Why You'll Love This Place
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Tucked in the sunny hills of Carmel Valley, Gardener Ranch's 24 tranquil acres flourish alongside the banks of the Carmel River. With a rich history of hosting presidents and celebrities, the picturesque property has recently been renovated and reimagined as a welcoming retreat for family reunions, company getaways and—of course!—destination weddings. Reserve for a weekend or longer, and the ranch becomes your own private paradise where you can wed, dine. and stay amid laid-back refinement.
One of the ranch's most clever innovations is Bridal Camp, a spacious bungalow where bridal parties can prep in style. Feminine, functional, and fun, Bridal Camp has thought of everything: director chairs facing a wall of mirrors and makeup counters; comfy slipcovered sofas for lounging and girl-talk; a salon with hairstylist and manicure stations; a gym and massage room; and a swanky Groom's Room, too.
Ceremonies unfold with rustic beauty out on Woodlands Lawn, a blanket of soft grass surrounded by towering oaks and sycamores. At one end, graceful willow branches form a natural arch, a lovely spot to say "I do." You can add your own signature touches—whimsical signage, crystals dangling from tree limbs, a flower-decked chuppa—but the site is equally captivating left au naturel.
After the first kiss, the bridal party explores the venue's photogenic grounds, while guests amble over to the nearby Clubhouse Patio for cocktails. Cushioned lounge furniture, market umbrellas, and a fire pit are clustered around a sparkling swimming pool, a scene made even more glamorous with the addition of market lights or Chinese lanterns. As dusk turns to evening, everyone adjourns to the Dining Room, a flexible L-shaped space that's at once homey and elegant: A vaulted light-wood ceiling sports a dazzling crystal chandelier, and a fire ablaze in a cozy brick hearth is reflected in gilded mirrors and multipaned windows.
When it's time to kick things up a notch, move the reception into the skylit Breakfast Room, where black-and-white tiles beneath your feet become a retro-chic dance floor. Inevitably, guests drift back to the pool deck to take in a resplendent country sky.
Five unique lodges spread out among the meadows make overnight stays a genuine treat. Newlyweds usually opt for the secluded River Cottage: Its quaint stylings and private waterfront deck inspire romance. By contrast, the luxurious Main House—a 3-bedroom residence with its own pool and three fireplaces—makes a lively gathering place. Enjoy the ranch's on-site activities, including croquet or bocce ball; or venture forth to tour local wineries, take a horseback ride, or hike scenic mountain trails.
For all that there is to do, you're likely to find the Ranch's simple pleasures to be the most endearing … treelined paths that reveal an old-fashioned tree swing … colorful birds on the wing or splashing in a fountain … a serene mountain silhouette that hugs the property like an earthy embrace. This kind of ineffable charm needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated, and your landmark occasion offers the perfect opportunity to do just that.
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Elopement & Intimate Wedding Package
Gardener Ranch invites you to exchange vows in their secluded oasis with up to 18 guests on a Monday–Thursday, with these amenities:
- Choice of ceremony site with seating for one hour
- Use of clubhouse & patio
- Fire pit, WiFi, and parking
- Use of private bride & groom prep areas for one-hour pre-ceremony
- Sparkling wine for post-ceremony toast
Contact the event experts at Gardener Ranch for more info, firstname.lastname@example.org, 831-298-7360.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- Rental fee varies depending on:
- Time of year
- Guest count
- Event duration
- $25,000/event and up
Weekend wedding packages include overnight accommodations for up to 50 guests. Tax applies to overnight accommodations only. There is no other tax or service charge.
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CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & Meeting CAPACITY: The facility can accommodate 150 seated or 200 standing guests indoors, and 200 seated or standing outdoors.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- On-Site Accommodations
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Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Inn / Lodge
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
- Private Estate
- Ranch / Farm
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Creek / River
- Forest / Woods
- Fountain / Water Feature
- Landscaped Grounds
- Meadow / Fields
- Pool Area
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: some provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large lot, shuttle CBA for groups with over 106 vehicles
Accommodations: 5 houses hold up to 50 guests
Outdoor Night Lighting: access and clubhouse patio string lights
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: fountain, garden patio, landscaped grounds, meadow, pool area; panorama of hills, oak trees, river, and willows
Other: grand piano, picnic area, propane heaters, fire pit, hammocks, swing
But take note of the following limitations!
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: liability required
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