Wedding Trends & Insights
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – Pebble Beach weddings capture the traditions of yesterday and the dreams of tomorrow. Our team of wedding specialists, with years of wedding wisdom, are well versed in the latest trends and will provide insightful, practical guidance and a large dose of inspiration - the perfect recipe for planning your joyous occasion.
Memorable Wines For Special Occasions
From the Wine Cellar of Wendy Heilmann
Pebble Beach Resorts is located in a celebrated, stunning part of California, less than an hour from one of the most highly regarded wine regions in the United States—the Santa Lucia Highlands. As Director of Wine and Spirits, I take great pride in being able to showcase these local selections on our wine list, alongside renowned wines from around the world. When creating and updating the wine list for Pebble Beach Resorts, I enjoy handpicking a variety of champagnes and wines that will appeal to our clients who are planning special occasions and wedding celebrations. Read More
Given our strong connections to this spectacular area, we have long felt that Pebble Beach Resorts should have its own brand from the Santa Lucia Highlands, and in 2012, we were able to launch that project. Master Sommelier Emmanuel Kemiji, owner of Miura Wines, asked if I would be interested in having him make a private label wine for Pebble Beach Resorts. Having worked with Emmanuel for years, and recognizing his stellar reputation for being one of the finest in the business, of course I said, “Yes!” It was an exciting process: tasting through different lots from different vineyards, selecting subsequent barrel samples, determining the final blend and length of time in barrel—and the result was a beautiful Pinot Noir that is exclusive to Pebble Beach Resorts.
Inspired in part by comment cards from our guests, we selected the name “Pebble Beach Memories” for our wine. Memories has received rave reviews, and we have recently transitioned into the second vintage of our wine. We felt a natural progression would be to expand our offering and include a sparkling wine that would lend itself to celebrations of all kinds. I am thrilled that we have been able to partner with the esteemed Roederer Estate for this wine, which will be called Occasions. We anticipate launching by early 2015, and we are confident that Occasions will be met with the same applause Memories has enjoyed—including being featured and enjoyed at many Pebble Beach wedding celebrations.
The entire weddings team at Pebble Beach Resorts is focused on a busy weddings season and the opportunity to delight many bridal couples, their families and friends with world-class food, wine, and service. The wine industry is focused on the production of outstanding wines from the beautiful fruit that is arriving. Hand in hand, we are creating unforgettable “occasions” and beautiful “memories” to last a lifetime…
– Wendy Heilmann, Director of Wine and Spirits
Archived Wedding Trends
What’s On The Menu For Weddings In 2014 - From the Kitchen of Executive Chef Elias Lopez
When considering what is currently trending in the culinary world, I think about today’s customer who is more knowledgeable and sophisticated than ever before. With this increased awareness comes a willingness to explore, which truly delights me!
At Pebble Beach Resorts, I find that clients are continuing to appreciate the smaller plate experience, allowing more variety for guests. Roasting vegetables and braising meats such as lamb, tongue, and cheeks are popular. Seafood is now at the top of the menu—as people are tending towards diets with less and less red meat—and fish and shellfish are proving equally popular as both canapés and part of the main menu.
Service is changing as well. Our guests are more desirous of a “restaurant” experience, resulting in our goal to be highly attentive yet unobtrusive. We do not offer a battery of hovering waiters, but rather friendly, knowledgeable servers communicating with guests as they serve them.
As a chef, I am personally committed to using foods that are seasonal, sustainable, artisanal, and perfectly suited to my client and the occasion. At Pebble Beach Resorts, we have the luxury of living in an area that offers a vast array of the freshest produce and seafood—all available in our backyard. We encourage our clients to feature these items when they join us to celebrate their weddings, because a fantastic day deserves fantastic food.
As you plan your wedding and think about the culinary experience you desire, remember that Pebble Beach Resorts welcomes the opportunity to work directly with you in creating a menu tailored to your individual taste. We have extensive culinary options or can completely customize your menu, all the while keeping our commitment to offering the highest quality product on the market.
– Elias Lopez, Executive Chef, The Beach & Tennis Club
Chef Elias Lopez
At the young age of 16, Chef Elias Lopez recognized his culinary passion and forged ahead toward a highly rewarding and fulfilling career. Along the way, he has been mentored by such culinary greats as Ted Walter of Passionfish fame, Michelin Three-Star Chef Gualtiero Marchesi, Chef Drew Previti, Chef Elliott King, and Roy Yamaguchi, the master of Euro/Asian cuisine. Since joining Pebble Beach Resorts in 1988, Chef Lopez has held a number of positions including learning the art of Italian cuisine at Pèppoli Restaurant, working as Chef de Cuisine at Roy’s Restaurant, Banquet Sous Chef at Spanish Bay and Chef de Cuisine at Roy’s. As of 2008, he has been the Executive Chef at The Beach Club.
Finding the Right Floral Fit for Your Wedding - From the Design Studio of Shannon Gurley
“Earth laughs in flowers...” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Flowers say so much with their varied petals, strong fragrances and vivid colors. My earliest memory of flowers was when I was eight years old; waking up on a breezy summer morning, smelling the fragrant lilac bushes nestled beneath my window. To this day, lilacs remain one of my favorite flowers.
Flower Factors To Consider
Flowers not only bring sweet memories, but they also evoke emotions such as friendship, happiness and, most importantly, love. As a result, they play a very important role in setting the tone for your wedding. They are so essential that brides often ask me, “What are the best flowers to use for my wedding?” My answer is always the same: “What do you want the flowers to do?”
When it comes to deciding what flowers will best suit your wedding, I encourage you to play a little game with your significant other. Stand together and close your eyes. Picture a large white room. Next, fill it with your favorite things in nature and write them down as you see them. Is it a room filled with tall redwood trees towering over you with hanging canopies of rich greenery? Is it a white sandy beach stretching out as far as the eye can see, harmonized by the tranquil sea? Perhaps it’s your grandmother’s garden blooming with vivid blossoms of pinks, purples and raspberries?
Once you have visualized your space, share it with your significant other and compare notes. I often find that through this exercise you will discover new common ground that you can build upon together.
Interpreting Your Ideas
Couples today have amazing resources at their fingertips including magazines, websites and social media to assist them with choosing the right flowers for their wedding. The industry offers a plethora of ideas, concepts and creations. It’s no wonder most couples feel choosing flowers and designing their wedding seems a daunting task. While they may rely on the same resources for inspiration, our Pebble Beach Resorts Event Design Team will interpret your ideas and dreams into a personalized, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Shakespeare once wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” The same can be said about your wedding. Simple and elegant, chic and sophisticated, or traditional and romantic, your special day at Pebble Beach Resorts will smell sweet indeed.
It’s time to begin dreaming...
– Shannon Gurley, Floral and Event Design Manager
The Season Of Love - From the Desk of Julie Bullas
Across the United States, and in many other places around the world, February can be the coldest month of the year and the true heart of the winter season. But along the Monterey Peninsula, it’s quite lovely with year-round temperate weather, which is why it’s an ideal month for weddings at Pebble Beach Resorts. We like to think of February as the heart of “the Season of Love”!
Here’s what’s currently trending for weddings during our Season of Love.
Every winter, we see more and more couples choosing to get married at this time for several reasons. There’s more availability with suppliers like wedding photographers, videographers, musicians and entertainment. While Pebble Beach Resorts is a popular destination throughout the year, the winter months offer more availability for wedding dates, hotel rooms and venues.
Different Color Palettes
With winter weddings, there also comes a variety of changes from weddings held in the spring, summer and fall. For instance, while the color palette for spring is currently trending towards hues of coral and navy, the winter palette trend includes blush pinks and soft romantic colors like cream. (This would be especially perfect when set against the stunningly rich backdrop of Pebble Beach!)
Actually, sit-down meals aren’t just trending for winter weddings but for all weddings in general. We’re definitely seeing a shift away from tapas-style meals and banquet-style buffets, with wedding receptions reverting back to more elegant and traditional sit-down meals with sophisticated touches.
No matter what the season, we look forward to the return of the many couples who have chosen to celebrate their love and marriage at Pebble Beach Resorts. We can’t wait to see those of you who have selected our little corner of the world as your wedding venue to be! We look forward to exceeding your expectations as we take you on a beautiful journey through your once-in-a-lifetime Pebble Beach wedding experience.
- Julie Bullas, Catering Manager, Wedding Specialist
The Pebble Beach Wedding Experience – From the Desk of Daryl Griffith
Greetings from the wonderful world of weddings at Pebble Beach Resorts! We’re very excited to debut this refreshed wedding section of our website. The experience of working on this project has been an especially rewarding one.
In an effort to share who we are and the level of service we offer, I felt you would enjoy hearing directly from our brides and grooms regarding their Pebble Beach Wedding Experience. Contacting past clients was pure joy - I had the wonderful opportunity to reconnect with some very happy couples who have said, “I do” at Pebble Beach.
Our clients were not only eager to tell their stories and offer testimonials; they continue to be excited about their decision to celebrate a very special moment in their lives at Pebble Beach Resorts. Talking about their precious memories reminded me of why it is such a pleasure to do what I do. I hope the wedding story we featured will delight you...and that perhaps your own Pebble Beach wedding experience will be highlighted on our pages in the near future.
For our updated Pebble Beach wedding section, we worked with our select group of photographers to add stunning visuals providing a wonderful sense of place and a taste of the magic that is in this hallowed ground. There is no better way to experience the legendary beauty of Pebble Beach Resorts than to see it with your own eyes.
Beginning with their very first visit, our clients are captivated by Pebble Beach and are quick to see the value of choosing this iconic location with a staff poised to create the wedding of their dreams. Our unsurpassed service and attention to detail allow you to truly enjoy the entire process, where I can assure you, no “pebble” is left unturned.
Is your “Once In Your Life” Pebble Beach experience about to begin?
Call us and come visit, there are memories to be made...
- Daryl Griffith, Director of Catering