Wedding Weekend Excursions: Stepladder Creamery, Cambria

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Wedding Weekend Excursions: Stepladder Creamery, Cambria

Wedding Weekend Excursions: Stepladder Creamery, Cambria

Now, at the start of the height of wedding season, it’s really an exciting time for us. We have the estate popping out in color, have reworked landscaping, and see the positive impact of many of our winter projects. We also have many couples visiting us to finalize their vendor meetings here on the property getting ready for their rehearsal dinners or wedding receptions. We are lucky to have very thoughtful and creative couples that also ask our advice about how to make their destination wedding fun and interesting for their...

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Real Wedding: Wearing of the Green

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Real Wedding: Wearing of the Green

Real Wedding: Wearing of the Green

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to share some of my favorite images from last October’s wedding of Jamie and Dan. Lovely couple, adorable new family coming together, and good friends there to share it with the mighty foursome. Enjoy the green! Wonderful vendors who partnered to make this lovely event were Golden Hour Events, Botanica Events, Cultivate Entertainment, Lulu’s Cakes, Jessica Giblin Photography, Auten Boys BBQ & Catering and The Parlour Salon. This is one I would love to add to my Real Weddings posts for...

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Something Bridal Trunk Show This Weekend & Welcome to Hey Gorgeous! Formal Wear

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Something Bridal Trunk Show This Weekend & Welcome to Hey Gorgeous! Formal Wear

Something Bridal Trunk Show This Weekend & Welcome to Hey Gorgeous! Formal Wear

  San Luis Obispo is full of great local vendors that are coming together and that’s just one reason why this community is so special. Newest evidence of that are two new formal wear shops that have opened in the last month and joined our wedding ‘collaborative’. This week I really wanted to highlight their efforts and offerings. No longer do local couples necessarily need to venture down to Santa Barbara, LA, or San Francisco for their wedding garb. Something Bridal located in San Luis Obispo and Hey Gorgeous! Formal Wear in Grover...

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5 Uniquely Fun Ideas for your Wedding Day

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on 5 Uniquely Fun Ideas for your Wedding Day

5 Uniquely Fun Ideas for your Wedding Day

Since you all liked my top 5 Rehearsal Dinner Options, here’s another top 5 list to share! We feel so lucky to be hosting weddings here on the central coast, not just because we live in San Luis Obispo, but mostly when I think of the people that live here that we easily now call friends. We love the crowd we get to work with as a small boutique inn and of course, each wedding season, as a venue. And, it’s kind of fun being the older fun people with so much enthusiastic young energy amongst our vendor community. Couples booking here at The...

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Best first dance song for your wedding? Your own!

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Best first dance song for your wedding? Your own!

Best first dance song for your wedding?  Your own!

I was lucky enough to first meet Jessica Lindsay at a cool boutique wedding fair we both participated in last year. I was surprised to learn that according to a recent study it is estimated that 92% of couples tying the knot do not have a special or meaningful song for their first dance. So it’s likely you’re part of that group, while we find so many great things about our future partner in crime, having a song in common that is all about us being in love is likely a long shot. But that’s where Jessica and her company, Melody...

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5 Great Rehearsal Dinner Ideas around San Luis Obispo

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

5 Great Rehearsal Dinner Ideas around San Luis Obispo

As a central coast wedding venue owner, our engaged couples often ask for ideas to show their guests another side of our central coast. Our hilltop estate shows off the local wineries, their vines, and Santa Lucia Mountains with inland views. Their wedding receptions here typically carry a more elegant, classy feel, so I typically like to suggest something different and often casual in nature. I think this offers your guests a really great feel for why our central coast region is so special and what many say is still a hidden gem. Here are 5...

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Make Your Wedding Day PERSONAL!!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Make Your Wedding Day PERSONAL!!

No matter what your budget and guest count, we find the most memorable weddings are the ones where the bride and groom have thoughtfully considered one or two unique touches that offer insight about who they are (now) as a couple. For their guests, it’s a great way for them to get to know your new significant other! It doesn’t have to cost significant dollars to do something that will be remembered. One of our first couples tied in their enjoyment of wine and travel to personalize each table name, with a picture of the bride and groom in...

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Crazy Cool–100 Layer Cake featured our Whimsical Summer Brunch Wedding shoot

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Crazy Cool–100 Layer Cake featured our Whimsical Summer Brunch Wedding shoot

      This was such a fabulous day. Shannon and Jess from Plum Jam Photography contacted us with this creative idea and brought a wealth of talented wedding pros from around San Luis Obispo here to our Arroyo Grande hacienda estate. We already knew about the talents of Malik from Goodbeat Productions and Jeremy’s extraordinary cakes and desserts located in our historic village, but we loved meeting Lori Boe and Danae Grace–and the many other talented team that made it all happen. Check out the blog post and all the wonderful...

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Wine and Succulents, a great Wedding favor and table card

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Wine and Succulents, a great Wedding favor and table card

  I had to share a great idea my friend Laura Greaves of Viva La Succulents created for one of our upcoming weddings this summer. Jessica and Sam want to capitalize on dual themes of the wine region they love (being Cal Poly grads) and being green.  Obviously with all the floral and succulents we have here on the Estate already (as pictured), it will be a perfect themed tie-in. Here’s just one cool idea adding a sustainable use for the plethora of wine and champagne corks from our local wine regions. Taking advantage of the many...

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