California Destination Weddings

OUR FAVORITE GOLDEN STATE WEDDING SPOTS

Planning a CA destination wedding? As a San Francisco company, we’re super proud of our home state. With a broad range of climates, geographies, and gorgeous natural landscapes, California offers a little something for everyone. See our top picks for a California destination wedding. 

 

Mendocino County: Rugged Coastal Forest

Located along the northern part of California’s coast, Mendocino county is known for it’s rugged cliffs and towering redwoods. Mendocino County is also home to the Anderson Valley, one of California’s well renowned regions. The city of Mendocino is popular wedding and getaway location, with many historic hotels and B&B’s, so you can look further afield for a truly unique wedding venue.

 

Palm Springs: Sun-Soaked Desert

Located in the Coachella Valley about two hours east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is the spot for year-round sun. Once a playground for the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, the glitterati are once again flocking to Palm Springs for its quirky boutique hotels, mid-century modern architecture, and vibrant art scene. With winter temperatures in the 70’s, Palm Springs is a great choice if you want an outdoor wedding in the winter. Summer temperatures in Palm Springs can be high, so choose a venue with indoor or shaded spaces - or head up to the nearby San Jacinto Mountains.

 

Yosemite: Mountain Majesty

 Yosemite National Park is one of California’s most recognized landscapes, and our go-to choice for a California mountain wedding. First protected in 1864, the park is full of historic venues sure to please a couple looking for a vintage or rustic feel. The park and surrounding areas have a number of lodging options from campgrounds to luxurious hotels for your ceremony, reception, and even guest lodging. Note that ceremonies in the park do require a special permit and may be subject to size limits.    

 

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Coastal Elegance

Carmel-by-the sea and the Monterey County showcase the beauty of the central California coast. Less rugged than the Northern coast, the area around Carmel is known for golf, art, and cool, sandy beaches.

For more Carmel wedding inspiration, check out the weddings of our brides, Casey and Joanne

 

Wine Country: Farm to Table Sophistication

 Our final location is one we hold close to our hearts. Although wine is produced throughout California, Napa and Sonoma counties are nicknamed “Wine Country” for a reason. Both are home to numerous wineries that make lovely wedding venues, but don’t limit your search to wineries alone. With its location just one hour north of San Francisco, wine country is a great choice if you want your guests to be able to extend their trip into a mini-vacation. 

For more wine country wedding inspiration, check out the weddings of our brides PriyaKatrina, and Chasa. Whether you want mountains, beaches, vineyards, or wilderness, the golden state has it all. We hope you'll join us here on the west coast for your dream wedding. 

Style Me Pretty Features Trish Lee Bride's Modern Texas Wedding

A Vintage Modern Wedding With Texas Charm

We couldn't wait to share this Style Me Pretty feature of Amy and Kent's vintage modern Austin wedding. Although they have lived in San Francisco and New York, they wanted to show their friends what Texas offered and decided to tie the knot in an industrial space set in the countryside outside of Austin. They somehow made the raw gallery-like space come to life with warm touches such as gilded glass keepsake display cases and purple-hued wildflower "sconces" decorating the white-washed walls. 

As for the dress, the bride fell in love with the Marie gown, a vintage-inspired backless lace trumpet with cap sleeves as soon as she saw herself in the mirror. Luckily for her, she fit the sample size perfectly - it was an instant match! Congratulations to Amy and Kent - we hope marriage continues to be full of the adventurous spirit that it started with.

Photo: Jenny DeMarco

Junebug Weddings Features Trish Lee Bride's Greenhouse Wedding

Colorful Crystal-Inspired Greenhouse Wedding

Wait till you see this one - it's a doozy. Thieny and David's greenhouse wedding is the most original we've seen here at Trish Lee. We're excited to share their feature on Junebug Weddings. Combining the spiritual healing elements of crystals, Rockabilly fashion, and old-Hollywood glamour in an urban rustic setting, their wedding set the bar for cool indie style. There were playful pops of color from the bridesmaids dresses, the healing crystals, and the flowers. They served fusion Asian cuisine that paid tribute to the bride and groom's heritage, such as Vietnamese spring rolls and Korean short ribs.

For the wedding attire, Thieny chose to wear the Kitty gown, a draped V-neck silk crepe sheath wedding dress that gave her curves for days - she was the embodiment sophistication and simplicity. David donned a sharp custom made-to-measure suit from San Francisco’s own Spoon TailorTRUST, when we say this is the wedding you wish you had been invited to. We're thrilled for the couple and this amazing Junebug feature. 

Photo: Alixann Loosle

In the bride's own words, "I am in the positive energy business (healing arts), so incorporating healing crystals made sense. They didn’t just add natural beauty, but I believe they have an energetic vibration that elevates a space and reflects the positive vibes. We also had a Tibetan singing bell in the ceremony to remind all of us there when we heard the bell to stop take a delicious breath and enjoy the present moment."

Misty California Coast Wedding Featured on Wedding Chicks

Sometimes the unpredictable becomes the memorable. For all the lovely sunny California weddings, there's something to be said about this misty California coast wedding. The ethereal beauty of the coast lends a certain romance to Sandra and Jason's nuptials last fall. Sandra chose to wear our Reagan wedding gown, featuring a deep sweetheart neckline and a soft tulle skirt. The bride also arranged her own flowers! Check out their wedding featured on Wedding Chicks today. 

Photo: One Love Photography

Featured on Borrowed & Blue!

We're delighted to see one of our gowns featured on Borrowed & Blue - the premier source for all your wedding planning needs. This Vintage Heaven wedding shoot is brought to you by Ivy from Voulez Events, and it was truly an honor to be included. Light and romantic, the Peony gown, featuring a bateau neckline, is the perfect selection to complement this vintage-inspired wedding in the stunning Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco. We also love the green color palette and gentle use of antique accents in this shoot.

PHOTO: Grier Cooper

Lily wearing the Peony gown by Trish Lee

Lily wearing the Peony gown by Trish Lee

Trish Lee at The Grammys

As the season comes to a close, we're so excited to share the news of Trish Lee on the red carpet! That’s right folks. Trish Lee made it to the 59th annual Grammy Awards. San Francisco-based Tycho received a well-deserved Grammy nomination for their album Epoch in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category, and being the wife of the Grammy-nominated musician has its perks, like getting dressed to the nines and walking the red carpet with your husband! For her first red carpet appearance, Kiyo donned a custom designed Trish Lee gown. Handmade in our San Francisco studio, the gown is crafted in luxurious double-faced silk crepe in an au courant blush color. With a deep plunge neckline, backless silhouette, and a skirt that embraces a thigh-high slit, the gown was a stunner, and our girl rocked her first red carpet Grammy appearance!

Borrowed and Blue Features Trish Lee Bride

We're delighted to see our Reagan gown featured on Borrowed & Blue via the wedding of our bride Natalie and Brian. Borrowed and Blue is the premier source for all your wedding planning needs, and it's an honor to be included. The piece is titled “White Spring Fete with Red Accents.” The photos captured the unique elements that made this wedding oh-so-special, such as the perfect sunset that emerged during the ceremony and the clear blue color of the lake that served as the backdrop. We're honored to have played a small part in Natalie and Brian's special day and grateful to have our work recognized by Borrowed & Blue. 

Natalie weds Brian in the Reagan gown by Trish Lee 

Natalie weds Brian in the Reagan gown by Trish Lee 

photo: John stone

How to Get that Vintage Bride Style

Of all the wedding trends we have seen recently, we have to say that the vintage style is still a favorite among brides. Perhaps it is the romantic quality of the style that creates a sense of nostalgia in our modern times or maybe it is the subtle glamour that is captivating. Regardless, achieving the vintage bride look takes some thought and preparation, and we've come up with a guide highlighting important pieces to consider when putting this look together. 

Dress:

The first and most important step to achieving this look is picking the right gown. Paying attention to elements like the silhouette and fabric details are important. One of our favorite details for this look is antique silver beading.  Intricate beading on the gown rather than serious sparkle offers a very special vintage look.

Lace is a preferred fabric for the vintage bride, alluding to romance. We suggest combining the use of this fabric with longer sleeves, creating a hint of modesty, which is essential to achieve the vintage look. 

 

Another gown style we like for this look is an off-shoulder gown that dominated the early 19th Century. Make sure to use delicate fabrics across the arms such as: tulle, silk or lace. The contrast of covering part of the arms, while baring the shoulders creates a subtle sexiness while still being modest and classic. 

Once you decide on a gown, the next thing you want to think about are the accessories. Accessories have a great impact on finessing the entire look. Making sure your accessories complement the gown will help you achieve the right vintage look.

Shoes

We recommend a shorter, delicate heel with a rounder shaped toe; closed or peep-toe shoes are a great option.

Veils and Hairpieces

The headpiece is an essential element and one that can make or break the final look. If you are considering wearing a veil, we recommend a birdcage style veil for vintage glamour appeal. Hair combs with embellished details are also a favorite, and if you're feeling very inspired, a fascinator hat reminiscent of the 1940s or a Juliet style soft tulle veil after the iconic bridal look of Grace Kelly will finalize the look perfectly. 

The Essential Bridal Shoe Guide

Wobbling down the aisle, getting stuck in the lawn, tripping during your first dance. These are all scenarios that have crossed the minds of most brides, which is why picking the right shoes is an essential part of preparing for the big day.

When selecting wedding shoes, many brides go with the traditional heel option. However, there are many other options that may very well suit the bride’s personality, wedding theme and even desired comfort level, and by no means should a bride have to choose comfort over elegance. Once you’ve selected the style of wedding shoe, see our 7 helpful tips to break in your wedding shoes, so you can dance the night away.

Heels: If heels are your number one preference, go for thicker chunkier heels that are no more than 2 - 3 inches. Stay away from pinpoint-width stilettos. After all, most of your shoes will not be visible beneath your gown. Also, make sure these heels have extra cushion support to help with comfort and balance. Choose a pretty kitten heel or vintage-inspired pump.  

 

Platforms: Although the height of these shoes may scare you away, the extra padding along the base of the shoe adds support and the added platform lessens the angle of the arch. The thicker platform makes balance and walking a bit easier than standard heels of this height.

 

Wedges: If you still want to have the height without the heel element, wedges are a great option. Because of the larger surface area in contact with the ground, they exert less pressure. 

Low Wedges: These not only provide the benefits of the regular wedge but in addition they also do without the arch-aching height.

Wedge Sneakers: For the daring bride that wants the ultimate in comfort, these are the best option. The genius behind the shoe is that it mixes the femininity of high heels with the comfort of a sneaker.

Open-Toed Booties: A favorite for winter or fall. The shoe covers and supports your entire foot while keeping your warm.