The Caribbean comes to Laguna Beach/Dana Point

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Loved my time with Natasha and Jim from beginning to end.  We pulled together an awesome vendor team and everything turned out fabulously.  Colors, deep blue and bright orange, Natasha told me, and that is what we did, right through to the blue dancefloor.

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Natasha is from Jamaica and a lot of the guests were from the islands and other places, so we really wanted to bring her heritage to the celebration. Plus she referred to herself and I called her, our Caribbean queen. Look at the back of her fabulous gown and the bouquet her friend made for her.  Yes, she is a bling bling girl, as you will see!

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Melissa of Flowers by Cina nailed the Caribbean tropical look, must be because like me she spends a lot of time in the Caribbean and loves it.  Look at our beautiful linens for the sweetheart and cake tables from La Tavola, did we say bling bling, and our B&G chairs from Monico Décor as always.

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B&G should always look at something pretty if a band stage is no opposite them, cake meet sweetheart table, sweetheart table meet cake, and inbetween we had a magnificent round blue dancefloor with their initials in silver, another fine job by TMMPRO

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Doesn’t the ceremony site look awesome, oh and that Pacific Ocean backdrop worked out well too!!

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View of the sweetheart table before the lights got dimmed and the uplights went on

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Different views from the sweetheart table, cake and other areas.

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As always it takes a team, I have already mentioned a couple prior, but here are more.  tony Florez photography, some of the pics above are his and the bad ones are mine, lol.  Shane Productions/video, xoxoxo.  Uncle Larry was the officiant.  For music, we had strings for the ceremony, Naples Chamber Music xoxoxoxo, for cocktails we had 2 steeldrummers from Essence Entertainment, and for mceeing and dinner/dancing we had Dj David Krieger.  Linens/napkins/chiavaris were from Chiavari chair rentals, and of course, our family at the Ritz-Carlton Dana Point worked with us to ensure a great time was had by the couple in the planning months and on the day, as well as a great experience for all the guests.

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Lisa

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Park Hyatt Aviara

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Funny how things work out.  Zula is best friends with a bride whose wedding I did five years ago.  Earlier in the year I got a message from my past bride saying her best friend is getting married and she has given her my number.  Never heard a word!  Then about 8 weeks before the wedding date I got a call from the photographer who had also done that past wedding, asking if I was available on the date (which was strange as I was available, I had met with a bride I thought would move forward with me and she didn’t, another fate intervention, I was not supposed to get it as I was supposed to do Zula!!), she was not booked for it either but felt she would be and wanted to give my name to the bride, as she thought she had someone helping her pull everything together, but it just wasn’t happening.  Well within 48 hours we were off and running and the bride was thrilled with how much we suddenly had done/she could relax knowing we were going in the right direction.

Our groom loves golf and they actually live down the road from their venue, so the ceremony was done with a golf green backdrop.  Cocktails were done by the putting green and guests could putter during cocktails, the guys loved it.

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We ended up in a different ballroom to the one they originally booked, it would have been too small and not as elegant, and we ended up with a great outdoor area for relaxing after dinner with the new room

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Another beautiful seamless/glossy dancefloor and logo by my fave vendor TMMPRO, he also did the chairs and lighting for me, love Jack and his guys.  The late night snack was freshly made warm cookies, just add icecream!!

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A good close up of the linen from La Tavola on the cake table and the placecard table.

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A custom Step N Repeat was in the foyer and after guests got their placecards they stopped and had their photo taken infront of it.  It was a popular place later for selfies I noticed.

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In keeping with the golf theme, our martini luge was a golf ball on a tee!! Another great job by Carving Ice.  Next to that is our lovely royal table for the B& and their bridal party.  Nothing like a lovely florally/candle covered style dining table

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It was great working with Irmina Photo again, been a couple of years as she had a baby and took some time, but she is baaaaack. Brandon Video did their thing and were lovely and low maintenance (they were a gift to the bride from my past bride), Father Don from Good Shepherd did a wonderful Catholic style ceremony.  We were going with strings for ceremony and cocktails but then I was at an event and a really cute girl was playing guitar and singing and I just knew she was right for Zula, and she was, so ceremony and cocktails were covered by her.  Their friend Vic who is a broadcaster and dj, came in from Florida and did a great job mceeing and playing music to keep the dancefloor full.  Our chargers and outdoor benches came from Monico Décor, florals were by Bella Florina, a florist that Zula knew/found.  And last but not least the team at Park Hyatt were fabulous and the grounds/hotel just made you feel like you were out of the hustle/bustle.  Looking very forward to my next one there early 2017.

Till next time

Lisa

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Monarch Beach Resort wedding

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Sam was just fabulous to work with, so enthusiastic on any ideas I could throw at her without going over budget.  They were a Thursday wedding which really meant everyone was in relaxed mode and the hotel did not seem as busy as it does on a weekend.

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Of course the hanging cake was devine, by Let them eat Cake, great job guys

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Oh and this was a very progressive/LA crowd, the favors were tattoos.  He did around 26, some got their first, some added to ones they had, some added new ones.  Awesome

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Her fur baby was present at all meetings, and I could not get enough of her during the actual ceremony, she kept looking back up at her mom/dad, sooooo precious

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Above are different areas at different stages/lighting as the evening progressed, yes we use lighting to create different environments/experiences as guests go through a wedding event.  BTW, the gown Sam changed into for the dinner portion, was lacy and see through from thighs down, gorgeous.

Sam and I pulled a great vendor team together to reflect their style/personalities/vision

Karen French/photo, thanks for photos above, always great to work with. Paul Uhlar officiant. Naples strings for ceremony/cocktails. Dj Krieger for keeping the dancefloor full/not that it needed much encouragement.  Elegant by Design/Karla for floral-fabulous as always. TMMPRO for dancefloor/decal and chiavaris and lighting-love working with Jack and his team

Till next week

Lisa

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Intimate Ritz celebration

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This is why I love my job, there is no right or wrong and everyone has their own vision/dream.  For this intimate celebration, the Pacific Ocean was the backdrop for the ceremony that had a labyrinth the guests and the couple walked, cocktails on the balcony of Plaza Room, dinner on Sunset Terrace with that beautiful ocean from daylight to night, then into Plaza Room for dancing.  Fabulous.  Thanks To Flowers by Cina who jumped in and worked with us and to Peter/Vive Ent dj for making the after party the place to be.

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Thanks as always to our friends at the Ritz-Carlton, a joy to work with and the guests feel the team/support.

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Lisa

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LA Church & Taglyan wedding

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Ah, my lovely Gaby and Jeff, when they booked me they were looking at a venue in the OC but not sure, so they kept looking and voila, found their perfect spot up in Los Angeles.

Here is Gaby in the lobby of the W Hotel Hollywood, I have always loved the staircase in the background, it just screams a Hollywood star making her entrance, great photo op!!

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This is how they travelled around LA, first to the church, then some pics around Hollywood, then to their fabulous venue.

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And here is what took Gaby’s breath away when she saw the venue, the beautiful ceiling/chandeliers and what they do with lighting at Taglyan, the room keeps changing its look, pretty fabulous!!

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These table numbers have been very popular this season, but watch out, just as you think they are cute or great, so do the guests, some go missing!!

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A sweet sweetheart table for a sweet couple

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The grounds are not only great for cocktails, but evening photos also!

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Love this pic from this vantage point by our fab photographer on this one, Christine Bentley, thanks for most of the pics here, some are mine.

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Here is Gaby walking up the aisle to her groom.  Their church was only 3 mins down the road from the venue, very convenient for me!!

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The cake was very Gaby, not over the top but elegant, and I loved the topper!

 

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And as a treat for the guests, an ice cream station with some really yummy options to choose from.

A great wedding for a great couple and a great vendor team to boot.  The team at Taglyan were great to work with/very easy, Jason Jass was our dj/mcee, Hoo Films did the videography which was very important to them.

Till next time

Lisa

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Church and Island Hotel celebration

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Brian and Rona picked a church in downtown Los Angeles and a hotel in the OC for their wedding reception, so a lot of driving for everyone but worth it, we had a great celebration for this great couple.  The churches in LA are so ornate but we enhanced this one a bit more, Rona wanted the outside entrance doors prettied up, and navy was their color so I suggested that we get a custom runner for the church and Brian made that his task and it turned out great.

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Then the fabulous looking ballroom at the Island Hotel

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We had a martini ice luge, and used it to showcase the blue again. Great job as always, Dan at Carving Ice.

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Don’t see caketops that much anymore, I really loved this one.

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This cake picture was before the lights were dimmed, further up is the pic as the guests saw the cake/room, quite a bit different!!

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Lighting does make the difference.

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Details! And my fave napkin fold this season.  Rona and Brian were great and trusting of me guiding them to the right vendors for their style and budget.  Florals/Elegant by Design, Photo/Tony Florez (thanks for the pics), Design Visage for bridal beauty, Jeff Holmes/Moondance Mobile Music-dj, Shane Productions/video, ALS for transportation, Veronika/belly dancer, Monico Rentals/linens and chiavaris, and my pal TMMPRO for our beautiful dancefloor.  Last but not least, Kelly and the team at Island Hotel, awesome to work with, and Miss Kelly folded and placed every napkin in the room this night!!

Till next time

Lisa

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Hyatt Huntington Beach Intimate wedding

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Melody booked Nicole to oversee/orchestrate things on her wedding day.  This was a destination wedding and a lovely intimate group of family and close friends who attended. Melody booked us for Month of service but used our preferred vendor list to pull her vendor team together, and when the service officially began, Lisa pulled everything together/double checked everything Melody had organized, created the detailed timeline/order of events and then Nicole ran the celebration on the day.

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Dj Steve Burdick and Nicole were a great team, not often we get pics of lovely Lauren with Design Visage but there she is putting finishing touches on our bride, and there is our happy bride, thanks to Joel Austell/photographer for the pictures above, and of course fabulous Heather at Hyatt Huntington Beach for always being so wonderful to work with, xoxoxoxo

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Lisa

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Island Hotel wedding

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ALL the vendors involved in this wedding wanted only the best for this great couple, we just loved them.  They got married in a church where the brides father was okayed to orchestrate the ceremony.  Good thing they chose to add on my early at hotel to keep things on time and  church assistance option, as there was no church lady present/that we could find, until after the ceremony, so I got everyone up the aisle in place!!!

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Then over to the Island Hotel where Teri was overseeing setup/vendors.  Teri had done a wedding at Island Hotel not so long ago, but this was my first one for many years, so it was good to be back, the team there is excellent, and a bonus having the wonderful Kelly Odell (previously at St Regis Monarch Beach) there now too.

Our bride and groom were open to my fun things, round dancefloor/decal etc by TMMPRO, and it all turned out fabulous as you can see from the pics provided by Judy & Gavin (our 2nd wedding with them, they are great) and some are mine.

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Below you can see same room different color lighting and also only with the hotel lights up, none of them look like the same room right?  Huey of Platinum Peaks was the mcee/dj and handled the draping and lighting, he was wonderful to work with

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A whimsical placecard piece.  The feathers were actually used at the church, no florals, that tells you a lot about our couple and why we loved them so much

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Probably the prettiest floral display on a sweetheart table I have ever seen.  The colors and flowers were just beautiful.  Fab u lous work as always by Elegant by Design/Karla and her team.

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Rental linens were by Monico Décor, we all loved our cake linen.  Noemi of Post Beauty beautified the ladies, love her.

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I got to see Veronika a couple of weeks in a row, she is great.

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Lisa

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Hyatt Huntington Beach wedding

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Lynda booked us for day of service and actually had booked either Teri or Nicole on her day, but I was available, so Nicole and I both did her wedding on the day.

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Who needs a ceiling hanging point to hang a cake from, a structure was created and it turned out great.

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The picture above shows how booking a photographer who looks to do something different pays off, to me this picture could have been taken in Hawaii, but instead its by the Jacuzzi area right here in Huntington Beach, great job as always Lin & Jirsa.

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A very shaded structure was created for our couple during their ceremony.

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Lisa

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Orange Hill Restaurant wedding

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Our bride booked Teri and Nicole to be her co-ordinators on the day.  It was a really sweet wedding with a great group of family/friends there to celebrate with them.  Our couple lives in Arizona as did a lot of the guests, and what a great backdrop they had for the ceremony – just about the whole of OC and the view only got better as day turned into night, and they had prime view of the Disneyland fireworks.

Teri had done a wedding here years ago and we had forgotton how nice the ballroom was, together with the view, this location is great value for a wedding.

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Trevor from Invisible Touch was the dj and did a great job keeping the dancefloor full.

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