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

Relaxing on Your Wedding Day

Last weekend, The Huffington Post asked Twitter users for their de-stressing advice, and picked their favorite replies.

Many of these favorite replies focused on finding non-wedding things to do on the morning of the wedding. From Sudoku to physics homework, the general idea was to do something completely unrelated. By fully stepping away, a bride can have a moment for herself as herself rather than as the bride to be.


Others focused on food, including brunches with bridesmaids or just a steady stream of comfort foods. Of course, drinks also featured in there, too. We can recommend a bit of relaxation with some of Holman’s excellent wines as a great pre-wedding choice!

Having things well planned, and having a team working on the wedding, was also a frequently mentioned tactic. Making sure that you have an excellent venue with experienced staff can make your wedding day much less stressful!

If you’re looking for the perfect Carmel valley venue, check out what we offer here at Holman Ranch. Give us a call today to find out more!

What To Do If Things Go Wrong At Your Wedding

It’s something every bride has to deal with at some point during wedding planning or during her wedding day — how to handle it when things go wrong at your wedding. With good planning and a great venue, it won’t be a big thing. But ask any married woman about what went wrong at her wedding, and she’ll probably be able to tell you something.

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Whatever the problem, it’s important to remember the big picture. At the end of the day, you’re there to get married to the person you love, and your friends and family are there to celebrate. Nobody’s going to notice if your hair hasn’t stayed in the exact perfect style, or if there’s a snag in your dress, or your wedding cake falls over, or any other minor thing that might seem like a crisis at the time.

If one of your vendors has caused a problem, worry about it after the wedding. No matter what has gone missing, your guests won’t mind and neither should you. Even if your photographer is a no-show, you’ll have plenty of guests who will be happy to take photos. You can fight for a refund or compensation after the fact, when you’re happily married.

Of course, when you work with a venue like Holman Ranch, you’re not just getting a fantastic location. You’re also getting a team who has helped many brides remain calm and enjoy the amazing experience of getting married.

If you want to find out about having your wedding at Holman Ranch, get in touch with us today.

Sharing your story

One question you’re bound to get asked lots of times throughout the planning of your wedding is how you and your fiancé met. You’ll probably get asked it a few times during your wedding, too. Why not include the story in your wedding?

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Even if you don’t think you have the most exciting or entertaining story, it’s still something that your guests will be happy to hear. Those who were there might want to add in some extra details, too!

There are plenty of ways to include your story. It can be included in the toasts, or even as part of the ceremony. Some tech savvy couples are producing videos for the guests to watch that creatively shows the start of the relationship.

Your story as a couple can also be included in the décor. Adding touches of love letters from years gone by can be a romantic twist on the idea of showing old photos of you together.

So how did you and your fiancé meet? Are you going to include the story in your wedding? Tell us more in the comments and get in touch today!

Booking Early is Best!

When you’re planning a wedding, you’ll have a lot to do. Booking the big things early can make your life much easier as you approach your big day.


Some parts of your wedding will need to be booked at the start of your planning. Having a venue and date worked out is crucial, as you’ll need to give this basic information to your guests. Venues like Holman Ranch can get booked up well in advance, so it’s important to get in touch early to work out a date that we’re available.


When you book a wedding at Holman Ranch, we can help you find other vendors you’ll need to make it the day you’ve been dreaming of. We work with our couples to make the best use of our amazing location, too.

If you’re planning on getting married in 2013, don’t wait any longer to book everything. Get in touch with us today to find out about having a wedding here at the gorgeous Holman Ranch!

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.

2013 Wedding Trend: Lace

With 2013 just around the corner, it’s worth looking at one of next year’s biggest wedding trends…lace. It looks like lace will be everywhere in 2013.

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Of course, lace has been growing since 2011, when Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen wedding gown featured those lovely lace sleeves, bodice, and overlay.

It’s also showing up in less traditional ways. It’s always popular in gowns for its subtle femininity, but it’s also great in décor themes. Lace can include all sorts of other designs, with floral motifs being particularly popular.

Lace is a nice touch on invitations and other wedding stationery. A lace design can make an invitation look classy and timeless. It works within most themes, and is particularly suited to the very popular vintage and rustic styles of wedding.

We love it when brides incorporate lace in their wedding at the Holman Ranch because the delicate material always looks stunning in our venue.  So we’re truly looking forward to the 2013 wedding trend popping it’s head up around here.

If you’re still looking for a wedding venue in Carmel Valley, then please come take a look at the Holman Ranch.

Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza Are Married

The XFactor co-host, Mario Lopez, married his fiancée, and the mother of his daughter, this weekend at a ceremony in Mexico. Before the wedding, he admitted that he was anxious about the day, but was looking forward to it being a fun event.

Courtesy of Life & Style


The couple got engaged in 2010 while they were on a Christmas trip. The wedding was taped by TLC, and will be aired as a two-hour special on December 8. Lopez called himself the “sidekick” in the special, saying that the star of their wedding was Mazza.

He had also received some advice from his TV co-host, Khloe Kardashian Odom. She had been sharing advice with Lopez during rehearsals and commercial breaks. Her biggest advice was to make sure the newlyweds got a few moments to themselves throughout the day.

We’re looking forward to seeing what the couple did for their wedding, which Lopez said was going to be a blast. He had said that he wanted it to be a great party, but we’re expecting it was also full of romance!

Are you still looking for a wedding location in Carmel Valley?  Why not come check out the Holman Ranch.

Celebrities Love Rustic Weddings

Rustic themed weddings are hugely popular right now, with a lot of celebrity brides choosing relaxed setting. It’s a style that fits well with some of the biggest trends for the coming year, too.

  • Vintage and lace styles go perfectly in a natural setting. These trends build on timeless feminine beauty. While they can also work in a formal wedding, they really do seem made for a rustic outdoor ceremony. The natural beauty of the environment complements the look really well.

This trend is also great for grooms. Some celebrity weddings we’ve seen using the rustic look have the groom in less formal attire.

Blake Shelton Wore Jeans to his Wedding

By ditching the tux and opting for a linen suit, the groom can be comfortable and stylish.

If you’re looking for a gorgeous setting for your wedding, Holman Ranch is the perfect choice. With our amazing landscape, we can provide the ideal backdrop for a rustic wedding.

A Few Wedding Lessons for the Groom

While mainly everything’s about the bride on the big day, some grooms seem to think that all they have to do is show up.  Unfortunately, at some point, they’re probably due for a rude awakening!

Here’s what all impending grooms need to know.

  • If you don’t get involved in choosing the reception venue, you can’t complain afterwards.  The most popular venues are sometimes booked up to a year in advance, and there’s always fierce competition for summer and weekend dates.  Support your fiancé by trekking to those venues with her – and make it quick!
  • Nobody else can figure out who to invite from your list of family and friends.  This is important.  Getting your invite list wrong could cause all sorts of arguments, so figure out how many to invite and be ready with your reasons if your mom objects to leaving off those distant cousins from California.
  • Give some thought to choosing your best man.  While you want someone who’s a good sport, this is the guy who’s going to organize your bachelor party and keep the wedding rings safe, so you better be able to rely upon him.
  • Don’t leave your wedding outfit until the last minute.  Even if clothes don’t interest you, your bride will want you to look handsome.  This is where you should ditch all of those male buddies and ask for advice from a trusted female friend.  She’ll steer you in the right direction.

And those are just the start!  Make a good impression with your beloved and speak to us about how we can make your wedding day special.  After all, it is your day too!