We are more than just a team of bartenders—we are family!
Anissa Hedges, Owner
Born and raised right here on the Central Coast of California, Anissa graduated from Atascadero High School in 2002. She started in the restaurant industry at the age of 16 and learned to bartend the day she turned 21. Bottles & Ice, Bar Service opened in 2015 with the thought of booking a few events here and there, but has grown into a very successful business. In 2018 alone, B&I did 140 events! When she is not working events, you’ll find Anissa hanging with her husband and three kids, drinking wine, and probably watching an episode of Law & Order: SVU. When asked what her favorite part of a wedding was, she said, “The moment the couple sees each other for the first time, whether it’s the first look or at the altar. You can just feel the love they have for each other. Oh, and the mother/son dance. Having two boys, the MOG is one of my favorite people at a wedding!”
Gabe Hedges, Co-Owner
Gabe moved to the Central Coast in 1989 and has lived here ever since. He met Anissa in 2005, and in 2007, they were married. He is the GM of a local appliance and home store called Idlers Home and has been with them since 1998. He is Anissa’s right hand man (literally!); helping her make deliveries, setting up, breaking down, and cleaning all the bar kits every Sunday morning. He even gets behind the bar every once in a while! Between work and co-owning B&I, there’s not much time for “downtime.”So, when he has some, you’ll find him watching post-season baseball (Go Giants!), drinking wine, riding his quad, and relaxing at home. Gabe says his favorite part of the wedding is the reception!
Kellymarie Otto, Lead Bartender
Kelly and her family, are 2nd and 3rd generation Central Coast natives. She married her husband in 2011, and together they have two children. She started working for Bottles & Ice in May of 2016 after years of experience bartending for other local businesses. She’s no stranger to the bar scene! She says the best part about working for B&I is the amazing team we have and getting to work at all the beautiful venues! You’ll find Kelly and her family enjoying the outdoors together on her days off!
Eve Hedges, Coordinating Assistant
When we say that Bottles & Ice is family business, we’re not lying! Eve is the daughter of Anissa and Gabe and is Anissa’s amazing coordinating assistant. She graduated from high school in June of 2018 and started at Cal Poly as an Ag Business Major in the fall. Between school and working part time at Old SLO BBQ, Eve doesn’t have much free time, but when she does, she loves being outside, going on hikes or laying on the beach with a good book. She says the best part about any event is the dessert table!
Christy Lounder, Lead Bartender
Christy moved to the Central Coast when she was four years old. It is all she knows, and she loves it! Since 2017, she has worked for Bottles & Ice and says it’s her favorite job! What she loves most about B&I is all the people she works with and all the people she gets to meet along the way. When she’s not working events, she works for SLO County Department of Social Services. She says her twin boys keep her the busiest though (they are her full time job!). Christy said the best part about any wedding is the joy! Everyone is so happy, hopeful, and filled with love…and the dancing! She loves when the DJ opens up the dance floor and everyone gets down!
Brittney Monteiro, Bartender
Brittney has lived on the Central for the majority of her adult life and joined the Bottles & Ice team at the beginning of 2018. During the week, Brittney works as a fitness trainer and owns a glitter-dipping stemware company. Brittney and her husband, Mitchell, have been married since 2017 and have two wild boys. She enjoys going to wineries in the fall and Avila Beach in the summer. She loves working for B&I and getting to chat with so many fun people. She says the speeches are her favorite part…and the food!
Jonathan Torres, Bartender
Jonathan has worked for Bottles & Ice since 2017 and has grown up here on the Central Coast. Anissa first met him when he and his family would come into the restaurant she worked at, and now years later, they get to work events together! Jonathan keeps himself pretty busy from day to day, working for the fire department and a local drilling company, as well as for Vina Robles during their concert months. But, when he finds time for fun, he and his dog, Dakota, are hunting, fishing, or heading to the beach. What Jonathan loves most about weddings is that everyone is there to have a good time!
Ryan Whitney, Bartender
It is truly a family affair over here at Bottles & Ice with Anissa’s cousin Ryan on the team! Ryan grew up in Arroyo Grande and started working for B&I in June of 2018. His wife, Whitney, and he have been married since 2016 and welcomed a baby boy in January of 2019! When he’s not working his new job with the County or events on the weekends, he’s drinking wine, going to Costco, drinking wine, driving up to San Simeon, drinking wine, and relaxing…..probably with a glass of wine (we’re seeing a pattern here!). Ryan said his favorite part of any wedding is the moment right before the bride and groom walk back down the aisle as husband and wife, when every face is smiling, and there is genuine joy in the air!
Dane McLaughlin, Bartender
Dane has lived on the Central Coast his whole life and joined the Bottles & Ice team at the end of 2018. He keeps his schedule pretty packed between working events and being a full-time Radiology student, but if he can squeeze in some fun, you’ll find him at Creeky Tiki or Buffalo in SLO or at Zorro’s Cafe in Pismo Beach. Dane says the best part of a wedding is seeing everyone enjoying themselves, because it’s no fun to see people not having fun at a wedding!
Amy Covert, Lead Bartender
Amy was born and raised right here in the 805! She started working for Bottles & Ice in 2017. Amy is B&I’s free spirit! When she’s not working events or bartending at a restaurant in Paso Robles, she’s traveling the world! Her favorite spot on the Central Coast in Highway 1. There are so many places to find adventure there! Amy loves to surf, hike, and basically do anything outdoors. Her favorite parts of any wedding are the speeches and the dancing!
Savannah Gosselin, Lead Bartender
Savannah has lived here on the Central Coast since 2013. She moved here to attend Cal Poly and never left! She met Anissa at Milestone Tavern, in SLO, where they both work as servers. She started working for Bottles & Ice in June of 2018. She and her dog Jackson love to be outside, mostly at the dog beach in Avila. She loves everything about weddings, but if she had to pick one thing, it would be the dress. We can’t say we blame her!
Crista Whitney, Coordinating Assistant & Bartender
Crista was born and raised on the Central Coast, just like her sister, Anissa. When she's not keeping the fun and drinks flowing with Bottles & Ice, she can be found studying for her Master's degree, working as an education admin, adventuring with her nieces and nephews, or playing outside somewhere with her sweet pup. When you see her at your next event, don't be surprised if she has a grin on her face because her favorite part of any event is helping others have a good time, which often starts with a smile, a laugh, and of course, a delicious cocktail.
Katie Hofstetter, Bartender
Katie, just like most of the Bottles & Ice crew, grew up here on the Central Coast. She started her B&I adventure in 2017 and loves being a part of someone’s most important day! She and her husband, Ryan, have been married since 2014 and will be welcoming a baby girl to their family this summer! During the week, you can find Katie at The Spirit of San Luis, where she’s worked since 2009. When she’s not at work, she’s rehearsing for a play (she’s loves local theater!), drinking grenache at Cass Winery, or hanging out with family and friends. Katie said her favorite part of any event is the vendor team. She loves being surrounded by all the talented people in the industry!
Brianna Donovan, Lead Bartender
Brianna is another Central Coast native and has worked for Bottles & Ice since 2016. She loves the amazing atmosphere at weddings and loves to see everyone let loose and have fun! Brianna is a personal trainer at Give Fitness in Atascadero during the week, but first and foremost, is a mama to three beautiful daughters. She and her husband (the hot bartender…her words, not ours!) have been married since 2005. Between all that, Brianna enjoys hiking, wine tasting, and working out…oh and going on vacation!
Emily Marie, Bartender
Emily started with Bottles & Ice in 2018. She and Anissa met in a local moms group and became instant friends! Emily is bubbly, outgoing, and the life of any party. Always with a smile on her face, she lights up a room! When not working events, Emily is on the hunt for adventure with her two children. Together, they love hiking, going to the beach, any place that has good music (and good wine for mama!), and scouring farmers markets. When asked what her favorite part of the wedding was, she said the dancing and getting to meet new people!
Noah Clark, Bartender
Noah has lived on the Central Coast for the majority of his life and has worked for Bottles & Ice since 2017. Noah has his hands in a lot of baskets! When he’s not bartending an event for B&I, he’s bartending at Novo or The Library and running his own start-up marketing firm. When he can find downtime, he and his dog, Titan, are finding a fun spot in Big Sur to spend the day. He says his favorite part about working for B&I is simply that…getting to work for B&I! And, watching everyone try to dance (good thing we supply the encouragement!)
Andrea Dominguez, Lead Bartender
Andrea’s roots run deep here on the Central Coast! Many generations of her family have lived here. She has always said that we are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful area! Dre has worked for Bottles & Ice since June of 2017, but when she’s not slinging drinks on the weekends, she works in a pediatric dental office in Atascadero. She says that her absolute favorite part of any wedding is the father/daughter dance. It melts her heart!
Lyz Villa, Lead Bartender
Lyz has lived on the Central Coast since 2005 and started working for Bottles & Ice in 2018. Lyz wears many hats! When she’s not working events, she’s behind her camera, specializing in wedding and portrait photography, assisting in event coordination at Dolphin Bay Resort, and bartending at Buffalo Pub and Grill. However, her main hat is being the mama to beautiful twin girls. She loves to take her daughters to the beach on her days off, Shell Beach in particular! Lyz says her favorite part of any wedding is that everyone is just so happy!
Mark Garcia, Bartender
Mark moved to San Luis Obispo in 2011, from Colinga, California. He and Anissa met while working together at Milestone Tavern and he started working for B&I in 2017. Mark loves the beach, good food, and Giants baseball! His favorite spot on the Central Coast is Avila Beach…good weather and great food! When asked what his favorite part of any event was, it was no surprise when he said dinner time! Mark loves traveling to new places and eating at the best restaurants, but when he’s home, you’ll find him at Oyster Loft or Mercea’s (both near the beach…go figure!)
Brooke Lutz, Bartender
Brooke is another San Luis Obispo “SLOcal” and started working for Bottles & Ice in September of 2018. When she’s not working events on the weekends, she works as the local “lunch lady” at Templeton High School. She loves living on the Central Coast and says her favorite spot is Pismo Beach. Between work, school, and sports functions, she enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband, Josh, and daughter, Kami. We asked Brooke what her favorite part about working for B&I was, and her response was, “It’s all my favorite! But, my absolute favorite part is Anissa, and the team she has created at Bottles & Ice. We have a blast when we are working, and everybody works so well together!”
Josh Donovan, Bartender
Although Josh has dabbled with living in a few different places, the Central Coast has always been home for him. He worked his first event for Bottles & Ice in 2018 and is looking forward to many more! He is CEO of Give Fitness in Atascadero, as well as a business consultant (B&I has even picked his brain a few times!). He has been married to Brianna since 2005 and loves being a daddy to three amazing daughters. When he’s not working, he’s spending time with his family or working out. When asked what his favorite part about working for B&I was, he said, “The bar tends to be the life of the party. I love getting to meet new people and to see the look on their face when I have their drink ready before they ask!”
Valerie Pera, Bartender
Valerie was born and raised on the Central Coast and started working for Bottles & Ice at the beginning of 2018, but she and Anissa have been friends for years! Valerie’s full time job is being a wife to Jason and a mommy to Evelyn and Vincent. She says she’s so lucky to be able to be home with them every day! Between “mom life” and working an event here and there, Valerie tries to find time to head to the beach or to a spot with good food, yummy cocktails, and a fun vibe! She loves that every wedding is unique and different. Each one carries so many magical moments, but the one that gets her every time is the father/daughter dance.