If you want more than just the cookie cutter ballroom wedding, choosing the right venue is vital. You should choose somewhere with character, that sets a scene and offers something unique. And I would argue few places in the Spokane/Coeur d’ Alene area offer that comprehensive grocery list as well as Stillwater Ranch in Sagle, Idaho does. Set amongst wooded hills, Lake Pond O’Reille River and horse pastures, Stillwater is only 8 miles from Sandpoint and offers brides a truly unique wedding experience.
Choosing to have your wedding somewhere like Stillwater Ranch is offering your guests a little getaway retreat, without the distance. And since the venue is a real ranch, you can make use of horse drawn carriage rides for you and your guests, or sleigh rides in the winter…and amazing barn pictures (as seen in Rachel and Brian’s Stillwater Ranch wedding featured last week on Apple Brides!).
Stillwater Ranch owner, Bryan Ross, was kind enough to answer some questions about the venue…
Where is the venue located?
Sagle, Idaho. 8 miles south of Sandpoint.
What type of wedding does your venue work best for?
Outdoor setting with horse and carriage. Any time of year is available, sleighs are a hit as well for winter weddings.
What makes your venue unique?
We offer a private open setting with wagon rides for reception and carriage for bride with private carriage ride for groom and bride following ceremony. The rehearsal evening prior to wedding day is included and you can bring your own food and drink for both wedding and rehearsal dinner. Kitchen available for catering and alcohol may be allowed if bartender is provided .
What is the capacity of your venue?
Up to around 400
What are your catering guidelines?
Own choice and we have suggestions if needed.
Do you have a ceremony location?
Lawn or inside if weather is a factor. Tents are can be rented by lease.
What is your advice for couples planning their wedding?
Contact early, we are booking a year out so please e-mail requests soon.
Photos by Madeline James Photography.