The Holly Farm is a barn and farm wedding venue located in Carmel, California. This barn and farm wedding venue offers a retreat-style event that allows you to getaway from all the hustles and bustle of busy cities and focus on the moment in front of you. The Holly Farm will provide a secluded and romantic setting for you to gather in front of all your friends and family to begin your new life as a married couple.
Facilities and Capacity
The Holly Farm offers an enchanting setting for weddings, elopements, vow renewals, and other special life events. When you first walk through the rustic gates at this venue, you will be walking into a private world full of winding paths and sun-filled cottages. These grounds are home to beautiful banana trees, sweetly scented blossoms, towering bamboo, and other exotic plants. These grounds were originally opened in 1991 and sprawl over seven acres of land in the Santa Lucia Mountains. The Holly Farm offers many lovely settings to host your special event. These settings are an amphitheater style seating arrangement under the trees for your ceremony and a designated outdoor space for your reception. These spaces are fit to host events with up to 300 guests and will be already set up with chairs and tables on your behalf. The cottages on-site are available for up to 28 guests to conveniently stay on-site and have an all encompassing experience throughout the weekend filled with celebration. Additionally, there is on-site gated parking for up to 250 guests. You will also have access to a bridal suite on the big day for your convenience.
The Holly Farm offers event coordinating services to help create a wonderful weekend event filled with fun and excitement. The team at this barn and farm wedding venue can assist you in creating event timelines, provide a list of local vendors, and offre day-of coordination services. The Holly Farm also offers decor options that include altars, arches, special lighting, and island orchids throughout the entire venue.
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Amanda Grossman · Married on 08/31/2019
The best experience
It's hard to even put into words how amazing The Holly Farm is. From the moment Susan and Gus greeted us through the entire weekend it felt like we were able to completely disconnect from the rest of the world at The Holly Farm. Erin, Ryan and their whole team (that feels more like a family) make you feel so incredibly comfortable and like you don't have a thing to worry about, but enjoy your weekend. All of their recommendations from lawn games, to rehearsal dinner, and every wedding detail were incredible and so perfect! Erin and Ryan do an amazing job of recommending decor and all of the details to make your vision come to life. When you see the venue it is so insanely beautiful with the lush landscape of beautiful plants. The orchids are so striking and you can just see in how well maintained every detail is that it is really a labor of love for their family.Sent on 09/08/2019
Everyone who attended our wedding has not stopped telling us how amazing it was and that it was the most fun, coolest venue they have ever been to! We LOVE The Holly Farm and are so thankful for Erin, Ryan, and the whole team that made our wedding dreams a reality!
Charlene Peterson · Married on 06/29/2019
There are no words!
Dear Holly Farms Friends,Sent on 09/08/2019
This is a very long overdue email but one which absolutely needed to be sent. We are still reeling from the excitement and magical quality of our children's wedding (Lauren Peterson and Lukas Rahlsom) just over a month ago and most of that gorgeous magic came from YOU! When we were looking at venues for their wedding, each place made all sorts of promises in the hopes that we would select their venue for this special day. From experience, we know that many of these promises are either not heartfelt or although made with good intentions, simply never come to fruition. You told us to relax, to enjoy, to let go and allow you to take over all the stresses, anticipated and unexpected, on the day(s).
Was I skeptical? of course I was! I was mother of the bride and that is my job and right in life, but as the days of events began to unfold, I could feel the release of my stress as each question, concern, worry, was met head on and usually before I even had a moment to wonder. You and your staff went way above and beyond in a gracious and thoughtful manner. We were all comfortable, cared for, looked after, and treated with the respect that we could have only dreamed of. There was a lot to manage; the series of events, the food, the accommodation, the weather, the music, hair and makeup, photographers, flowers, but it all, and I mean 'all', went off without a hitch! There was not one single thing I can think of, that I would change. We had FUN! We RELAXED (and anyone who knows me, knows full well that that word is never linked to me and my personality, EVER!), We caught up with friends and family, I danced like no one was watching (thank goodness for that!) and we had the opportunity to soak up beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.
And we are not alone in our sentiments. Literally everyone we spoke with, said it was by far the best wedding they had ever attended. Why? Mostly because of the flow and the relaxed nature of the venue. No one ever felt rushed, hassled, herded, or uncomfortable in any way. The food was spectacular, the venue was beyond words ('paradise' was mentioned with regularity), the ability to just 'be' was what set this wedding apart from all others that we, or our guests, have attended. There was the ability and spaces to talk, without screaming over blaring music. There was time to enjoy dinner and appreciate dinner conversation without the internal battle of 'Ooh, I love this song, but if I get up to dance, will my dinner still be here when I return to my seat? or 'Everyone else is up dancing, but i don't want to dance so should I sit at this dinner table by myself and munch on my overcooked reheated semblance of food'? This may not seem like a major concern, but it is.
The ceremony was gorgeously choreographed in such a way, that there was room for sentimentality, individuality, laughter, joy, love, friendship and gratitude while, at the same time, making our guests feel involved and not just spectators at a sporting event. It was cozy, (like a big hug), it was comfortable and welcoming and the photos reflect the stunning ambiance of the mood and joyfulness of a blessed day.
Our children are thankfully very much in love and your venue served as the perfect introduction into a life filled with love, gratitude, sharing, embracing friends and family, joy, passion and the appreciation of comforting surroundings.
Thank you so much for all that you have given to Lauren and Lukas, us, our newly extended family and friends. The Holly Farms will forever stay in our hearts as the perfect example of how a great wedding can and should be done. The bar has certainly been set to a very high standard, but now we know what can and should be done to get it right (and where we can go for any future weddings we need to host!).
Charlene and Tim Peterson
Lucy Swenson · Married on 06/22/2019
The best decision you'll make
This venue is TRULY MAGICAL. We had the venue from Thursday to Sunday and it honestly still didn’t feel like enough. Once you step onto the property for your wedding weekend, you are taken care of. We didn’t have to worry about a single thing except celebrating with our loved ones. We hosted many activities and events at the Holly Farm (welcome dinner, game day, rehearsal dinner, ceremony/reception, and brunch) and everything went off without a hitch. Erin, Ryan, their parents, and the Holly Farm staff (Gus and Rosa deserve a special shout out) are incredible. They take everything you bring (pillows, photos, candles, etc.) and display them throughout the venue and then change the locations for the next day. Each event led seamlessly into the next and our guests were constantly in awe of every new location at The Holly Farm.Sent on 07/07/2019
The Holly Farm has a tailored list of their preferred vendors, which made finding vendors a lot easier. Definitely go with Laughin’ Gal Floral (Amanda is amazing!) and DJ Antonio. With the exception of the caterer, you can also choose vendors not on the list. We chose our own photographer, The Goodness, and loved how the venue worked with our photographers to make sure everything went smoothly.
There will be times when you don’t hear back very quickly and it takes a while to get answers, but that is because their current wedding is their utmost priority, which I didn’t fully appreciate until my wedding weekend arrived. You truly cannot go wrong with this venue. The love and dedication the Moses family puts into this venue shows in every single interaction and their attention to every detail. We felt so taken care of and loved throughout the entire weekend. Once you choose this venue, everything else will fall into place.
We absolutely adore The Holly Farm! Having been both a vendor and a guest at The Holly Farm we've had the opportunity to see both sides of the business and it's truly seamless. The most enchanting ambiance and location combined with the graciousness of its hosts make it truly unique and unmatched in every way. Highly recommend!
Words cannot begin to describe how welcome we felt being on the property of the Moses family. I was hired to plan a wedding for my lovely bride and groom, and from the time we first visited the Holly Farm, to the time everyone left the property after the wedding, we always felt like we were right at home. Most of my contact was with Erin, and she was funny, entertaining, knowledgeable and helpful, full of wonderful suggestions and vendor recommendations. After years (maybe 25??) of her family owning and managing the place, she knew the place inside and out, and was always eager to offer advice to ensure the wedding weekend went perfectly to create the best weekend of their lives for the wedding couple. During the weekend that we were there, Ryan, her brother, and Mary and Doyle, their parents, together with the Holly Farm family of Gus, Rosa, Gus Jr, Sylvestre, and all, were all onsite to help. Can I commend Ryan's wonderful eye for detail and his photography skills?! Doyle and Mary were headed off on a long vacation to Italy, but still came by to check in on us and help out until the time they were to leave for the airport. How sweet was that?! Did I mention the gorgeous venue? The property itself was perfect. Beautiful trees, flowers, plants. A number of different spaces to host different venues. Guests would come and stay for the entire weekend in the 2 houses that could accommodate more than 20 people. Daily housekeeping. Fresh baked cookies by Mary. A decadent weekend of doing a lot - or nothing at all, could be spent by the couple and their friends and families. Very little restriction on what you can/cannot do. Really a paradise for all. Look at the pictures you find online, see the wide smiles on the faces of anybody there, and you will know that this place truly was paradise, if only for a weekend. Please visit, and see how this special venue will make your special event all the more perfect.
Holly Farm is one of my favorite places. It's so totally unique and the various elements of the space allow for so much creativity with photography, guests and their entertainment and usage of space and just being in a comfortable environment. Every plant, every chair and bench and stepping stone is just perfectly placed in a natural way. The family are just a delight too and are so on EVERY detail of everything. The passion they have for their business is astounding.