5 Stunning Wedding Venues in Carmel Valley, California

December 20, 2021

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If you want to say “I do”in Carmel Valley, California, I 1000% recommend adding these local wedding venues to your must-tour list!! Scroll through to see my faves!

Holman Ranch

Photo by Jessica Miriam taken from the venue’s website

Unlike most properties in the area that sit near sea level, Holman Ranch begins at 500 feet and extends to over 2000 feet in elevation providing sweeping panoramas throughout the entirety of your day! Throughout the property, couples can choose from their extensive selection of both natural and historic settings from intimate stone terraces to spacious lawns to fit the mood of their event and can hold up to 400 guests. If you’re looking for a venue that provides full-day access and plenty of space for gorgeous photos, this is a must-see!!

Gardener Ranch

Photo by me, see more from this fairytale wedding day here

Unspoiled, timeless and breathtaking are three of the words used by many to describe Gardener Ranch! This wedding venue in the heart of Carmel Valley, where the river and rolling hills meet, is perfect for your once in a lifetime event. Their wide open parks and rustic indoor spaces can be transformed to fit any creative endeavor and event. My favorite detail? The black + white checked floor in the clubhouse!!

La Playa Carmel

Photo by Ditto Dianto Photography taken from the venue’s website

La Playa Carmel offers a gorgeous selection of ceremony and reception venues, and a central location, just minutes from Monterey, placing serene beaches, renowned galleries, Carmel Valley wineries and scenic beauty at your doorstep. They provide a wide variety of venues perfect for intimate ceremony and reception OR a large event! Whether you wish for a luscious garden setting, a terrace with ocean views or historic indoor surrounds, you are sure to find an atmosphere that’s perfect!

Want a look at the venue and the surrounding location, check out an engagement session I shot there on the blog!

Carmel Valley Ranch

Photo by AGS Photo Art

At Carmel Valley Ranch, weddings are legendary for their spirit of elegant playfulness. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a large-scale affair, they can help make the day uniquely yours! You can say “I do” among Pinot Noir grapevines, dance under the stars on the hilltop terrace, or dine al fresco surrounded by flowerbeds! An indoor celebration can still have an outdoor feel with the venue’s floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views! On their 500 acres, anything is possible!

Hacienda de Léal Hotel

Photo taken from the venue’s website

Nestled in the historic town of San Juan Bautista, this venue might just be the perfect spot to exchange vows in a beautiful open air courtyard surrounded by mature Manzanillo olive trees under the twinkling lights and surrounded everyone you love most! Hacienda de Léal Hotel gives the intimacy of a luxury boutique hotel with the polish of a lineup of experienced professionals: exceptional culinary team, flawless event coordination, floral design specialist, transportation services, state-of-the-art sound equipment and DJ services. Don’t miss out on touring this space!

If you’re looking to plan a wedding in the gorgeous Carmel Valley, California, I truly hope you found this blog post helpful! If so, chances are you’d love to check out my Wedding Planning Checklist! As a recent bride myself, I know how busy wedding planning can be and I wanted to help take some stress off of you while planning your big day! So I put together a checklist with monthly to-dos for you to follow to ensure you don’t miss anything!

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