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Kelly & James’ Wine Country Wedding Reception Under the Stars

Imagine celebrating your nuptials dancing under the stars surrounded by vineyards that seem to sprawl for miles. Whether you choose to get married under the Gainey Winery giant oak tree, or like Kelly and James did, at the historic Santa Ynez Mission with a reception celebration following, Gainey Winery is arguably one of the best wine country wedding location choices in Santa Barbara County.   With plenty of event space /layout options  (including the ability to use part of the Tasting Room with its roaring fireplace for guests to enjoy ), Gainey Winery & Vineyards offers panoramic views of the Santa Ynez mountain range , as well as being in the heart of the vineyard. 

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Leanne and Nick’s Home-Centered Wedding

Home is said to be the dearest spot on earth.  It is where life happens.  It is a shelter, a grounding place to recoup and recover from the world, and a gathering place where those whose hearts we hold dearest come together.  It is where all the juicy goodness that makes up life happens.  So choosing to say one’s vows at home makes incredible sense.  And when the home is as beautiful as Leanne and Nick’s , it was the perfect setting for a heart-felt, gorgeous day of special touches and celebration.

Every part of this wedding involved family and the fundamental core of “home” , which was woven in every aspect of the decor and design by wedding coordinator Rani Hoover.  Even the wedding menu (arguably our favorite part of any event) was comfort food reminiscent of home-style favorites with a nod to traditional country fare and infused with a little Southern California flare.

We wish Leanne and Nick best wishes for a beautiful new life together and many more happy years in their beautiful home.  It was truly a pleasure catering their wedding day. 

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A “Wedding for a Cause” : A White, Welcome & Wine Country Wedding 3-Day Celebration

Our wedding story today starts out with three separate stages- all setting the scene for a celebration of love and triumph that lasted three days in Santa Barbara’s beautiful wine country, the Santa Ynez Valley.

Like most couples, Michelle and AJ wanted something unique and to spend time with friends and family , who were all coming to their destination wedding;  however, unlike most couples, they had a special cause for extra celebration, as the the groom AJ had battled – and beat- cancer.  All event partners agreed to donate a portion of their profits to cancer research and we are proud to say that they raised over $78K, which was $38K over goal.  This three day event was truly a celebration of life and it was our honor to bring everyone together over delicious food that suited each gorgeous venue and theme.  Day One: The White Party, where everyone gathered at Sunstone Villa (wearing white of course) for some light , fun fare and games ;   Day Two:  The Welcome Reception at Gainey Winery  and Day Three:  The Wedding back at Sunstone Winery and Villa.

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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