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GRAND FÊTE The Garden Ballroom at the Hotel Bel-Air

LAVISH LAWNS The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

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A trio of new tie-the-knot spots in California.

When it comes to planning a wedding and pinning down the perfect spot, there’s no shortage of go-to destinations here in California. Whether it’s a bucolic, 93-year-old library and vast gardens just north of Los Angeles, a famously secluded Bel-Air hideaway or a dreamy, Italy-inspired boutique hotel in Napa, the options both north and south are endless.

The Lush Life
Since 1946, Hotel Bel-Air has been a veritable playground for Hollywood starlets such as Rita Hayworth and Bette Davis. So it’s no surprise that the glamorous, Spanish Colonial-style hideaway (owned by the Sultan of Brunei) is nothing short of a real-life fairy tale—Swan Lake and footbridge included. After a two-year overhaul, the resort now includes a La Prairie Spa with a designated enclave for bridal soirées, a restaurant helmed by Wolfgang Puck and 103 guest rooms with a French art deco look designed by Alexandra Champalimaud (of the Fairmont San Francisco and The Dorchester in London). Exchange outdoor vows beneath grottos and a 100-year-old sycamore tree or in the newly expanded Garden Ballroom with room for up to 200 guests. 701 Stone Canyon Road, 310.472.1211, L.A., hotelbelair.com

Old World Charm
Thanks to interior decorator Erin Martin, whose projects have graced the pages of Elle Decor and House Beautiful, the new North Block Hotel in Yountville is the talk of wine country. Formerly known as Hotel Luca, the cozy inn features 20 guest rooms with fireplaces and balconies; a lobby decked out with celestial charts, jute rugs, and sunburst mirrors; and an outdoor courtyard that is reminiscent of Tuscany and lined with potted lemon trees. Chef Richard Reddington of nearby Redd restaurant helms the on-site Italian eatery, Redd Wood, where wood-fired pizzas and handmade spaghetti are plated against a backdrop of irreverent finds, from buoys turned chandeliers to a mailbox that once belonged to the Mondavi clan. 6757 Washington St., Yountville, 707.944.8080, northblockhotel.com

Garden Party
If ever there were an idyllic venue for afternoon nuptials, the beloved Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is it. Now officially open for weddings, the 207-acre property houses a library with rare books and manuscripts (including love letters from Nathaniel Hawthorne), a restored Japanese garden with koi ponds and 120 acres of gardens with loggias recalling the pages of Emma. Secure your own Mr. Knightley on the premises. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2100, huntington.org