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Why We Like This Place
If your wedding vision includes a barn, gardens, and vineyards in the Wine Country, Ru's Farm at Healdsburg Country Gardens offers the perfect setting. It's also just a mile and a half from Healdsburg Plaza, so guest accommodations, shops, and restaurants are only a short drive away.
As you enter the property, you walk beneath a canopy of 100-year-old olive trees and along a pathway bordered by lavender fields. The setting's fragrant beauty completely envelopes you, and when you reach the end of this magical walkway the scenery only gets better.
What greets you is an olive tree lounge with handsome wicker furniture, ancient oaks, and a historic redwood barn. Walkways wind through lawns edged by beds of vibrant lavender, phlox, zinnias, and dahlias, past an aviary filled with colorful birds. Framing this gorgeous tableau are sweeping views of the estate vineyards, which are visible from almost everywhere in the gardens.
Four spacious event areas—the barn, olive tree lounge, and ceremony and dining lawns—flow together seamlessly, so everyone can easily mix and mingle. Couples get married under a majestic oak, while guests seated on the adjacent shady lawn admire the vineyards in the background. Afterwards, drinks and hors d'oeuvres are served in the olive tree lounge. During the cocktail hour, everyone has an opportunity to do what suits their mood: stroll through the gardens, sit with friends among the flowers, take in the vineyard panorama, or check out the barn's interior.
For the reception, tables are arranged on a large shaded lawn in the center of the event areas. While they dine, guests enjoy views of the barn lit up behind them, the vineyards, towering oaks and gardens.
The site's focal point is the historic four-story redwood barn. Built in 1902, it has huge doors on two sides that open to vistas of the gardens and vineyards. Walls are adorned with original farming equipment, and the excellent acoustics will enhance the music your band or DJ is playing. The barn is also ideal for a bar and cocktail table setup, as well as a dessert or cake display. At night, soft lighting in the barn and tiny white lights throughout the gardens add a romantic glow. The pervasive sense of intimacy and seclusion here makes Ru's Farm irresistible.
Some of the best photo opportunities are in the Zinfandel Vineyards, a few steps from the olive tree lounge. One of the most popular backdrops is the charming potting shed, decorated with vintage items and surrounded by flowers. Another choice spot is in front of the rustic windmill at the edge of the grapevines. In late afternoon, the vineyards become a photographer's dream scene, bathed in the golden light of the setting sun. "First looks" are often shot at the adorable Wine Country Cottage, nestled in the gardens. It also serves as a dressing room for the bride, and it's where she usually begins her walk down the aisle.
Ru's Farm specializes in just one kind of event: beautiful Wine Country weddings. So come and walk down the olive tree pathway—what you'll find is a private haven that can be exclusively yours for a day!
Shown by appointment only. Not open to the public.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
For weddings, half the rental fee is the deposit that holds your date. The rental fee for up to 150 guests is $15,500 for Saturdays and $13,500 for other days. The rental fee balance and a refundable $500 cleaning/security deposit are payable 90 days prior to the event. The fee covers a 6-hour block plus guest arrival, setup and cleanup times.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 0
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 150
- Max. Seated Indoors: 150
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 150
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 150
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 150
- Max. Seated: 0
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The large lawn with the oak tree holds 150 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The olive tree lounge, lawns, barn, and gardens can accommodate 150 seated.
Catering: BYO caterer, licensed and insured
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: provided; plus market umbrellas
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: smooth barn floor
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
Meeting Equipment: n/a
Parking: ample lot, attendants provided
Accommodations: guesthouse for 6
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: yes
View: panorama of vineyards, rolling hills and gorgeous gardens
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: caterer or BYO
Smoking: designated area only
Music: amplified OK until 9pm
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: extra insurance required
Other: no pets, children must be supervised, decorations are restricted