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(Private estates not listed because they're... private)

Monterey Peninsula Country Club is in a class of itself. With exclusive views of it's own golf course and the Pacific ocean, you're sure to have an amazing time, only to be topped by their service. Oh, and their beach house!! Super win.

Commonly referred to as Highlands Inn by us locals, this Carmel Highlands venue has incredible views of California's beautiful coastline and is unlike any other local venue, with an outside deck that's perfect for weddings and gatherings.

Gardener Ranch in Carmel Valley is one of our favorite venues. It's lush surroundings next to the Carmel river really help in setting the tone of a relaxed atmosphere. With multiple lodging options and a fantastic club house, you're in for a treat.

Both a professional and personal favorite of ours! Carmel Valley Ranch weddings are legendary for their spirit of elegant playfulness, with several gorgeous ceremony locations & reception rooms. The Ranch also creates the spark that recharges management teams, inspires new ventures, unites colleagues and reunites friends and family. For retreats big or small, their 500-acre destination invites you to play outside the box. Stunning views, delicious food, stellar staff, perfect relaxation.

The Barns at Cooper Molera is a unique and historical setting from the 1800's, with gorgeous redwood and amazing textures located in the heart of downtown Monterey.  This beautifully restored event venue offers the ideal setting for many sized gatherings and can accommodate up to 600 people.The Events by Classic Group operates this venue and do a stellar job at it! 

Holman Ranch is elegant and sophisticated, yet charming & cozy, with understated elegance all around. The focal point of Holman Ranch is its beautifully restored 1928 Carmel stone hacienda, a magical estate that is hidden in the Carmel Valley hillside, offering breathtaking 360-degree views of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Holman Ranch has one of the longest histories in Carmel Valley & is an honor to have worked with them since we began.

A longstanding favorite, the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa is in a world of it's own, with an incredible plaza on top of the ocean. Views of Monterey Bay are incredible matched only by the sounds of crashing waves and sea life. We've set up in virtually every room they have, including the plaza and hallways. Amazing staff. It's an amazing Monterey venue.

Ventana Big Sur is tucked away in the gorgeousness of Big Sur and is a place that surprises you. When you reach the edge of the continent, where the sky, the sea, the mountains and the redwoods all converge, you find a place of unmatched beauty and tranquility in one of the most iconic and dramatic landscapes on Earth. We love having our booths here. It's like heaven on earth.

Enjoy panoramic ocean views and radiant sunrises on beautiful Monterey Bay at the Intercontinental, The Clement Monterey. Overlooking the waters of Monterey Bay on Cannery Row, this waterfront hotel has an urban energy, modern luxury, and coastal charm. We've set up in a variety of places, including downstairs in the glass hallway,  upstairs on the deck, and more.

20,000 acres of natural beauty in a privately owned community, the Santa Lucia Preserve is an amazing world of it's own with stunning surroundings. Sharing a wedding or special life event at The Preserve is a gift that members and their guests will cherish for years to come. 

Another awesome venue by our friends at the Events by Classic Group, the Perry House is an historic home from 1860 with beautiful views overlooking Monterey Bay. With its extraordinary blend of history, architecture and charm, The Perry House “style” is contemporary, warm and fun.

The Beach and Tennis Club at Pebble Beach® is a private social & recreation club with more than 90 years of history, just a few minute walk from the The Lodge at Pebble Beach®. It overlooks the famous 17th hole at the golf links and is situated at the gorgeous Stillwater Cove.  We work here a lot and love the staff!

Another Carmel Valley favorite! Charming. Intimate. Comfortable. The serene character of Bernardus Lodge & Spa echoes an authentic Wine Country retreat. This Carmel resort nurtures a relaxing escape from the bustle of life—to calm and revitalize all of the senses, providing the finest resort experience of all Carmel Valley hotels.

Nestled amongst the natural backdrop of their refined 18-hole championship golf course and the Santa Lucia Mountains, paired with the thoughtful and thorough event coordinators, Quail Lodge & Golf Club makes an ideal setting to host meetings, conferences, weddings and celebrations in Carmel Valley

With spectacular views, Tehama Golf Club is nestled between Carmel Valley and the Monterey Peninsula, and a few minute drive to historic Carmel by-the-Sea. It is an amazing venue to hold your event. Membership at Tehama Golf Club is private and by invitation only.

A Monterey staple, the Portola Hotel and Spa is located in the smack middle of downtown and the fisherman's wharf, with views of our beautiful harbor. The service here is fantastic and we love working on special events with the staff. We do their New Year's party every year too! It's such a blast and full of good times indeed.

Situated on 15 acres of organically farmed vineyards and gardens along the Carmel River, Folktale Winery offers numerous venue settings with which to delight you and your guests. Weddings and events have not only the vineyards to draw from as a beautiful backdrop, but the Santa Lucia Mountain Range is also stunning!

Centered on the picturesque coastline, Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa captures an atmosphere of intense energy and inspiration and has become a favored destination for weddings, corporate meetings, business retreats, training sessions and conferences. Located on Del Monte Golf Course.

At just 1,000 feet from our studio in downtown Monterey is a beautiful and modern, state-of-the-art meeting facility that is virtually brand new. It's a wonderful option if you're planning on hosting a convention or meeting on the Monterey Peninsula.

Tucked along the coast of Big Sur on Highway 1 are two epic venues with views that will blow your mind. Both Point 16 and Paion have majestic views and are incredible places for your gathering. Contact Diane at Elegant Events for more info on these stunning opportunities.

The Holly Farm is family owned and operated since 1991 and is a seven-acre Carmel hideaway that was created exclusively for destination weddings or for those looking for a unique experience. It's your own private oasis getaway. Also a great place for a small corporate group.


Nestled amid towering redwoods along the scenic Big Sur River, the River Inn was Big Sur’s first hotel and restaurant, and remains a beloved gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

In an area of the country known for its magnificent golf venues, Corral de Tierra Country Club stands out on that extensive list of prestigious Clubs. It is considered the refuge for the greater Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley residents to enjoy the privileges of a private, Member-Owned Country Club. 

Old-world Spanish décor are paramount to The Club’s distinctive hacienda setting, whether it’s for an intimate wedding ceremony or more elaborate celebration. Located in a 575-acre private gated residential community, secluded in a sunbelt, only minutes from Pebble Beach, Carmel, and Salinas Valley.

A Santa Cruz favorite for surfing, sunsets and the freshest seafood, the Dream Inn is a beloved local landmark on the historic Beach Boardwalk. Just steps from the sand, they combine retro-chic style with modern amenities and an event space with enough room for up to 200 people. 

Commanding breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay and rolling hills, Chaminade Resort & Spa is a storybook setting for celebrating life's treasured moments. Plan an outdoor event year-round beneath sunny skies, beautifully landscaped grounds, or within their elegant indoor wedding venues.

Look beyond your first instinct of Santa Cruz and you will find things hidden in plain sight: Rugged mountains, majestic redwoods, vibrant communities, and much more. This is where Hotel Paradox lives. It strikes the perfect balance between nature and urban design without excessive fuss. 

Want quite sunshine and seclusion but not too far away? The Hilltop Hacienda or Stone Creek Village at Kennolyn is what you're looking for. It comes with beautiful views of Monterey Bay from the Santa Cruz side, and a property that has generations of love built in.

The world renown Monterey Bay Aquarium is amazing. Your event is surrounded by aquatic exhibits that'll blow your mind. Combine that with our booths and you're set! It's a special place for sure. We've set up next to the mackerel, under the kelp, next to a shark, stayed overnight for New Years, and more!

Mission Ranch in Carmel offers a beautiful and relaxed venue for weddings, corporate dinners and special events of all kinds, held in our historic barn(s). The historic Mission Ranch sits on 22 acres with spectacular views of Point Lobos, Carmel River Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

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Mike and Gina Steelman are MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT have been photographing weddings and events for 18 years. Specializing in Coastal weddings and vineyard receptions, MIKE AND GINA PHOTOGRAPH EVENTS IN CARMEL, PEBBLE BEACH, BIG SUR AND MONTEREY THE MOST. destination wedding photography comes naturally AND IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE.

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