When I have the privilege to capture wedding memories at Hartley Botanica in Ventura County I know we will be nestled in some of the most beautiful garden surroundings in the California area. This has to be one of the more unique venues where I’ve had the pleasure of helping couples preserve their wedding day photographs. There are many places with architecturally spectacular buildings that happen to have breathtaking gardens and landscapes. Hartley Botanica, however, is all about the breathtaking gardens that comprise the more than 3 acres of landscape, creating dedicated spaces for amazing outdoor weddings. The people at Hartley Botanica are all about the gardens – they also manage a lush nursery on the grounds – and they have created this outdoor oasis for weddings.
If you imagine your wedding photographs including the background of the natural beauty that only the manicured gardens of California can provide, Hartley Botanica has two from which you can choose, depending on whether or not you are looking for a morning or late afternoon and evening wedding. Intimate morning weddings bathed in the light of the rising sun are spectacular options in the Lotus Tea Garden, which can accommodate between 25 and 100 guests. If you want the setting sun to be your backdrop, the more expansive Paliuli Garden can accommodate up to 375 guests.
When I’ve been able to photograph couples in these gardens, I’ve also seen how their guests seem to truly find comfort in these outdoor settings. Maybe it is something about the way the trees provide a gentle canopy for the ceremony or the twinkle of the miniature lights that make all of the outdoor gardens feel like a magical and private venue for the wedding. Maybe it is the way the staff at Hartley Botanica seems to know just how to turn gardens into the perfect combination of fun and elegance. Whatever it is – if you are looking for an outdoor garden wedding experience, I know just the right option for you – Hartley Botanica in Somis California.