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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).


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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.


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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.

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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.

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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…..)

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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.


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We hope this gives you some ideas and appetite, happy many planning!

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catering: Catering Connection

photos: Matt Roberts Photography

rentals: Ventura Party Rentals

 

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Location Spotlight: The Villa at Sunstone Winery

by: Felici Events

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We blogged about the beautiful French-countryside style Sunstone Winery a while back. Well, one of our favorite private venues,  the adjacent Sunstone Villa is spectacular for events, and allows for some of
your guests to stay on the property during the weekend..

Fred and Linda Rice designed and built a house from which to watch the four seasons that will become even more beautiful with age, a living piece of history.

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The Villa has five suites, each with private entrances and a view of the Santa Ynez mountains and Sunstone vineyards. A bit of moss is beginning to grow on the stone at the foot of the front door. Nature is putting its own mark on the Villa, as was intended.

Reclaimed materials, such as French limestone, hand-formed roof tiles, a fireplace from the Bordeaux region of France, enormous hand-hewn pine beams from Queen Victoria’s lavender factory, a prison cell door from Normandy constructed during Napoleon’s reign, and a thousand-year old limestone kitchen sink were all incorporated into their dream building. Walking through the Villa is an opportunity to see and touch pieces of history. Available to rent partially or in its entirety, the Villa is a stunning location to stay the week-end while enjoying a week-end of events.

This is a Ceremony and Reception or Reception Only Venue with guest rooms.

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For more information on pricing and availability contact:

Annamarie Kostura at (800) 313-9463 ext. 244

events@sunstonewinery.com

Pricing: $$$$$

Site fee: Winery $20,000 for wedding and 2 night stay

Capacity: 250

Areas: courtyard, back lawn and back patio, vineyard

Restrooms: Additional restroom must be ordered for more than 80 guests

Bridal Dressing Room: yes

Requirements: must have certified planner.  Contract must be singed to book a date, and 50% deposit

Time Allotments: events can start at any time, and music must end by 10:30 p.m.

Catering: full kitchen available for an intimate soiree, rental kitchen must be brought in for more guests.

Parking: Guests must be shuttled in.  Parking for bridal party and house guests only

Music: Amplified music outside off at: 10:30PM

Alcohol Policy: Sunstone wine (20% discount), beer, champagne and hard alcohol allowed.

What is Provided: All needs to be bought in.

Decoration: no decoration can be nailed, stapled, or leaning on walls of the house. Nothing permanent

Insurance: $1,000,000.00 event insurance required.

Cancellation Policy: Deposit are nonrefundable

Address:

125 Refugio Road

Santa Ynez, CA 93460

Phone: 805-688-9463

Email: events@sunstonewinery.com.

Website: www.sunstonewinery.com/index.php/experience-villa/thevilla/

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We were influenced by a recent Real Santa Barbara Wedding post’s dessert bar to showcase something sweet for today!  The completely adorable, Enjoy Cupcakes vintage trailer creates a unique experience for special occasions.  Not only is it an aesthetic eye appeal, but it also brings decor to the venue and a conversation piece for guests. Of course, the icing on the top is the delicious desserts Amber creates  inspired by local produce, flavors, wines and respect for food. 

Spotted at this spectacular wedding at a private beach in Santa Barbara, we had to share these great images from Amber’s blog with you here.

 

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You can find Enjoy Cupcakes at two locations:

Saarloos & Sons at 2971 Grand Ave. Los Olivos, Ca 93441

Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday 11:00 to 5:00 /  Saturdays 11:00 to 6:00

and

Santa Barbara Public Market at 38 W. Victoria Street, #105, Santa Barbara, Ca 93101 (opened 2014)

Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 to 9:00, Sunday & Monday 10:00 to 8:00

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The Santa Barbara Zoo is a “ wildly” spectacular location for a wedding offering a variety of
fauna and flora. This exotic location enchants you with majestic ocean and mountain views
as well as 30 acres of exuberant gardens showcasing animals from around the world. Another
advantage of the Santa Barbara Zoo is the fun photo opportunities within the grounds.
The Zoo offers day time weddings on the Cabrillo Lawn between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daytime
weddings are held while the Zoo is open to the public and more cost effective. Evening
weddings start at 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.
For a nominal fee, you may leave the animals out on display after closing or keep the train
running exclusively for your guests.
Add an exotic, tropical flair to your event with a bird greeting or photo opportunity while your
guests are arriving. After the park closes at 5:00 p.m., your guests will have the entire Zoo to
roam and enjoy in privacy; making for a one of kind beginning to the special evening ahead.
The lush Palm Garden provides a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony and offers you and your
guests privacy for the nuptials.
The Hilltop site offers views of the Pacific and brand-new amenities, including a bridal changing
room, a full catering kitchen, and restrooms.
The Santa Barbara Zoo is a private, nonprofit organization. Revenues from private events
support the operation and development of the Zoo, help support conservation efforts, and enrich
our education programs.
Capacity:
Our ceremony site, Palm Garden, can accommodate between 250-275 guests; the Hilltop
reception site can accommodate parties of 500+.
Fees:
Day time wedding site fee is $3, 000 for the Cabrillo Lawn. Evening wedding site fee is
$4,000.00 and includes use of the Palm Garden site for your ceremony and the Hilltop for your
reception. Catering, rental items, and beverage services are coordinated through Zoo Catering
Services by Rincon. Fees will vary based on your specific selections.
Deposit:
The Zoo requires 50% of the site fee and a $300.00 security deposit to reserve a date.
Catering, Beverage, & Rental Services
Zoo Catering Services will assist you with all catering, beverage service, and rental needs.
Specialty services such as lighting, full wedding coordination, cakes, and decor can also be
arranged. Please contact Zoo Catering Services for more details.
Please contact the Private Events department to learn more about weddings at the Santa Barbara
Zoo: (805) 962-5339, ext. 127 or email FeliciaThe Santa Barbara Zoo is a “ wildly” spectacular location for a wedding offering a variety of fauna and flora. This exotic location enchants you with majestic ocean and mountain views as well as 30 acres of exuberant gardens showcasing animals from around the world. Another advantage of the Santa Barbara Zoo is the fun photo opportunities within the grounds. DillonThe Santa Barbara Zoo is a “ wildly” spectacular location for a wedding offering a variety of fauna and flora. This exotic location enchants you with majestic ocean and mountain views as well as 30 acres of exuberant gardens showcasing animals from around the world. Another advantage of the Santa Barbara Zoo is the fun photo opportunities within the grounds..

The Santa Barbara Zoo is a “ wildly” spectacular location for a wedding offering a variety of fauna and flora. This exotic location enchants you with majestic ocean and mountain views as well as 30 acres of exuberant gardens showcasing animals from around the world. Another advantage of the Santa Barbara Zoo is the fun photo opportunities within the grounds.

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The Zoo offers day time weddings on the Cabrillo Lawn between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daytime weddings are held while the Zoo is open to the public and more cost effective. Evening weddings start at 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.


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For a nominal fee, you may leave the animals out on display after closing or keep the train running exclusively for your guests.

Add an exotic, tropical flair to your event with a bird greeting or photo opportunity while your guests are arriving. After the park closes at 5:00 p.m., your guests will have the entire Zoo to roam and enjoy in privacy; making for a one of kind beginning to the special evening ahead.


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The lush Palm Garden provides a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony and offers you and your guests privacy for the nuptials.

The Hilltop site offers views of the Pacific and brand-new amenities, including a bridal changing room, a full catering kitchen, and restrooms.


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The Santa Barbara Zoo is a private, nonprofit organization. Revenues from private events support the operation and development of the Zoo, help support conservation efforts, and enrich our education programs.

Make your wedding unforgettable at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Guests will enjoy nearly 30 acres of lush gardens, majestic ocean views, and our incredible animals. We work with you every step of the way to make sure your wedding day is perfect.

Capacity:  Their ceremony site, Palm Garden, can accommodate between 250-275 guests; the Hilltop reception site can accommodate parties of 500+.

Fees: The ceremony and reception site fee is $4,400 for up to 200 guests.  If your guest count exceeds 200 people, there is an additional fee of $17 per additional guest. Catering, rental items, and beverage services are coordinated through Zoo Catering Services by Rincon. Fees will vary based on your specific selections.

Deposit: The Zoo requires 50% of the site fee and a $500.00 security deposit to reserve a date.

Catering, Beverage, & Rental Services: Zoo Catering Services will assist you with all catering, beverage service, and rental needs. Specialty services such as lighting, full wedding coordination, cakes, and decor can also be arranged. Please contact Zoo Catering Services for more details.

Contact: Please contact the Private Events department to learn more about weddings at the Santa Barbara. (805) 962-5339, ext. 127 or email zooinfo@sbzoo.org

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linen: La Tavola Linen

Lighting: Bellavista Designs

Cake: Christine Dahl Cake and Pastries

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True Love Tuesday

By: Tim Halberg Photography

#LoveInSB – we love this romantic and picturesque engagement session by Tim Halberg.

“One of my favorite things about photography is going on adventures with my couples. Be it on the wedding day itself, or the engagement session – the chance to explore off the beaten path and push the limits always lends itself to the best photos!

After chatting about some of their favorite activities and ways to spend time together, we we decided to get lost on a hike in the mountains above the Santa Ynez Valley – I think it worked out perfectly.”

- Tim Halberg

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Photographer: Tim Halberg