- 8 years ago
- Wedding: April 2010
I had my wedding at Dawn Ranch Lodge in Russian River, CA. It is about a 90 minute drive from SFO and 2 and a half hours from Sacramento. It is in the middle of wine coutry (it is located in Sonoma County) and it surrounded by California’s majestic redwood trees. I fell in love with the location immediately from their website. I was living in London when I became engaged and had to send my mother out to a lot of spots for me. My mother’s idea of a wedding would be in a super fancy hotel. I was nervous about her reaction to some places. She loved Dawn Ranch too. Although it is rustic, the buildings are over 100 years old, it is charming. The owner Michael is exceptionally gifted as an interior designer and his tsate is reflected everywhere.
My husband is from Northern Ireland and many of our guests travelled from overseas to be with us. We wanted a few things in a wedding location. First was something unique to Northern California which we had with the redwoods and the local wineries. We also wanted our guests to be with us for the weekend so we needed enough accomadation for about 80-100 people. I didn’t want to be in a hotel or a spa. Finally, it needed to be affordable. Dawn Ranch ticked all our boxes.
I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience with the staff at Dawn Ranch and the wedding I had there. I am not the sort to post messages about my experiences but I really cannot believe more people don’t know about this place. I have terrific information on local vendors and photos I would be happy to share. If anyone planning a wedding in Northern California has any questions please feel free to contact me. It’s been almost two weeks since my wedding and I am still smiling when I think about how perfect everything went. I know Dawn Ranch had a big hand in that. Happy weddings!