One of the first things I ask each of my couples is how they want their wedding day to FEEL.
Do you want a multi-day celebration that feels like a retreat? Do you want them to be whisked away to a foreign country, without the hassle of actually going to a foreign country? Do they want something that is laid back yet elegant, brimming with warmth and refinement? HOW you want to feel on your wedding day is more important to me for planning than almost anything else. My job is not just to execute your day flawlessly, but to make the experience magical. Knowing the things that are important to you as a couple and to your wedding day will help me source only the best for your individual style and taste!
With that said, I also know my couples sometimes need a little inspiration. So, I thought it might be a good time to discuss some of the amazing wedding venues we have here in San Luis Obispo.
First up, I want to talk BARN style weddings!
Now, a California barn isn’t like any other in the country. Here is San Luis Obispo, we often use the term ranch to refer to a wedding venue that has a barn-style venue. Many of our “barn” or “ranch” style venues are also referred to as vineyards because they have a winery component. I know that can seem a little confusing, so I thought it might be helpful for me to break down some of our more popular “ranch” venues in the SLO area so that you can feel better prepared for what you may see. Hint- they all have sweeping landscapes with LOTS of space & views for days! Seriously, we have so many gorgeous venues in San Luis Obispo. I’m going to give you a quick recap of five of my favorites (stay tuned- I have an entire series of posts about wedding venues in Paso Robles & the surrounding area).
Quick disclaimer- some of these descriptions are a bit on the formal side. Consider this a cliff-notes style roundup that will tell you the nitty-gritty details. You really have to see these venues to appreciate them (and I’m more than happy to help you with that)!
I love this venue SO much! The Vintage Ranch is a 40-acre vineyard located three miles from town, nestled amongst beautiful rolling hills and surrounded by vineyards. The main house on this unique property is a completely remodeled 90-year-old farmhouse and the guest house (called the Cottage) is equipped with thoroughly modern conveniences and all the charm of the past. The Vintage Ranch is a fabulous choice forrustic elegance in a secluded environment.
The Santa Margarita Ranch is the only location that I would say fits the bill in a traditional sense. They have five unique locations on the property to explore, but only two that are used for weddings. They have a gorgeous barn and a stunning grassy lawn to host both ceremony and reception. If you want minimal, sophisticated, elaborate, enchanting, magical, elegant, romantic or anything in between AND a location that was seen on The Bachelor (YES!) , the Santa Margarita Ranch has the perfect match for you.
Capacity: This venue can host up to 300
280 padded white resin garden chairs
35 five-foot round tables
8 eight-foot tables
Market lights in the garden and barn
2 wine barrel plank bars
6 wine barrels
Private dressing area in the bridal cottage
On-site restrooms for up to 250 guests
Lighted and paved olive grove parking lot
Professional on-site venue representative
Security and parking staff
Access to a variety of scenic spots for wedding photography
Flexibility to use any licensed caterer and host your own bar without corkage fees
Peppertree Ranch boasts Sweeping views of the Santa Lucia Mountains. A fun history lesson for you: This area of the Central Coast has been in constant agricultural production ever since 1834, beginning with large cattle and dairy operations, and, more recently, extensive viticulture and wine operations.
Here is a breakdown of the four event spaces:
The Rustic Barn- our historic barn is the perfect setting to dine and dance the night away. Or opt to use one of our covered outdoor spaces for your reception, and have your ceremony in this romantic, rustic structure.
The Terrace Lawn- the expansive terrace lawn makes a lush and beautiful backdrop to your wedding ceremony and can accommodate dining for up to 500 guests.
The Verandah- this covered outdoor space opens up to magnificent vistas of the Santa Lucia Mountains and surrounding valleys and is the perfect space for a ceremony, cocktail hour, or rehearsal dinner - your imagination is the limit!
The Pond- this picture-perfect ceremony site is sure to delight you and your guests and is the perfect spot for romantic photos after your ceremony.
Capacity: Up to 500 guests and overnight accommodations for up to 22
This location is such a gem and we love that it boasts both historic qualities and modern updates!
The Ranch House is a sprawling 6,000 square foot home sitting on the highest part of the ranch with 360 degree views including the vineyards and the Seven Sisters mountain range. The two original homes on Greengate Ranch have been completely taken down to the bare bones and renovated with the modern amenities and design, to become beautiful vacation rentals. The Carriage House is a three bedroom, two bath home with great room. In August of 2016, a third home was built. The Vineyard Cottage is a spacious and serene three bedroom, three bathroom that overlooks the rolling vineyards below.
Both barns have been restored from top to bottom, while maintaining their historic design, wood facing, and charm.
The Barn & Courtyard- The Vintage Barn is great for up to 150-200 people
The Courtyard can allow for up to 600 guests seated and is lit with bistro string lighting
The onsite catering kitchen is conveniently located next to the barn. This location offers good indoor/outdoor space and is complete with permanent restroom facilities
The Walnut Tree & Grand Lawn-This space is naturally beautiful with a spacious green grass lawn. Accented with a large walnut tree beneath which you may take your vows
It is close enough to the vintage barn that you can combine the spaces. Accommodates up to 600.
The Pond- The serene Willow Pond meets the lush vines behind it
Removed from the heart of the ranch, this space is peaceful & private
Can accommodate a large guest list (up to 1,000). Perfect for a one of a kind ceremony, cocktail hour, or an afternoon reception
The Ranch House- The Ranch House itself is good for socializing with 50-100 people
The Terraced Lawn behind the house can hold up to 180 seated guests & has concrete stairs for a perfect ceremony aisle way. The lower lawn backs up to the vines & is accompanied by a bocce ball and horseshoe courts for your guests’ enjoyment
The Pool Arena-The Pool Arena is a great place to casually welcome out-of-town guests for refreshments or cocktails as they arrive. This area is meant for fun and relaxation with a bocce ball court, hot tub, fire pit and outdoor cooking area. Capacity of 50. The pool & spa are on solar and are heated throughout your stay
Capacity: Up to 1,000! However, they have space for intimate weddings of up 50 as well!
Amenities: Permanent guest restrooms, catering kitchen, tables, firepits and more are also already on site and available for your use in addition to the permanent installation of bistro lighting in our Vintage Barn Courtyard.
HammerSky is a breathtaking choice for a barn AND winery wedding venue! It is located in the westside region of Paso Robles, California.
This picturesque property is a perfect setting offers an inviting environment that is wonderful for weekend long celebrations. The tasting room serves their estate grown, award-winning wines and has an amazing view of the rolling vineyards and meadows. *Hint* We love this area for rehearsal dinners!
The billowing canopy of a 400 year old oak tree and move your reception into the rustic and romantic barn for an all night party!
They offer four ceremony/reception sites: Oak Tree Lawn, Vineyard Vista, Farm House, and Barn.
Largest Capacity: 150
Amenities: On site bar service (do you need anything else- HAHA)!