On October 28th, 2017, at multiple Central Coast Wedding Venues, Jennifer and Aaron solidified their love for one another through marriage. Their ceremony took place at the historic San Luis Obispo Mission, while their pre-ceremony and post-ceremony activities were held at Cambria Pines Lodge, a beautiful venue tucked away in the trees along the coast. The Kramer Events team had the pleasure of working with the Bingham’s to create their perfect wedding.
“To us, the sum is greater than all its parts. Working with Kramer Events helped to alleviate a lot of our wedding stress. We felt at ease knowing the Kramer staff was going to work well together, and we enjoyed seeing it happen on the wedding day. Everyone was so friendly and easy to work with!” – The Bingham’s
It is client testimonials like these that let us know our team is on track. Out of all the Kramer Events services Jennifer and Aaron utilized on their wedding day – Dj, Coordination, Photography, Videography, Lighting, and PhotoBooth – the service we uphold the most is customer service. Our number one goal is to make our clients and their guest feel happy and at ease, so they are best able to enjoy themselves on their big day.
Enjoy the beautiful images captured by Kramer Events Photographers as they traveled with Jennifer and Aaron from Cambria to San Luis Obispo, then back to Cambria again.
Congratulations to Jennifer and Aaron! The Kramer Events team wishes you all the best!
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
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.
Wedding Inspiration: Romantic Vineyard Wedding at Terra Mia
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!
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.
Travis & Sarah, Moonstone Beach/Photo by Kramer Events
Cambria Pines Lodge can accommodate up to 300 guests; and is perfect for weddings, gatherings, and corporate events.
Featured Venue: Cambria Pines Lodge January 31st, 2017Kramer 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.
8345 Green Valley Road Templeton, CA 93465 (805) 237-7300 (Map It) (Website) . Winery/Garden Capacity: 150 Wedding Packages Include Lago Giuseppe Wine
Lago Giuseppe Cellars is one of the most enchanting wedding venues on the Central Coast. Perched upon manicured lawns above a lake, this beautiful property is surrounded by ancient oak trees and a babbling creek. The romance of the location is absolutely undeniable and it’s impossible to take a bad picture among Lago Giuseppe’s beautiful settings. However, Lago Giuseppe also knows how to party. This venue offers full alcohol service, Lago Giuseppe wine is included with their wedding packages, and it’s also a popular location for local proms. Scroll down for more more pictures and information about this stunning Central Coast venue.
Ceremony Location: Yes
Nearest Overnight Accommodations: La Bella Sera and Courtyard Marriott are 9 miles away in Paso Robles
Outside Catering Allowed: Yes
Bar Service: Yes
Restrictions on Music: No
Latest End Time: 10:00 p.m.
Weather Contingency Plan: Tent Available
Rentals Included: Lighting is available and wedding packages include Lago Giuseppe Wine, twenty 60” round tables, bartenders, and parking attendants who also serve as security.
Location for the Bride to get Ready: Yes
Lago Giuseppe Cellars, Templeton July 23rd, 2013Kramer Events
From the venue to the flowers to the tablecloths, there’s a lot that goes into making a wedding beautiful. However, few of these things has the power to completely transform a location in the way that proper event lighting does.
With over 10 years of experience in event lighting design and training from a Disney lighting designer, Kramer Events can customize any venue to fit your vision and give your event that “wow” factor. To pinspotting centerpieces to projecting your initials to creating a night under the stars even when you’re indoors, we at Kramer Events can make sure your venue truly represents you.
Today we’d like to showcase some of the lighting design we’ve done at the enchanting Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria.
Turn the Lights Up: Cambria Pines Lodge February 6th, 2013Kramer Events
1215 Avila Beach Drive San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 (805) 595-7302 (map it) (website)
Licensed for alcohol service
End by 10:30 p.m.
Tucked within 100 acres of forest, hills, creeks, and meadows, Sycamore Springs Resort provides a sanctuary setting with a stress-free experience. Built around a mineral spring, Sycamore brides receive onsite coordination while they enjoy a one-bedroom spa suite in a glorious forest environment. Sycamore brides can choose between two outdoor ceremony sites, a garden gazebo surrounded by flowers or in the resort’s mediation garden near a small stone labyrinth. Receptions are held under the vaulted ceiling of the resort’s 1800 square foot banquet facility and catered by the Gardens of Avila Restaurant which specializes in seasonally prepared wine-country cuisine featuring local, organic, and pesticide-free produce. Sycamore Springs’ staff truly goes out of their way to not only make a bride’s day perfect, but to also make the experience as relaxing as possible.
Ceremony Location: 2 ceremony locations
Nearest Overnight Accommodations: Accommodations on-site, a room at the resort is included with the wedding packages
Outside Catering Allowed: No
Bar Service: Full bar on-site
Restrictions on Music: No
Latest End Time: 10:30 p.m.
Weather Contingency Plan: Events can easily be moved into the resort’s indoor reception location
Rentals Included: All wedding reception packages include seating for up to 125 guests, linens and table skirting, dining and event tables, banquet servers and bartender, and cake cutting and service.
Location for the Bride to get Ready: Yes
Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, San Luis Obispo January 30th, 2013Kramer Events