There is a theme among many second-time brides when it comes to planning a wedding — simplicity. Women who are going to walk down the aisle a second time are a little older, have stronger voices and are more aware of who they are and what they are looking for in a wedding. The following is a list of simple but romantic and memorable places where couples looking for a second chance of enduring love can get married.
Set Sail on Electra Beach Cruises
3439 Via Oporto
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Imagine tying the knot aboard one of Southern California’s most romantic yachts. Set sail under a starry night with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. A wedding ceremony and reception aboard one of Electra Cruises ocean vessels is intimate and perfect for a romantic second-time around wedding. Electra Cruises even has their own staff of wedding planners who will help coordinate the special day to help capture the personality of the bride and groom.
Life’s a Beach at Hotel Laguna
425 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Feel the sand beneath your toes, listen to the waves gently crash upon the shore and feel the warmth of the California sunshine. Beach weddings create a very romantic simple setting for couples. At Hotel Laguna, wedding memories will be treasured and last forever like the seashells found along the shore. The hotel also offers couples a choice of rooms to accommodate various numbers of guests for a reception after the wedding.
In the Woods at The Inn at Fawnskin
880 Canyon Road
Fawnskin, CA 92333
Get married amid the fresh scent of evergreens and nodding blooms. Say “I do” beneath a custom rustic gazebo at the Inn at Fawnskin. Located at the North Shore of Big Bear Lake, the panoramic view of evergreen forests and the water are “drop-to-your-knees gorgeous.” The Inn at Fawnskin offers couples a serene property in a peaceful outdoor setting that will fulfill the dreams of a magical yet relaxed wedding.
A Day in The Country at Heritage Museum of Orange County
3101 West Harvard Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704
The Heritage Museum of Orange County takes you back in time to slower, less hectic days. Weddings are inspired by the setting’s peaceful 1898 H. Clay Kellogg House, offering a Victorian ambiance. Many walkways are covered with jasmine, while others take you through orange groves and rose gardens. The spacious lawns lend themselves to a number of possibilities for parties and receptions, and the gazebo is popular for ceremonies.
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 9084
The EBM Japanese Garden is a perfect setting for a quaint, second wedding. The garden was built out of love in 1981, through the generosity of Loraine Miller Collins in memory of her late husband. The 1.3-acre site is surrounded by tall trees and the garden features a lush green landscape, a gracefully arched bridge, shimmering koi pond, and sparkling waterfalls.
Michelle Mears-Gerst is a writer in South Orange County who can be found at @sunnynsocal and sunnynsocal.com. Readers, you might have been married before, but not to each other. Treat your big day as a unique, special occasion. It is a first for the two of you together. Happy planning!