Our Goal For Weddings at Green Oaks
We have been hosting weddings here at Green Oaks since 2001. Our goal for weddings is to provide an opportunity for people to connect with each other and our beautiful piece of land through the celebration of love and the enjoyment of farm fresh abundance.
We have a beautiful, extensive, perennial garden that is a lovely space to hold a wedding ceremony. The fence that surrounds the garden is covered with passion flower vine, giving a private, peaceful feel to the garden. As wedding guests wander along the meandering paths, profusions of colors and smells capture their attention, while the sounds of hummingbirds and songbirds drift in their ears. At the edge of the garden is a clearing with a deck that overlooks the lush riparian zone of Green Oaks Creek. Two hundred seated guests can fit in this clearing, while the deck has ample space for a wedding party to stand on. A beautiful, terra cotta colored patio made of urbanite is situated in the garden and is a perfect place for cocktail service.
Our land forms a natural terrace with a fabulous view of our small organic farm, offering a more remote space to hold a wedding ceremony. Guests walk between the farm’s fields, up a gentle rise to a beautiful clearing surrounded in towering trees that reside at the base of the Santa Cruz mountains. This space is accessible by foot or shuttle.
The reception area is a short walk from the Ceremony Garden and is nestled between a vegetable/flower field and a eucalyptus grove with views of the farm and the adjacent Santa Cruz mountains. This large, open space includes a kitchen with counters, a sink, fridge, stove, cookware and utensils. It is a comfortable place for caterers to set up and utilize. We do not provide catering but can recommend some excellent, local caterers. We put your caterers in contact with our farmers to discuss menu needs: having wedding guests eat some produce from the land allows them to feel more connected to the farm. Organic flowers are also available for purchase.
The reception area has ample space to set up tables, chairs, a dance floor, and a tent(s) of any size. We do not provide these items but can recommend rental outfits that do. There is plenty of electricity for either a band or a DJ. The bonfire area is a nice focal point for guests.
We know how important and exciting it is to work with a venue that offers total privacy and exclusive use of a property. We never book more than one wedding on a weekend. The site fee at Green Oaks for up to 100 guests is $4,000 and includes Friday set up, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday break-down. The Ceremony Garden, Overlook Terrace, and Redwood Grove are available for the weekend as an add on for a flat rate of $750. For a guest count of over 100, the price is $4,000 plus $10/person for each guest over 100. Multiple private gatherings/events on your 'wedding weekend' will add to the overall experience. You are able to do this for no additional cost for site use.
At Green Oaks, you have the flexibility to create your own wedding vision. You can bring your own vendors and beverages. When you contact us, we will share with you our list of recommended, hand selected vendors that will work with your budget and vision.
For coordination, we recommend Weddings by Aimée, a small coordination company that will help you with the planning, timing and all of your wedding details. Their expansive background will ensure you feel organized and stress free throughout your planning. Their coordination package starts at $2,950, which is a discount price just for Green Oaks couples, and comes with coordination for your weekend events. Book early to reap all of the benefits. They have full planning packages as well.
Premier Wedding Package
For those couples who don’t want to put the time into choosing their own vendors, Green Oaks offers a Premier Wedding Package. This package offers the very best quality and service with some of the top vendors in the industry. It is important to us that we provide couples with vendors who are experienced in using both expansive land space and fresh produce from Green Oaks and other local farms.
Lynn Doan and Brian Carlo
“Looking back on our wedding now, I can't imagine us having it at a more perfect and beautiful place than Green Oaks Creek Farm. It was everything we could have dreamed of, and more. The garden was a gorgeous spot for our cocktail hour and our dinner in the meadow was unlike anything our guests had ever seen, a perfect spot for rows of picnic-style tables decorated for a family-style meal. We had our wedding in the fall, so we were blessed with beautiful flowers growing all around us. The owners were amazingly accommodating and always there to help us during our planning. They even grew the flowers we used at our reception! They went way out of their way to help our day run smoothly, and we could not have been more pleased”.
Gretchen Heberling and Mark Schimelpfenig
"We had a fantastic weekend, and my guests could not stop singing the praises of the farm and the general atmosphere of the event. Our families were very impressed that we found such a unique and beautiful place! We have nothing but good things to say about the venue. The outdoor kitchen served us perfectly fine, and my friends absolutely loved using the fire pit in the evenings. Everyone was transported to a magical place during the ceremony and cocktail hour. All of the amenities added to the theme of the event, and helped transport our guests to a rustic, magical place. Thank you for all of your help with providing us a space to do our thing!"