San Luis Obispo came up several times in the discussion, and one particular reason weighed in more than any other. The stylist that showed up for the wedding at Morro Bay said, “Hair is Art in my hands… ” and she was a bundle of energy. Often showing up by herself and doing hair, makeup, and presentation for bride, bridesmaids, and moms, the stylist spent long hours smiling and pleasing her customers. But what was it about the Bay that attracted so many of our brides?
Morro Bay is a coastal community featuring one main attraction, Morro Rock. The volcanic mound centered in Morro Bay State Park offers a host of attributes, but as a wedding venue, it sports the advantage of having one of the world’s most renowned wedding photographers, an incredible stylist, and the most poetic wedding feature in a hundred miles of coastline.
I had only dreamed of a Morro Bay Wedding!
Each of our brides, from a wide range of ages had spilled the same concept as we discussed wedding venues. All of them had wanted a Morrow Bay Wedding at some point in their lives, either because of a child hood vacation, a romantic interlude, or some other reason that directed them back to the bay. But it wasn’t until we met the Barden’s that we realized the whole reason for the incredible bay area romantic vision.
We watched the whales feed in the bay every summer.
The sound of big band era music lilting across the water from a wedding on the shores of Morro Bay just felt romantic. Each year we returned for the feeding of the whales, and as the sun set behind the rock, the music began. As if by magic, the feeding frenzy of the whales brough romance, bliss, and that same Los Angeles style big band music. It spoke romance in our hearts. We couldn’t resist.
We’d literally shared several years worth of evenings on the dock, watching whales jump, slap their tails, and dip deep into the water. We met there one summer, and kept going back. Nine years later, I remember seeing her against the railing, her hair tied back and sunglasses protecting her eyes. She wore a white linen sundress that blew in the breezes. I could remember seeing her every single year with her husband, then he wasn’t there. My wife had passed that year as well, and it seemed natural that we meet. A year later we were married there on the bay.
It wouldn’t have been a Bay Wedding without the Los Angeles Brass.
Dancing the night away, with the sound of whales splashing in the bay, fulfilled our romantic expectations of the perfect wedding. A lilting pianist fingering the ivories during the warm afternoon, and then a brass band in the evening, we asked for the ambiance of the Morro Bay, an elitist kind of feeling. And we got it. Every bit of our expectation was met there.
The wedding planner hadn’t recognized our requests at first, but with a little bit of encouragement he sought out every vender we requested.
Every couple had a different story to tell about their bay area wedding, and yet… Every one of them revealed the exact same story, of romance blooming on the bay. Their return to the docks to watch the whales feed, and ultimately meeting the one they loved in the shadow of Morro Bay Rock.
Without exception, we have to conclude that San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay are our absolute favorite wedding venues.