San Francisco area coastal wedding destinations

Obtaining California Marriage License

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Ease  Of Obtaining A California Marriage License

Getting a Marriage License in California for a ceremony in San Francisco, Half Moon Bay or any  location in California is as simple as filling out the paperwork in any County Clerk’s Office in California. A license is valid for use in any other county in California.

If you are coming out of the State of California you can be married in California, it’s not necessary to establish residence.  All you need to do is bring a valid photo ID for each of you to receive the marriage license. You will bring that license to your ceremony for the officiant to fill in and a witness to validate.

The two of you need to arrive a minimum of a day before your ceremony to get your license; in some counties you can make an appointment, otherwise just show up. It’s a good idea to check with their office though to be sure they are open for the day you plan to get your license.

Your license is valid for 90 days after you obtain it.  The officiant will mail it in after the ceremony and you can obtain a certified copy once the County Clerk’s Office has received it and

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, here is a list of some of the County Clerk’s offices in the area.

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Harley Farms Goat Dairy – Things To Do Around Half Moon Bay

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Visit The Goats – Buy Their Cheese

Harley Farms Pescadero Half Moon Bay

Harley Farms Goat Dairy is just a few miles south of Half Moon Bay in Pescadero CA. Originally a Mexican land grant, Pescadero was settled in the 1850’s and is a fun destination that includes this working goat dairy.

Harley Farms,  is open year-round for farm and dairy tours, cheese making classes, and events in their restored hayloft. After visiting the goats you can watch the milk move from goat to dairy, from curd to cheese.  Then you can shop in their unique country store for fresh goat milk cheese, bath and body products, and apparel like a Shetland wool cap.

They have many different events on the farm and are also available for weddings, private events, corporate events, and their unique Farm Dinners where they serve you a special meal in their converted original hayloft. That dinner is served on a Redwood table milled from a huge log that was salvaged from floating down Pescadero Creek in a during a heavy rail season.

Visit their website at Harley Farms Goat Dairy or contact them at – (650) 879-0480.  Or drop on by at 205 North Street in Pescadero California. From Half Moon Bay, drive 17 miles south on Highway 1 Pescadero Creek Road .

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Coastal Canyon Events – Ocean View Wedding Location

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Stunning Hilltop Half Moon Bay Pacific Ocean View

Coastal Canyon Events Wedding LocationTo get to Coastal Canyon Events, you first drive a little south of Half Moon Bay then  up a canyon to the top of a hill overlooking the San Mateo County Coastside.  It’s probably the best long views towards the Pacific Ocean and Half Moon Bay I know of for a wedding ceremony setting.

This site can seat up to 250 people with a parking area for up to 150 cars.

The area for the wedding ceremony is surrounded on three sides by hay fields that gives a sense of space and remote beauty.  Candace, co-owner, is a “concrete artist” by trade and so she has incorporated many unique concrete sculptures and massive rocks to give added beauty and a feeling of expansiveness.

It comes complete with

  • Glassed in stage
  • Enclosed  kitchen for your caterer
  • Dressing area for the Bride
  • Several restrooms
  • Electrical generator
  • Security lighting.

This location would be good for an elegant affair and is an especially unique location for a country western wedding theme.

Get more information at or contact Candace at (650) 224-7933.

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