Planning a Wedding in Santa Cruz This Year? Better Put a Ring on Your Venue

Posted on January 20, 2017

If you're planning a wedding in Santa Cruz, best to book your venue early.

I caught a proposal in real time this weekend. My husband and I were at one of our favorite restaurants near the boardwalk. On the other side of the room, there was a young couple sitting across from each other at a tiny round table. They were too far away to hear anything, but like a magnet, my attention swung over to them as soon as he reached across the table for her hand. There was a knowing look in her eyes even before he spoke. The restaurant was full and buzzing with activity, but they were in their own little love bubble. When she answered, his smile revealed complete vulnerability. She started laughing and crying. I did my best to contain my own tears for their sake, hopeless romantic that I am.

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The Realities of the Santa Cruz Beach Wedding: Busy Shores, Uncertain Elements

Posted on January 15, 2017

While you may be drawn to the idea of he picturesque Santa Cruz beach wedding, the reality of the event is far from what you'll see in the movies.

Driving along Highway 1 on a clear day, I can understand the allure of a wedding right on the beach. The endless expanse of sand and sea seems to promise equally endless moments of poetic perfection. Then there are movies like 27 Dresses, which seem to bring that promise to life: in the final scene, Katherine Heigl’s character meets her groom at the end of a custom-made boardwalk. All of her 27 bridesmaids look perfect, even in the coastal wind, and there’s nothing but beautiful ocean waves and sand all around them. I can easily fall in love with the feelings this scene inspires, but trust me when I say that it is hard to pull off!

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The Secret to Avoiding Stress on Your Wedding Day: Knowing When to Communicate

Posted on January 13, 2017

The easiest way to avoid wedding stress? Consistent, open communication.

If you tell me that you don’t want to worry about anything wedding-related between now and your big day, I’ll make it happen.” That’s what I told Chelsea during our initial consultation. I love that I can confidently make that promise, since we have coordination of the ceremony, the reception, and the catering locked down on our end. That was perfect for Chelsea—she was busy running a small business and didn’t have a lot of time to commit to planning the wedding.

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Prevent Wedding Stress with a Bridal Emergency Kit

Posted on December 16, 2016

One way to stave off wedding stress is by creating a bridal toolkit before the big day.

When Marisa told me that she was having her sister design and create her dress from scratch, I was enchanted—even more so when I saw an illustration of the design and, finally, the finished gown. Marisa chose shoes and jewelry that were nearly as unique. She said she hadn’t been sure that it would all come together as she hoped, but it did.

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If You’re a Wine Enthusiast, Consider Having Your Wedding in Santa Cruz Instead of Napa Valley

Posted on December 16, 2016

If you love wine and adventure, think about holding your wedding in Santa Cruz instead of Napa Valley.

When you think of California wine, Napa Valley is probably the first place that comes to mind. With acres of vineyards and gorgeous architecture, hundreds of couples swarm to Napa every year for elaborate wine-themed weddings. That said, it isn’t necessarily the best wedding venue choice. Expect most major wineries in Napa to be booked at least 12 months in advance, and in the peak summer season, you might need to book as early as 14 months in advance. In the winter, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a smaller, less-crowded vineyard that isn’t closed down entirely. In addition, Napa doesn’t offer a wide range of experiences outside of its wine culture, which will leave some of your guests feeling more than a little bored.

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