Central Coast Bound

My heart has been here in San Francisco for so long and I have loved every minute of it. It’s unique vibe, cultural niches and the most FANTASTIC restaurants in the world will be missed by this gal.

But times are a changin’. I am from the Central Coast–Cambria to be exact, but have also lived in the gorgeous land of San Luis Obispo, which I will get to later.

Cambria is like a fairy tale place with rocky shores, beautiful sunsets, warm days and cool evenings and a quaint small town atmosphere. There are some gorgeous places to get married here whether it be a lovely indoor event or right on the beach. Cambria has you covered.

If you are searching for a unique and gorgeous spot to marry your beloved, why not give the Cambria Pines Lodge a call. “Cambria Pines Lodge offers extensive grounds and gardens. The Herb Garden, Succulent Garden, Flower Bed, Green Garden, Gazebo Garden, White Garden, Rose Garden, and Organic Kitchen Garden mingle with lawn areas, secluded pathways, ancient pine trees, and outdoor dining areas to make a garden paradise.”



Lodges and hotels not your thing? There are many places along the coast in Cambria if you would like a beach wedding. Check out Moonstone Beach:



At the northern end of Moonstone Beach Drive in Cambria is Leffingwell Landing. The perfect bluff and sand for that cozy beach wedding you are looking for!


Now, if you drive North on Highway 1, you will get to Big Sur…and well, you must know that area is GORGEOUS for weddings! There are dazzling places inside, but it is the great outdoors you want to take advantage of here.



Drive south from Cambria a few miles and you come to the itsy bitsy town of Harmony; population 18. This is an adorable little place that your friends and family will coo over.


Whatever your choice is, this charming coastal hide-away has it. Don’t hesitate to contact me for any questions you may have. My ties run deep here.

Not far from the pristine shores of Cambria lies the uber delightful Paso Robles and its many vineyards. This place is ripe for beautiful backdrops at weddings. The town is a eclectic mix of cowboys and wine tasting. A unique and fun relationship.  There are an abundance of gorgeous venues for every taste, style and budget. Here are just a few of my favorites both in surroundings and yummy wine:

1. Hammer Sky Vineyard and Inn with their award winning Bordeaux wines and picturesque surroundings, you can’t go wrong here.


2. The CaliPaso Winery (I am a sucker or anything Tuscan!)


3. Thacher Winery. This winery specializes in Zinfandel and Rhone wines. Wedding quests will be in for a treat at this charming old fashioned California horse farm and winery.  Can you say a grand barn wedding???



Going back towards San Luis Obispo and my Cal Poly Alma Mater, Cal Poly, we have dozens of wonderful venues. San Luis Obispo was named the happiest place in America by author Dan Buettner.  Of course Oprah got a hold of this in her book club and sent a team out there to see exactly why. It is not hard to see why! Take for instance the Madonna Inn. I have had many cakes from their bakery. Super unique rooms to boot! A very fun San Luis Obispo wedding venue.




Of course you are not tied to the Madonna Inn, there are other fabulous wedding venues in San Luis Obispo and the surrounding areas. Take for instance one of my favorite places on the Central Coast; Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa.  The weddings here can be either indoor or outdoor depending on the time of year and your taste and vision.


An amazing place is a tiny bit south in Pismo Beach; The Cliffs Resort.  Amazing cuisine, attentive staff and an oceanfront wedding. Does it get any better???

Now of course there is an abundance of beauty up and down the coast. Places like Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Shell Beach, Oceano, Morro Bay, Cayucos and Nipomo have wedding venues like none you will see anywhere else. There are rustic wineries, modern Resorts, charming gardens at local guesthouse and a breathtaking Pacific coastline to indulge every taste. Such a variety, that I cannot even scratch the surface here. Please come take a look at the beautiful Central California Coast and see for yourself. Oh yea, and don’t forget to give me a ring if you have any questions about your wedding photography needs! My local number is (805) 250-6606




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