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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 Lodge – Lodging & Ceremony Location

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Ceremony Locations - Half Moon Bay Coastside, Lodging - Half Moon Bay Coastside

Half Moon Bay LodgeHalf Moon Bay Lodge, Best Western, is one of the quietest locations in the area for lodging in close proximity to a world class golf course, historic Half Moon Bay, beaches, a redwood grove with a spring-fed creek that runs year round, scores of excellent dining venues, and much more.

Rates are competitive for the area and they have a number of Packages with reduced rates: Unlimited Golf Stay & Play, Romantic Escape, Dinner & A Movie, Family Dinner and Movie, Eco Tour, Family Fun Picnic are a few.

I asked Minako Maki, the Conference Manager, to suggest three words she thinks most reflect the Lodge, I’ve been to the Lodge several times over the years so I agree with her answer: “intimate”, “charming”, and “personal”.

The Lodge is one of the few locations on the coast with a heated pool; they also have an oversized whirlpool spa, a dry sauna, a Fitness Center, and can make arrangements for a professional massage in your room for individuals and couples. They also have six meeting rooms that accommodate up to 60 people and have corporate rates for lodging if participants decide to stay over.

In addition to being a great location for guests attending wedding ceremonies on the San Mateo County Coastside, the Half Moon Bay Lodge is a lovely site for a wedding ceremony and reception for up to 50 guests.  “Experience our garden lawn setting with golf course views for your ceremony then celebrate in our dining room adjacent to our pool and charming patio.  We will take care of the details that go into making your wedding day flawless.”

Learn more at, call, or email for reservations:  (650) 726-9000 – .

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Half Moon Bay Wedding Locations- Liquid Sky

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

Liquid Sky Estate Wedding LocationI performed my first ceremony at Liquid Sky Estate, a few miles south of Half Moon Bay on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

This location has a stunning view of Half Moon Bay in the distance and the crashing surf below the ceremony gazebo.

Liquid Sky is a sister property with Cetrella restaurant.  They state on the website that “…Liquid Sky Estate is available for stand alone ceremonies or a ceremony followed by a cocktail hour. You may combine your ceremony with a sit down reception at Cetrella restaurant in downtown Half Moon Bay for a complete event package.”  The restaurant offers a Mediterranean cuisine in Half Moon Bay at the quiet end of the town and has an elegant, European atmosphere.

At the Liquid Sky property there is a large indoor facility for the bridal party’s use which includes a full-sized deck on the roof with a 360 degree view of the ocean and the surrounding countryside.

For more information on this location, visit their website at  We also have some candid video shots taken after the ceremony last weekend.  These can be found at our Weddings By The Sea Facebook Page.

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