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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.

Services Offered
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.

Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Event Planning
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Wedding Cake

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Farm/Ranch
Historic Building
Inn/B&B

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access
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4.9 out of 5 rating
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The Holly Farm is described as a magical, incredible, and beautiful wedding venue. The lush gardens and tropical vibe create a unique and enchanting atmosphere. The owners, Erin and Ryan, along with the rest of the staff, are praised for their exceptional service and attention to detail. Guests appreciate the inclusive and relaxed nature of the venue, as well as the ability to stay on-site with family and friends for the entire weekend. The Holly Farm is highly recommended for couples looking for a special and memorable wedding experience.

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The Holly Farm is described as a magical, incredible, and beautiful wedding venue. The lush gardens and tropical vibe create a unique and enchanting atmosphere. The owners, Erin and Ryan, along with the rest of the staff, are praised for their exceptional service and attention to detail. Guests appreciate the inclusive and relaxed nature of the venue, as well as the ability to stay on-site with family and friends for the entire weekend. The Holly Farm is highly recommended for couples looking for a special and memorable wedding experience.

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Kathleen W. Sent on 06/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding venue of our dreams!

I wish I could give more than 5 stars because giving stars just feels so limiting when reviewing this absolutely magical, incredible, beautiful and inclusive, come as you are, perfect place. My (now) wife and I wanted an inclusive, beautiful but still classy and relaxed place for our wedding. My wife has family on the east coast and me on the west coast so we knew it had to be a place worth having people make the trip out. We also wanted a place where there weren't a ton of restrictions but also a venue who could guide us because we were completely clueless to the wedding planning stuff. The moment we toured the Holly farm with Ryan we knew it was it. Imagine a tropical enchanted garden, meets chic AF wedding vibes and that'll get you close to what you feel when you walk into the grounds. At that point we didn't care what the small details were because the venue was just too perfect in its own right - and you'll know it too when you tour it. The best part though is that the Holly Farm CARES about the small details and they've been doing this for 30+ years - so they know how to do it right. Erin immediately gave us all the recommendations - multiple choices to choose from in vendors but also heavily guided us in the right direction when we asked for help (and needed it lol). Caterer is built in and you will understand why because La crème is the best of the best. Now let's fast forward to the wedding day - the best weekend of our lives and all of our guests could not stop saying the same. The Holly Farm treats you as family and treats your family as family too. The day of planning is immaculate - we didn't stress for one second and everything went off without a hitch. The Holly farm expertly handled all of the details we thought of and even the ones we didn't think of- all of our signs, custom napkins and everything in between were perfectly set out and shown on our day. All of our guests could not stop talking about how magical our weekend was - and people who weren't there and saw our pictures said the same. We wouldn't have changed even a detail of the weekend and we couldn't have had a better one - and we owe so much of that to Erin, Ryan and the entire Holly Farm crew. I could continue writing on but words truly don't do this place justice and I don't think I could properly express how thankful and grateful I am for choosing this incredible, magical, wonderful place for our wedding. It'll have the most special place in our hearts forever and the Holly farm will always feel like family to us for the rest of our lives!
Christie
Christie P. Sent on 02/25/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Be free, and feel free at the Holly Farm!

The Holly Farm is a place where you can be free, and actually, feel free. This was one of the reasons my wife and I chose this as our weekend location to host the joining of our families and wedding ceremony. The moment we toured the facility we fell in love, and even more so once we got to meet Erin, Ryan, and the amazing staff that take care of the property. Their love and dedication to this special place are felt in every fern, flower and each corner of their on-location cabanas, truly making this place feel like our home and one we couldn't wait for others to experience. There are many places to host a wedding, but this place made us feel at home and like family. This was what we wanted more than anything. To this day, we are met with attendees expressing rekindled relationships, love, and good memories that were made that weekend. I hope this helps bring a sense of peace and excitement to all those seeking a place where they can also feel free.
Stephanie
Stephanie G. Sent on 05/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Look no further - Holly Farm is everything you could want & more

I am writing this one week after my wedding because that is how long it has taken me to process how absolutely magical and amazing our wedding here was. It is hard to understand from the photos you see online how truly incredible this place is. From the first moment my now husband and I stepped on to the property and met Erin and Ryan, we knew we had to get married there. The option to be able to stay at your venue for multiple days is seriously like no other place. We felt as though we had been transported to another world for the weekend, it was extremely relaxing. We were able to hold multiple events on the property before the wedding and spend time with each and every guest so that on the day of the wedding, my husband and I were able to spend time together dancing as much as we wanted without having to worry we have said hi to everyone. This made the experience soo amazing and memorable. Erin and Ryan are some of the most special humans on this earth. They are incredible at what they do. You do not need an additional wedding planner when you work with Holly Farm as they help you with every detail starting on day 1. They have so much experience in this business and can make miracles happen. They have many vendors that they work seamlessly with that they recommend (I went with most of their suggestions and each one was absolutely incredible). I felt so relaxed the entire weekend knowing Erin and Ryan would take care of everything. If I got married 100 times over I would do it here every time. There is literally no better place out there to celebrate your love than Holly Farm.
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
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10 Endorsements
Just Cake Just Cake Wedding Cakes

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!

Simply Events Simply Events Wedding Planners

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.

Images by Misti Layne Images by Misti Layne Wedding Photographers

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.

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