When Janelle & Tony decided to have an intimate wedding with 15 of their closest friends, they started the search for the perfect wedding venue. Well, it turned out Redwood Ranch Three Rivers couldn’t be any more perfect!
In this blog post, I want to share a couple of reasons why this venue is beyond ideal for weddings and especially intimate weddings. Make sure to also check out Janelle & Tony’s wedding gallery at the end and get inspired for your elopement!
Redwood Ranch Three Rivers is a private ranch on 190 acres located in Three Rivers, CA. The drive towards the venue is beautiful, and it immediately gave us a sense of peace and quiet. Arriving there is even better! All we could hear was the river, the peacocks, and nature.
Their recently renovated Barn (2016) is also part of the reason why this venue is so perfect for intimate weddings. The Barn isn’t just a beautiful ceremony/reception spot, but it’s also a gorgeous place for you and your guests to stay! The Barn sleeps 16 people, which was the exact count for Janelle & Tony’s intimate wedding!
At Redwood Ranch Three Rivers you can have an intimate wedding or go all out and invite up to 250 guests. If you’re planning on having more guests than the Barn can sleep, there are a LOT of other cool Airbnbs in Three Rivers. I’ve made a list of my favorites ones, and you can check out the list in this article.
The other HUGE BONUS is that this venue is only 4 miles to the Southern Gate of Sequoia National Park! So if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always go on a short drive and take some photos around Sequoia! Or perhaps just go for a post-wedding hike with your guests!
As photographers, this place was a dream. Between the river, the fields of wildflowers, the barn, and the bridges, there’s an infinite amount of amazing photo spots, and we absolutely LOVED shooting a wedding there. Having your wedding at Redwood Ranch Three Rivers means your gallery will have such a variety of landscapes, which is super cool considering it’s all in ONE place!
To protect everyone from the pandemic, Janelle & Tony made the tough decision of having a wedding without any family. They wanted to get married and celebrate, but they didn’t want to risk any of their family members possibily getting sick during the event. So they decided to have an intimate wedding surrounded by 15 of their closest friends (all vaccinated!) and have a bigger celebration with everyone later!
When we were chatting about their wedding day timeline, Janelle & Tony kept saying all they wanted was time to hang out with their friends and to not feel rushed throughout the day. In my opinion, these two set their priorities just right.
More often than not, wedding days can feel so rushed and full of events, tasks, and traditions. Your day goes by in a flash and you barely remember it. The pandemic has forced a lot of people to change plans completely, and while it hasn’t been ideal, there have been so many couples that ended up falling in love with their “plan B”!
I personally think it’s pretty cool to see people realizing they don’t need to follow traditions that simply don’t fit with them, and I hope this trend continues for a very long time – and you know what? I think it will.
Janelle & Tony’s wedding was exactly what they wanted. A chill day that was meant to be celebrated and enjoyed with their best friends. A day filled with laughter, pizza, and zero stress.
Check out their intimate wedding video & photos at Redwood Ranch Three Rivers below!
Photo & Video – Stephan & Adriana
Venue – Redwood Ranch Three Rivers
Makeup & Hair: Beauty by Corin
Flowers – Rustic Roots
Dress – Essense of Australia
Cake – Gourmet Cakes & Desserts
Don’t go yet, check out:
- Winter Engagement Session at Yosemite
- How to Plan a Sequoia National Park Wedding
- Complete Guide to Elope in Yosemite
- Everything You Need to Know to Elope in California
We are Stephan & Adriana, husband and wife duo, world travelers, adventurers, and wedding photographers specializing in elopements and intimate weddings.
If you have any questions, or just wanna chat and say hi, get in touch with us!