the day if you have a means to diffuse that harsh sunlight.

I’m going to take you through the eleven best Southern California garden wedding venues, or at the very least, my favorite garden venues thus far! These aren’t in any particular ranking; I love them all!

1)The Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert, CA.
Living Desert Zoo cactus garden wedding portrait | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

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The grounds at the zoo are massive, so it definitely helps to scout things out ahead of time. You’ll also need golf carts to transport everyone for photos to avoid spending all of your time walking!
Living Desert Zoo wedding party palm tree portrait | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Bouquet close up at Living Desert Zoo | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
Receptions usually take place in the stunning palm garden, seen below:
Wedding reception at Living Desert Zoo | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

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There are hiking trails and mountains on the edge of the property, making for an epic photo backdrop!
Couple walking at Living Desert Zoo mountain backdrop | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles Wedding party in pink blush tones at Living Desert Zoo | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

There are several palm nooks in the gardens, which is a perfect private spot even when the zoo is open to visitors.
Bride and groom first look at Living Desert Zoo wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

The ceremony site is over near the giraffes, giving guests the opportunity to spot lots of wildlife during cocktail hour!
Wedding ceremony at Living Desert Zoo | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bridal party in mauve dresses at Living Desert Zoo palm garden | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles


2) Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge, CA
These images were all taken in October, and the scenery was so beautiful even though leaves were starting to fall. You can also take portraits at Descanso for a $300 fee, perfect for engagement photos or even a day-after session!
Bride and groom in lush backdrop at Descanso Gardens Wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

Wedding gown hanging at Descanso Gardens | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Silver glitter sparkly bridal shoes at Descanso Gardens | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bridal portrait with long veil at Descanso Gardens | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

This oak grove is absolutely stunning! It’s an option for wedding ceremonies but also makes for gorgeous portraits.
Bride and groom at oak tree grove in Descanso Gardens | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

I’m pretty partial to the rose garden ceremony location! This gazebo is so romantic and classic, made all the more beautiful by some fresh blooms!
Wedding ceremony at Descanso Gardens | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

Blooming bougainvillea makes for a beautiful romantic backdrop too!
Bride and groom with bougainvillea at Descanso Gardens | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

The rose garden reminds me of something straight out of the English countryside. It’s absolutely lovely!
Bride and groom with English cottage at Descanso Gardens | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

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3) The LA Arboretum in Arcadia, CA.
This location is my favorite discovery of 2020! The photography fee is only $50 and the backdrops are absolutely breathtaking. This location is less English countryside, more tropical and desert. My best friends Jess and Steve did a pre-wedding shoot here and we had so much fun exploring!
Bride and groom at LA Arboretum | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride in LA Arboretum cactus garden | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom in LA Arboretum | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

There is a bamboo forest!!
Bamboo forest at LA Arboretum | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

This bougainvillea wasn’t even in an official “garden,” but I couldn’t get enough of it.
Blooming bougainvillea at LA Arboretum | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Groom in burgundy suit at LA Arboretum cactus garden | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom in LA Arboretum palm garden | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

The LA Arboretum is huge, so it helps to have an idea of the layout before you arrive! Mike and I went a few days before this session and stumbled upon a weekend happy hour in the park. Such a great location and wine too?! Sign me up.
Bride and groom at LA Arboretum in Acadia | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles


4) Adamson House in Malibu, CA
This Spanish-style museum has such gorgeous greenery! Adamson House is one of my absolute favorite places for a wedding because there are stunning photo opps at all hours of the day. This magical tree is nestled in a valley, shielding the lawn from the harsh sunlight even in the early afternoon.
Bridesmaids in blue at Adamson House Malibu | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

Dave Matthews wedding sign at Adamson House Malibu | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

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The reception space on the backside of the museum is gorgeous too! Lots of beautiful plants and flowers!
Brunch inspired sweetheart table at Adamson House Malibu | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

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Here’s another bridesmaids photo in front of that incredible tree! The first photo in the list was taken in the middle of summer and this one was shot in the fall once the sun was setting and the leaves had started to change a bit.
Autumn bridesmaids at Adamson House Malibu | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

Sunny summertime wedding at Adamson House Malibu | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

Bride and groom walking at Adamson House in Malibu, CA | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and Marine groom at Adamson House Malibu | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom kissing at Adamson House wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

There are colorful tiles and trees planted throughout the grounds! So many fun backdrop options!
Bridesmaids in front of Spanish tile at Adamson House Malibu | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

This might just be my favorite tree in California.
Wedding ceremony under big tree at Adamson House Malibu | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

When you rent Adamson House you have the option of renting the interior of the museum for guests to tour during cocktail hour. Pretty cool!

One last Adamson House wedding photo! So fun!
Bride and Marine groom leaving Adamson House Malibu wedding ceremony | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles


5) Redbird / Vibiana in Downtown, Los Angeles
Redbird is an incredible restaurant on the edge of Little Tokyo in Downtown, LA, and it’s also on the same block as the renovated cathedral-turned-wedding-venue, Vibiana! There are a variety of garden nooks on this shared property, and you’d never know you were in the middle of bustling DTLA!
Vibiana DTLA garden wedding ceremony | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Lush table with fruit and mushrooms at Redbird Los Angeles wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

This table is set for a Redbird garden wedding, and this spot is shaded almost the entire day.
Redbird DTLA garden table inspo | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Floral cocktail at Redbird Los Angeles wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

This ceremony location is in the Vibiana courtyard – those olive trees are such a gorgeous backdrop!
Bride and groom at Vibiana garden wedding ceremony | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Vibiana courtyard wedding ceremony | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Table decor at Redbird garden wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom toasting in Vibiana Courtyard | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles


6) Houdini Estate in Hollywood, CA
This unique property is nestled in Laurel Canyon and has secret gardens, hidden tunnels, and an air of mystique thanks to its former famous magician owner. As corny as it is, this place is pretty magical! Kristen and Chris’ Houdini Estate wedding was absolutely stunning!
Couple dancing at Houdini Estate wedding in Hollywood | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

The garden paths wind through the hillside and are so fun to explore!
Couple walking in secret garden in Houdini Estate | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

The reception was on one of the lawns down the hillside from the main house. Be ready to walk quite a bit if you’re at Houdini House!
Houdini Estate wedding reception | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

Bride with purple bouquet at Houdini Estate wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom at Houdini Estate wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Purple and lavender floral centerpiece at Houdini Estate wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom dancing at Houdini Estate wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom at Houdini Estate wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Lavender and pink reception table centerpiece at Houdini Estate in Hollywood, CA | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride with lavender and pink bouquet at Houdini Estate wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom in front of large palm tree at Houdini Estate wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom walking in secret garden at Houdini Estate wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom kissing at Houdini Estate wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles


7) San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, CA
This gorgeous garden includes 37 acres of stunning palms, bamboo, and California native plants. It was a rare overcast day in June when I photographed this San Diego Botanic Gardens wedding, but the colors were still incredibly vibrant!
San Diego Botanic Garden wedding reception table | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Boho bride at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bridesmaids in mismatched floral dresses at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding ceremony | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom leaving ceremony at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

I absolutely love the reception location! So cute and full of trees!
Reception table at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom walking at San Diego Botanic Garden | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom kissing at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Reception tables at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom dancing at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride in painted leather jacket at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom among palms at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom kissing at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles


8) Eden Gardens in Moorpark, CA
This venue is nestled among the trees and is so charming! It’s full of beautiful twinkle lights and palm trees! And if you happen to have a gorgeous vintage VW bug like Melia and Ryan do here at their Eden Gardens wedding, there’s a perfect spot by the entrance to park it.
Bride and groom with vintage VW Bug at Eden Gardens wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride with lavender and mauve wedding bouquet at Eden Gardens wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Eden Gardens Moorpark wedding ceremony | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

Eden Gardens is a bit of a maze, but it’s beautiful!
Wedding party in purple at Eden Gardens Moorpark | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Vintage VW bug at Eden Gardens wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Eden Gardens wedding reception | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

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 Table number and centerpiece at Eden Gardens wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom with classic VW bug at Eden Gardens | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Eden Gardens wedding ceremony location | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Geometric floral centerpiece at Eden Gardens wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Eden Gardens wedding ceremony | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Lush trees in Eden Gardens wedding venue | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles


9) Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo, CA
This adorable venue is owned by the sweetest family and has a lovely rustic-chic vibe about it. There’s a picket fence, a view of the mountains, and the gardens are beautifully maintained throughout the year!
Bride and groom at Maravilla Gardens wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride in front of white picket fence at Maravilla Gardens | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Maravilla Gardens wedding dessert table | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom at Maravilla Gardens wedding Bridal party in light pink at Maravilla Gardens wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom at Maravilla Gardens field | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride at Maravilla Gardens wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles


10) Quail Ranch in Simi Valley, CA
So far I’ve only had the pleasure of photographing Shelley & Andy’s engagement session on this property, but I was blown away by the landscaping! Blooming bougainvillea, cacti, an avocado grove, a beautiful tree, and a sunny overlook. Doesn’t get better than that!
Couple in front of cacti at Quail Ranch Simi Valley | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Engagement picnic at Quail Ranch Simi Valley | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Bride and groom with blooming bougainvillea at Quail Ranch | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles
 Couple walking at Quail Ranch Simi Valley Couple embracing in front of flowers at Quail Ranch Simi Valley | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles


11) McCormick Home Ranch in Camarillo, CA
Okay, I’m a little partial to this venue because it’s where Mike and I got married! You can see our McCormick Home Ranch wedding here on Green Wedding Shoes! We loved the charming white house, the beautifully maintained grounds, and how the venue was essentially a lovely blank canvas for us to cover with colorful details. Alyssa Marie Photography took the photos below, and I edited them.
Colorful bride and groom at McCormick Home Ranch Wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles

These jacaranda trees just happened to be blooming on our wedding day, what luck! I purposefully picked our head table to be set up in this spot so we’d be nicely backlit for photos.
Colorful head table and blooming jacaranda trees at McCormick Home Ranch wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

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 Bride in front of McCormick Home Ranch | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

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 Colorful wedding reception at McCormick Home Ranch in Camarillo | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

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 Bride and groom in front of VW van at McCormick Home Ranch wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

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 Colorful balloon arch at McCormick Home Ranch wedding Colorful ceremony arch at McCormick Home Ranch wedding Bridesmaids in mismatched blue with colorful flowers at McCormick Home Ranch wedding | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

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 Colorful table at McCormick Home Ranch wedding reception | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

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 Bride and groom kissing at McCormick Home Ranch wedding ceremony | Best Southern California Garden Wedding Venues | Colorful and elevated wedding photography for fun-loving couples | #gardenvenue #weddingvenue #socalweddingvenue #bouquetideas #uniquebouquet

 Source: Mary Costa Photography | Los Angeles


And there you have it, my favorite garden wedding venues in Southern California! To recap, here’s the full list:
Living Desert Zoo
Descanso Gardens
Los Angeles County Arboretum
Adamson House
Redbird and Vibiana
Houdini Estate 
San Diego Botanic Garden
Eden Gardens
Maravilla Gardens
Quail Ranch
McCormick Home Ranch

Let me know if there are any others I need to check out!

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