"When my husband and I were venue hunting, we knew The Highlands Estate was our venue the second we arrived on the property. Pictures do not do it justice on how absolutely beautiful the grounds of The Highlands Estate is! There are many vineyards on the property, an old gigantic beautiful oak tree and mountains in the background. Our decision was doubly confirmed after we met the owners Gard and Whitney and felt their genuine excitement for our day and the pride they took on their exceptional property." - Kelly - San Francisco, CA
"Whitney are Gard have designed a picture perfect wedding venue. The barn and property are amazing. It took one visit for us to know that The Highlands Estate was where we wanted to get married. The barn is extremely clean, spacious, and beautiful inside. Their property makes planning a wedding very easy since everything is onsite. Autumn and I felt quite lucky to stumble upon this venue during our search. All of our guests were blown away with the site, decorations and wonderful views. A most memorable day not only for us but all of our guests." - Brett - Los Angeles, CA
"In August, my husband and I had the privilege of being married on the lawn adjacent to the barn venue at the Highlands. Whitney and Gard made sure the day was absolutely perfect. And it was!" - Amanda - Roseville, CA
"Wow. This is it! This is the most beautiful new wedding property in wine country! My new husband and I fell in love with the Highlands Estate the very first time we came to view the property. And that resulted into the perfect wedding!! I know people say not to expect perfection from your wedding, but seriously, it was perfect." - Erin - San Mateo, CA
“The Highlands Estate is the perfect wedding venue in beautiful wine country. We managed to narrow our list down to rustic venues with a vineyard and a barn. That was my main criteria. We managed to narrow our list from 80+ venues to about 10. We thought we had found our venue in, but decided to continue our search by driving further north to Cloverdale. My husband went to go meet the venue owners while I was away on travel in London and when he met Whitney and Gard, that really was it. We were sold on everything: the property, the attention to detail and it had all of the above. Moreover, they were fantastic people and we really care about the people you are going to work with, as they will make or break your day. Whitney, is friendly and detail oriented. Her responsiveness and thoroughness to our every inquiry and question was amazing. Gard himself made the wooden farm-tables (without all those extra charges for every little thing...because they are fair and honest people) and he is incredible and thoughtful in his design and upkeep of the property. Everything was flawless on our wedding day. There is always hiccups that are unplanned for. Ours was rain for the first time in 5 years in september in Cloverdale and a power outage in the entire city. In fact, the entire area had an outage and we were the only venue with a generator so the show could go on. This is a once in a lifetime event, and very rarely does power go out, but we were prepared! Our 150 person, 15 person band, large catering group etc. still had lights/power etc. This just shows you how ready and attention to detail they are. Our family and friends are still raving how beautiful the wedding was, and what an incredible location we choose. Our entire family is from out of town, so taking them up somewhere like Cloverdale was special.
We thank Whitney and Gard for making our special day precious and joyous and a weekend at the estate we will never forget. We wouldn't have it any other way!” - Natalie - San Francisco, CA
"We held our ceremony on their beautiful lawn, under a large Oak tree with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards, giving us stunning photos. Just above the ceremony site is the patio for our cocktail hour, which is big enough for the large tent we had set up in case of rain. The best part of this venue is the beautiful barn where we hosted our reception. The barn is sophisticated with a touch of rustic charm and included handmade 8ft dining tables, market lights strung inside for perfect mood lighting, along with many other thoughtful details. I especially enjoyed the special hide away room for the bride to retouch makeup and keep personal items. The catering staff enjoyed the private catering room, outside prep area, and ease of moving staff and food around behind the scenes. Our guests loved the location and commented how special and unique it made our wedding. The space is open countryside but completely intimate at the same time." - Liz - San Francisco, CA
"We fell in love with the venue the very first time we saw it. Whitney and Gard are amazing hosts and you can tell that they have put their heart and soul into the reconstruction of this amazing working vineyard. The grounds are well kept and the layout was perfect for what we wanted." - Tracey"To say this is the perfect venue is an understatement!!!
Rustic meets country chic! The Highlands Estate is the perfect spot for anyone looking for an elegant wedding with a country or rustic flair. The site offers everything from a beautiful grass ceremony site with large oak trees shading the area and a lovely arbor, to a magical hobbit garden, which sets the scene for enchanted pictures. Not your style, not to worry, because there are rolling hills of vineyards and a long pathway lined with plum trees which is a perfect setting for any photo opt. . The reception site can be held outside under the stars with beautiful bistro lights highlighting the dining and dancing area or you can have the reception inside in the "barn" which is both fully heated and air conditioned." - Ashley - Walnut Creek, CA
"My wife and I could not have enjoyed The Highlands Estates more for our wedding day. After a month of spending every weekend looking at potentials, we found Highlands Estate in our second to last weekend of hunting. When we visited, we found the space had so many things that we knew we wanted – market lights, farm tables, indoor & outdoor space – already included with the rental... Seriously, it was MAGICAL and our photos from the day are gorgeous." - Andrew - San Francisco, CA
"The Highlands Estate is a very special place, and our wedding here in August 2017 was pure magic. We had our ceremony on the lawn, and the hilly backdrop was straight out of a fairytale. The weather was lovely, with a gentle breeze and a shady oak tree. Cocktail hour was twinkly and full of joy, with games and conversation. Then we ate dinner outdoors on Gard’s beautiful handmade tables. My husband and I snuck off for some dreamy photo shoots, as the landscape is varied and unique. And then we had a mega fun dance party in the barn. Busses picked up our guests and took them to their hotels, including a lovely place called the Old Crocker Inn. All of our guests have raved to us about the venue, and are grateful to have had an opportunity to come to this unique destination. Whitney and Gard are an absolute pleasure to work with. They are professional and incredibly kind." - Rebecca - Oakland, CA
"We cannot begin to tell you how much you two have meant to us! You helped us through such a difficult (& joyous) time, & we will be forever grateful! Thanks to you both & our amazing family, friends, & community. We had the most magical wedding ever! We felt so at home & at peace at Highlands!" - Dylan & Mary Catherine - Santa Rosa, CA
“Choosing the Highlands Estate as our wedding venue was a no-brainer. My wife and I knew as we were driving up the driveway that we wanted our wedding to be there. The barn is updated, sophisticated and modern. The presence of foliage throughout the property make this such a beautiful destination. Both Whitney and Gard are very personable and compliment each other perfectly, they are the best match for this amazing venue. Everything about this place is great - I honestly have nothing disappointing to say except that I'm sad it's all over. I highly recommend The Highlands Estate for an upcoming wedding.” - Justin - Walnut Creek, CA
“The Highlands Estate was the perfect venue for us! Whitney and Gard are the most accommodating and relaxed couple that run this amazing wedding venue. Aesthetically, the Highlands is absolutely beautiful in all seasons. We had our first site tour in the winter and were sold as soon as we saw the green rolling hills, our wedding was in the summer and the trees were in bloom as well as grapes on the vines. The arbor that you get married under is perfectly situated for the view of a lifetime, the grass kept our guests cool, and the barn is perfectly set up for reception and dancing. We did our dinner on the custom made tables outside of the barn doors and dancing inside. I can honestly say that the barn gave me peace of mind that if it was too hot, we could go inside - or if it rained we could also go inside. Whitney and Gard were also SO helpful. They provide all the information that you need to get started and are always available to answer questions or run things by them. There were a few snafu's that happened on a vendor's end and Whitney and Gard were so helpful, kind and flexible to help me figure them out. We would highly recommend this venue to anyone and everyone! Thank you, Whitney and Gard for making our day so special.” - Emily - San Francisco, CA
“The Highlands Estate was the second venue my husband and I visited and we knew the second we drove on the property that was our venue! After meeting Gard and Whitney, we knew we had found a special gem. Not only is the property absolutely beautiful, the love and work Gard and Whitney have put into the venue makes every wedding dream come true.
The weekend of our wedding, I felt all the stressors easing off as I knew Gard and Whitney had everything under control. They work tirelessly to ensure all the vendors know exactly what they need to do to make sure your special day goes smoothly. Their energy and love for what they do really makes you know you chose the right wedding venue!
My husband and I were beyond happy choosing The Highlands Estate and cannot begin to describe how many wonderful stories we have heard from our wedding guests. Every guest from our wedding loved the venue - starting with the ceremony, to cocktail hour in the barn, to a beautiful dinner under the lights, finishing with dancing in the beautiful barn (that Gard built!!).
We will cherish every memory we made at The Highlands!” - Katie - San Francisco, CA
"My in-laws found this location by chance while looking for a wedding venue for me and my now-husband. They were immediately charmed by the location and most of all, the incredible service and warmth of the two owners, Whitney and Gard!" - Ashlee - New York, NY
"We fell in love with the venue the very first time we saw it. Whitney and Gard are amazing hosts and you can tell that they have put their heart and soul into the reconstruction of this amazing working vineyard. The grounds are well kept and the layout was perfect for what we wanted." - Tracey - Sacramento, CA
"We could not be happier with our experience here! The owners, Whitney and Gard, were incredibly kind and hospitable to us. They went above and beyond to accommodate us throughout the process of preparing for the wedding. The venue itself was breathtaking and they have truly thought of every detail that one could need." - Chandler - San Diego, CA
“Whitney and Gard made it such a smooth experience, with an excellent vendor recommendation list and a venue that is absolutely stunning with a lot of character and lots of features that require minimal decorations to bring the space to life. Highly recommended venue.” - Wendy & Ryan - Monterey, CA
“The Highlands Estate is the PERFECT wedding venue! The property is absolutely breathtaking and was a dream backdrop for the start of our marriage! The views are stunning and the ceremony arbor is the most picturesque spot to say "I Do." The barn and surrounding areas are extremely well taken care of, and while it had plenty of room for all of our guests to be comfortable, the market lights, chandeliers, handmade farm tables, and overall layout made it feel so warm and intimate! Whitney and Gard are two of the most wonderful people and were amazing to work with! They really have thought of every detail to provide the most magical wedding location and help ensure you stay on track with everything you need. They were extremely responsive and accommodating to any questions we had throughout our entire planning process, and they also have a great list of preferred vendors, which made our wedding planning so easy! The Highlands Estate was the first and only venue my husband and I visited, and we knew immediately that it was everything we imagined for our wedding, and more. We had a truly magical wedding day at The Highlands Estate and are so grateful we found Whitney and Gard and their perfect venue!!” - Katie L - Rhonert Park, CA
“After researching venues with my now husband and looking at different venues, I saved The Highlands Estate for last knowing that this my was favorite out of all the venues. The moment I stepped foot at Highlands Estate I knew I would be getting married here! Words cannot describe how beautiful the estate is. Whitney and Gard are AMAZING! Seriously the nicest people I have ever met. They are so accommodating and wonderful to work with! They provided me with a list of the different vendors that they work with which was awesome since I had no idea what I was doing. Having been to other weddings and to see the bride stress so much on her big day, it made me nervous about everything, but our wedding day went by so smooth and stress free. I would recommend anyone that is getting married to check out The Highlands Estate...you won't be disappointed.” - Julianne - Half Moon Bay, CA