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A chic wedding ceremony at Serendipity Gardens wedding in southern California.

A Luxe Serendipity Gardens Wedding in Southern California

Serendipity Gardens Wedding

When Amma and Larry decided to tie the knot, they chose Serendipity Gardens Wedding, a premier Southern California wedding venue, to reflect their stylish, chic, and thoughtful personalities. Their wedding was a blend of curated details and a lavish atmosphere, creating an unforgettable experience for their guests.

As a seasoned wedding photographer, my approach combines creative, editorial portraits with storytelling moments. This style produces artistic, soulful imagery that captures both the grandeur and the intimate details of the event. Amma and Larry’s Serendipity Gardens wedding was a perfect canvas for this approach, allowing me to capture their chic style and the thoughtful touches they incorporated into their day.

This post will take you through their journey and provide essential details for anyone considering a Serendipity Gardens wedding.

Ceremony setup at Serendipity Gardens wedding.

The couple as they embark on their Serendipity Gardens wedding

Amma and Larry epitomize style and sophistication. Thoughtful and family-oriented, they envisioned a wedding that would not only be a celebration of their love but also a memorable experience for their guests. Amma wore a custom-designed gown and veil, perfectly complemented by elegant decor and tasteful white florals, creating a stunning garden-themed aesthetic. Amma is truly a show-stopper of a bride; she even had a surprise grand entrance and rode a horse and carriage into her ceremony!

My photography style, which combines creative portraits with timeless images, was the perfect fit for capturing the couples’ desire for elegance, romance, and that Vogue wow factor.

In their own words:

I chose this venue because I loved how it made me feel. I stood at the end of the aisle for each of the venues I visited and Serendipity Gardens was the only one that evoked raw emotion. It was as if I was standing there and it was my wedding day (: Larry stood at the end of the aisle and he had me practice walking down the aisle. It was such a special moment. I am most looking forward to the first looks and to hear Larry’s vows. Hearing his vows is what I am most looking forward to. The vendor I am excited about is the horse and carriage! Once the venue told me about that being an option – I knew I needed to incorporate it in my surprise grand entrance.

– Amma, bride

About Serendipity Gardens Wedding

Serendipity Gardens, located in Oak Glen, is a premier Southern California wedding venue known for its breathtaking views and elegant ambiance. Nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains, this venue offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, providing panoramic views and lush gardens that serve as a perfect backdrop for wedding photography. With its versatile spaces, Serendipity Gardens caters to both intimate and larger celebrations, making it an appealing choice for couples seeking a natural setting.

Ceremony Area at Serendipity Gardens

The ceremony area at Serendipity Gardens is designed to highlight the natural beauty of Southern California. With a stunning view of the mountains and a meticulously maintained garden, this space provides a picturesque setting for exchanging vows. The layout is both intimate and spacious, ensuring that guests have an unobstructed view of the ceremony. This area is perfect for creating elegant and timeless photos that capture the essence of the moment.

Romantic ceremony at Serendipity Gardens in Southern California.

Reception Area at Serendipity Gardens

The reception area at Serendipity Gardens is equally impressive. The space is designed to accommodate both large and small gatherings, with options for outdoor and covered receptions. Amma and Larry chose elegant decor with tasteful white florals, enhancing the garden theme and creating a lavish atmosphere for their guests to enjoy. The reception area is equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, ensuring a seamless celebration. This setting allowed for the creation of artistic and soulful imagery, capturing both the grandeur and intimate details of the event.

Booking Information

For more information about booking a wedding at Serendipity Gardens, visit their official website. Here you can find details about packages, availability, and contact information.

Best Group Activities near Serendipity Gardens

Serendipity Gardens is located in Oak Glen, a charming area known for its apple orchards and picturesque landscapes. For wedding guests staying in the area, here are some recommended group activities for guests traveling from out of town:

  • Apple Picking at Riley’s Farm: Enjoy a day of apple picking and explore the historic grounds.
  • Hiking at Oak Glen Preserve: Take a scenic hike through lush forests and enjoy beautiful views.
  • Tours at Los Rios Rancho: Visit this historic ranch for tours, cider pressing, and seasonal activities.
  • Wine Tasting at Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard: Sample local wines and enjoy the rustic charm of this farm.
  • Yucaipa Regional Park: A great spot for picnics, fishing, and leisurely walks.

Nearby Accommodations in Southern California

For out-of-town guests, there are several accommodation options nearby, ranging from cozy bed and breakfasts to well-known hotel chains:

  • Serendipity Ranch Bed & Breakfast: A charming and cozy option close to the venue.
  • Oak Glen Retreat: Offers comfortable cabins and scenic views.
  • La Serena Villas: A boutique hotel in Palm Springs with luxe furnishings
  • Ayres Hotel Redlands: A boutique hotel with a blend of comfort and style.
  • Korakia Pensione: A stunning villa in Palm Springs with old Spanish-style architecture

FAQ

1. How many guests can Serendipity Gardens accommodate?
The venue can accommodate up to 250 guests, making it suitable for both large and small weddings.

2. Is there an indoor option in case of bad weather?
Yes, Serendipity Gardens offers covered reception areas to ensure your celebration can continue regardless of the weather.

3. Are there preferred vendors for catering and decor?
The venue provides a list of preferred vendors who are familiar with the space and can help bring your vision to life, though it is not required that you use their team.

4. What is the best time of year to get married at Serendipity Gardens?
Spring and fall are popular times due to the mild weather and vibrant garden foliage. However, the venue is beautiful year-round. If you are looking for lots of blooms, this happens in late May, early June.

5. Are there nearby accommodations for guests?
Yes, there are several accommodation options nearby, including hotels, villas, AirBnbs and cozy bed and breakfasts. The venue can provide recommendations based on your needs.

6. What is the average cost of a wedding at Serendipity Gardens?

The venue is a minimum of $20,000, depending on guest count and average weddings are $60,000-$80,000 at this venue, after all the vendors are booked.

Conclusion

Amma and Larry’s wedding at Serendipity Gardens was a testament to their chic style and thoughtful planning. If you’re considering a Southern California wedding venue that offers natural beauty and sophisticated charm, Serendipity Gardens should be at the top of your list. For more details and to book a tour, visit the Serendipity Gardens website.

Seeking a documentary approach & editorial vibe for your wedding celebration? Inquire today to see if I am available for your date.

Thank you to all the vendors:

Venue | Serendipity Gardens

Photography | Masha Sakhno Photo

Video | Isaac Suttle Films

Decor & Rentals | The Olivine Collective

Florist | Greenhouse Florals

Beauty | Jayson B Cosmo

Hair | Hair Stylists of LA

Band | El Mariachi Etolinido

Cake | Hannah Loves Cake

DJ | DJ Baby Official

Dress | Reve

Bride at sunset at Serendipity Gardens Wedding.
A bride poses with flowers during her Serendipity Gardens wedding.
Bridesmaids with parasols at Serendipity Gardens wedding.
Reception details at sunset at Serendipity Gardens wedding.

I’m Masha, a wedding, elopement and couples photographer based in sunny Hawaii, & often found serving couples worldwide.

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