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.

Our event stories on our blogs are largely about the art of cuisine, and this menu was perhaps one of our favorites.  We heard through the grapevine that guests were so pleased it was a buffet so they could choose a bit of everything, and well, we couldn’t agree more. As always, the freshest ingredients locally sourced whenever possible and impeccable attention to detail in the crafting of every dish.  But enough of the small talk.  Enjoy the rest of the blog.

Menu Highlights:  Tray Passed Hors D’Oeuvres- Fresh Local Ahi Tuna Poke on Wonton Crisp;  Braised Pork Belly with Cherry Compote on Appetizer Spoon; Roasted Sweet Tomato Tart with Basil, Pine Nut Crush and Goat Cheese;   Miniature Beef Wellingtons; Melon with Prosciutto;  Dinner Menu:  Char-Grilled Salmon with Chili-Lime-Cilantro Butter;  Short Rib Mouth Braised in Cabernet Reduction;  Butternut Squash and Kale Gratin;  Seasonal Vegetable Medley;  California Baby Field Greens with Gorgonzola Cheese, Roasted Santa Barbara Pistachios & Fresh Strawberries with Champagne Vinaigrette;  Crisp Asian Pear and Peppery Arugula Salad with Crumbled Goat Cheese, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, and a Lemon-Parmesan Vinaigrette;  Selection of Freshly Baked Artisan Rolls with Butter | Dessert & Coffee

Event Partner Team:  Venue:  Heartstone Ranch | Catering:  Catering Connection |  Rentals:  Ventura Rental Party & Events | Florals:  Dulce Floral Design |  Sweetheart Table Linen:  La Tavola  | Guest Table Runners provided by Bride | Photographer:  Sun & Sparrow | Wedding Cake & Cupcakes:  Crushcakes |  Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Dinner & Dancing Music:  Music by Bonnie & Co |  Hair & Makeup:  805 Makeup |  Wine:  Consilience Wine |  Valet:  Blue Star Parking & Valet  | Wedding Coordination:  Kerry Lee Doehr of Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events