9 Instagram Worthy Backdrops for your San Luis Obispo Wedding

You want your wed­ding — and your wed­ding venue — to be pic­ture per­fect. The Casitas Estate in San Luis Obis­po has not just one or two Insta­gram-ready back­drops for your spe­cial day.

Our luxury wedding and lodging estate has NINE!

Over the years, we’ve had the priv­i­lege of hav­ing many spe­cial wed­dings and events at The Casitas Estate. We’re thrilled every time we hear the com­ments (and see the pho­tos) from pho­tog­ra­phers, video­g­ra­phers, wed­ding plan­ners, and guests alike say­ing how excit­ed they are to have so many beau­ti­ful spots in one location.

So, if you like the look of pret­ty out­door scenes but want some­thing more than a barn set­ting, our sev­en-acre Span­ish-style estate has much to choose from. Every­thing from an idyl­lic oak tree grove and a vine­yard to a beau­ti­ful­ly tiled lap pool and court­yard with a star-shaped foun­tain. And our suc­cu­lent wall may have you falling in love all over again.

Won’t you come along as we take a tour of the prop­er­ty and share 9 Insta­gram-wor­thy back­drops for your own SLO wed­ding or lodg­ing vis­it with us?

Let’s get started!


01. The Oak Tree Grove. A shady spot for special shots.

Wedding couple standing under our amazing oak tree backdrop.

📷: Wirth Pho­tog­ra­phy (@wirthphotography)

What’s pret­ty spec­tac­u­lar about our oak grove is that it is hid­den from view, but it’s lit­er­al­ly only 100 feet from the recep­tion area. We also have a haunt­ing­ly gor­geous grove up at the top of our estate where the evening light is stel­lar. It’s a great place for sun­set pho­tos. (See the Sun­set Hill­top sec­tion for more.)

The shade in the oak tree grove is your friend when you are attempt­ing to take pic­tures dur­ing the day. It keeps you cool so you can enjoy time with friends and fam­i­ly dur­ing your event, and the dif­fused light makes for some beau­ti­ful shots.


02. Succulent Wall. Frame your day with luscious greenery.

📷: Lover­ridge Pho­tog­ra­phy (@loveridgephotography⁠)

If there’s one Insta­gram-wor­thy place that may be the most beloved at The Casitas Estate, it’s our suc­cu­lent wall. Years ago, we plant­ed a range of suc­cu­lent plants on the ver­ti­cal instead of in a tra­di­tion­al gar­den. The results, we have to say, are spectacular.

It’s a favorite place for pho­to booth back­drops, fam­i­ly por­traits, bride & groom shots, as well as tons of self­ies. The col­ors and tex­tures change from sea­son to sea­son — and some­times we even share babies from the mature plants!

If you’d like to cre­ate one of these on your own, you’ll love our ear­li­er fea­ture on how to cre­ate your own. blog­post HERE


Couple capturing the moment and the day on the Sunset hill.

📷: Hol­ly Daze (@hollydazelifestyle⁠)

03. Sunset Hilltop. Take in the views as you gaze at your beloved

Look­ing for those adorable shots where light is per­me­at­ing right through your roman­tic kiss on the first day of being mar­ried? We have an incred­i­bly beau­ti­ful but nat­ur­al hill­top with both open vis­tas and yes, those mossy oak groves, too — win­ning mul­ti­ple choice awards from your pho­tog­ra­ph­er and video­g­ra­ph­er to cap­ture those “ mon­ey shots” on your wed­ding day.

While much of our estate has lush gar­dens and a healthy vine­yard, we love that there are also these love­ly untouched nat­ur­al set­tings here at The Casitas Estate. We like to think we give you it all in one real­ly unique and spe­cial place for your wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny, recep­tion, or spe­cial event.




04. Redwood Garage Doors. Rustic, rugged, and ready to support.

📷: Tama­ra Wick­strom Pho­tog­ra­ph­er (@tamara_wickstrom⁠)

These vin­tage babies are a hotspot for grooms­men cap­tures, just say­ing! The dark woods and rugged feel paired with the Span­ish hacien­da archi­tec­ture make it a great spot to cap­ture the essence of your pri­vate estate wed­ding here.

They’re also the per­fect frame for your entire wed­ding party.

Cool and serene, the loca­tion is a great back­drop even on the sun­ni­est of days.


05. Front Courtyard. Serene setting with fountain, tile, and secret nooks.

Couple in the courtyard by the fountain

📷: Amy Wellenkamp Pho­tog­ra­ph­er (@amywellenkamp_portraits⁠)

The details are plen­ti­ful here. How about the soft trick­le of water from the large star fountain?

The Talav­era tiled trim work, the ter­ra cot­ta lined court­yard, and lit­tle hid­den alcoves? These are all nes­tled in by our ancient-look­ing red cedar cor­bels. The set­ting pro­vides so many archi­tec­tural­ly stun­ning choic­es and back­drops for your wed­ding par­ty pho­tog­ra­phy as well as for your guests enjoy­ing your day.

Most cock­tail hours are held here and the area cap­tures fun and roman­tic moments alike, pro­vid­ing so much warmth — and won­der­ful mem­o­ries. It’s a cozy spot but deceiv­ing­ly spa­cious. And, it shows in every Insta­gram-wor­thy post includ­ing it.


📷: Ren­o­da Camp­bell Pho­tog­ra­phy (@renodacampbellphoto)

06. The Vineyard. Grapes, vines, and views.

We know many win­ery own­ers in the area, and they’ve shared that they receive calls week­ly from cou­ples look­ing for vine­yard cer­e­mo­ny set­tings. The issue is that win­ery tast­ing rooms are typ­i­cal­ly open until 5:00 or 6:00 pm, and that’s often their best hour financially.

While they want to accom­mo­date wed­dings, they have a hard time clos­ing dur­ing this time. This lim­its wed­ding cou­ples to a very short recep­tion window.

Our love of wine gave us the idea to con­vert an open vista on our estate into a gentleman’s vine­yard. Here, your guests feel like they are enveloped in the vines (with grapes on two full sides of the cer­e­mo­ny lawn).

The best part of this Ins­ta-wor­thy spot is that there are panoram­ic views of our San­ta Lucia moun­tains, coastal oaks, and the Syrah grapes them­selves. It’s so fun to cap­ture moments here in the vines. And as you’ll dis­cov­er with our Suc­cu­lent Wall, the col­ors and tex­tures change with the seasons.


07. The Stairs. Artful steps with colorful tile.

📷: Taryn Dud­ley Pho­tog­ra­ph­er (@taryndudleyphoto⁠)

So many adorable Insta­gram-wor­thy posts of the Casitas Estate show off the col­or­ful tiles locat­ed in every step that leads to our vine­yard, pool, and boc­ce ball court.

It’s so beau­ti­ful when the bridal pro­ces­sion is com­ing down to the vine­yard to start the cer­e­mo­ny. And one of our favorite images is when the bride and her dad are arm-in-arm, shar­ing a spe­cial moment as they make that last trip togeth­er before his lit­tle girl is mar­ried and a new chap­ter begins.

Equal­ly love­ly are close-up shots with a cou­ple sit­ting casu­al­ly on the stairs or fun moments with the tiny ring­bear­er and flower girls. Details like these col­or­ful tiles real­ly high­light the feel of the Span­ish estate that The Casitas Estate was cre­at­ed to reflect.


08. The Pool. Relax, unwind, and reflect on your perfect day.

The brides party enjoying the refreshing pool and the beautiful views at The Casitas Estate in San Luis Obispo

📷: Amy Wellenkamp Pho­tog­ra­ph­er (@amywellenkamp_portraits⁠)

Not every wed­ding venue offers a 25-meter lap pool, but The Casitas Estate has a tran­quil pool along­side an infin­i­ty boc­ce ball court. Each pro­vides a beau­ti­ful back­drop, of course, as well as a great way to get a work­out, relieve stress, or chal­lenge your SO to a chal­leng­ing game of this clas­sic Ital­ian pastime.

Com­bined with the views of the San­ta Lucia moun­tains and Tal­ley Vine­yards and Tal­ley Farms fields below, it’s also quite the scenic back­drop for anoth­er Insta­gram wor­thy pho­to here at The Casitas Estate. Both the pool and boc­ce court are great spots to grab a crowd of friends for a group shot or have your brides­maids show off their match­ing robes and dip their feet in the pool and chill out.

Most beau­ti­ful, in our opin­ion, are the qui­et, reflec­tive images cap­tured of the bride and groom moments after they mar­ried. It can be an over­whelm­ing day, but when we see our cou­ples on Insta­gram reflect­ed in the pool, every­thing seems right with the world.


09. Your Very Own Casita. A luxurious home away from home.

Bride and brides maids enjoy a fun moment in their private Casita.

📷: Michelle Roller Pho­to (@michellerollerphoto⁠)

The four lit­tle lux­u­ry hous­es, or casitas, are what gives The Casitas Estate its name. Each is a beau­ti­ful respite from the bus­tle of the day, and the inte­ri­ors are not to be missed.

Cap­tur­ing a sneak peek for Insta­gram of the bride and her girls enjoy­ing a casita as they get ready for the wed­ding is always won­der­ful, and some­times quite com­i­cal. Most of our wed­ding cou­ples and lodg­ing guests alike may select The Casitas Estate for the views and ameni­ties we offer, but lat­er say that it is the relax­ing time they enjoyed here for a week­end that tru­ly made it a spe­cial, mem­o­rable experience.

A view of the The Casitas Estate entry courtyard.

📷: Auystin Elez­a­beth Pho­tog­ra­phy (@austynelizabeth)

Which scene is your favorite? Come and include it in your own pic­ture-per­fect mem­o­ries made right here. It’s one time when Insta­gram will match real life. 

Nine Ways to Make Your Wedding Unforgettable

As you plan the many details of your wed­ding day or spe­cial event, our nine Insta­gram-wor­thy back­drops at The Casitas Estate are ready for you to explore.

Check out our pack­ages and choose the one that is best for your spe­cial day.


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