River Highlands Ranch

8600 Big Oak Valley Rd. Smartsville, CA, Smartville, CA 95977 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About River Highlands Ranch

River Highlands Ranch is a tranquil wedding venue located in Smartsville, California. The 433-acre ranch features an elegant 7500 sq/ft barn including a vast bridal suite with full kitchen. The vast outdoor space is surrounded by rolling hills, a vineyard, pond, fountains, blooming gardens, and plenty of green lawn for games.

*Please note that all phone and on-site meetings are by appointment

HIGHLIGHTS (and why you'll love getting married here)

  • 12 hour access to our venue, no need for you to rush!
  • Beautiful 7500 s.f. temperature controlled barn includes indoor dimmable lighting, draping, and chandeliers.
  • Our massive 18' double barn doors open on each end of the barn to give you a seamless indoor/outdoor feel
  • Vast outdoor space with rolling vineyards, pond, tiered lawns, gardens, and fountains
  • Dimmable bistro lighting and plenty of space for outdoor lawn games
  • Year round fire pit!
  • 3 ceremony sites to choose from
  • Use of our vineyard collection wood farm tables, benches, chairs, and cocktail tables ($2500+ rental value)
  • Leather lounge furniture collection
  • Large bridal suite with full kitchen for you to get ready
  • BYOB- Bring your own alcohol with no corkage fees
  • Our beautiful secluded "duckpond cabin" with waterfalls, indoor/outdoor shower, and fireplace make the perfect spot for getting ready photos and honeymoon suite.
  • Also available; on-site add ons including: custom LOVE sign, arches, photo booth, and decorative rentals

Location

Nestled in the scenic foothills of northern California, the ranch is situated on the border of Nevada and Yuba Counties. Your out-of-town guests will appreciate this venue’s convenient location, as it is only one hour from Sacramento and about two and a half hours from San Francisco with lodging, excellent restaurants, and wineries available in the darling towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City within a 20 minute drive.

Facilities and Capacity

This venue serves as an ideal location for weddings and other special events, from intimate affairs to large gatherings. Both indoor and outdoor event spaces are available to host your special day. The meticulously-manicured lawns allow plenty of space to say your vows, play lawn games, mingle with guests, or dine in the fresh air. This area’s stone-top stage works especially well for ceremonies creating a striking backdrop as you prepare to say “I do.” Couples and their guests can meander through the gardens while enjoying the lavender, roses, and the lemon and olive trees. You can also make use of the fire pit as the sun starts to set. Here, you and your loved ones can roast s’mores and enjoy the cozy ambiance given by the crackling fire. Majestic trees offer a bit of shade for those warmer days, and market lights help create a welcoming atmosphere for evening events. For indoor celebrations, River Highlands Ranch features a 7,500-square-foot barn. This charming structure boasts lofted ceilings and expansive barn doors that open up to scenic views of the gardens and vineyards. Eight glass chandeliers hang from the ceilings, adding a delicate touch of elegance. The barn also includes heating/air conditioning, installed string lights and drapery, and indoor restrooms. A full kitchen provides space for your caterer to prep your wedding meal. In addition, a spacious on-site bridal suite is a comfortable space to get ready before the festivities begin.

Services Offered

River Highlands Ranch is able to provide event space for a variety of wedding-related celebrations, including engagement parties, showers, elopements, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions. The venue’s professional staff is dedicated to providing each couple with an unforgettable experience that is as stress-free as possible. They know that getting married is a truly special occasion, and they delight in assisting you to find the vendors that will help bring your dream wedding to life. Please also consider renting our very private "Duck Pond" cabin as a honeymoon cabin.

Hanging lantern
Hanging lantern
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Spring Green!
Spring Green!
7500 Sq.Ft. Indoor Space.
7500 Sq.Ft. Indoor Space.
Sierra Foothills Terrain.
Sierra Foothills Terrain.
Year 'round use of fire pit!
Year 'round use of fire pit!
Plenty of Room For Everyone!
Plenty of Room For Everyone!
Vineyard Fun Photo Shoot!
Vineyard Fun Photo Shoot!
Private Honeymoon Cabin.
Private Honeymoon Cabin.
Vineyard Barn.
Vineyard Barn.
Photos in the vineyard!
Photos in the vineyard!
Gold Country Spectacular
Gold Country Spectacular
Vineyard Oak Ceremony
Vineyard Oak Ceremony
Impressive Barn Entry.
Impressive Barn Entry.
The Proud Dad Walk.
The Proud Dad Walk.
Bride's Three Rm. Suite.
Bride's Three Rm. Suite.
Spectacular Dance Spots.
Spectacular Dance Spots.
Rent a Picture Perfect Getaway
Rent a Picture Perfect Getaway
Sierra Foothill Views.
Sierra Foothill Views.
Gorgeous Barn Doors for Pics!
Gorgeous Barn Doors for Pics!
Boots Were Made For Dancin'
Boots Were Made For Dancin'
Hundreds of Oaks.
Hundreds of Oaks.
Simple Wood Walls for Backdrop
Simple Wood Walls for Backdrop
One of Three Ceremony Sites.
One of Three Ceremony Sites.
Ranch Elegant Barn Dining.
Ranch Elegant Barn Dining.
Can You Beat This First Dance?
Can You Beat This First Dance?
Room for Great Details!
Room for Great Details!
Air Conditioned Barn!
Air Conditioned Barn!
Details!
Details!
Details!
Details!
Rustic Elegance.
Rustic Elegance.
Rain Won't Spoil Her Day!
Rain Won't Spoil Her Day!
Wow! First Dance!
Wow! First Dance!
Springtime Green Backdrop.
Springtime Green Backdrop.
Air Conditioned Bridal Suite.
Air Conditioned Bridal Suite.
Details!
Details!
Great Light for Photos!
Great Light for Photos!
Easily Visible Vows for Guests
Easily Visible Vows for Guests
Vineyard Barn
Vineyard Barn
Outdoor Dining Options.
Outdoor Dining Options.
Great Light
Great Light
Memorable Vows
Memorable Vows
Farm Tables Included.
Farm Tables Included.
Dramatic Annouce In!
Dramatic Annouce In!
Plenty of Space.
Plenty of Space.
Year-Round Fire Pit.
Year-Round Fire Pit.
Ponds.
Ponds.
Outdoor Dancing.
Outdoor Dancing.
Market Lights.
Market Lights.
Bird's Eye from Bride's Suite.
Bird's Eye from Bride's Suite.
Lawn Games!
Lawn Games!
Indoor/Outdoor Dancing!
Indoor/Outdoor Dancing!
Bird's Eye View for Group Shot
Bird's Eye View for Group Shot
Cuteness.
Cuteness.
Bride's Suite.
Bride's Suite.
Golden Hills View.
Golden Hills View.
Indoor/Outdoor Dining.
Indoor/Outdoor Dining.
Summer Evening Spectacular.
Summer Evening Spectacular.
Lots of green!
Lots of green!
Happy Dad!
Happy Dad!
Romantic Spring Green.
Romantic Spring Green.
Dreamy Lighting.
Dreamy Lighting.
Spring Green.
Spring Green.
Big Views.
Big Views.
Spruced Up!
Spruced Up!
Water!
Water!
Air Conditioned Dining.
Air Conditioned Dining.
Bring in Fun Details!
Bring in Fun Details!
Great Backdrops
Great Backdrops
Bride's Suite.
Bride's Suite.
Outdoor wedding reception
Outdoor wedding reception
Hanging lantern
Hanging lantern
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Spring Green!
Spring Green!

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3 Reviews for River Highlands Ranch

Recommended by 97% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.7
  • Average response time 4.8

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  • Melanie

    Melanie · Married on 07/16/2018

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Amazing venue!

    As wedding photographers, my husband and I have photographed almost every wedding venue in the Sacramento area and Sierra Foothills area- When it came time to plan our own wedding, we chose to get married here because it’s SO amazing!

    The barn is elegant and upscale, with rolling vineyards, blooming gardens and so much more.
    A HUGE bonus was their beautiful rentals which were included with the venue- Farm tables, benches, chairs- all this saved us thousands of dollars in rentals!
    The barn and property are so huge, yet it works well for both large and small weddings. We chose to have a small wedding/reception, with our ceremony under the oak tree. It was the perfect setting for an intimate wedding and is beautiful year round. Our guests loved everything about the ranch- even having a bonfire in the heat of summer!

    Sent on 04/23/2020

    River Highlands Ranch's reply:

    Thank you, Andrew and Melanie! We so love the beautiful photos you've taken over the years at our venue and continue to be honored that you chose us, out of all the lovely venues out there, to host your wedding.
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    Tricia · Married on 09/29/2012

    4.4
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.5
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    This place is beautiful!!! It is so well designed and decorated, that I didnt really need to anything. They have tables, chairs, etc on site. There is a rental charge, but it is low and makes the logistics of it all very easy. There is very little outside lighting, but they have twinkle lights and candles all through the landscaping so it is beautiful, if not bright. There is housing on site as well. Very thoughtful details.

    Sent on 10/10/2012

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River Highlands Ranch FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 8500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 7200
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    No
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    Lighting/Sound
    Parking
    Tables
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    Multiple indoor and outdoor
  • Describe your venue:
    Barn
    Farm/Ranch
    Garden
    Winery
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Lighting / Sound
    Outside Vendors
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Outside Alcohol
  • What event items are available?
    Altar/Arch
    Chairs
    Decor
    Drapery
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Photo booth
    Tables
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    December

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  • 8600 Big Oak Valley Rd. Smartsville, CA Smartville, CA, 95977 See on map
    530-639-1682 (Phone number)
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