Mendocino Wedding Photographers
Just two hours north of San Francisco, Mendocino county is predominantly farmland and forests with an incredibly distinctive coastline and friendly locals. Mendocino wedding photography can be light and airy or moody and dramatic - depending on the season and your proximity to the coast. Mendocino County’s natural beauty is sure to steal your heart and provides some of California’s most scenic backdrops, with beautiful lakes, mountains, rivers, and the driftwood-strewn beaches of Gualala, not to mention numerous giant redwood forests.
If you are thinking of a farm-to-table wedding, vineyard wedding, rustic wedding, or an alternative wine country wedding, Mendocino is a great option. As Mendocino wedding photographers, we can make recommendations for beautiful wedding venues that fit your vision. Here are a few wedding venues we love:
If you’re into a biodynamic farm-to-table wedding, you’ll have to check out Campovida Estate Winery and Farm in Hopland as the setting and hospitality are unparalleled and it is exclusive so you book the venue and it’s all yours.
For a similar feel, but in the Anderson Valley, the Wild Iris Retreat is an incredible 300 acre oasis in the redwoods with a working vineyard and plenty of lawns, rivers, and a real swimming hole. This is a great place for your 150 person or less wedding and Anderson Valley is a “sun-belt” which means it’s situated to avert the ubiquitous coastal fog that can persist for much of the summer.
For rugged coastal charm and a luxurious wedding, the Stanford Inn Historic Farm and Eco-Resort is a truly unique experience.
On its southern border with Sonoma county and on one of the most gorgeous stretches of coastline anywhere, Gualala is a tiny town with a big heart. There isn’t much there but what is there, is quality. There are some great restaurants and a wine bar featuring world-class wines from nearby Anderson valley. The Gualala Art Center in the redwoods can be booked for weddings and/or receptions, and abundant nature activities.
As a Mendocino wedding photographer, you have so much freedom to choose locations without concern of running into another wedding party because it’s just less busy compared to Napa and Sonoma counties to the south. Mendocino weddings are inherently stress-free because there simply aren’t a lot of things to stress about. For a couple looking for a laid-back wedding in a photogenic setting, Mendo (as it’s affectionately known) is the perfect choice.