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Fall Wedding Inspiration

Happy Halloween!

Fall weather has finally started to begin in California, which has inspired me to find some cute ideas for an autumn wedding! Here are some ideas I loved:

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Photo by Feather Love Photography, 100 layer cake


Left: Photo byLandon Jacob, Right:



Robby and Briana: Graceful Charm at Holman Ranch

When choosing a wedding venue in California, the outdoor locations speak for themselves in beauty and grace. Whether you pick a rustic ranch in Carmel or the immense cliffs of Big Sur, nature is the most valuable design element for your wedding. After looking at a venue many clients go straight to the Pinterest board and overload it with decor ideas: floral, signage, colors, lanterns, etc., forgetting to fully utilize their venue’s natural setting. Remember, less is usually more.

Here is a wedding with a perfectly balanced combination of soft elegance and rustic simplicity at Holman Ranch.


Coordination: Coastside Couture 

Catering: Paradise Catering

Floral: Christine Cater Wedding and Floral Design

Photography: Willow Rose Photography

Entertainment: DNA Entertainment

Venue: Holman Ranch

Hair and Makeup: Cecilia Fernandez

Transportation: City Lights Limousines 

Cake: Patisserie Bechler

Linen: La Tavola Linen

Vendor Spotlight: Holman Ranch

When thinking of wedding venues in California, most couples have three venues in mind to choose from: sandy shores, towering redwoods, or rustic estates. There are hundreds of venues to fit each category, but some of our top picks are the properties in Carmel Valley. Carmel Valley is abundant with gorgeous landscapes of vineyards, olive groves, rolling hills and charming ranches. One of our all time favorite Carmel Valley venues is one we have worked with dozens of times: Holman Ranch. Holman Ranch has it all, from vast breathtaking views of Carmel Valley to intimate dinners on the stonewalled Rose Patio; Holman is a venue that never disappoints. To find out more about the property we talked to the owner of Holman Ranch: Hunter Lowder.


How did Holman Ranch become a wedding venue?

Hunter: Holman Ranch has been a place for celebrations since it was built in 1928. We’ve hosted all sorts of events since then, but really started doing weddings in the 1980s. My family took over the property in 2006 and restored the property and continued the tradition.


Photo by Carlie Statsky

What does a wedding at the Holman Ranch look like? Describe the property.

Hunter: A wedding at Holman Ranch is the definition of rustic elegance. It’s truly a classic Californian wedding surrounded by historic stone buildings, oak trees, vineyards and wildlife. Our weddings are very social. The guests aren’t stuck behind a table in a ballroom all night, they move organically from one intimate venue to the next. Ceremony on our veranda overlooking the vineyards and the mountains, cocktail hour in our Great Room, dinner in our cozy Rose Patio, followed by dancing in the Carriage House. I describe our weddings as a family reunion with a ceremony thrown in. The appeal of the property, aside from natural beauty and bringing in your own vendors, is that you can really have quality time with people who matter most in your life.


Left: Photo by Stacey Pentland Right: Photo by Meg Perotti


Photo by Scott Campbell


Photo by Stacey Pentland

How many people can Holman accommodate?

Hunter: Depending on the type of service and event style, we can accommodate up to 500. Largest we’ve done to date is 375. We do not require shuttles, buses, port a potties or generators, which makes us very unique among private estate rentals.

What type of services do you offer (set up, catering, rentals, etc.)?

Hunter: We provide tables, chairs, market umbrellas, propane heaters and cocktail tables. Our staff will set up equipment, break it down, provide parking direction and on site shuttling. They will also show vendors where to load in, maintain bathrooms, turn on lights, etc.

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Photo by Scott Campbell



What one piece of advice would you give to a couple?

Hunter: Hire preferred vendors at your venue. Hire professional and local vendors. Beware of “friendors” as there is a reason why people are in the wedding business as a full-time job. If the goal is to save money, you have to look at the amount of time you are going to spend doing something, or managing something that a friend is doing and calculate that your time is valuable and worth something as well. Peace of mind can be priceless!


Photo by Scott Campbell

To learn more about this venue, click here.