Cara & Preston’s Sparkling Ever After at Santa Barbara Woman’s Club (Rockwood)

We loved the light, summery airy pinks used in the decor and feel of Cara and Preston’s wedding at Santa Barbara Woman’s Club (Rockwood).  The gentle look complemented the natural setting of the wood , trees and leaves at Rockwood.  While Rockwood is so versatile, and there are many event layout options, we love it when clients mix up table shape and size – the square tables mixed with traditional rounds they chose for guest dining lent a unique and fresh look to the overall impression.  The menu these newlyweds chose included several of our most popular and traditional dishes, especially appropriate for a Santa Barbara fresh culinary experience for guests.

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Moonlight, Orchids & Glow | Michelle and Sam’s Wedding Celebration

Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers ….and people….So it must be all around us.”         -The Secret Garden

And so it was that an orchid farm greenhouse was magically transformed for the wedding celebration of Michelle and Sam and all their family and friends while the moon cast her benediction on the nuptials and night. From vibrant colors (including orchids, of course), leaves, trees, flowers (and even the beach) to special, personal touches and elegant decor, everything about this Santa Barbara wedding was perfection. 

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Moonlit Ojai Wedding With Dinner, Drinking & Dancing Under the Stars

The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand.” – Frederick Knowles  | Ojai offers a mountain oasis blending the best of high desert vibe and a slowed-down, country feel.  Add a glowing moon illuminating everything below her, walking hand-in-hand with the sky, and you have Emily and Cael’s magic wedding night at Black Walnut Creek.   There are many private estates and charming locations from which to choose for memorable wedding celebrations in Ojai, and we loved this one at Black Walnut Creek!  The best part about working outdoor locations in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties is that the backdrops offered can be absolutely epic.  On this particular evening, Mother Nature put on a spectacular show with the stars coming out and dancing for the newlyweds and the moon baptized these two as they danced the night away with family and friends.  It was a night not soon to be forgotten.

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Vines, Mariachis and Handfasting | Sally and Bradley’s Firestone Wedding

We absolutely loved the multi-cultural elements of this celebration in Santa Barbara’s wine country!  Sally and Bradley chose to exchange vows on the terrace of the world-renowned Firestone Winery, overlooking the vinescape below and towering surrounding Santa Ynez Mountains.  The lively colors they chose for the wedding were especially prominent at the wedding ceremony, where the couple were framed as they performed a NeoPagan handfasting ceremony.  This tradition, some say,  dates back to the ancient Celts and is where the marriage union is blessed as the bride and groom’s hands are tied together with a sacred ribbon, “tying the knot”.

After the ceremony, the guests adjourned to the Courtyard where mariachis

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Dania & Jonathan’s Persian Wedding: When Ancient Traditions Transcend Time

Ancient traditions that are based in joy, love and celebration never go out of style.  A Persian wedding is one of the most decadent, rich-in-history, steeped-in-tradition celebrations on earth.  When a culture has been around for thousands of years, there’s no doubt they’ve perfected many things, one of which is the savoir-faire of how to celebrate a marriage in big style.

We absolutely loved being the full service catering event partner for Dania and Jonathan’s Persian wedding.  Each elegant touch and multi-cultural detail had a meaning steeped in thousands of years of tradition and beauty.  While many Persian timeless traditions are historic, they translate beautifully to modern wedding culture.  The Sofreh, or “wedding” is broken down to two stages: 

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What They’re Eating at the 2017 Oscars Governor’s Ball

Sample of Oscars Dessert Buffet as shown by Fine Dining Lovers

While we love all the glitz and glam of Hollywood and the red carpet, we would not be true to our profession- the culinary arts – if we did not ask the question, “But what will they be eating?”  Dresses are fabulous, but let’s be honest:  food reigns.

According to Fine Dining Lovers, the following menu will be enjoyed by all attending the Governor’s Ball and catered by none else than Wolfgang Puck himself, with Kamel Guechida, Monica Ng and Jason Lemmonier taking care of the pastry items.  

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The Evolution of the Wedding Dessert

Photo: Logan Cole

Since ancient Roman times, weddings were always celebrated with some sort of special sweet. According to history, Ancient Roman wedding ceremonies were finalized by breaking a cake of wheat or barley (mustaceum) over the bride’s head as a symbol of good fortune. The newlyweds then ate a few crumbs in a custom known as confarreatio, or,eating together”. Afterwards, the wedding guests gathered up the crumbs as tokens of good luck.

Sweets continued to be a part of wedding feasts for centuries, and in fact, were often

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A Santa Barbara Wedding Experience for Kelsey and Patrick

From nuptials being exchanged in the Queen of the Missions, to lovely photos around some of the Indian ruins around the Mission, a fun trolley ride from ceremony to reception at the popular Santa Barbara Historical Museum (enjoying  and all the lovely sites of Santa Barbara along the way), Kelsey and Patrick enjoyed the some of the best Santa Barbara has to offer for their wedding.

We absolutely loved all the special touches for this wedding, including the flowergirl walking down the aisle with a sign saying, “Here Comes The Love of Your Life” (see photo below), to

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Firestone Winery Sparkle: Khalehla & Cody’s Wedding Story

Few wine country venues have the picture-perfect backdrop as well as the perfect amenities to accommodate and produce large events with such success as Santa Barbara’s own Firestone Winery.  From the panoramic views of The Mesa, where couples say “I do” under a historic ceremonial oak tree, to the incredible warm glow of the Barrel Room, to the Courtyard where most choose to host dinner and dancing under the stars in a setting reminiscent of a vintage Tuscan Villa “patio”, Firestone Winery is the stuff of which wine country wedding dreams are made.

Khalehla and Cody chose to have Solvang Trolley Company chauffeur guests to the Mesa and back to main winery for all the festivities.  One thing is clear, as you will see from all the photos below, there was incredible sparkle and glow at this winery wedding! Perhaps one of our favorite elements was that of the wine country-style menu this couple chose.  They selected some of the best flavor combinations for savoring with Firestone’s incredible wines (see menu below).

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Christmas Traditions for Catering Connection’s French-Born Philippe Berger

One of the most unique things about Santa Barbara’s full service catering company Catering Connection is that is quite intercontinental.  Its staff represents all different cultures and countries, and because of this, brings a wealth of richness to all they do.  Event Manager Philippe Berger was born in France, and we asked him what his favorite French or family traditions were this time of year.  Here is what he had to say:

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