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Melissa and Ian

August 12, 2017

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Carmel Valley

August 12, 2017

Wedding Code: 91221
Stories
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...to football...
...to formal...
...to more.
Events
Fri
Aug 11
2017

9:00 pm

The Running Iron
24 East Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Sat
Aug 12
2017

3:30 pm

Gardener Ranch
114 W. Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
United States

Dress Code

Semi-formal or cocktail attire

Sat
Aug 12
2017

4:00 pm

Gardener Ranch
114 W. Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
United States

Semi-formal or cocktail attire

Sat
Aug 12
2017

5:00 pm

Gardener Ranch
114 W. Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
United States

Semi-formal or cocktail attire

Sun
Aug 13
2017

12:00 pm

Monastery Beach - Carmel
CA United States

Event Theme

Brunch at Monastary Beach

Gardener Ranch
Directions

Gardener Ranch is located at 114 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924.


From the Bay Area, the quickest route is generally via US 101 South to Exit 330 in Salinas. From there, take N Davis Road to CA-68W and turn left onto Laureles Grade.


We encourage guests to check Google Maps the day of the events, however, since there are alternate routes via CA 17 and Highway 1 that are sometimes faster (depending on traffic).

Map of the Area
Travel

The closest major airport to Carmel Valley is Mineta San Jose International (SJC). From SJC, it's approximately a 90 minute drive to Carmel Valley.



Alternatively, some flights are available into Monterey Regional Airport (MRY). From Monterey, it's approximately 30 minutes on the road.

Accommodations

We have multiple blocks of rooms reserved with varying group rates:



--We have a block of rooms reserved down the road from the venue at CARMEL MISSION INN (www.carmelmissioninn.com). This is likely to be the most expensive option. Please mention "Smit Abernathy Wedding" to receive the group rate.



--We also have a block reserved at the CONTENTA INN. You can use the following link to book:



Link: reservation.worldweb.com/hotel/1679/?package_id=129980&date_from=20170811&date_to=20170813 | Booking Code: SAWEDD.



--We've also reserved a block at the BLUE SKY LODGE. You can book with the following link:
reservation.worldweb.com/hotel/1524/?package_id=129983&date_from=20170811&date_to=20170813 | Booking Code: SAWEDD.



--Calling either the Contenta Inn or Blue Sky Lodge and asking for the "Smit/Abernathy Wedding" will work too.



In addition to these room blocks, accommodations may also be available across the street from the venue at Carmel Valley Lodge (www.valleylodge.com). Plenty of Airbnb options are available in Carmel Valley as well.

We encourage you to book early, as local accommodations tend to book up during wedding season!

SHUTTLES (FROM hotels TO venue)

SHUTTLE #1

--Leaves Carmel Mission Inn @ 2:00 pm
--Leaves Blue Sky Lodge @ 2:15 pm
--Leaves La Contenta Inn @ 2:20 pm

SHUTTLE #2

--Leaves Carmel Mission Inn @ 2:30 pm
--Leaves Blue Sky Lodge @ 2:45 pm
--Leaves La Contenta Inn @ 2:50 pm

SHUTTLES (FROM venue TO hotels)

--Leaves venue for Carmel Mission Inn @ 9:00 pm,  9:40 pm, 10:00 pm, 10:20 pm, 10:40 pm, 11:00 pm

--Leaves venue for Blue Sky Lodge & La Contenta Inn @ 10:00 pm, 10:40 pm 

Parking Info

For anyone coming from the Bay Area, we encourage carpooling. That said, there is plenty of on-premise parking at Gardener Ranch, so you'll all be able to park on arrival!

Child Care

We're planning to hire a babysitter to watch children at a house on the Gardener Ranch property during the wedding festivities. If you're interested in taking advantage of this, please let Melissa and Ian know ASAP!

WEATHER & ATTIRE

Carmel Valley is extremely temperate in August. Expected day-time highs are in the upper 70s and night-time lows are in the mid 50s. Rain is extremely rare.



Semi-formal or cocktail attire suggested.


The wedding will be outside on grass, so ladies--plan your footwear accordingly!

What to do? Key suggestions below...

• 17 MILE DRIVE – Breathtaking views!


• MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM – Touch the stingrays, check out the glowing jellyfish, watch the sea otters play!


• FISHERMAN’S WHARF – Enjoy local seafood, watch the boats come into the harbor , and see the fisherman bring in their daily catch!


• CANNERY ROW – Spend the day! Restaurants, spas, attractions, and a gorgeous view of the Marine Bay Sanctuary!


• CARMEL BEACH – Gorgeous place for a picnic! (Dogs welcome!)


• CARMEL MISSION – One of the original California Missions.


• CARMEL ART GALLERIES – Beautiful local art.


• BIG SUR – Big Sur Inn, hiking, scenic drive, lunch at Rocky Point – most beautiful place on earth!

Restaurants

BEST BREAKFASTS:


• 1st Awakenings (Pacific Grove) Try the pancakes, trust us!


• Rosine’s (Monterey – Alvarado St.) This is a local favorite for breakfast or lunch



MONTEREY WHARF:


• Dominico’s – Caesar salad made tableside and the freshest seafood possible! A local favorite!



CANNERY ROW:


• Chart House – Gorgeous bay views, great food, and an amazing salad bar!



SPORTS BAR:


• Knuckles Sports Bar – (at the Monterey Hyatt) they have lots of TVs and awesome beers!



BURGERS:


• RG Burgers – (on Alvarado Street in Monterey) – Yummm



MEXICAN AND MARGARITAS:


• Baja Cantina (Carmel Valley) – Great Valley local hang out!



STEAK AND A MARTINI:


• Rio Grill (Crossroads Carmel) – Good times!



COCKTAILS & BREAKFAST:


• The Running Iron (Carmel Valley) Grab beers. Enjoy late night grub and breakfast too!

Hiking

• MCWAY WATERFALL TRAIL


(about half a mile roundtrip)


Shortest and prettiest with an 80 ft waterfall onto the beach!



• EWOLSON TRAIL


(4.5 miles roundtrip)


Old Growth Redwood Forest with Sweeping Canyons



• PFEIFFER FALLS / VALLEY VIEWS TRAILS


(2 miles roundtrip)


Expansive views of Big Sur Gorge & a spectacular waterfall!



• LIMEKILT TRAILS


(3 miles roundtrip)


Creek Crossings and a Scenic Rocky Beach



• ANDREW MOLERA LOOP


(8.8 miles roundtrip)


Breathtaking coastal views & several remote beaches!



For Maps & Info on the Hiking Trails visit:
www.hikinginbigsur.com/hikes.html

Wine Tasting

A few favorites:



• Folktale Winery


• Talbott Vineyard


• Joyce Vineyard


• Heller Estate Organic Vineyard


• Bernardus Winery


• Georis Tasting Room


• Cowgirl Winery


• Caraccioli Cellars


• Parsonage Winery



If you let us know in advance, we can schedule Cowboy Pete to take you on a “Tractor Wine Ride” in the Valley to the local wineries!

Golf

• Old Del Monte Golf Course (Monterey – at the Hyatt)


• Carmel Valley Ranch (Carmel Valley)


• Pebble Beach Golf Links (Pebble Beach – pricey but once in a lifetime!)


• Quail Lodge (Carmel Valley)


• Poppy Hills (Pebble Beach)


• Spyglass (Pebble Beach)


• Links at Spanish Bay (Pebble Beach)


• PG Muni Golf Links (Pacific Grove) Beautiful Views - Best Bargain!


• Blackhorse/Bayonet (Fort Ord)

Spas

• Bernadus Spa (Carmel Valley)


• Monterey Plaza Hotel (Cannery Row)


• Carmel Valley Lodge (Carmel Valley)


• Monterey Day Spa (Best Bargain)

Key People
Bridesmaids
Jossy Tseng
Jossy Tseng

Shaped by the destitution and poverty of her Palo Alto upbringing, Jossy was often forced to survive on fewer than 3 fully organic vegetarian meals a day as a child. It's been said that Jossy’s unruliness was borne of the wanton circumstances unbearably pressed upon her during her youth. Faced with the need to fight for her next helping of kale salad or gluten-free avocado toast, her generally belligerent disposition formed early and survives to this day. By far the bridesmaid most likely to tackle you, Jossy arrives at the wedding with a sense of purpose: to beat you at whatever you think you’re good at. I dare you to tell her otherwise. She’ll beat you at that too.

Laura Carwile
Laura Carwile

Who says they don’t have princesses in Oklahoma? Most people. But not Laura. More comfortable in a tiara than the cowboy hat better known to her native state, Laura wants your attention. Surprisingly competent in her career as the District Attorney of San Francisco by day, Laura is anything but at night. Diva-esque and prancing, you’ll find her on the dance floor, flashing her DA badge almost as often as she flashes her…eyelids. Get your mind out of the gutter. Especially if you want her help getting out of jail.

Liz Grace
Liz Grace

Don’t like to talk much? Too bad. That’s what Liz always says. She’s going to get those secrets out of you. By far the bubbliest bridesmaid, Liz spends most of her free time playing games and maniacally attempting to explore the inner reaches of others people’s souls. While you’re unlikely to escape her web of psychological dissection during afternoon and evening hours, your best bet is to rise early...that is, before noon. Since it’s been said that the only thing Liz likes more than other people’s secrets is her sleep.

Mackenzie Abernathy
Mackenzie Abernathy

Frequently harassed by older brothers in her youth, Mackenzie grew up fast and knew she needed a change. Soon fleeing her flat Texas surroundings for the placid tranquility of the mountains, she pursued the most logical course of action by befriending a troupe of squalid misfits who live, barefoot and starving, out of the backs of their vans. Dirtbags (as they are known) would come to define her. Soon filthy and ragged herself, Mackenzie now spends most of her waking hours hanging from the sides of cragged rocks and panhandling for her next meal--making her (by far) the scroungiest bridesmaid. She has begrudgingly agreed to bathe prior to the wedding ceremony--but only in exchange for 2 granola bars and 1 medium-sized bag of organic walnuts. So say hello but don’t cross her--with the climber’s grip of a grown orangutan and the runner’s speed of an African antelope, you’re sure not to get far.

Erin Kobashigawa
Erin Kobashigawa

With a well-documented affinity for a specific brand of erudite, tractable, and irresistibly lissome Caucasian male, Kobash is the bridesmaid most likely to date your nerdy white cousin. Having sharpened her medical skills in the swamps of the Big Easy for the past 5 years, she recently completed a cross-country roadtrip back to the area 100% accident-free--a seemingly miraculous feat due to her poor eyesight and subpar driving skills. And not at all because she is an Asian woman. So drop by her table, welcome her back, and get to know the one they call the Beef. She’s what’s for dinner.

Lindsey Owens
Lindsey Owens

Having been diagnosed at a young age with the sleep patterns of a mildly lethargic octogenarian, Lindsey has long struggled to make it through the waking daylight hours with fewer than 3 naps per day. Not exactly a narcoleptic, but nevertheless more prone to intermittent snoozing than most those thrice her age, Lindsey is the bridesmaid most likely to be asleep right now. Relying on two sources of encouragement to keep her awake, though not necessarily alert, Lindsey is first inspired by the fact that her primary constituents in her role as an elementary school teacher share surprisingly similar sleep patterns to her own. And when her brilliant students are not enough, the nectar of the mountain gods has always been there to keep her pressing forward. Taste the Rockies ®, sister. Taste. The. Rockies ®.

Amy Folck
Amy Folck

The one they call Kiki doesn’t lie: you suck real bad. That’s right. If you can’t stand the heat, get outta the kitchen. Undeniably mean from a young age, no one ever fully understood what possessed Kiki to be so incredibly direct...with everyone...about everything. Some call it honest, some call it vindictive. At the end of the day, Kiki is the bridesmaid least likely to care. Amazingly, Kiki is also the only bridesmaid who has yet to succeed in creating another human being. As the only thing in the world she loves more than cake, her son Robbie Jr idolizes his mom. While we are all saddened by the fact that he will ultimately fail in his quest to out-sass her, we can all take solace in one thing: at least we know his real name. Who the hell is Amy, anyway?

Noel Noroian
Noel Noroian

Raised on the mean streets of Salinas, CA, Noel had to find a way to escape the hoodrat lifestyle that ultimately consumes so many. Seeking a way out, she turned to the one obvious solution that saved so many lost souls before her: competitive baton twirling. Always great with a stick, she blazed her way through regionals and took second at State--ultimately failing to claim the title from a nimbly Taiwanese immigrant child named Stik-Stok Su. Having used her passion to escape the drug-strewn road to perdition but not willing to completely let go of her thuggish roots, she maintains the one great talent from her childhood that keeps her real: a certain proclivity for lyrical, beat-based poetry. Noel is the bridesmaid most likely to whip your ass in a spontaneous rap battle. Challenge her, son. I dare you.

Diana Peng
Diana Peng

Genetically predisposed to live out her days in a state of confusing intensity, Diana is the only bridesmaid truly worthy of her nickname: Crazyface. Calm down, you say? KABAM!!! says she. One karate chop to the dome and you’re done. Posing as your run-of-the-mill management consultant during the day, Crazy moonlights as a rugby playing adrenaline fiend. The most likely bridesmaid to end up in the swimming pool at the end of the night, you better believe she’s dragging you with her. This one goes to 11.

Kelsey Hills-Evans
Kelsey Hills-Evans

Seeking tirelessly to buck the Colorado stereotype of peaceful granola-eating hippy liberals, Kelsey aggressively disseminates her hardcore militant feminist message to the farthest reaches of the universe instead. Never content with having just one last name, she continues to question Melissa’s decision to take that of her husband-to-be. Fierce and feisty, yet surprisingly caring, Kelsey is the bridesmaid most likely to find fault in your general lack of progressive life decisions, while at the same time still helping to save your pathetically unenlightened redneck life.

Lee Trope
Lee Trope

Nothing says trusted pediatrician like Burning Man. That’s what Lee always says. When she’s not doing something incredible to save children’s lives, she may be doing something psychedelic to expand their horizons. When not helping kids or testing “up-and-coming pharmaceuticals” for the FDA, Lee has been known to put her creative talents to business use--having recently started her own ironic bumper sticker company. Her favorite catchphrase, you ask? Well you’ll just have to ask her about those extra retentive Puritans.

Lacey Cobb Salad
Lacey Cobb Salad

Heiress to a bizarre lettuce empire, Lacey’s father (Ty Cobb Salad) impressed one thing upon her during her youth: you always stay on 17. An inveterate and compulsive gambler, Lacey bets on everything from football to Forex. Got a life savings? She’ll double it. Only got a few bucks? You’re not worth her time. Running a cryptic wealth management operation out of her San Francisco estate, her consistent market “returns” appear similar to those of the many Ponzi schemes come before hers. When will it collapse? Wouldn’t you like to know. Ante up, boys. This one will take you for all you’re worth.


Groomsmen
Brendan Abernathy
Brendan Abernathy
Best Man

"But if he's the 'best' man, shouldn't she be marrying HIM?"

After suffering through years of isolation in a metal tube traveling listlessly throughout the ocean depths, Brendan emerged from his naval confines a changed man. The same in many ways (he is still much taller than Ian) but different in others (he dresses like Dwight Schrute more frequently these days), he remains haunted by the one white whale that yet eludes him. Kim Jong Un lives.

Determined to fulfill his destiny, Brendan has graciously taken a break from his pursuit of the North Korean dictator to perform the best man duties at the wedding. Immediately after the reception, he will return to the Pacific to fulfill his quest. You are advised to make the best use of his valuable time and pepper him with detailed questions about this when you see him. 

Non sibi sed patriae.

Niel Smit
Niel Smit
Thoughtful, intentional, and reasonable, Niel is officially the most particular groomsman. Need a ride at 2 AM because...? Niel's there to help you out. Need consultation on how to wire your in-home speaker system? Niel's got you covered. Need to know how to make flan? Call Niel. But if you for one second think Niel's going to do something crazy like wake up before 10 AM or eat food outdoors, boy you've got another thing coming. Test him at your own risk.
Austin Byrne
Austin Byrne

Mustache or eye brow, you ask? Wouldn't you like to know. Confident and outgoing, often endearing and sometimes annoying, Austin is the most gratuitously outlandish groomsman. With sugar in his shoes and a dash of bravado, he'll wear an animal costume to your office party. Blatant attention seeker, you say? Woman, please.

Mark McClure
Mark McClure

Weighing in at 155 pounds dripping wet, Mark is officially the lightest groomsman. Don't let size deceive you though--one look into those eyes says it all. Strong-willed and stubborn, Mark has never met an argument he didn't like. I dare you to tell that nose otherwise. 

Brad Bachelder
Brad Bachelder
Often inscrutable and devious, loyal yet flighty, Brad is officially the oddest groomsman. A skilled craftsman and practitioner of the physical arts (i.e. he works out a lot), Brad constructs workout equipment in his garage. Foolish to go to such lengths to stay in shape, you say? Why don't you ask Brad that question? After all, police officers aren't going to outrun themselves. 
John Clark
John Clark
An aficionado of hats and other fine headwear, John is officially the baldest groomsman. But what's really beneath the fedora, you ask? A keen sense of loyalty, a dedication to friends, and some of the most jumbled and difficult-to-decipher speech patterns you've ever heard. So go on, give that shiny dome a whirl. They don't call him Butters for nothing. 
Greg Kitt
Greg Kitt

Clever, direct, and affable, Greg is the groomsman most likely to be checking the market right now. As a toddler, Greg caused a brief industry sensation when his first words were "buy low, sell high". Much to his father's delight, his son seemed destined to become a finance bro. But alas, one too many hours staring at a Bloomberg terminal eventually led to a temporary blindness that could only be corrected by wearing sunglasses indoors. The irony was lost on no one, and (thankfully) Greg has since made a full recovery.

Tyler Engebretson
Tyler Engebretson
Look into those eyes. What do you see? Blue Steel--that's who. His genuine, upbeat, and good-hearted nature be damned--we're talking sultriness on the verge of seduction. Tyler is the groomsman most likely to be caught male modeling in his free time. An expert eugooglizer and a runway walkoff champion, believe me when I say: Tyler knows his way around a gasoline fight when he sees one. 
Cameron Grace
Cameron Grace
Hailing from the poorest island state in the union, Cameron is the groomsman least likely to be wearing a shirt right now. But not because he can't afford one. Determined, gritty, and tough, Cameron has persevered through many challenges in his life--certainly not the least of which is the societal pressure to be clothed at most times. Years after diagnosis of a rare skin disease which makes shirt-wearing nearly unbearable to Cameron, we are honored that he will suffer--clothed yet writhing--through the upcoming wedding at hand.
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