Spanish Oaks Ranch in norther San Luis Obispo county is an expansive venue with countless amazing photo opportunities. The venue offers a variety of settings from the chic redwood barn to any of the three ponds on the property to the wide open fields where cattle roam.
Here are my top spots for wedding portraits at Spanish Oaks Ranch.
The Main Pond
This pond is right behind the barn and is easily accessible by the main road or a small walking trail behind the barn. It’s a great spot from many different angles. One of my favorite angles is from the road, looking across the pond to the main barn.
My second favorite spot is the open field area with a few oak trees. There are many different spots on the property that would fit this, but this one in particular is just a short drive in the golf card the venue provided. The light at sunset is perfect in the field and the beautiful oak trees made a wonderful backdrop for the sunset wedding portraits.
When looking for a place for the wedding party photos, I was trying to find something close to the main building, so we could keep to the timeline a little easier. I saw this little group of birch trees with beautiful white bark and I knew it was the right spot for us. This group of trees is just outside the main barn and is a great, shady spot for wedding portraits.
Another great spot is just outside the creek area. There are a couple of cute foot bridges on the way before the trail opens up on some large trees. On a cloudy day, this would probably be my go-to spot for all the formal wedding party photos. On a sunny day, I still like it, but the light can be a little spotty. The large tree makes for a great background.
Main Barn Doors
In front of the main barn is the signature look for Spanish Oaks Ranch. It’s one of the main spots that people look for when they think of wedding photos at this venue. The unique coloring and shape of the doors makes this a favorite spot among wedding photographers and couples alike.