“Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing,
those which average eyes would see as fixed and still”
Photo by Lavender & Twine
We love the fun details of this Sunstone Winey Country Wedding In Santa Ynez. The personal touches including the groom’s boutonniere and the gift bag with ‘oui oui” on it just simply made our hearts melt.
Event Coordination Leanne Elliott, Soleil Events
Wedding Location Sunstone Vineyard and Winery
Caterer Los Olivos Cafe
Rentals & Lighting Ventura Rentals
Flowers Anna Le Pley Taylor
Photo Lavender and Twine
Video Max and Molly Films
Reception DJ Morty Coyle
Shuttles Jump on the School Bus
Cakes + Dessert Enjoy Cupcakes
Restrooms Marborg Industries
Security Central Coast Public Safety
Cocktail hour was established in weddings for few reasons. Primarily it keeps guests occupied and entertained while the couple, wedding party, and family members take pictures. This is a time where guests can enjoy a drink and a couple nibbles between the ceremony and dinner reception.
Here are a few examples of hors d’eourves done right created by Catering Connection. The combination of perfect bite-sized snacks, stations and pre-plated size nibbles, showcase delicious options for your guests, and will for sure have you salivating by the end of the blog.
Using a homey decor vibes such as this Tent Merchant’s shelving, proves that placing forks in the drawers, and salad bowls on shelves make for an eye catching adornment which doubles up and serves a salad (or a purpose).
Adding a station adds heartiness to the cocktail hour and fills bellies a bit as guests imbibe. In this case, Catering Connection had 2 action stations (an action station has an attendant preparing or finishing off the dish in front of your eyes), which creating entertainment and essence which again creates a dual (feeding) purpose. These stations included braised short ribs and gnocchi three ways served in mini cosmo glasses.
Skewing is serious business. The most important aspect of having a skewered item is to ensure that each piece is indeed bite size. That way guests can easily pop the food item into their mouth and discard the stick without being cumbered and having to hold it whilst talking, holding their drink or grazing.
Spooning can absolutely be done during cocktail hour. Catering Connection showcases their spooning skills in two ways, one with specially designed, self standing silver spoons of scallops, and then edible spoons nestling a fresh and delectable bite size bruschetta.
One of the important aspects of serving food, is having the menu items labeled, that way guests know what is on the tray and can make an easy decision if it is something they want or are able to eat, or not. PS – did you notice the shrimp on the tray below are already “de-tailed?? That is one “detail” that should not be overlooked, I hate having to hang on to those things…..)
Finally, a dessert, or in this case, fresh fruit toppings and and flavors, can make for a fun ‘do it yourself’ station, where items are laid out for guests to add to their liking.
We hope this gives you some ideas and appetite, happy many planning!
catering: Catering Connection
photos: Matt Roberts Photography
rentals: Ventura Party Rentals
To love is to know we are immersed
not in darkness, but in light.
Photo by Michael + Anna Costa Photography
Location Spotlight: La Playa Azul
By: Felici Events
Description of venue
La Playa Azul is a charming Mexican restaurant located in downtown Santa Barbara. Perfect for rehearsal dinners and private receptions. The mood is festive, with cozy seating, Mexican decor, and a charming outdoor patio. Established in 1976, the restaurant has three dining areas: the lovely sunny patio, a small dining room and a large dining room. The restaurant owes its enduring appeal to the exceptional Mexican cuisine, specializing in delicious seafood and Mexican dishes served in family-friendly, Santa Barabara (historic district) -style surroundings.
This is a Reception Only Venue / restaurant
For more information on pricing and availability contact:
NAME La Playa Azul Cafe
Pricing: $ – $$
Site fee: N/A
Capacity: Three areas; small room – 20, main room – 35, patio 50 seated:
Certified Event Planner: N/A
Contract: N/A call to make a reservation
Event Insurance: none required
Deposit: based upon event / guest count / buy out
Restrooms: on site
Tues – Sun from 11am to close
Lunch Specials served from 11am to 4pm
Happy Hour from 3:00 – 6:00
Parking: street parking available, nearby city lots within 2 blocks of the restaurant.
Music: own music can be provided if you buy out the entire restaurant, if not, music is piped in thru existing sound system.
Alcohol Policy: full bar and wine menu available by the restaurant
What is Provided: Tables, Chairs, Decor, China, glass, silver
Decorations: nothing can be stapled, nailed or attached permanently to the building.
914 Santa Barbara St.
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Phone: (805) 966-2860