I occasionally get to work at actual weddings with some of our fantastic Certified By The Guide event professionals, like floral designer Nancy Liu Chin.

To get you in the wedding mood, here’s a little inspiration from her own blog, Brown Bag:

Courtesy of Nancy Liu Chin's Blog, Brown Bag

Nancy Liu ChinI’ve been saying this for a while: Carmel Valley is the new Napa! The weather is mild and lovely. The restaurants are top-notch and use fresh, local, organic ingredients. The resorts are growing and it’s a great place for those who love to play golf or tennis, or just relax and enjoy the good life.

Recently, KC and I had the pleasure of visiting Carmel Valley Ranch, which had been closed for renovation and reopened this past February. It’s a fantastic weekend getaway with a wonderful restaurant that offers many creative menu choices. The lobby’s rust-brown and burnt orange hues are warm and inviting. The golf clubhouse has shades of lime green, deep chocolate and white, giving it a crisp, modern feel. The pool area is charming without being too fussy, and the staff is so attentive. I can’t remember how many of them remembered my name, “Mrs. Chin!”. The in-room spa service was terrific, and they even honored my request to have my spa services near the pool. I believe I had Carmel Valley Ranch’s very first by-the-pool massage!

For couples, the wedding venues at CVR are awesome. There’s the spacious tennis lawn for the ceremony, and the golf club for cocktails and dinner. But my favorite spaces are the sleek Arbor ballroom and the white fabric tent—it’s surreal.

I am a believer and I can’t wait to go back to Carmel Valley.

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