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A Fairytale Wedding at Botanica in Oceanside, California

Updated: 5 days ago


H + P exchanged "I do's" with a hidden tropical paradise wedding surrounded by natural spring fed waterfalls, ponds & lush gardens.

Hannah & Peter's Love Story: Wedding Edition

Once upon a sunny day in Oceanside, California, there was a magical place called Botanica. It wasn’t just any old venue; it was like a secret oasis where love blossomed and memories were unforgettable. From the getting ready, to the ceremony, romantic photoshoot, and reception - this wedding celebration felt like a dream.

Getting Ready

Hannah & Peter, two souls deeply in love, had chosen Botanica for their special day. In their own private getting ready suites, they prepared to walk down the aisle. Hannah, in her gorgeous lace gown, looked like a princess from a fairytale. Her bridesmaids provided love, support, and giggles before walking down the aisle. Peter, on the other side of the garden, stood tall in his beige suit, filled with nerves and excitement. Everyone was beaming with joy!

The Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony took place by the heart-shaped pond. Live music from their beloved family friends set the tone for a romantic ceremony. The peaceful sounds from the waterfall and coastal breeze added the perfect feeling of serenity. Hannah walked down the aisle with her parents by her sides and Peter’s eyes never left her. They promised forever with a bread and wine unity ritual, exchanged heartfelt vows, and Peter even gifted Hannah's parents with rose bouquets. Everything was lovely and beautifully reflected Hannah & Peter's special bond. Cheers to the newly weds! ✨

The Wedding Photoshoot

After the big “I do’s,” the newly weds wandered together into the gardens for some romantic photos. The sun dipped low, casting a warm golden glow. Peter twirled Hannah in her beautiful gown. They danced and they laughed like kids; it was so much fun! You can never go wrong with an intimate photoshoot with your new life partner before joining the wedding reception party fun. 🤩

Plus, we couldn't forget about capturing group photos with the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Talk about about wedding party squad goals!

The Wedding Reception

As evening fell, the reception finally began. Each and every detail was beautiful. From the sentimental photos of Hannah & Peter, to the twinkling lights, creative guest scrapbook, and tribute to their love for Pokemon - everything was unique to their special love. The chef had prepared a feast fit for royalty and don't even get me started with the amazing dessert table. Surrounded by joy and laughter, Hannah and Peter toasted to their forever love, played games, and danced the night away. Peep the cool shades on the dance floor. 😎 What a night to remember! Thank you so much to Hannah & Peter for trusting me to capture your lovely wedding memories. 🥺

**Pro Tip: If possible, have a private reception hall reveal so that you and your partner have alone time to take in all the beauty! Plus, capture some more romantic photos on the dance floor before the party begins.

Special Thanks To

Floral Design | Stem & Petals

All About: Botanica!

Located in the heart of Oceanside, Botanica, is one of Trademark Venues' stunning venues. This is magical hidden gem is a private sanctuary where nature meets elegance. Botanica's garden paradise is perfect for people come to celebrate love and get married. Surrounded by natural spring fed waterfalls, coastal breezes, ponds & lush gardens; everyone loves how private and tranquil this fairytale venue feels. There are so many reasons to love Botanica!

What’s at Botanica?

  • Garden Paradise | As you step into Botanica, you are greeted by a tropical garden oasis. There are lots of lush plants and vibrant flowers everywhere. The air carries the scent of blooming flowers. The sound of palms swaying and waterfalls adds a tranquil touch. It’s like a peaceful fairytale at Botanica.

  • The Cove | Intimate and secluded, the Cove is at the trunk of the bentwood landmark tree. Surrounded by a lush green backdrop, it’s the perfect spot for exchanging rings and promises. The sunlight filters through leaves, creating a soft, dreamy glow for a romantic ceremony.

  • The Tree | If you love being near the water, you can say "I do" at the pondside setting under the shade of the fig-tree. The pond filled with lily pads is in the shape of a heart and is perfect for the backdrop of romantic pictures.

  • The Tropical Forest | This open-air setting in nature is perfect if you want to add in your own unique backdrop, such as a beautiful floral arch. This ceremony site is especially great if you want a big wedding because you can add lots of flowers around you.

4 Reasons Why to Love Botanica

  1. It’s Private | Since there is only one wedding hosted at Botanica per day, it feels like having your own secret garden. You and your partner will feel peaceful in this private sanctuary.

  2. Romantic Ambiance | Dreamy paradise vibes, twinkling lights, candlelit tables, and starry skies— Botanica feels like your very own fairytale. Exchange vows in nature's beauty, steal kisses by the waterfalls, and create memories that glow with love and romance.

  3. Great for Photos | Every corner of Botanica is perfect for capturing beautiful pictures. From the private getting ready suits to the blooming gardens - everything is picturesque. Not only is this beautiful location a serene oasis, but it is also a paradise for photographers because everything about this nature wonderland is stunning.

  4. Custom Experience | The attentive staff at Botanica will be there for you and your partner's special day to support with wedding planning, rehearsal, and day-of coordinating. Whether it’s a gourmet menu or a special theme, they will help ensure your wedding is a dream come true. It’s like having your own magical fairy event planner!

For couples enchanted by this lovely wedding fairytale story, Botanica awaits you!

Botanica Venue Details

Botanica wedding photo collage by Paper Birch Collective OC wedding photographer

Thank You for Reading 🤍

Thanks so much for checking out our blog! We really hope you enjoyed seeing these beautiful wedding memories at Botanica! Always remember, your wedding is a celebration of your unique love, laughter, and shared moments. Cherish each second and just let us capture the magic of your once in a lifetime memories. So, here’s to love, laughter, and happily ever after!

For even more Wedding inspiration and advice, we love these awesome resources:

✨ Martha Weddings |

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