bride & groom at David Girard VineyardsMany couples choose to tie the knot in the Coloma-Lotus Valley, for a multitude of great reasons. Wedding and reception settings in this photogenic, historic valley can range from simple to sumptuous.

Two small historic churches in Marshall Gold State Historic Park, Emmanuel Church and St. John’s Church, both offer old-fashioned storybook romance.

Are your wedding dates between May and October? If so, consider a romantic outdoor garden setting. See the list below for locations that vary from lush gardens to spectacular valley views.

For many couples, the beautiful, clear-flowing South Fork of the American River provides a perfect casual backdrop for the recitation of wedding vows. Some young couples have met here while working as river guides, for example, and so the river offers a fitting ambiance. Camp Lotus, the American River Resort and Coloma Resort all have hosted riverside weddings. Most of these resorts have full commercial kitchen facilities. Amy Stewart shares her own experience with a romantic riverside wedding in her story, A Wedding by the River.

Wedding Services

Wedding specialists in the Coloma area can provide any services that you need for your special event. Wedding groups will be pleased to find that great food can be had right in the valley. Many of the reception locations listed below can provide full-service catering, or you can contact one of the specialized catering businesses.

  • All-Outdoors weddings
    All-Outdoors River Center

    Seven acres of private riverfront property in Coloma-Lotus Valley provide a rustic and beautiful backdrop for your outdoor wedding or celebration. Catering, rafting, shuttle services available. May/June, Sep/Oct. (530)626-8306×108

  • Bella Vista Bed Breakfast
    Bella Vista Bed & Breakfast

    Estate property on 5 acres with a magnificent view of the historic Coloma/Lotus Valley and American River. Five different ceremony and reception sites, including a sandy beach and countless waterscapes. 530-622-3456

  • Eden-Vale-Inn
    Eden Vale Inn

    A luxury B&B, Resort & Spa. Named one of “America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Inns!” Enjoy modern guest rooms, lush gardens & ponds, on-site spa and a fabulous gourmet breakfast. #1 on Trip Advisor. 530-621-0901

  • Sierra-Rizing-Bakery-Catering
    Sierra Rizing Bakery, Catering & Coffee House

    Full service, pickup or delivery for either a casual or discerning event crafted to fit all your needs. Unique menus, specialty desserts, and custom wedding cakes available. 530-642-9250

  • Coloma-Resort
    Coloma Resort

    A premier property for weddings & events. Offering a dramatic, grassy, riverfront location with Troublemaker Rapid as your backdrop. Cabins & campsite accommodations available for overnight guests. 530-621-2267

  • Argonaut Farm to Fork Cafe
    Argonaut Farm to Fork Café

    A cozy, riverfront restaurant located right in the gold discovery park. Open everyday for breakfast & lunch, featuring an organic and locally sourced menu. Full espresso bar serving Sacramento’s own Temple coffee! Catering available. 530-626-7345

  • Sierra-Nevada-House
    Sierra Nevada House

    Our restaurant, bar, and outdoor cafe provide an ideal location to host your wedding, rehearsal dinner, corporate retreat, or other special event. Full liquor license. 530-626-8096

  • American River Resort dining
    American River Resort

    The American River Resort provides a naturally beautiful setting for your perfect wedding ceremony and reception or special occasion. We can accommodate overnight guests with riverside cabins, RV and campsites. 530-622-6700

  • Hart 2 Hart Vineyards
    Hart 2 Hart Vineyards

    “Weddings 2 Remember” Create your unique wedding or event at our romantic vineyard estate. Enjoy and celebrate with fine boutique wines, beautiful  views, lavender and roses located at 5821 State Hwy. 49. 530-885-WINE (9463)

  • Beyond Limits Adventures
    River Park Resort - Beyond Limits Adventures

    Rent our beautiful riverfront resort for your special event. Perfect for outdoor weddings, reunions and retreats, our property features green lawns, shade trees, cabin tents, restrooms, kitchen and large camping area. 530-622-0553

  • Villa Florentina bed & breakfast
    Villa Florentina Inn & Retreat

    Weddings & events of unparalleled grace. Magnificent Tuscan Villa surrounded by grand plazas, stone terraces, a picturesque olive orchard, and sweeping views. Ample onsite parking and luxurious inn rooms. info@villaflorentina.net (916) 778-0109

  • Camp-Lotus
    Camp Lotus

    Camp Lotus is a great place to host family reunions, weddings, anniversaries, auctions, presentations, business retreats, yoga or art workshops, and more. Deli & store, lodging, camping, and our “Barn” meeting hall. (530)622-8672

  • Earthtrek Expeditions American River Rafting
    EarthTrek Expeditions

    Our one-of-a-kind facility along the American River is a spectacular location for an outdoor wedding. Beautiful landscaping, 2 full kitchens, 25 deluxe cabin tents, modern restrooms and it’s very affordable. (800)229-8735

  • Cassandra’s Esthetics Salon & Spa

    Experienced, professional, caring Full Service Salon for men & women. On-site wedding styling available. cassdraxler@yahoo.com 530-919-5290

  • Gold Hill Winery & Brewery - Family owned winery & brewery hosting weddings and events. (530) 626-6522

bride & groom at David Girard Vineyards