Weddings at las mariposas

Imagine a dazzling micro-wedding celebration nestled amongst a sweeping hilltop view. Timeless architecture inspired by the beautiful Spanish Villas of old in an organically romantic setting perfectly fitting for your love to take flight.  

A true labor of love, Las Mariposas is a privately owned estate located in the North Hills of San Diego California, thoughtfully curated by former wedding photographers and owners Mario and Arleth Gutierrez, for couples who fancy the freedom of designing their dream micro-wedding celebration of up to 75 guests with plenty of flexibility.


Customize your micro-wedding experience by using the vendors we love or let your creativity shine with your own vendor selection for an elevated DIY celebration. Whichever your style, we'd be honored to fly with you along the way. Let's connect!


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- Ralph Waldo Emerson -

Have you ever dreamed of something big? So big, it almost scares you? So seemingly unattainable yet relentlessly unshakable in your heart that you simply must find out what's on the other side of that fear? 

We are Mario and Arleth Gutierrez, wedding photographers turned passionate dreamers. In 2014 we sold our home and all that we had to pursue our dream of building a premiere luxury wedding venue in San Diego, California. We moved ourselves into a small bedroom and with the deed of a beautiful 4.9 acre hilltop in hand, all security, stability and complacency were tossed, breathlessly, out the window. Left in their place? The journey of a lifetime.   


People thought we were crazy, and we probably were! But sometimes one must choose not to go where the path may lead, but go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.


We'd be honored to meet you along the way.

Fly fearlessly!

this is our story

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the property

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packages and pricing

Up to 50 guests
$28 per additional guest
*Capacity of up to 75 guests


  • Outside vendors and catering are joyfully welcome. *Staffing fee will apply to food truck catering and non full-service catering. CLICK HERE to see our full-service catering requirements.

  • Bar service and coordination must be serviced by our preferred vendors. *Our advertised pricing includes our preferred coordinators service fee. 

  • Our preferred coordinator provides thorough “Wedding Management” services. Upon booking, she provides a detailed checklist to support your planning and is available for questions throughout the planning process. Closer to your wedding date, our coordinator assists with piecing together all of the important details. A this time she provides you and your vendor team a detailed timeline, table layout diagram and begins to manage communication with hired vendor team. On “event day” our coordinator arrives early and attentively oversees the flow of the days activities, sets up your personal and rented décor and ensures every aspect of the day runs according to your mapped out plan. She is also present to run your wedding rehearsal before the wedding day. Upgraded full planning and design services are available  

  • Event capacity for up to 75 guests

  • Events may be held from 10AM-10PM Friday-Saturday. Closed weekdays and Sundays

  • A signed contract with a 50% retainer will secure event date

  • A fully refundable damage deposit of $500 will be collected 30 days before event date and will be refunded the business day following the event pending no damages or losses

  • Vendors may access property for setup at 10AM

  • Couples may access dressing rooms 2HRS before ceremony and throughout their event

  • Soft background music and microphone usage is permitted in the ceremony lawn and soft background music is permitted in our courtyard during cocktail hour. All other amplified dance music and microphone usage is permitted in our indoor parlour.

  • All receptions must be held indoors

  • Event insurance with host liability and waiver of subrogation will be required 30 days before event