June update

July 4, 2010 lisasimpsonweddingcelebrations
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Here we are past the half way mark of 2010 now, wow the year seemed to be going so slowly and now it is running away.  Crazy.

Was up at the L’auberge in Beverly Hills for a luncheon, we sat rooftop and ate a scrumptious meal while looking over the Los Angeles area.  They tent part of the roof top so you can have a beautiful roof top event with a bit of everything, views, and romance.

I had a wedding for a lovely couple who I started working with late last year.  An ocean backdrop was her dream and we were able to bring her dream to a reality at the Waterfront Hilton in Huntington Beach.  They got married at the Gazebo ceremony site, then had cocktails and dinner/dancing at the Pacific Ballroom and Balcony.  Great staff/team on hand there at the hotel, and I had some of my favorite vendors working with us that day, I love it when my brides let me guide them when it comes to vendors, they really do end up with the best of best events due to the professionalism, quality, these folks offer, and I have already pre-screened them to where we know they fit within their budgets and we don;t have any nasty suprises.  Whew.  My bride also was asked if she would be interested in being in a tv wedding show, she said yes.  The show focuses on hair/makeup for the wedding day and the previews are filmed and then on the day they are filming through the getting ready hours, they cover her through her walk up the aisle and then they go away.  They are a bit intrusive in the getting ready time and require a bit of quiet during filming, but as long as you plan extra time and have nice and organised bridesmaids, then it all works out ok.  There are things to consider when you look at participating in any show, as it does make your experience very different to how it normally is, so you have to be willing to give that up.

June seemed to be a major tasting/hotel meeting month.  Always fun as we have everything pretty much detailed by that time, so once the food & beverage is picked, we just have to wait for the day to show up and see all the planning/visuals/hopes become a reality.

Had a couple of weddings at the Hyatt Huntington Beach that were fun.  One was a beautiful Indian bride marrying a football player, so a mix of cultures.  The decor was very hip/contemporary/modern.  Her colors were brown and lime green and everything matched/enhanced.

Then had another where the couple was so lucky to have mothers who helped enhance the celebration with the right elements, very upgraded linens/chairs/epod photo booths/lovely florals and great food and beverage.  A great bunch of guests who were there through the end of the event and then they still wanted to keep going, so off to the Red Chair Lounge they all went, gotta love it when they don’t want the night to end after 7 hours of celebrating!

Another favorite couple’s celebration just happened.  A lovely couple who knew each other years ago at high school, then reconnected a few years ago after their long term marriages had ended, and now here they are finally marrying each other.  We had such fun at the tasting, and then the floral and linen meeting got us really excited about how everything was going to end up looking.  They wanted all their guests to enjoy the celebration and made sure the food and beverage was great.  The couple were really into the celebration part of the event and also celebrating themselves and how happy they are, so getting to spend a good amount of time at cocktails with the guests was a priority.  What a great story they have, and so happy.  Around 180 of their family and friends were all there for the right reasons too.  So special.

Not sure what is happening this year, but I am doing my third wedding where I am orchestrating the processional and recessional at the church and handling the reception at the hotel.  Used to always be where there was a church lady, and most churches still do have them, but some churches are now having the couples find their own co-ordinators and sometimes even officiants, and just letting them do whatever they want to do but inside the church, rather than having to use a hotel or outdoor location.  The last one I did, we actually bused the guests from the hotel to the church so we knew they would all be there and on time (plus they were all from Texas and in house at the hotel so made it convenient), and then they all got back to the hotel at the same time too, made it so easy, but also relaxing for the guests to not be dealing with the S CA freeways, there was 40 guests total.  A lovely intimate group who all made the effort to come and celebrate with the couple.  Gotta love that.

That’s all I have for you now.  Till next time



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