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Here is Raymond’s highly selective “short list” of resources for brides and grooms planning a wedding on the northern California coast. These are all people and places that I know personally and like.


Shanti DuPrez

Michael A. Wong Wedding Photography
Half Moon Bay, CA
Wk 650-726-3025

Jane’s Personalized Flower Service

Jane Myers

Doves Aflight
Steve Klausner

Wedding Venues
Hastings House
Mavericks Event Center

Sam's Chowder House
Moss Beach Distillery
Long Branch Saloon & Farms

California State Beaches, Half Moon Bay Area

For wedding permits, contact Vera Sayfer

California Marriage Information,
Laws and County License Locations

Wedding Planning

Weddings by the Sea

Grocery Market

New Leaf Community Market
150 San Mateo Road
Half Moon Bay

Too Special to Miss

Cafe' Society
522 Main Street
Downtown Half Moon Bay (owner Harpo Marx - really)
Drinks, food, jazz, community - and if you're at the ocean,
check out CS's Ebbtide Cafe' in Miramar.

Half Moon Bay Coffee Co.
20 Stone Pine Road Ste. A
"Outrageous brownies", other yummy baked goods and much more

Caffe Mezza Luna (a touch of Italy)
240 Capistrano Road near the harbor
Half Moon Bay

San Benito Deli
Famous for breads and sandwiches
San Benito House
356 Main St.
Half Moon Bay
(Say hi to Marie from Raymond)

Ketch Joanne's Restaurant & Bar
17 Johnson Pier in the harbor
A longtime harbor favorite

Taqueria de Amigos
(in a gas station!)
on the corner in Pescadero, CA (south of Half Moon Bay)
Afterward, go across the road to Duarte’s historical tavern for olallieberry pie

San Gregorio General Store
(with a lively bar and frequent live music)
7615 Stage Road
San Gregorio, CA
(travel the old winding stage road from Pescadero to San Gregorio, or vice versa)

More Comprehensive Guides

Happily, there are two excellent guides available to Coastside visitors. For wedding venues, restaurants, lodging, and all sorts of activities, entertainment and services, please see:

Half Moon Bay Coastside Visitor Guide
Published by the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Bureau
235 Main St.

Coastside Guide
Published by the Half Moon Bay Review
Entire guide is available at


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