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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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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Brock & Jenelle’s Wedding | Terra Mia Vineyard

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!


Featured Vendors:

Venue: Terra Mia Vineyard | Photography:  Kramer Events | DJ: Kramer Events | Coordination: Michelle Mac Events | Rentals: Central Coast Tent & Party | Specialty Rentals: Embellish | Floral: Bella Bloom | Catering: Phil’s Catering

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Featured Event: VI Preview 2017

Featured Event: VI Preview 2017

Photography by Patrick Ibarra of Kramer Events


Top planners, venues, and key industry advocates were invited last week to a new and very special event.  VI Preview 2017, a collaborative effort by Greengate Ranch & Vineyard, Kramer Events, All About Events, Ribline Catering, Noonan’s Wine Country Designs, Biddle Ranch, Salt & Stag Creative, Sidecar Cocktail Co., Scout Rental Co, and Flowers by Kim celebrated the official beginning of the 2017 event season by rolling out their “A” game! Billed “Part Inspiration, Part Culinary Tour, and Part Booty Shaking Party”, VI Preview allowed attendees to see the chicest and coolest new services and looks for the upcoming season.


Take a peek at this year’s highlights!

The evening began with a bubbles and cheese party in the stunning stables at Greengate Ranch. Once a horse barn; the stables have been renovated and are ready for intimate dinners, cocktail receptions, and ceremonies. Guests were treated to welcome glasses of Sparkling Wine by neighbor, Biddle Ranch Vineyard. The bottles housed in a rustic barrel wine chiller by All About Events, and surrounded by floral ice cubes by Noonan’s Wine Country Designs. Guests milled about concept tables designed by Brooke Johnson of All About Events; listened to the sounds of Kramer Events’s live musician, Matt Cross; and were treated to a delicious (and beautiful!) charcuterie board by Ribline Catering, under chandeliers by Kramer Events. The board featured selections by Fromagerie Sophie, Catteneo Bros., and local fruits.

Guests then meandered down to the Vintage Barn and Courtyard for an evening of networking, eating, drinking, and dancing! The team at All About Events showcased their new clear top jumbo track tent, draped elegantly by Flowers by Kim, and furnished beautifully by Greer Woodruff of Scout Rental Co.. Luxe Linen’s 2016 and 2017 linen line were showcased as well, brilliantly by Brooke Johnson of All About Events, and highlighted the rental companies gorgeous offerings- including their new rose gold line and floral centerpieces by Noonan’s Wine Country Designs!

Sidecar Cocktail Co. displayed their Tinkertin Trailer Mobile Bar and shook up cocktails for the crowd, showcasing their popular drinks, ‘The Cure” and “My Hips don’t Lie”. Guests were treated to a fantastic display of food by Ribline Catering with stations providing hand carved sliders, salads, a Mac & Cheese Bar (a hit!), hand passed black truffle oysters, and their popular beach balls appetizer. For those with a sweet tooth, Ribline Catering displayed their baking prowess and introduced their new dessert offerings and cakes for 2017 weddings and events!

Guests partied and networked into the night with Kramer Events’s Silent Disco Party featuring Dueling DJ’s Conor and Lou, who put on quite a show! (Costume changes, drums kits and all!) Kramer Events also debuted their new massive Disco Ball, interactive green screen photo booth and light wall, which made quite the dramatic entrance and exit- and is available now for this season’s events.

VI Preview will return in 2018, don’t miss out!

For more information on inspiration and pieces showcased, please see our 2017 VI Preview Guide by clicking here.


Event Credits:

Venue: Greengate Ranch & Vineyard | Photography, Lighting Design, DJ, Silent Disco, Photo Booth: Kramer Events |Event Rentals: All About Events | Tablescape Design: Brooke Johnson of All About Events | Catering: Ribline Catering | Floral Design: Noonan’s Wine Country Designs | Specialty Rentals: Scout Rental Co. | Specialty Draping: Flowers by Kim | Bar Catering: Sidecar Cocktail Co. | Sparkling Wine: Biddle Ranch Winery | Logo & Invitation Design, Calligraphy: Salt & Stag Creative | Linens: Luxe Linens


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Chelsea & Courey’s Wedding • 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.

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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.

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Real Wedding: Elisa and Ryan • Santa Margarita Ranch

Elisa and Ryan’s Wedding • Santa Margarita Ranch

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!

Featured 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


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When: April 10, 2015

Where: Santa Margarita Ranch

Tickets: May be purchased at

Ticket and general event inquiries can be directed to Katie Manley:

Email | Phone: 805.595.4000 ext 508

From the Barrel is one of the most unique events on the Central Coast that celebrates the end of Prohibition and embraces the finer (alcoholic) things in life.  Firestone Walker Brewing Company and the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch are bringing together some of the finest Bourbons, Ports and barrel-aged beers for

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Danielle Poff WeddingWe can’t believe we just found this amazing blog post published by GreenWeddingShoes about one of our favorite Central Coast Wedding Photographers, Danielle Poffenbarger (formerly Capito)! She and her new hubby, Adam, got hitched at the gorgeous Flying Caballos Ranch and have the absolute BEST style. We encourage you to check out the Post for some great tips and very chic, bohemian styled Wedding Inspiration!

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Justin & Caryn

 Apple Creek Ranch, Santa Rita Hills



ustin and Caryn were wonderful to say the least! It was a beautiful Central Coast day, the bride and her bridal party prepped in the master bedroom of the Estate House at Apple Creek Ranch while the groom got ready just across the way in the Guest House. The ceremony took place on the back patio of the main estate, showcasing the beautiful simplicity of green and neutral accents, largely attributed to the bride and her mother. Along with the help of the groom, they created almost all the details of the wedding, from centerpieces to table numbers, giving everything a personal touch!

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