I participated in a travel California familiarization trip including the Holman Ranch in Carmel, CA where I learned about the wedding and event opportunities. My accommodations and meals were provided. All opinions are my own.  

California Wedding and Event Location - Holman Ranch - Outdoor Wedding Venue - Carmel, California

On my recent trip to Carmel, California, I spent some time at the Holman Ranch. While there I got the opportunity to learn more about their special events and wedding venue. I have to say it’s a stunning place for a destination wedding.

Unique Destination Wedding & Event Location

The hacienda is going to be the main focal point during any event held at the Holman Ranch. It features separate dressing rooms for the bride and groom, a stunning drawing room, a fabulous dining area within the courtyard, an intimate small indoor chapel, a stately executive meeting room, and a game room.

Elegant buildings

Elegant Location

One really unique thing about the ranch is the fact that when you book an event, the ranch is 100% yours, no other events are ever scheduled, despite the large venue. The ranch also lets you use any licensed caterer and you may bring your own liquor with no corking fees – if you’ve priced wedding venues lately you’ll know that that’s an expense that can really rack up the fees at other locations. Pricing for the Holman Ranch is based on your needs. Prices range from as little as $1,000 and up to $32,000 depending on the season, the event, and the ala carte add-ons.

Outside the hacienda is a large, meticulously maintained lawn with a terrace overlooking the Santa Lucia mountains, perfect as a wedding altar, a stage for a string quartet, or even a space for a small wine bar. The lawn is large enough to seat several hundred event goers while still maintaining an intimate feel.

The landscaping all around the property really is stunning. Huge patches of lavender and many other flowers scent the air around the ranch. Shrubs and trees are well maintained and remain very natural looking. Walking the grounds gives you a chance to really explore all the nooks and crannies of the ranch and little hidden spaces that beckon you to stop and explore. Fountains, statues, and flowers perfectly frame the amazing sky and mountains in the distance.

Wildflowers - Holman Ranch - California


There are so many amazing places for photo ops at the Ranch. From the huge red barn, to the vineyards, and even the horseshoe area with a fun building with tin hearts and amazing views. The Holman Ranch is a photographer’s dream and a place you can make some amazing memories.Holman Ranch Vistas - so many amazing wedding photos opps here

I had the chance to enjoy a meal on the outside patio while I was there and the venue is spectacular. A mix of rustic decor with fine wine. It was truly a special event and one that I hope to have the chance to repeat some time in the future.

Wine tasting on the patio

Wine tasting on the patio

Are you looking for a romantic outdoor wedding location in California? Then check out the Holman Ranch.

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Read more about our time at the Holman Ranch and in Carmel, CA.