On June 10, 2018, in the cozy beach town of Avila Beach, Scott & Andrea said their vows with the sand under their feet and the ocean just beyond them. This wedding was picture perfect, stay tuned for more images to come!
Venue: Avila Beach | Coordination: Kramer Events | DJ/MC: Kramer Events | Photographer: Kramer Events | Videographer: Kramer Events | Caterer: Custom House Restaurant | Dessert: Cakes By Judy C | Hair & Makeup: Faces a La Mode | Lighting Design: Kramer Events | Florist: Sprigs of SLO | Rentals: Beach Butlerz | Transportation: SLO Safe Ride
Sneak Peek | Scott & Andrea’s Wedding by the Sea July 26th, 2018Kramer Events
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
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!”
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
Turn the Lights Up: Avila Lighthouse Suites December 12th, 2012Kramer Events