Wedding: Richard & Yolanda @ Pear Valley

It’s no secret, that Paso Robles wine country is a fantastic place for a wedding!  Richard & Yolanda’s guests came from near and far to attend the celebration at Pear Valley Vineyards.  This venue offers breathtaking views, marvelous wines and is a gorgeous location and ideal for an intimate and memorable event.  The staff is laid back and the atmosphere will nourish your soul.   Richard & Yolanda chose to keep their ceremony and reception simple and elegant.  The ceremony was held up on the hill with amazing views of Paso vineyards as the backdrop.  Plenty of time was allotted for socializing in the tasting room, dinner in the reception room and dancing on the patio!   They selected a great music mix of classic R&B hits and some contemporary dance tunes to keep the party hopping.  I guess our secret is out!  The Central Coast is an amazing place to have an event and to come visit! Here are some photo highlights from their celebration.

Event: California Roadsters

CA Roadsters LogoIn May, By Request had the pleasure of playing some classic tunes for the California Roadsters.  The nostalgic car club members travel from both Orange County and San Francisco to celebrate Memorial weekend at the Peach Tree in San Luis Obispo.  We took a trip down memory lane with some of the greatest cruising music ever recorded.  It was a blast from the past!  Members can be seen in their black letterman or leather bomber jackets, with hand painted artwork depicting a nostalgic rendering of roadsters. The specialty car club is limited to American built roadster street rods manufactured before 1937.  Here are some great shots of these beautiful cars and their owners having a rockin’ good time!

Paso Robles Wine Fest Reserve 2014

By Request helped to kick off Wine Fest 2014 with some great music, delicious wines & tasty foods for a great cause.  The Downtown Paso Robles Park was the place to be on Friday May 16th.  Adam & Jeremy, also known as the “Cork Dorks” from 92.5 The Krush, were the auctioneers for the event.  Fantastic items were up for bids in an effort to raise scholarship money for 3 local students.  Special thanks to the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance for all of their hard work.  Lots of purple teeth!

PR Wine Fest Reserve 2014

Delicious Wine!
Delicious Wine!
DJ Jeremy Ryan & Chris Shawn from By Request
DJ Jeremy Ryan & Chris Shawn from By Request
Welcome to Wine Fest 2014
Welcome to Wine Fest 2014
Beautiful weather & lots of folks in attendance.
Beautiful weather & lots of folks in attendance.
Grab a Glass!
Grab a Glass!
Vivant Cheese... yummy samples!!
Vivant Cheese... yummy samples!!
Thomas Hill Organics
Thomas Hill Organics
The Cork Dorks from 92.5 The Krush
The Cork Dorks from 92.5 The Krush
Katie from the PRWCA having some laughs.
Katie from the PRWCA having some laughs.
Jack Creek Cellars
Jack Creek Cellars
Doug & Sabrina from Jack Creek Cellars
Doug & Sabrina from Jack Creek Cellars
DJ Jeremy Ryan
DJ Jeremy Ryan
Tasty appetizers.
Tasty appetizers.
Cass Winery
Cass Winery
Wine Alliance ladies love their wine!
Wine Alliance ladies love their wine!
Grab another glass!
Grab another glass!
Clayhouse Wines
Clayhouse Wines
Sextant
Sextant
SeaVenture
SeaVenture
Fresh Fire Pizza
Fresh Fire Pizza
Fresh Fire Pizza crew
Fresh Fire Pizza crew
One of the auction boards
One of the auction boards
Derby Wine Estates
Derby Wine Estates
Derby in a Carafe
Derby in a Carafe
Scholarship Recipients
Scholarship Recipients
Alta Colina
Alta Colina
Trumpet Vine Catering
Trumpet Vine Catering
All the way from San Diego
All the way from San Diego
Auction boards
Auction boards
Down to the wire with last second bids.
Down to the wire with last second bids.
The excitement builds...
The excitement builds...
A few winning bids
A few winning bids
Chris from the PR Wine Country Alliance
Chris from the PR Wine Country Alliance
More scrumptious treats!
More scrumptious treats!
J Dusi
J Dusi
Pizza anyone?
Pizza anyone?

Wedding: Andrea & Jay

Cinco De Mayo at Ragged Point!  Andrea & Jay traveled all the way to the California coastline from Texas with their closest friends and family members to witness and celebrate their marriage.  It’s no wonder this spot is a popular wedding destination.  The views are breath-taking.  Lots of fun, excellent music (including the Aggie Fight Song) and yummy food!  My two little cowboy friends Gus & Mac, spoiled me with candy gifts all afternoon… they even returned to the reception in their pajamas to give me a hug before heading to sleep!  Too cute.  Congratulations & Happy Trails to our new Texas friends!!

Ragged Point is one of our absolute favorite wedding locations on the Central Coast (Nina & I were married here in 2005).  If you’re looking for a picturesque location for your big day, consider this spot!!  It’s beautiful.

Wedding: Andrea & Jay

7 Tips When Planning A Beach Wedding

By: Nina Hamilton-Wilber

Here on the Central Coast of California we have lots of beautiful beach locations to choose from.  When planning your perfect day, here are a few tips.

1.  When choosing a location be mindful of the wind and the tide.  A cove can be a nice spot that is protected from the breeze and be sure to set up where you will have plenty of room when the tide comes in.

2.  Check and see if a permit is needed.  Some beaches do not require a permit, especially if the wedding is small and your reception is at a different location.

0233.  Search for vendors that have experience with beach weddings.  It can be very helpful when they have the proper items that work best in the sand, such as benches, arbors etc.

4.  Rental companies will require someone to be on-site when making a delivery so be sure to assign the job to someone you trust.

5.  Think about who is on your guest list.  It may be a challenge for some of your elders to walk in the sand.  Designate several strong, healthy guests to provide assistance to those who may need it.

6.  Provide things like sunscreen, sunglasses, parasols even flip flops can be helpful if guest wore the wrong shoes to the wedding.  On hot Summer days make sure you provide refreshments for your guests.

7.  Say thank you with a beach themed favor such as a lei or personalized seashell.

Beach weddings can be both memorable and magical.  Remember that you are exposed to the elements of nature, so go with the flow… and be prepared with a backup plan just in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.  Here’s hoping that your beach wedding is everything you dream of.

Tips for a Successful Cocktail Hour

By: Nina Hamilton-Wilber

Cocktail Hour

The cocktail hour of your wedding may not be at the top of your planning agenda, but for many guests, those 60-plus minutes spent sipping drinks and nibbling on small bites are crucial to the success of your event. This hour sets the tone and warms guests up for your reception. It is a chance for them to visit with friends, family and new faces. Coctails

 

Create a nice open layout with some low seating along with high top tables. Adding unique touches to your lounge seating such as pillows with your monogram or sweet love quotes can really add to the décor. Another fun idea is to have custom coasters with trivia questions about the couple. Floral can be simple. Smaller floral arrangements will be a sweet touch. Ask your floral designer about the possibility of using the extras to fill in. Floating floral blossoms and candles can go a long way and are quite beautiful.

 

Wine & CheeseHave glasses of wine, champagne, beer and/or non-alcoholic refreshments ready when guest enter, whether served by tray or set out on a table.  It will help keep the congestion to a minimum at the bar. Your bartender will thank you. Don’t offer too much. Keeping it simple can help if you are on a budget. If you are serving spirits, use middle of the road brands of vodka, whiskey, gin and tequila. Creating a beautiful bar can play a big part in the décor of your wedding.

 

Your guests will be ready for a snack. Little bites with lots of flavor and easy to eat. Eliminating utensils will make it easier for your guests to drink and eat at the same time if they are mingling. Having passed Hors d’oeuvres as well as food stations will keep the crowding to a minimum. Personalize this hour with a signature cocktail. Something refreshing and colorful can be a wonderful touch. Choosing a cocktail that color coordinates and giving it a special name can make quite an impact.cocktail food

 

Don’t forget to entertain your guests!! Music and lighting can set the tone for the rest of the evening. Choose music that everyone will enjoy. Instrumental jazz is best for setting a classy, elegant mood and the absence of song lyrics is more suitable for guest conversations.  Mood lighting can add so much to your event and it is most often overlooked.

 

Cheers!!

Lighting Your Event

By: Nina Hamilton-Wilber

The Importance of Lighting Your Event

Layout:

Once you have decided the type of event you would like to have, it’s time to develop a room layout. It is important to include all the tables, stage, dance floor, video projection area, bars and buffet tables.

Buffets, centerpieces, floral arrangements and bars:

Spots are used to light centerpieces, floral arrangements, buffets and, occasionally, bars. Remember that if you are spending from $100 to $500 for a centerpiece, they certainly should be seen.  Make sure they are lit properly.Pink & Gold Wash

Wash the room in color:

Color adds instant ambiance.  The purpose of the room wash is to ensure that guests can see each other and look great, and the food looks appetizing. The room should never be too dark, yet nothing is worse than going to an event that uses house lighting on at 100 percent. With wash lighting women look beautiful, guys look handsome, food looks scrumptious, the glass sparkles and the room has a warm glow that makes guests feel comfortable.

 Light the walls and ceiling:

A room or tent can be completely transformed using a wash of color(s) on the walls and/or on the ceilings.  Projecting a pattern or logo on the wall, ceiling or dance-floor is a fun way to really personalize your event.

Lasor Light Show

 Light the dance floor:

We believe dance floor lighting is one of the most important aspects of lighting. A properly lit dance floor will invite your guests to join in the celebration and have some fun!  Party lights are a true mood enhancement, and a real party starter. 

Exterior lighting:Lasor & Haze

Exterior lighting is becoming more noticeable. Today, many public buildings and structures are incorporating lighting to illuminate their surfaces at night. To make a great impression on arriving and departing guests, nothing has a more dramatic effect than lighting the outside of the venue, tent, walkway or the grounds of a house that your event is taking place.

14 Tips For A Successful Home Wedding

By: Nina Hamilton-Wilber

A “Home-Sweet-Home” Wedding

The comfort & convenience of a backyard wedding canGarden Centerpiece be a wonderful, budget-friendly experience.  If your thinking of hosting your celebration at home, then keep these things in mind when planning: Continue reading

The Welcome Gift Bag

Welcome Gift Bag

Local “specialty” gift items are best!

By: Nina Hamilton-Wilber

 

When having a destination wedding, or if your guests are coming from out of town, show your appreciation with a “Welcome Gift Bag”.  Here are a few great ideas of items to include. Continue reading

Wedding: Pat & Pepper

Bride & Groom: Pat & Pepper“Nina, I can’t thank you and Jeremy enough for such a great evening at our wedding.  Everything went so well.  My daughter Emily said it was magical.  I agree.  The music during the whole evening was perfect.  Thank you!”  – Pat & Pepper

It’s no secret, the Central Coast is a fantastic place for a wedding!  Just ask Pat & Pepper who traveled all the way from Minnesota to exchange their vows in the cozy California climate.  Guests came from near and far to attend the celebration at Denner Vineyards.  This venue is one of our absolute favorites in the region.  From the breathtaking views to the marvelous wines, this gorgeous location is ideal for an intimate and memorable event.  The staff is laid back and the atmosphere will nourish your soul.   “Magical” is a word that I’ve heard many times when people describe this venue.  Pat & Pepper chose to keep their ceremony and reception simple and elegant.  A beautiful song was performed by Janna Braun during the ceremony (check out the video below).  Plenty of time was allotted for socializing and dancing!  After a splendid meal, the party kicked up and the bride was ready to dance the night away!  They selected a nice music mix of classic hits and some contemporary dance tunes to keep the party hoppin’.  I overheard several of the Minnesota guests planning their return trip to Paso Robles.  I guess our secret is out!  A special thanks to Theresa Wasley and the wonderful crew at Denner for the hospitality.  Here are some video highlights from the affair.