As animal hospital director Mary Mandrigues said, Bheau View Ranch’s Mini Mockup Wedding Expo and Grapevine launch party was the place to be Friday.
“Your event last night was beautiful,” Mandrigues tweeted. “Thank you for the invite. You have accomplished so much and you are surrounded with beautiful friends. I just want you to know I appreciate you for all you give to this community and this earth.”
That was the theme of the day for the mini mockup wedding expo overflowed Bheau View Ranch’ with a hands-on and wedding venue and reception display for the ages.
Beginning with aisle design and ceremony area, the venue went in to display its unique reception area tablescape designs, market lighting, cakes, sweets, DJ, music, floral design and deluxe catering.
Special thanks went out to Timeless Events Services and Rentals. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Chad and Elizabeth Gibbs, Timeless Events provided the perfect selection of chargers, chinaware, glassware, flatware and linens designed to meet any need for any occasion.
The Gibbs team went beyond all expectations at Bheau View Ranch with Elizabeth even modeling the wedding dress while Chad shot video. They filled the Bheau View space with elegant chiavari (chivari) chairs, ballroom chairs, wedding chairs, event chairs, folding chairs, tables, tablecloths, special linens, overlays, china, crystal, dance floors, party rentals, AV equipment, and event lighting,
All this took place under the steady eye of Stephanie Ponce, a specialist in fine art wedding photography. “Capturing the love and emotions of those around me is my passion,” she said. “I am honored that I get to capture it through my lens. My style is romantic, soft and elegant with a lifestyle vibe.”
Meanwhile, a wine tasting featured local delicacies and even a blue ouzo while Dos Bandidos Food Truck & Cafe Catering dished out shrimp and calamari tacos, along with steak and traditional. Little Hunny’s Cakery blew the lid off of sugar rushes of the tastiest kind and Kendra’s Floral Design did their flowery thing.
Then, there was a fantastic spread put out by Cafe Caterers, begun by Mark DuBois at a small San Marcos cafe in 1998. He moved to full-time catering status in 2002 and hasn’t looked back since.
“Combined, we have done over 8000 caterings and have a large amount of repeat and word of mouth business, which keeps our advertising costs down, ultimately saving our customers money,” DuBois said. “We have catered everything from small drop off breakfasts, to large formal, plated events for hundreds of people, and everything in between.”
If body language alone were any indication, this event was a bit hit with everyone from prospective bridal families and newspaper aficionados to select vendors had a powerfully good time.
“This place is so pretty,” said Desmond Edwards, representing Cafe Caterers, while Linda Caro, mother of three Escondido schoolchildren and the home baker behind Little Hunny’s added, “I eat cake because it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere. Since I’m a coconut fan, I really liked the super-moist Pina Colada cupcakes with toasted coconuts.”
Again, it’s that body language thing. Everybody was showing up and showing off those sweet toothed smiles.
Preferred wedding vendors also included the likes of Rustic Event Rentals and Rustic Vintage Events, Wood If You Could specialty wood signs.
Speaking of toasted, the party from sunset to midnight toasted the startup of the latest, and greatest, community news model, your Escondido Grapevine. Complimentary mini mockup copies of the new tabloid print edition made its way into eager party guest’s eager hands.
The first demonstration issue rolled off the San Dieguito Printing of San Marcos presses the day before. It featured eight pages of what’s happening now in Escondido, San Marcos, Valley Center and other points worth covering.