Romance And History Abound At Holman Ranch

Romance and history abound at Holman Ranch, a vintage Carmel Valley property adorned with ancient oaks, hillside vineyards, olive groves, a stone hacienda and spectacular views from every vantage point.

Renowned as a hugely popular and stunningly beautiful wedding venue, Holman Ranch draws couples from far-flung corners of the world. Once married in Holman Ranch’s rustic yet sophisticated setting, couples invariably recite a long list of accolades. And when asked to name the top reasons for getting married at Holman Ranch, these three lead the way:

  1. The view.  Couples can easily spend a small fortune on wedding-day decor, from fabric to flowers, but nothing can top what Mother Nature provides naturally. Rarely do outdoor weddings offer the beauty and splendor provided by Holman Ranch, nestled in the shadows of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Offering breathtaking vistas from every angle, the ranch provides the ultimate backdrop to any wedding ceremony. After exchanging vows al fresco among the rolling hills dotted with oak trees, couples can sip estate-grown wines in the vineyards and indulge in all the historic ranch has to offer.
  2. Exclusivity. On the most important day of their lives, a bride and groom simply do not want to share the spotlight with anyone else, which is why Holman Ranch only hosts one event at a time. All the focus and attention is put where it belongs — on the happy couple and their guests. There will be no wedding “crashers” from other events on property because Holman Ranch belongs to that couple and that couple only. This exclusivity (weekend dates can book up a year in advance) has led to a resurgence in weekday weddings, where couples can save on the budget and easily secure vendors normally booked on weekends.
  3. Flexibility. At Holman Ranch, couples are allowed to bring in all their own licensed and insured vendors. This is very important to those couples who desperately want to create a personalized, a la carte experience — from the flowers, to the food, to the well-stocked bar. And when it comes to wine, Holman charges no corkage with a minimum wine purchase. So Holman Ranch’s award-winning lineup of wines is available to help please a wide variety of palates. Holman Ranch has also developed a reputation as a safe haven for same-sex couples, and specializes in interfaith ceremonies, off-season weddings and ceremonies of any size and scope.

In the end, Holman Ranch becomes the venue choice of couples from all walks of life because it provides beauty, exclusivity and flexibility. But there are countless other reasons. Find yours by visiting

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.