How to Create the Perfect Mood for Your Next Event | An Interview with Jon Jacoby

How to Create the Perfect Mood for Your Next Event | An Interview with Jon Jacoby

Jon Jacoby plays solo guitar music, from traditional classics to more modern and popular music. He also writes and arranges music for Sierra Classic Theater “Shakespeare in the Woods” productions of “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, “The Twelfth Night” and “A Midsummer Nights Dream”. He will also arrange requested songs for wedding ceremonies and cocktail hour.A Where do you draw your creative Inspiration from? I’m inspired by the suggestions of my family and their requested songs and our collaborations writing songs. The Night sky, Mountains, weather phenomena and analogies to relationships. What do you love about being a wedding and event musician ? Creating the perfect mood for a special moment. Preserving and demonstrating  an artistic style of guitar playing. What is your best advice for people visiting Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding Eastern Sierra for the First time? Stop by the Visitor Center entering town, get a map. Don’t rush, drink water. Walk through the parks to get acclimated. Then start discovering new adventures on trails to lakes and mountain vistas. Enjoy fine food and drink where I’m also featured as a solo guitarist at The Side Door Cafe and Skadies Restaurant. What’s your favorite way to unwind in the mountains? Breathe! Play solo...
Get Married in “The Switzerland of California” | An Interview with Double Eagle Resort and Spa

Get Married in “The Switzerland of California” | An Interview with Double Eagle Resort and Spa

The Double Eagle Resort and Spa is located in June Lake, California (just 12 miles from the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park) and it is often referred to as “The Switzerland of California”. The Double Eagle is nestled among rushing streams, towering pines and a glistening pond all seated at the base of 11,000-foot majestic Carson Peak. There are four alpine lakes within eight miles offering many outdoor adventures, hiking, backpacking, boating, horse-back riding and the best fishing in the Sierra. RESORT ACCOMMODATIONS Accommodations feature cozy 2-bedroom cabins and luxury rooms which are beautifully appointed with every amenity to ensure guest’s complete comfort and relaxation. Each cabin or luxury room has its own deck, all with breathtaking views. All cabins have fully-equipped kitchens and fireplaces. Each luxury room has its own private whirlpool tub and overlooks a pristine fishing pond. CREEKSIDE SPA AND FITNESS CENTER This four-season destination resort also features the Creekside Spa and Fitness Center providing over 40 Spa treatments to ensure complete relaxation and revitalization of guests and visitors. The fully-equipped fitness center offers guests a stimulating workout in a peaceful, yet tranquil, environment. The 60 ft indoor pool and adjacent co-ed whirlpool provide a unique opportunity to share special time with family and friends: a perfect getaway! The Creekside Boutique and gift shop features unique gift items and sports apparel. EAGLE’S LANDING RESTAURANT AND EAGLE’S NEST SALOON The Eagle’s Landing Restaurant and Eagle’s Nest Saloon offer the best views in the Eastern Sierra – waterfalls, jagged mountain peaks and rushing streams as well as fine dining. Resort guests and visitors enjoy menus designed to...
The Hottest Tablescape Trends for Your Next Event | An Interview with Camelot Party Rentals

The Hottest Tablescape Trends for Your Next Event | An Interview with Camelot Party Rentals

Camelot Party Rentals has been enhancing the aesthetics the Reno/Tahoe community Weddings and Special Events for 25 years. We are a local employee owned company whose mission is to deliver 110% of our dedication to our clients’ events through outstanding customer service, a comprehensive selection of quality equipment, and staying on top of the latest trends in the event industry.  We take great pride in our reputation to be able to take on any size event from small back yard parties to community events such as music festivals, weddings and anything in between. What are some of the hottest trends you’re seeing in wedding and event right now? Some of the hottest trends we’ve been followings in the weddings is the vintage/ rustic theme with a pop of modern. Farm tables and wood benches are a hot commodity but also, mixing the rustic farm tables with modern chairs like our ghost chairs is been seen as well! What do you love about working in your industry? What fascinates me the most about this industry is seeing the transformation of venue after month and month of planning and only being able to see it in your vision or a Computer Diagram. I love seeing a plain field of grass being transformed into the perfect wedding venue that our brides envisioned! The feeling that you’ve made someone’s dream event come to reality is very rewarding! What are some of the hottest trends you’re seeing in Mountain Weddings? The hottest trends in the mountain weddings is defiantly the natural elements of the environment and tying them in with the rustic theme. Brides love our...
Top Outdoor Wedding and Event Locations near Mammoth Lakes | An Interview with Mammoth Mountain

Top Outdoor Wedding and Event Locations near Mammoth Lakes | An Interview with Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain has a variety of locations for all types of events and weddings – indoor and outdoor, rustic to modern, small to large. Most of our wedding happen during the summer months, but we have beautiful options for every season. We are also a full-service venue, and can set up lodging, activities, transportation, upgraded linens and rentals. Our collection of locations and the hands-on service we provide makes it easy to plan a multi-day event without utilizing the same space twice. What’s the secret to a successful event at Mammoth Mountain There really isn’t any secret! Our dedicated staff is here to ensure everything is perfect. We can arrange lodging for your guests, help you pick the perfect menu, advise you on timing, assist you with your ceremony, and much more. How would your guests describe Mammoth Mountain? Instead of speaking for our clients, here are a couple recent reviews: “I had a 150 person wedding at McCoy station in Mammoth and it was more than I dreamed! The staff were all so professional and worked so hard to make the day phenomenal. Darla Ross and Amanda Archuleta were my wedding coordinators – they both were dependable, knowledgeable, and went above and beyond to make my day exactly what I wanted. We experienced inclement weather so the mountain brought all of our guests up on sno-cats! Unexpected but really delighted the guests and us. Mammoth is perfect if you want a cozy mountain town feel with a professional crew in the background to make it all happen for you. And really the value was great – it wasn’t bargain basement...
Nature Inspired Event Photography | An Interview with Bluebird Imaging

Nature Inspired Event Photography | An Interview with Bluebird Imaging

Bluebird Imaging is a husband and wife photography and printing business. We started 14 years ago in scenic Mammoth Lakes. Our creative and passionate team of 2 may grow to 3 soon, as our older son shows more interest in photography and our business. Where do you draw your creative Inspiration from? We both graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography. At Brooks we learned everything there was to know about shooting film.  Photography has changed with the digital revolution, but   we strive to remain tech savvy.  Our love of nature has been our inspiration throughout our lives.  Nature inspires us even in our commercial work, when we photograph people, architecture and all we do.  We also inspire one another every day.   What do you love about being a photographer in Mammoth Lakes? Mammoth Lakes is a vast, rugged and beautiful place. Our love of nature and the outdoors is the reason we live here. The calm, peaceful colors, the crisp, cool air, and the unique and amazing landscape inspire us to create. There is no better place to be a photographer. What are some of the hottest trends you’re seeing in wedding and event photography right now? These days, everyone has a camera – from i-Phones to compact SLR’s – photography is available to all.  This has made the wedding and event photographer’s job different, the industry has evolved. As a wedding photographer, I have to make myself stand out and have a unique style. To me, wedding photography is about capturing the moment, and the essence of that moment.  I see trends in capturing the moment with a photojournalistic...
How to Enjoy Mammoth Lakes in Style | An Interview with Sierra Black Diamond Limo

How to Enjoy Mammoth Lakes in Style | An Interview with Sierra Black Diamond Limo

Sierra Black Diamond Limo Service was established in the Mammoth Lakes and Bishop area with a dream to become the best transportation option in the Eastern Sierra. We set out to achieve this by offering our clientele the most luxurious, reliable and safest rides in our beautiful area. What’s the secret to arranging for group transpiration in Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra? Our secret for providing transportation in our area is to make if fun. Whether its a sightseeing day with wine and cheese, a beautiful mountain wedding, or just a luxurious trip from the airport to your hotel, we provide prompt, worry free transportation. Where are some of your favorite group activities in the region? We are so proud to live in this diverse area we love to show it off. From our pristine mountain lakes, prehistoric Mono Basin, earthquake faults, mountain top gondolas, and our nearby national parks such as Yosemite and Death Valley. What is your best advice for people visiting Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding Eastern Sierra for the First time? Our best advise for first time visitors is to stop and breath, the mountains and valleys will be here when you are ready to explore. What’s your favorite way to unwind in the mountains? Our favorite way to unwind is to pack a picnic lunch, grab a fine bottle of wine or craft beer from one of our local breweries and take a moment to enjoy the view from your own private...
Dessert Bars to Please Every Taste | An Interview with Mimi’s Cookie Bar

Dessert Bars to Please Every Taste | An Interview with Mimi’s Cookie Bar

Mimi’s Cookie Bar is an organic and all natural bakery that specializes in cookies, french macarons, pies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies and dessert. We use only organic and all natural ingredients and support fair trade and local farmers whenever possible. We also offer many vegan & gluten free options. What are some of the hottest trends you’re seeing in wedding and event cakes and desserts right now? Right now a big trend is Dessert Bars in place of a traditional wedding cake, that way guests can try a couple different items instead of all getting served the same cake. Also, French Macaons are super trendy right now and Mimi’s Cookie Bar is the only place for miles that makes them. We are adding these to dessert bars, adding them on top of cupcakes and also around cakes. You definitely want to add these one of a kind french pastries to your wedding display! And, another new trend is Pie Bars, which we also specialize in. A Pie Bar can be a perfect rustic display for a beautiful mountain wedding. Where do you draw your creative Inspiration from? We like to make things as natural and organic as possible. So I draw a lot of inspiration from outside, like using lots of textures and patterns since we don’t use any artificial colors or ingredients in our desserts. Are there any challenges you face at altitude? How do you manage them? There’s challenges at altitude that you can’t just follow any old recipe, and have it turn out right. But we create all of our own recipes from scratch anyways so it doesn’t really bother us. Whenever we’re creating something new, its a lot of trial...
Hottest Trends in Entertainment An Interview with Eastern Sierra Audio and Mammoth Events Services

Hottest Trends in Entertainment An Interview with Eastern Sierra Audio and Mammoth Events Services

Eastern Sierra Audio and Mammoth Events Services is a complete local event services provider here in the region. We can do everything from booking entertainment to staging, lights, sound, and even provide generators for remote locations. What do you think is the key to a successful event? Proper planning is key to any event, and there are many, many details that have to be addressed. Communication of relevant information between the players needs to be addressed early in the process. Oh, hiring experienced, competent professionals is always key too! What are some of the hottest trends you’re seeing in your industry right now? There are amazing things going on with regards to new technology, such as digital signal flow, and LED lighting. What do you love about Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra? Well, I have been here 26 years now and I have to say the things I love most are the friends and relationships, and the beautiful weather we have in the summer. What is your best advice for people visiting Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding Eastern Sierra for the First time? Slow down, enjoy the scenery. Be careful with...
Choosing Entertainment That’s Guaranteed to Please a Crowd | An Interview with String Theory

Choosing Entertainment That’s Guaranteed to Please a Crowd | An Interview with String Theory

String Theory has been playing together for 8 years: Dan Connor, Charles Broten, Greg Smith. We play steel string or nylon-strung guitars, bass, mandolin, fiddle and sing: all acoustic music. We have long experience of playing all kinds of events, including weddings. Dan and Greg both teach music in the local community. Where do you draw your creative inspiration from? We play a very wide range of music: ‘everything but heavy metal’ has been said, partly in jest… We play both originals and covers: gypsy jazz, bluegrass, country, folk, jazz, Brazilian, Celtic, classical. We can often learn a favorite song or two for a couple if we don’t know them already and they work in an acoustic setting. We are not a replacement for a D.J. or a rock band, if that’s what’s needed, but we can cover the pre-ceremony, the ceremony and the reception with powerful and appropriate music. The three of us have somewhat different tastes, but a common commitment to quality of both sound and performance. We own a sophisticated, high-fidelity PA system which can be used for the ceremony/reception as well. What’s the secret to finding the perfect event or wedding music? The perfect wedding music is the music which makes the occasion both serious and joyful. What that is is sometimes specified by the couple, but oftentimes, we will play appropriate pieces and we haven’t had a bad review yet! We have played Debussy, Bach… Grateful Dead… Johnny Cash. What are some songs or genres guaranteed to please a crowd? People seem to like variety, but it is also effective to pace the event so that it builds from...
Mountain Wedding Cake Trends | An Interview with the Mountain Cakery

Mountain Wedding Cake Trends | An Interview with the Mountain Cakery

Mountain Cakery was established in the fall of 2013. Mountain Cakery is a special-order pastry company with a focus on wedding cakes. We pride ourselves on being one of the premier pastry provider for wedding venues in Mammoth Lakes. We specialize in custom cakes, cupcakes and fine pastries for any occasion. All of our cakes are customized to our clients special request. We make all of our cakes, cupcakes and desserts from scratch using the freshest ingredients available. What are some of the hottest trends you’re seeing in event and wedding cakes and desserts right now? Because of our location in the mountains, we are seeing a trend with earthy, whimsical, woodland wedding cakes. We are also seeing a trend in texture, ruffle, and rosette cakes are popular. Aside from style one of the biggest trends we are seeing is that brides are moving away from the traditional 3-tier wedding cake and opting for a spread of smaller cakes, cupcakes, and dessert bars. What do you love about being a baker? I have always had a passion for baking, there is something really soothing about spending time in the kitchen baking. But for me it is more about the creative release in the design. Creating a piece of art that one can enjoy visually as well as the taste. Are there any challenges you face at altitude? How do you manage them? There are several factors to consider when baking at altitude…oven temperature, baking time, and tweaking of ingredients. We have spent a lot of time fine tuning all of our recipes to be the best of the best! What do you...