San Francisco area coastal wedding destinations

Wedding Musician – Richard Patterson

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Resources - Half Moon Bay Coastside

Let me begin with a quote from the Festival Of Four website: “Richard Patterson projects a deep understanding of and admiration for the music he performs. His attention to color and dynamics is remarkable and he displays a prodigious technique. Patterson plays with style, taste and elegance.”  I’ve found this to be true, having worked with Richard at scores of weddings at Hastings House, a wedding venue he co-owns with his wife Linda.

Richard received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Performance from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters Degree in Music from San Francisco State University on a Performance Scholarship. He has studied personally and in master classes with most of the world’s leading guitarists, including Andres Segovia. Signed by Columbia Artist for national tours, he has performed solo and in groups in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.  His solo, group and recording experience includes working with the virtuoso quartet Festival of Four and guitarist and recording producer/guitarist Stevan Pasero.

Drawing from his extensive repertoire in Classical, Flamenco, and Spanish guitar Richard is a good choice as a wedding musician who can provide the highest quality music for wedding ceremonies. If Richard doesn’t have something in his repertoire a bride wants for her ceremony, he is very willing to find the music if it’s possible to discover it. I have also found him to have a very winning personality; friendly, respectful, open, and professional.

A couple of final thoughts, Richard is the founder of the Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts, one of the leading series of guitar performances in the world at San Francisco’s Civic and Performing Arts Center. Finally as the head of the Guitar Department, also teaches Spanish guitar at Notre Dame de Namur University in California.

You can hear Richard playing at the Hastings House Weddings website and also on individual selections at iTunes. He can be reached at (650) 726-1203.

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Half Moon Bay Online Directory – Coastside Live

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Resources - Half Moon Bay Coastside, Web Site Resources

There are many Coastside and online resources to find information when considering a visit, planning an event, standing on the street corner in Half Moon Bay looking for a location, or living here and trying to find a local service like an Insurance Agency.

Coastside Live is the easiest to use for locating Coastside business addresses and phone numbers, things are readily findable in Coastside Live.  Sites like the Coastside Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Half Moon Bay Review include only members or advertisers, Yelp and the search engine’s “Local” sites take some digging if you don’t know exactly what you are searching for.  Coastside Live has everything in clear lists in each category; it’s easy to scan and get that address and phone number.

So, ease of finding “everything local” is the first advantage of Coastside Live.

Next, the home page has three clear sections showing, the Coastside Calendar, Weather/Surf Reports, and Web Cams to showing exactly what the day looks like.  As a local resident and a wedding vendor I find that Coastside Calendar especially handy  for finding entertainment every night of the week and for recommending to wedding clients things to do if they are spending some time here before or after their wedding. The owners of Coastside Live make it easy for companies to enter their own entertainment or local activity listings and they follow up with those who don’t so it stays current.

Finally, comprehensivenes is a real plus; by following menu links like Eat, Sleep, Play, Shop, Move, or Local Services you can find everything you might need. I counted over 60 categories in Local Services alone. New local businesses and service providers can submit their information to Coastside Live by contacting them at

A word to businesses, organizations, and activity providers; since Coastside Live has excellent search engine findability for all the major keyword searchers use to find Coastside services, paying for a link or advertising on the site is a no-brainer for low cost traffic generation. However, your listing is free, so get it in the directory if you don’t find it there.

Visit this online directory at

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Half Moon Bay – Repetto’s Florist

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Resources - Half Moon Bay Coastside

Repetto's Nursery

Your deposit is made for your location, photographer, officiant, perhaps a musician or two and a videographer.   Now it’s time to turn to accenting the beauty of the day with the beauty of nature, flowers.

Repetto’s Florist has been in business as a florist since 1973 and a nursery since 1959.  This family owned business of Augie Repetto, his son David and daughter in law Kathie provides excellent service and high quality flower flowers.

At Weddings By The Sea we use them for all our Intimate Ceremony Packages and the flowers have always been extra fresh and the flower arrangements stunning.  Speaking of freshness, in the summer David grows 90% of all their flowers on the property on the San Mateo County Coastside.  The rest of the year he is at the San Francisco Flower Market every morning at the crack of dawn.

Repetto’s can help you with all the needs you might have for flowers to bring color to the day and the beautify the occasion.  This probably starts with the bridal bouquet, attendant’s bouquet(s), and boutonnieres for the men.  And perhaps corsages for significant relatives like mothers and grandmothers.

Depending on the location of your ceremony, Repetto’s can assist with everything from altar arrangements to flower arbors, Unity Candle arrangements, ring pillow flowers, flower girl baskets, and even “Best Dog” floral collars.

Katie says, “We aim to work within everybody’s budget.”  This applies to all their services, but one unique service that no one else I know offers. You can do your own arrangements utilizing their 800 square foot wholesale cut flower area and then store them in their walk in cooler   If you buy your flowers from Repetto’s you can use the prep area at no charge; this can be a big money saver.

Along with the floral business on Highway 92, they also run a large Pumpkin Farm in October and a Christmas tree farm.

Visit them at 12331 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay and at their website Repetto’s Florist. You can call them at  650-726-6414.

Best Regards,


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