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Laguna Cliffs Indian wedding

We have done Indian wedding celebrations all over S Ca, but this was our first at Laguna Cliffs.  You will notice that our lovely bride strayed from the traditional colors used for the wedding (my brides tend to stray).

They actually booked Teri for the day as I was already booked, but I managed to make it for the Indian am ceremony before I headed off to my wedding, and Teri and the team carried on with the luncheon, the pm ceremony/cocktails/dinner/dance.

 

Thanks to Lin & Jirsa for the pics, they turned out wayyyyyy better than any of the ones we took on our phones, lol!!

 

Thanks to the team at Laguna Cliffs, as always we love working with you

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Lisa

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Add a comment July 1, 2017

Indian Wedding, Temple ceremony & Hotel Reception

So we had Jas and Lucky’s wedding in two locations over two days.  Teri was actually going to do both days as I was in Australia, but as fate steps in my return flight got changed on me bringing me home a day early, so I was able to jump in and be there on the Temple Ceremony day. Jas came in on a horse for the baraat and they exited the day in a  helicopter, inbetween lunch was served in the tent that was put up.

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The next day their wedding reception was at the Bayfront Hilton in San Diego, we have done a few Indian weddings here now, as they have a great infrastructure, plenty of banquet space and different areas so for multi day and events the guests get to experience different views/atmospheres, and lots of hotel rooms so that means they are more willing to give great room rates for the guests staying.

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Our groom was really into the design/look of the ballroom, the variety of centerpieces and table looks.  Our friends at Square Root did an awesome job with the ballroom, floral/linens/dancefloor/decal, and TMMPRO draped the room and provided the chivaris and we had Chivari Chair Rentals come and cover the seat cushions as we wanted silver not the normal white or ivory.  We had our friend Sandeep both days handling the music, we love him.  As you can tell by the photos we were working both days with our good friend and awesome photographer Frank Salas, Robles Video who has created a real niche in the Indian market were up bright and early both days (Friday was around 3am!!).  Dolled up by Lulu did the beautification both days of the ladies.  The team at Hilton Bayfront headed by Lisa Gossman were fabulous as always.

We bought Karla from Elegant by Design in for the Friday event at the Temple, she created the focal wall/picture backdrop area and had to redo the dining table two times when we changed the linens from breakfast to lunch, go EBD

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Newport Beach Marriott-Indian Wedding

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Teri and I had the pleasure of helping Ben achieve a wonderful wedding celebration for his lovely daughter, her new husband and all the family and friends that came to celebrate last weekend.   Above is the Rose Garden Gazebo turned into a mandap and our groom arriving on his horse.

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The rickshaw above is how the bride and groom left after the vidai.

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The florist/decorator dad had hired did a great job, very creative.

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Dad had made contact with me a year before but pulled everything together himself with us starting a month out, double checking everything and pulling our detailed timeline/order of events together.  Great working with the team at the NB Marriott again, Teri is normally the one working there so it was fun for me to be there for a change also.

Till next time

Lisa

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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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Indian wedding/St Regis Monarch Beach

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For the first time ever I saw a couple of smaller Indian weddings come to me and what that allowed them to do was have their wedding at  the premium hotels in the OC using the smaller spaces and stay within budget.  Normally the hotel celebration is the third day of events, so they have to be really good about choices as they go along.

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This couple along with many of my Indian couples, did another ceremony and event at the Sikh temple the day before.  So here you get to see their Indian Ceremony setup with the elephants greeting the guests, the mandap, ganesh statue, and what a backdrop they have. My fave Indian officiant Shikavek Dasa ran the show, he does such a great ceremony

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They wanted different colors than the normal Indian Orange/gold/red (which most of my couples seem to not want) for the luncheon event, blues and golds.  Turned out quite great.

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Thanks to Frank Salas/photo for the pics above, you are a pleasure to work with always, in fact getting ready to leave now and do another wedding with you today, yay

Till next time

Lisa

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Two day wedding/Ritz & St Regis

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I just love it when I can incorporate my two fave locations in S CA, and so lucky I actually get to do it quite often.  Tala and Raj were doing a two day event, incorporating two cultures and traditions.  We chose to do the Indian Celebration/day at the St Regis and day 2 for the Persian Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna.  Lucky guests getting the best of the OC for the celebration of this fab couple and really lovely parents.

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As you can see Tala wanted different colors to the traditional Indian wedding colors (my Indian weddings are rarely traditional colors), we used the existing rotunda at the cere site as the mandap structure and it worked really well.  Our groom arrived on a Rickshaw for the baraat, in the picture above the guests are congregating for the milni.  The tables on the Grand Lawn is where the guests went for lunch after the Indian ceremony was over.  Now what you don’t see/know is there was a threat of rain for the ceremony/lunch time, so the night before we draped a portion of the dinner room as ceremony backup and with the chiavaris I have to say it looked awesome.  The decision to move inside had to be made as 7am, so who could sleep right, I was up at 4am driving downtown Dana Point and the roads was slik, hmmm.  At 6:50am up again looking out my hotel window, talking to the florist who was at the property, and we made the decision to stay outside.  I saw father of the bride while I was having breakfast at the hotel and he said to me, in or out, out I said, he smiled.  And again, on my watch, all was good, in fact it was quite warm/hot towards the end of the ceremony and luncheon!!

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Then the evening sangeet.  We reused the draping we were doing as ceremony backup and moved it (again the importance of vendors who work together a lot and will do things spur of the moment when needed/will make it work for me).

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On Day 2 we had a bridal party, and how elegant they look.

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Great shot of the back of Tala’s gown on Day 2, and the sofreh with a pretty spectacular backdrop!!

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Tala was not a Persian bride wanting large/big florals, for the ballroom everything was low for the reception/dinner/dance for 300, when you do low florals in such a big ballroom they get lost in pictures, but believe me the room looked beautiful, elegant and calm, just like our bride.  We had the space in the Grand Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna to do a mix of long and round tables which is always fun.

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Thanks to Frank Salas for the above photos, to White Lilac for being a great partner for two days and creating such beauty, David Medill/videographer great to meet and work with him for the first time, Flawless Faces for beautifying the girls for both days, and to my favorite Persian officiant, Shahrzad Ardelan – I refer her to everyone and am always sad when a couple doesn’t go with her.  To the teams at both St Regis and Ritz-Carlton Laguna as always, we create beautiful dream weddings together, I appreciate you all.  xoxoxo

Till next time

Lisa

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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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Lisa

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Add a comment November 22, 2015

San Diego Hilton Indian Wedding

Had a great two day celebration with this great couple who live in Chicago. It was a 350 person wedding, and not one person came from San Diego, everyone flew in from all around the world and the USA. It was a December wedding and the couple chose San Diego because they knew the chances of an outdoor ceremony and people wanting to come to S CA, would be pretty good. They were right.
The sangeet was held at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park, it was themed so we didn’t need to spend money on decor.
On the wedding day, we had two ceremonies, one earlier in the day indoors, then a second early afternoon on the lawn with the San Diego harbor as the backdrop (I can imagine in summer that has to look wonderful), and of course my Jigar came in on the elephant, he kept going back and forth on this or a horse, but he was a groom worthy of the elephant and it was perfect. The ceremony ended just as a good rain shower came down and it got a bit cool, but all that it changed was instead of the normal lengthy time of photos infront of the mandap with a lot of the guests, we did immediate family quickly and then the rest of the photos inside the hotel. Then everyone got to freshen up/relax, get ready for the evening event. The ballroom looked great, we had 3 different centerpieces which is a nice thing to do when you have 40 tables in a room to add a bit of interest/dimension, and the backdrop on the stage turned out fabulously. This is a new trend, panels being used at ceremonies and behind sweetheart tables, hips things up, and as with these panels when candles and flowers are added, it really looks fabulous. The night ended with the guests following the bride & groom down to the side entrance of the hotel where a Taco truck was waiting.
We had a lot of fun when the couple were in town for meetings, the moms laughed a lot, and the groom kept me laughing. A nice wedding celebration to end the year with.
A wedding celebration like this means a long list of vendors, so thanks to everyone involved, as well as the Hilton who were great to work with during the planning months and especially on the day.

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Lisa
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Add a comment March 5, 2013

Another lovely Indian Wedding Celebration

I was so looking forward to Shivali and Ankur’s two day celebration at the Ritz-Carlton, Dana Point.

We had started at the beginning with the budgetting and vision, gone through the vendor selections together, put all the details of the two days down in the detailed timeline/script, had a great tasting/floral sample/linens-chair selection day, and then just had to wait to see it all come together.

Two different looks, but the same soft feel both days, very reflective of lovely Shivali.  Friday’s Sangeet had a soft blue look by having Nisie’s Enchanted Florist do boxed florals in blues and whites, we used the hotels blue banquet chairs and soft blue water glasses, put some soft blue uplights around the room, and voila what a soft/relaxing/calm feel we gave the room, which worked so well when the guests arrived in all their vibrant colors and were there to party.  The theme/feel was not competing, it was the backdrop.  A lot of fun was had by all, Shivali had told me it would be all over by 11pm, but it was around 12;15am when I managed to get bride and groom to leave and around 12:40am when a bunch of the guests left.  Who can blame them, cocktails and dinner on a beautiful lawn looking out to the beautiful Pacific ocean, watching the sunset, then coming in to party, and it was so pleasant outside that even at midnight people were outside enjoying the balmy night.

Then the main event, lovely apricot/salmon colors, beautiful ocean backdrop, our groom coming in on the horse and really enjoying himself, I gave them 30 mins to bring him in over only a few hundred yards, and boy did they milk it and have fun.  Beautiful ceremony done by my favorite Indian officant/priest – he explains/talks through the ceremony so well.  Everyone had lunch, lots of great sandwiches, hot and cold, vege and meat.  Then rest/relaxing, until the evening event.  I was thinking the night may end before 1am due to the prior night, but no such thing, 1:45am was when the last guest left.  As you can see with such a beautiful ballroom and cocktail area to hang out in, why would you leave too.

You may have noticed, on each side of the dancefloor was a big X table with seating for around 30 guests.  From our first meeting Shivali had shown me her inspiration picture with a table like that, she loved it.  So of course we made sure that was incorporated into her celebration and they did look fabulous.

Tx to the great vendor team who worked with us to create this wonderful celebration setting:  Amber Event Productions/Lighting (I have worked with Amber and her team a few times now, she is lovely and they do a great job), Nisie’s Enchanted Florist, Fusion for the linens, Classic Party Rentals for the chivaris, and of course the awesome team at the Ritz Carlton and especially Holly from the catering office and Mike and the banquet team hands on in the ballroom.

I got two really lovely emails from my bride and groom the day after and another the following day, thanking me.  They are sunning themselves in the South Pacific about now and I know they will be having a fabulous time.  It was my honor and pleasure to go through the process with them and end up with such a beautiful, fabulous celebration, they and their guests will remember and talk about for a long long time.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment June 14, 2012

We do Indian Wedding Celebrations

Above are just a few of the Indian ceremonies we have done, these being the photos I got my hands on the quickest.  

We have orchestrated Indian wedding celebrations at the Ritz-Carlton/Laguna, St Regis/Monarch Beach (with elephant) and many at the Hyatt Huntington Beach (horses and elephants).  A lot of couples/families choose the Hyatt HB due to the outside catering not being a big issue due to multiple kitchens/loadin access etc, and the main road for the hotel is not busy so you can have the groom come down the road on a horse or elephant for the baraat and celebrate in the convention valet area without interfering with any of the regular hotel traffic.  A couple of the photos above were inside, one was planned the whole time inside because the next day we did a christian ceremony outside at the same hotel, so we didn’t want to duplicate or use the same area for both ceremonies.  The other inside ceremony turned out to be the rainiest day I have ever seen in S CA in February, and due to the coolness outside even if it wasn’t raining it ended up being and would have been a much more comfortable experience for the guests and with the windows behind we still had an outside feel.  The red and orange color combination has been very popular for many years, but as you can see above, some of our Indian brides are making it a bit more ‘their’ style/look/wedding.  Some are multi day, some we are just doing one day.  Always fun to do.  I already have a couple for this year, so looking very forward to seeing them come to fruition.

If you are looking for a co-ordinator on preferred vendor lists with the major OC hotels and who is familiar with Indian wedding celebrations and loves doing them, give me a call, we would love to help you with your wedding.

Till next time

Lisa

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