After once attending photography school for three years in New York to perfect his studio photography and lighting techniques, Brad Washburn now channels his 15 years of experience into Washburn Photography, focusing primarily on weddings and family photo shoots. Brad's specialty lies in studio head shot photography, where he holds sessions in a relaxed upscale studio with sharp focus and colors that pop. Engagement sessions, maternity, newborn, acting, modeling, executive head shots, and event photography are also within his skill set.
The Royal Princess. The Ambassador. The Majestic?fitting titles for the regal fleet of Pacific Avalon Yacht Charters. For more than 33 years, the luxury vessels of Pacific Avalon have set sail for adventure, romance, and relaxation. Aboard each vessel, from the 150 foot span of The Ambassador to The Royal Princess's 100 feet of elegance, professional event planners dress the ship's interiors in inviting decor and fill the galleys with entertainment, dining, and service worthy of 5-star hotels. They specifically tailor every excursion, whether it's an intimate cruise for two, a corporate gala for hundreds, a wedding on the water, or even a burial at sea, all in custom built vessels whose quality exceeds even the stringent standards of the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Wonderland Group is a full-service media-production house that tackles everything from fashion shows to music videos. In addition to shooting professional events, the photographers work with clients to capture timeless keepsakes during weddings and engagement parties. The team also mans photo booths for special occasions, which they equip with props and real-time social-media uploads.
At Astoria Ballroom, instructors teach dance as an art and a language spoken between two partners. The studio combines the talents of Alex, a competitive dancer and teacher hailing from the former Soviet Union, and his partner Midori. The duo cultivates a warm and social environment for students, all while emphasizing correct technique, physical communication between partners, and a connection between body and mind. Students can drop in to pick up a few foxtrot moves, or strap on dancing shoes to train for full-scale competitions. Because the studio holds memberships in the NDCA and USTA, guests get professional-level training.
Seaside Catering Company’s deli chefs start anew each day as they craft carryout lunch meals, frozen hors d’oeuvres, and platters of prepared, multicultural fare to sate guests' appetites. Hold breakfast in each hand with a duo of muffins laden with bacon, egg, and cheese ($2), or bury taste buds under avalanches of frozen 12-piece packages of italian sausage-stuffed mushrooms ($9.50). A quart of butternut-squash soup ($9) warms mouths or melts down gaudy ice sculptures. Up to 10 people can excavate platters of traditional quiche lorraine or chicken and artichoke quiche ($19.50) before leading spoons on a hike up the sugary peaks of pumpkin spice-bread pudding, baked in batches of 16 or 32 ounces ($4.50; $7.50).
When Amelia Seton opened her restaurant in 1961, she filled the menu with favorite dishes from her native Sorrento, Italy, as well as with catches off Balboa Island. Now helmed by multiple generations of Setons, Amelia's Seafood & Italian Restaurant serves dinners of clam bisque and Amelia's recipes for calamari and bouillabaisse. Pastas such as angel hair and linguine twirl beneath alfredo and lemon-butter sauces with meatballs and chicken breasts, and the kitchen prepares veal and chicken in traditional parmigiana, marsala, and piccata styles. Back in Sorrento, Amelia's extended family still runs her brother's restaurant, which stays connected to Amelia's Seafood & Italian Restaurant via tin-can telephone.