A destination wedding without the hassle of airfare. Fern River Resort is within an hour and a half from most places in the bay area and only 30 min away from San Jose. We are 6 miles from Santa Cruz. Our location allows guests to enjoy the tranquility and splendor of the redwood forests while being a short drive from the unique beaches, restaurants and shops that Santa Cruz offers.
Our property makes it easy for brides to have many of their weddings needs accommodated in one place.
We have 14 cabins of varying sizes to host your bridal party, close friends and family. A sun strewn manicured meadow lined with lilacs, lilies, pear trees, wild strawberries and flanked with ivy, bay trees and redwoods provide the perfect backdrop for your ceremony and reception site. Our custom hand milled and built redwood gazebo provides a rustic while elegant centerpiece to state your vows under. To complete the atmosphere we provide redwood tables for your reception that match the gazebo.
Included in the site rental fee is exclusive use of the Gazebo Garden, along with chairs for the ceremony and reception, dining tables, cake and appetizer tent, use of our tables, professional sound system, base linens for tables.
Dinner plates for 100 guests, flatware, cake and salad plates for 100 guests are available at extra cost.
If a brides guests rent out all of the cabins she will have exclusive use of the entire grounds the ability to run the reception party to as late as midnight. Also included, our private river beach, community campfire ring, private rejuvenating Jaccuzi spa, ping pong table, badminton court, and other amenities.
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7 Reviews for Fern River Resort
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Lindsey M. · Married on 09/21/2019
Dream wedding spot!
So beautiful. We rented the whole resort for a wedding for 4 days; it’s right in the middle of the redwoods bordering Henry Cowell state park and right on the San Lorenzo River. Nicole and the rest of the staff were all terrific. The cabins are cute and cozy. Nicole also acted as day of coordinator for our wedding and we can’t recommend this highly enough. She asked all the questions we would have never thought of and kept the whole train on the tracks. She is calm and collected and the exact person you want in your corner when dealing with the process of planning a wedding. Fern River Resort truly was the perfect venue for our wedding and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.Sent on 10/08/2019
Meg A. · Married on 08/18/2019
Exactly what we were looking for - a beautiful venue and a wonderful staff!
In August 2018 we began searching for an outdoor, forested wedding venue where friends and family could stay on site. We’re happy it led us to Nicole and her excellent staff at Fern River Resort. Our wedding there in August 2019 was beautiful and all guests left happy.
The venue has different locations which can all serve different purposes. We opted to have our ceremony in front of the river, cocktail hour in the garden in front of Cabin 11, our reception on the lawn, and dance floor in front of the gazebo. It would be easy to change things up and make them feel your own.
Their outdoor kitchen was well equipped for our big burger and hotdog rehearsal dinner and for us to bake 20 pies for our wedding dessert. There were ample spaces throughout the property for teams of our friends and family to do wedding prep activities.
We hired the venue owner Nicole as our day-of coordinator. She was great to work with—communicative and professional. Throughout the night, she kept things running on time and worked with us and our other vendors to improvise and adapt when it was needed. Her help was invaluable—we didn’t have to worry about anything and were able to fully enjoy our wedding. The staff at Fern River Resort were willing and able helpers throughout the weekend. Thanks especially to Joe the handyman. You know someone is dedicated to his job when he drives to the property at 1 AM to make double-check that the sprinklers are turned off so our tables don’t get drenched!
We rented all 15 cabins Thursday-Saturday. Our guests were very pleased with the cabins exclaiming that they were more spacious than they had imagined they would be. Nicole patiently satisfied our requests for certain cabins to be extended on Wednesday and Sunday nights. For a three night stay, it averaged to about $200 per guest. Very reasonable! Nicole made it as easy as possible to reserve and pay for all the cabins.
If you’re looking for a venue where you can live out your summer camp wedding wishes, look no further! We can’t wait to visit Fern River again for a stay at one of the cabins and a chance to relive all our wedding memories.
Sent on 02/02/2020
Kristina · Married on 06/26/2015
We were immediately struck by how stunningly beautiful the grounds are (not to mention how accessible it is as a wedding venue and how reasonable the rates are). The fact that we could book the entire resort and have all of our closest friends and relatives stay there with us seemed almost too good to be true! But, it wasn’t too good to be true—it was just that good.Sent on 08/17/2015
What really stood out to us about the venue itself was how much work Nicole and her family and crew put into it between the time we visited (early April) and the date of our wedding (late June). Because it wasn’t quite wedding season when we first visited, some parts of the site seemed to be in a transitional stage; however, when we arrived, we were awestruck at the transformations that had taken place. The lawn and reception area were immaculate; the spot where we held our ceremony (in the soft-gravel area by the stand of Redwoods) looked like something from a magazine; there were brand new Adirondack chairs and loveseats that they set up for us to use (chairs built by Nicole’s father, no less, from a Redwood that he was forced to cut down), and every single cabin was clean, neatly decorated, and ready for inhabitation.
Lastly, what will always stick out in our minds in terms of the resort staff is how completely willing they were to accommodate us and lend us a hand. It was remarkable. Nicole regularly checked in with us and helped us solve any issues that we were dealing with, including having her friend, who just happened to be an experienced sound engineer, expertly facilitate our multiple music playlists throughout the day of the wedding (not sure how we forgot to set that up in advance, but boy were we lucky!) Everything went as smoothly as possible, we and all of our guests had the time of our lives, and we are eternally grateful for the kindness, hospitality, and grace that Nicole and company showed us at their beautiful resort.