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How about a wedding in Spain???

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Just got back from my third trip to Spain and I can say I know it pretty well now.  Above is the main harbor of Palma on the island of Mallorca.  A very inexpensive flight to the island and what a great place to be/have a wedding and give your guests a very lovely experience, or do your wedding on the mainland and come to Mallorca for your honeymoon. I spent 8 days here and loved it.

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Then I found this lovely restaurant in Granada that can be a buyout of the restaurant looking across to the castle, or use the lower patio for a larger group and the ceremony also.  Pretty romantic

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But here is my fave place, Rhonda, way up in the hills, a few great locations here to do the ceremony/dinner/dance.  I have blogged on this town before, I think you could have everyone staying down in Costa del sol for the pre and post days as that area is so great for getting out and seeing so many other places/doing things, then everyone comes up here for 2 nights to celebrate the wedding, then everyone goes their own way or back to Costa del sol after.  Can’t you imagine those rolling green fields as your ceremony backdrop and then dining with this awesome bridge backdrop!!

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The 3 pics above are one of the resorts along the Costa del Sol right on the Mediterranean where your guests get the American standard of accommodation/food/service they like and are in a great location to go to Gibraltar, across to Tangier, day trips to Seville and Granada, or just enjoying the local towns/tourist areas.  There are also a couple of castles in the vicinity if that appeals for your wedding celebration!!

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This is just a pic of my fave area in Madrid.  Tried a different location to stay in, but after one night went back to this area and was so happy.  Not too far from the Ritz, hmm, how about a ceremony in their lovely garden and then dinner/dancing in one of their lovely European/stately banquet rooms.

Can’t wait to help you pull your destination wedding to Spain together, call me!!!

Lisa

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Add a comment June 6, 2016

New Zealand wedding?? Let’s do it

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Well I am kind of an expert on New Zealand, have travelled it from tip to tip, side to side, literally, thanks mum and dad, I’m sure we complained at times that we wanted to stay home and not go on holiday like other kids, oh and I am a kiwi, I just happen to live in the USA.

I am fortunate to where I go home often, in fact just got back a couple of weeks ago.  The top pics are from my flight on the way, stopped via Fiji.  The beauty of NZ is you can stop at Fiji, Tahiti or Australia on the way to or from the USA, so get a bunch of great destinations checked off that bucket list.

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Imagine this for your ceremony backdrop, a mountain/great for skiing on in the winter, and an active volcano right next door!!  This is in the middle of the north island, there are a lot more snowy/glacier areas in the south island if you are looking for that.

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The pic above is Lake Taupo on a lovely day with the smoke from the thermal center across on the other side, a big part of the foreshore of this lake is warm, due to the thermal water running into the lake.  The second picture is on the waterfront in Wellington the capital city, lots of great places along the waterfront to eat and party, the pic below is one of them, and while I was there a wedding was happening up above us!

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Would love to help you plan a wedding in New Zealand!!

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment April 21, 2016

2016 wedding specials

Well sometimes brides are in the right place/right time or flexible, and when hotels have space sitting open they are looking to fill them.

Here are a couple of great offerings that I can help you with if you are willing to play:

Want to get married prior to the end of June and just haven’t done anything about it, well this may light the fire.  One of the top hotels/locations in the OC is offering their premium space at very reasonable F&B minimums if you are open to a Mon-Thursday wedding.  Now it may seem strange, but if most of the guests are travelling too and taking extra time, then doing it during the week is not going to be a bother for the guests, in fact air can be cheaper than flying on weekends and I know that a lot of vendors see a weekday wedding as a bonus and are quite flexible with their fees, with the exception of florists of course, they have product that still needs to be paid for.  So small or large, consider a weekday it is really a benefit to you. And if they have Fri-Sundays open yes sirree they are wanting to make it work.  Give me a call, lets chat and see what we can do.

If S CA is not really for you, or you are looking for June-October, then lets head to Mexico, so many great locations, ie Cabo, Cancun, and some of the resorts in the Playa del Carmen region are pretty fabulous, very spread out and you get the beach as well as vegetation to not feel like you are in a concrete jungle like Cancun (which is absolutely fabulous for those wanting action) and you are close to the really quaint restaurant row area of Playa which is what you kind of hope you are going to experience while in Mexico.  So let me know if any of this sounds like you and lets get it going:

If you are 30 people total or under, $15,500 gives you:

For the B&G, airport transfers, Comp room on the wedding night, room upgrade, late checkout, 1 50 minute massage each, access to the lounge, brides hair and makeup on wedding day/including a trial, bouquet and bout

Your ceremony is held at an oceanview gazebo decorated with fabric and flowers, petal aisle, and an officiant/English.

A violinist is included for cocktail time, as well as, 4 hour bar, and a dj

Hors D’oevures and dinner and wedding cake.  They do different levels of food/beverage offerings, so based on your personal preference you could end up at $18,300 for the same size group, and of course they would never turn anyone away, there is a per person rate you can add on if you are 31 or more total.

Your guests get 15% off spa services, 10% off breakfast the morning after the wedding, arse a special wedding rate for accommodations.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment March 2, 2016

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

Lisa

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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

Lisa

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Add a comment February 20, 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

Ritz-Carlton Laguna, fun wedding

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Well first off, felt more personal than normal because our groom was from Australia and even though I am from New Zealand, we are both from ‘downunder’ living in this big old USofA so anyone you come across feels like family.  I always look even more forward to the toasts when I know someone English, Australian or a kiwi is going to make one, there is a tradition to them we all use no matter what your age is (in fact Peter of Vive Ent likes it so much he called me to get the scoop so he could do the same thing in his toast at his wedding we just had) plus we have a different sense of humor and I am normally in the corner laughing with my hand over my mouth as no one else in the room is getting it or what is being said is going over their heads, aaaaah I am so naughty!

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They booked me for Month of service, but made good use of my preferred vendor list and would email if they had questions during the planning months.  They were such a fun couple, the brides mom was just lovely, and everything they are was reflected in the flowers being more tropical and colorful than we normally see, the chuppah (refomed ceremony thus everyone standing on the non-orthodox side at the ceremony) with the hanging strands that made lovely music when they moved in the wind and their choice of vendors, Frank Salas-thanks for the photos, Karla/Elegant by Design-florals and Peter/Vive for keeping that dancefloor full as always.

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They had no need for rentals as the hotel chairs and dancefloor worked for them but the beauty of the Terrace Salon is the walls (as you see in the bottom picture) which really works in the evening with the candle light and the fabulous balcony with the comfortable furniture seating/firepits that the guests really enjoy using.  And of course to the awesome team at the Ritz who help us ensure a five star experience is had by all.

Till tomorrow

Lisa

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Add a comment February 12, 2016

Hyatt HB destination wedding

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Kalena wanted an informal cape code feel family wedding celebration, everyone including the bride and groom were coming in from other states and as they were already married it was a good excuse to get everyone together in one place to vacation together.

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There was no ceremony, just the party.  Thanks to Tony Florez for getting group pics for everyone to remember the trip by as well as some nice romantics of the B&G around the hotel.  To Jeff Holmes/dj for keeping that dancefloor floor, this group liked to party.  To Karla/Elegant By Design for understanding the vision and bringing it to a reality, and we got runners and napkins from Monico Décor, and to Courtney and the team at Hyatt HB for as always helping us ensure everyone leaves an event saying it was the best ever!!

Till tomorrow

Lisa

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Add a comment February 10, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Laguna, Terrace Salon

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Some of you will see the picture above and immediately know the culture involved with this wedding celebration.  Our bride/mother/her side were Persian and our groom/his side were not, but the groom was very happy to have the traditions of the brides culture/background be a big part of their day.  Most of the time a station is setup with fruit on it in a very fancy display and this is available to the guests from beginning to end of the reception.

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I loved Sherene and her mom, and our groom was pretty aok too, we had a great time pulling the vision together and it really turned out elegant, soft, beautiful.

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Thanks to Flowers by Cina for being a great partner/taking words-thoughts and bringing them to an even better reality.  To D-Park photo for being wonderful to work with and for the pics here, my fave Persian officiant Shahrzad Ardalan for always doing a beautiful elegant ceremony, Design Visage for beautifying everyone.  Naples Strings for the beautiful ceremony music and Monico Decor for the rentals.  And of course to my friends/the fabulous team at the Ritz-Carlton for making dreams come true in the way of reality and memories.

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Sherene did not want their backs to the guests, which is normal at a Persian ceremony at a sofreh, as the bride and groom look into a mirror and the guests see their reflection which is an important part of the setup/ceremony, so we flipped them so the guests could see their faces and their backdrop was the beautiful Pacific Ocean, so not traditional but pretty fine.

Till next time

Lisa

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