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So wonderful Ali had been in touch from the other side of the USA, New Jersey, and she wanted an OC wedding (I would say 70% of my brides are from out of state and a big group of those are from NY/east coast), in fact had seen Pelican Hill and wondered.  So we went to contract without a location, we had a budget and that meant having to make some compromises to make it work if she wanted the location of her dreams.  She was a bit hesitant so we ended up with estimates from a bunch of great LA hotels also, any of which I would have loved to see her wedding at.  This is where a couple’s flexibility and the relationships your wedding planner has with hotel peeps can come together and miracles happen, groom and I have a big chat (I was actually in New Zealand at the time) and we were able to secure Pelican for them, yahooooo


Speaking of the groom, and this happens sometimes, they get really into how the cake looks or the flavors, he came up with the design for each tier, I came up with the cake floating on a bed of lush florals, and voila we had a focal point for the round room area.


Mother nature played a trick on us for this September wedding, there was no sign of the Pacific Ocean for all these folks who had flown in from the east coast, thank goodness they were all in the area for a few days so they did know it was there at some point!! But some of the pics with the sea haze/fog in the background were quite beautiful


I promise you there is an ocean out there, well at least for cocktails the ceremony area was their view/backdrop.

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We came up with elements that a lot of their guests would not have seen, two different centerpieces, one very candely and the other lush/pretty, and of course who doesn’t love a floral chandelier.  The pic above does not do this any justice, you had to be below looking up to realize how many flowers were in there and how beautiful it was. And if you look closely enough you will see the white grand piano left hand front of the ceremony area for the pianist to use, totally completed the whole ceremony look.

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We draped the room, not because you have to but we wanted to and it does always transform a space and even for a large event can give the illusion of intimate.  We do this a lot for my couples not from the OC and for some from the OC, the In N out run at the end of the night for food to go/take as you are leaving, always a hit.

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Of course my fave, the 100 Dove release after the intro of B&G to all at the ceremony, something guests always talk about.  And I love it when we have enough lawn to really go big on the aisle petal scroll, out the back.  Above the view looking towards the rotunda and below the view from rotunda looking down the aisle back towards cocktail/ballroom area.

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Its all in the details, that’s how people know you care and took time, the ceremony was live streamed for those guests not able to attend.  We did my fave white glossy/seamless.decaled dancefloor, we actually used the hotel linens in the ballroom because they fit perfectly with our look, but we did rent La Tavola linens for the cocktail tables using an inspiration picture Ali had from the beginning, and she is not the first bride to use that particular picture with me, lol!!

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Love this aerial view of the ceremony site from the drone and it really shows how there was no ocean to be seen!!! Crazy.


I don’t normally post people pics, but I thought this picture was so soft and really showed what Ali is about, family and love.  This is where having everyone wear the palette of the wedding totally worked and it made me stop and notice.  And, that fog in the background added to the whole effect, yes I know how to make lemonade out of lemons, for sure.

We pulled together a great vendor team for this one, thanks to Joe Latter for the pics above, Marc/The Emotion Picture Studio for video/drone/live streaming and for over 20 years we have done beautiful weddings together, Design Visage for beautifying the ladies, White Flite for the Dove release/perfectly timed as always, Flowers by Cina for orchestrating the vision we had on paper into reality, Chiavari chair rentals for the rotunda and ballroom draping-gotta love a chandelier in the rotunda.  To TMMPRO for our chivaris/round dancefloor&decal and lighting, and to my fave band for many years who adjusted their line up to suit the broad range of music Ali wanted to be able to share with her guests, so easy to work with and they handled ceremony, cocktail and dancing music with ease, Full Spectrum, thank you Adam for being such a great partner and wonderful asset to any wedding celebration/memory for guests.  Then we have the Pelican Hill Team, from Pam to Clancy to the wonderful team actually interacting with the guests on the day, classy and elegant as always.

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Add a comment November 15, 2016

Second Pelican Hill wedding of 2016 for me


Was so thrilled to help Sara and Jeremy with their wedding celebration.  We had a great time planning, pulling the vendor team and vision together, gonna miss them!!

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Sara wanted elegant and calm, think we nailed it!!

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Vendors we love: Karla/Elegant by Design-florals, TMMPRO-dancefloor, Chiavari chair rentals-draping of rotunda, McCune Photography – but the pics above are mine, fyi everyone, lol, Design Visage-Sara and the girls all looked fabulous all night long, Monico Décor-napkins&chiavaris, and of course our team at Pelican Hill Resort, excellence doesn’t even begin to describe how you all are.

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Add a comment March 21, 2016

First wedding of 2016-Pelican Hill Resort, Newport Coast


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.

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Add a comment February 22, 2016

Pelican Hill Resort

Well I had the pleasure of working with George (has now moved on to do great things with a property in LA), Fran, and the team at Pelican (have known them all for years as they all came from the south county hotels I am fortunate to be at a lot) again, for another celebration early in the year.

This couple came to me closer to the wedding date with all their vendors in place, the vision and most of the details handled.  My job was to ensure they had crossed their ts and dotted their i, and run the rehearsal and wedding day for them so they could relax and enjoy the fruits of their planning.

Thanks to Irmina for the photos.  Sometimes I find a gem of a vendor through a bride, and this is one of those occasions.  Irmina was 8 months pregnant, but came and ran around from location to location, kicking off her shoes to take photos from various perches during the night, and was just soooo nice, that I have referred her ever since, and look forward to working with her everytime.  Her passion and enthusiasm is contagious.

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Still excited

Well that was so much fun, I’m going to blab on again.

Was fortunate to be one of a group of co-ordinators from all over the US and some from Mexico that did some site visits with the NH Hotels, in Cancun and Puerta Vallarta. NH is not a brand we know about here in the USA, they are major in Europe, especially Spain, and have a lot of properties in Mexico. Their property in the hotel zone of Cancun has the most beautiful ceremony backdrop ever. 7 tall Mayan (or they could look Greek to some) columns on a curved platform with that gorgeous blue Mexican Caribbean ocean in the background. Wow. A great location for friends/family to have all the fun they can handle at the typical bars the tourist cities of Mexico are known for, you know the ones, they are all close by, lovely pool area to relax at and views from the hotel down the whole 25 miles of zone. We actually stayed at their resort property which is located between Cancun and Playa de Carmen. This would be a great place for the guests who are tired of the partying up around hotel zone to move to to now have the peace/quiet and nothing to do but relax and drink cocktails quietly. The beach is lovely and very swimable, and they have a nice pool area. They also have some great ceremony site areas. The rooms are great, bed on upper area and step down to the living area/balcony. Beautiful bathrooms and nice big bath with a window that for me looked right out to the ocean. The nice thing with either property is that you can make them all inclusive of food & beverage with your rates if you want. After we had come back and had a few months of wedding season, we got to see their property in Puerta Vallarta. Very old world charm Mexican style, yet they have a brand new tower that we stayed in that had great views of the bay and was right on the beach, very swimable. The spa was cute and we were there at a quiet time and were getting treatments for unbelievable rates, so most of us went more that once, but in order to ensure some ladies don’t get in trouble with their husbands, I say no more. Because there was only the one property there they had a bit more time to treat us to experiencing the area. I have been to Puerta Vallarta a couple of times previously, but I saw more in the few days I was there this time than in the other two trips combined. We ziplined, not just one, not just two, we are woman hear us roar, but 13 ziplines!!! After the 2nd one you chose to stop or keep going, as you were moving higher and higher from that point on. All but two ladies who had health issues did the first two, then only 1 who was deathly afraid but did the first 2, moved on. Some did the next 11 with their eyes closed, some got gutsy and went down with one of the cutie young guides who held them which allowed them to hang upside down, not me and there are no pictures to prove it either!!! Some of the ziplines we were a thousand feet above ground so high, you could see back to the bay/ocean, some you whipped through jungle, just brilliant. The 2nd to last one took you down and over the river nice and low and you ended up on a platform in the middle of the river and the last one you went from the platform very low over the water to the river bank, so low you could have your feet or hands or head in the water, depending on which way you were hanging, and at this point some people were totally bored with the normal way and were being very ambitious. One night we took a boat down the whole coastline to a property that John Huston the director had bought during the filming of the Iguana movie with Richard Burton. The owners now have turned it into a Mayan theatre that does a show after dark using water/fire and it was really lovely, then you eat a great meal, all the while on what feels like an island lit only by fire torches and candles, very romantic for those on there honeymoon, and just a great experience for everyone else.

Ok, a couple more weddings to chat about.
Andrea and Ron – Pelican Hill Resort

Loved and enjoyed this couple. Ron is a very busy businessman but was still able to be very involved in decisions that were being made, even with I think visiting about 5 different countries for varying amount of time in the few months we spent pulling it altogether.
Andrea is English and the most enthusiastic, happy to be marrying the man of her dreams, and thrilled to be getting married at a location that was so special to them bride you may come across. They live up the road from the resort, and eat dinner and enjoy the views from the bar a lot, so they even requested their favorite bartender from the bar at the grill be the bartender at their wedding, and as the resort is there to please, he was!! Andrea was often at the resort envisioning how things would look, seeing what others had done, what else she could do to make it more personal to them. The staff at the resort were very used to seeing her around and appreciated her love for the property that they all love also. People came from all over the world for their celebration. A Gelato station was very popular later in the evening, and enjoying your gelato in the lovely courtyard with the fireplace on and the fountain running, just made it perfect. It was really beautiful from beginning to end and so nice to see a couple really get to enjoy their event also.
We put together a great team for their event, all passionate for what they do and a pleasure as always to work with
Music for cere/cocktails and dinner/dancing provided by Essence Entertainment. Officiant was Bruce Danzara. Gorgeous florals by Chris Lindsay.
Enjoy these shots:

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Another lovely couple were Rachel and Chad.
I met mom and bride when they were looking for the perfect place to celebrate. Rachel loved the ocean and so the Pacific Lawn was the perfect place for her. They were just a pleasure to work with and mom and dad were just so gracious in always letting the couple make the major decisions. We had a lot of fun at the tasting!! They were good client’s and followed the guidance of their planner (yes, me) to the T, and ended up with a great team on their side – /photo
Jeff from Moondance for the djing, Tomoko the harpist for cere & cocktails, chaircovers by Fusion and florals by Amanda/Fantasy Florals.

Dad did a really neat thing and got 2 members of their favorite christian band to suprise them around 10am and come in and play a couple of songs. I have to say Jeff/dj is quite the actor when he needs to be and he and dad could go on the road. Our cute couple were blown away and dad certainly got more than the normal hugs and thank yous from his daughter. Enjoy this pic, doesn’t it seem so calm and elegant:


Ok, one more for you on this episode just because I love this shot sooooo much and want to share it with you sooner rather than later………


Isn’t that sky amazing!!!!
Mindy and Curtis, what a lovely lovely couple. Just such nice people. Mindy put so much thought into what the guests would experience (including a photobooth that was kept very very busy) and couldn’t wait for her day to come. We worked with the lovely Kelly at the hotel who together with Jackie and Valerie make all things hotel come to life on the day. So nice to have a bold use of color. Her guest count was a bit higher than expected (that is good when more people want to come than you had thought or hoped for, right??!!) so we had to put some guests on the lower level, but instead of using the normal rounds, Mindy opted to do the big dining table so everyone down there felt as one and had a beautiful table to enjoy, it worked so well. Great team on this wedding too (aren’t I lucky)
Linens/chivaris by my good friends at Fusion Linens
Cere music by string trio – the hilarious Elaine and her troupe from Naples Chamber Music, and my A1 guy dj, Peter pop –

Till next time


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