Kristi and Kevin are always full of smiles. Their whole family is! In fact, they filled an entire canyon with smiles the other weekend when they had their wedding ceremony at the Bandy Canyon Ranch, just outside of San Diego. Our San Diego wedding coordinator, Emily, and her all-organic wedding catering company, Eco Caters, was there to help smile right along with them.
Kristi and Kevin came to our San Diego wedding catering company with no concept of what they wanted for their wedding. “A lot of couples come to us in search of wedding catering, but are pleasantly surprised when they discover Eco Caters also does wedding coordinating. Kristi and Kevin where so relieved when we told them. A lot of couples are!” Says Emily Brune, Senior Event Coordinator at the San Diego wedding catering company. “We often hear from couples that choose Eco Caters as their catering company that they wish they would have known before they picked their wedding coordinator. Combining your San Diego wedding caterer with your San Diego wedding coordinator just make it that much simpler.”
Emily, our San Diego wedding coordinator was able to help them figure out a budget, she walked them through some options to help them meet that budget, and she showed them ways they could save money, but still achieve the wedding they wanted.
“When we found The Ranch at Bandy Canyon, we knew it was our venue. It was absolutely perfect! From there, everything just came together.” Says Kristi with a warm smile on her face.
The Ranch at Bandy Canyon has always been a popular San Diego wedding location. With 144 acres of mountainous beauty tucked away in the heart of San Pasqual Valley how could it not! The ranch starts off with a gorgeous Eucalyptus-lined driveway leading to a pool and spa, vineyard, terraces, and quant little cottages. Weddings at the Ranch at Bandy Canyon are perfect for anyone who enjoys the tranquility of nature and the romance of history.
We would like to thank Kristi and Kevin for choosing Eco Caters as their San Diego wedding caterers and for being so much fun to work with. We really mean it. Your entire family was so much fun and we felt so special to play such a big role in your wedding day. We’d also like to thank the staff at the Bandy Canyon Ranch for being so hospitable and for sharing your beautiful ranch. Lastly, we wanted to share the beautiful wedding photography of Houston Costa, of Purple Flower Media. Please take the time to look through all of these wonderful photos. They capture the smiles and hearts of everyone.
San Diego Wedding Catering & Wedding Coordination: Eco Caters
San Diego Wedding Venue: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon
San Diego Wedding Photography: Houston Costa
San Diego Wedding Cupcakes: Maegs Bakes Cakes
San Diego Wedding Dress: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner
Wedding shoes: Flounce
San Diego Wedding Hair and Makeup: Friend of the bride
Invitations: Rosie Beans Designs
San Diego Wedding Flowers: San Diego Wholesale Flowers & Bouquets
Entertainment: A&G Mobile Sounds
Meet Open Air Bistro: the fun, growing concept known as the “Pop-Up Restaurant.”
On a cool evening in the Point Loma Heights neighborhood of San Diego, an outdoor, makeshift restaurant is bustling with laughs, appetizers, and plenty of beer. What was merely a quiet urban garden just a few hours ago is now an open air, temporary restaurant, just as busy as any other establishment on a Friday night.
The Pop-Up Restaurant phenomenon started back in early 2000’s when talented British and Australian chefs would put together special menus for special, one-time events in local neighborhoods, to show off their cooking skills. Since then, the Pop-Up Restaurant bug has caught the likes of local San Diego caterers Nick Brune and Adam Hiner, Co-owners of Eco Caters, an all-organic San Diego catering company, with a passion for all things local.
“All the food for the Open Air Bistro was sourced 100% from Herb En Routes urban farm, as well as our own backyard gardens,” says Adam Hiner, Co-owner and chef of the all-organic San Diego catering company, Eco Caters. “The only outside ingredients for the Open Air Bistro was a local olive oil (Bellavado), and yellowtail that was caught locally the day prior to the event. We love the Open Air Bistro concept and we can’t wait to do more of them!”
The menu for this San Diego pop up dinner was a simple yet flavorful tomato salad with micro greens tossed with a garlic avocado oil, an eggplant pared with smoked jalapeño, stuffed squash blossom with a creamy Summer Squash Nage, and lastly, local yellowtail tuna with a carrot emulsion and a basil lemon verbena vinaigrette. For the vegetarians who opted out of the fish our San Diego caterers prepared a grilled cucumber with beets, carrots & brown butter. For desert guests were treated a refreshing Cucumber Mint Granita, and our popular Lemon Verbena Panna Cotta.
Over the last few years Eco Caters, San Diego’s all-organic catering company, has grown a passion for urban farming. Some of the fruits and vegetables they grow in Nick and Adam’s own back yards have been enjoyed on the plates of many of the corporate events and weddings the San Diego caterers cater for. Over the next few years they hope to expand this into their own locally grown honey, and goats cheese from a few their goats.
Our San Diego caterers would like to give a special “Thanks!” to My Local Habit for bringing a spectacular selection of local beers, Herb En Routes for sharing their urban garden. We purchase lots of produce from Herb En Routes for our San Diego catering events and we love their service and dedication to freshness. Lastly, we want to give a special thanks to San Diego Photographer Leylla Badeanlou for sharing her photographs. She did a spectacular job capturing the warmth we all experienced at the Open Air Bistro. Until Next time!
Ask any Ex-Angelino what they miss most about La-La-Land, and the first thing out of their mouth is, “Tacos”. They’re cheap, they’re delicious, and they’re everywhere out here. Here’s our list of best tacos in Los Angeles.
If you live in Los Angeles, you live on tacos. They are the perfect, spontaneous, late night snack, requiring no reservations, no dress code, and no celebrity status. All you need is an empty stomach, a few dollars to your name, and a desire to treat yourself.
With so many taco trucks and taco stands in Los Angeles it can be daunting to even pick one. For the past few years now I’ve spent my nights driving all over the city, from one taco joint to the next, trying to narrow down the best of the best. While admittedly I still have a few left to hit, here are the select few that stand out above the rest as the best tacos in Los Angeles.
Guisados is relatively new, but without reservation, thee best tacos in Los Angeles. Hands down. Man, do they make killer tacos! I had a friend take me their for lunch a few months back and I have since been back so many times, that it would be embarrassing to admit. Every single meat option has it’s own unique, stand along flavors, with deep smoky braises, traditional ingredients, and all on fresh homemade tortillas. If it’s your first time, I highly recommend the sampler ($7.99), and let the cooks at Guisados pick out your taco options for you.
Boyle Heights: 2100 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90033 Echo Park: 1261 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90026 Down Town location coming soon! 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles CA 90013
LEO’S TACO TRUCK
If LA were a jungle, Leo’s Taco Truck would be the popular watering hole. All walks of life come out of the woodwork to mingle, eat tacos on the hoods of their cars, and have a few laughs. If you want to try the best traditional Mexican-street-vendor-style tacos, Tacos Leo’s is the truck. Leo’s Taco is a family owned and operated taco truck with delicious tacos, burritos, and my favorite, molitas. Their prize is the Al Pastor, which is a rotisserie of juicy pork goodness and pineapple that they shave off onto warm tortillas. You can see the marinade and fat drip from the rotisserie and it sells itself. Leo’s Taco Truck also has a great selection of self-serve salsa’s, cilantro, pickled carrots with peppers, and freshly chopped onions. It’s a great place to people watch and cure a hang over.
Leo’s Taco Truck is located evenings on the northwest corner of La Brea Avenue and Venice Boulevard, Mid-City.
BEST FISH TACOS
It might seem suspect for a restaurant to brag about having “the best fish tacos” in its name, but cocky as it sounds, the name holds up. I know there are fancy five star restaurant that serve $16 fish tacos that have to potential to be better, but that wouldn’t that defeat the point entirely? Best Fish Tacos sells the best fish tacos. Their menu sells three things: Fish Tacos ($1.50), Shrimp Tacos ($2), and Drink ($1). Doesn’t get any simpler than that. Their fish and shrimp tacos are battered, fried, and handed to you within seconds of ordering. They usually have a nice selection of four to six homemade salsas at their salsa bar, along with sour cream (a must for me when eating fish tacos), limes and fresh cilantro. They have a little out door patio set up for you to scarf down your spicy goodness while debating whether or not you should go back in and order more tacos.
BEST FISH TACOS: 1650 Hillhurst Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027
KOGI BBQ TACO TRUCK
What quietly started out as an insane idea to meld Korean flavors through the vehicle of Mexican street food, within a few short months, quickly became one of LA’s iconic food trucks. No matter how odd it may sound, the flavors really work! With several trucks they bring merry folks to new neighborhoods all over the city. They often have a lines so make sure you arrive with plenty of time to order your food before they’re off to their next location. And yes, it is worth the wait.
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It seems like every other weekend our Los Angeles catering team is catering a wedding at the Smog Shoppe. This weekend was no different. We are in love with the Smog Shoppe! (And we’re not just saying that because our office is right across the street.) It’s one of the coolest venues in town. Hands down.
Our clients, Citadelle and Victor had a beautiful traditional wedding ceremony at the St. Timothy Catholic Church (which is just a few short miles from the Smog Shoppe on Pico), with their family and friends. Once they kissed, they all raced back to the Smog Shoppe to get the party started with cocktail hour and music by DJ Eric Tandoc.
Our Los Angeles wedding catering team opened up our organic wedding buffet with a fresh tossed salad of wild Arugula, fresh fruit and our house Apple Cider Vinaigrette. The produce for the salad was hand picked and purchased by our chef, the day before the wedding, at our local Farmers Market. Freshness is something we pride ourselves on.
Since Blueberries were in season, our Los Angeles wedding catering team served a sweet and spicy Chipotle Blueberry Chicken (which Citadelle and Victor’s raved about during their food tasting with us). The couple also enjoyed our locally caught Halibut topped with Mango Salsa so our catering team worked out a budget for them to serve both at their wedding. Paired with the two proteins were sides of our crowd pleasing Gouda Mac & Cheese and a colorful selection of grilled farmers market vegetables that included roasted red pepper, carrots, zucchini, and green onions.
Our Los Angeles wedding caterers also prepared a flavorful feast for the kiddies, which entailed baked chicken fingers served with carrots, green beans and our house ranch dressing. We are happy to report that all the kids ate their vegetables that night! Where as the adults… Well, they did a, “pretty good job” on their vegetables.
Once the plates were cleared the guests tossed their napkins aside and hit the dance floor. DJ Eric Tandoc did a spectacular job of keeping the energy flowing. In order to keep the friends and family of Citadelle and Victor fueled and jiving, our Los Angeles wedding catering team brought out some delicious late night snacks: organic beef sliders with smoked cheddar, caramelized onions on adorable little sesame buns.
A special thanks to Citadelle and Victor for choosing Eco Caters as their Los Angeles wedding caterer, Porto’s Bakery for their devilishly good cakes, and to photographer Andria Lo for capturing the mood of this joyous calibration. Andria Lo is based out San Francisco and we enjoyed working with her. Please, take the time to give her photos a look! She does amazing work: http://www.andrialo.com
We’ll see you next week, Smog Shoppe!
Los Angeles Wedding Ceremony: St. Timothy Catholic Church
Los Angeles Wedding Reception Location: Smog Shoppe
Los Angeles Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
Los Angeles Wedding Planner: Melissa Pearson
Los Angeles Wedding DJ: Eric Tandoc
How to put together the best wedding dance songs for the best wedding playlist.
Our Los Angeles and San Diego wedding coordinating team coordinate and design lots of weddings and have witnessed of our fair share of wedding dances over the years. Though it may be hard to let go of, the days of the chicken dance, Y.M.C.A. and ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ have long since passed. So, I wanted to put together the best wedding dance playlist of what we currently see on today’s wedding dance floor. I have collected a popular list of songs that will get your wedding party up and boogying.
It’s really easy to have a listen to any of songs below on Sportify. If you don’t already have a free music account on Spotify, DO SO RIGHT NOW! (www.spotify.com) I highly, highly recommend Spotify to anyone out there who hasn’t taken the plunge yet. It’s free to sign up. Super easy to sign up. And, it gives you free access to every song, album or artist you can think of. (The only band I have not seen on there that I was interested in listening to was The Beatles.) Spotify is a splendid place to have a listen to the wedding dance songs below and to snoop around a bit and find more to add to your wedding playlist. If you want to add a jazz playlist for dinner, an upbeat funk playlist for cocktail hour, or put together a list of your favorite dance songs, I would highly recommend Spotify to search through songs, and create playlists on your account to purchase at a later date, or, just to play directly through your Spotify account. The month of your wedding you can easily pay the $9 fee to make your account commercial free.
An app for Apple products called DJay (http://www.algoriddim.com/djay) is also an awesome way to skirt around paying a DJ for your wedding. Simply make your playlist on your laptop, iPhone or iPad, and you can program DJay to match all the beats and seamlessly transition from one song to the next without any breaks between your songs. It’s an awesome app. Honestly, it’s the exact same app all the DJ’s you’ll pay to DJ your wedding will be using anyway. Seriously! It’s also just a really fun and powerful application to play around with. Though, I would recommend trying it out a few times and listening to your playlist around the house so you know how it all works.
BEST FIRST DANCE SONGS
Something to keep in mind when picking out your first dance song is to keep it short. One of my best friends played a 6 minute long song for his first dance and he later told me how it felt like an eternity. “You can only smile and kiss your spouse so many times in front of your wedding party before you start to feel everyone growing board watching you.” Don’t get me wrong, the first dance is a very special occasion but believe, from my experience as well, those few minutes will feel like an eternity as all eyes are on you two along on the dance floor. Its nice to find a song that’s more in the 2 to 3 minute range. Its just as special and you’ll gladly agree with me when its you up there.
I think the first dance should be a classic song, nothing new or trendy. Keep it classy. Here are a couple gems you can’t go wrong with (and that are also short!).
My personal favorite and the one that I played for my first dance was A Kiss To Build A dream on. Such a great song.
A Kiss To Build A dream On by Louis Armstrong (3:01)
At Last by Etta James (3:02)
As Time Goes By by Frank Sinatra
Close To You by The Carpenters
Dream A Little Dream by the Mamas & The Papas
BEST WEDDING DANCE SONGS
I know this is in no way a complete wedding dance playlist but it does have a great collection of songs to get you started. A good rule of thumb is to have a little for everyone. Play some of the hits for the older folks and mix in a few beats for the youngsters. To have the best wedding dance playlist your going to want to get everyone on the floor, not just the songs you and your spouse enjoy.
Thriller by Michael Jackson
All My Friends by LCD Sound System
It’s Your Thing by The Isley Brothers
Single Ladies by Beyonce
And I was A Boy From School by Hot Chip
Jump by The Pointer Sisters
Matchbox by the Beatles
Mess Around by Ray Charles
Dancing Queen by Abba
Green Onion by Booker T and The MG’s
Open Eye Signal by Jon Hpkins
Home by Edward Sharp and The Magnetic Zeros
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher by Jackie Wilson
Do Your Thing by Jaxx
Lucky Tonight by Daft Punk
Just What I Need by the Cars
Baby You’re A Rich Man by The Beatles
Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journy
Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
Sex Machine by James Brown
I Love It by Icona Pop
Over And Over by Hot Chip
Dance! By Jamericoi (from Napoleon Dynamite)
Showdown by Electric Light Orchestra
American Boy by Estelle (and Kanye)
Party Man by Prince
Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake
ABC by The Jackson 5
Lanzarote by Lindstrom, Todd Terje
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue
House Of Cards by Radiohead
Float On by Modest Mouse
Miss You by The Rolling Stones
Sister Jack by Spoon
Sharpeshifter Blues by Pilote
BEST LAST CALL DANCE SONGS
For my wedding, my wife and I had two songs on a reserve playlist for the last few minutes of the night before the bar closed. They were, I Did It My Way, and One For My Baby (And One More For The Road), both by Frank Sinatra. The first song gets everyone on the dance floor singing along, and the second song is probably the greatest closing song ever written. It’s a great song to hold on to before the nights all over. Give them a listen.
STRUCTURING YOUR WEDDING DANCE PLAYLIST
There are no rules to the layout of your wedding playlist but if you do decide to go without a DJ, I strongly recommend listing to your completed playlist a few times around the house from start to finish. When I created my wedding playlist we decided to put two or three slow songs at the begginging, and then Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the first upbeat dance song. We felt it would be everyones favorite and it would keep the most amount of people on the dance floor after the slow songs. From there we played tried to keep a nice mix of old and new so that everyone was happy.
We also found that if we put more of the sing along songs like, All The Single Ladies, Jump, Bon Jovi’s Livin On A Prayer, towards the end when people had more to drink that everyone would sing along.
And then lastly we played a few slow songs as the last two songs of the night. This brought everyone back out on the dance floor and was a great way to set the mood as we all said our good byes for the evening.
There’s no right or wrong way to through a wedding dance so do what works best for you and what you think your guests will really enjoy. Even though I gave suggestions on doing your own DJ don’t be afraid to still go with a DJ. Nothing can really replace an actual DJ. Just be sure you give him the list of songs you want him to play and he’ll fill the rest! Have fun!
We’re starting to see more companies like Reebok’s CrossFit Games offering organic cuisine at their events.
This weekend, July 26 – 28th, Reebok’s international 2013 Crossfit Games will be held in Carson, CA. Athletes from all over the globe will gather at StubHub Stadium to compete in a variety of track and field events, vying for the grand prize of $275,000. To feed these highly tuned bodies, Eco Caters, a fun, environmentally friendly Los Angeles based catering company, will provide all-organic and locally sourced food. Organic food is not just for professional athletes and Prius drivers anymore; companies across the country are starting to go the organic route when it comes to catering.
“We’re still a young company, but the response we get from clients tasting our food for the first time is exciting,” says Adam, co-owner of Eco Caters. “We’re starting to see more companies like Reebok’s CrossFit Games offering organic cuisine at their events. Clients can actually taste the difference in our food quality, and it also boosts work moral. People take pride working for a company that looks out for their wellbeing.”
With branches in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Washington D.C., Eco Caters is dedicated to providing the highest quality catering experience. 100% of their handcrafted foods are made from fresh, local, organic produce. Eco Caters works directly with the farms to guarantee a very high quality in fresh produce that is sourced right here in Southern California. The organic catering company also maintains the highest level of service at every event to ensure that their clients can sit back and simply enjoy the food. Eco Caters can provide catering services for private events, or full service event along with wedding coordinators to help clients plan from start to finish. To find out more about Eco Caters, visit their website: www.ecocaters.com
Erin and Dan designed their one-of-a-kind wedding at the Paramount Ranch by infusing their quirky personality, sense of adventure and detailing it with a little rustic décor.
The Paramount Ranch was used 50 years ago as a western film set, but it’s no ghost town. The Paramount Ranch is a one-of-a-kind wedding spot and if you’re in the market for a wedding location you owe yourself a visit. It’s cheaper to rent than almost any place in Los Angeles, and it’s beautiful! There’s a reason so many TV shows and movies were filmed on the 2,700-acre ranch. The scenery is peaceful, untouched and breathtaking. You can walk in any direction and feel like you’re in a romantic movie.
Our Los Angeles wedding catering company had so much fun bartending the Saloon. Our staff poured dark beer in classic glass mugs, red wine straight from oak barrels, and Sioux City Sarsaparilla for the kiddies. The couple also brought in a rousing four-piece bluegrass band to play on the boardwalk in front of the hotel. With suds sloshing in everyone’s mug and the toe tappin’ music… it was quite the wedding party!
After cocktail hour had wrapped, guests meandered over to the dining hall where our all organic, Los Angeles wedding catering company had set up tables and chairs decorated with rustic centerpieces of mason jar candles, oil lanterns, twine wrapped bundles of wheat, and vintage table doilies.
A lot of Los Angeles wedding caterers serve frozen food but everything we serve is fresh and local. For the main course, the couple chose to have a buffet. Serving a wedding buffet style is a great way to save on wedding costs while also making sure your guests get exactly what they want. We served up a baby spinach salad tossed with our house dressing, a juicy grilled Mahi Mahi with fresh mango and shallots, our hardy vegetable lasagna with roasted tomato sauce, Wild Mushroom Quinoa (which has been a very popular summer menu item), and an assortment of grilled Farmers Market vegetables.
We had such a fun time being apart of Erin and Dan’s unique wedding and we can’t wait to show you more photos. These photos are just a little tease from Marin Rosche, of Marin Rosche Photography.
Los Angeles Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
Eco Caters, your all organic Los Angeles wedding catering team, gets so excited when we cater weddings at the Adamson House. If you’re looking for a Los Angeles wedding location, look no further!
Newly engaged couples are always on the lookout for that romantic, all in one, Los Angeles wedding location, and no couple can resist the timeless attraction to the Adamson House in Malibu. Once a couple has walked around the historic Adamson House and breathed her sweet ocean breeze, they fall hard. If you’ve never been, let me entice you with these beautiful Adamson House wedding photos from Los Angeles wedding photographer, Laura, of Beautiful Day Photography.
The Adamson property stretches out over a few acres of prime beachfront property. The pearl of the estate is the Spanish Colonial Revival style home, which was built in 1929. It. Is. stunning! The immense tile work and overall architectural design of the house is something everyone should see firsthand. Even if you’re not looking to host an event on the property, it’s a state park visit every Los Angelino should have the pleasure of visiting.
The grounds that surround the home are immersive and elegant. Perched right on the tip of the peninsula in Malibu, it gives you a spectacular view of the coastline as well as an ideal spot for sunsets. The landmark gardens have been beautifully preserved in their 1930’s appearance. As you look around, you begin to realize that every detail of the estate has been meticulously cared for.
The couple wanted our Los Angeles wedding caterers to start off their cocktail hour with an assortment of all-organic, tray passed appetizers for their guests. Our refreshing (and in season) Cucumber Cups with Mango was the first one out the kitchen; diced mango with a fine brunoise, julienne of chili and lemon preserve atop a pickling cucumber. It was a true crowd pleaser and the perfect little bit sized morsel for a California summer day.
(Above) As guests took to their seats they were greeted to our popular Seared Albacore with Orange Grapefruit Slaw. This Hors D’Oeuvre was one the couple fell in love with and made a priority on their list. As always, our Los Angeles catering company was happy to accommodate their special request.
As family and friends shared their heart felt speeches in honor of the newly weds, our Los Angeles wedding caterers were quietly at work serving plated salads of wild Arugula with peach, nectarine, Point Reyes Blue crumbled cheese, and of course our Apple Cider Vinaigrette dressing.
For the main course our all-organic Los Angeles wedding catering team plated a Crispy King Salmon with Fennel Onion Confit. Our eco-friendly kitchen staff led by Chef Adam prepared a Pasta Bolognese over a bed of penne pasta, Roasted Weiser Farms Potatoes with marjoram and thyme. (The couple loved the mini purple and yellow potatoes we prepared for them during their food tasting, so we noted a special request to use those in our dishes during their wedding.) Our Los Angeles wedding caterers also served sides of grilled Farmer’s Market Vegetables, and our rich and creamy Gorgonzola Mac-N-Cheese.
Enjoy the rest of the photos by Laura at Beautiful Day Photography. She did an amazing job (as you can tell) capturing the spirit of the wedding and the natural beauty of the Adamson House property. Laura was also really fun to work with and we couldn’t recommend her more!
Eco Caters would also like to give a very special thanks to the park rangers at the Adamson House for having Eco Caters as their Los Angeles wedding caterer and for being so accommodating to using their property. Our entire staff loves catering weddings at the Adamson House and I know their looking forward to their next visit! See you soon!
Los Angeles Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
Los Angeles Wedding Location: The Adamson House
Los Angeles Wedding Photographer: Beautiful Day Photography
The Houdini Estate is a lavish 1920′s era Estate perfect for couples seeking an intimate Los Angeles wedding location bursting with personality and a lush tropical garden.
Whether you’re a magic fan or not, chances are you’ve heard of The Great Harry Houdini. The man practically invited modern magic (or “illusions” if your Gob Bluth). In the 1920’s he built a beautiful, gothic-era Estate quietly tucked away on Laurel Canyon Blvd, here in Los Angeles. It should be a top choice for anyone looking for that perfect wedding location in Los Angeles. Our clients Brooke and Shahrier fell in love with the wedding location and as you look over their beautiful wedding photos you will see why. I know it might sound corny to say, but it is kind of a magical spot!
“Magic and mystery appear around every corner of this historic five-acre Hollywood Hills property. The gated and storied Houdini Estate features terraced gardens, a waterfall, a natural spring pond, an expansive lawn with century-old plantings, hiking trails, seven romantic gazebos, and stunning canyon views. Old-world decorations, Houdini memorabilia, paneled walls, and a welcoming fireplace inspire a sense of warmth and nostalgia in the living room. Other amenities include a hidden pool table, outdoor fireplace, barbecue patio, and a heated pool and outdoor spa. On-site parking can accommodate up to 50 cars.” ~ www.thehoudiniestate.com
Our clients Brooke and Shahrier wanted to treat their family to a classic Indian cuisine, and since our Los Angeles wedding catering team has catered for Indian families in the past, it wasn’t an issue. Our Los Angeles wedding caterers brought out beautiful plates that incorporated fresh, and in-season ingredients into a colorful and flavorful feast, fit for young and old alike.
Our Los Angeles wedding catering team also coordinated the wedding the day of. There are different options for having Eco Caters coordinate your wedding; it all depends on how involved couples wish to be with their wedding day. Some couples enjoy having the entire wedding coordinated while others just seek out a coordinator the day of. If you’d like to learn a little bit more on how we coordinate events CLICK HERE. It’s something helpful we love doing that you won’t often find with other Los Angeles caterers.
We want to give a special thanks to Brooke and Shahrier for inviting us into their family, and for choosing Eco Caters as their Los Angeles wedding caterer. Rachel Thurston (Los Angeles wedding photographer) did an amazing job as Brooke and Shahrier’s wedding photographer. Rachel Thurston captured the energy and warmth that the couple, and their family emitted during their touching ceremony, their catered feast, and especially on the dance floor. If you’d like to see more of Rachel Thurston’s work (which I highly recommend you doing), you can snoop around her website and see all her fun photography: http://www.rachelthurston.com/weddings/
Los Angeles Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
Los Angeles Wedding Photographer: Rachel Thurston
Los Angeles Wedding Location: The Houdini Estate
As a LGBT friendly catering company in southern California we are so excited that the Supreme Court today has responsibly taken action to forward the gay rights movement!
Our catering company has catered and coordinated many gay and lesbian weddings over the years in the Los Angeles and the San Diego area, and it was heartbreaking to talk with our clients who were all excited and ready to get married, only to have it stripped away from them these last few years with the passing of Proposition 8. I know we all felt helpless.
That’s why today is such a special day for all of us!!! The Supreme Courts overruling of this polarizing law is no more! We look forward to cheering a little bit louder at the next wedding we coordinate, and take pride in knowing that our voices are being heard, and that we are making a difference.
Pictured Above: Sandy Stier (L) and Kris Perry (R) kiss their son Elliot Perry (C) after they were married at San Francisco City Hall by California Attorney General Kamala Harris Photo: Getty Images