Best Southern California Wedding Venues Part 6: Santiago Estates & Vineyard

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Wow, you are not ready for this installment of the best Southern California Wedding Venues–I promise. This venue is gorgeous beyond belief. In part six of this installment, we will be covering The Santiago Estates & Vineyard Wedding Venue. 

It is absolutely stunning. With expansive views, tons of natural light, a gorgeous water feature outside & a gigantic deck, this venue is truly what dreams are made of. Not to mention I’m 95% sure that the pool scenes from High School Musical 2 were filmed here?? So if you’re a High School Musical fan, you need to jump on this opportunity!

A little bit more about the venue specs before we dive into the bridal suite, ceremony & reception areas: The Santiago Estate is a Venue ONLY. You will have to bring your own vendors! However, they do have a list of preferred vendors and recommendations for you to choose from if you would like some suggestions or guidance. The rental rate depends on which portions of the property you would like to rent for the day + the size of your guest list. They do require that the couple have, at the very least, a day-of wedding planner or coordinator & they DO accommodate guests for overnight stays! 

Santiago Estates Bridal Suite

Santiago estates wedding venue

YES! The Santiago Estate & Vineyard DOES have a bridal suite! And let me tell you, it is absolutely gorgeous. The entire mansion is full of windows, so every room gets beautiful natural light. On top of the fact that this Southern California Wedding Venue has a bridal suite, they also offer overnight accommodation & up to 50 guest parking spots on site. Take a sneak peak at the bridal suite accommodations with the photos below!

The Ceremony at Santiago Estates

Santiago estates wedding ceremony inspiration

While your ceremony can take place anywhere on the property that you would like for it to, I highly recommend staging it on the deck in front of the pool as seen in the photos below. The backyard pool deck is absolutely stunning, super private, and offers gorgeous views of the sparkling blue pool water & beautiful landscaping. Not to mention, there’s plenty of room on the deck for guest chairs and a floral arbor at the end of the aisle!

The Reception at Santiago Estates

Santiago Estates wedding reception

After having attended & photographed a wedding at this venue, I highly recommend moving the party inside for hors d’oeuvres after the ceremony to give your wedding planning crew time to set up the reception area on that same pool deck that your ceremony took place on. The back deck has the best views and provides guests with ample room to move around, converse with each other, and to take photos in front of the beautiful water feature and immaculate landscaping! Once you all have a nice meal together, spend some time dancing, and get speeches out of the way, I recommend moving inside for the after party around 9 PM. This is when the Estate begins their outdoor quiet hours. However, on their website they state that you can keep the party going until 1 AM indoors! Woop Woop

I hope that you LOVE this venue as much as I do! It is definitely in my top 3 favorite Southern California Wedding Venues of ALL time simply because of the views. If you like what you see in this blog & are still on the hunt for a wedding photographer, I would love to photograph your most special day! Click here to get in touch & learn more about my wedding photography packages. 

Don’t forget to check out the other parts of this series, one, two, three, four, and five, if you still haven’t landed on a venue yet. And be sure to keep in touch via instagram & Pinterest for more wedding inspiration!

Thank you to all the vendors who helped with this wedding:

VENUE: Santiago Estate and Vineyard | | @santiagoestate
COORDINATION: Eliza Niaki-Bel Events | | @bel_events
PHOTOGRAPHER: Shelby Danielle Photography | | @shelbydaniellephotography
FLORIST: Denise Christiansen
HAIR & MAKEUP: Camie Bowen
CATERING: 24 Carrots | | @24carrotscatering
DJ: Daniel with Vox DJs | | @voxdjs



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