Mike Danen Photography

Mike Danen is a photographer and filmmaker in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. He grew up in California and studied photography and graphic arts in college. Today, he creates dramatic images to capture the fun, joy, tears, and excitement of your wedding day. 

Mike has photographed and filmed over 700 weddings, so he loves clients who want to have fun and make cool images. 

His approach to every wedding is to tell your story in a fun, fresh way that reflects your unique personality and style, discreetly capturing all the real, unscripted and unforgettable moments. 

Mike understands that the details matter-dress, shoes, flowers, jewelry, friends and family etc. so he provides you with a complete documentation of your wedding day. 


Mike captures weddings and engagements through photography, as well as videography. Here is an example of one of his films:

For more information, check out Mike Danen Photography at mikedanen.com

Jennifer Church Excellent Focus Photography

With over 25 years in professional photography and album design, Jennifer is especially renowned for investing that experience in her clients' events and for the post-production attention she gives her work. As a result, her clients are presented with distinctive and beautifully re-touched images, as well as award winning, superbly crafted traditional and digital album creations.

Jennifer hand designs, digitally, each album. Her designs are based on the location of the wedding, the couple, and their style. She says, "I am often designing the albums in my head as I'm photographing. My brides know this and let me choose the images for their book." She asks each couple for a "must have" list, but rarely gets asked for changes after the first draft of the album is seen. 

All of Jennifer's prints, as well as the photos in the albums are retouched, by Jennifer, individually. She can take more of a "hollywood" approach towards retouching, however she prefers to keep the natural look. Jennifer loves to do all of her own editing since it is like developing film. Spending the time editing gives Jennifer complete control over her work, which she believes is important in today's instant and automatic world. 

Jennifer always works with an assistant. She works with several assistants, though her number one assistant is Sarah Martin. Sarah has been photographing with Jennifer for 20 years, which allows them to be completely on the same page for each wedding. Between Jennifer and Sarah, they have a full wedding kit where they can sew, bandaid, lipstick, aspirin,  or fix any unexpected events that happen on a wedding day. 

Excellent Focus Photography is available for weddings, engagement photos, family portraiture, senior portraits and photography lessons. 

For more information, check out Jennifer Church Excellent Focus Photography at excellentfocus.com 

Fleurish Floral Designs

Established in 1991 by Melody King, Fleurish Floral Designs began bringing beauty to the Monterey Peninsula for weddings and events. Since then, she has been published, featured, and recognized numerous times.

Melody works with every client's budget and feels it is incredibly important to make a couple's special day as beautiful as possible, while staying within their budget, as to not put extra stress on them during this special time. 

Fleurish uses local products as much as possible and is committed to supporting local growers. Melody says she tries to be as green as possible by recycling an green waste, plastic, wrapping, cardboard, containers, and even water. 

Fleurish is, in many ways, a family business. Melody's husband and daughters help with everything, from designing, deliveries, social media and website design, as well as the inevitable clean-ups. In 2015, Melody and her daughter founded Second Blooming, an organization which takes flowers left after weddings and events, and repurposes them to local nursing homes on a weekly basis. 

Melody loves the creative challenges that brides are constantly offering, whether it's hanging ceiling decor or unusual bouquet designs. Though designing is rewarding, her favorite part of her business is meeting and getting to know wonderful couples, remaining friends with them and following their story as their families grow. 

For more information, check out Fleurish Floral Designs at fleurishfloraldesigns.com

Illusions of Grandeur

Imagination, ingenuity and experience to design and produce spectacular events: that is what defines Illusions of Grandeur. Heading into their thirteenth year of producing creative décor for corporate and social events, they are the trusted go-to source for your design needs. 

Whether you are a bride looking to create an unforgettable celebration of your love, or a meeting planner tasked with branding your corporate event, whether it is a grand, formal occasion, or a casual impromptu celebration, their goal is to put their wealth of resources to work to bring your vision to life. 

As a design firm, they know that any good event starts with the basics. Their inventory, however, is anything but basic. Their couture collection includes specialty chairs, tables, furniture, bars, and unique pieces guaranteed to express your personality. They customize a variety of design services to your specific locale, including ceiling and wall treatments, and grand floral creations. 

Inspiration, collaboration and communication are the words that define their process. Their team will handle your event through every step, from concept development to production. They will take your ideas, always respectful of your budget parameters, and translate them to the environment you envision. 

They have created wonderful "illusions" for customers from the Monterey Peninsula to Napa Valley and everywhere in between. They have established relationships with diverse destinations and companies throughout northern and central California. Wherever your venue, whatever your décor needs, they welcome the opportunity to work with you and insure your event is a resounding success. 

For more information, check out Illusions of Grandeur at illusionsofgrandeur.com

Freedom Bakery & Confections

Freedom Bakery & Confections is a family owned and operated, second generation bakery. Centrally located in the heart of Monterey Bay, they offer birthday cakes to wedding cakes and treats for all occasions. They are also one of the first bakeries in the nation to offer Photo Logoed Cookies.

Throughout their 40 years of business, they pride themselves on using quality ingredients. They use 100% Belgian Chocolate on their cakes and cookies, as well as printing directly onto the cookies without using edible paper, leaving no starchy aftertaste. 

Freedom Bakery & Confections values the bakery's tradition and customers' favorites, however, they also like to test new products and move with the times. Their chiffon cakes, such as the Dream Cake, Fresh Strawberry, and Hawaiian Banana Delight, made famous in 1975, to their Classic Mango Mousse and Chocolate Ganache and Mousse, introduced in 2008, are some of the best sellers to date. 

The bakery offers free tastings and consultations, You will always meet with the owner and lead decorator, Paul, or his wife, Anna. If you are not able to make it to a tasting, they offer tasting samples to-go, or if you are planning a destination wedding, and will not be coming to the area prior to the wedding, they will ship samples to you!

The cakes are made with their Classic White, Chocolate, and Red Velvet Cake, with a variety of fillings. The cakes are iced with their irresistible buttercream, smooth fondant, or ganache. The buttercream is a light vanilla flavor with a hint of lemon. The fondant is smooth, not too sweet, and leaves no grainy or sugary aftertaste. And of course, the ganache is made with 100% Belgian Chocolate. 

For more information, check out Freedom Bakery & Confections at fb&c.com

Tarpy's Roadhouse

With a long and storied history dating back to 1917, the Roadhouse property creates and idyllic setting. Wisps of trailing ivy line the rugged stone walls with gorgeous greenery and flowers adorning every nook. There is a rich array of private and semi-private rooms, landscaped gardens, courtyards and patios. 

Tarpy's menus feature updated versions of "comfort" food using only the freshest ingredients. The creative California country cuisine provides a wide assortment of innovative appetizers and vegetarian fare. The wood-burning grill creates mouthwatering prime steaks, poultry, wild game, and Monterey Bay seafood. 

Buena Lane Photography

Buena Lane Photography

From small intimate gatherings to a full-on bridal bash, the beautiful property provides endless possibilities. Custom menus, creative cocktails and wine pairings are all part of what they offer. 

Carol Oliva Photography

Carol Oliva Photography

The Front Porch overlooks the wishing well and gardens, heated and semi-private, it can be used for an indoor/outdoor party. The Tack Room is extremely private and is the perfect venue for small gatherings. The Shell Room, named for its playful shell fireplace, is a semi-private room with garden and patio views. 

Buena Lane Photography

Buena Lane Photography

The Vintners Room has a display of some of the regions best wines, as well as featuring large windows overlooking picturesque gardens. Sarah's Room can be combined with the Vintners room and the Front Porch for larger groups. The Library provides a cozy and warm feel, with a fireplace, inspired art and a private garden. The Courtyard is surrounded by lush gardens, creating a distinctly European feel. 

Carol Oliva Photography

Carol Oliva Photography

For more information, check out Tarpy's Roadhouse at tarpys.com

Bernardus Lodge & Spa

A creative haven that stirs all the senses, Carmel Valley blends nature's majesty with man's artistry. And there's no better place to tap into its small-town charms than at Bernardus Lodge & Spa. Tucked among 28 acres of rolling vineyards, orchards and gardens, you are invited to savor the intimacy of a stylish Carmel resort with an epicurean spirit and soothing soul. 

Overlooking an immaculate grass lawn, sun-dappled vineyards, and fragrant rose gardens, their wedding pavilion allows you and your guests to enjoy the famed climate amid sublime views of the Santa Lucia Mountains. 


Whether it's a vineyard-inspired dinner or a glamorous ceremony, a chic cocktail party of a five-course reception, an intimate farewell brunch or an elaborate wedding package, every facet of you wedding is tailored to your exquisite tastes. 

A perfect wedding starts with an unforgettable setting. Bernardus provides stunning event spaces to match the gorgeous scenery of Carmel Valley, such as the: Wedding Garden, Meritage Ballroom, Harvest Room, Estate Room, Magnum Boardroom and Vintner's Suite. 

Their professional wedding specialist is ready to cater to your every wish. They proudly offer turnkey Carmel wedding packages such as the Intimate Wedding, Just the Two of You, and the Platinum wedding package to make planning easier than ever. 

For more information, check out Bernardus Lodge & Spa at bernarduslodge.com

Sound In Motion

Sound In Motion is a one stop and full service entertainment company for weddings, corporate events, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, school dances, and sporting events. They offer professional and award winning DJ/MCs, photography, videography, event lighting, photo booths, audio-visual, multimedia, and live musicians. 

Today, the company founders and 17-time Best DJ reader poll winners "DJ Adrian" Calvan and "King Raffi" Nalvarian run what they believe is one of the top DJ and Video companies you will find anywhere. 

They have emerged as nationally-recognized industry leaders who have been asked to give presentations across the country on both the art and business of being a DJ and Master of Ceremonies.

The staff at Sound In Motion is a reflection of everything Raffi and Adrian value and practice in their company: it starts with commitment and genuine caring, continues with charisma and enthusiasm, and ends with services joyfully delivered and promises proudly kept.

Sound In Motion wants you to have fun and be relaxed on the day of your event. This happens by thoroughly and creatively pre-planning your event with one of SIM's event designers and your DJ/MC.

For more information, check out Sound In Motion at sim.events

Fionna Floral

Established in 1996, Fionna Floral's signature style combines a modern European sensibility with a classic abundance of flowers resulting in a distinctive and elegant design aesthetic.

They create incomparable sumptuous affairs and lavish soirées as well as intimate events. 

Meticulous care and consideration are given to each and every design, always keeping the client's overall vision in mind and allowing the unique personalities of each to shine through. 

Fionna Floral has been featured in publications such as: Style Me Pretty, Hey Wedding Lady, Ceremony Magazine, Smitten Magazine, Snippet & Ink, Colin Cowie Weddings, The Knot, 100 Layer Cake, and Carats and Cake. 

Designers, owners and floral enthusiasts, Jennifer Zukovsky and Sarah Hackforth joined the team of Fionna Floral as lead designers in 2002, before taking ownership in 2012. Jennifer's steadfast attention to detail, combined with Sarah's creativity and easy rapport with clients, ensure that your vision is brought to life with enthusiasm and integrity. 

For more information, check out Fionna Floral at fionnafloral.com

A Sparkling Event

A Sparkling Event provides custom wedding planning and design services. Mandi Nack and her team of certified wedding planners are available to assist you through every step of your wedding planning experience. 

A Sparkling Event was founded in 2010 and is deeply invested in the satisfaction of every client and their wedding vision. 

A Sparkling Event offers different services depending on your planning style: Planning Collection (6+ months of planning), Event Management Collection (2-3 months prior to the wedding date), Intimate Planning Collection (50 guests or less), Elopement Planning Collection (20 guests or less), Party and Social Event Planning Collection. 

They want to be the one by your side to bring your dream to life, create a stress free environment, and work hard to ensure your family and guests, but most importantly you enjoy every moment of the most magical day of your life. 

They bring years of experience, but truly pride themselves on hearing your ideas, and telling you, they would love to help you do that! 

For more information, check out A Sparkling Event at asparklingevent.com