Engagement Shoot: Chelsea and Stefan’s Story

Chelsea and Stefan chose the beautiful Avila Beach as the set for their engagement shoot with our very own Central Coast wedding photographer, Justin Jacobs. Fast forward to October 2017, the month of their wedding, and you’ll find Chelsea walking down the aisle at See Canyon Fruit Ranch  – one of the most romantic Central Coast wedding venues in the San Luis Obispo area.

How did you two meet?

We met in San Luis Obispo, California March 2014, at a mutual friend’s house. We dated for a year and moved to South Carolina and lived there for two years before moving back to the central coast.

What is the most memorable date you guys have been on since being together?

Chelsea: Our most memorable date we have had together has got to be our first date when we went to Eureka Burger. We didn’t know a thing about each other and it was a lot of fun laughing and talking so effortlessly.

Stefan: Our first date was our most memorable date when we ate at Eureka Burger.

 

How did you know Chelsea/Stefan was “The One?”

Chelsea: I knew Stefan was the one when we went to Six Flags together after a few months of dating and rode every single rollercoaster twice, until we got sick. We were driving back from LA (3 hour drive) and I realized this guy was the most genuine person I’d ever met.

Stefan: I knew she was the one when we I could look her in the eyes and not shy away. She not only accepted my quirky personality traits but started to embrace them.

Any piece of advice you can give to engaged couples?

Always talk. Keep communication alive and well. Never go to bed angry and always try for a better life! That’s what it’s all about.

Whether your photoshoot takes you to a rustic vineyard in Paso Robles or shoots you out to a remote nook in Edna Valley – ask any Central Coast wedding photographer and they will tell you the possibilities are endless. The Central Coast wedding venues that scatter the area are some of the most breathtaking venues you will find in California. I think it’s safe to say that your photos will be leaving you with more than just 1,000 words!

Location | Avila Beach, California
Photography | Kramer Events Photography

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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.

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California Wedding Day Feature: Scott & Cassie

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Congratulations Scott & Cassie!

 


 

 

We are so excited to announce that in this months issue of California Wedding Day one of our beautiful couples is being featured in the Bridal Ideas Edition! We provided our lighting services for Scott & Cassie’s wedding in July of 2014 at their reception at The Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach. Scott & Cassie were such a pleasure to work with and had an absolutely beautiful wedding from start to finish. They had beautifully unique ideas that we loved and want to share with all of you!

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Avila Lighthouse Suites, Avila Beach

Central Coast Wedding Venue Avila Lighthouse Suites

Central Coast Wedding Venue Avila Lighthouse Suites

550 Front Street
Avila Beach, CA
93424
(805) 627-1900
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  • Beach/Hotel
  • Capacity: 110
  • Beach Front Location
  • 2 Ceremony Locations
  • End by 9 p.m.

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Sitting in front of the Pacific Ocean and between the rolling hills of the Central Coast, Avila Lighthouse Suites provides a perfect beach setting for any wedding. This scenic hotel has the ability to host ceremonies directly on the sand or on their romantic oceanfront Sun Deck. Also, their beautiful window-lined conference room can accommodate receptions of up to a hundred guests.  Couples who choose Avila Lighthouse Suites can continue to enjoy the ocean views after their reception in their wedding night suite at the hotel!

~More Info~

  • Capacity: 110
  • Ceremony Location: 2 ceremony locations
  • Nearest Overnight Accommodations: Accommodations on-site
  • Outside Catering Allowed: Yes
  • Bar Service: Couples must hire licensed alcohol service
  • Restrictions on Music: No
  • Latest End Time: 9 p.m.
  • Weather Contingency Plan: If a ceremony is on the beach it can be brought onto the sundeck. The banquet room can also be used or pop-up tents for smaller ceremonies
  • Rentals Included: Tables, chairs, white wedding arch, white linen, beach permit
  • Location for the Bride to get Ready: Booking a suite at Avila Lighthouse is recommended
  • Inclusive Packages available for additional charge

 

 

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Real Wedding: Alicia & Brandon

We had a blast lighting and DJing Alicia & Brandon’s beach-side wedding at Avila Beach Golf Resort! This adorable couple and their awesome guests rocked the dance floor all night long. Not only was this wedding fun, it was memorable because the reception featured a marching band performance! Open Door Photography was on hand to capture all the fun and make the awesome video below commemorating the event.

Kramer Events Real Wedding: Brandon and Alicia from Kramer Events on Vimeo

Vendors:
DJ & Lighting: Kramer Events  |  Photographer: Open Door Photography  |  Caterer: Chef’s Table  |  Florist: Jenny McNiece Flowers  |  Cake: Cake Cathedral  |  Tent: Got You Cover’D


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Turn the Lights Up: Avila Lighthouse Suites

Avila Lighthouse Suites

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 incredible Avila Lighthouse Suites in Avila Beach.

Avila Lighthouse Suites

Avila Lighthouse Suites

Cliffs Resort, Shell Beach

The Cliffs Resort

The Cliffs Resort

2757 Shell Beach Road,
Pismo Beach CA, 93449 (map it)
(800) 826-7827 – website

  • Beach
  • Capacity up to 350
  • Ceremony site available
  • Onsite catering only
  • Onsite alcohol service
  • Wedding suite included
  • Start as early as 10 a.m.
  • Outdoors end by 10 p.m./Indoors end by 12  a.m.

If you’re looking for the perfect beach location for your wedding, The Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach is the place to be. With a lofty spot among the bluffs bordering the Pacific Ocean, The Cliffs offers ocean views in nearly direction and easy beach access. If beautiful ocean views weren’t enticing enough, The Cliffs is a full-service venue capable of everything from making your wedding cake to supplying floral arrangements. They also offer some of the most experienced wedding professionals in the area; their staff chef has worked for The Cliffs for 25 years and both their banquet manager and general manager have called The Cliffs home for 15 years. The Cliffs Resort sets the bar for white glove customer service.

See more of The Cliffs Resort below in the slideshow. Photography by Ashley Blake.

 

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Tent Decor Lighting – Cliffs Resort, Shell Beach – Wedding Reception

Cliffs Resort Pismo Beach Central Coast CaliforniaIt’s not tough to see why the Cliffs Resort is such an awesome venue for a wedding ceremony and reception. The beach front views, amazing staff, fantastic food and phenomenal location are only a few reasons why they are so coveted. Their gorgeous ballroom can comfortably fit large groups and allows you to party past 10pm.But sometimes, brides and grooms want their guests to experience the beauty of the coast, front and center. For those couples, a cliffside tent may be the most desirable option.But the blank walls of a plain white tent don’t mean that you can’t have the decor of your dreams.cliffs resort tent pismo beach californiaQuite the opposite, actually. Decor lighting can “paint” each wall of your tent in the colors you’ve always wanted.Cliffs Resort Pismo Beach California wedding reception tentCliffs Resort Pismo Beach California wedding reception tentThe damask pattern wash also adds a unique touch and some added texture to the ceilings.Cliffs Resort Pismo Beach California wedding reception tentThese BEAUTIFUL Chinese lanterns from panacea event floral design really glow from the focused lighting and can be changed to any color you’d like.Cliffs Resort Pismo Beach California wedding reception tentOf course NONE of this beauty could have been shared without the help of the talented Amy Wellenkamp from Amy Wellenkamp Photography. She is ALWAYS such a joy to work with. Her smiling personality, experience in the industry and obvious talents with a camera make her a fabulous choice for all of your portraits. Check out more of her work on her website.

Real Wedding: Dan & Carlene

A beautiful summer day, great friends and an everlasting marriage.


We were lucky enough to provide the DJ/MC and lighting services to our dear friends Dan and Carlene Iverson during their much anticipated wedding at the gorgeous Avila Beach Golf Resort. This was a perfect venue for 200 guests. Outdoor ceremony facing beautiful Avila Beach, a huge tent to shield the sun during cocktails and dinner with transparent walls to let the beautiful surroundings in. We hung garden string lights inside the tent to give a warm, star filled vibe after sunset.

Jack from Jack Hutchinson Videography shared his “Sneak Peak” with us and, as always, it’s awesome. We love this idea! Jack films and edits together some of the coolest shots from the ceremony and by the time cocktail hour is finished, he’s displaying the awesomeness on his huge monitor AT THE RECEPTION! It’s always a huge hit with the guests. Jack’s friendly, accommodating and most of all talented. Always a joy to work with.


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Featured Central Coast Wedding Venue – Avila Lighthouse Suites

Avila Beach Wedding Ceremony Reception VenueAvila Beach Wedding VenueWe are so happy to tell you about our featured central coast wedding venue Avila Lighthouse Suites!  We’ve had the pleasure of working with Krysta, Avila Lighthouse Suite’s event coordinator, several times now and we are ALWAYS impressed with their facilities, organization and beauty of the hotel and surroundings. We’ve decided to ask her a few questions about choosing Avila Lighthouse Suites as a wedding venue. Here’s what she had to say!

KE: Can a couple hold their ceremony on the beach in front of the hotel?

ALS: Yes, we offer ceremonies directly on the sands of Avila Beach or on our ocean view sun deck for up to 120 guests.Avila Beach Wedding Ceremony Reception Venue

Where can a reception be held?

Receptions for up to 120 guests are held in our lovely Point San Luis Banquet room equipped with an outside patio area that is perfect for a cocktail hour. Cocktail hours can also be held on our ocean view sun deck if the ceremony is taking place on the beach.Avila Beach Wedding Ceremony Reception VenueWhat months are best for a beach wedding in Avila Beach?I think that the fall is the best time of year here! It is typically warm with no fog and not as crowded. Avila is a pretty quaint, quiet town in general but it does get very busy here come July and August. Rates for our suites drop after August so that is another plus! We are blessed with nice weather year round though and Avila is located in a protected inlet so we do not get as much wind as other beach areas. I consider Avila the hidden gem of the central coast!

What amenities does your wedding ceremony/reception package include?

For the ceremony we offer your option of having it either directly on the beach or our glass sheltered sun deck. We do the complete set up and take down of our new padded white resin chairs, white arch and any other tables needed at the site. We also have an on site coordinator to help with the coordination of the rehearsal and ceremony. Our reception package includes again, the complete set up and take down of the tables and chairs, white linens that drape to the floor, and an ocean front honeymoon suite!Avila Beach Wedding Ceremony Reception Venue

Are there time restrictions on the banquet room?

We have a noise curfew of 10pm. So, the weddings do have to conclude by then. However, for the ones who would like to continue the party, Mr. Ricks Beach Bar is within a three minute walking distance!

Do also provide catering options?

We do not have a restaurant on property so weddings are able to bring in any licensed caterer of their choice. This is nice, because it offers the couple flexibility, they are able to shop around and compare prices/options. I have a list of local caterers that I send to every couple.

What range are the prices for the suites?

Prices for the suites vary depending on the time of year. They range anywhere from $169-$499 on average. I am able to hold a block of suites here for the out of town wedding guests and depending on the month I am typically able to do so at a discounted rate. I think that it is so convenient for guests when they can enjoy the wedding and then when it’s over, just walk right up to their suite.

Any advice you can give to a couple looking to get married out on the sandy shore?

For brides wearing high heels, be prepared to kick them off before you walk down the aisle, or wear flip flops. Walking in the sand is not easy in stilettos!

Thanks for all the info Krysta! We look forward to working with you and your fantastic team. For more photos of the Port San Luis room, please check out our previous blog posting here. You can also read a little more about Krysta and the Avila Lighthouse Suites from one of our favorite wedding photographers, Jonathan at Bluephoto. Check out his blog posing here.

 

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