A Springtime, Water Color Wedding!

May 13th was another fantastic day at Rancho Soquel as Kelly and Shane tied the knot! The newlyweds are a fun and sweet couple, who had a blast celebrating the day with family and friends! 

Rancho was in full bloom and the bride's floral arrangements and beautiful bridesmaid's dresses added even more pops of color to the day! The bride also looked stunning in her gown as she prepared to walk down the aisle with her mom. 

The decor tied in beautifully to it's surroundings, from the place cards with different flowers stamped on them to the wishing tree where guests could leave their best wishes for the couple. It all had a fun and whimsical vibe. 

The couple were all smiles, all day and had a blast celebrating with the people they love! Guests  satisfied their sweet tooth with bite sized cupcakes and though the temperatures dropped, everyone stayed warm by dancing the night away! 

A Sweet Wedding for a Sweet Couple!

Christina and Daniel's May 6 wedding at Rancho Soquel was filled with sweet and memorable moments. The bride and groom were surrounding by love and laughter all day long.

The ceremony was set up in a circle pattern, perfect for the smaller guest list and a fun change from the normal seating set up. Accents of blue were all over the wedding, from the beautiful bridesmaids dresses, to the table decorations. The couple also placed photos from their parent's weddings at the beginning of the aisle to celebrate generations of love. 

Dinner was catered by Feast for a King and was kicked off by a moving speech from the father of the bride that brought even the groom to tears. Dessert was a plenty with cake, cookies and milk and M&M favors in cute mason jars for the guest to take home. 

The night ended with a group dance before they headed off for the after party at Michaels on Main! A very fun event with great people, food and fun! 

Delicious Beginning to a Happily Ever After!

April 29th was the 6th year dating anniversary for Gina Zararini and Danny Biocini and that was the day they chose to wed! After the rainiest Winter ever, the weather was amazing and the grounds have never looked better!

Saturday's wedding at Rancho Soquel was a real blending of the Italian and Croatian cultures and the food was the highlight! A family style meal was served by Feel Good Foods and the signature cocktail showcased their homemade Santa Rosa Plum jam (with Vodka, of course)

When Italian's marry you know the food will be super important, and when Danny and Gina cut the cake, it was no ordinary cake, but one made of wheels of delicious California cheese served alongside platter of antipasto. 

Don't worry, they didn't forget dessert! The guests ended the night was some delicious Italian cookies and cake pops! 

Unique Wedding Ideas Everyone Will Love!

Weddings can become a bit predictable at times, but there are some new and fun vendors and ideas popping up that can add a unique flair to any wedding! 

The Kraft Bar is a fun alternative to a traditional bar. It is a mobile bar and lounge set up in an airstream trailer. It gives you a number of drink packages from speciality cocktails to beer and wine supplied from local breweries and wineries around Santa Cruz. Your guests can hang out in the trailer while they wait for their drinks or order from the drink window outside. Check out their website for more information and to contact them about using this amazing service! http://kraftbarlounge.com

Photo booths are huge at weddings these days, but after a while they begin to all look and feel the same. Enter The Booth Bus! A totally original idea of putting a photo booth inside a VW Bus! Guests climb inside the bus, choose their photo props and then hit start on the photo screen. Beautiful on the inside and out with an extremely friendly and helpful staff. Your guests will be talking about it for years afterwards! Head over to their website for more information! http://www.theboothbus.com/#home

Wedding desserts are about so much more than wedding cakes these days. People are turning to new forms of desserts to satisfy their guest's sweet tooth and a popular choice now is donuts! Harvey's Donuts is a wonderful company that will come to your wedding and make your guests hot donuts made right to order. You can choose what flavors you would like your guests to pick from and they do the rest! Guests will line up to savor these sweet treats! http://harveysdonuts.com

Ice cream is another fun dessert option. You could set up a "make your own sundae" bar or have a company come out and serve fresh ice cream to your guests. You pick your favorite flavors to serve and your guests can choose their toppings! Both Marianne's Ice Cream and Polar Bear Ice Cream offer catering services in town. 

Homemade beer bars are an interactive option for your guests. Normally made out of wood, kegs fit underneath and then guests can help themselves throughout the night. These also help cut down on the line at the bar and add a personal touch to the day! Pinterest is full of ideas and how to instructions for these! 

There are a dozen other ways to make your wedding unique and different! The most important thing is to make it uniquely your own! 

Gorgeous Photo Shoot at Rancho Soquel!

We wanted to share these amazing photos from a photo shoot that took place this summer at Rancho Soquel! These stunning photographs were taken by Adriane White Photography and appear in a fabulous blog post, up now on Greenweddingshoes.com! Click on the link to check it out! http://greenweddingshoes.com/fall-wedding-inspiration-in-the-land-of-milk-and-honey/

Adriane and her wildly talented creative collaborators (listed below) put together a magical environment on Rancho's grounds, highlighting and enhancing its beauty! From the magnificent floral decor to the exquisite tablescape, no detail was overlooked.

Venue: Rancho Soquel,

Photographer: Adriane White Photography, http://www.adrianewhitephotography.com/

Florist: Flowers By Carra, http://flowersbycarra.com/

Design: Wild Abandon Design, http://wildabandon.design/

Dress: BHLDN, http://www.bhldn.com/