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. 

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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

Main Event Transportation

At Main Event Transportation, their goal is simple - provide each customer with the highest quality limousine service at competitive and affordable rates. They provide the best charter car services in Monterey, these are perfect for weddings, special events, and any trip where you need to make multiple stops 

Their fine selection of vehicles are yours for the choosing - from stretch limousines and SUVs, to luxury coaches, and mini buses, Main Event Transportation has it all! 

When it comes to your big day, wedding transportation should be the least of your worries. That's why Main Event offers a wide variety of well maintained, elegant limousines in Monterey. 

From a classic to a modern look, Main Event will accommodate any service you require. Main Event has black town cars, Cadillac limousines, stretch limos, super stretch limos, and even a 1948 Chrysler New Yorker. 

At Main Event Transportation, elegance comes in many forms. The possibilities aren't endless...but they're pretty close. 

For more information, check out Main Event Transportation at maineventtransportation.com

Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Weddings become unforgettable when they take place at Hyatt Carmel Highlands at Big Sur. The ceremonies take place in a gazebo on an open-air redwood deck, surrounded by glass, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

They believe your Carmel Highlands wedding should be an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime event. They take pride in handling the details so you can spend time on what's most important -creating memories in a magnificent and romantic environment. 

The dedicated team of wedding coordinators take joy in handling every detail with style and making each wedding special in its own way, from seating arrangements to centerpieces. 

You can also enjoy upscale extras like a deluxe guest room for the wedding couple, free valet parking, and complimentary bridal changing room on the day of the wedding. All this ads to the ease of making your seaside wedding dreams a reality. 

Allow the culinary team to take you and your wedding guests on a delectable culinary adventure. From fresh-caught seafood to locally grown produce, Chef Chad Minton and his amazingly talented culinary team, will strive to create a menu for your wedding that guests are sure to never forget!

For more information, check out Hyatt Carmel Highlands at highlandsinn.hyatt.com

Danny Quijano Photography

Danny's been a photographer his entire life. His approach to photographing people is described in the various topics scattered throughout his site. His mantra "If you're having fun, I'm having fun" , and his underlying quest for perfection, makes for an extremely successful photo session!

First and foremost, it's your style. Danny has a number of different ways to approach the many different flavors of a wedding, as no one single style is going to fit the entire event. The portrait sessions, which involve a collaborative effort, are planned for times that do not pull you away from the social or ceremonial events. 

Aside from the portraits and your special request compositions, Danny likes to fly into Photojournalism mode, capturing real moments without resorting to staging things. 

Danny's goal is to get the shots by minimizing his presence (to become unseen if possible). The attention should be on you, not the photographer. Danny will capture your look, not give you his look!

Danny also offers Engagement Photo Sessions, Family Portraits, Senior Portraits, as well as Business and Professional Portraits. 

For more information, check out Danny Quijano Photography at dannyquijano.com

CC Creations & Floral Design

CC Creations & Floral Design is a business devoted to weddings and special events.

Much time and patience is given to their brides and clients so that they can create a beautiful and unique setting for your special day. 

Floral design is their passion and they have been serving the wonderful venues on the central coast for the past 15 years. 

Many of CC Creations & Floral Design's arrangements, such as bouquets and centerpieces often appear on Pinterest and The Knot. 

For more information, check out CC Creations & Floral Design at cccrflowers.com or read their 5 star reviews on Yelp.