Santa Barbara’s wine country proudly boasts so many romantic venue options, but what hails couples most to this special area just over the mountains is generally the gorgeous vineyards and wineries which provide a highly unique backdrop and event experience.
Located in the charming wine country township area of Los Olivos rests family-owned Zaca Mesa Winery, offering several special event areas, including their Vineyard Lawn (3 sides of it surrounded by vineyards), to their gorgeous View Room with a neutral color scheme, gorgeous chandeliers and tall glass doors with vineyard views. And since no winery event would be complete without some outdoor aspect, here’s a helpful planning tip: while it can be scorching hot by day in the summer, the temperatures fall significantly come dusk. Having ample heaters is an essential part of the event plan for any vineyard event.
Every event has its stories that provide memories, and this one was no exception. Sometimes unexpected happenings lead to gifts that become great stories. Due to some technical difficulties with the music, guests ended up singing the First Dance to the newlyweds. Between that, friends and family gathering for celebration and some sumptuous fare (the tri-tip carving station was a huge hit), dancing under the stars amongst the vineyards, some fabulous moments were made that are sure to be remembered.
We were thrilled to be working with Alexandra and Matthew in producing their special day at such a gorgeous site.
Menu offerings from Catering Connection:
Tray Passed Hors D’Oeuvres: Garlic-Marinated Chicken Skewer with Chimichurri Dipping Sauce; Warm Brie and Dried Apricot Filo Tartlet with Toasted Almonds; Crostini with Pesto, Mozzarella & Confetti of Bell Peppers | Dinner Menu: Espresso Rubbed Tri-Tip Roasted Espresso Rubber Tri-Tip with Balsamic Reduction, Fresh Parsley, and Horseradish Cream; Rosemary Chicken Breast Fresh Chicken Breast Marinated with Olive Oil & Rosemary, then Grilled to Perfection; Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce; Roasted Red Potatoes with Fresh Herbs and Garlic; Grilled Vegetable Platter with Seasoned Eggplant, Red & Green Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Yellow Squash & Red Onions with Rosemary and Garlic; Crisp Asian Pear and Peppery Arugula Salad Crumbled Goat Cheese, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, and a Lemon-Parmesan Vinaigrette; Homemade Cornbread with Butter; Vegetarian Alternate- Quinoa Stuffed Bell Pepper with Quinoa and Roasted Vegetables, Parmesan Cheese Red Pepper Sauce | Dessert provided by Solvang Bakery: 3-Tiered Wedding Cake: Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, White Cake with Bavarian Cream & Fresh Strawberries, Blueberries & Raspberries, Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake
Event Partner Credit: Venue: Zaca Mesa Winery| Caterer: Catering Connection | Rentals: Ventura Party and Events| Florist: Roorbach Flowers | Cake: Solvang Bakery | Photographer: Keith Munyun Photos | Music: Rafael Vasquez Entertainment | Transportation: Santa Barbara Airbus | Wedding Planner /Producer/Coordinator: Creative Happens