Jun 28, 2008

( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We had our wedding at te Carneros Inn on June 28, 2008. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the location, food, value, staff and atmosphere. We were looking for an elegant, chic-casual wine country wedding with amazing food and wine. We visited a gazillion places in Sonoma, Napa, etc. but everyting we saw was too rustic or would have required too much additional decoration(tenting, etc). Then we got to the Carneros Inn... Te Carneros Inn is a smallish luxury resort which sees the like of Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhall as guests. The decor is meant to look like napa farmhouses from the outside (big brown barn, tin roofs) but is noting but casual napa elegance in the inside (think restoration hardware meets an Ian Shrager hotel). It is absolutely one of the most beautiful, peaceful places I have ever been. Wedding ceremonies take place in the "apple orchard" which is a very large grass area surrounded by adorable small apple trees and looking out at vineyards and actual napa farmhouses. Near the ceremony location is a breathtaking infinity pool blessed with the same amazing view. For big weddings (like ours) the reception takes place in the brand new ballroom, with cocktails and stargazing in the fabulous grassy adjoining courtyard (which has little white lights strung across from roof to roof). The ballroom has insanely high ceilings, white clapboard french doors, modern ligting fixtures and neutral sage colored carpet. One huge highlight is that the catering at the Carneros Inn is not wedding food -- it is just as good as the better restaurants in the napa area. Our guests still can't stop talking about how delious the food was. I know most brides don't have time to eat at their weddings, but let's just say I made time to eat every bite. :) The wine is amazing as well. The biggest point, however, is that the staff is exceptional. My husband and I stayed at the Carneros Inn for the weekend of our tasting. There were a few service "blips" (apparently it was the first sunny weekend in Napa and they had an unexpected surge of guests leading to sligtly slower service than usual). In a bridezilla moment I complained and Brooke, their AMAZING on-site wedding coordinator, called me 1 hour later to apologize and left me her cell phone number. By that Monday I had messages from the vice president of the entire company apologizing and wanting to discuss our negative experience. It was then I knew I was in exceptionally capable hands. We had about 30 rooms booked for our family and wedding party, and we subsidized many of those rooms at various rates for our wedding party, etc. Their front desk somehow got every wildly confusing request of ours 100% right. (We had asked them to keep the real prices secret among other insane requests). Brooke was my best friend and angel during the wedding planning. She is the most capable, brilliant, hard-working, sincere, creative vendor I worked with -- she will stop at nothing to make sure you wedidng is perfect. There was no request too big or too small. She is the kind of person who has the answer to every problem that arises -- she has been in the wedding industry for many years and knows most vendors in the area. Brooke wrote handwritten notes for each of our guests staying on property, she made sure our room was stocked with the water, wine and snacks we liked, and she physically picked a bee off my dress with her bare hands as I was about to go down the aisle (at the risk of being stung). Our guests told us it was the best hotel they had ever stayed in and I would have to agree. Every other employee from the VP's (who stayed on property to supervise the wedding and the service) down to the servers were awesome, professional, friendly, knowlegible and exceptionally good at their jobs. My wedding went off like a well orchestrated symphony and it was because of the beauty of the location and the perfection of the Carneros Inn staff. I literally cannot express how wonderful and special this place is, and I am a pretty extreme perfectionist!!!! It is worth the price which is actually a great value for the quality of service and food.
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner