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Floral Frenzy

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.

For more information on these featured vendors and more, check out the Kramer Events wedding resource, Central Coast Wedding Vendors.

 

Featured Florists: Lori Boe Floral Designs | Cambria Nursery & Florist | A Love Story Floral | Cherry Blossom Bouquets | Country Florist & Gifts | Flowers by Amy | Flowers by Kim | Jespersen Floral | Marshall Gardens | Sprigs Floral Design | Pismo Petals

Rain on your Wedding Day? Don’t Panic!

Rain on your Wedding Day? Don’t Panic!

As Winter draws to an end, many couples are busy planning their bright and beautiful Spring Wedding on the Central Coast, and there is no question as to why. With the breathtaking landscapes of San Luis Obispo County in full bloom, a Central Coast Wedding in the Spring can look like a dream. However, the necessary component for the emergence of color and life is rain, so what do you do if it comes down on your Wedding Day?

Not to worry, with insight from seasoned Central Coast Wedding Coordinators on the Kramer Events team, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks that can be employed to brighten up a dreary Wedding Day.

Be Prepared

When you spend countless amounts of time and energy planning all the details of your outdoor wedding, the thought of something as unpredictable as rain being a factor can feel intimidating; but the more you prepare ahead of time by envisioning rain as a possible scenario, the more ready you will be to deal when/if it occurs. Talk with your chosen venue ahead of time. Figure out what they can offer for indoor alternatives if the rain is relentlessly approaching the time of the Ceremony. Renee Webber, an experienced Central Coast Wedding Planner says, “I have done weddings where the reception tables were rearranged to create an ‘aisle’ when the ceremony had to be moved indoors last minute” – sometimes a little creative ingenuity is needed.  Similarly, talk with your chosen vendors about your concerns regarding the rain, making them aware of the possibility will get them thinking about problem-solving solutions as well. Make rain preparation a part of the detail planning process. Purchase clear umbrellas and colorful rain boots for yourself and your wedding party. Coordinate the rain gear with the overall colors and theme of your wedding so you don’t feel disappointed if you have to break them out. Most importantly, have a support system. Having a skilled wedding coordinator at your side can alleviate a lot of wedding day stress when it comes to rain. They have been there before and know how to deal. If you don’t have a wedding coordinator, be sure to delegate the responsibility of making the final call to someone trusted so things get handled and you can continue enjoying your special day.

Don’t Panic

In the days and weeks leading up to your wedding day, following the weather can be a daunting task. Try not to panic, often times rain on the forecast means little more than a few intermittent sprinkles. Have your “Plan B” and time frame for making the switch to indoors handy, but don’t change everything right away just because the skies are grey. A lot can be done on your wedding day to work around the rain when it is coming down. For group photos and portraits, you can utilize well lit indoor settings, entryways, and large covered patios to capture gorgeous natural light images. Keep cakes and other decor indoors until the last minute so they remain dry and put together. Remember that perspective is key. Sometimes things happen that are completely out of our control, but we have full authority over the way we react to stressful situations. The calmer everyone can remain, the more likely they are to continue thinking resourcefully. Avoid the snowballing effect negativity can produce.

Embrace it 

Ok, so say it happens, it rains on your wedding day. Is this ideal? No. Is it the worst thing that could happen? Definitely not! Try to let go of your need to have everything just as you envisioned it and embrace the day for what it is. Throw on those sparkly rain boots you picked out, grab a clear umbrella and go make some unforgettable memories with the ones you love! Who knows, maybe you will get a break in the rain and get some amazing once in a lifetime photos out of the situation. San Luis Obispo Wedding Coordinator Liz Holman from Kramer Events relayed a story in which rain happened and the outcome was very positive thanks to the couple and wedding party’s ability to enjoy themselves despite the change in circumstances.

“I was once a part of a wedding where it unexpectedly rained. Everyone was so tense until the Bride, Groom, and Wedding Party fully embraced this “disaster” and had fun with it. Once the guests saw how much fun they were having, they bought in too. The pictures were incredible – you could tell how much fun everyone was having. It was definitely one of the most memorable weddings I have seen”

Life is unpredictable and planning a wedding gets no exemption from that. The very best thing you can do is have a great team of people surrounding you so you feel confident to handle whatever storm gets thrown at you.

 

Featured Venues: Santa Margarita Ranch, Madonna Inn, Bianchi Winery | Featured Vendors: Lori Boe Floral Designs | Photography: Kramer Events 

Team Member Spotlight

Amy Hinrichs

Meet Amy Hinrichs, one of our 2 event consultants here at Kramer.

Most people know Melissa (co-owner and other event consultant), but not everybody’s had the chance to meet her main counterpart… Amy Hinrichs.

From left to right: Beau Kramer, Melissa Kramer, Amy Hinrichs, Vanessa Robbins

Joining us a little over 2 years ago, she’s now a huge part of our office team. When you call the office, Amy’s one of the main people you’ll talk to. And she’s awesome at helping you plan an event and explain all of our Kramer services.

Recently back from Maternity leave, she’s energizing the office once again with her upbeat and fun personality. With her husband and now 2 kids, she calls the central coast home. We’re glad she also calls Kramer Events her home. We are lucky to have her spirit, attitude, and her dance moves onboard the team.

Thanks for being awesome Amy,

Beau Kramer
Team Leader

 
 

Real Wedding: Ashley and Matt • Cass Winery

Ashley & Matt’s Wedding – Cass Winery

On November 11th, 2017, amongst the rolling hills of colorfully adorned vineyards, Ashley and Matt tied the knot under a grand oak tree at one of the most romantic Central Coast Wedding Venues, Cass Winery in Paso Robles. By the looks of their classically beautiful wedding, you would never guess that these two are rockers at heart.

The Kramer Events team was thrilled to be a part of their big day – providing Dj services, decorative lighting design, photobooth fun, and the photographs that were taken by Justin Jacobs of Kramer Events Photography are a stunning representation of wine country in the fall, and perfectly capture the love this unique couple has for one another.

Congratulations Ashley and Matt Reynolds! We wish you all the best on your lifelong journey together.

Venue: Cass Winery | DJ/MC: Kramer Events | Catering: Cass Winery | Photography: Kramer Events | Dessert: Cassie’s Custom Cakes | Rentals: All About Events | Flowers: Lori Boe Floral Design | Hair/Makeup: Ariel Lizarraga | Tux Rentals: Men’s Ware House | Lighting: Kramer Events | Photobooth: Kramer Events

“I liked it, so I put a Ring on it!”

I liked it, so I put a Ring on it!

The Wedding Ring is a token of love that dates back to ancient times. It is a gift of commitment – a symbol of a connection that is unconditional and infitinte.

The size, shape, and material of the ring are less important than the overal symbolism the ring embodies. A Wedding Ring is a promise; a promise to love, cherish, and honor your partner for as long as the two of you remain together.

Over the years, Kramer Events Photography has enjoyed capturing the beauty of each couple’s Wedding Rings. Often times, the setting of the rings speaks to the couple’s unique personalities and love story.

So, if you have that special someone in your life, dont hesitate.

If you like it, PUT A RING ON IT!

Photography: Kramer Events

Real Wedding: Emily and Carlos – CaliPaso Winery

Emily & Carlos’s Wedding • CaliPaso Winery

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.

The Kramer Events team had the pleasure of providing Dj, Coordination, Photography, Videography, Lighting, and Photobooth services to complete this couple’s special day, alongside the CaliPaso in-house catering staff and some other great local vendors.

 

Venue: CaliPaso Winery & VillaDJ/MC: Kramer Events | Coordinator: Kramer Events | Photographer: Kramer Events | Caterer: CaliPaso Winery | Dessert: Christine’s Custom Cakes | Florist: April Flowers | Videographer: Kramer EventsLighting Design: Kramer Events | Photo Booth: Kramer Events

Real Wedding: Jennifer and Aaron – Cambria Pines Lodge

Jennifer & Aaron’s Wedding – Cambria Pines Lodge

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 – DjCoordination, 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!

Venue: Mission SLO | Venue: Cambria Pines Lodge | DJ/MC: Kramer Events | Coordination: Kramer Events | Catering: Cambria Pines Lodge | Dessert: Linn’s Bakery | Rentals: Taylor Rentals | Floral: Flowers by Kim | Photography: Kramer Events | Videography: Kramer Events | Lighting: Kramer Events | Hair/Makeup: Justine McCoy | Tux Rentals: Men’s Warehouse | Transportation: SLO Safe Ride | PhotoBooth: Kramer Events. 

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.

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. 

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! 

 

Team Member Spotlight

Paul Escalera

Meet Paul, one of the most positive people you’ll ever meet, and an example for our team to follow.  He constantly showcases the values that drive us here at Kramer: Positivity, Quality, Team, Accountability, Honesty, and Integrity.

After working at Disney, Paul started off as an event assistant and worked his way up to become one of our main lead lighting techs.  You’ll see him help lead all of our big lighting events, in addition to teaching our lighting techniques to our new team members.  He’s also innovating new lighting services for us to bring to the industry!

As our warehouse and equipment manager, Paul now ensures our event teams have all the equipment they need to have incredible events.  He’s the reason why our gear always works well and our team knows how to use it.  He even makes sure we have backup gear available.  Just ask him about our worst case scenario, pressure cooker trainings we do with our team if our equipment were to fail in the field.

You can learn a lot about someone by the music they listen to.  Come in during the week and you’ll hear him playing upbeat Jazz music throughout the warehouse — keeping you calm, focused, and ready —  it’ll even put a smile on your face.  He’s a great guy who’s positive and calm outlook I admire and hope to emulate.

Thanks for being an incredible and valuable member of the Kramer Team!

Beau Kramer
Team Leader
Kramer Events, Inc.
 

A Christmas Love Story Fit for Disney

A Christmas Love Story Fit for Disney

Imagine this; it’s Christmas morning and all the usual joy and excitement are in the air as you give and receive gifts surrounded by the ones you love. You’re handed a neatly wrapped package from someone very special to you. Curious as to what this surprise could be, you slowly peel away the wrapping paper to reveal an Amazon box, you open the box and find…a matching set of mickey mouse ears? “Bride and Groom” they read. Stunned and confused you glance up and sitting in front of you is the man that you love, down on one knee and extending a ring. “No way!” Suddenly, Christmas takes on a whole new meaning. “Yes, of course, I will marry you!”

For one lucky girl, this Christmas story became a reality and the lucky guy who proposed to her? Our very own Warehouse Manager and Lead Tech, Paul Escalera! Paul is a huge part of the Kramer team and works diligently to ensure the warehouse is organized and high functioning – no easy feat when you’re talking about thousands of pieces of equipment. We couldn’t be more excited for him and his new fiancé Katie, and the Mickey Mouse ears? Well, they turned out to be a huge piece of the puzzle.

Paul and Katie met in 2014 working together at Disneyland. Their journey of love began on July 27th in Tomorrowland; after some time, they transferred together to Adventureland, but they had no idea that their greatest adventure together was yet to come! After living and working for a year in Anaheim, they moved to San Luis Obispo to be closer to Katie’s hometown of Pismo Beach, and the rest is history! A love story fit for a Disney movie! Congratulations Paul and Katie!