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ZinFest 2017: Tobin James’s James Gang Party

Tobin James’s James Gang Party

Venue: Tobin James Winery | Lighting & Photography: Kramer Events

One of the most anticipated parties on the Central Coast; the Tobin James‘ James Gang Party is held over 2 days during ZinFest Weekend, and sees over 3000 attendees! Held on the Tobin James Cellars property, the bash includes unique lounges featuring bands, food (so much food!), and of course- barrels of their famous wine. We have proudly designed the lighting for this very special event for the past several years, and are excited each year that we are brought back. This year’s design included custom logo’d projection lighting, up lights with multiple color washes, string lighting, and pin spots to highlight key details of the event.

Chelsea & Courey | Santa Margarita Ranch

Gale force winds, flash floods, and chilly temperatures were on tap for this very special couple’s day. Chelsea and Courey just smiled, laughed, and loved through it- they were our ray of sunshine! Congratulations to a beautiful couple, and enjoy these teaser shots from yesterday’s wedding at Santa Margarita Ranch.

Photography by Patrick Ibarra and Justin Jacobs with Kramer Events

 

For more information on Santa Margarita Ranch, click here.

Wedding Inspiration: Romantic Vineyard Wedding at Terra Mia

Wedding Inspiration: Romantic Vineyard Wedding at Terra Mia

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There is something about a vineyard wedding that absolutely inspires us! For those of us on the Central Coast, it’s a location that is part of our daily life and drive, but rarely do we get to really play with the elements at hand. We absolutely jumped at the chance to create a style shoot with the incredibly talented Korinna Peterson of Le Festin Events at the gorgeous and up-and-coming Terra Mia Vineyard on the west side of the Paso Robles Wine Country. Thank you to Korinna’s style, and some amazing partners we created a day to pin and be inspired by!

 

Nestled onto 30 acres of rolling hills in Paso Robles, Terra Mia Vineyards offers a charming secluded setting that promises to create the most memorable visit or event. This private estate offers everything you could ever want in a Central Coast wedding venue, or a wine country vacation. This unique property has it all… It features rolling vineyards outlined with olive orchards and highlighted with majestic Oak trees, and a gorgeous path lined lake centered within the venue- creating a canvas for beautiful lighting design and stunning photos.

We love the touches of gold throughout this shoot- from the round back dining chairs, to the cake, and beading elements around the charger. This simple metal is perfectly paired with pinks and greens that are so fresh for spring!

 

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For more information on Terra Mia, please visit their venue page here.

Thanks to everyone below for showing our couples they can achieve this gorgeous wedding too!

Venue: Terra Mia Vineyard / Event Designer: Le Festin Events / Photographer: Kramer Events / Florals: Bella Bloom Events / Lighting: Kramer Events / Calligraphy: Bourbon Blue Cards / Specialty Rentals: Scout Rental Co.  / Cake: Cake Cathedral / Rentals: Central Coast Tent & Party / Wedding Dress: French Knot Couture

 

 

Featured Venue: Cambria Pines Lodge

Featured Venue: Cambria Pines Lodge

North Coast charm with a touch of European oppulance

Photography by Kramer Events

Set among 25 acres of lush gardens, and a Monterey pine forest, this gorgeous hilltop lodge boasts a history of European nobility and adventure. Built in the early 1920’s by a European baroness seeking adventure and fun on the rugged California coastline, built the lodge as her personal resort within visiting distance of Hearst Castle. But alas her Husband, the baron, called her back to Europe- leaving the lodge to a development company, and dashing her hopes of parties with the Hearst Family.

 

The lodge today resembles a gorgeous, modern-day cabin with a ballroom, upgraded rooms and suites, and a fire side lounge- perfect for post-event nightcaps. The grounds of Cambria Pines Lodge pay tribute to the baroness with an English garden, and rows of sculpted hedges along the garden paths. Couples love the beautiful gazebo for their ceremony, and often host cocktail parties on the adjacent patio prior to begin their receptions.

 

The Peacock Room, beautifully comes alive for indoor receptions! Trimmed in pine, the room boasts high ceilings, a moveable dance floor, and a granite-topped built in pine bar. We love working with couples to take advantage of this space with lighting and draping.

 

While this Central Coast wedding venue is bursting with picturesque locations on site for photos and gatherings, the lodge is located just minutes from the iconic Moonstone Beach- perfect for wedding party photos, or capturing the sunset.

Cambria Pines Lodge can accommodate up to 300 guests; and is perfect for weddings, gatherings, and  corporate events.

Featured Venue: Santa Margarita Ranch

Featured Venue: Santa Margarita Ranch

Rustic sophistication in the heart of Wine Country

Photography by Kramer Events

Nestled in the little town of Santa Margarita, sits one of the longest continually operating cattle ranches in California- and our featured venue this week, Santa Margarita Ranch. The ranch has become a favorite venue among couples seeking a rustic yet sophisticated style for their wedding. The 15,000 acre property located just 15 minutes from San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles; features open space, vineyards, garden spaces, a barn, and an original Disneyland steam train!

The Santa Margarita Ranch is a special venue for our coordinators, Bri and Melissa, which is why we chose this very special place as our Featured Venue of the Week! Both coordinators rave about the incredibly accommodating and helpful venue staff, versatility of the space for events from rehearsal dinners to very large weddings and corporate events, and the uniqueness of the ranch’s steam train- a huge hit for wedding photos, and entertaining guests.

Bri’s favorite part of the venue is the iconic barn and the way the sun shines through the expansive doors at the golden hour, providing a natural backdrop for amazing photos. Melissa loves the plethora of photo back drops provided by the venue- there is no shortage of photo inspiration at the ranch! Both caution cake placement in the barn, as there is a resident barn owl that adds to the charm of the historic space!

Santa Margarita Ranch can accommodate up to 1000 guests; and is perfect for weddings, events, corporate parties, and rehearsal dinners.

 

For more Santa Margarita Ranch inspiration, see Elisa and Ryan’s Real Wedding story here.

To contact this booking for more information, please click here.

 

Real Wedding Stories: Elisa and Ryan, Santa Margarita Ranch

Real Wedding Stories: Elisa and Ryan, Santa Margarita Ranch

Rustic ranch wedding on a working cattle ranch

Photography by Kramer Events

The Romance

Elisa and Ryan were two California-bred employees of Royal Caribbean International when they met halfway around the world on February 3, 2009. Elisa, a dancer and aerialist with the cruise ship’s production met Ryan, a lighting technician for the production department in a meeting for new crew members assigned to the ship. They soon found themselves forming a close friendship and that led to love on the high seas. Three years later Ryan proposed to Elisa, and their life long adventure began!

Their venue selection

Elisa and Ryan may have fallen in love on the other side of the world, but, they grew up just a few hours from each other in California; Elisa hails from Santa Maria, California, and Ryan, from Dinuba, California. Both wanted a Central Coast wedding venue that was not only close to their respective hometowns, but reflected their sense of style. They chose the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, just 45 minutes north of Santa Maria, because of it’s rustic appeal and outdoors focus.

How did they make their wedding unique? 

It was very important to Elisa and Ryan to create an event that highlighted their personal style, and their love for family and friends (which included their cruise ship family!). They did not want to do anything that would be an expected tradition. We loved their cocktail and popcorn hour in the garden, and that the Groom utilized his background and worked with us to design the perfect lighting scheme for their reception in the historic barn.

The Day

With rustic sophistication and  meaningful details as their style inspiration, Elisa and Ryan used the outdoor locations around the ranch and the barn to it’s full advantage. We loved their choice of the massive oak tree in the garden as their ceremony back drop. For their reception personal touches like gifts of home made soaps, and their own floral design completed their vision to a “t”.

Their advice for future couples? 

“Be patient, and take it one step at a time”. Congratulations Elisa and Ryan!

Wedding Vendors:

Coordination/Lighting/Photo Booth/ Photography: Kramer Events

Officiant: Olive Tree Officiants

Catering: Ribline

Rentals: SLO Party Rentals

Hair & Make-Up: Melissa Elgura of Hair is Art in my Hands

Tuxedo Rental: Generation Tux

 

Central Coast Venue Guide: What to know, what to ask

Central Coast Venue Guide

What to know, what to ask

 

One of the first and most important steps in planning any event is the selection of your venue! There are so many unique venues to choose from on the Central Coast, it’s important to take your time and ask lots of questions. Your venue is one of the most important aspects of your wedding day; it helps set the scene of your day as well as determine the flow of your event. We suggest to start your search using our Central Coast Wedding Venue Guide to get your ideas flowing, and make initial contact with the venues that catch your eye. With so many things to consider (and some you may not have thought of); we put together a list of points to ponder, and questions to ask when deciding on a venue.

 

Whispering Rose Ranch/Photo by Opendoor Wedding Photography

Whispering Rose Ranch/Photo by Opendoor Wedding Photography

 

Location

Is the venue close to accommodations for your family and friends? If you have a large number of guests travelling in, you’ll want to make sure there are adequate options nearby, or, plenty of transportation options such as Uber or possibly reserving a shuttle service such as SLO Safe Ride for your event and the safety of your guests.

Style

From Paso Robles to Santa Barbara, the Central Coast is wide open and varied in terrain from mountains to vineyards, cool downtown districts, and coastal areas- which makes it perfect to satisfy any wedding style or theme!

Does the venue match the style and feel you are hoping for? Wedding venues such as Greengate Ranch and Vineyard offers rustic charm with a vintage twist, while Whispering Rose Ranch in Solvang provides breathtaking views of the Santa Ynez Valley from a gorgeous working horse ranch with an air of Santa Barbara sophistication. If you are dreaming of a coastal wedding; venues such as Point 16 in Big Sur offer wide open views of the California coast line, while Avila Beach Golf Resort offers a beach front location with stunning sunsets. And of course, we have no shortage of vineyard and winery locations up and down the Central Coast!

Point 16, Big Sur/Photo by Kramer Events

Venue

When you’ve narrowed down your list of venues, there are a few questions to keep in mind that may save you money and hassle come event day:

How far in advance can you reserve the venue, and, does the venue offer an off-season discount? The wedding season on the Central Coast is typically late April through early November, when the weather here is best. Many venues and vendors (like Kramer Events) offer off-season discounts on venues and services if you book during November through early April.

What is included in the rental fee? Some venues offer tables, chairs, and other wedding related items and fold it into the cost of the rental; however, not all do. Make sure to get the list of what’s included to make the most of your budget and vendor needs.

Can you choose your own vendors? Another very important question! Most venues will allow outside catering, and liquor; however, there are several on the Central Coast that utilize their own in-house catering or liquor license. Often, you can still bring in outside wine, beer, or liquor, but there may be a corkage fee. Be sure to outline this clearly ahead of time with the venue’s Event Manager.

-Finally, time of year is also very important when determining a venue. While the temperature throughout much of the coastline and inland valleys of the Central Coast stay sunny and temperate throughout much of the year; our summertime and early fall temperatures in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Ynez can climb into the 90’s and higher. Does the venue have an indoor option for coverage, or, enough room for tenting should the weather call for it?

As you begin your search for the perfect Central Coast wedding venue, keep these points in mind and look for venues that will bring the vision of your perfect day to life!

Pear Valley Winery, Paso Robles/Photo by Kramer Events

For more venue and style inspiration, be sure to follow our Pinterest boards.  

Need Plans for Ringing in the New Year?


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   These past 12 months certainly have been wild, leaving many of us ready to enthusiastically bid farewell to 2016 and greet the year to come. If you’ve been a bit too preoccupied with the upcoming holidays to give proper consideration to your New Year’s Eve plans, don’t worry- you can welcome 2017 in style while one of our Kramer Events DJs mixes the night away. Plenty of party with all the Kramer Events pizzazz, join us at one of these select events for a night you won’t forget!  Read more

Voted Best DJ 2016!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Kramer Events has won California Wedding Day’s award for Central Coast’s Best DJ 2016 !!! Our team is honored to be considered alongside such innovative and top-notch talent, and we humbly congratulate all of our fellow local nominees and winners.

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This award is especially sweet considering each finalist is chosen by our peers; the brides, grooms, vendors, and California Wedding Day staff through an open voting process held online. Read more