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Country Ranch Wedding At The Historic Old Adobe at Alisal Guest Ranch

Real Weddings / 04.30.20160 comments

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Photo Credit: Lover of Weddings

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort boasts some incredible backdrops for weddings and receptions.  From the popular Alisal River Terrace (no overnight accommodations are needed to book this beautiful space) to the main ranch property Creekside, Oval Lawn, Sycamore Room, lakeside, or the incredible Historic Adobe.

The Historic Adobe is another 20 minute ride via hay truck from the main ranch and the scenery on the drive is spectacular.  While there are many more complications involved with events at the Historic Old Adobe, it can be one of the most distinct wedding experiences ever, in a truly unique setting.

While many of my couples choose to have their wedding ceremonies

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Charming Alisal River Terrace Wine Country Wedding & Private Home Reception

Blog, Real Weddings / 01.06.20160 comments

ART Caitlin 1Caitlin and Tyler chose one of Santa Barbara wine country’s hidden gem locations for their nuptials, followed by a charming reception at their parent’s home in Solvang.  Alisal River Terrace, associated with the renowned Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, offers sweeping views of the wine country hillside, and a small intimate lake with plenty of green and serenity.  With ample guest parking and space, it is a beautiful option for ceremonies and receptions and one that carries incredible value for the wedding spending plan.

As Caitlin and Tyler’s Ceremony Coordinator, I was particularly touched by

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How to Help Prevent Wedding Gift Thievery at Your Wedding

Blog, Event Planning Advice / 12.27.20150 comments

catherine-chairAs a professional wedding planner, I’ve seen my share of disappointing “ever-afters” in the gift-reception category after being a part of over 600 weddings.

I am often asked who would be so thoughtless to take gifts on such a happy day. Many of my clients say, “we knew every single one of our guests intimately and none of them would do something like this.”  The  sad reality is that it is not always the guests you invite, but their “plus ones” or children or relatives, perhaps some individuals that you may not know.  It is rarely the staff working the event, although in some cases, it can be.  At locations such as resorts and hotels where other non-wedding-invited hotel guests or the public have access or can pass through a ceremony or reception area, it can be complete strangers.   And finally, for off-site, non-hotel events where the caterer is brought in, I know first hand that many caterers,

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Alisal Guest Ranch Wedding at the Historic Old Adobe

Blog, Real Weddings / 04.26.20150 comments

alisal adobe3Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort has been hosting memorable weddings for generations. In fact, it has been the locale of celebrity nuptials starting with Clark Gable and Lady Sylvia many years ago.  Besides offering picture-perfect backdrops for the nature and woodland-inspired wedding, the main ranch offers exclusivity for wedding couples, their families and guests, with a ranch buy-out (or in some cases, a “partial” buy-out).  Alisal is not a typical hotel and because it focuses on a dedicated daily “program” for guests that is part of the Alisal legendary guest experience, all weddings require a “buy-out” of some kind, so Alisal can deliver the experience and service for which it is known.  There are several options for Alisal Guest Ranch weddings and receptions and one of our absolute favorites is

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So You Saved A Few Dollars Hiring a Coordinator for a Few Hours Only. Congratulations. It Shows.

Blog, Rants / 12.04.20140 comments

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Photo by Mary Jane Weddings | Location: San Ysidro Guest Ranch

“Oh, I’m really hands on,”  the caller says to me during our initial interview.  “I will do all my own planning. I just need a few things put out and someone to direct vendors,  day-of.”  This is generally where our conversation and interview end or, if they are genuinely interested in the expertise of a professional, I can provide some education that helps to re-direct their thought premise.  The fatal thinking behind this notion is simply this:   the caller is most likely doing wedding planning for the first time and as a seasoned wedding professional, this is my approximate six hundredth.  There is no such thing as a  “hands on” bride who can flawlessly execute her wedding planning solo and have it turn out seamless. It is  because of this: 

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Wine Country Wedding at the Mission and Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

Blog, Real Weddings / 09.19.20140 comments

alisal lauren and brian landscape and invitationLauren and Brian chose the Santa Ynez Mission to exchange vows for their wedding ceremony.  For their reception, they chose a location that had been a family vacation tradition with Lauren’s family for years: Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort.  The Sycamore Room, which is adjacent creekside to lush trees and the main entrance of the ranch, offers tranquility with soft , plentiful lawn space, all with the sound of a soft creek running nearby for cocktail hour.  Inside, for dinner, guests enjoyed a cozy roaring fire in the river rock fireplace and sounds of

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How the Wording On Your Wedding Invitations Affects Your Entire Event

Blog, Event Planning Advice, Rants, Tip of the Day / 03.02.20140 comments

Life-Sized Wedding Invitation | Photos by Matt Edge

Life-Sized Wedding Invitation | Photos by Matt Edge

No, I will not just put down what time you “think” or “want” guests to arrive at your reception when I’m your Reception-only Coordinator and have not been involved with planning your entire wedding.   I need to see exactly what your guests see, and this is why I ask for a copy of your actual ceremony and reception invitation. It guarantees that I will view it as your guests will and what they will inevitably end up doing as a result of what you told them. This is also so we as the event supply partner team can be ready to meet this expectation.  And for most of us, we not only want to “meet” the expectation, but we want to exceed it.

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Top 5 Reasons To Book Your Wine Country Ranch Wedding at Alisal River Terrace

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice / 01.02.20140 comments

alisal photo collage kld blog2Alisal Guest Ranch is my number one favorite wine country ranch wedding and event location in Santa Barbara County.  While a ranch buy-out is necessary for most weddings on the main ranch in order to ensure the bride and groom get the legendary service for which Alisal is known, Alisal River Terrace does not require a ranch buy-out.  Here are my top 5 reasons  Alisal River Terrace is one of my favorite wine country ranch wedding locations:

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Wedding at Lincourt | Becky & Imran

Blog, Real Weddings / 07.10.20126 comments

One of my favorite things about this Santa Barbara wine country  wedding at Lincourt Winery was the elegance and multi-cultural aspect my clients and their families brought to this wedding day. Virtually all wineries have an elegance about them, but Lincourt Winery is special – it used to be a dairy farm and the old yellow house that is now the tasting room was an old Sears Craftsman House kit that overlooks the vineyards below and the red barn adjacent. It oozes country charm.  But my favorite thing about Lincourt Winery weddings?  So little decor is needed.  The backdrop is already set with vines and in the distance, the Santa Ynez mountains and beautiful sweeping blue skies cradle Lincourt Winery in their arms.  And don’t even get me started about having a wedding at this charming location under a full moon.  It  is simply other-worldly, if you are lucky enough to have that epic experience.

I had the honor of working with a talented, smart attorney-in – training bride  Becky and her already- attorney fiance, Imran.  Becky’s parents are

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$40K Wedding Giveaway Celebrates Local Love Story

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, In the Press, News / 08.10.20112 comments

There are so many fantastic love stories out there.  When KRAZ 105.9 FM decided to partner with me again on a wedding giveaway in the middle of a nation-wide economic crisis to benefit a deserving engaged couple and give them a wedding they could not otherwise afford, I knew it was perfect timing.  I also knew the ideal event supply partner team to pull in for this production.  Not only would they be the best in their field, but all “heart”, truly wanting to make a dream come true for one couple.

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