Danica and Jon Special Wedding at Holman Ranch

We love sharing the story of some of the couples who get married here at Holman Ranch. Danica and Jon were married on November 25th,  sharing their special day with 100 friends and family members.


Jon and Danica met on a flight from San Jose to Phoenix. They were both on the flight as a connection to other flights, and were traveling on business. Jon was traveling on to Salt Lake City and Danica to Chicago. In the two hours that they sat next to each other on the flight they spoke about everything from family to religion and politics. When they landed they exchanged business cards and, as they say, the rest is history.


For their first date, they went to the Straights restaurant at Santana Row. It was an interesting night, which led to Jon sending an email to Danica apologizing for the babbling idiot and requesting a second chance.


Danica gave him that “second chance,” and the couple continued dating. Jon proposed quietly on November 20 at the Artisan restaurant when they were traveling on a long weekend in Paso Robles.


The couple, who are planning a honeymoon trip to Bora Bora in June, had a truly beautiful wedding day. The beauty of their day, from the weather to the decorations and how much fun everyone had, is what they will never forget about their wedding.

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Danica said, “I really don’t think there is much I would do differently about our wedding. The whole thing just seemed to happen so perfectly.  The one thing I would recommend to all couples, which was said to me, is to make sure you take time to stop and take everything in. There were a couple of times during the wedding where both Jon and I felt as though we were having out of body experiences, because everything seemed so surreal. Take time to enjoy your day.”

IMG_8930Thank you Jon and Danica for sharing your story with us.

If you’d like to know who their fabulous photographer was, it was Faust Photographics.  We love their work.

If you want to plan your own wedding at Holman Ranch, get in touch with us for a tour.

Wedding Rehearsal in Holman Ranch Tasting Room

One benefit of a Holman Ranch wedding is our tasting room. Our vineyard and olive grove produce excellent wines and olive oils, and we love sharing them with our guests.


A great way to incorporate this into your wedding is to have a rehearsal and tasting. With a private tasting session, you and your guests will be able to try out our delicate olive oil blend along with our varietal wines.

Your guests will love this informal way of meeting other guests, and it’s an ideal way for you and your fiancé to relax the night before your wedding. To top it off, why not consider giving your guests a bottle of their favorite wine as a wedding favor? They’ll cherish this delicious memento from your wedding.

Whether your guests like a rich red, a soft white, or a fruity rose, they’ll love the experience of sharing our wines with you and each other as part of your wedding.

Holman Ranch Voted Best Venue in California and 2nd in World

We are very excited and want to express our sincere appreciation for all of you who voted Holman Ranch as “Best Venue” in the recent Wedding Industry Expert awards program.

Here’s what your votes helped us achieve:

Winner: Best Venue – Reception – Carmel Valley
Winner: Best Venue – Reception – California
Winner: Best Venue – Reception – United States
Finalist: Best Venue – Reception – World – Ranking: 2 of 10

What an honor it has been to serve the wedding and hospitality industry in Carmel Valley.  We thank our colleagues and clients who voted Holman Ranch “Best Venue.”  Here’s to 2012 and beyond!