San Luis Obispo County as a Wedding Destination

Welcome to San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County has ranked in the top numbers of the “Happiest Cities in the Country” on many occasions – and for good reason! Tucked right in the middle of San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Central Coast enjoys the best of both worlds with none of the big city downfalls. This California location possesses a quaint, yet exciting charm that can’t be found elsewhere. Here you will witness expansive coast lines, mountain peaks, rolling hills, and populated forests. It is home to many once in a lifetime activities and attractions that will appeal to people from all walks of life which makes it an ideal location for your California destination wedding. Whether you want your special day to feel calm and intimate or lavish and extravagant, the Central Coast wedding industry has hundreds of options to choose from. Creative professionals abound, armed with the passion and innovation to completely personalize the details of your day. If you are planning a destination wedding in the Golden State, we have put to use our many years of event planning experience to take you on a virtual tour through the ins and outs the planning process.

 So, let’s take it “Slo” and explore the things that make a Central Coast wedding such a magical and memorable experience. 

Central Coast Fun for Everyone

One of the main draws of the area is its abundance of natural and historical site seeing opportunities and modern day amenities. Often, you and your guests will be traveling long distances to be on the Central Coast for your wedding day and the days surrounding it, so you want to ensure everyone is well accommodated and having a great time.  Not to worry. There are endless options when it comes to lodging, dining, and fun activities catering to all lifestyles. Here we will explore a few regions in the area and what they have to offer.

The first area I will discuss is the one and only city of San Luis Obispo. Located in south county, this moderate sized collage town is the epicenter of activity in the area. It is home to California Polytechnic University, known to locals as Cal Poly. The vibes here are creative and fun. During the day, enjoy shopping, great food, and historic sites such as the San Luis Obispo Mission or the intriguing display in Bubble Gum Alley. If your here on a Thursday evening you can walk the streets of downtown SLO enjoying a vast farmers market with organic goodies and homemade treasures from all over the county, as well as an active city nightlife. Enjoy a stay at the luxurious Madonna Inn, which offers much more than just lodging, or one of the many other hotels, B&B’s, or vacation rentals available in the city.

Next, lets move on to explore some of the seaside experiences the Central Coast has to offer. Travel out of the city headed North on the historic Highway 1 through several beach towns. The first stop will be Morro Bay, where you can experience an elegant Seafood dinner overlooking the ocean, or a more casual bite of fish and chips by the docks; rent kayaks and paddle boards and explore the bay on your own, or take a guided boat tour. Continue a bit further and you will reach the town of Cambria Beach where you will find all the best vintage items in the locally owned shops along Main street. On past Cambria, the highway winds along the coast to your left, and to your right you will soon be stunned to see a herd of Zebra grazing on the expanding fields below Hearst Castle – take a guided tour that will leave you feeling nostalgic for times long past.

Last, but certainly not least lets venture inland where you can take it easy in beautiful Wine Country. Unlike San Luis Obispo, the city of Paso Robles has a relaxed small town feel to it, but there is never a shortage of things to do here. Experience one of many family friendly festivals such as the Art Festival, Lavender Festival, and Olive Festival that take place on several weekends throughout the year in the downtown city park. Become familiar with the work of community farmers, artists and other creative professionals who add a unique flair to the Paso culture.  Drive into the country and enjoy breathtaking views, and of course plenty of wine, at one of the hundreds of wineries that are sprinkled throughout the area. One such Winery that we have personally worked with on several occasions is Justin Winery, located remotely and enjoying views far and wide, you will be enchanted by the beauty all around.

Want to learn more about the many attractions and accommodations San Luis Obispo County has to offer? Visit the Visit San Luis Obispo County website to learn more about the happenings on the Central Coast.

Central Coast Wedding Venues

It is no secret that the Central Coast is home to some of the most amazing natural spectacles. From vast landscapes of rolling hills sprinkled with vineyards and rustic farms; to Coastal towns with seaside charm; cliffs overlooking the beautiful Pacific ocean; or lush orchards and tree covered canopies, it is no surprise that the venues here will take your breath away! Over the course of many years, Kramer Events has had the experience of getting an up close and personal look at some of the greatest venues around.

One of them being the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. Set within the hills just outside the small farming town of Santa Margarita, the 14,000 acre ranch which has been in operation since the 1700s has the perfect combination of country charm and elegance to make your vision for a rustic barn wedding come to life. 

To the NorthWest you will find another highly esteemed venue that our team has had the pleasure to work with on many occasions. Cambria Pines Lodge is nestled by the sea in the eclectic town of Cambria. With three breathtaking gardens, sophisticated interiors with modern accommodations, and cliffs overlooking the ocean just a few minutes away, Cambria Pines lodge is the perfect setting for your garden wedding by the sea.

If you heard the word garden and lit up a little, we have another remarkable venue for you to explore, See Canyon Fruit Ranch, located in the city of San Luis Obispo is an intimate venue with a vintage atmosphere where you feel as though you have entered some kind of fairytale in which the landscape is green and lush all year round. 

Still Curious? We’d like to invite you to explore these three venues as well as over a hundred more using Kramer Events free wedding resource, Central Coast Wedding Venues.

Central Coast Wedding Vendors

Now that we have seen some of the beautiful venues SLO county has to offer, let’s take a look at a few of the recommended vendors in the area. The Central Coast is inhabited by a small town artistic community with big time talent and charm.

One such vendor is the Trumpet Vine Catering service which specializes in California/American cuisine with a Spanish and Mediterranean flair. Let’s be real, food is one of the most important aspects of any event – it’s gotta be good! That’s why organic and locally sourced ingredients that appeal to a diverse range of dietary needs is a must, and that is just what you get with this awesome company.

Food, check! Now let’s talk desserts that will make your taste buds dance, and look incredible displayed at your wedding. Just Baked SLO is a company we have loved working with in the past. Their goodies are never mass produced and each dessert receives special attention to detail so their appearance and taste is nothing short of delightful; their cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and cookies will pretty up any table! 

Speaking of tables, All About Events is a Central Coast Wedding Vendor specializing in handcrafted farm tables you can rent for your dining and display needs. They also offer a broad range of tableware, furniture, and other specialty items such as dancefloors, heaters/umbrellas, and tents. 

So, you now have a solid place to begin finding the right people to put the details of your wedding together, but who will put you together? Well, Kramer Events has some great suggestions! Faces a la Mode has over 30 years experience doing hair and makeup in SLO county. The high level of skill they possess in their craft along with their desire to meet the unique needs of all their clients will leave your wedding party, and especially the bride, looking absolutely flawless! 

To top it off, there are several Florists with extensive knowledge and a passion to accentuate your look with flowers. One such company is Sprigs Floral Design, a renowned Floral company which has been serving the central coast with enthusiasm for over 15 years. Sprigs offers a range of floral services such as bouquets, table arrangements, floral decor and more. 

For more information on these listed vendors and several more visit the Kramer Events community resource, Central Coast Wedding Vendors


Alright, let’s break it down! When it comes to planning the wedding of your dreams there is a lot to consider, but you can be confident in knowing that if you choose San Luis Obispo County as your wedding destination, you will have access to some of the most gorgeous venues in California, skillful vendors who have perfected their crafts and are ready to make your day as beautiful as you envision, and all the accommodations you could hope for to make your and your guests stay on the Central Coast remarkable. Here at Kramer Events,  we truly believe San Luis Obispo County has something for everyone. We have personally provided Coordination, DJ, Photography, Videography, Lighting, Photo Booth and more in conjunction with all the listed venues and vendors and we hold each in the highest regard. After all, we are just trying to raise the publics expectations of event professionals and create an awesome place to work! 


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Team Member Spotlight

Paul Escalera

Meet Paul, one of the most positive people you’ll ever meet, and an example for our team to follow.  He constantly showcases the values that drive us here at Kramer: Positivity, Quality, Team, Accountability, Honesty, and Integrity.

After working at Disney, Paul started off as an event assistant and worked his way up to become one of our main lead lighting techs.  You’ll see him help lead all of our big lighting events, in addition to teaching our lighting techniques to our new team members.  He’s also innovating new lighting services for us to bring to the industry!

As our warehouse and equipment manager, Paul now ensures our event teams have all the equipment they need to have incredible events.  He’s the reason why our gear always works well and our team knows how to use it.  He even makes sure we have backup gear available.  Just ask him about our worst case scenario, pressure cooker trainings we do with our team if our equipment were to fail in the field.

You can learn a lot about someone by the music they listen to.  Come in during the week and you’ll hear him playing upbeat Jazz music throughout the warehouse — keeping you calm, focused, and ready —  it’ll even put a smile on your face.  He’s a great guy who’s positive and calm outlook I admire and hope to emulate.

Thanks for being an incredible and valuable member of the Kramer Team!

Beau Kramer
Team Leader
Kramer Events, Inc.

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A Christmas Love Story Fit for Disney

A Christmas Love Story Fit for Disney

Imagine this; it’s Christmas morning and all the usual joy and excitement are in the air as you give and receive gifts surrounded by the ones you love. Your handed a neatly wrapped package from someone very special to you. Curious as to what this surprise could be, you slowly peel away the wrapping paper to reveal an Amazon box, you open the box and find…a matching set of mickey mouse ears? “Bride and Groom” they read. Stunned and confused you glance up and sitting in front of you is the man that you love, down on one knee and extending a ring. “No way!” Suddenly, Christmas takes on a whole new meaning. “Yes, of course I will marry you!”

For one lucky girl, this Christmas story became a reality, and the lucky guy who proposed to her? Our very own Warehouse Manager and Lead Tech, Paul Escalera! Paul is a huge part of the Kramer team and works diligently to ensure the warehouse is organized and high functioning – no easy feat when your talking about thousands of pieces of equipment. We couldn’t be more excited for him and his new fiancé Katie, and the Mickey Mouse ears? Well, they turned out to be a huge piece of the puzzle.

Paul and Katie met in 2014 working together at Disneyland. They’re journey of love began on July 27th in Tomorrowland; after some time, they transferred together to Adventureland, but they had no idea that their greatest adventure together was yet to come! After living and working for a year in Anaheim, they moved to San Luis Obispo to be closer to Katie’s hometown of Pismo Beach, and the rest is history! A love story fit for a Disney movie! Congratulations Paul and Katie!


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Real Wedding: Chelsea & Stefan • See Canyon Fruit Ranch

Chelsea & Stefan’s Wedding • See Canyon Fruit Ranch

There is something magical about bringing to life a couple’s unique vision for their wedding day successfully. It does not come easily, as the day can always take unexpected turns, but when a team has the ability to work together on all aspects of the event, the potential for the day to come together and exceed the couple’s original expectations rises drastically.

On October 7th, 2017, Stefan and Chelsea brought their wedding vision to life with the help of an integrated Kramer Events team at the lush Central Coast Wedding venue See Canyon Fruit Ranch. In the midst of ancient Oak trees, vibrant gardens, and overflowing fruit orchards, you might expect that a dream wedding would come together naturally, however, there is a world of team planning behind the scenes that is the backbone of a beautifully crafted event such as the Hardy Wedding.

As all wedding professionals know, there are bound to be a handful of obstacles that arise; like when the handmade Cake Pops began melting in the sun and our coordinators rushed them into the shade. Or when the dreaded scenario of running out of beer arose, and our lead coordinator went out to buy more while her assistant and the rest of the team worked together to rearrange the agenda and ensure no stress was put onto the couple or their guests. The beer was delivered right on time and the party was a blast! It is these little issues that can make or break an event depending on how they are handled, and when you go with Kramer Events you get the comfort in knowing that things will be handled efficiently.

Stefan and Chelsea’s love was so strong that after only one year of knowing one another, they took a leap of faith and moved across country together, but when it came to the planning of their wedding day, they went the route of certainty by entrusting our team with the month-of-coordination, DJ, Photography, and Photo Booth services. Our desire to make our clients happy and raise the public’s expectations of event professionals allowed us to create a vision of excellence for the Hardy’s and the guests that came to witness the exchange of their love that day.




Venue: See Canyon Fruit Ranch | DJ/MC: Kramer Events | Wedding Coordinator: Bri Cormier | Officiant: Rick Comstock | Photographer: Kramer Events | Caterer: Testas Catering | Dessert: Daisy Delights | Florist: Sprigs Floral Designs | Rentals: Party Place | Live Musician: Cimo | Transportation: Dennis Nosworthy | Hair & Make Up: Chelsea Smith | Tux Rentals: Men’s Warehouse | Photo Booth: Kramer Events

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Real Wedding: Nick & Caitlin • Avila Beach Golf Resort

Nick & Caitlin’s Wedding • Avila Beach Golf Resort

Oftentimes the best things in life are thrown at us unexpectedly. This was certainly the case when it came to the union of Caitlin and Nick. They first crossed paths in New York city, a place which had drawn them both away from their faraway hometowns. Upon meeting, they instantly felt that magical spark which lives in the presence of new love, but they never imagined how much their lives would intertwine or how they would grow to need one another. Not long after they met and fell in love, the universe let them know just how serious this was as Caitlin became pregnant – with twins! The couple embraced their surprising fate and brought forth the beautiful new life that became Jack and Fay and their lives have been unfolding together ever since.

Though Nick and Caitlin had already experienced the grandest of adventures side by side, they decided to solidify their love by entering into the sacred bond of marriage on September 23, 2017 at the beautiful Central Coast wedding venue, Avila Beach Golf Resort – a place that has held special meaning to Caitlin and her family for many years. So, with the sun shining overhead, and a light ocean breeze all around, this special couple said their I do’s surrounded by the ones they hold dear who had travelled from all sides of the country to pay witness to their love.

This wedding was yet another grand display of what the entire Kramer team can do when brought together to execute a couple’s vision for their big day. Caitlin and Nick utilized Kramer Events month-of-coordination service, ensuring that the day played out how they envisioned; Our Dj wedding package, which provided just the right vibes before and during their ceremony and kept the dance floor jumpin’ throughout the reception; and the full Kramer Events Wedding Photography package, ensuring that all their big moments were beautifully captured for them to cherish for a lifetime. All and all, the Johnson’s wedding was a lovely seaside experience that they and their guests will never forget!”

Venue: Avila Beach Golf Resort | Wedding Coordination: Kramer Events | Photography: Kramer Events | Caterer: Chef’s Table | Dessert: The Cakery | Florist: Sprigs | Event Rentals: Got You Cover’d | Ice Cream Truck: Negranti’s Ice Cream


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Team Member of the Month: Justin Jacobs, November 2017

Meet Justin

An amazing photographer but more importantly one of the most amazing people I’ve ever me in my life..

Anyone who’s met Justin for more than 30 seconds knows  what an incredible person and leader he is.  His infectiously positive outlook and genuine love for people makes him a person you just want to be around.

Spend more than 30 mins with him, and you will literally have a different week and a refreshed outlook on life. Call him friend, and you will walk a different life. Yes, he’s that awesome!

We are incredibly lucky to have a man of his character and talent on our team.  When he came to me as a seasoned successful photographer 3 years ago and wanted to start our photography division it was a no brainier.

Since then, he has done amazing work and produced incredible photos for our couples and clients.  He has inspired & navigated our photography team toward excellence.  And he has worked with our DJ, coordination, lighting, and video teams to integrate our services together so that all of our team works together with precision and unity of purpose.

But more than that he’s left an impact on everyone he touches.

Melissa and I are grateful to have him lead our photography team and be a cherished friend.

– Beau Kramer
Team leader

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Real Wedding: Ryan and Lisa • Bianchi Winery

Ryan & Lisa’s Wedding • Bianchi Winery

You’ve heard the expression “opposites attract” before right? Well that couldn’t be more true when it comes to these two. Coming from different worlds, yet both possessing hearts of gold, contagious energy, and smiles that can light up a room. They are a match made in heaven, an observation that anyone present on their wedding day would surely make. The vivacious couple decided to bring their spunk to the central coast winery scene, and tied the knot at Bianchi Winery in Paso Robles.

The Seller’s wedding was full of bright colors, elegance, and touch of sparkle! Lisa’s bridal party was dolled up in a sultry coral, and outfitted with bouquets of pink and white roses; while Ryan and his mates dressed their suits up with teal ties and kept with the spirit of fun in their bright teal sunglasses. We were impressed with the couple’s ability to keep their guests physically engaged in today’s climate of iphones in front of faces by opting for an unplugged wedding – inviting their guests to be fully present during their one of kind ceremony. And it truly was a unique experience – I mean, when’s the last time you went to a wedding and witnessed the new bride and groom pull out their flasks, take a swig and proceed to walk down the aisle as husband and wife? #NationOfLyan was in full effect – from icing the bridal parties to starting one of the most epic conga lines known to man, the good times kept rolling until the end of the night. The couple ended their wedding evening with a hilarious couple photo in front of the Mirror Photo booth in which the groom asked his new wife, “Is it okay that i’m now shirtless under my vest?” to which she replied, “Of course it is!”.

In addition to utilizing the Kramer Photo booth service, Ryan and Lisa decided to bundle and enjoyed the peace of mind that comes with a solid execution of DJ, photography, videography, lighting, and month-of wedding coordination by the Kramer Events team. Ironically enough, Ryan used to work for Kramer back in the day as a DJ so it was only fitting that at one point he stepped up to rock the DJ board and kept the party bumpin’. The best aspect of going with an all inclusive Kramer Events service is witnessing a team of individuals working together seamlessly to produce an event that is top notch in every way.

Hey, we’re just out here trying to raise the public’s expectation of event professionals, and Ryan and Lisa’s spectacular vision for their wedding day matched perfectly with the Kramer Events company mission.

Venue: Bianchi Winery | DJ/MC: Kramer Events | Coordinator: Kramer Events | Photographer: Kramer Events | Caterer: Gusto On The Go | Dessert: Just Baked SLO | Florist: Jespersens Flowers | Videographer: Kramer Events | Event Rentals: Gusto On The Go / All About Events | Tux Rentals: Men’s Warehouse | Lighting Design: Kramer Events | Photo Booth: Kramer Events

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Real Wedding: Alexis & Casey • Cambria Pines Lodge

Alexis & Casey’s Wedding • Cambria Pines Lodge

What happens when an enchanted garden and soft, pastel colors meet? Alexis and Casey’s wedding at Cambria Pines Lodge happens! The beautiful bride and groom said their I Do’s at this intimate central coast wedding venue located in Cambria, California – a quaint beach town tucked away north of San Luis Obispo. Our photographer was able to effortlessly capture the undeniable connection between these two. By nightfall, the dance floor was packed, sparklers lit the sky and the newlyweds were off as husband and wife.

The central coast was named one of the happiest places on earth for a reason – the coastal beaches, lush landscapes and simply put, the way it makes you feel. Capture all of these moments with none other than a San Luis Obispo based photographer. They’re going to know all of the good spots anyways.

Photography: Kramer Events | DJ: Kramer Events | Photo Booth: Kramer Events | Lighting: Kramer Events | Dessert Truck: Sugar Lips

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Featured Vendor: All About Events Debuts the Mobile Man Cave

Three words – Mobile Man Cave. That’s right! Gather all your bros, compadres, and mates and chill out in this luxurious man cave on wheels! Just imagine you and your groomsmen relaxing, watching the game, drinking a cold brew before you get ready to say your I Do’s. This modern mobile man cave will totally set the tone for your wedding day, exclusively for you and your best buds.  I mean come on, if we’re being completely honest, that gut wrenching ball of excitement sitting at the bottom of your stomach day of would feel a whole lot better if you had your own personal getaway. A man cave at that, to just sit back and relax and prep for one of the most memorable days of your life. Ultimate game changer my friend!

Team Member of the Month: Lou Mars, September 2017

Meet Lou

Not only is Lou one of our top Host MCs here at Kramer Events, he’s also in charge of talent development.  Lou’s interactive MC style was a welcome addition to our DJ lineup and helps round out your options with our DJs.  you’ll see him out on the floor getting grandma out there dancing and getting the party started.  His background as a touring drummer and on stage performer has allowed him to develop his own following here at Kramer Events.  Very musically talented, he now also teaches drumming to children throughout the Central Coast.  He has also been a great mentor for both our MCs and event staff.  We are lucky to have a man of his skill and attitude on our team.  And very happy to have him in a leadership role here.  He has pushed us to step up our performance and I know good things will continue to come from Lou.

And in a few weeks he’ll be going for a drumming marathon world record in Portugal.

Local news station KSBY 6 met up with Lou to hear first hand about the amazing event he’s about to partake in. 

Congratulations to our September 2017 team member of the month, Lou Mars!

-Beau Kramer, Team Leader

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