Zabrina and Mike met in class in San Luis Obispo in 2003. After a few years of dating, Mike decided to pop the question in September 2006! Zabrina explains, “Michael surprised me after we hiked up Bishop’s Peak and he proposed to me at the top! We were overlooking the city of SLO at sunset, with the fog rolling in from the west. I truly felt on top of the world. We were the only two up on that rock that day!” When asked why they chose the Central Coast for their wedding destination, Zabrina said, “I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. This is where we met and built our lives. We don’t ever plan on leaving this beautiful, “happy” place!” The two were married in Paso Robles at Eagle Castle Winery. “Michael and I are huge local supporters. Fifty to 75 percent of our guests were out of town and it was important for us to share our life (where we live, what we ate) with our family. We choose a lot of local vendors for that reason.”
For their special day, Zabrina and Mike were going for a romantic, vintage, fairytale ambiance. They chose browns, reds, and golds for their color theme as an homage to the holiday season and the San Francisco 49ers.
Their two biggest priorities for the wedding were having a very special ceremony and getting the perfect coordinator! They completed their wish list when they hired Kristin Odenwald of Jour Parfait Wedding Coordination. Zabrina called hiring Kristin a blessing! “We both work, so we really needed to start planning early and to have someone help us plan.” The bride was not shy about gushing on her coordinator at all- and I don’t blame her! “She is fun and creative. Most of all the wedding concepts were my ideas- and she knew the right people to see our dreams come true. She was so supportive! Basically, she anticipated our needs! I was thinking it and it was already done. She really got to know us, and she took charge when she needed to.”
Zabrina knew that the CCWP was a reliable resource for wedding professionals after she was roommates with a former member and attended a bridal faire at Embassy Suites. “I am all about supporting local business, so this is where we started looking. After meeting Kristin, I think her experience with vendors and my ideas for the wedding were matched perfectly. We always met with the vendors first and I really enjoyed them all from the very first visit. They all fit within our budget so there wasn’t a reason to look anywhere else!”
Down the Aisle– “Love them! When I first tried on dresses I like a Casa Blanca dress. I was told that I was able to order a dress online and have it shipped to store. I instantly fell in love with 1927 Casa Blanca dress! It was love at first sight! I also bought my slip, cups, headpiece, earrings as well. Down the Aisle were also the ones who recommended Jen from Something Blue.”
Something Blue Alterations– “Jen was amazing! I would totally tell anyone to go there. She loves what she does and you can tell in her work. I needed dressed shorter, cups sewn in , slip shortened, bust brought in. I had about 4 fittings and she said she just loved seeing me in my dress. She was so much fun!”
Panacea Event Floral Design– “The flowers were the biggest surprise because we had not seen a real-life version. Corrine worked with us on pricing and was so flexible over the holidays as our guest count rose. She is a wonderful vendor that I would highly recommend. I hear only positive comments from the guests about our centerpiece. I think they were fancy, and chic. Perfect!!!”
The Cakery– “Cakery again was recommended by Kristin and we had seen them at the same bridal faire. Actually, we used them before for my nursing graduation cake and everyone, I mean everyone loved the chocolate gnache!!!! So after the first consultation we had no idea of what we wanted, but she had a marvelous idea to create the cake to match my dress. Two toned!”
Elegant Image Limousine– “They were also a great recommendation from Kristin! We needed a means of transportation for our bridal party and they were very affordable. They let us split time since we didn’t have to go far, so that was great! No problems whatsoever.”
I want to give a big THANK YOU to Daniel from Ballesteros Photography for letting us use his images for this post!
Congratulations you two….on behalf of the Central Coast Wedding Professionals, we wish you a happily ever after!!!