From snow-capped mountains to tropical waters, these outdoor wedding venues situated in nature add romance and rugged beauty to your nuptials
Written byMandy FerreiraJuly 12, 2018
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Zuma Sanctuary, Malibu, CA
Start your marriage under a stunning ficus tree with the Pacific Ocean shimmering in the background at Zuma Sanctuary. When the ceremony is over, take the party into the forest to dance under the soft light of the hanging chandelier or lounge in the vintage Airstream or Lotus Belle tent with your guests.
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San Sophia Overlook, Telluride, CO
It’s nearly impossible to beat the romance of the San Sophia Overlook. Guests are whisked up the mountain on the gondola to await you and your betrothed at the grassy amphitheater perched at the top. The altar looks out on Telluride and the surrounding mountain peaks for unbelievable views all year round.
Get all of the benefits of an outdoor wedding venue without having to worry about the fickle Pacific Northwest weather at the Olympic Rooftop Pavilion. This Ballard gem has panoramic views across Salmon Bay overlooking the city and the Olympic and Cascade mountains beyond. When the skies are clear, open up the window wall to enjoy the patio and outdoor fireplace.
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Ventana, Big Sur, CA
This recently updated luxury resort overlooks the iconic bluffs and waters that Big Sur is famous for. Let the Pacific Ocean be the backdrop to your nuptials before heading off into the on-site old-growth redwoods to capture the moment. Rejoin your guests at Ventana’s Ocean Meadow Lawn for dinner and drinks with views of the setting sun. When your feet need a break from dancing, cozy up on Adirondacks surrounding warming firepits with your favorite people.
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Amara Resort, Sedona, AZ
Sunset weddings are hard to beat at this desert oasis. As the temperatures begin to cool, let Sedona’s vibrant, striated rocks frame the altar and set the stage for heartfelt vows at Amara’s uptown resort.
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The Little Nell, Aspen, CO
From a white winter wedding surrounded by snow-capped mountains to a lush summer celebration, there is no bad time of year to take the plunge at The Little Nell. The ski resort’s wedding deck sits three miles above Aspen with striking views of the Elk Mountain Range. But it doesn’t end there. After a toast on the terrace, head to the enclosed sundeck that overlooks the Continental Divide or take the gondola back down the mountain to dance in the plaza at the base of Aspen Mountain.
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Gorge Crest Vineyards, Underwood, WA
Just 10 minutes from Hood River, Oregon, this working winery doubles as a generous wedding host. A fully equipped barn is ready for a party of any style while the outdoor ceremony site at Gorge Crest Vineyards looks out onto the vineyards and Mount Hood beyond. Take photos in fields of wildflowers, under the budding orchards, or among the vines with the snowy peak and sweeping valley in the background.
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Travaasa Hana, Hana, HI
The drive along Maui’s famous Hana Highway will tease guests for the vistas to come. Set above Hana Bay, Travaasa Hana plays host to beachside weddings on the grassy bluff. Start your marriage in paradise with lush tropical grounds, rugged ocean views, and soothing sounds of the waves.