A Wish Upon a Wedding at Holman Ranch

In 2007, Heather Giles and her 3-year-old daughter packed up their home in New England and moved across the country to Las Vegas — where she hoped her luck would change.

She needed to be near her mother, who was battling terminal cancer, but Heather’s brother had just been deployed to serve in Iraq, leaving her alone, confused and panicky.
Then one fateful day Heather met Chris, and from that moment she knew that he was the real reason she had come to Las Vegas.

Although not married to Heather, Chris remained by her side during the most difficult times. He assumed the responsibility of becoming a father to her daughter, and when Heather’s mother passed away he was there to pick up the pieces.

But this couple, it seemed, had yet to be truly challenged. Four months after moving to Portland, Ore., Heather was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. Doctors discovered the cancer had metastasized to her bones and lungs and recommended immediate treatment — despite a grim prognosis.

With her idea of “future” turned completely around, Heather grabbed hold of the present and sought out the wedding of her dreams alongside the man who changed her life.
She wanted to celebrate Chris’ unwavering love for her and her daughter, without drama, without stress, without heartache.

The couple contacted Wish Upon a Wedding, a nationwide organization that provides weddings and vow renewals at no cost to couples who are facing a terminal or life-threatening illness. Founded in 2010, the 13 chapters of the organization have granted the wishes of nearly 60 couples nationwide.

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The closest Wish Upon a Wedding chapter was in Northern California, and the volunteers there organized a dream wedding at Holman Ranch, one of the group’s newest Wish Granters.
A legion of volunteers, along with additional Carmel-area Wish Granters from Paradise Catering, Sweet Lauren Cakes, Classic Party Rentals, and wedding planner Shana Goldberg of Simcha Sisters, helped spread joy into the inspiring, yet tearful love story of Heather and Chris. A total of 38 guests attended the stunning Holman Ranch ceremony.

What’s more, Inspire Film Studios provided photography, and videography, and produced a professionally edited movie of the fairytale wedding at Holman Ranch. View the movie here:

The soundtrack for the movie features the song “Perfect Day” by Holley Maher, which includes the following lyrics:
From the top of the sky to the dirt under my feet
With all of my heart, I know I’m where I should be
I’ll follow the stars, follow the stars with you
This is the perfect day
I wanna make it last forever

Sustainability Grows In California Vineyards

American businesses were slow to warm to the full meaning of “sustainability.” Today, though, the word goes beyond “covering operating costs with profits,” and has a deeper significance surrounding the social and environmental consciousness of companies.

Modern consumers want to know that the products they buy are made by businesses that hold certain values. In the wine industry, sustainability has become more than a buzzword, with new generation of growers and vintners rethinking their grape-growing and winemaking practices.

For the last 15 years, California grape farmers and vintners have turned to Sustainability In Practice to become SIP Certified.

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While many consumers search out wines labeled as “green” or “organic,” SIP Certification is a unique combination beyond those two labels. Those buyers can be assured that growers are preserving and protecting the natural environment, treating their employees and community with care, and have sound business practices with a long-term view.

The idea is to build a community between vineyards, workers and the land, to ensure that:
• Fertile soils exist to produce hearty grapes.
• Vineyards and their workers are both dedicated to the same sustainable practices.
• Eco-savvy consumers have yet another choice — one that supports both the land and the people that produce wines.

California growers must meet the highest level of sustainable performance to be eligible to use the SIP seal. This “gold standard” program was developed with the input of experts from the Environmental Protection Agency, National Resources Defense Council, university advisors, community and environmental organizations. What’s more, independent auditors inspect and confirm adherence to those strict standards.

In short, it is not a marketing ploy, but a well-structured, comprehensive program that provides deep meaning and legitimacy to those in the wine industry that choose to follow the steps to become compliant.

SIP Certified members follow a wide scope of compliance, focusing on: water conservation, reducing erosion, safe pest management, energy efficiency, creating wildlife corridors, as well as social responsibility (offering competitive wages, providing training and education etc.)

Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley is one of 165 certified vineyards to become SIP Certified, earning that distinction in 2013. This family-owned vineyard produces estate-grown wine varietals planted on 19 acres of undulating terrain. Holman uses the French philosophy in its approach to producing fine wine, believing that winemaking starts with people, and that those people make the decisions that determine the quality of the wine — and the sustainability of the vineyard, the land and people around it.

Monterey County Wine Country Has Much To Offer

When Wine Enthusiast magazine named Monterey County as a Top 10 wine destination alongside regions such as Rioja, Spain, and Puglia, Italy (while ignoring iconic Napa Valley), the declaration rocked the wine world.

But anyone familiar with the Central Coast region was not the least bit surprised.

“For us we have so much more to offer,” said Tammy Blount, the CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau to assembled media. “Wine is huge for us, as is food, as is scenery, as is outdoor adventure.”

Wine Enthusiast Magazine chose its destinations on more than just wine. It evaluated travel infrastructure, the overall cultural experience and the entire visitor experience.

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“Monterey County has diverse draws for wine-oriented visitors,” wrote Steve Heimoff in his article. “Glamorous resorts dot the county, featuring world-class cuisine, stellar local wines and full spas that pamper with style.”

Monterey Wine Country boasts more than 175 unique vineyards. The diverse soil and what’s called a “thermal rainbow” spreading north-to-south, cold to warm, providing diverse micro-climates supporting 42 wine varietals.

Within the world-class designation of Monterey County, the region has nine American Viticultural Areas: Monterey, Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Seco, San Lucas, Hames Valley, Chalone, Carmel Valley, San Antonio Valley and San Bernabe. These areas are referred to as “appellations” a term that identifies the wine grape’s place of origin.

Tasting all this wine is made easy and fun, thanks to an explosion of tasting rooms in and among “sipping districts” devised by associations of vintners.

Carmel Valley has long been known for cowboys and horse trainers, but it actually received its designation as an official appellation in 1983, and today boasts 20 tasting rooms.
Tucked between the rugged peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountains, Carmel Valley provides a bucolic escape from the frenetic pace of city life.

Helping ease visitors into that lifestyle is an association called the Carmel Valley Wine Experience. The CVWE showcases Carmel Valley as a unique travel getaway and highlights area wineries and wine tasting rooms.

Holman Ranch is a participating member of the Carmel Valley Wine Experience through its tasting room at 19 E Carmel Valley Rd. Meanwhile the Holman estate and vineyards provide a unique setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings and more, and is a vivid example why Wine Enthusiast honored Monterey County as the ultimate in wine-centric destinations.

Don’t Be So Quick To Put Senior Horses Out To Pasture

Older horses don’t always have a hitch in their giddy-up. In fact, many horses in their late teens and 20s are as active and frisky as ever. Yet their human companions often discount those abilities and force them out to pasture, an equine euphemism for retirement.

Just like people, horses can be active and even athletic as seniors, and research supports that premise.

Rutgers University in New Jersey has conducted numerous exercise studies on the aging horse, including the effects of training on the senior’s heart rate, maximum aerobic capacity and thermoregulation.

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In its most recent study, Rutgers tracked some individual horses for 15 years and saw that aerobic capacity starts to decline between 18 and 20 years of age. But researchers caution against making generalizations. It’s the same with humans: Some people exercise throughout their lives, while others are couch potatoes. In some individuals, aerobic capacity hits a downward curve in their 20s or 30s if they aren’t exercising. It all depends on the individual human … or horse.

Regular exercise will help your horse maintain soundness, but keep in mind that it might not be as agile or strong as in younger days. However, a horse that has worked all of its life may not benefit from becoming a pasture potato.

Owners may have to curtail sliding stops, all day trail rides or jumping, but regular light riding may be beneficial. And senior horses would probably be better off ridden lightly a few times a week rather than one long, hard ride on weekends.

Before running out to the barn and hopping on your geriatric horse, however, there are a few considerations to make:
• Make sure a veterinarian looks at the horse before you hop on. Many older horses with equine metabolic syndrome or equine Cushing’s disease, for example, develop secondary laminitis, which could preclude extra exercise.
• When riding an older horse, start with some hand-walking or longeing before you begin riding them. Older unfit and/or overweight horses can easily develop heat stroke, tying up, and misery, so use caution.
• One of the Rutgers studies found that older horses don’t have a large enough plasma volume in their blood to maintain a reserve for sweating efficiently, so the perspiration won’t cool their body quickly enough.
• Senior horses’ eyesight and hearing might be impaired, which could cause them to spook more easily, so be prepared.
• Ensure the saddle and other equipment fits properly before taking to the trail (a horse’s body can change over time).
• Some horses will give it their all, no matter their condition, and end up doing too much just to please, so know where the cutoff points are. You may think the horse is acting cranky, when in fact he can’t handle any more exercise.
• You may decide to give your horse pain relievers, but before you proceed, talk to a veterinarian and consider possible side effects.

If your horse becomes very arthritic or otherwise unsound, it may be time for retirement. Of course, just because your horse doesn’t work anymore doesn’t mean you can skimp on care. The best exercise at this point is a nice pasture with good grass and forgiving footing. Horse lovers know that their partners won’t be able to carry them around forever, so if your horse is showing initial signs of aging, have fun now — and run with it!

Looking at Pinot Noir From a ‘Sideways’ View

“It’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and thrive even when it’s neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention. You know? And in fact it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot’s potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors, they’re just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and … ancient on the planet.”
— Miles, from the movie “Sideways”

In the 2004 film “Sideways,” Miles Raymond is a middle-aged, divorced, depressed, borderline alcoholic trying unsuccessfully to get his novel published. Though morose and pessimistic about life, the excitable oenophile sees salvation in the intricate world of wine. Throughout the film, Miles waxes poetic about the red wine varietal Pinot Noir.

Proving that pop culture can have an effect on trends and opinions, Pinot Noir sales increased 16 percent in the Western United States following the film’s U.S. release.

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Monterey County took full advantage of this newfound popularity because it grows more than 9,000 acres of Pinot Noir — the second highest statewide for this varietal. Much of the region’s climate is especially suited for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The appellations of Santa Lucia Highlands and Carmel Valley grow most of the Pinot in the county, and have earned worldwide acclaim for the wines.

Pinot Noir is the most highly prized wine in the world, even though it’s not as rich or big as its noble cousins from Bordeaux. Pinot Noir wines are pale in color, translucent and their flavors are very subtle. The grape itself is weak, suffering from a variety of diseases and it is highly susceptible to mutation.

So how is it that a varietal so congenitally unstable has gained such a following in so short a time? Just 30 years ago, outside of France Pinot Noir was considered worthless — and often criticized. In 1975, when Josh Jensen founded Calera Winery in Hollister, Calif., seeking to specialize in Pinot Noir, he was widely ridiculed. In those days, more California winemakers were producing Barbera than Pinot Noir.

Wine “experts” called Pinot Noir “too flowery,” with one describing the flavors as tasting “like an old boot.”

But Jensen and other growers were not deterred. Once they realized that Pinot Noir did best in climates with long, cool growing seasons, they took advantage of regions once considered too marginal for grapes — such as the Sonoma Coast, Santa Maria Valley and Monterey County.

They also figured out proper handling techniques for the thin-skinned grape, and altered fermentation techniques to produce more elegant, nuanced wines. Growers also discovered new and better clones to create a more stable grape. Some estimates claim the existence of more than 200 different Pinot grape clones, each with a slightly different flavor profile, with a varying number of clusters produced.

Today, California and Oregon lead the way in quality Pinot Noir. Monterey County, named by Wine Enthusiast in 2013 as the top wine destination in the world, continues to produce award-winning wines from Pinot Noir grapes.

Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley produces four different Pinot Noirs (Heather’s Hill, Hunter’s Cuvee, Estate and a Rosé of Pinot Noir). The grapes benefit from southern exposure, cool nights and thin, rocky soil and hillsides.

The 2011 Heather’s Hill Pinot is loaded with “terroir,” meaning a sense of place. The deep ruby wine has an earthy aroma, light to medium body, and on the palate it has tobacco notes and light cherry. The Estate Pinot Noir is aged for 12 months in French oak, and this bright wine excites the senses with classic perfumes of sour cherry and blackberry — a description Miles Raymond would undoubtedly applaud.

More And More Brides Letting Their Ink Show

A generation ago, few women, if any, frequented tattoo parlors. And even when tattoos became fashionable and even feminine, a bride’s ink rarely saw the light of day. But modern brides are beginning to let their artwork show on the big day, and even their grandmothers are more tolerant and accepting of this growing trend.

Once the province of rock stars, Navy vets and ne’er-do-wells, tattoos have become mainstream, with 45 million Americans showing ink. More than 40 percent of adults age 26 to 40 now have at least one tattoo, and for the first time, more women than men are inked.

With tattoos becoming ubiquitous among people currently of marrying age (and with skin-baring gowns all the rage), the issue of ink at a traditional wedding ceremony makes its way into many pre-wedding conversations.

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Plenty of brides show off their ink, but some find the look at odds with a certain wedding-day image (mostly for reasons of aesthetics, religion or family harmony).

For these brides, a number of cosmetics provide temporary coverage, or a creative seamstress can work in extra fabric here and there to provide concealment.

For those with more time, a bigger budget and perhaps a truly hideous tattoo, laser removal is a viable option. Laser specialists have begun marketing to young couples on their way to the altar, appearing at bridal shows and offering pre-wedding packages.

When all else fails, a good photographer can at least keep the tattoos out of the wedding album through the magic of digital editing. But experts warn that those efforts are not always 100 percent pleasing to the eye. Many couples simply instruct the wedding photographer to avoid the tattoo as he or she is shooting the event.

For those brides who love their body art and feel it is part of them and their personality, they often choose to say “I do” to tattoos and them shine on the big day. After all, tattoos become more common and weddings less formal and less traditional overall.

There are even couples who elect to adorn temporary tattoos for their wedding day. In fact, many bridal consultants are calling faux ink the next big trend in beauty. Much like a bold lip color or nail art, fake tattoos are a fun and non-permanent way for brides to play with their looks and express their individualism.

Forget the temporary tattoos we all played with as kids. Stylish designers create multi-faceted offerings, and companies such as Tattly have set up websites that catalog cool designs. For example, a bride can adorn attractive calligraphy spelling out words such as “love” and “forever.”

In the end, modern women do not want to look like every other bride, and enjoy revealing their offbeat, fun and wild on one of the most important days of their lives.

And even grandmothers can appreciate that sentiment.

Making Your Family Reunion One To Remember

Our country is so vast and our families often so scattered that we find it appealing to gather them all together in one place every few years. The reunion of family members can be a joyous affair, but can overwhelm the host family, especially if it’s held at their home.

Because of this, destination family reunions have become a hot trend, as families outsource to venues equipped to handle lodging, dining and all the festivities.

But that doesn’t mean you outsource the planning.

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Getting reunion ideas and input from others helps you plan a more inclusive, personal and intimate event. If possible, have a direct contact person in each nuclear family to help gauge opinions. This “committee” approach will assist you in the different stages of planning and lighten the workload, but also will produce more creative ideas.

Once reunion guests are confirmed and a general budget set, the venue of your event must be selected. Popular options include: community centers, hotel banquet halls, conference centers, resorts, retreat centers and wineries (Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley hosts family reunions of all sizes and can accommodate lodging and a venue conducive to many varying activities; visit www.holmanranch.com or call 659-2640).

Here are some ideas to help make your family reunion more fun and memorable:

Choose a Theme
Plan the festivities around a concept that will help bring everyone together. Hold a family Olympics with each family forming a team, or create Christmas in July. The ideas are endless.

Make a Family Tree
A family tree becomes a show-stopping decoration for a reunion, providing a way to celebrate family history and create conversation. Construct your tree any way you like: Use wood or cardboard for the trunk and branches, and cut butcher paper or paper bags from the market into leaves. Write each relative’s name on a branch, or hang up photos to make it more personal.

Gather Family Trivia
Before the party, ask guests to tell you a little-known fact about themselves. At the party, have someone read out the facts and have everyone guess the identity of the mystery person. Or make up cards to play a customized version of the popular board game Trivial Pursuit.

Have a Family Uniform
Create a wonderful memento of the reunion by buying inexpensive white T-shirts and fabric markers. Everyone can sign each other’s shirt. Or, if it fits into the budget, buy silkscreened T-shirts with the name of the family, the date of the reunion and any special family motto that’s appropriate.

Publish a Family Recipe Book
Every family has special recipes that bind together family members. Weeks before the party, collect the recipes and put them into self-published book. You can include food and family-related images to spice up the design. Make sure you give credit to all the contributors.

Make it Competitive
Hold a family competition to make things fun and active. Have each of the family units (or mix and match) compete against each other in treasure hunts, geo caching, crossword puzzles, bingo, horseshoes, gunny-sack races. Create a traveling trophy for the winning family and make sure the winners bring it with them to the next reunion!

There is an endless array of ideas to help make your reunion memorable. If the budget allows, hire a professional party planner to assist in the planning and orchestration of the reunion. But ultimately, coming together as a family and planning the festivities together helps create more meaningful memories.

Why Helmets Are Critical Gear For Horse Enthusiasts

According to government statistics, roughly 70,000 Americans go to the emergency room each year for equestrian-related injuries. And about 12,000 of those riders have suffered head injuries, putting the rate of horseback riding injuries on par with motorcycles.

What’s especially interesting is that a rider’s high level of expertise doesn’t translate to lower risk of injury, and taking it slow isn’t the answer, either: A fall from only 2 feet high can cause significant damage. Unpredictable riding events that lead to a horse spooking account for the most injuries, especially head injuries, yet 20 percent of all injuries occur during non-riding activities.

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The bottom line? It can happen to anyone, anytime.

The key to reducing head injuries, of course, is to wear helmets, but similar to motorcycle riders, horse enthusiasts have their share of excuses why they won’t wear helmets: “I’m an experienced rider. It’s not traditional to wear a helmet when you ride western. Helmets are ugly. It will mess up my hair. Helmets are expensive.”

The “experienced rider” excuse is the weakest. A recent study by a team of Canadian researchers found that riders who reported an injury had an average of 27 years of riding experience, whereas new riders had a relatively small incidence of injury.

Tradition, like fashion, obviously is not a justification for ignoring safety. Oldtime cowboys wore gloves, chaps and sturdy boots for protection. While their hats were primarily used to ward off the elements, if cowboys had access to modern technology, they most assuredly would have donned helmets.

As far as fashion is concerned, today’s modern helmets, even those approved for safety by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), come in a variety of styles and colors. And ASTM-approved helmets cost as little as $50, a small expense compared to the amount a careless rider could spend on medical bills.

When you take a fall, a certified helmet absorbs energy by crushing and extending your head’s stopping time to help reduce the impact on the brain. Proper helmets are built to fracture on serious impact (a broken helmet is not a sign of a faulty helmet).

A helmet won’t make you invincible, but it will help protect the one part of your body that’s tremendously difficult to fix — your brain. Today’s helmets are light, fashionable, comfortable and critically important for anyone, from the equestrian hobbyist to the professional.

A leading advocate for equestrian helmets is the group Riders4Helmets, responsible for organizing and hosting International Helmet Awareness Day. After last year’s event, more than 700 retailers in eight countries pledged support by offering discounts on helmets.

Riders4Helmets was founded in early 2010 after Olympic dressage rider Courtney King Dye was seriously injured in a riding accident. King Dye, who remained in a coma for a month following her accident, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and is currently undergoing rehabilitation. Find out more about the organization atwww.riders4helmets.com.

The Stables at Holman Ranch provide a newly remodeled riding facility that supports the safety and wellbeing of its riders and boarders. Please contact The Stables at (831) 659-2640 or horses@holmanranch.com for specific information.

The Rise of American Rosé

The French have never ridiculed pink wine, mostly because they make the best Rosé on the planet (Provence can trace its rosé production to 125 BC). It’s the United States that gave Rosé a bad name during the blush craze of the 1980s, diluting the brand with substandard swill and packaging it in boxes with a spigot.

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Today, American wine lovers have discovered that many of the U.S.-made Rosés have nothing in common with the sugary sweet, hastily made wines that once saturated the market. A new pink wine craze still permeates the American wine culture, but the new versions of Rosé are more sophisticated and stylish and compare favorably with French counterparts.

More and more American restaurants have begun stocking Rosés, and wine shops have even created a Rosé section, proving this old, yet new wine can hold its own in a competitive wine market.

The reason? American vintners have started to produce Rosés that can easily rival the Old World offerings. With summer just around the corner, these wines are definitely worth exploring.

Rosé is made in one of two ways. In the first method, the winemaker crushes red wine grapes and leaves the juice in contact with the skin for a few days (producing some color). The skins are then discarded, allowing the juice to finish fermentation on its own. Others use the Saignée method, producing Rosé as a byproduct of red wine fermentation. Juice is removed at an early stage and fermented separately to create Rosé.

Since Rosé is the only goal with the first method, some oenophiles call such wine “true” Rosé. These wines typically have more texture and higher acid than Saignées, making them more food-friendly.

Rosé should always be served chilled, but not iced, and it can be paired with a wide range of foods, such as roasted or marinated vegetable salads, pasta salads, fish, cold meats, roasted turkey breast, and even burgers. Thai food, Indonesian food and spicy Mexican food are also known to go very well with most Rosé due to their refreshing taste and acidity. In Provence, wine lovers have long paired Rosé with warm weather and coastal cuisine.

While the Old World remains the source of fantastic Rosés, many domestic producers are now making wines just as delicious.

Among Holman Ranch Vineyards’ estate wines is a Rosé of Pinot Noir that is critically acclaimed. With a hint of cranberry, aromas of tangerine and strawberries and a dry, crisp finish, the Holman Ranch Rosé is a perfect accompaniment to a typically Californian outdoor feast. Just over 100 cases were produced, which makes this rare find a must-have for any wine lover.

Find out more at www.holmanranch.com/vineyard_winery/winery .

All Couples Should Realize Their Wedding Dreams

The issue of same-sex marriage has divided hearts and minds for decades. But as attitudes have evolved, society has begun to redefine marriage, and now a majority of Americans support gay marriage.

Proponents have long argued that same-sex couples should have access to the same marriage benefits and public acknowledgment enjoyed by heterosexual couples, and that prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination.

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As of Jan. 1, 2014, same-sex marriage is legally recognized by 17 states (including California) and by the federal government, allowing couples to realize their dreams of holding a ceremony that is recognized by all.

Even though it appears the political landscape is shifting in favor of gay marriage, getting legally wed still poses some unique challenges for same-sex couples.

There are a series of questions and issues gay couples must face when planning their wedding that heterosexual couples never even consider, beginning with asking potential wedding planners and vendors, “Are you gay friendly?”

Same-sex couples find it’s necessary to query their vendors because 29 states don’t recognize sexual orientation in their anti-discrimination laws, meaning that it’s legal in some states for a florist or caterer (for example) to refuse to be a part of the wedding because they oppose gay marriage. This also includes more subtle discrimination, such as not returning phone calls or claiming that a certain date is booked when it isn’t.

Many couples must “come out” to every single vendor they contact. One way to ensure that vendors are gay-friendly and understand the couple’s needs is to work through websites such as GayWeddings.com, dedicated to providing products, resources and information networking to same-sex couples.

When it comes to the ceremony, same-sex couples must think beyond the traditional. The wedding world is very bride-focused. Forms and contracts refer to the “bride and groom,” we refer to the “bridal party,” and guests sit on either the “bride’s side” or “groom’s side.”

It’s up to the couple how they decide to break those traditions. For example, when it comes to attire, do two lesbian brides want to wear two suits, a suit and a dress, or two dresses? Do the two grooms want to wear the same tux, or one white and one black?

While tradition dictates that the bride walk down the aisle, same-sex brides or grooms can enter together, holding hands, or maybe incorporate two aisles. It’s all a matter of personal choice.

Holman Ranch offers unlimited possibilities for weddings, because it’s celebrated as a place for togetherness, celebration, friends, family and good times. It’s also the ultimate alternative to the same old wedding venue.

Director of Hospitality Hunter Lowder has introduced customized packages specifically designed for the unique needs of every couple. Holman Ranch has served as the venue for interfaith marriages, cultural weddings and, of course, same-sex weddings.

“One of the most important aspects of your wedding day is your event venue, which should be the foundation of your union. It should reflect who you are and your commitment to your relationship,” said Lowder. “Let Holman Ranch help you create the most unique, loving, and personalized wedding ceremony and/or reception of your dreams.”

Find out more at (831) 659-2640 or http://www.holmanranch.com.

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