Nearest & Dearest Members


Samantha Josette Events

One of San Luis Obispo's experienced wedding planners specializing in personalized wedding design. Adoring everything about weddings, entertaining + decor (kind of obsessed). "I am passionate about creating remarkable weddings for my clients, including yours!"
This Passion for wedding planning + design continues to grow day by day. "I believe your wedding should be a reflection of your individual personality + style, and I love conveying your vision through all those personal touches that make the event exclusively you! I strive to offer exceptional service through impeccable planning and fabulous designs."
"I am so excited and inspired about N+D wedding collective. There are something about an intimate wedding that really allows me to use my creative talents at its best."


Loveridge Photography

Tina is the extrovert that craves being around people but is also a more silent observer looking for beautiful shadows and light and moments of connections throughout your wedding day. She knows that we all might need a little help in front of the camera so she’s not shy about jumping in to direct when it’s needed. Her background is in social sciences which feeds her love for learning about people and different cultures. She has an ongoing case of wanderlust yet loves California and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.


Steelhead Cinema

In 2014 I (John) shot my first wedding and fell in love with how it made me feel. The art of combining motion picture with a narrative and powerful music was addicting to me.

Today, I feel so blessed to be able to fulfill that same passion by creating wedding films for amazing couples.

As wedding filmmakers, we are given this incredibly unique opportunity to make something special that will live on for generations. A film that will serve as a constant reminder of your love for one another and the legacy of the people celebrating your union. One day, when your kids watch it they will get to witness something special and magical about their family lineage and the power of love they come from.


Avenue Twelve Rentals

Avenue Twelve is a fun design and rentals studio based in San Luis Obispo, California. We specialize in unique furniture and decor for weddings, parties and events with funky vintage finds and other specialty items that transform any space into something magical, memorable and personal. We offer custom fabrication and installation services by an experienced design team with a professional background in residential, commercial and set design, as well as styling for events ranging from intimate to extravagant.

We believe that special events need more than white linens and fold-up chairs. It's an artful mingling of intimacy and design, that turns your special day into a personal, treasured memory. Our exclusive collection and unique styling can make your event bold and boisterous or subtle and refined. It can join families together while celebrating individuality. When it comes to creating a memorable experience, we hope to offer something out of the ordinary that makes your event truly special.


Gusto On The Go


"Elevated Comfort Food"

With a passion for flavorful and wholesome cuisine, we at Gusto {GUSTO is pronounced GOO-stoh, and is the Italian word meaning “taste”, or “flavor”}, have handcrafted all of our menu items from scratch, using only fresh, natural ingredients. We draw much of our inspiration from delectable dishes we ourselves have had in fine restaurants across the country and abroad, as well as experiments that have come out of our own kitchen; all of this in an effort to create and modify a flavor profile that is uniquely our own. It is our hope to continue to revolutionize the concept of “to go” in San Luis Obispo County by providing gourmet dining that is affordable and available at your convenience via our mobile kitchen, aka food trailer. With the ability to go where traditional caterers cannot, we truly are able to offer you the freshest, no hassle, on-site dining experience possible! Our desire for you is to trust us with your events; that of which is reminiscent of those early intimate dinner parties we used to throw among friends and family.

When we’re not catering, you can find us chasing our two young boys (4 and 6 years old) around our property in the Edna Valley, watching movies or The Food Network, Wine Tasting in San Luis Obispo, and dining out around the Central Coast. We look forward to the opportunity of getting to know you and tantalizing your taste buds with our menu items full of flavor!


Pardon My French

Lalo and Jamie Tejeda bought the bakery in May 2016. Both Lalo and Jamie were born and raised in the central coast. They met in 2011 and often talked about their dreams of owning a small business.

Lalo grew up helping in his parent’s Lompoc deli and always had a passion for baking. He pursued that desire by attending Le Cordon Bleu in Minnesota, specializing in pastries. Lalo has worked extensively at high end resorts creating pastries and desserts for many to enjoy. He also comes from a family of bakers and is thrilled to work in his own bakery now.

Jamie has a degree from Cal Poly specializing in hospitality and event planning. She has been in the wine and food industry for fourteen years and always dreamed of owning a coffee and pastry shop where people could come and relax, do their homework, read a book, or enjoy friends.

Pardon My French Bakery currently specializes in fresh baked pastries, gourmet cupcakes, special event cakes and weddings. Everything is baked from scratch and fresh daily. They will accommodate most special requests with advanced notice.


Fete & Quill

Fête...a celebration, a gala, an honoring of someone or persons. a time to have fun and be jubilant, to lavishly entertain. a fiesta!!

Quill...a quill or feather pen is one of the first documented writing implements. It is a symbol of the beginning of handwriting, and has been an instrument that will continually influence calligraphers.

Fête & Quill is a collaborative boutique business located in California's ruggedly beautiful Central Coast. F&Q offers services for calligraphy and hand lettering + wedding day paper goods + stationery and invitations. With a location ranging from the wine country of Paso Robles, to sunny and vibrant San Luis Obispo, and down to historic Santa Barbara. Owned by creative Raina Toy-Smith, California native and lover of all things wedding related. Raina originally went to college for interior design - but her heart was always filled with typography and calligraphy. Since as long she can remember, she has been crafting lettering in all shapes, forms and colors. Taking a leap of faith, she created Fête & Quill - to be immersed in her passion for paper, words and writing. It is with the upmost joy in her heart that she gets to work with amazing people for their wedding day, and create these special calligraphy pieces that are a reflection of them as a couple. Grateful, always. Xo


Sparrow Entertainment

Music has been a part of my life since I was a kid. I've played instruments, listened to all genres of music, composed music, been part of bands, and now that I'm an adult, I get to play music for the masses, and make them happy and feel the spirit of music. Being a Dj gives me the freedom to help people realize that music is in everything, and there's always a way to make everyone feel the beat somehow. Every time I get to play for people I get jazzed, I know that when the needle drops, things become great, they become awesome and memorable. That's why I do this... name is Joshua Huttle, from Paso Robles, Ca, and I'm here to give you the gift of music.


Come Alive Entertainment

Soulful + Engaging Live Music with DJ/Emcee service

Come Alive Entertainment is a San Luis Obispo, California based entertainment company which provides engaging, upbeat, and danceable live music as well as top quality and experienced DJ/MC services for weddings, events, festivals, and parties of all types. These uniquely talented entertainers each add a soulfulness and energy to any event that a DJ alone simply can’t capture.

Music and entertainment is our passion. If live music is important to you, as well as top quality DJ/Host MC services, we are proud to hold a 5-star rating and be one of the highest recommended services on the central coast. Solo, duo, or 4-piece full band options available! We can customize any package to fit your needs.


Brit Tarr

I currently work at Bluebird Salon in San Luis Obispo, as well as Play Hair Lounge in the Los Angelesarea.

The past 10 years I’ve had the privilege of working alongside some exceptionally talented artists and have shown my work in photo shoots, music videos and fashion shows (Guess, Billabong and Los Angeles Fashion Week to name a few).

I grew up in southern california as a tomboy for most of my youth. Soccer and field hockey were what filled most of my time. But I also had a sweet softer side, too. Growing up I had fun playing with different hair styles, which came pretty easy to me. And if they were tricky I was pretty determined to figure out how to do them, and perfect them. So braids, curling, and up do’s were really fun for me. I had always liked the idea of becoming a hair stylist, but was never fully decided until our High School Prom came along, there was something that clicked for me. I absolutely loved doing my friends hair and makeup! That little spark turned into a love, which has turned into a career. A career that I am extremely passionate about.

Honestly, I love having the opportunity to make brides look and feel gorgeous on their wedding day. It is incredibly rewarding. There is so much excitement and love in the air! My favorite part is when you watch a bride walk down the aisle to get married to her best friend, there is just nothing sweeter. I feel so blessed to be a part of it. I am so thankful to have a job doing something I love, every day


Rhyan Townsend

Rhyan Townsend has been working has a hair and makeup artist on the Central Coast for nearly a decade. Known for her creativity and precision, she infuses her love of art and fashion into her effortless, on-trend styles.

Rhyan began her education at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2005. From there she attended Paul Mitchell The School, Santa Barbara, where she excelled in coloring services and makeup techniques. In 2009 Rhyan began her own independent business (Rhyan Townsend. Hair + Makeup) which provides on-location styling and makeup services for bridal parties.

As a stylist at Indie Salon + Beauty Bar in Arroyo Grande, Rhyan’s artistic focus encompasses dimensional hair color, hair styling and beauty makeup.


Blush Fine Linens

Blush Fine Linens was inspired by a vision to bring a local source for speciality linens to the California Central Coast. This area has become a premier wedding and event destination, bursting with creativity and talented professionals. Seeing the need for luxury textiles, as well as a seamless rental experience for industry professionals and aspirants alike, our mission is to inspire and equip the local events industry to continue to hold the highest standards in event design.

Each of our collections compliments a different mood. Whether styling a dreamy boho elopement, or designing an elaborate engagement, our specialty textiles will set the tone for your entire event. With fabrics sourced from all over the world, we strive to seek out only the highest quality of chic designs. Our inventory is constantly being updated, as to only house exquisite, up-to-date pieces.

We look forward to creating beautiful events with you.


Copper & Crystal

Copper & Crystal is a group of professional Central Coast bartenders who love slinging drinks and crafting cocktails. Our staff is experienced in handling crowds of all sizes and passionate about providing top-notch service!

e help you throw the party your guests will talk about for months or years to come!! Skilled in all things fun, the C&C bartenders make sure each of your guests are engaged and having a great time... so you don't have to!

Here at C&C, we're all about the details and we take pride in providing a high-end experience for you and your guests. Mixing our years of expertise with your vision, we're able to create the bar you've always dreamed of.