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Angela and Julian’s Ocean Vista Wedding

They say necessity is the mother of invention.  They also say that rain on your wedding day is good luck.   Angela and Julian got to experience both on their wedding day at QAD’s corporate headquarters which overlook the stunning Santa Barbara coastline.

As experienced event professionals, we are used to accommodating last minute changes and adjustments, so when the skies opened and started raining 30 minutes prior to ceremony start time, our team quickly jumped to action and packed the entire ceremony site to move it upstairs and indoors to the main lobby.   Dinner was provided under one of the existing awnings.  Necessity created the invention of new locations very last minute, and all went well, with happy and glowing bride and groom.

One of the special elements of Angela and Julian’s love story is that

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Naya and Kevin’s Firestone Winery Wedding: A Food Station & Guest-Interactive Experience

Naya and Kevin are food industry professionals and as such, wanted a more relaxed vibe at their Santa Barbara wine country wedding at the renowned Firestone Winery and Vineyards.  To accomplish this, we did a combination of tables for seated dining, as well as tall cocktail tables for standing, which encouraged more mixing and mingling.  We also provided food stations, which provided guest engagement and delighted the senses, as well as some fun conversation about the featured live flatbread station with onsite wood fire oven (see flatbread menu below). 

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Rachel and William’s Romantic Greenhouse Wedding Celebration

If we had to choose one word to describe the vibe of Rachel and William’s wedding day, it would be “joy”.  There was laughter from start to finish as friends and family gathered at the historic Santa Barbara property Rancho Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm Greenhouse to celebrate.   And what goes better with bringing people together to celebrate on a farm than delicious cuisine featuring some of our most popular farm-fresh & seasonal Italian dishes, topped off with decadent dessert options like Chocolate Bliss wedding cake as well as a mini-dessert buffet, including Tiramisu?

We loved every elegant touch of this wedding (check out the gorgeous natural light by day in the greenhouse and how it segued to pure magic by night with the specialty lighting by Bella Vista Designs in the photos below) and wish Rachel and William every happiness in their new joy-filled life together!

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Britney and Aviv’s Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm Greenhouse Wedding

Dos Pueblos Ranch is one of Santa Barbara’s most historic locations.  Once a working ranch about a century ago, it now includes several event sites – each incredibly unique (ocean view, private estate, pole barn and…. a greenhouse).  Britney and Aviv chose the gorgeous and versatile greenhouse for their nuptial celebration, which was chock full of distinct personal charm, including favorite recipes from family and the bridal party, which were shared with guests and incorporated into the event design (see photos below) and a special appearance by their beloved pooch. 

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Kassia and Nathan’s Romantic Rockwood Wedding

Family and friends pulled together for many elements of  Kassia and Nathan’s romantic wedding at Rockwood Woman’s Club (check out the gorgeous floral design).   And with one of Santa Barbara’s most experienced wedding planners Ann Johnson at the helm, this event was full of charm and beauty.

Under the canopy of the historic ceremonial oak tree on the Rockwood terrace the couple said “I do” and then joined friends and family for a lovely cocktail reception, followed by an evening of dinner and dancing in the elegant vintage main indoor site.  Kassia and Nathan chose a menu which nodded to California’s Spanish heritage (see below) and all topped off with a little something sweet from Crushcakes.  

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Ixchel and Eric’s Intimate Lavender Inn Wedding Celebration

What’s more special and intimate than a sweet inn tucked in the mountain town of Ojai and celebrating your nuptials at that inn with your closest family and friends?  Ixchtel and Eric kept it small but special.  They opted for family style meal service, allowing all to choose exactly what they wanted and kept the focus on delicious food, enjoying each other.

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Holiday Party Magic for Logic Monitor | When Snow Comes to Santa Barbara

Let’s be honest, the holidays are more romantic with snow.  But in Santa Barbara, where palm trees sway and the average winter temperature is 65 degrees by day and 45 by night, snow doesn’t really happen.  So sometimes you have to create your own magic.  And that’s exactly what Bella Vista Designs did for our corporate client Logic Monitor for their holiday party with their snow machine and specialty lighting.  Throw in some fabulous music for a celebratory vibe, fun photobooth and a cookie decorating station, all held at one of Santa Barbara’s most iconic event venues tucked under a magic canopy, and that’s a recipe for a successful party employees will remember for years to come.

We love the menu with which Logic Monitor chose to delight their guests – check out the yummy dessert items, including our famous S’mores Tarts!

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Corporate Office Event Fun for Logic Monitor

Studies have proven and experts agree:  making the work environment fun is necessary for top-notch production from staff.  That, and the most important meal of the day is breakfast, so put those two together and voila!  Successful and happy employees!   Logic Monitor knows this and as you can see from the photo to the right here, they are a very happy working group (and we’re betting by that high jump, it was because they were fueled with an exceptionally fabulous breakfast).   What better way to start your work morning than with the menu featured below ( hello, bacon!) and a Champagne Bar with delicious fruit juices and fresh berries?  

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Mijntje and Aaron’s Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm Greenhouse Wedding Celebration

You know what makes a distinct wedding experience (besides unforgettable cuisine, of course)?  Suspended guest assignment table charts magically swaying overhead, a sweetly decorated bicycle, explosive pops of color everywhere, a beautiful wine blessing, edible centerpieces, and a couple in love celebrating their nuptials with family and friends… all in a greenhouse.

This wedding was the first of a series of 3 for us at Dos Pueblos Ranch – if you haven’t checked out this incredibly diverse venue including ocean-front site options, a barn, a private estate and this fabulous greenhouse, you need to see it right away.  It is one of the most popular (and booked) event venues in Santa Barbara. 

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Caitlin and Boyan’s Early Spring Wedding at The Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Caitlin and Boyan brought some unique touches to their wedding at the lovely and incredibly versatile downtown Santa Barbara Historical Museum.   This beautiful wedding venue has several outdoor event spaces that allow many options for one’s event, all while offering the historical Spanish vibe that makes Santa Barbara so inviting.   Offering some European-styled elements to their wedding celebration, Caitlin and Boyan opted for one long feasting table to bring guests together and incorporated an old Bulgarian wedding custom of breaking bread over the groom’s mother’s head.  The tradition is based on another Bulgarian tradition of whomever steps on the other’s foot first after being married is said to be the one who will dominate in the marriage.  With the bread, the tradition includes the mother of the groom holding the bread over her head and asking the couple to each pull a side.  Whomever gets the larger piece of bread from the tear is said to be the dominating partner.  After the bread break, the festivities of dancing and celebration begin!

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Client Reviews

Philippe is phenomenal!! I requested quotes and communicated with various catering companies but when I talked with Philippe I just knew that he would be the man for the job. He did not disappoint. He is very professional and he knows what he's doing, I trusted him very much throughout the planning process. As a caterer he went above and beyond, he went with us to pick out rentals and decide on colors and place settings, decide on our table layout, and he gave his professional opinion when asked. He met with us countless times and was super fast at responding to emails and questions. The day before the wedding Philippe and his team helped set up the venue and the day of they helped our coordinator set up the last minute details. Philippe and his entire staff made the planning process a breeze and all of our guests RAVED about how good the food was. You will be severely missing out if you do not choose catering connection for your wedding or next event!!

Rebecca D. Yelp.com

We rent out our auditorium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and there was a company having their Holiday Party last Saturday. Due to an electric pole being knocked down in the middle of the night the evening before, all electricity was out. Catering Connection along with SMI Concepts were on top of it from the beginning, bringing in power and working in the dark for hours setting up and making sure the customer had a great evening (of course the electricity came on 1/2 hour after the party started.) Without Catering Connection's support and heroic efforts to make it happen, the party could not have gone on. Plus the food was a hit, the set up and breakdown smooth. I've never seen the auditorium as clean after and event. I highly recommend Catering Connection for all your events.

Meridith M. Yelp.com

Catering connection far exceeded my expectations as to what a wedding caterer could offer- their service, attention to detail and food quality was second to none. So many guests commented that this was by far the best food they have ever had at a wedding. I had the pleasure of working with Phillipe who was a dream from start to finish. His extensive experience in the food- catering world offered a wealth of knowledge about all things food and entertaining. He helped me come up with a fun an creative menu and worked with me every step of the way to create the wedding of my dreams. I plan to use catering connection for any event, big or small, in the future. It felt like I was planning a party with a friend, who also happened to be an expert in this field. The servers and bartenders they provided were incredibly professional, attentive and polite.

Private User WeddingWire.com

I've read a few reviews and a lot of them say it all.
Ursula, and the crew, were more than caterers. Depending on what was needed, she was a wedding planner, she was very patient, a friend, a guide and, she made you feel like nothing could go wrong on your special day. I can't overstate how "above and beyond" Catering Connection goes. And MY GOODNESS....the food was fantastic!
The food, professionalism of the crew, accuracy of the quotes, communication along the way is all enough for a 5 star recommendation. If there was a way to give 10 stars for the intangibles I would click away. They care, they make it special, and no detail gets left behind. We opted for a plated salad and a buffet and the main courses were as good, or better, than any sit down restaurant in the area.
Like the other reviews said - look no further or you may regret it. This is your best value. This is the best team. Any other choice is simply irrational!

John WeddingWire.com

From the minute we met with Philippe we knew we had the right catering company. The customer service prior and at the wedding were outstanding. He and his staff were attentive not only to my groom and myself but specifically our head table which included our parents. Also the food was outstanding as we had BBQ Tri Tip, Chicken and sides. He customized it to just what we wanted. Philippe is very in tune with details and helped coordinate the party rentals as well. Overall an outstanding experience and we would highly recommend using them.

A Client TheKnot.com

Catering connection far exceeded my expectations as to what a wedding caterer could offer- their service, attention to detail and food quality was second to none. So many guests commented that this was by far the best food they have ever had at a wedding. I had the pleasure of working with Phillipe who was a dream from start to finish. His extensive experience in the food- catering world offered a wealth of knowledge about all things food and entertaining. He helped me come up with a fun an creative menu and worked with me every step of the way to create the wedding of my dreams. I plan to use catering connection for any event, big or small, in the future. It felt like I was planning a party with a friend, who also happened to be an expert in this field. The servers and bartenders they provided were incredibly professional, attentive and polite.

Alexa R TheKnot.com