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Relax. Wed. Retreat!
Holman Ranch is one of the most versatile Carmel Valley wedding locations in the region. When it comes a retreat style wedding, no one does it better! A wedding retreat weekend is becoming more and more popular, especially when you are having many out-of-town family and friends attending. The truth is, when it comes right down to it on your wedding day you may not get the opportunity to spend as much time with everyone, as you make the rounds and take endless pictures. That is why the retreat style wedding is becoming an ever-trendy and fun option.
Fun for All
- Think about it girls, how does starting your retreat with a day of pampering, including on property massages and lounging around the pool sound?
- For the boys, maybe a day of wine tasting followed by billiards, darts and cigars in the amazing game room.
- After a good nights rest, your girls can awake to an early morning yoga class while the boys sleep in. Invite your off-site guests to join you in a shared breakfast served in the Great Room, so that everyone can discuss the options for the day.
- Trail riding for the more adventurous, or a guided tour around the property learning about the olive orchards, horse ranch and the winery can be arranged.
- There is also group transportation for anyone who wants to spend the day shopping along the seaside in beautiful Carmel by the sea. As the day ends, everyone can merge onto the pool for a BBQ and pool party.
- Now that’s how we say “I Do” to Holman Ranch!
Friendly Staff, Cozy Stay
The staff at Holman Ranch have a professional yet laid back style. They can take care of your every need or they are happy to point you in the right direction and let you take care of the details. One of the most beautiful things about their retreat style wedding is that the property is yours exclusively for the duration of your stay. The historic accommodations can host your overnight guests comfortably, while any of your off-site guests are still welcome on the property for the duration of your stay. When you arrive, the kitchen has been stocked to your suggestions so that your guests can feel at home.
Credits: Wedding Venue – Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley;Wedding Photography – Carlie Statsky Photography; Day of Coordinator – Coastside Couture; Floral Design – Amanda Seely of Laughin’ Gal Floral; Catering – Grapes of Wrath Events
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Full of Beauty & Emotion
Looking through the Lens with You + We Photography
“Hands down, one of my most favorite weddings of this year. After photographing Rhea and Sumant’s engagement session, I knew they are going to have an amazing wedding. And indeed it was. I was lucky and honored to be part of their special day which was fun, full of emotions, and crazy from time to time, on the beautiful Treasure Island!”
Planner 411 with Duncan Reyes
“The momentum from the start of the wedding ceremony, a “surprise” performance by the Cal Marching Band for the Bride & Groom’s intro; Sorbet Stations and Food Trucks; to The Simpsons caketopper and up to their Sparklers Departure. Their Wedding Day was non-stop hysteria, wild, crazy and electrifying with a myriad of outrageously fun elements that definitely made it unique to its own. It’s what made the wedding, their individualities sparkled throughout this memorable evening.”
Are we in France?!
Winery weddings are spectacular, especially when they resemble the refreshing French countryside! This awesome venue is nestled between the Mayacamas and Sonoma Mountains in the heart of Sonoma Valley. B.R. Cohn Winery was founded in 1984, and sits on 90 acres of pure bliss! Painted with rare 140-year-old French Picholine olive trees and cabernet sauvignon vines, this venue is seriously to die for. Big parties are welcomed as the winery can accommodate up to 250 guests.
Say “I Do” in the Amphitheater in front of stunning cabernet vineyards or take to the Poolside Patio, featuring flagstone details, landscaped gardens and fruit trees, for a more intimate affair. If an evening wedding is what you’re after then the Olive Grove, illuminated by French Picholine’s wrapped in strings of lights, is the ideal setting (as you can see above!)
Complete with a charming cobble-stoned cottage providing plenty of space for members of the wedding party to prepare for the big day, B.R. Cohn Winery has everything and more. Not looking for a traditional ceremony? No Problem! Elopement packages are available as well as “Commitment Ceremonies” for same-sex unions. After the ceremony, unwind and have cocktails under the canopied Terrace overlooking the rolling grape vines and expansive scenery. Experience all of the pleasures of B.R. Cohn Winery as you create memories that are sure to last a lifetime!
More than a Zoo
Have you ever imagined inviting all of your favorite wild animals to a party? At Santa Barbara Zoo, you can! As one of the most exotic Central Coast wedding venues, Santa Barbara Zoo makes your wedding party a safari retreat. It’s the kind of place that all ages can enjoy an experience unmatched by any other. The expansive lawns provide ample space for a ceremony and reception, and the dense, landscaped gardens supply just the right amount of shade. For a ceremony, The Palm Garden provides a perfect spot, accommodating between 250-275 guests. The Hilltop is the reception site that can be set up for any sized wedding, 300+ guests. Imagine viewing the sunset as giraffes graze on trees while the truly unique, nature sounds accent the ambiance!
Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
At the zoo, there are plenty of props and animals to “play” with. From the wildlife to the venue to the Zoo Catering Services, all your needs will be met above and beyond! Just ask the talented photographer of this wedding, Josh Gruetzmacher. He spells out his favorite part about photographing at this fun venue, along with some photo tips below:
What did you enjoy about working at this venue?
“The lush landscaping and epic views from the Zoo make it a great venue for a wedding. Depending on how you want to use the space, you can either highlight the animals, or they are completely unnoticed. It does make for a fun part of the evening if guests can feed a giraffe during cocktail hour though. There are great views of the hills and the ocean from the hilltop area where the receptions are held, making it a very Santa Barbara feeling venue.”
Photography Tips for this Venue:
“I love the entry walkway at dusk for portraits (photographed above). The light there is great, and the olive trees make a great background. Do some photos with your photographer there and you won’t regret it!”
Have you been dreaming of a fairytale wedding since childhood? Do you imagine yourself surrounded by an enchanting forest backdrop amidst rolling hills and towering sycamores? Look no further, because Carmel Valley Ranch is the venue for you! Located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, the Ranch offers the best of the Central Coast. Three different ceremony locations are available to fit each bride’s desires. Choose between the Vineyard Lawn with its oak grove and lavender field, or the River Lawn, surrounded by 100-year-old oaks and towering sycamores.
The More the Merrier
If a large ceremony is what you’re after, then the Valley Lawn, featuring a 500-acre playground is just the place for you. Along with ceremony options, Carmel Valley Ranch offers an array of reception options, each incorporating an indoor/outdoor ambiance. Take advantage of the temperate climate known to the Valley and have an intimate outdoor reception at the Organic Garden with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.
The magic is truly in the details as menus etched into wood are offered for those wanting a more permanent keepsake. Equipped with a beautifully lit pool and patio, this Lodge is a truly a romantic fairytale destination. Make every dream a reality and celebrate late into the night at this incredible venue!
Looking through the Lens with Julie Mikos
“There were loads of gorgeous spots to photograph (in fact, it was hard to pick and choose which locations) and the staff was terrific. The food was also really yummy. Sarah Ward of Sarah Ward Events did a great job of coordinating the day, and I loved Chic Event Rentals and Rose Hip Floral’s simple design ideas. The architecture at Carmel Valley Ranch and the setting kind of speaks for itself!”
Wedding Credits: Venue – Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, CA; Photographer – Julie Mikos Photography; Wedding Coordinator – Sarah Ward of Sarah Ward Events; Floral Design – Rose Hip Floral’s; Rentals – Chic Event Rentals
Escape to coastal paradise at the Seascape Beach Resort overlooking the Monterey Bay! If you’re searching for wedding venues on the beach, along the Santa Cruz and Monterey coast you will find some incredible places for your perfect coastal wedding! With vast ocean views and lush garden surroundings, Seascape Resort is a refreshing blend of natural beauty and modern resort amenities. While you’re there, stay awhile. Seascape Resort features 285 suites and beach villas for all your family and friends!
Looking through the Lens with Danielle Gillett
“I loved the design and details of this wedding. Both the bride and mother of the bride are professional florists and have their own business. They truly had an eye for detail and made the wedding very special to go in conjunction with the beach themed location!”
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Wedding Credits: Venue – Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos, CA; Photography – Danielle Gillett Photography; Floral Design – Seascape Floral (Owned by Mother of the Bride); Catering – Seascape Resort; Cake – The Buttery; Linens – La Tavola Linen
Glitter Glam Ranch Style
San Ysidro Ranch is a gorgeous setting for your BIG DAY! As one of the most luscious Santa Barbara wedding venues, today’s venue is great for small wedding celebrations. Romantic cottages or colorful, fragrant gardens offer a breathtaking warmth for your wedding ceremony and reception. A true whimsical, romantic atmosphere to be enveloped in, creating a backdrop as special and unique as your love for one another!
Photography by Jen Rodriguez
Endless Design Possibilities
Since this intimate space only allows for so many of your closest family and friends, (up to 60 guests in the Hydrangea Garden and up to 30 guests in the Wine Cellar) you might have a little extra room in your budget to put towards a great design! At this picturesque setting, almost any color palette or theme will work flawlessly. We love the choice of today’s couple to use glittery tablecloths by La Tavola, in this fun glitz and glam design that brings a fresh sparkle against the natural backdrop!
Wedding Credits: Venue – San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara; Photographer – Jen Rodriguez Photography; Wedding Day Coordination – Sophie Spier of Amazing Days Events; Floral Design – Camilla Svensson Burns Couture Floral & Event Design; Catering & Wedding Cake – San Ysidro Ranch; Sequin Linens: La Tavola Santa Barbara
Bright, Sunshiny Day
When it comes time for you wedding, after months of planning and hardwork, you deserve to have fun and relax on your bright, sunshiny day! Include sweet props (like a tandum bike) for great photo-ops, but also to ride around with your sweetie! Santa Cruz wedding venues offer an unmatched scenic backdrop, with lush skyscraping trees! Roaring Camp Railroads is an especially fun and unique place to celebrate your wedding! Roaring Camp has been putting smiles on the faces of young and old for 50 years!
More photo goodness in the gallery!