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Ritz-Carlton Dana Point

What a great combination, the ocean, an intimate banquet room with a fireplace to create warmth/intimacy, silver linens/white florals/candles and the item that is complimenting all the glass/crystal look this year, acrylic chivairs.  Hard to beat that ocean backdrop.  Congrats to Carol and Jason and thanks to Brandon Wong for these images.  Check out Brandon and Katrina’s website their style of wedding photography is very dramatic and keeps you spellbound looking through their blog.

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Add a comment July 27, 2012

Hyatt Newport Beach

Had a lovely intimate wedding here in the Garden Room.  Have done a few over the past few years in this room and I love that it has a fireplace and is really has an friendly feel.  With this wedding we did the ceremony down in the Garden Patio right below the room and were supposed to do cocktails in the back area of the patio where the firepit was, but it was a bit windy, so we actually moved cocktails into another part of the Garden Room which then flowed right into the part of the room where the dinner/dancing was going to be held.  It worked out perfectly.

The bride is an international air steward so during the planning months was not really around much, so her parents took the bull by the horn and because they had a bit more time on their hands pulled the vendor team and vision together themselves (with the brides ok), the wonderful part of this was, they still went from my preferred vendor list I provided them with and would check in with me to see if they were talking to the right vendors for what they were looking for.  It meant on the day everything went smoothly, no dramas with vendors being unprepared or not good/quick at what they do, and of course, my couple and her parents being really happy with the end result.  They definately told me how happy they were with the vendors I had suggested.

Again, Eddie was wonderful to work with at the Hyatt, and Luis and the banquet team did a fabulous job.  Always a pleasure to work with them all.

Here’s some pics of just how intimate/friendly and fresh (thanks to the white chivaris) it all looked/felt – thanks to Tony Florez as always for the photos and being such a great teamplayer and pleasure to work with:

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Add a comment July 20, 2012

Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

Well this hotel is just the fabulous old world of Los Angeles when elegance and european charm and grandness was the key.

You walk into the ballrooms and can just feel the old stars that came here for Academy Award events and special dinners, balls etc.  Love it.

I do a wedding here every few years and really enjoy it.  Valerie in the catering/sales office has been there for around 7 years and she is just very easy to work with and calm, no matter what else could be going on.

So this wedding was for the lovely Ruba, I had done her friend’s wedding last year and it was lovely to see my past bride now nearly a year into married life.   We did a ceremony in the smaller ballroom, which was then turned for cocktails, and did the dinner/dancing in the Crystal Ballroom.  A beautiful beautiful room with the balconies (one of which you cut the cake from with all the guests looking up at you).  We did a mix of round tables with two nice long ones inbetween, I like that.

With this ballroom you can go light colored linens, which softens the look of the overall room/atmosphere and Ruba was considering that at one point, but when we started to chat about darker colored linens we both immediately felt the richness and boy it turned out fabulous.

Thanks to Michael of Evoke Photography for these pics, he was lovely to work with.  I especially love the dining room shot from above.  The pics below showcase the hotel, but also a couple of neat shots he took that caught my eye, the guys in the foyer/hall area, and note how the guys had the traffic stop right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles, love it.  Everyone loves a wedding even those always in a rush LA folks.

Something I noticed at the end of last season and am seeing it already starting to be a trend for this coming season, the lighting companies are throwing in over the top number of uplights and as a couple you think that is great, whoever offers more for less money is where you end up going.  No matter what color you do in uplights, light or dark, just remember they are lights, which means you are lightening the room.  We had 52 uplights in the ballroom and we turned the hotels can lighting off, and the chandeliers/sconces down as low as we could and even at one point off, but the room never got dark for dancing.  Be careful with gobo patterns on walls also, they work to disguise a blank wall, but sometimes they can create a feeling of busy or not do anything to enhance the elegance of a room.

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