Fancy getting married at a 300-acre mountaintop retreat perched high above Santa Cruz overlooking Monterey Bay? Because that’s precisely what Chaminade Resort promises!
Lynsey & Ashley’s day didn’t start and end at Chaminade, though. They actually had their ceremony at a chapel, the iconic roadside chapel about 25 minutes away.
Afterward, they opted for a relaxed reception on one of the patios at the Chaminade with its impeccable luxe-casual vibe and panoramic views.
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Features of the Chaminade Resort for weddings
The Chaminade resort is set high above Santa Cruz on a mountain bluff overlooking the forested hills of the Santa Cruz mountains and the Monterey Bay below. It’s surrounded by redwoods, eucalyptus, oak, madrone and lush green lawns. The architecture is Spanish in character, mixing Old World elegance with modern luxury.
The original Mission-style buildings have survived since the 1930s and have been expanded into a woodland resort that now stretches to 300 acres.
Capacity at the Chaminade Resort, Santa Cruz
The largest wedding capacity at the Chaminade Resort is 200 guests.
There are also packages and spaces that cater to intimate weddings of fewer than 10 or 15 guests, depending on the package.
However, some packages come with their own photographer and videographer, which we would steer clear of (these services are so personal and are an art form – you want to make sure you choose the professional that aligns with your vision for your imagery).
They offer in-house catering and will work with you to create a bespoke menu whether for hors d’oeuvres or a buffet.
Wedding spaces with Chaminade Resort
There are so many spaces at this Santa Cruz wedding venue. Information available online is limited, so inquire with the venue directly for all the specific current offerings.
The couple featured in this blog post had their reception event on the Sunset Patio and timed it perfectly for the bougainvillea arch (this wedding was in late June 2021).
This is where outdoor ceremonies can be held, and where our couple held their outdoor reception. There’s a tiered fountain and a picturesque panorama of greenery and the distant ocean as your backdrop.
You can even exchange vows under the arbor covered with seasonal roses and wisteria.
Santa Cruz Ballroom
This area boasts soft lighting, a dance floor and private balcony. It’s perfect for receptions and dancing. It has a wall of windows that capture the forest and ocean panorama.
This is one of the newer areas, ideal for large receptions. The space has wood beams, wall treatments and industrial-chic iron fixtures.
Guests enter this outdoor space through an archway of bougainvillea. As you exchange vows, you’re framed by a panorama of rolling hills and the bay.
This indoor space has arched floor-to-ceiling windows.
French doors open onto the Fireside Patio. This space has views of the wooded valley and the Monterey Bay.
- Event planning services
- Rehearsal and ceremony coordination
- Bar services
- Bonfire & s’mores
- Deals for overnight stay (or longer) in bridal suite
- Sound system & microphone
- Makeup consultation and application
- Private spa party
- Couples’ massage
Things to do at and around the Chaminade Resort
One of the beautiful things about getting married here is the abundance of activities – being a full-service hotel and not merely a wedding venue. To name just a few, you’ll find a swimming pool, Himalayan salt sauna, hot tubs, tennis courts and miles of hiking trails.
There’s a fantastic restaurant on site, the View Restaurant & Terrace where, of course, the views continue.
Off-site, there are beaches to explore, wine tasting experiences to be had or you could go rock-climbing and finish your day with a sunset cruise.
Photography: Zoe Larkin Photography
Venue: Chaminade Resort
Floral design: Rosalea Design
Attire: David’s Bridal
DJ: Reb Botello
Rings: Dell Williams Jewelers
Photos from Chaminade Resort wedding
About Zoe Larkin Photography
Looking for a Santa Cruz wedding photographer? You can learn more about my services at the links below:
Hoping I’ll be back at Chaminade Resort soon, shooting your lovely wedding!