Private Estate Ojai Oasis Wedding for Erika & Kyler

Just a 20 minute drive up into the mountains of Ventura is the world-renowned picturesque village of Ojai.  Known for “pink moment” sunsets (referring to the mountains which change color at sunset and surround the town in a glow), ranches, orchards and more, Ojai boasts many of our favorite wedding locations.  Erika and Kyler were fortunate enough to be able to celebrate their nuptials at a private estate, affording beautiful views and a tranquil oasis from the world with family and friends.  And here’s a little fun fact about Ojai that the couple tied into their wedding as a unique touch:  Ojai is famous for “pixie tangerines”, which account for less than 1% of California’s tangerines.  They are seedless deliciousness and are easy to peel.  We love that Erika and Kyler offered pixie tangerines as escort cards for guests, which also doubled as guest favors!  

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Fresh Air, Sumptuous Cuisine and Vows At Figueroa Mountain Farm House

What goes best with mountain air, fresh breezes, panoramic vistas and no sign of modern conveniences for miles?  The company of those you love most, who are dearest to you — and bringing those people together with an incredibly delicious, fresh menu designed to complement the environment.  Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse is nestled back in – you guessed it- Figueroa Mountain and requires guests to arrive and depart by shuttle.  One of the most unique features of this incredible wine country mountain venue is that a few guests can actually stay the night there and have the whole mountain lodge experience right in Santa Barbara’s wine country.

One of the things we loved most about this menu is that in addition to a succulent tri-tip marinated and grilled to perfection (nothing says “country” more than a good cut of delicious beef) , they offered their guests one of Southern California’s most popular culinary treats as a “station”: check out the delicious ceviche station in our menu highlights below!

This wedding offered country goodness and a warm, intimate setting for friends and family to gather and celebrate this newlywed’s first steps in their new life together.

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Matrimony at Mattei’s: Historic Stagecoach Stop Wedding in Wine Country

Few may know, but Santa Barbara’s wine country – the Santa Ynez Valley – is linked to Santa Barbara via the Los Padres Forest and San Rafael/Santa Ynez Mountain range.  Over a hundred years ago, a stagecoach line transported guests down California, through Santa Ynez Valley and as we locals call it, “over the hill” (referring to the mountain range) to Santa Barbara.  One of the stops was Mattei’s Tavern (previously The Central Hotel, Los Olivos Hotel and Stagecoach Inn), which provided a bar, dining and overnight accommodations for guests.  While it has undergone many ownership changes, in the last 20 years, it enjoyed a renaissance as a prime destination intimate historic wedding location in wine country for those wanting something different from a vineyard wedding.  While it took a brief break from weddings during some ownership-changes, it appears to be back as a venue dedicated exclusively to private events… and we just love the wedding we did there!

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Catering Connection Supports Community Event Partners With “Bevvies, Bites, & Botanics”

Catering Connection is proud to be intimately involved in the events community that makes Santa Barbara the destination event hot spot that it is for so many years.  Without this professional partnership we have with our fellow event pros, the weddings and events we produce would just not be the same.  Santa Barbara truly has a wealth of the best event talent, and we are so lucky when we get to collaborate and work with them on showcase events like ILEA‘s monthly networking mixer and venue showcase.   Because the event was held at  The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, all cuisine was asked to feature local fresh herbs, which only made our job more fun.  Check out the fresh menu below and the event partners who came together to make this ILEA community event one to remember with “Bevvies, Bites, & Botanics” (the designated event hashtag: #BevviesBitesBotanics ) :

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Relaxed Historic Elegance at Santa Barbara Historical Museum

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum allows guests to feel like they have stepped back into the old spanish days of its history.  It boasts a romantic courtyard, private side courtyard for ceremonies and walking-convenience to many of Santa Barbara’s leading boutique hotels and restaurants, making it a favorite destination wedding choice for Santa Barbara wedding couples, who want their guests to savor the whole Santa Barbara experience.

This particular wedding featured lots of charming touches, (including a Dog of Honor) coordinated by Soigné Productions and the photos below tell the story of this wedding where personal touches abounded (check out the VW Photo Bus)!

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Sound Healing Wedding at Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm

Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm is a paradise for nature lovers.  Unpretentious and a blank canvas for creativity that pops with nature as a backdrop, it is no wonder bohemian-chic brides seek out this Santa Barbara wedding location.  And when wedding planner Jamie Kostechko is at the helm, you know you are bound to see some unique style throughout the event.

The day started off with a sound healing exercise and “bath” (described as a
“massage” of sound washing over you and relaxing you).  Later on, during the actual wedding and reception celebration, festivities revved up with a picture-perfect day for “I do” with the California coastline behind by day and stars dancing overhead by night as guests feasted on a sumptuous California-style dinner buffet and danced the night away.

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Kelly & David’s Funkzone-Fun Winery Wedding Celebration

Santa Barbara features hundreds of wedding locations – many historical, some modern;  but few have the eclectic and funky, unique charm of the up and coming FunkZone.  Featuring wineries, breweries, “it” restaurants, galleries and fun shops, this is an easy stroll over from lower State Street by the railway tracks.  Tucked in the FunkZone is Carr Winery, one of our favorite FunkZone locations for private events.  Why do we like Carr Winery so much?  To name a few items:  a warm welcome area with areas to sit and activities for guests; a large open room with flexibility for set-up styles all framed with towering  stacked wine barrels.  You really feel like you are in a wine “cavern” when hosting an event at Carr. It is romantic and unique. 

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Poppers, Crowns, & Lotto Tickets for Trinity and Jim’s Fun Wedding Celebration

Trinity and Jim knew how to have fun:  from the moment guests arrived making their own floral arrangements to the favors they bestowed upon their guests, check out the special lively and unique touches they included for their Santa Barbara wedding:

Special Touches: Each seat had a popper, which held a paper crown and lotto ticket;  the groom’s cake was a tire shooting mud at the bride’s white cake;  upon  entering the reception, guests had the opportunity to make their own floral arrangements and also received bee-friendly seeds and potted plants to take home (see photos below).

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Veronica & Rick’s Intimate Inn Wedding in Ojai

We love intimate inn weddings.   The Lavender Inn in Ojai, California offers its guests a charming backdrop in a small town nestled in the mountains just above Ventura.  This hidden gem boasts colorful gardens with vows exchanged under age-old, majestic oak trees.  And if your wedding is under 20 guests, you can book the cottage and the private patio that goes with it for your own intimate soirée celebration.

Veronica and Rick wanted to spend quality time with friends and family and kept things simple and streamlined , enjoying some photo opps downtown Ojai with their photographer, and wrapping up the evening’s festivities with a deluxe ice cream sundae bar.

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Vinyl Records, Gnomes , Sweets & Winery Romance In the Funk Zone

So many fun touches for Elisa and Peter’s wedding day!  From her gorgeous, flirtatious and feminine wedding dress, to guests signing vinyl records instead of a traditional guest book, to the passed heavy appetizers instead of a formal sit-down dinner, this wedding was light-hearted, unique and romantic all in one.   The meal style they chose allowed for maximum guest engagement and enjoying each other’s company at the intimate and romantic Carr Winery, located in Santa Barbara’s up and coming trendy Funk Zone.

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