SANTA CRUZ FOREST FIRE

Last year, a forest fire in northern Santa Cruz county, the CZU lightning complex fire, burned 86,000 acres. It was stopped as it reached the University of California, Santa Cruz campus north of Santa Cruz, where we live. As we are again in fire season, we felt it would be a good time to post a few photos we took of the area that was devistated by the fire last year.

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True farm to table – artichokes with aioli

This was definately “farm to table”, since we actually went to the farm.  Artichokes are grown around Santa Cruz, and these were from the cliffs overlooking the Pacific.  The aioli was made with rosemary and garlic olive oil. Garlic olive oil is a great thing to have on hand.  We make it by slowly cooking garlic in oil on the stovetop at the lowest temperature possible, for about an hour, and then keeping it in the refrigerator for safe keeping

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My Cupcake Corner

Beautiful Cupcakes …all dressed up for the tea party.  My Cupcake Corner makes delicious cupcakes decorated for all sorts of occasions and events.  They all have fillings that make them extra special (the Bonny Dune blackberries are fantastic!)  Kelly, the owner, told me they are very popular for weddings because everyone gets their own little cake, and the couple saves the cost of cake cutting.  She has a line of booze cakes just for such an occasion.  They are local, vegan, organic, and she sells through the internet and at a pop-up stand – doesn’t get much more Santa Cruz than that!

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Wedding at Coastways Ranch

REBECCA AND ELI


 

WEDDING AT COASTWAYS RANCH

 

 

Coastways Ranch Wedding

 

Photography: Tony Fitzgerald Photography  |  Venue:  Coastways Ranch  |  Officient, Flowers, Music, Catering and Decorations: Family and friends



Wedding at the Family Estate in the Almaden Valley

Annabel and Tylon were married at the family estate in the Almaden Valley, south of San Jose on July 15, 2017.  They wanted the wedding to be a romantic, semi formal affair, with a slight Victorian look.  The estate, with it’s tree-lined creek and large shaded lawn was the perfect place.  The bride was gorgeous in her Amelia Sposa gown and the groom was handsome in a white dinner jacket.  Even the cake looked regal.

 

Photography: Tony Fitzgerald Photography  |  Venue:  Hoge Residence |  Planner:  Heather Hoge  |  Catering: Gunthers Restaurant and Catering  | Cake: Bay Cakes Design  |  Floral Design: Dubon Floral Design  |  Tables, Chairs, and Linens:  Moggia Events  |  DJ: Songman Entertainment  |  Dress: Amelia Sposa