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River Highlands Ranch

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About River Highlands Ranch

River Highlands Ranch is a tranquil wedding venue located in Smartsville, California. The 433-acre ranch features a picturesque vineyard, plenty of outdoor space with lawns for games, year-round fire pit, gorgeous air conditioned/heated barn and charmingly rustic elegance for couples and their guests to enjoy.

Facilities and Capacity

This venue serves as an ideal location for weddings and other special events of varying sizes, from intimate affairs to large gatherings. Both indoor and outdoor event spaces are available to host your special day. The meticulously-manicured lawns allow plenty of space to say your vows, play lawn games, mingle with guests, or dine in the fresh air. This area’s stone-top stage works especially well for ceremonies, with stunning valley views creating a striking backdrop as you prepare to say “I do.” Couples and their guests can meander through the gardens while enjoying the lavender, roses, and the lemon and olive trees. You can also make use of the fire pit as the sun starts to set. Here, you and your loved ones can roast s’mores and enjoy the cozy ambiance given by the crackling fire. Majestic trees offer a bit of shade for those warmer days, and market lights help create a welcoming atmosphere for evening events. For indoor celebrations, River Highlands Ranch features a 7,500-square-foot barn. This charming structure boasts lofted ceilings and expansive barn doors that open up to scenic views of the gardens and vineyards. Eight glass chandeliers, which can be decorated with candles or flowers, hang from the ceilings, adding a delicate touch of elegance. The barn also includes heating and air conditioning, installed string lights and drapery, and indoor restrooms. A full kitchen with an oven, fridge, and freezer provides space for your caterer to prep your delicious wedding meal. In addition, a spacious on-site bridal suite is at your disposal for a comfortable space to get ready before the festivities begin.

Services Offered

River Highlands Ranch is able to provide event space for a variety of wedding-related celebrations, including engagement parties, showers, elopements, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions. The venue’s professional staff is dedicated to providing each couple with an unforgettable experience that is as stress-free as possible. They know that getting married is a truly special occasion, and they delight in assisting you to find the vendors that will help bring your dream wedding to life. Please also consider renting our very private "Duck Pond" cabin as a honeymoon cabin and a great space for the guys to get ready day-of!


Nestled in the scenic foothills of northern California, the ranch is situated on the border of Nevada and Yuba Counties. Your out-of-town guests will appreciate this venue’s convenient location, as it is only one hour from Sacramento and about two and a half hours from San Francisco with lots of lodging availble in the darling towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City within a 20-30 minute drive. Starting in the 2020 season we will have a "glamping" campground on property available for your overnight guests!

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2 River Highlands Ranch Reviews


Married on 10/20/2018

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Fall wedding 2018

We got married at RHR in October 2018 and I cannot say enough amazing things about the venue and the staff. Everyone went above and beyond to make our day exceptional. Our coordinators, Elizabeth and ... Read more Stephanie, were truly amazing. The venue is gorgeous, unique, and very private. It was the first venue that we looked at and ended up booking it immediately. The ceremony site is beautiful, even with the minimal decoration that we did. The barn is absolutely breathtaking and was able to accommodate our fairly large wedding of 155+ people very comfortably. The beautiful wooden farm tables were what sold me from day one. I would highly recommend this wedding venue - the price for the area is a really great bargain.


Married on 09/29/2012

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 4.5
  • Flexibility 4.0

This place is beautiful! It is so well designed and decorated, that I didnt really need to anything. They have tables, chairs, etc on site. There is a rental charge, but it is low and makes the ... Read more logistics of it all very easy. There is very little outside lighting, but they have twinkle lights and candles all through the landscaping so it is beautiful, if not bright. There is housing on site as well. Very thoughtful details.

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