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Venues in Carmel Valley, CA,
(831) 298-7360
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 25 Reviews


    Rochelle Schaetzke

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gardener Ranch is a beautiful outdoor venue with endless amenities. We had over 200 guests at our wedding and everyone was RAVING about the grounds, staff, and beautiful scenery onsite. I would definitely want to host an event there in the future - perhaps, a family reunion or work retreat!

    Kriszta

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  • Gardener Ranch was love at first sight and we booked it immediately for our wedding on memorial day weekend! The venue is beautiful the villas are large and beautifully furnished and decoratated. The staff was super friendly, helpful and flexible. Nanci was amazing, she made sure we had everything we wanted the way we wanted it. We liked that we could accommodate all our family members from around the world at the ranch and spend this special weekend with them. Even though it rained on the day of the ceremony and we needed everything to be moved insde, Nanci and crew handled it all so seemlessly we didn't even notice the changes. We are grateful and will carry all the beautiful memories from GR in our hearts forever.

    Nicholas Blondin

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    5 out of 5
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  • My wife and I got married at Gardener in early April of 2019. We did some venue scouting at a couple other spots in Carmel Valley which were all nice but we were drawn to Gardener because of the excellent blend of classy event space and casual rustic appeal. Nothing feels pretentious yet you get the vibe of being somewhere really special. As soon as you walk on site, you immediately notice the huge trees, landscaping and planted flowers/trees blooming all around and the various building structures on the property almost fade into the background so that it feels much more like you are in the middle of a forest clearing. And that is without any kind of added floral decorations of any kind. [pro tip: save some money and go easy on your florist order] We rented the venue from Friday afternoon until check out on Sunday morning. This gave us the opportunity to host our Friday night welcome party on site instead of having to rent a separate space off site. Apart from bringing in a caterer ... Read more

    Lexi

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had our wedding at Gardener Ranch and it was stunning! We invited 230, and 170 came. I did a lot of research in Carmel Valley for a wedding venue and ended up falling in love with GR. I felt like I had the most flexibility with GR. Other places had a lot of rules and stipulations which really frustrated me: requiring you to use certain vendors or catering, Mission Ranch has a 5 hour maximum event time which I didn’t like (including ceremony to end of the reception). GR really gives you so much control to create your own unique event, you aren’t just another wedding like all the others. You could go as cheap and rustic as you want with a food truck, or as fancy as you want with full catering and they won’t pressure you to do anything a certain way. We chose to stay three nights, such a fun way to bring families together and it was SO worth it to have a full wedding weekend with everyone. When our friends & family arrived and toured the grounds, they were stunned! It was... Read more

    Lauren

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    5 out of 5
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  • Faith brought us to Gardener Ranch in our search for wedding venues, and it was truly the best choice we could have ever made! Nancy, Heather, and Gardener Ranch's Staff are the best!! We stayed the whole weekend and had the most amazing time with our family and friends. We used as much of the property as we could and took it all in!! They took amazing care of us and our guests. We had beautiful weather (10.20.18), and everyone left saying 'That was the best wedding they had ever been to' and that 'We did it right!' (probably due to the fact that we never once had to leave this amazing property all weekend!). Thank you so much again!! xoxo Lauren & Miguel

    Alexis

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    5 out of 5
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  • I highly recommend Gardener Ranch! We got married there in July and the venue, staff and whole weekend, surpassed our expectations. We looked in 3 different cities and saw ~ 30 venues - once we walked on to the property, we knew we found the perfect place! Majority of our wedding guests were coming from the East Coast, so we loved that we could spend a few days with everyone, rather than just one night. The grounds are beautiful, the houses are so comfortable and well decorated and their staff is amazing. It's also reallly nice that you can make each event your own, pick your vendors and it's private! From start to finish, Heather and Nanci were extremely responsive, provided a lot of guidance and were a lot of fun to work with. We had 4 events on the property, so were a little nervous about the logistics and making sure everything was set up but their staff made it very easy and stress free. They met all of our vendors, so we didn't have to do much during the weekend an... Read more

    Arif

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  • My wife, Caroline, and I had such an amazing experience having our wedding at Gardener. First of all, the property is absolutely stunning. When you drive on for the first time and start to work around the grounds, you almost have to pinch yourself that it's even possible to get married at a place like this. We feel in love with it immediately. We were shown around by Heather and Nanci, the main people running the show there, and they were so amazing to work with throughout the whole process. They were able to help us realize a vision that was uniquely ours, while still accentuating all of the strong points of Gardener at the same time. In the two weeks leading up to our April wedding, it looked like we were in for rain on our wedding weekend, which was such a huge bummer since we were doing everything outside. We were freaking out a little bit and not sure what to do, and Nanci and Heather worked their asses off helping us readjust everything on the fly. They were so flexible and so kn... Read more

    Kelly

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    5 out of 5
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  • From venue shopping to the wedding date, Heather and her team we so so so accommodating to us! Frankly, when looking at venues in Carmel and Carmel Valley, Gardener was not our first choice. But after touring the grounds and having Heather really give us the time to envision our perfect day, it was a no-brainer! The staff really helped us make our special day absolutely perfect! We are so thankful for their "can-do" attitudes and ability to work with us and all of our requests! They worked seamlessly with our planner and offered advice on best practices. We loved choosing out all our own vendors and making the wedding weekend one-of-a-kind. A lot of our vendors came from out of town (Hawaii and LA) and the Gardener Ranch staff made sure to be available for their requests as well. So professional! We are so thankful for the Gardener Staff, they made our wedding weekend an absolute blast!!

    Jacqueline

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  • Getting married at Gardener Ranch was an absolute dream for me and my husband. Not only are the grounds incredible, but the onsite staff and managers are so kind and easy to work with. The property will stun your guests with its beauty and allow you to create an individual, unique wedding that is all your own. We are so grateful to Gardener Ranch and still feel like our wedding there was a complete dream!

    Dave

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  • My wife and I recently got married at Gardener Ranch in November.  We fell in love with the venue the moment we took our site tour, and immediately knew that we wanted to get married there.  The venue grounds are kept in immaculately good condition, with lush green lawns and an abundance of trees.  As the entire property is rented out, there are many ways to utilize the various lawns for different aspects of the wedding day, and you really can't go wrong with any combination, so get creative! We absolutely lucked out with the weather, as it was perfect all weekend long despite being a November wedding weekend.  If the weather is poor, they do have a contingency plan which allows you to hold all activities in the main building, but we were so thankful for the perfect weather as the beauty of the outdoors at Gardener Ranch is really what makes the venue special. Throughout the wedding planning process, our contact at Gardener Ranch was exceptionally professional and very respon... Read more

    Kate Turner

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  • Gardener Ranch exceeded our expectations. With a variety of cottages on property we loved that our bridal party and family could stay on property with us and celebrate all weekend. They have a fabulous pool, which we utilized for a welcome pool party, a gym, the most beautiful classic black and white check dance floor, and multiple beautiful lawn settings for the ceremony, dinner, etc. I still get so many guest comments raving about the venue, it's truly one of a kind and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

    Alicia

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • The moment we got out of our car to look at this venue we fell in love. It is absolutely beautiful! It was peaceful and green and gorgeous. They had three ceremony sites to choose from and we fell in love with the one by the Carmel Valley River. There is a gorgeous tree that twists over and provides a perfect spot for the ceremony with the sound of running water just beyond it. They have a classy and rustic décor in their club house that we loved. Other venues really had no personality while Gardnener was overflowing with personality. This abundance of personality meant that I did not need a ton of décor as I didn’t want to take away from the beauty that was already there. My wedding was in December so we had dinner inside as it cooled off at night but they have the option to do dinner outside on one of their beautiful lawns. Bridal camp for getting ready could not have been more perfect. Classy elegant space for the ladies while the gentlemen get a poker table and manly area to ge... Read more

    Nichole

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • Gardener Ranch is exactly what it looks like. It is tucked away, a private little paradise for you and your guests. The accommodations are wonderful. The process of choosing Gardener Ranch was smooth. Our first visit was very thorough, we got to see the entire property and ask a lot of questions. Communication was easy, though sometimes it did take them a few days or a week to respond. Heather and Nancy were both friendly and easy to work with. They were also pretty flexible in working with me to help pull of the weekend I was hoping for. I booked their bar package and they helped with the linen rental, and everything was smooth and easy. My wedding was in early November, which helped us save some money because Gardener Ranch offers off-peak pricing. The daytime was lovely and sunny, near 70 degrees. Once the sun went down it was a bit chilly, but the heat lamps and fire pit kept everyone warm. All of the houses had plenty of blankets and heat, and we used the fireplace in our ho... Read more

    Gabe

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • My wife and I got married at Gardener Ranch in August 2016 and the venue is everything we could ever imagine in a venue. We scoured venue options up and down California for places that could provide on-site lodging for weekend wedding without feeling like a campground. We also wanted the freedom to fully select the vendor team we wanted (including providing our own alcohol). Gardener is one of the only places that met these criteria, but it’s also so much more. The venue totally made our wedding. All of our guests loved the property and it was a completely perfect location to host a weekend full of events. The venue is absolutely gorgeous, and has a huge variety of spaces to host events. We did a welcome barbecue in the Oaklands, our Ceremony in the Woodlands, our reception in the Grasslands, dancing in the Clubhouse, a brunch poolside in the Breakfast Room, and had 45 guests staying a 5-minute walk from all of it. During our wedding planning process, the Gardener staff was going... Read more

    Sona

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    4.5 out of 5
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  • We could not have chosen a more beautiful or unique venue for our 3-day wedding weekend! Because there are so many different spaces on the property, each day felt like a unique experience for our guests. The on-site accommodations are excellent, and I couldn't imagine having a wedding where we couldn't stay on the property. It also made it fun to socialize after events with family & friends. The Gardener staff (Heather & Nanci) were wonderful to work with, and made us feel like our wedding was their top priority. A good amount of items/services are included in the rate, and they worked well with our coordinator to figure out exactly what else we'd need and where to obtain it. I'd also recommend asking for their preferred vendors, as it's useful to have vendors who have already worked at Gardener and know the space.

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