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Rustic Ranch Romance at the Historic Old Adobe at Alisal Ranch | Cassity & Matt

Blog, Real Weddings / 11.08.20160 comments

img_6513There are plenty of private ranches on which to celebrate nuptials on the Central Coast.  But when one requires elite privacy as well as an extraordinary experience for all their guests in a historical setting with world-class service from a seasoned hospitality venue, there is no other choice than Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort.

Nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara’s wine country, the Santa Ynez Valley, Alisal Ranch has been excelling in hospitality and making memories for guests since the 1940s, when the first generations of today’s loyal clientele first started arriving.  Most likely many did not know at that time that their descendants would continue to make Alisal a family tradition for many generations to come. 

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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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The Work that Really Matters | My Top 5 Behind-the-Scenes “Secrets”

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals / 12.27.20150 comments

Image-9371702-186747862-2-WebSmall_0_3dc0d31a4e12d5eb10b7ea798c9c5deb_1The single most important element of my work is one that will never be featured in the news, will never earn me some prestigious industry award and yet, it is more important to my existence and contributes to my 15 year business success and reputation more than anything else:  it is the work that really matters:  it is investing in humanity and relationships with everyone with whom I come into contact: clients, event partners and more.  Even more than this, but quite simply, it is paying attention and being present.

These simple acts of paying attention over time is what I call “investment time”.  You may not
see results from it monetarily (or otherwise) immediately (and honestly, monetary gain shouldn’t be your primary goal anyway), but they do spell out long-term business over time.  I have developed a faithful and loyal devotion to my brand because of their allegiance to me and my “investment” in them.  People “buy” people, not just a product or service.

To invest in people, one has to pay attention and genuinely love the process. Here are some of my secrets that are  part of my core value system as an individual

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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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Firestone Crossroads Estate Open For Events

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice / 12.05.20130 comments

crossroads kld collage1Those looking for a wine country wedding at Firestone Winery will never be disappointed- it offers world-class service from its staff for events, incredible wine and breathtaking, romantic vistas from the vineyards to the Tuscan-esque feel of the Courtyard and intimately dramatic Barrel Room.  But for those who want a wine country wedding or celebration that is nothing short of epic with an added degree of privacy, we are thrilled to join our colleagues over at Firestone Winery in announcing that

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Top Little-Known Facts about Rustically Elegant Weddings at Alisal Guest Ranch

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice / 10.07.20130 comments

central-coast-wedding-photographer-keith-dunlop-frame-37-taylor-314If you are reading this, then you may have some interest in rustic elegance or woodland-themed weddings.  You are the type of bride who loves nature and all the gorgeous backdrops it provides and feel that there is little to add, except  perhaps a few glamorous touches like a crystal chandelier hanging from an ancient oak tree or other simply elegant touches that just enhance nature with your own personal touches.

Located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s own wine country is the legendary and historic Alisal Guest Ranch.  Clark Gable married Lady Sylvia in the library and this is only the beginning of the romantic factor at Alisal Guest Ranch. Throughout the years, celebrities  have vacationed here, held their weddings,  and families have built their annual vacations around this venue’s rich traditions for generations.  When a wedding is booked at the ranch, it is truly an “experience” for the bride, groom, their families and all their guests.

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Lincourt Winery Wedding Under a Full Moon

Blog, Real Weddings / 07.22.20114 comments

Santa Barbara Wine Country. An incredible location set in the midst of lush green vineyards.  Good ol’ southern hospitality and charm gracing every turn of this wedding with a casual comfort that embraced every guest.  As if that wasn’t enough, how about a full moon?  There are few moments in life which could ever be scripted and timed as beautifully as this was.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we will let the photos below speak for the story of this gorgeous and epic evening.

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Santa Barbara Wedding Locations Feature: Foley Winery and Firestone Winery

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice / 02.06.20100 comments

 

Photo by Amber Medley

One of the questions I am frequently asked when I am interviewed for publications is how I decribe this incredible region we call Santa Barbara’s wine country, the Santa Ynez Valley.  I am proud to say my response description has been quoted and is now associated with this area:  “rustic elegance” and “rustic sophistication”.   A Santa Barbara wine country wedding includes winery weddings, ranch weddings, private estate weddings and so much more.  But not every venue is created equal.  Just because a venue says it does weddings or is pretty doesn’t mean that they are truly capable of handling everything an event brings with it.  And further, does not mean the staff is proficient on the incredible details and customer service involved in making sure the wedding goes off seamlessly. Today, however, I would like to highlight one of my most popular wedding venues in Santa Barbara’s wine country: 

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