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Shelly and Andrew’s Intimate Lavender Inn Garden Wedding

Intimate weddings held at charming B&B’s have always been en vogue, but at no time have they had more popularity than right now.  Luckily, we live in a destination vacation hot spot with many charming inns and bed and breakfasts. But not all of them handle weddings, so if you are searching for the ideal intimate inn for your wedding, reach out to us and we can help guide you with some suggestions.

Shelly and Andrew chose The Lavender Inn in the mountains of Ojai (about 45 minutes southeast of Santa Barbara), and it is one of our specialty wedding locations.  Here family or a few wedding guests can all stay in the same location, making the ease of the wedding day seamless, as it is almost as if one is hosting the wedding in one’s own home.  For couples whose friends and family are coming from far distances (or don’t have the time to see each other regularly), this can be a welcome retreat, allowing lots of engagement and connection during the entire wedding weekend.

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Mirna and Casey’s Ojai Mountain Retreat Wedding

You know it’s going to be a gorgeous wedding when the soft hues the bride has chosen for her maids and decor mirror that of the surrounding mountains.

But just because the colors were perfectly matched and complementary, don’t let that trick you into thinking this bride and groom were pretentious and didn’t know how to have fun (check out their lego art wedding art piece below).

Hosted at a hilltop bed and breakfast with panoramic views in the mountains of Ojai (just roughly a 15 minute drive from Ventura and 40 minutes from Santa Barbara), the setting provided an intimate, unique, and memorable oasis for Mirna and Casey to celebrate their vows with friends and family under the incredible Ojai skies and into the night under starry gems.   The venue, Ojai Retreat Inn, is located in the heart of the Ojai Valley and is a secluded wooded venue with meandering pathways leading to various accommodations, including a main house. Besides a beautiful private event location, it allows guests to stay on site, making the wedding event truly a destination experience. 

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Kayla & Jeff’s Heartstone Ranch Wedding Celebration

With bride and groom both being nurses, it was a special honor to care for them and their families the day of their wedding.  Kayla and Jeff chose a long time Santa Barbara area private estate favorite: Heartstone Ranch in the foothills of Carpinteria, which boasts a ranch-style feel but has panoramic views of the ocean and our gorgeous Channel Islands.   Because Kayla’s family are largely local and invested in a long-time well-known family business, they decided to rent out Heartstone for the whole weekend so some of their family and friends could stay there with them in that gorgeous house and enjoy a weekend of celebration and connection.   And here’s a little behind-the-scenes bit of trivia:  DJ Bonnie & Co actually DJ’d the father of the bride’s wedding , so having her for Kayla’s wedding was extra special.  When there is so much connection with our clients, they feel like family.

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Olivia & Ashwin’s Colorful Vegan & Vegetarian Cate School Wedding

This wedding had a few special twists:  not only was it hosted at one of the finest prep schools in our nation, the wedding couple partook of a lovely tea ceremony while guests relaxed floorside on comfie pillows under the sky.  They also provided their own overlays for the reception tables:  souvenirs they acquired during their travels, bringing a personal touch to their wedding day story.   The colors for this wedding were magnificent and were only rivaled by the vibrant joy of the the newlyweds and their guests, as evidenced in the photos.

Olivia and Ashwin  requested an all vegan/vegetarian wedding.   With all the abundant ingredients and luscious flavors available for some vegetarian deliciousness in Southern California, this menu was a Vegan/Vegetarian’s delight.  We loved producing it!

Congratulations to Olivia and Ashwin!

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Caitlin & Chris’s Late Summer Private Estate Wedding

The private home for this Santa Barbara wedding didn’t need much decor-wise.  Look at those gorgeous mountains and setting!  But with Haute Blossoms Floral and wedding planner Leanne Elliott  in charge of some of the finer details along with the incredible supporting event partner cast, this late summer wedding was bound to be a feast for the senses!  We loved providing a complementary menu that expressed the newlywed’s tastes and helped them celebrate in style with their family and friends.

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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