Finding the Perfect Central Coast Wedding Venue

Finding the Perfect Central Coast Wedding Venue 

San Luis Obispo + Santa Barbara County 

From lush gardens to rolling vineyards, rustic barns to expansive estates, luxury hotels to elegant restaurants, golf courses to community centers – and everything in between; there is certainly a Central Coast Wedding Venue for every taste and budget, but how do you go about choosing the right one when the options are so extensive? With insight from Kramer Events Coordinators, as well as some of our married and engaged team members who have been through the process, we have compiled a list of important questions to ask when selecting a location for your wedding day.  Read more

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Team Member Spotlight

Lathan Ford

Meet Lathan, Operations Leader at Kramer Events.  Currently living in Paso he’s married to his wonderful wife, Jackie, he’s a self-admitted beer snob and loves photography.  In fact, he’s a professional wedding photographer in addition to being a trained EMT.  But more importantly, he’s now a critical part of our Kramer Team.

 
Part of the magic behind Kramer Events is how our different departments work together on events to bring out the best in each other’s craft.  Lathan is the organizer of that magic.  As Operations Leader he ensures our team works well together and helps push us to raise the bar.  Even though he’s only been with us a short time, he is already pushing us to step up our game in all departments.
 

I have a ton of respect for his calm and thoughtful leadership style.  We’re lucky to have a person like him help lead our team.

Beau Kramer
Team Leader

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Vanessa Robbins

Long overdue, Meet Vanessa, the head of our marketing efforts and the editor of our monthly newsletter.  

Vanessa, or as we call her, V, came to us less than a year ago but has been a huge part of our office team.  She’s brought a new sense of style and fashion to the upstairs Kramer Office.  Born and raised locally she now lives in Grover Beach and is engaged to her Fiancé Shonda.  So she understands the wedding industry.
 
You’ll mostly only see her if you visit the office.  She’s the one helping showcase our partner venues on our find a venue page.  She’s also creating all of our social media content and managing our media from our photography and video divisions. Probably the most organized person in the building she helps the rest of us stay on track.  She often helps me by taking things off my plate!
 
But, from time to time on busy weekends, you’ll also see her in the field helping run a photo booth or assisting one of our coordinators.
 
We knew from the minute we hired her that we were lucky to have her.  We’re excited to have her on our Kramer Team to help tell our story.
 
Beau Kramer
Team Leader

Planning a Central Coast Tasting Tour

The Central Coast Tasting Experience 

In a previous Kramer Buzz blog post we explored the many ways in which San Luis Obispo County is an ideal location for your Destination Wedding – the beautiful landscapes, amazing food, and diverse culture make the Central Coast a great place to relax and enjoy yourself, and it just so happens to be home to some of the most unique tasting experiences California has to offer.

With over 250 wineries and dozens of craft breweries and Cideries to choose from, planning a tour may feel a bit daunting, but we are here to tell you it doesn’t have to be! When planning your tour, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Whats your taste? Do you like award-winning wines, handcrafted beers, or traditional ciders? – whatever your taste, the Central Coast has something for everyone’s palette.

  • If wine is your thing, you are in the right place; to the North is Paso Robles which is famous for its warm weather AVA (American Viticulture Area) and the top-notch Syrah, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon it produces on its expanding vineyards. South in San Luis Obispo and Edna Valley, the cooler climate wineries are widely dispersed and are popular for their rich Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. Whether you’re new to the wine scene or a knowledgeable connoisseur, you’ll find something you love.  

           Check out some local wineries here

  • Breweries specializing in craft beers have thrived on the Central Coast; downtown San Luis Obispo’s beer scene is hoppin’ – pun intended. Dating back decades, a focus on small-batch brews has made the Central Coast a pioneer of the West Coast style IPA, as well as niche beers such as Gose, Sours, and Mead. There is a special quality here in that everything created is very unique. Local breweries, wineries, and distilleries often team up with one another to create once in a lifetime collaborations. 
  • Cideries are yet another unique offering of the Central Coast; this is a newer trend that has taken off in San Luis Obispo County, making use of the many fruit orchards scattered around the area. Ciders come in a diverse range of flavors but are most commonly known for their sweet taste and apple aroma. 

The great part about planning a Central Coast tasting tour is that you don’t have to choose just one type of tasting, but can mix and match to suit your mood. 

What aspects of SLO County do you want to experience? 

Think about what your overall hope for the day is; the Central Coast is very diverse and no one area is exactly the same. Do you want to explore the fun-filled college town of San Luis Obispo, breathe in the ocean air on the coast, or experience the rolling hills of wine country?

  • If you’re all about new and exciting, then the lively-college town of San Luis Obispo may be the perfect place for you to begin your tour. The city is bursting with breweries, pubs, and tasting rooms to explore and there will be no shortage of options when it comes to choosing a spot for lunch. 
  • Or maybe its the coastal charm that appeals to you, in which case you can enjoy a scenic drive down the historic highway 1 stopping in beach towns such as Morro Bay, Cayucos, and Cambria to enjoy wine, beer, and cider tastings as well as the opportunity to enjoy authentic, locally sourced seafood.
  • Its no secret that San Luis Obispo County is wine country; if you’re interested in exploring the rich history of viticulture on the Central Coast, you may want to tour the countryside where you can enjoy expansive views of rolling hills and vineyards. Many wineries and tasting rooms have an onsite deli or grill, but if such amenities are not available, it may be the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the view.  

So whether you want to take it easy as you take in the remarkable beauty the Central Coast has to offer or delve into the history and unique processes’ of each establishment you visit. There are options to suit any agenda but its important to pinpoint what kind of experience you want to have before embarking on your tour.

How do you want to get around? San Luis Obispo County has lots of different options when it comes to professional transportation and many of them specialize in tasting tours. Whether you are a hardcore planner and just need someone to take you where you want to go on your time schedule, or want to sit back and let someone else do all the planning for you, SLO county has options for you. 

  • SLO Safe Ride is one of San Luis Obispo County’s leading transportation services. They are professional, punctual, and knowledgeable about the area and work in collaboration with many local tasting facilities, making them a great resource throughout your tour. They provide everything from limousines to shuttles to luxury buses and can accommodate groups of all sizes. 
  • Hop On Beer Tour is a great option if you’re looking for a laid-back experience with a knowledgeable beer connoisseur. Their buses are 15- or 20-passenger pubs-on-wheels, perfect for turning up the music and having a lively ride between stops. They offer custom tours as well as their preplanned Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo tours which visit some of the most popular spots in the region. 
  • 101 Wine Tours specializes in wine tours throughout the Central Coast in their comfortable Mercedes Vans. Their knowledgeable tour guides can plan a tour perfectly tailored to the tastes and preferences of any group. Whether you prefer large estate wineries or small boutique tasting facilities, 101 Wine Tours will be able to create the perfect tour for you. 

Regardless of which option you choose, with a little bit of planning – or finding the right people to plan for you-you are sure to have an unforgettable time cruising around the Central Coast getting a taste of all it has to offer! 

 

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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

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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.

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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!

 

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Real Wedding: Chelsea & Stefan • See Canyon Fruit Ranch

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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Real Wedding: Nick & Caitlin • Avila Beach Golf Resort

Nick & Caitlin’s Wedding • Avila Beach Golf Resort

Oftentimes the best things in life are thrown at us unexpectedly. This was certainly the case when it came to the union of Caitlin and Nick. They first crossed paths in New York city, a place which had drawn them both away from their faraway hometowns. Upon meeting, they instantly felt that magical spark which lives in the presence of new love, but they never imagined how much their lives would intertwine or how they would grow to need one another. Not long after they met and fell in love, the universe let them know just how serious this was as Caitlin became pregnant – with twins! The couple embraced their surprising fate and brought forth the beautiful new life that became Jack and Fay and their lives have been unfolding together ever since.

Though Nick and Caitlin had already experienced the grandest of adventures side by side, they decided to solidify their love by entering into the sacred bond of marriage on September 23, 2017 at the beautiful Central Coast wedding venue, Avila Beach Golf Resort – a place that has held special meaning to Caitlin and her family for many years. So, with the sun shining overhead, and a light ocean breeze all around, this special couple said their I do’s surrounded by the ones they hold dear who had travelled from all sides of the country to pay witness to their love.

This wedding was yet another grand display of what the entire Kramer team can do when brought together to execute a couple’s vision for their big day. Caitlin and Nick utilized Kramer Events month-of-coordination service, ensuring that the day played out how they envisioned; Our Dj wedding package, which provided just the right vibes before and during their ceremony and kept the dance floor jumpin’ throughout the reception; and the full Kramer Events Wedding Photography package, ensuring that all their big moments were beautifully captured for them to cherish for a lifetime. All and all, the Johnson’s wedding was a lovely seaside experience that they and their guests will never forget!”

Venue: Avila Beach Golf Resort | Wedding Coordination: Kramer Events | Photography: Kramer Events | Caterer: Chef’s Table | Dessert: The Cakery | Florist: Sprigs | Event Rentals: Got You Cover’d | Ice Cream Truck: Negranti’s Ice Cream

 

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Team Member of the Month: Justin Jacobs, November 2017

Meet Justin

An amazing photographer but more importantly one of the most amazing people I’ve ever me in my life..

Anyone who’s met Justin for more than 30 seconds knows  what an incredible person and leader he is.  His infectiously positive outlook and genuine love for people makes him a person you just want to be around.

Spend more than 30 mins with him, and you will literally have a different week and a refreshed outlook on life. Call him friend, and you will walk a different life. Yes, he’s that awesome!

We are incredibly lucky to have a man of his character and talent on our team.  When he came to me as a seasoned successful photographer 3 years ago and wanted to start our photography division it was a no brainier.

Since then, he has done amazing work and produced incredible photos for our couples and clients.  He has inspired & navigated our photography team toward excellence.  And he has worked with our DJ, coordination, lighting, and video teams to integrate our services together so that all of our team works together with precision and unity of purpose.

But more than that he’s left an impact on everyone he touches.

Melissa and I are grateful to have him lead our photography team and be a cherished friend.

– Beau Kramer
Team leader

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