Orange County & Newport Coast, California. United States

Orange County & Newport Coast, California, United States

There’s much more to Orange County than the “The O.C.” and “Real Housewives”: look beyond the on-screen drama and you’ll quickly realize: this place is a beautiful place for a destination wedding or honeymoon, even by California’s lofty standards.

Every bride deserves to be a princess on her wedding day, and you can make your fantasies come true with a fairy-tale wedding at Disneyland, the Anaheim home of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. For couples with an adventure streak, Orange County also is home to a pair of high-energy amusement parks: Disney’s California Adventure and Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park.

Or, just mellow out like a California surfer by cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway to Huntington Beach, famously nicknamed Surf City U.S.A. Couples can channel the California coastal vibe by hitting the beach, checking out the local wave action, or joining in at a traditional evening beach bonfire. Looking for romance? Take a gondola ride through the canals of Newport Beach or set off on a sunset whale-watching cruise off Dana Point — great for couples or as a group activity for your destination-wedding weekend.