7 Gorgeous Ranch + Estate Wedding Venues in NorCal

March 29, 2022


I'm a California wedding and engagement photographer. The blog has past weddings, planning advice, photo education and more!

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Northern California is filled with gorgeous rolling hills, romantic vineyards, historic sites and iconic views. Some of my favorite wedding venues include ranch style and historic estates that show off the beauty of NorCal around every corner. Check out some of my faves here, and if you’re in the process of wedding planning here in California, add these to your must-tour wedding venue list!

The Barn at Pheasant Trail Ranch

Photo by me! See more from this wedding day here.

Located in Chico, California (my hometown!), The Barn at Pheasant Trail Ranch is a newer wedding venue that’s quickly becoming a local favorite! This historic post and beam barn is painted white with light wood detailing perfect for bright and romantic wedding days as well as that dark and moodier feel. I’ve grown close with the owners and been lucky enough to shoot multiple wedding days there already. Wanting a rustic yet elegant wedding day, then this wedding venue may just be the perfect spot for you!

The Pelican Inn

Photo by Oh, Honestly Photography

The Pelican Inn in Muir Beach, California is a perfect place for an intimate wedding. With the option to rent out all seven rooms in the inn and plenty of outdoor and indoor space for both ceremonies and receptions, it’s a gorgeous location for all types of special days… big or small! Barely 20 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, The Pelican Inn rests in the sea-blown fog of Muir Beach, among the pines and alders. If you haven’t heard of them, you’re missing out!

Park Winters

Photo by me! See more from this wedding day here.

Nestled in the lush farmlands of Northern California, Park Winters is a private country estate in Winters, California featuring dreamy gardens, a charming Victorian Inn, an elegant white barn and two rustic barns, a chic pool and hot tub, a quaint organic farm and sweeping views of the countryside. Park Winters serves as an award-winning Northern California wedding event venue that specializes in making your fairytale wedding a reality. With their unique canvas, get ready to see it transformed into your dream venue.

Long Meadow Ranch

Photo by Jen Philips Photography

From intimate family celebrations to weddings for 300 guests, Long Meadow Ranch in downtown St. Helena, California, provides an idyllic wine country setting for any special event. With have multiple event sites, both indoors and out, this wedding venue offers guests the rustic elegance of a vineyard and garden setting without a long drive out of town for guests. There’s nothing quite like the rustic elegance of a wedding venue like this one!

Bear Flag Farm

Photo taken from venue’s website

Bear Flag Farm, perfectly situated in charming Winters, CA, is a picturesque vineyard estate that provides a space for dream, luxury weddings with an amazing experience. With dozens of hotel accommodations within a 7 miles radius as well as their close proximity to the Napa/Sonoma wine region, Bear Flag Farm is a wonderful option for destination wedding celebrations too!

The White Barn

Photo by Anna Delores Photography

Seated in the heart of Edna Valley, The White Barn is an authentic wedding venue in the San Luis Obispo area. The barn’s scenic views, idyllic setting, and distinctive character are both breathtaking and historical. Surrounded by the Santa Lucia Mountains, the large rustic dairy barn has been transformed into a magical wedding venue strewn with lights, creating the rustic experience you have been dreaming of.

Pageo Lavender Farm

Photo by Kaitlin Elliott Photography

Couples instantly fall in love with its vintage charm, but Pageo Lavender Farm in Turlock, CA offers much more to make your day even more special. From the first meeting to the final send-off, the professional staff is committed to create your event of a lifetime. Pageo has an outstanding reputation for service and strives to make each event perfect with full-service coordination so you can focus on enjoying your day. And the gorgeous lavender blooms make everything even dreamier!

If you’re looking to plan a wedding here in 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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