Old Whaling Station Wedding in Monterey

Michael + Linnea

Historical landmarks make for great wedding venues and the Bay Area has some of the very best. [Notable mention The Barns at Cooper Malera, The Mint and Headlands Center for the Arts]

The Old Whaling Station in the historic district of Monterey is also on this list. Old Whaling Station was originally built in 1847 by Scottish adventurer David Wight as a home for his wife and daughter. The Old Monterey Whaling Company purchased the home shortly after and converted the building into it’s headquarters. Whaler’s would utilize almost all parts of the whale, the front of the house actually features an incredibly rare whalebone walkway. The property was restored in the 80’s and is a popular venue for weddings due to it’s location and old coast charm.

Michael + Linnea are both school teachers and wanted a wedding location in the heart of it all for their out of town guests. I was so happy they reached out to me to capture some moments of their beautiful day.

The Old Whaling Station is in the heart of it all. The venue includes two levels of the adobe, lush gardens and California’s first brick house. The Whaling Station is a stone’s throw from the old fisherman’s wharf which is where we went for some sunset portraits.

The two got ready in the adobe, still filled with ancestral furnishings when it was used as an Inn. We did a first look back in the gardens around a wonderfully twisted tree followed by a few portraits around the grounds. The ceremony and reception were out in the gardens that were easily switched around to accommodate everything for the wedding guests.

This was such a pretty day to capture and I am happy to share just a few of my favorites: