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First wedding of 2016-Pelican Hill Resort, Newport Coast

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So excited to do this post for many reasons, 1/ Finally I am caught up with my blogging, I was 1 1/2 years behind and spent the past two months getting caught up, and now I am, bo blogging is probably going down to one a week from here on out, whew, lol. 2/It’s a new year and based on the brides I have been booking for this year we are going to have some fun and some beautiful weddings, can’t wait. 3/This wedding was at one of our beautiful locations here in S CA, so looking forward to sharing it with you

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This was an intimate celebration for 25 at the fabulous Pelican Hill Resort.  Karina had a great vision and between Chiavari Chair Rentals/Steven, who hung a gorgeous chandelier and  did the draping of the rotunda/cere and inside La Cappella and provided the chiavari chairs of course as well as my fave the white dancefloor (due to how it transforms a space), and Karla/Elegant by Design’s florals at the cere site and then inside along with the candles created a dreamy/romantic atmosphere.  We had a bi-lingual dj from Vox which worked well with this group as there was a large contingency of Columbians that had flown in, present, they also did the lighting.  All the ladies were beautified by the fabulous ladies of Design Visage.  Such a fun/fabulous wedding, the dancefloor was full from beginning to end. Thanks to the wonderful team at Pelican, a 6 star celebration was experienced by all.  It was a pleasure working with you. as.

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I would have spent my time sitting on the sofa enjoying the fireplace, it was January and looked so lovely and cozy.

Till next time

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Add a comment February 22, 2016

Pavilion Ballroom – Ritz-Carlton Dana Point

So this event was actually a couple of years ago, but everything about it was unusual and I have never forgotton i, so thought I would share.

I had had a call from the bff of a very busy bride, we had a great chat, she spoke to the bride, and I was on board.  It was the three of us that pulled a really fabulous looking and fun celebration off for a group of 80ish that all came in from Texas.  The two of them worked side by side/hand in hand  with the tasks to be done along the way, invites etc, and then when they came in for the tasting (yes no groom, just us) we pulled the vision together with furniture/linens/chairs and of course the florals.

I don’t have pics of this celebration, but wanted to post about it because it was a really unusual setup in the Pavilion Ballroom and worked well and looked awesome.

Our bride wanted it to be a party (it was a 2nd marriage for both), so we had a relaxed ceremony on the Gazebo Lawn with that beautiful Pacific Ocean backdrop that I know impressed those Texans!!  Cocktails were held on the balcony with a mix of furniture and cocktail tables and that full on Pacific Ocean backdrop again.  In the ballroom/which is one side 5 sets of french doors looking out to that ocean again,  there was no assigned seating, but we had enough seats for everyone (very important, ladies must have a place to put their things down at and feel this is their home for the night), we did a variety of tables/size/height in the ballroom. We had a furniture setup in the middle of each table setup/ie each end of the room.  We mixed things up, the guests may not have noticed but we enjoyed doing it, we used the same color chivaris in all three areas, ceremony/cocktails and dining room, but put different color cushions on them to match the different mood or linens we were using in that area.

A really great celebration, as I looked at it on the night I realised I would probably do this myself!  That may have been part of why I enjoyed pulling the vision together with them, and couldn’t wait to see it come to life on the night.  A fabulous floral display from Square Root/loved the cake table, we were all excited to see how that came out on the night.   The girls loved Design Visage for hair/makeup so much they used them for pre events too.  Enchanted Evening Strings played elegantly as always for ceremony and then cocktails, my fave band kept the dancefloor full inside – Full Spectrum, just love them and the energy they produce.  Monico Décor did all the rentals and of course we had a gorgeous white dancefloor center.  They were very considerate of those travelling with small kids (as they were) so we had a company come in and setup a daycare in a banquet room and then it turned from fun to sleep for the kids in there, so the parents were really able to enjoy enjoy enjoy.  Of course the team at the Ritz as always helped us bring everything to a five star reality, xoxoxo

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment February 21, 2016

Destination wedding – Cabo

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Well as someone who probably has 100% of my weddings being destination to S CA, either the B&G, and  one or all guests, I understand for sure the appeal and romance of doing a wedding in a location that creates great memories for you and the guests, and possibly has some personal connection as well.

A big part of being able to plan a destination wedding and do it calmly/enjoy the process is to have someone on the ground at the location you can trust and work well with, however when going to destinations where your language is not their first language or if you are an A type personality their culture is more relaxed/laid back in communication, theprocess for you may not be enjoyable, I met a couple once who were on their 3rd trip to their hotel in Cabo because their contact who was handling everything for them and being their co-ordinator had changed twice and they from the beginning never felt a comfort level that everyone was on the same page.  Could have saved a lot of money by having a planner in their area or somewhere else who handles the communication for them, a lot less stressful and overwhelming.

From an American couple’s perspective most want their destination wedding to be accessible to most guests they want to invite, have English spoken, be reasonably priced in air and costs once there.  So Hawaii, islands in the Caribbean, Mexico, ie Cancun and Cabo are top choices.  This blog is on Cabo as it really encompasses all those wants.

The great thing with Cabo is, from a floral/décor aspect they are on top of it and sometimes I think have ideas/do things we have not even seen anyone do here in S CA.

The two pics above are the view from a suite (at one of my fave Cabo resorts) of the Pacific Ocean, I loved watching cruise ships going by, whales, and the local fishing boats and tourist boats.  Some of the suites have really large balconies so great place to have a small get together pre wedding, they have lounge areas and kitchens so you can have food/beverages you bring in to keep peeps happy pre and post wedding to keep costs down if you want. The other pic is one of the areas at this resort you could have a ceremony or cocktails at sunset, pretty awesome view/backdrop.

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Of course a lot of couples want the ‘rock’ as their backdrop, so sunset ceremonies on the main beach on the Sea of Cortez is no problem.

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You could have a pre or even wedding reception outdoors looking out the sea, this group looked right out to the ‘rock’ all event.   You can all be staying in this area or guests can come in from wherever they are staying to where you are having the event if for budgets that works out better.

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The chapel is at the resort I was referencing at the beginning and the patio with the loungers on it are on a really secluded spa/zen resort where the area gets cleared and after a sand ceremony you have cocktails/dinner/dancing right there.

I love Cabo and have been many times and would love to help you with your destination wedding here.

Till tomorrow

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Add a comment February 20, 2016

Xmas cards

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I am so lucky that I get notes by email/in the mail from my brides/couples during the year, and comments on instagram pics which keeps me in touch with them, and gives me a chance to comment back.  But Xmas time is great as I hear from couples from years past and I get to get caught up on other news from couples/not wedding news.

The card above came from Brooke and Matt and I think we both knew we would have withdrawals after the wedding, we had such a great time pulling their wedding together for longer than a year.

From Steve and Margo, a 2014 wedding, I heard about their travels and new doggie child and how great they were both doing with their careers.

From Amita and Raja, think they were 2012 and I have seen them at other weddings since as she keeps referring me on, xoxox) their card was the face of their gorgeous wee boy and the announcement of a new baby girl coming, then a month later a card came with the picture of their sweet baby girl who came a bit early, so good on Amita for getting her xmas cards out early!!!

From Holly and Michael such a great card collage of great pics of them with their lovely Lola/doggie child.  When are the real children coming Miss Holly??? lol  You guys are going to be great parents.

I never heard from Kathy and Keith after their wedding which was Jan of 2015 but got a lovely xmas card with two beautiful pics from their wedding day showing what a beautiful day it was and how happy they were.  Made me happy to see.

And from the McGettigan’s whose wedding I did in 2014, last years card showed their wee boy and this year he is a toddler in full swing, and a note there is a brother coming for him!!  Love it

Unlike your photographer or video where you have to have contact after the wedding, when people take the time to make contact with me after, because there is no need, it makes me smile really really big.  Thanks everyone

Till tomorrow

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Add a comment February 19, 2016

Vendor insight

A while ago a potential groom had asked me what made me different to other planners, well that really is not a question for me, I wouldn’t have any idea as I don’t get to interact with other planners in the capacity of doing our jobs, but more on a social or committee type situation.  So I posed the question to vendors who had known me a long time and others not so long.  What I got back was more than I expected, I wasn’t looking for love and adoration but I got that and my heart was touched and it kind of reinforced I am doing what I should be doing and what they see from their perspective in their roles on the day.  So I had kept that for me in case that question was asked again.

Then last month I got an email from a videographer I worked with on one wedding in 2015 and his last sentence really touched me, we sometimes have no clue the positive effect we are having on someone’s life/career.  When I worked at Disney I had taken the time after weddings to send a real letter to vendors we had not worked with before that did a great job to thank them for being a great team player and a dj who got one of those letters reached out to me a year or so ago to tell me he still had that letter and what it had meant to him.  So no matter who we are/what we do, positive reinforcement makes us all feel good about who we are and what we do, so I want to share the videographers email as well as comments from the vendors that I asked for so you get some insight on me and how I work so you can see if I am the right vendor for you.  I won’t give the names of the other vendors here in order to not alienate them with regards to other planners, but you can certainly reach out to me and I will tell you who they are.

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Want to wish you a very Happy New Year and tell you what a pleasure it was for me to work with you and your clients last year.  I am hopeful that we will continue our working relationship into 2016 and beyond.  Most importantly, I want to thank you for creating such a positive environment that made it so easy for me to create the most amazing event film of my career.  Thank you again and let’s stay connected.

Best Regards, David    David Medill Productions.

Ceremony musician-Comparing you to other planners I have these notes – You are to the point/no chatter which allows us to focus on why we are there.  Your timelines are fabulous, they are clear/precise and a godsend as we sometimes don’t even see one.  On the day your instructions/ques are very clear.  You build cohesive teams and a nice atmosphere on the day.

Videographer – Your decorating skills are exquisite and ALWAYS styled to the clients taste.  Your timelines are always extremely detailed (down to making sure they eat), you follow up with every vendor several times making sure they know where they need to be.  Your professionalism goes a long way with the venues and guests.  You are well travelled and are familiar with destination events as well as S CA.  Everyone knows when they hire you, you get the job done.  Most of all, your kindness and passion for your ‘job’ is what makes you the best!

Band – Some of your main strengths above your peers is the fact that you have developed and nourished long term working relationships, not only with outside vendors but even the serving staff at the resorts you service (the love and respect illuminates).  This works as a major enhancement for all your events because everyone is on the same page and connected to the success of the event.  I know this to be true, your unselfish kindness is infectious.  I enjoy working with you more than most and look forward to each of your events.  If your clients are seeking someone who has the gifts of creating, facilitating their thoughts of an unforgettable evening I strongly recommend they sign you right away.  PS: Of all the jobs we’ve done over the years I have never seen a repeat concept which shows you have a gift of seeking the best out of your clients to personalize a special day just for them

Photographer – You make the most detailed timelines I’ve ever seen.  People know where to be and when things are happening – organization is critical to a successful event! I don’t know why more event planners don’t follow your lead on this.  You have a natural ability to calm nervous brides and smooth their fears and anxiety.  I have watched you do this on many occasions and have admired that quality.  Someone hiring you would probably have no clue about this, but it is so important.  You’re also quite talented at getting the best out of your vendors/team which early benefits the client.  Assembling and managing a creative team is more important that most clients understand.  Finally you’re very creative.  You don’t ever seem to do cookie-cutter decor.  I can tell you give special attention to each client and have really listened to them whenever I walk into one of your reception rooms.

Photographer – Here is what I think brides love about you – From the minute the bride speaks with you they can really sense your extreme knowledge, confidence and passion towards all aspects of a wedding.  Because of that you make the prospective bride feel secure she made the right choice by hiring you for their big day.  Experience is key! Since you also have lots of samples and experience at the location you work at that also makes the bride confident with you!  Your wedding day timelines are extremely detailed! The brides love that and so do the vendors! Staying current and on top of the trends!  Since you are always networking you get to see the latest and greatest which your brides benefit from.  And certainly not last, they all love your “New Zealand ‘ accent!  No one can compete with that!

Photographer – What sets you apart….. Best people skills in the business.  You are steady, confident, incredibly knowledgeable not only about how to do something but who would be the best vendor to do it, have impeccable taste, never any drama.. and are funny, … and did I say, no drama? The thing that stands out to me when I work with you are the relationships you have with everyone on the set.  From the venue to the busboy, you have always built incredible teams on every job.  I feel as though we are all there for the right reason and we would all help each other out however we could that day.  With newer planners, the vendors never know each other and it always seems to be just a job for the day where everyone can’t wait to get out there.  Definitely not so with you.  I love the feeling of camaraderie on your weddings.  Some teachers have the gift of making you want to learn more, some coaches make you more passionate about the game and build better teams each year, and Lisa makes me look forward to her weddings knowing they are going to be the most organized and beautiful events with great vendors and very happy clients at the end.  Plus, you know more, research more and spend more time on your business than anyone I know,  and it shows.  Thanks for the opportunity to say these things.

Dj – This is easy. I’ve worked with a bunch of different co-ordinators.  Some of them are easy to work with, relaxed and fun.  Others are great at “getting the job done” but usually are so high strung they make the wedding seem like more of a ‘job’ than a ‘celebration’.  You are able to somehow excel at everything.  You’re laid back and fun, but I never need to worry about that any detail will go overlooked.  When I talk to the couples who work with you I can tell they are relaxed.  You inspire the same confidence in your clients as you do in your vendors and that truly is a gift.  If you EVER need anyone to sing your praises directly please feel free to give them my number.  I can’t say enough about how great you are and how great your weddings are.

Florist – Easy question, hardest part is putting the answer into words.  I LOVE your honesty and no nonsense approach and how it is always done classy, eloquently, and effortlessly.  I find that events with you run very smoothly and that’s fought to say considering what we do … You are extremely conscious of your clients budgets and that is a HUGE advantage that any couple that hires you should greatly appreciate!  And of course I love your KIWI accent!  We love working with you!!!

Videographer – There are several things that set you apart from other wedding planners, but I will share two BiG benefits you bring:

  1. Your planning and co-ordinating process is impeccable! No other coordinator delivers a timeline weeks in advance of the event.  Most co-ordinators send me a timeline a day or two before the wedding and expect that I will have time to learn all about the day and adjust as necessary in 24-48 hours before the event.  We do just that of course because we have to, but the client is short changed by such a short sighted effort.  You communicate with each professional throughout the process of the planning to confirm everyone is on the same page all the way through so there are no questions and no surprises on the event day.  No other co-ordinator contacts me as often as you do during the planning process, you are second to none when it comes to planning and coordination.
  2. 2. You are not only experienced in event planning but you are talented with great ‘people skills’.  Many planners I work with are very likable and good with people.  Some are efficient and thorough.  Few have both qualities and even fewer have both qualities at the level you do.  A wedding planner is the Executive Producer of a once in a lifetime event, managing a team of professionals, service providers and vendors (all with their own needs, goals and agendas) AND at the same time personally assisting and fulfilling the needs of the couple, family and their guests.  That Executive Producer had better have a wealth of experience and great admin and people skills if everyone’s expectations are going to be met.  You have what it takes to be the top of your field.  Your success and reputation attest that you are among the best of the best at what you do.  Your modesty may case you to hesitate to share my opinion and observations with future clients, but I hope you do share my thoughts with every couple considering you and your services.

Officiant: I have known Lisa for over 24 years and we have performed hundreds of weddings together.  Lisa is very professional and highly regarded in her profession.  For me she is the number 1 wedding co-ordinator in Sa CA.  Lisa always gives over 100% to her brides and grooms in helping them plan their wedding.

Photographer/female who used to be a planner: I think you are absolutely wonderful! You are kind, quick at solving problems and finding solution.  You are always delightful and caring.  You are very meticulous and put so much into consideration for a couples wedding along with taking excellent care of the vendors.  You are strong, smart and fun!  You are always happy and genuinely care about your clients and treat them like royalty.  You can’t fake that!! that’s why we love working with you.

From me, Lisa, think my new mantra will be

Experience is EVERYTHING when it comes to planning your wedding/celebration.

Till tomorrow

Lisa

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Add a comment February 18, 2016

Bella Collina wedding reception

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Armaan and Shawn had a multi day event but we just handled the one day with them.  We started at the Sikh temple for a ceremony, then the guests had a nice break to relax/get ready for the evening event which was held at Bella Collina Golf Club in San Clemente.  They had cocktails while overlooking the golf greens and the hills surrounding, its such a beautiful view, and then in the dining room we had a mix of long and round tables for guests.

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I helped them pull their vendor team together for all events, even though we were only physically present on the one day.  I handled the ceremony at the Temple and Teri handled the event at Bella Collina.  Jim Kennedy/photographer, Robles Video/so fun to see you a few times in a couple of months, my awesome Oscar who does such a beautiful job for hair and makeup for my beautiful Indian brides, and not that you can see it, but Matthew of OCAVS did a great lighting job at Bella Collina.  Pics above courtesy of me and Teri!! lol

Then I got to see all the aunties and relatives and bride/groom at another wedding a few weeks later, love it!!

Till tomorrow

Lisa

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Add a comment February 17, 2016

Hilton Costa Mesa wedding

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I had done her best friends wedding and about 3 other friends since then, so Rosalynn knew she wanted me (gotta love it and feel honored) so she booked me a year out .  She is a beautiful person and has great taste.  On her day looked absolutely stunning and she had an awesome honeymoon in Spain with their best friends!!!  The ceremony was held at a church.  Great vendor team on board, McCune Photography/thanks for the pics Gloria, Shane Productions/video, Kelly Zhang who beautified the girls, Shelby/Green Leaf floral design, Rentals by Monico Décor, and showing her fun side, late night snacks were the grooms fave ice cream sandwiches cooked right there by Chunk n chip, and of course a photo booth that was non stop busy.  Cocktails were held out on the patio which has the great furniture already there and we had a jazz group out there, nice and relaxing with café lighting above.  I had broken my ankle the week before and had my knee scooter and boy did I whip around that ballroom/area, it was quicker than my normal walking!!!

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Till tomorrow

Lisa

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Add a comment February 16, 2016

My last wedding of 2015-Hyatt HB

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I even spent all year looking forward to this wedding happening, because a month after Jacqueline booked me she found out her husband was being moved by the military to another state, so I told her no problem 70% of my brides don’t live in state we can get your wedding planned easily from afar, then while I was driving somewhere I had a thought, so I called her and said, Jacqueline if you are in, lets get everything done in the next month and then you can leave and the wedding will be planned and you won’t have to worry about anything, so we met with/booked all vendors, detailed the wedding day/event out, did the floral sample/rental meeting, the hotel tasting/detail, then off she moved!!!  Fabulous

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We pulled together an awesome vendor team and had such a great time with everyone on the day, Jacqueline was just the best and her bridesmaids were wonderful/such great friends, the parents were great too.  Jacqueline decided to have me start earlier in the day to keep everyone on track and get them off to the church, as when she booked me if was to handle the planning with her and then be at the hotel on the day to oversee/orchestrate the reception/dinner/dance, so she extended that (which was a very popular option last year) and it really meant that by the time everyone arrived for the reception we were old friends.  Thanks to Joe Latter/photo for the photos and being great to work with as always, karla/Elegant by Design-florals, Monico Décor for the draping (we did the whole wall behind the sweetheart table)/my fave the round white dancefloor/furniture/chairs/linens etc.  The lighting/gobo was done by the inhouse PSAV department, Tomgirl Bakery did the cake and as always it was yum, Peter/Vive Ent for the great music and B&G left before it was over but that dancefloor was full until the guests were done/I thought it would wind down after B&G left but ohhhhh noooooooo!!  And to Design Visage for beautifying these beauties and the moms, not that any of them really needed it, they were all beautiful in and out.  And to the team at Hyatt HB, as always we see you as family and love being with you and everything is always fabulous, this was a great way to end the year of 2015 with.

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In these pics you will see some when the lights are up before guests came in and some after, and even though some people question it, I have always placed the cake center in the room (why should something you spend so much time on be stuck in a corner for no one to see or care about) and even if no other lighting is done we always pinspot the cake, you can see why in these pics, it stands out and looks great.

Till tomorrow

Lisa

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Add a comment February 15, 2016

You just never know!!

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Was driving to the hotel excited for the wedding as I really enjoyed my couple and enjoying what a beautiful day it was and how much I loved my job and really, life is good, well ………. I had checked on the ceremony site earlier, checked on the bride, the dining room was in great shape, vendors arriving/getting their things going, my Nicole was in the dining room handling placecards etc, I went back to the ceremony site to get the guys florals and meet them in the lobby so they would be ready for photos, looked at the site and thought to myself, its a simple floral look but the pop of color looks good, took the pics above, decided I wanted a close up of the floral on the wood structure but didn’t want to zoom in, so started walking towards the front on the aisle and bam, over I went, lost my balance between the concrete lip/cobble/grass, I knew it was bad and as people were on me to help I said I needed ice and paramedics, yes I already knew.  This was 45 mins before the ceremony was to begin, no guests in the area, as they started to arrive the hotel staff kept them in the lobby thank goodness.  Now the reason why its great to choose a planner and vendors who work together more often than not, really is what saves a situation like this.  Immediately the videographer who I work with a lot, grabbed my phone and asked me who to call, so I started with get Nicole here and then an assistant to come in earlier than I had her coming, then husband etc.  By the time Nicole got to me and I told her to get the florals to the groom and explain she was now going to run the show, this gave me a giggle, she said to the groom, Lisa has fallen and I will be handling things from here, groom said to her, And she can’t get up.  Well yes Joe, I couldn’t get up, lol.  Paramedics were there within 2 mins of getting the call, I was in the Hospital ER within 13 mins.  Toshika and Joe had picked an officiant, dj, video, floral, that I work with a lot and that resulted in them doing things I found out later that surprised me but totally explained why things carried on without me as if I was there.  The officiant knew I was going to do a quick walk though with the guys, he went and did it, the florist helped Nicole give the rest of the personals knowing I normally do that, the dj totally worked with Nicole on the event using the timeline and going through it together just as I would have, so everything went as clockwork.  My timelines are very detailed, in fact I always use the phrase that they are that way, ‘so if I get hit by a bus anyone can pick up my timeline and run the event without having to second guess or ask questions’, and it was proven for the first time in 15 years that it worked.  The hotel staff were great, one of them worked with me at another hotel and knew how I did things and made sure the hotel was doing their part to keep things rolling.  As I was being rolled out by the paramedics (not through the lobby I made them take me a long way round) we stopped and yelled up to my bride as I wanted her to know I was ok and she was in good hands with Nicole and the vendors, by that time Nicole was up in her room and told her what was happening and Toshika came out on the balcony and gave me the thumbs up, off I went.

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As Peter/dj Vive Ent said, well it wasn’t like you weren’t really there, you were texting the whole time you were gone.  I was, got to do something while waiting to hear what the heck had been done, I wasn’t running it more asking how things were going and it was going well which made it so much easier for me to be dealing with this situation.  What had been done, well broken and dislocated ankle, they put the ankle back in place in the ER, but my journey started from there and went through 3 casts, 2 splints, a boot, surgery which means I now have a plate and 9 screws in my ankle, and getting to use the worlds best invention, the knee scooter.  A trip to Europe had to be cancelled which was sad as I was meeting two of my sisters from New Zealand in Spain and going to have some special  time and there were events I did not get to go to over the first 4-8 weeks after it happened, but now I am 4 1/2 months in and grateful that each day I see I am closer to ‘normal’ but really have so much gratefulness for silly things like being able to walk up and down stairs etc, crazy but true.  But this post is not so much about me and what happened to me, but how important it is to work with a detailed planner who has a good team assisting her and then great vendors who have a history with the planner, who can all pick up and do more than just their job to fill in the gaps.  Individual vendors who don’t know each other/work together are just going to do their own thing and that is just not going to be enough in a situation like this.

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The people pic above was done at the photobooth, that is my bride with my girls, the videographer and our fabulous dj, showing that all was well.  I also got videos from her during the night telling me what a great time they were having.  We have been in touch many times since her wedding, but as I tell her, I will never forget her anniversary date!!

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This shows was a great sense of humor and how fun Joe and Toshika were with their speciality chair covers by Wildflower Linen.

Till tomorrow

Lisa

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Add a comment February 14, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Laguna wedding

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Loved my time with these two, just lovely and special.  They already had a wee one (who entered the reception on a remote controlled Bentley much to everyone’s amusement) so all our meetings were based around baby’s schedule, which worked out just fine.  Sam had contacted me months before, then they both came and met with me and then nothing for months, then about three months before Sam called saying the date is close, lets get going.  So starting from scratch we got going.  Mia had a very clear vision for how she wanted her wedding gazebo to look, I couldn’t quite get it but Karla/Elegant By Design totally got it and made it happen.  The view above is from Mia’s balcony looking down on her ceremony site, not a bad backdrop right.

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We were in the Terrace Salon room so the gold/pearly walls worked well with Mia’s pink feel she wanted, it was a certain pink, not light pink and not fushia, I think you can see by looking at these pics that Matthew/OCASV lighting got it perfectly.

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When I broached the idea of the one rose bouquet for Mia she loved it and Karla made a really big one which was just stunning.  They don’t drink martinis but wanted a luge, so Carving Ice made us a champagne luge which was well received.

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As you can tell from the pictures it was just a lovely, sweet, wedding for a lovely, sweet, couple and I was honored to help them bring it to life.

Thanks to the great vendor team we pulled together to make it perfect, Newport Bay Productions/Video, 4 snapz/photobooth, Paul Uhlar for your lovely ceremony as always, Naples Strings for ceremony and cocktails, Alvarron Ent/DJ-Al for always being great to work with and reading the crowd well, Monico Décor for my fave the round dancefloor and other rentals and to Wildflower Linen for our B&G chair covers, always a hit. And to the ladies and gentlemen at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna, our ‘work family’ as Teri and I refer to you all, you make us look great and we love you all, 7 star all the way.

I  will always remember Sam and Mia’s wedding, because it is as always a remembrance to live each day fully as you never know what is going to happen the next day or even the next moment, lol.  They did not know but it was actually my wedding anniversary, but I loved them so much took their wedding on, it was a daytime wedding (we closed the drapes in the room for the lighting to have full effect) and that night I went and had an awesome massage, my feet were really pampered and I remember being very aware of my feet/ankle areas really getting a good massage, went home and my husband had got Flemings to bring home for dinner, great night, went off to do a wedding the next day and 45 mins before ceremony lost my balance on uneven ground and went over dislocating and breaking my ankle, off to the ER I went, more on that tomorrow ……………….

Till tomorrow

Lisa

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