Thursday, October 29, 2009

Win a Winery Wedding in California!

Having a wedding at a winery in California tops the lists of many a couple. So, what could be better than having your wedding at a California winery? Winning it!

Deer Ridge Vineyards and TR3S Special Events Catering are giving you the opportunity to win a wedding package valued at $10,000 at the Deer Ridge Vineyards in Livermore, California. This package includes:
  • Vineyard-view ceremony site
  • Use of event center and reception facilities
  • Complete 4-Star Menu Package
  • Deer Ridge wines
  • Dining tables
  • Chairs and linens
  • Flatware and glassware
  • Flowers
The drawing will take place Dec. 19, at 3 pm at Deer Ridge Vineyards. You don't have to be present to win, but you do have to enter, which you can do by going to

Deer Ridge Vineyards is located on a portion of the Old Wetmore Ranch, which is the historic home of some of the oldest vineyards in California history. For weddings, they offer an outdoor patio, with an indoor dining room which can accommodate up to 128 guests. They also offer their Barrel Room for small, intimate ceremonies and receptions. The vineyards is also the recipient of the 2009 Bride's Choice Award from Wedding Wire.

Good luck!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Surf and Sand Wedding - Laguna Beach

I've written before about having your wedding at Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach. I came across this article about the best spots for wedding photography at Surf and Sand, and thought I'd reprint it here, just in case there are those of you planning a wedding at Surf and Sand, or are looking for a place with good photo opportunities.

Photography Analysis of Laguna Beach Wedding Location - Surf and Sand Resort
By Vanessa Honda

There are a number of great locations to get stunning wedding portraits in Laguna Beach, CA. One such location is at the Surf and Sand Resort.

This location is located directly on the beach. The main ceremony location is by the swimming pool overlooking the beach. A glass wall forms the perimeter with the beach in the background. The beach is in front of the resort and is not closed off to patrons and the public during events. So, while this setup provides a wonderful ocean backdrop for the wedding ceremony, it also allows beach lovers to be a distracting part of the background for your wedding pictures.

You can resolve this issue by making sure to, or asking your photographer to make sure all pictures are taken at an angle that will keep the background persons out. If it is impossible to adjust the proper angle, ask your photographer to agree to edit those people out of the pictures.

One favorite ceremony shot for photographers and brides alike is to take a picture from above the wedding party with the beach in the background and the couple in the dead center of the picture. The picture edited with a rounding macro which will create a shot that gives the impression that the entire world is focused in on the couple during the ceremony.

The resort does have a variety of different genre of backgrounds from which you can get excellent pictures. There is, of course, the beach; however, there is also a garden with rustic trees that overhang the tiled pathway. The area contains classic wooden benches which can used to create a European country feel.

The interior of the resort is painted with bright colors. These bright colors are excellent for taking pictures bright flowers and bride maid dresses. Don't have all the pictures of details taken outdoors for this location. The bright walls and excellent natural lighting are perfect settings for flowers, cakes, dresses, and other event details.

While this location may not be for those wanting a modern angular look, it is a good option for those wanting photography which has a classy, classic beach feel.

Vanessa is a Laguna Beach Wedding Photographer who owns a business that specializes Laguna Beach Photography.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Napa Valley Wedding in Calistoga

Want a Napa Valley wedding that's outside the bustle of Napa? Try Calistoga, a small town northwest of Napa, famous for it's natural hot springs, fabulous spas, and area attractions such as the Old Faithful Geyser of California, and The Petrified Forest of California, which is a forest of 3 million year old petrified redwood trees.

One spot definitely worth considering in the Calistoga area is Calistoga Ranch, located on 157 acres in a private canyon just outside the town of Calistoga. The Ranch features a stream and private lake, a private vineyard, 140 acres great for hiking, and The Bathhouse, where you can pamper yourself with spa treatments and a soak in the healing mineral waters.

They offer several interesting locations for your ceremony and reception, including The Wine Cave, and Lakeview Patio, which provides spectacular views of Lake Lommel.

They offer larger weddings as well as smaller elopement ceremonies for up to 10 guests.

Elopement packages begin at $3,395 for Monday through Thursday events and include:
  • Private Ceremony Location
  • Minister & Photographer
  • Hair & Makeup for the Bride
  • Bridal Bouquet, Boutonniere, Rose Petals
  • Sparkling Wine Toast and Passed hors d'oeuvres
  • Two-tiered Wedding Cake
  • On-site professional coordinator

Currently they are running a Wedding and Reception Special for weddings with a minimum of 20 guests. The special price is $225 per person for weddings on any Sunday through Thursday through December 31, 2009. This special wedding reception includes a 4-course, plated wedding reception dinner, complete with wine pairing from their Chef for each course.

For more information you can call them at 707-254-2800, or email them at

Their website address is