When Tragedy Strikes, The Central Coast Events Industry Pulls Together
As some of you may have heard, a beloved member of our Central Coast Events Industry, Josh from Sidecar Cocktail Company, was involved in a serious automobile collision on Thursday, October 18th. Although this is an incredibly difficult time for Josh and his family, the outpouring of love and support from our local community is truly inspiring.
In 12 days, Josh’s Go Fund Me page has earned over $80,000 to aid in his recovery. It will be a long a grueling process, but we are all so thankful that Josh will recover from this traumatic experience. Not only is he an amazing person, but he has been a major innovator when it comes to specialty drinks on the Central Coast. We want to show our love and support to Josh during his time of need and also showcase a fellow Central Coast Vendor who is raising the bar in our industry.
Sidecar Cocktail Co. Located on Broad street in San Luis Obispo, Sidecar specializes in original cocktails on a first come first serve basis. They also offer bar catering in style for your wedding, party, or special event on the Central Coast. But that is not all; enjoy some delicious eats while you sip on your one of a kind beverage at their downtown location! The Sidecar team strives to raise the bar when it comes to uniqueness and quality. If you have never been, we highly recommend paying them a visit. Their drinks speak for themselves!
It’s going to be a long road ahead for Josh on his way to recovery and we know his family would greatly appreciate all the help they can get. If you feel so inclined, you may donate using the link below. Thank you.
When Tragedy Strikes, The Central Coast Events Industry Pulls Together November 9th, 2018Kramer Events
Who doesn’t love cake?! We sure do! The Kramer Events team has had the pleasure of working with some amazingly talented dessert vendors over the years and we wanted to share some of their goodies with you! Read more
Wedding Inspiration | Cake Goals July 26th, 2018Kramer Events
There is nothing worse than getting stuck as the designated driver when you would prefer to let loose with your friends and family; even worse though is getting stuck in a situation where you and your loved ones are intoxicated and do not have a safe mode of transportation. The Kramer Events team is here to tell you that you and all your guests can go hard on your wedding night and still remain responsible and safe throughout. SLO Safe Ride will give you the peace of mind you need to thoroughly enjoy the party from start to finish.
As the Central Coast’s leading group transportation service, SLO Safe Ride prides themselves on being professional, punctual, and personable. They work closely with Central Coast Wedding Coordinators to ensure that your transportation arrives in the right place at the right time with no hassle to you. Their fleet includes luxury cars, vans, buses, and limousines as well as business class Charter vehicles. No party is too big or too small.
Reserve the perfect vehicle for you ahead of time to ensure that you can enjoy your special day worry free; and if any of your guests find themselves in a pinch, they can call and request a ride on the spot.
This service makes it possible for people to enjoy their lives responsibly. So, NEVER drink and drive, just call SLO Safe Ride, and party on!
No Drinking and Driving – Call SLO Safe Ride! July 26th, 2018Kramer Events
The Kramer Events team has been working diligently behind the scenes to prepare for this year’s Wedding and Event season, and they kicked it off strong with the ACI Jet’s 20th Anniversary Gala.
The Kramer Lighting crew set up an amazing display, arranging multiple sets of blue and white uplights along the walls of the hanger to create a colorful effect throughout the building. Pinspot lights on the ceiling illuminated the beautiful centerpieces arranged on the dining tables, and custom projections, an airplane, and the ACI Jet’s Logo can be seen along the back wall of the hanger.
Kramer Events Coordinator, Renee Weber worked endlessly to ensure the night came together just right. The guests loved the custom airplane place cards that she handcrafted directing them to their appropriate seat on the “runway”.
Spring is fast approaching and soon we will begin to see the Central Coast blossom with color. We’re talking flowers, and Kramer Events has the inside scoop on some of the most talented floral experts in the Central Coast Wedding industry.
Imagine having your wedding secluded at a private winery and villa with a picturesque French inspired terrace, romantic fountains, winding staircases, and luxurious rooms overlooking 50+ acres of Paso Robles wine country – is this a dream? No, its CaliPaso Winery and Villa! A fabulous Central Coast Wedding Venue that Emily and Carlos chose as their wedding destination.
Emily and Carlos met while she was working for the baseball team he played for, but their fate was sealed when they randomly bumped into one another on New Years Eve in Tahoe and shared a life-changing NYE kiss.
The Hernandez wedding was classically glamorous, with a gorgeous color scheme of Gold, Ivory, and Blush and had unique components, like Emily and Carlos’ beloved French Bulldogs, in the cutest little doggy tuxedos, being escorted down the aisle during their ceremony.
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.
First area of discussion 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 you’re 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.
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!
San Luis Obispo County as a Wedding Destination July 26th, 2018Kramer Events
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!
Featured Vendor: All About Events Debuts the Mobile Man Cave September 22nd, 2017Kramer Events
What happens when a handsome Firefighter meets a gorgeous, independent and entrepreneurial woman? A dynamic duo! Brock and Jenelle celebrated their love in front of family and close friends on May 6, 2017, at the always stunning Terra Mia Vineyard on the westside of the Paso Robles Wine Region.
Brock and Jenelle met and fell in love almost immediately. Both are very strong people, who shared a close bond with their families, and together are incredibly charitable to their community. The couple’s qualities were evident in their day as their guests were brought to happy tears as they watched their engagement video during the reception. While proposing, Brock had surprised Jenelle by hiding a tiny camera in the ring box, and caught her expression and her “YES” all on film. The Bride’s Father, who works in the Entertainment industry, then surprised the couple with his own video- a message of congratulations by “The Princess Bride” star, Cary Elwes, who wished the couple a “Happy Mawidge”.
Guests celebrated the couple and feasted on a delicious menu by Phil’s Catering (including an amazing Mac & Cheese!). Then, enjoyed a wedding cake crafted by the bride’s friend for her day.
Kramer Events Photographer, Patrick Ibarra, photographed the “joyous and loving” couple who could not wait to get back to the party and celebrate with their loved ones! Our DJ team shared that the event was one of their “Top 10” favorite weddings, as they ate, drank, and danced into the night at the gorgeous Terra Mia Vineyard!
Congratulations to Brock and Jenelle, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day!
The clouds parted and the sun shined for Katelyn and Bruce’s wedding at Bianchi Winery in Paso Robles. With a light-hearted color scheme of red, pink, and burgundy, the couple’s child-at-heart nature came through in every aspect of the day (they met in a toy store!). With a nod to vintage glamour, Katelyn chose satin flats from Etsy, and assisted her friend Lauren, owner of Etsy shop, Zella and Kay in creating a gorgeous felt toss bouquet. Making sure little touches that reflected their personality and personal style was marquee for the couple.
With its variance in location of ceremony and reception sites at Bianchi Winery, it is one of our favorite Central Coast Wedding Venues to shoot! We love how the winery’s lush vineyards meet the pond just off the tasting room, creating a variety of back drops and locations. The couple chose the hilltop area just off the winery’s production room to say their vows, and guests were treated stunning vineyard views and peeks of the sunset!
Having met when Bruce wandered into the toy store where Katelyn worked, the couple bonded early on their shared love of all things young-at-heart and Legos. Katelyn says that she knew immediately that Bruce was someone special, and thought about him non-stop after their first meeting. He found his way back to that toy store a few months later- and they have been inseparable since! They recently made the move from Katelyn’s hometown, San Luis Obispo, California, to College Station, Texas, where Bruce has a position at his Alma Mater, Texas A&M University.
With their shared love of the Paso Robles Wine Region, it was a natural choice for them to return to the Central Coast for their wedding. Friends and family from all over the country joined them for what became a weekend event of dinners, and (of course) wine tasting. Both fell in love with the pond at Bianchi Winery, and decided it was their dream venue.
Guests were escorted to the tasting room, where they were treated to hand passed appetizers by Chipwrecked Catering; bruschetta, mac and cheese stuffed sweet peppers, and fresh fruit- and sipped on a selection of wines by Bianchi Winery. Dinner was located on the patio overlooking the pond, and was a delicious buffet of prime rib, butternut squash lasagna, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole- a few of the couple’s favorite dishes. Dessert was strawberry shortcake, also by Chipwrecked, and red velvet cake by Lickity Split, now known as Pardon my French Bakery.
As the sun set over Bianchi, guests danced to jazz standards and were entertained by the bride’s friends- all accomplished swing dancers. It was a swinging evening to remember in Paso Robles!