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Balboa Bay Resort wedding

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I did the sister of this grooms wedding about 4 years ago and have now done 2 of her siblings (1 to go!!) and 2-3 of her friends, so love that, and thankful.

Ceremony was held with Newport Harbor to the side due to the guest count so in order to maximize the water surround the cocktails were held on the members lawn and Maria had a structure an chandelier put out there which looked great, especially with the mega yachts in the background. Then to the ballroom for dinner/dancing.  Maria wanted the siblings/bparty to sit with them but did not want a round table but wanted everyone around the table so they could see each other and chat, but no backs to the dancefloor, so she came up with this rectangle table vertically set and  White Lilac framed them against the draping with the lanterns, it looked quite wonderful.

So, one of the brothers I have done the wedding of officiated, Sweet Art did the cake as always at BBR and this is really one of my fave cake toppers, Shine did the lighting, and because there was an ‘in’ at White Lilac they did the flowers, not their normal look/style, but Maria’s vision came to reality, the balls of baby’s breath looked awesome across the room.  As always the team at Balboa Bay Resort were wonderful to work with.

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Add a comment November 30, 2015

Ritz-Carlton Laguna, all outdoors

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Such a sweet couple, and my groom Luther was really my main help in pulling this wedding together for them.  He only wanted the best for our bride and wanted it to be perfect/special.  So so love him.

Our brides first wish, was a totally outdoor event, and their celebration was during the day, this could have gone so badly.  But as I always say, good things happen for good people and of course the weather was perfect on their day.  In order to get what they wanted they had to be flexible around dates the hotel could make it work, so we ended up with a Sunday late October.  We did the ceremony on the Gazebo Lawn which has such a beautiful backdrop then we escorted the guests from that side of the hotel to the completely other side of the hotel, where the cocktail hour was held cliff side, then the dining was on the Pacific Lawn.  We did use the Pacific Promenade ballroom foyer for the dancing/cake and we had a photobooth in there, as the restrooms are in there and people would be going in there anyway, plus if it did turn out to be a really hot day, people would appreciate the coolness of the marbled floored foyer.

Of course Luther and I pulled a great vendor team together. Paul Uhlar/officiant, Shane Productions/video, Al/Alvarron Ent-dj, and Elegant by Design/Karla-florist.  Thanks to Dina Marie Photography for some of the pics above, and of course to the always fabuous Rit-Carlton ladies and gentlemen who do their jobs so well.

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Hyatt HB wedding

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Sometimes its not until later that you realize you did not have time or got the pics you wanted on a wedding to post.  So I am blogging this wedding but don’t have the pics I wish I did.

James and Emma came from London for their wedding, and so did 30ish of their family and friends.  Such a fun bunch, we even did a selfie with everyone in it, including me, that they instagrammed for everyone at home to see the fun they were having.

My brides seem to always be ahead of things, in 2014 I had 3 brides do/want to do babies breath for their florals.  Emma did only baby’s breath and it looked lovely from ceremony to dining table.  They wanted everyone to feel as important as each other/see each other, so the dining room was set up in a u-shape with people only around the sides and the dancefloor in the middle.  Emma does events for a hotel in London and focused on the little details, note the table setting above.

They did not want a dj, had an ipod with songs on, in my mind this never makes for a dance party, but had to eat my words as on this one, after dinner the music went on and they danced for 3 hours, they had a great time.

Thanks as always to a great vendor team and Emma and James trusting me with who I knew they should work with, Paul Uhlar/officiant, Karens Flowers, Monico Décor, Wendy Smith/Harpist, thanks to Jim Kennedy/Amber for the tall centerpiece shot above, and as always to the team at Hyatt Huntington Beach.

As a side note, Emma and James have already celebrated their 1st anniversary and came back to Huntington Beach.

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St Regis Monarch Beach wedding

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Vanna and I worked together for a long time on her wedding.  She was so excited/happy to have such a wonderful location for her celebration and was just a joy to work with.  I have pics showing how reusing elements can really add to end result.  You will see the ceremony florals at the ceremony site, then see them from a distance to up close at the dining area.  Most of the time they would have been reused as tall centerpieces and been put on different stands/vases, but Vanna wanted all low centerpieces so the view/backdrop would be a part of the whole look, so we put the ceremony pieces on each side of the outside fireplace.  I saw guests using it as a photo backdrop and of course any pics of the dining space would have them in.  Thanks as always to Karla/Elegant by Design by being the right fit for Vanna and bringing her vision to reality and to Monico Décor for the rentals.  And as always to the fab Kelly at St Regis and the rest of the team there.

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Add a comment November 25, 2015

Franciscan Gardens wedding

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Just because you work at a 5 star hotel, does not mean that is your style or where you can afford to have your wedding.  Lovely Holly who I have worked with over the years at a hotel was getting married, and I had the pleasure of being there to ensure it all went well on the day, along with my buddy dj/Peter of Vive Ent.  We had a great time.  Always nice seeing family and friends and getting a glimpse into someones personal life that you only see in the workplace.

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Ritz-Carlton Laguna, Jewish orthodox celebration

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Sean came to me a couple of months before the wedding, he already had ideas on who he was booking for vendors, so my job was to double check everything and then we would oversee/orchestrate the event so they could enjoy as guests.  No problem.

We loved that they went bright and I loved their naked cake.  Deborah had specific thoughts as to the room layout so the hotel and I ensured it worked out.  The Ritz dealt with one of the more famous LA kosher caterers and as you can see below this was a true orthodox event, for dancing the ladies and men were separated.  Once the hedges were moved later in the event, we did lose a lot of the older guests, most of the younger ones stayed and partied though.  Because it was between xmas and new year and on a sunday,  there were no other events happening at the hotel that day, so they were able to combine spaces normally not offered. It did mean a bit of walking for the guests, but who could complain about strolling from ocean views through a beautiful five star hotel to more ocean views, right??!!  Thanks to Sean/the groom, for getting me these pictures to post.  thanks as always to our teammates at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna.

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Indian wedding – San Diego

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Can’t believe this wedding was nearly a year ago, thanksgiving weekend 2014!!  Boy time goes fast.

I really enjoyed helping Ragini and her dad pull their 2 day celebration together.  We started off with priorities, they were slightly different, they were considering here in OC/LA counties, San Diego County or Houston.  So after many phone chats, emails full of locations for them to consider, Houston was nearly a go and last minute San Diego pulled through.  I had done an Indian wedding at the San Diego Bayfront HIlton before, lots of space to do the various events in different areas and space for animals or whatever the groom may want to come in on (as you can see below my groom chose to come in in a Viper he ‘loaned’ for the occasion).  Since my last wedding there they had created a new ceremony site which is just lovely, and believe it or not totally fed into a key item for the bride, she wanted her ceremony in the round.  We had a few floral design meetings and Ragini was not looking for a traditional mandap at all. While brainstorming one day, hanging crystals came to mind, and we ran with it.  Ghost chairs of course matched that look/feel and look great at the ceremony, the sad thing is with my ballroom pics they really are ghosts you can’t see them but they are there!!! lol  Our colors for the ceremony were brighter/light blue/crystals/white.  We had 4 aisles/runners, and 1 aisle was decored as the main aisle.  Of course there was ocean glistening in the background and a beautiful blue sky to go with

Cocktails pre dinner/dance was held on a huge balcony that had great views over the harbor to Coronado Island and with all the traffic moving on the harbor and the lights of Coronado gave the guests lots of entertainment during cocktails.

Ragini was totally in charge of the cake design and it turned out fabulous.

We really played with the layout of the dining room, using a variety of table shapes and then three different types of centerpieces, black/red/silver were incorporated in all of them.  My groom loved the idea of a martini luge, so you will spot that below, an art deco looking piece

There are some pictures at the bottom that are of the Sangeet, that the grooms sister pulled together.  It was at the aero space museum in Balboa Park, my last wedding down there we did the Sangeet at the sport museum, so plenty of variety for whatever you want/need to make a statement for your pre wedding events.  We did lots of color for the florals and I loved the white vases that were used that really allowed the flowers to stand out as there was a lot going on from the ceiling in that location.

I knew Flowers by Cina was the right florist to match them with, and Melissa came through fabulously for both events.  Monico Décor handled the dancefloor and some furniture we had in the ballroom.  Chiavari Chair Rentals handled the ghost chairs and after we used them for the ceremony moved them to the ballroom for dinner.  The team at the Hilton was great to work with.  Of course most of the guests were staying at the hotel and its always so great for the energy of the celebrations and getting to know/see familiar faces over the course of a few days.  One of my fave Indian djs handled the sangeet but he was not available for the wedding night, but we ended up with a great party that kept extending on the wedding night.

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Add a comment November 22, 2015

Casino San Clemente wedding

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My favourite harpist’s daughter was getting married and I was honored when they asked me to co-ordinate the wedding.  They chose a Thursday night at the Casino which meant they could bring in their own caterer.

The ceremony is held outside infront of the fireplace, cocktails are on a patio with ocean views, then into the ballroom where they added strung lights and chandeliers.  Oh and I loved their caketop which we had on the cake on the stage along with a dessert station.  They had benches which we had in a T-shape which the bridal party sat at/around.  Great party had by all and our B&G left in a white Packard off to their fancy hotel wedding night!!.

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Add a comment November 20, 2015

Hyatt HB wedding-CA Courtyard&Sandpiper Room

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I had such a great time working with Marcella and Javier from beginning to end, with the end being when I waved them off to bed at the end of the celebration.  Marcella likes pretty and bling and all Javier wanted was a great B&G seat.  When you look at the pics below I think you will see that me and the team helped them achieve everything they wanted!!  Thanks to Keith Laverty/florist, that I knew would be perfect for them/their style/get the vision/exceed their expectations, and to Edna/Square Eye Photography for being so easy to work with and for getting me some of the pics below, to Creative Cakes/Cheryl for creating Marcella’s dream cake, Monico Decor for the rentals and of course to the Hyatt HB team for being fab as always.

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Add a comment November 18, 2015

Balboa Bay Resort celebration

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Ahhh, my lovely Mary, so sweet and shy and just wanted everything to be lovely.  Think we nailed it.  Thanks to Lin & Jirsa for the pics, always great to work with my pal who started it all, Sweet Art for her beautiful cake/piece of art as always,  Design Visage for beautifying Mary and everyone else, Flower Allie for the florals, the hotel av team for the lighting and of course the great catering office team and the banquet team on the floor, always being so great to work with.

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