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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ashley and Paul, July 30th at Kaleidoscope Inn

This season can be summed up with two words, "perfect weather". The ceremony was in a gazebo surrounded by green plants, yellow flowers and gold draping. WOW....What a beautiful day in a Victorian Garden with one of the coolest color schemes I've ever seen at any wedding ever. Now, I'm not a decorator, I'm a DJ...... we see every color, every event and it's usually nice, but this time it was striking. Jessica from "Flowers to You by Jessica" was given Yellow, Dark Silver and a a blue green color to work with and she hit a total home run. OK don't laugh......  I was even stopped in my tracks by the candy table, it was the most beautiful thing I've ever Great Job there FTYBJ. After dinner catered by "The Bayou House" we hosted the traditions including one of the funniest "Father Of the Bride" speeches I've ever heard and moved on to a night of dancing under the stars. The format was so fun with classic Motown, top-40 dance music and just rocked until the end of the night. We really enjoyed the easy going  happy style of this Bride and Groom and it reflected in every part of their day. Making it completely about the Bride and Groom is easy when you like them this much, Thank You Paul and Ashley....

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Scott and Sarah at Alisol Ranch Golf Resort, Solvang, Cal. July 24th

We love to travel to other areas and when we got the call to do this event in the Danish Village of Solvang which is closer to Santa Barbara than Us, the Bride and Groom were sooo nice and easy going I assumed they were here on the Central Coast. The truth is, they and their guests were all from the east coast, specifically New York and New jersey. The connection was made by a wonderful coordinator at Alisol Ranch named Susan who referred us and it was a great fit. (especially since unbeknown to her, I was born in upstate New York) After tons of on-line planning and a one time meet and greet we were just flat out excited to see this event get here. Perfect weather mixed with a stunning golf course setting was all we needed to make this party happen, both families were just awesome to be around. The meal was flat Iron Steaks and Salmon which were just incredible. Jonathan from Blue Photography from the Central Coast was along on this one and this guy is a party in and of himself, but the two of us together are a force, we have a great time every time we work together. What a great change of pace and a very warm, happy Wedding Day. Thanx again to the staff at Alisol and especially to Scott & Sarah.... You two are how it's supposed to be. :)

Danielle and Josh, July 23rd at Lago Guiseppe, Paso Robles, Ca.

Our first event at a new venue is sometimes a challenge but not this time, Lago Guiseppe was a stunning place for this event. Tucked in the wine country hills of Paso Robles this property consists of rolling hills covered with ancient Oak trees and two beautiful green grass areas which roll all the way to a lake which shimmers in the background as you take your vows. The reception space is on one of those areas and is bordered by a huge live music stage and room for lots of people. How you configure the space is up to you, and Joe, Janine and their crew are wonderful Hosts who stay on site and really seem to care about their clients. Danielle and Josh were a young couple who seem to have it all and when he sat down in front of all of the guests to sing a song just for her, you could see the emotion in her eyes. We wrapped the night with tons of dancing and sparkler filled fair-well down the path to a waiting limo. I'm really happy to say I now have another venue to recommend in paso and you can read more in a few weeks, we'll be back doing another event there in August. The food was done by the always fun Popolo catering, the video was done by Fig Leaf Productions who were very easy to work with and very professional, and I can't say enough about the warm personal touch put on the whole event by the staff at Lago Guiseppe...... Great Job and Thanx!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Kenzie & Jeff, July 17th at Santa Margarita Ranch

Sometimes we get very attached to our clients, this was one of our favorite of the season so far. Santa Margarita ranch is a Central Coast wedding venue like no other. The outside ceremony was just awesome and really showed the sense of humor these two have, especially when The Star Wars Theme was the entrance music for the Minister and the Groom. Then we went inside to the reception, There are some amazing Barn and Ranch venues here but this property has a history that just pulls you in, from the Pony Express station and the Native Indian village that once existed on site, to the main Asistencia which is a relic of the Mission era here in California where they host receptions inside the walls of a time long gone. This is just the beginning, but let's talk about another of those vendor lists which makes you "See" an event before, during and after every aspect of the day. A Beautiful Bride who loves her family and wanted the wedding day of her dreams, put together a list which included "Bayou House Catering",  another of our favorite photographers was present.... Katie Disimone, She makes life so easy for the other vendors by just being herself, easy going and fun with a constant smile on her face. We also got to work with CJN event planning and they nocked it out of the park (again). Jamie and Chris worked with Alex the Site Rep to cover every detail and I know they have the right coordinator when they're the last one's there being sure every detail is handled and worry free for the Bride and Groom. The dancing? ohhhh yea.... well they did have DJ

Monday, July 18, 2011

Greg and Renee at Avila Beach Golf Resort, July 16th, 2011

   When we sat down with Greg and Renee to talk about their big day, the main thing that came out of it was their love for 80's music and their desire to have FUN. They started the day with a beautiful ceremony over looking the ocean and the weather was sunny and warm at the beach. Linda Renfrow was the coordinator and Jeff Peters did a great pre-reception live Guitar set. As we moved into the tent, the music was decidedly fun even during the background. If you are reading this and planning a wedding, remember, the background music sets the mood and vibe for the entire night ...keep it fun. After dinner we went from tears and laughter during the toast, to the 1st dance, to a re-creation of the 1st dance for The Brides Mom and Dad that never happened when they were married. Then .......a full on dance party which could have gone all night with every 80's classic cut and even some new dance jams mixed in. What a Party! Thanx Avila and Thanx Greg and Renee.  

Monday, July 11, 2011

Rachelle and Tommy - July 9th at a Private Estate in the HIlls

When you bring in everything to do a wedding for over 175 guests at a private estate which is over looking the top of Morro Bay Rock, for a bride who is so beautiful she can only be described as elegant, it's a big job. The When the estate is an avocado farm on the top of hill, off the power grid, with a mile long switch-back concrete driveway, its a BIG JOB.. and you need a coordinator who knows how go big. Amy Northcote from "Fancy's Events" was the person who got the call. She got a vendor list together which would make any Bride feel good about herself and went to work. .........The Ceremony was under a beautiful Oak, with a family friend and Well known Judge presiding over the affair. The warmth and insite he put into it was just perfect. This was our second event in a row with guitarist Johnathan Sorbello, this guy is remarkable and so talented, he played both guitar and violin during the prelude & ceremony with the recessional played live by the band "JD Project" as both a teaser for the reception and an insite into the rest of the night. The flowers were done so well for this event, I gained a whole new respect for someone I've worked with many times. Jenny Mcniece and her staff took this hill top estate and gave it the understated look of modern country. After cocktails and photographs we were treated to famous Food brought in all the way from Santa Inez and prepared by Cowboy Catering. Then, the band and I got to work. Now......I've spent my career working (when asked) with bands from all over. This band kicked some serious dance floor, THE JD PROJECT and I switched off sets all night and kept it going till the fog and Midnight wrapped us up. This was going big, done right.

June 25th, Amanda & Derek at Sea Crest & Madonna Inn

                     Almost two years ago, we booked an event, Ceremony at The Sea Crest Resort and Reception at Madonna Inn. The plans were in the works until God stepped in and a traffic accident in Chicago made the plans a year longer and much more difficult. We finally got to be there as these two said "I DO" on the Cliff overlooking the Ocean in Shell Beach, California. From start to finish, this was a beautiful event. The Sea Crest staff ( thanks Nicole ) did a wonderful job with the ceremony and the hand-off to ( Kristen ) and the staff at Madonna Inn was smooth and easy. When we walked into the reception area we were stopped in our tracks by the up-lighting, (Bailey Decor Up-lighting) Wow. Michael and Marcia were the photographers and were part of a great team of vendors. This was the one that could have been a lot of things, a tragedy not being the least of them, instead it was just as planned and just beautiful.