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Wedding Music Tips – Half Moon Bay – Coastside

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Wedding Tips

There are many musicians available for wedding ceremony music. But few are as special and as well trained as the classical, acoustic guitarist, Richard Patterson.    

Richard Patterson is available for wedding ceremonies and has a broad repertory of musical selections to choose from.  He has enjoyed a career performing with groups and as a featured soloist in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.  He lived and studied the guitar in Spain and upon returning to the United States was signed by Columbia Artists for several years on national tour and performs more than 70 concerts a year on University campuses and in major concert halls throughout North America. Richard is a recording artist and his compositions and arrangements are heard in feature films and on television and radio.

His education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Performance from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters Degree in Music from San Francisco State University.

 Richard’s deep understanding and admiration for the music he performs, his remarkable career as an artist, plus his special style and performance abilities make him an excellent musician for any wedding ceremony.

For more information or to book Richard for your wedding, please call 650-726-2513. Listen to him playing in the background at, a wedding ceremony location he co-owns with his wife.

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Coastside Wedding Location: The Methodist Church Chapel – Half Moon Bay – Coastside

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

The San Mateo County Coastside offers a few choices for an intimate indoor wedding ceremony.

The Methodist Church Chapel is a historic chapel located in downtown Half Moon Bay, which provides a quaint intimate indoor setting for your wedding. It is the oldest operating church in San Mateo County and can accommodate up to 100 guests. It is not necessary for you to be an official member of the church to be married there.

The chapel is adorned with beautiful stained glass windows designed by one of its members, Robert Fitzpatrick. Each window is specifically designed based on a hymn chosen by the person who commissioned each window.

The chapel was originally built in 1872. When it was built, men and women weren’t allowed to sit together so the chapel is unique in that it has two aisles; 1 on the left and one on the right , rather than having a center aisle. For the wedding ceremony the Bride enters from the north door of the chapel and once married departs down the south side signifying she is now part of the groom’s family.

The Chapel has crystal chandeliers that were once oil burners but are now electrified. Many furnishing are original pieces and the bell added in 1907 is still in the cupola, repaired in 1996 and can sometimes be heard on Sunday mornings.

For more information or to arrange for the use of the Chapel go to or call the church hostess, Danise Conrad, at 650-726-4621.

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Catering – Half Moon Bay – Coastside

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

When you’ve chosen a rehearsal dinner or wedding reception location that doesn’t include the meal or food service arrangements it’s necessary to hire a full service catering company.

There are many catering companies on the San Mateo County Coastside to choose from who provide a wide range of services and expertise. One we have used consistently is Sample This!

Sample This! is a full service catering company that has been serving the Coastside and the Peninsula since 1977.

They provide the following services:

  • Catering engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions.
  • Guiding clients with their event planning expertise to create a menu especially designed for you and your guests within the budget you have set for your reception dining, whether your plans are for a full service meal or drinks and appetizers.
  • Providing you a range of rental options.

Schedule an appointment to discuss your specific needs by calling 650-726-2044. Or visit them at

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