Here are five fabulous outdoor weddings!
Outdoor weddings… Mother Nature doesn’t always play nice, and that’s part of the gamble when creating an wedding outside. But, when the weather does behave there’s no better place to celebrate love than the great outdoors! Here are five beautiful couples who put together five beautiful outdoor weddings.
We’ll start off our list of outdoor weddings with this fun wedding for Felicia and Tim. The Dent House located in Ojai, just an hour north of downtown Los Angeles is a great place to tie the knot. The Dent House is the ideal wedding location for any couple seeking a Los Angeles get-away for them and their guests. This outdoor wedding venue has a quite, woodsy, down-home-country vibe that makes you feel worlds away from La La Land.
With a stunning view of the Patuxent River in the distance, Sotterley Plantation is a beautiful outdoor wedding venue nestled in the rural hills of Hollywood, Maryland, located outside of Washington, DC.
Loved ones witnessed the blissful union of Nick and Nicole at Sotterley…and what a splendid ceremony it was! Our Washington, DC wedding catering team was on hand to make the day much more special and to share in the celebratory vibes of the occasion. The all-organic menu matched the rustic elegance of this gorgeous outdoor barn wedding.
The couple wanted to have their outdoor wedding held at the Ahmanson Ranch just up the 101, outside of Malibu. When you exit off the freeway and enter the ranch you are immediately struck by the rustic southern California landscape. For any of you romantic film buffs out there, this is the place they shot Gone With The Wind. The road winds its way up to the top of a breathtaking lookout of the peak of the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s an enchanting piece of property for an outdoor wedding. As you can see from the beautiful wedding photography curtsey of Ning Wong and his crew at Ning Wong Studios, Rachelle and LB couldn’t have picked a better venue to celebrate their marriage.
Newly engaged couples are always on the lookout for that romantic, all in one, outdoor wedding, 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.
And out number one outdoor wedding…… The Paramount Ranch! 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.
Kat and Zachary were such a fun couple! Their Smog Shoppe wedding was coordinated by Lauren of Eco Cater’s.
Eco Caters is not only a Los Angeles catering company, we also excel at wedding coordination! Lauren oversees everyone of our Los Angeles weddings, including Kat and Zachary’s. She is fantastic at helping couples budget their Los Angeles catering menu. She’s also great at combing through venues and vendors to find the one that best fit each couples personality. Kat and Zachary wanted to incorporate their family dogs into the wedding and Lauren found fun ways to make them apart of their special day.
If you’re looking for flavorful organic Los Angeles catering, look no further than Eco Caters. Eco Caters is a preferred vendor at the Smog Shoppe and our team do everything we can to provide out clients with the choicest organic and locally sourced ingredients. We hand pick our fruits and vegetables from California farms and and neighborhood farmers markets. Our sea food is sustainable, our beef grass fed. All of this extra love shines through in every one of our dishes.
Mandee Johnson is one of our favorite photographers to work with. She has a playful eye and a wonderful sense of humor. Mandee’s not only great at capturing warm candid moments, she’s also great at pulling them out of people. You can easily see the playful spirit she preserved with Kat and Zachary on their wedding day.
Mandee Johnson’s talent goes far beyond just wedding photography. She’s been hired to shoot for Spotify, Coke, Comedy Central, and Old Milwaukee, just to name a few. She’s also the co-founder and executive producer of CleftClips which is responsible for producing some of the top comedy events in LA and abroad over the last ten years.
Please take a minute to click on her website and snoop through Mandee’s impressive collection of work. You may even recognize a few famous people… MandeeJohnson.com
What is there to say about the Smog Shoppe that hasn’t already been said? This iconic Los Angeles wedding venue is known around the country. We here at Eco Caters coordinate and cater countless events each year at the Smog and guests always end up having a blast. It’s the perfect venue to relax and let loose. Such was the case with Kat and Zachary.
From all of us at Eco Caters, we’d like to give Kat, Zachary, and their entire extended family a big “thank you!” We were honored to coordinate and catering this special occasion and wish them nothing but the best! Cheers!
5 Wedding Caterer Questions You Should Be Asking
Red Trolley Studios created an insightful video with Eco Caters Head Chef, Nick Brune. Nicks shares his knowledge by answering five questions everyone should know about their wedding caterer.
We are glad to announce that we partnered up with San Diego Events Company to create a project that will help brides and grooms when planning their wedding. We meet with San Diego’s best wedding vendors and ask them what are 5 the most important questions the couple should ask when hiring a particular wedding vendor.
This episode was created for you by San Diego Events Company and Red Trolley Studio.
Hello, my name is Nick Brune, I’m an executive chef at ECO Caters. We are in Los Angeles and San Diego and we focus on local organic cuisine. Today we are going to talk about 5 questions you should ask your caterer before you book them.
It is really important when you meet your caterer to make sure they are licensed and insured business, to protect liabilities as far as venue and guests are concerned. Another thing to look into is their liability insurance as far as the liqueur is concerned, to make sure that the bartenders can serve liqueur to your guests in a safe way and control beverage throughout the event.
We are in Los Angeles, San Diego and Washington, DC, so each of our companies source products within their areas. Each one of our menus is different. In San Diego, we love Maciel Family Farms, one of my favorite guys in Farmers’ Market. We really love Suzie’s Farm. When it comes to seafood, Catalina Offshore Products doing amazing things down here… The whole idea is, when you are talking with chefs or with guys who are giving you a tasting, to make sure they can name these farms, name a ranch where they are getting their pork, beef or seafood from. In these days, in the organic natural world often these things can’t be as local as you’d like, but at least if they can name that farm then it shows they’ve done their homework to really find out the best product for you. Making sure that you are getting the best product at your table is important.
One of our favorite things to do at ECO Caters is to customize menus, to change it up a bit to suit our customers’ needs. Whether it’s where you’re from, whether it’s how you’ve met, whether it’s a certain dessert you’ve had on one of your anniversaries means a lot to you, we love to hear that and we love customize things to fit your wedding, to make sure your wedding is really about you.
As far as budget is concerned, first and foremost, a lot of brides don’t quite know exactly what this costs when they get involved. This is probably the biggest event people would throw in their entire lives. So when it comes to budget we figure that out when you walk in with your caterer. Let them know what your budget is so we can customize things to suit your event, make sure that food is being served in a correct way, the quality of food is there, whether it needs to be a plated event or whether it needs to be a buffet with your budget. All these things your caterer can work with you on. Again, we really love to get organic food out to the masses; that’s one of our biggest goals here at ECO Caters, to make sure it becomes a main stream. We want to make sure that we show everybody that this is something that mid-level bride can afford, that this can be a part of everyday dining.
Right when you sit down with your caterer, a good question to ask them is what services do they provide besides catering. And if they only provide catering, that is not bad thing; it is great to focus only on food. However, there are lots of elements to your event and there are a lot of people that you need around to make sense and work for you. You need to know if your caterer can get rentals for you, if they are coordinator, if they can serve booze, if they can purchase booze. All of these things are very important for you to consider really early for your event. It is terrible to find out if you caterer can’t even buy you a liqueur two weeks before your event, so figure out these things early. Also, listen your caterer as well, and if they say you’ve got a plated event and they think you really need a planner or coordinator and if they don’t have that service, then that is something you should look into to make your event flow correctly.
When it comes to tastings, right when you first contact your caterer, once you exchange an invoice or two and get an idea what they cost and it makes sense to you, once you have your wedding booked, the first thing you should look for, is your tasting. I think all caterers should provide this to their clients, whether it is free or charged service, either way I suggest doing a tasting. It’s not only a very important part of the planning process, but it is also fun for you and your fiancé to get out and have a private tasting, it is like having your own private chef serving you a meal and you really are getting taken care of.
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A wonderful writeup on Eco Caters’ Executive Chef, Nick Brune:
The Social Tables Blog added Eco Caters as one of their 5 Can’t Miss Options for Los Angeles Catering!
As their name suggests, Eco Caters is a catering service dedicated to serving food that was produced in a sustainable and humane way. Emphasizing the benefits of organic farming methods and carrying a farm-to-table mentality, Eco Caters delivers satisfying meals with exceptional service. Holding great relationships with local farms and eco-friendly seafood vendors, Eco Caters is a great LA catering service for any event.
About The Author:
Laurel Mintz is the founder and CEO of Elevate My Brand, a successful event production and social media marketing agency. She works with prestigious restaurateurs and global brands including Public House, Bassett, iCoffee and Susan G. Komen, and sits on the boards of directors for the American Heart Association and the Fender Music Foundation. Laurel is also a mentor for The Women’s Global Leaders Initiative. Laurel received LA Business Journal’s 2014 Women Making a Difference Award, Comerica’s 2015 Women of Promise Award, and was nominated for Ernst and Young’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She also runs an exclusive networking group, “The Taste Salon.” Laurel received her B.A. from UCSB and J.D., M.B.A. from Rutgers University.
Eco Caters Head Chef Nick Brune is on the cover of March issue of Give Back magazine.
Giving Back Magazine seeks to spotlight the people and organizations of the region that are giving back to the community. We also share the positive impact that Hispanics have in the region. And finally, we seek to share with the reader all the fun and elegant things going on in our vibrant binational region. Giving Back Magazine is the only bilingual magazine catering to a high end demographic in the country, as well as the only Spanish language magazine in San Diego.
Since its grand opening on Thanksgiving day, 1927, The El Cortez Hotel has dazzled visitors with its beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture and it’s swank vibe. Eco Caters is proud to be a preferred vendor for the El Cortez and has catered countless weddings at this historic San Diego landmark. We look forward coordinating or catering your upcoming wedding and helping you book your celebration with the El Cortez Hotel.
In the summer of 1888 the Pacific Coast Steamship Wharf, a protected area of San Diego Bay, became the birthplace of the San Diego Rowing Club. Since then it has become a flagship for the community and a scenic spot for weddings and special events. The clubhouse has a beautiful contemporary design and the view of Mission Bay is even better.
Liz and Ben created a beautiful Los Angeles wedding by using some key vendors and one gorgeous wedding venue.
Millwick is an alluring event space just waiting to be played with. Once a forgotten warehouse, now a lush downtown Los Angels gem, with fun details hiding around every corner. Our Los Angeles wedding catering team is proud to be one of Millwick’s preferred vendors.
Marvimon has moved to Millwick! Originally built as a livery and then used as a cold-storage warehouse, Millwick has reinvented itself as a unique stand alone, super-loft open to private events, outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions, exhibitions and productions. It now boasts a flowing 7,000 square foot floor plan (4,500 sq ft interior + 3,000 sq ft garden courtyard) melding both interior and exterior areas. Millwick is an excellent wedding site for up to 175 people for garden ceremonies and reception. Experienced, professional site management is provided. Located downtown Los Angeles in the heart of the Artist District, Millwick is convenient to many of the best new and historic hotels, restaurants and nightlife the city has to offer. For more information visit: Marvimon.com/Millwick
Our Los Angeles wedding catering team is passionate about serving great food. That’s why we us only the freshest local produce and always USDA Certified organic ingredients. It was important to Liz and Ben that they not only serve great tasting food to their guests, but to also support local farmers and sustainable seafood. Our Los Angeles wedding catering team helped the Liz and Ben put together a menu that fit their budget, and we also helped them create dishes around the fruits and vegetables that would be in season around the time of their wedding.
Los Angeles wedding coordinator, Danielle Silver, of Orange Blossom Special Events did an incredible job organizing and managing Liz and Ben’s wedding. She was fun to work with and made the day smooth. Our Los Angeles wedding caterers assisted Danielle in moving furniture and ensuring everything stayed true to her timeline.
The friendly, professional event experts at Orange Blossom will help make the wedding of your dreams a reality. Our incredible event planners will be responsible for event coordination, vendor management, project plan creation, and risk and issue management; all allowing you to relax as your wedding is executed flawlessly!
Danielle and everyone at Orange Blossom are fantastic. Please visit their website and check them out for your upcoming events.
You know that when you hire a married couple to take your wedding photos, they get it. They understand how important the day is, how meaningful it is to get the right shots, and to make sure there’s a little love behind every photo. That’s why married couple Adi and Cat of Next Exit Photography take such exceptional wedding photos. They’ve been there. They’re the perfect team to photograph your special day and it shines through in their work.
Our Los Angeles wedding caterers would like to thank Adi and Cat for allowing us to share their work with all of you, and we sincerely encourage you to visit their website and take a gander at all their work. They have such an eye for capturing moments. Their work speaks for itself: NextExitPhotography.com
Congratulations Liz and Ben, and thank you for choosing Eco Caters as your Los Angeles wedding caterers. Our team had a blast catering your special day and it means a lot to us that you value the care we put into creating our organic dishes.
Eco Caters Chef Robert Wood had a nice writeup in the Washington Post this week! For the past few years now he has created organic meals for the Washington Capitals hockey organization, giving the team an athletic edge.
Below is the article published in the Washington Post:
Before every practice, Alex Ovechkin is handed a “Tropical Creamsicle” smoothie, loaded with mango, pineapple, orange and coconut milk to make it tasty. But the most important ingredients are the ones Ovechkin doesn’t taste.
The Capitals’ team chef, Robert Wood, adds ginger and turmeric, both anti-inflammatories that are good for digestion and keep swelling down in joints. He makes sure to mix in Brazil nuts, a good source of selenium, which has antioxidant properties.
Ovechkin’s smoothie is tailored just for him based on the results of a blood analysis he and his teammates did before the season. Each blood sample went through a micro-nutrient test, a hormonal test and then an adrenal test, which allowed the Capitals to compile individualized supplement packs and make adjustments to diets.
The results led Nate Schmidt to eat bananas after games for more potassium. Jay Beagle eats half an avocado after practices for more quality fat. Braden Holtby added more olive oils and walnuts to his diet for more magnesium.
The Capitals hope that becoming more sports-science savvy can help them take another step forward.
“You know, salary cap, you can only spend so much, so how can you get an advantage?” Coach Barry Trotz said. “You can get your advantage scouting, coaching, development and giving your players the sports science of it, everything from nutrition to biomechanics. And that’s what you can use for your advantage.”
When it was his turn to provide a blood sample, Schmidt had Holtby with him, needing the support because of a fear of needles. Holtby helped distract him with a story while Schmidt tried to keep his squeamishness contained. He had undergone a similar blood analysis when he was in college, so after getting past the initial discomfort, Schmidt was happy to see his list of deficiencies was lower than the last time he had been tested.
“You’re a little more apt to believe somebody when they tell you something and then all of a sudden, they bust out your blood-work sheet and your levels are just through the roof in something and bottomed out in another,” Schmidt said. “Those numbers don’t lie.”
The Capitals felt comfortable because they saw the process work for a teammate last year. Troy Brouwer, now with the St. Louis Blues, had a blood analysis done, and learning he was deficient in certain areas explained why he occasionally felt worse than his teammates.
For several Washington players, that was the first time they saw that kind of testing in hockey, and Brouwer’s positive response to it intrigued them.
The micro-nutrient test reveals vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The hormonal test examines testosterone ratios. The adrenal one also involves hormones, but it determines whether cortisol levels and the like are up because that could impair performance. Based on the results, David LeMay, a physician the Capitals hired, then made recommendations for each player.
A team of strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, athletic trainer Greg Smith, nutritionist Sue Saunders and Wood then considered the best ways to improve certain areas for certain players. Sometimes, it was as simple as adding Brazil nuts to a smoothie or walnuts to a salad, but players also received pill cases with specific supplements and prescriptions.
The feedback has been that players feel better this season, “but then again, who knows? It could be just because we’re winning,” Smith said. Seeing the results of blood tests on a white piece of paper with certain columns and rows highlighted also caused players to be more mindful about what they eat away from the rink.
“It’s probably a good wake-up call for some guys, to be honest with you,” Brooks Orpik said. “They’re probably a little scared when they see the results. I think it’s good. Getting that information is probably something guys don’t have beforehand, so they probably have no idea what they’re high in or low in.”
The point is that stabilized micro-nutrient and hormonal levels will help the Capitals recover better after games during a lengthy season and potentially prevent injuries. Wood sneaks freshly ground spices, such as turmeric, into the made-from-scratch meals for the team because of the anti-inflammatory properties.
“Overall, they’re getting the amount that they need without having flavors they’re not comfortable with,” Wood said. “If I go overboard with one thing, they’re not going to eat it. . . . Food can be medicine, but it doesn’t have to taste like it.”
The Capitals started providing breakfast and lunch at the rink about six years ago, hoping to control two-thirds of a player’s everyday diet. Last year, Washington did blood analysis for a couple players experiencing fatigue, and the organization decided to do it for the whole team in early October. When the halfway point of the season arrives, there will be another round of blood analysis to examine the progress.
Smith said some teams take it further than the Capitals, with heart monitors and sleep monitors. Washington wanted to take incremental steps to see what would work and what wouldn’t before doing more next year.
“There’s going to be teams that do certain things better, but overall we want to be one of the teams that they go, ‘The Washington Capitals do it right,’ ” Trotz said. “That gets around to the players, too.”
Body weight is often measured after games to examine how much was lost, especially if an arena is warmer than usual. If there’s a big change, like a loss of 10 pounds over the course of a game, Trotz might cancel the next day’s practice and opt for a light workout instead.
He was hopeful the blood analysis could help explain some performance drop-offs. Nemish said a player hypothetically low on B vitamins and magnesium could recover more slowly, which then could negatively impact sleep. Or a lack of sleep could be the cause of certain deficiencies, like low testosterone.
“You wonder why a guy can’t play a back-to-back,” Trotz said. “You know, he had so much energy last night and he’s not even in the same area, his game has fallen off so far — is that mental, or is that physical? Sometimes it’s physical. Players’ bodies don’t metabolize carbohydrates as quickly and stuff like that, so how can you help that?”
Karl Alzner said he and a few other Capitals recently had a discussion about the new supplements they’re taking. Is it really working and making them feel better? He said his energy has been better, but could that also be because of a spread-out schedule to this point in the season? In the end, they shrugged and figured it definitely wasn’t hurting.
“The decision we came to is that even if it helps us 1 percent, it’s worth it,” Alzner said. “I’m going to go ahead and say it’s helping a little bit more than 1 percent.”
This article is from a Washinton Post link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/capitals/capitals-embrace-new-dietary-supplements-to-improve-performance/2015/12/09/5c37398e-9e7e-11e5-a3c5-c77f2cc5a43c_story.html?postshare=6641449773749093&tid=ss_fb