Wedding Venue Feature

An Anniversary at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa with a Chapel Imported from France

July 18, 2023

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Wedding in California


The bride and groom celebrated ten years of marriage at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, a Provençal dream with a 400 year old chapel imported from France. A Cal-a-Vie wedding is nothing short of magical.

While upon first glance this may appear to take place in the countryside of Provence, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa is a stateside retreat in the United States. Just outside San Diego, Cal-a-Vie is a European-style spa and wellness retreat in southern California. Named one of the Top 10 Best Spas in the World by Condé Nast Traveler, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa is a French-style paradise stateside.

The bride and groom wore custom pieces for this anniversary celebration. For her classic bridal look, the bride wore an A-line tulle wedding gown with floral detail from The White Flower boutique. For her second look, the bride wore the Monique Lhuillier limited edition 25th anniversary gown in the bride’s signature color, red.

The limited edition red and champagne tone gown features a full skirt and dramatic slit, inspired by red carpet dresses worn by Taylor Swift and Kaley Cuoco in celebration of the brand’s 25th anniversary.

To complement the limited edition gown and the flora of Cal-a-Vie, the bride carried a floral-forward bouquet in vibrant garden roses, ranunculus, and sweet pea.

A 400 Year Old Chapel Imported from France

Cal-a-Vie’s chapel is a true piece of history. The chapel was originally Chapel at the Convent of the Carmelites in Dijon, France. Construction of the chapel took place over centuries, beginning in the 16th century and continuing through the French Revolution in 1789. The entire Convent was demolished in 1978. The owners of Cal-a-Vie purchased the chapel in 2004. To import the chapel, each stone was carefully labeled and numbered for shipment to Cal-a-Vie from France. The chapel was carefully reconstructed, and opened in 2006.

The L’Orangerie was from the same convent, and was purchased to complement the chapel. The 400 year old limestone greenhouse has history extending from 1710, when it was built as a greenhouse for orange trees during the cold months. 

Cal-a-Vie Wedding

A Cal-a-Vie wedding is the perfect choice for couples seeking a European-inspired venue stateside with authentic architecture and luxurious experiences. Our full service wedding planning and design service specializes in creating unforgettable, once in a lifetime destination wedding experiences for glamorous fêtes as well as intimate gatherings. Contact us to inquire about availability for your Cal-a-Vie wedding.

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Wedding in California
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Wedding in California
Cal-a-Vie Wedding
Cal-a-Vie Wedding
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Wedding in California
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Wedding in California
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Wedding in California
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Wedding in California
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Wedding in California
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Wedding in California
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Wedding in California

Planning, Design, & Styling: RSVP Events

Photography: Morgan Franklin

Venue: Cal-a-Vie Health Spa

Red Gown: Monique Lhuillier

Bridal Gown: The White Flower Boutique

Hair and Makeup: Beauty Bespoken

Floral Design: Blue Pansy Floral


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As seen in leading publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Raela has serviced weddings and brands both stateside and abroad, from the sun-drenched hillsides of Southern California to the resplendent châteaux of France to the lemon trees of Positano. With unparalleled attention to detail, Raela’s specialty lies in creating unforgettable, exquisite, sensory experiences.

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