Alisal Ranch | A Solvang Wedding Venue
The Alisal Ranch is located just south of Solvang and if you’ve never been before, you might not know it’s there. It’s a working ranch with a resort-like feel nestled into the hills of the Santa Ynez Valley.
With over 10,000 acres of land, there are several unique ceremony locations, you’re sure to find one perfectly tailored for your day. A 15-minute drive through the property leads past multiple highlights and eventually leads to Sycamore Grove. One of the most beautiful ceremony spaces surrounded by nature that we’ve ever seen.
As you walk the grounds, we’ll capture photos that will grace your home for decades to come. You’ll dance the night away underneath string lights and the stars above. And you’ll always remember how beautiful your day truly was at Alisal Ranch.
The Bridal & Groom Suites at Alisal Ranch
There are many cabins and rooms available for you to stay in overnight and it is recommended that you get ready in your room before venturing out to your first look location or ceremony space. Because of the size of the ranch, you should be able to get ready in separate rooms without a chance of seeing each other before your first look or when your ceremony begins, whichever you choose.
Ceremony Spaces and our Favorite Locations at Alisal Ranch
A 15-minute drive from the main ranch and guest rooms, this unique setting is unlike any we’ve seen before. The wind in the trees is the only noise you’ll hear because this far into the hills the world is quiet. The beautiful 300-year-old Sycamore trees surrounding the area are beautiful backdrops to your photos and offer plentiful amounts of shade for your guests. This is a gorgeous place for your wedding ceremony and your reception can be held nearby.
A small path leads down the hill towards a couple of Oak trees. A point that overlooks the lake below. The surrounding hills are covered in green trees and yellow grass. It’s a gorgeous place to get engaged and the photos will be priceless. Depending on the size of your wedding celebrations you can also choose to have your ceremony at Proposal Point.
The property has its own private lake and guests of the ranch can spend time doing a variety of activities like fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Couples can choose to get married on the dock or near the water. And as the ceremony comes to a close, the newlyweds can lead their guests to the dance floor still within view of the lake and all the beauty it offers.
Your Alisal Ranch Wedding Reception
The beauty of the ranch holds endless opportunities for your wedding day and your reception can take place in a number of areas. Depending on where you choose to say “I do” you may be able to have your reception a few feet away or at a completely different part of the venue. The choice is yours!
Your First Portraits as a Married Couple at Alisal Ranch
Whether you’re married on a hilltop overlooking the lake or surrounded by Sycamore trees, your first portraits as a married couple are going to be incredible. Golden hour at Alisal Ranch is one of the best we’ve seen and we would encourage you to take at least 45 minutes of your day to take photos on the hillsides, near the lake, and under the sycamore trees. Best of all, as the sun sets on your wedding day, all of your dreams have come true, and you’ll be ending your night as a married couple.
A Simple FAQ about Alisal Ranch Weddings
What time should we schedule our ceremony to begin?
Your ceremony start time will be determined by the location you choose to have your ceremony. Regardless of the location you choose, we’ll work with your planner to determine the best time to start your ceremony while still making sure to have enough time to photograph the rest of your day while there is enough light in the sky.
How long should we plan to take bride & groom portraits?
Because of the numerous locations around the ranch, we would recommend a minimum of 45 minutes to make sure we have enough time to travel to a few spots to get the absolute best photos of the two of you while adding some variety to your gallery.
Where should we plan for our first look?
There are many beautiful places for a first look to occur at Alisal Ranch. We would recommend having an idea of a location and a backup so we can plan accordingly depending on the weather on your wedding day.
Can my guests stay nearby?
Yes, guest rooms are available! The Alisal Ranch has many rooms available so your entire guest list can stay in a safe environment the night of your wedding. If they arrive early there are a multitude of activities they can enjoy, including horseback riding, sightseeing, and lounging by the pool.
Jocelyn & Spencer | Your Wedding Photographers
We are husband & wife wedding photographers located in Santa Barbara, California. We believe your photos will be the window that transports you into the moments from your wedding day years into your marriage. They will show your joy, your tears, the hugs, and the abounding happiness that surrounds you on your wedding day.
We are experts at photographing the moments you’ll want to remember. All of the sweet romance of you being present on your day. From your first glimpse of each other to the tears about to fall from your parent’s eyes. And each and every detail you’ve so meticulously planned. These are the memories that you should keep close to you. These feelings. These moments of love.
This is your love story. Let us help you tell it.