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The Top 5 Celebrity Weddings at San Ysidro Ranch

From Vivien Leigh to Gwyneth Paltrow, San Ysidro Ranch is the venue of choice for celebrity weddings. The intimate hideaway is private and serene with views of the mountain and ocean.

San Ysidro Ranch

San Ysidro Ranch

San Ysidro Ranch is one of the most magical wedding venues in the world. Nestled in the mountains of Montecito, California the 500 acre property has romantic gardens, vistas of the ocean and hiking trails on site. With 41 individually styled cottages that include fireplaces, private patios and canopied beds with the finest linens, the Ranch is a 90 minute drive from Los Angeles, and has been a long time favorite hideaway for celebrities old and new.

San Ysidro Ranch

San Ysidro Ranch

Rich in celebrity wedding history, the Ranch was the venue for the 1940 wedding of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier It was also the honeymoon location for John F. Kennedy Jr. and his bride Jacqueline in 1953. After their Santa Barbara area weddings, Hilary Duff and Sandra Bullock each spent their wedding nights at the San Ysidro Ranch in the suite dubbed the Kennedy suite.

San Ysidro Ranch

San Ysidro Ranch

Here are our top 5 favorite celebrity weddings at San Ysidro Ranch:

1. Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson: The couple bought out The Ranch for their 4th of July weekend wedding in 2014. Planned by Mindy Weiss, a huge tent was erected on the property with decor inspired by the movie “Great Expectations.” For the rehearsal dinner, an All-American themed barbecue was held in the garden.

Jessica Simpson's Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch

Jessica Simpson

2. Lily Aldridge and Caleb Followill: On May 12, 2011, the Kings of Leon frontman exchanged vows with his model bride outside of the Stonehouse Restaurant, a 19th century citrus packing house on the property. The patio at the Stonehouse features an incredible wood burning fireplace. The site fee is $10,000 & the dinner minimum is $15,000.

Caleb Followill and Lily Aldridge's Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch

Lily Aldridge

3. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin: After picking up a marriage license at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, the couple eloped at the Ranch on a Friday, December 5, 2003. They were married inside of the Willow Cottage in a private ceremony. Following the vows, the newlyweds snuck out of The Ranch in the dark and headed for
their honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch


4. Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem: These lovely ladies tied the knot in the gardens on May 30, 2014. With Etheridge’s two children giving her away, the intimate ceremony took place in front of guests including Jane Lynch, Chelsea Handler, Rosie O’Donnell and recording artist Sia. With beautiful mountain views this is a perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony. The site fee for the garden location is $3,000-$10,000 based on wedding date.

Melissa Etheridge's Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch

Melissa Etheridge

5. Ricki Lake and Christian Evans: The couple tied the knot on April 8, 2012 in a secret ceremony with only their dogs in attendance. They said their vows in front of the archway in the garden with Lake donning a wedding dress by “Dancing with the Stars” costumer Daniela Gschwendtner.

Ricki Lake's Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch

Ricki Lake


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