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Beautiful couple and beautiful Ritz wedding

Working with Erika and David over the past year was just a joy.  Very busy couple with kids going here and there and travelling and busy with work, so sometimes wedding planning halted and then we would get going again.  That is the beauty of how I work, I could pull your wedding together in a week, but for most brides that would freak them out, so anytime longer than that means you can halt anytime you want/need to  and there is no panic/pressure from me!!!

Erika had inspiration pics that she pretty much stuck to through the process and they were very much a reflection of her, soft, lovely and in love with love

All the tables had these lovely floorlength linen overlays and we did not use the Ritz baseplates (2 to choose from) this year my brides are loving these new chargers I get through one of my vendors.

The furniture setting on the balcony was actually copied from a wedding they had gone to, but we added florals to the wrought iron and Erika provided the rug which means when she sees it at home it will remind her of her wedding, love that

In 16 years of doing weddings in the Plaza Room no one ever brought up the idea of draping the whole room, but over the years I had brides who wanted to cover paintings in there so we had been creative with draping particular areas, placing trees and placing something on the mantle to cover the fireplace picture, but draping the whole room, hmmmmm. So when Erika said lets do it, I was excited to see the outcome, and it was

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beautiful, and now all my brides are doing it.  It totally transforms the room and makes it soft and romantic and elegant, intimate and I think it makes the room feel a bit bigger.

 

We had an awesome candy table setup in the foyer during dinner and guests made to go bags or grabbed some to eat later in the evening when they felt the need.

 

I love it when a bride lets me guide them to the perfect team for them for their vision/style and budget, and when I say budget, anytime you look at the pics from my couples weddings, whatever you think they may have spent, in reality they probably spent less because I know the right people out there.  Our awesome vendor team on this wedding was: Frank Salas for the pics above and some were mine, Design Visage for the beautifying of all the ladies, Elegant by Design/florals, Chiavari chair rentals, TMMPRO, The Sugar Philosophers, Peter/Vive Ent, Naples Strings, White Flite Dove Release, and my fave Rabbi, Rabbi Ian!! And of course the wonderful ladies and gentlemen at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel xooxoxo

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Add a comment June 24, 2017

Park Hyatt Aviara wedding

So pleased I got my pals at Square Root to come on board with this one, vendor relationships are so important and that can not be forgotton or misunderstood.  I knew they were the only vendor that could pull off the vision and do it for the budget we had which was not grand.

A very modern look and lots of detail

 

Sorry for the loopy pics, but they were taken by me as I didn’t want to wait for the photographers, lol

When I first mentioned ice martini luge it was okayed, but it turned out even more fabulous than I was expecting it to be, thanks to my friends over at Carving Ice, guests loved it and had their pics taken with it, which happens a lot, and then there was the hanging cake…….. I have never seen an executive pastry chef at a hotel put so much heart and pride into a cake, and the hotel was quite excited, it was their first hanging cake, love to be a first anywhere, lol!!

On the floral sample meeting day which was done through facetime as our bride could not be in town, I started thinking about the placecard table and where we would have had a great display I got a little crazy and it turned out fabulous, thank goodness our B&G went along with a lot of my inspirations or sudden thoughts on what we could do here and there, and even better, later that night the placecard table turned into our fabulous candy station for guests to take on their way out.  The Sugar Philosophers did an awesome job and also provided all the custom signs/water bottles and bags (the bags also got used for the donut station which was making lovely hot donuts right there!!)

 

Draping, dancefloor and decal (which was their initials quite large in gold), lighting, plus the chiavaris we used at the ceremony site were all done by TMMPRO, love working with Jack and his team xoxoxo

You may have noticed, different table shapes and chairs, the family and bridal party tables were white and gold curved tables and had florals above and on the table along with hanging orbs with flowers in them and we got lovely white and gold chairs to go with that look.  For the round tables, a variety of centerpieces but all complimenting each other and beautiful white linens along with the hottest wedding rental chair right now which we got through Chiavari Chair Rentals/Steven and he also had a fabulous new charger that we used and I have used a couple of times since now also, its so pretty.

Lots of special components involved, we had strings for the cere, but not a normal quartet I had to do quite a bit of hunting and found a trio that could get an electric violinist to play with them, and it was fabulous.  We had Peter/Vive ent as our dj mcee (and he kept the dancefloor full to where we extended for nearly 2 hours, and it was daylight saving night so when we ended and got in our cars it was saying 3am instead of 2am, lol, but there were some relatives of the groom’s that have a band in Nashville and the groom really wanted them to play a bit, they obliged, groom told me they were good, but they were really good, kind of In sinc style and songs, soooo good, they did the first dance song, mother/son song and also a dedication to the B&G where everyone just sat in their chairs and watched/listened, a really nice touch, kudos to The Katina’s.

Design Visage did the prettying up (not that these girls needed a bit of it) and we kept one of the artists on through the end of the main events for touchups, which is always nice if there is going to be a gown change or you just want to change to a more party style look than wedding style with your hair and or makeup.

Frank Salas has got a new venture in addition to his photography, a photobooth which is hooked up to all social media etc, as he was not booked for photography on this night he was very kind and came and operated the booth which had an awesome backdrop that our bride was really into, hedging with a neon sign, and we had a beautiful sitting area which we ended up moving to the side because it was taking up room and too many people wanted to have group shots infront of the cool backdrop, but never fear, it was used by folks to sit in while waiting for their turn!!  Waste not I say.

You can check Hoo Films out, google them, they did a great video overview of this day/event which turned out great.

Thanks to the fab folks at Park Hyatt Aviara, they rolled with the weird situations we had due to careers getting in the way of wedding planning (lol) and went over and above in absolutely every aspect of this event.  Looking very forward to my next one there.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment April 22, 2017

Vibiana – Downtown Los Angeles wedding

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I love doing weddings for siblings and normally there could be many months or years inbetween, but for this wedding I had done the brides brother’s wedding under a month prior.  So it was fun to see everyone, a lot of the same guests, so soon, like seeing my own friends again.  Plus I love the parents of the bride and my comment as they were leaving at the end was, I was sad they did not have more children to get married!! Boo hoo

So the two pics above show the two main areas used at Vibiana, outdoor ceremony and then indoors for dinner/dancing.  Cocktails are held in the courtyard to the left of the ceremony site, and its really cool to realize you are in the heart of downtown LA and look up and see old and new architecture/buildings, but not feel like you are in the midst of it all.

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The pictures above were done earlier, note the lighting in the main hall and you will see it looking a bit different with a lighting change, and I loved how the Rabbi’s shadow is very obvious in the area we were going to be doing the ketubah signing.  It was a dusk/dark time for the ceremony, see below how lovely it was.

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Sweetheart table and cake on the altar, and a view of the altar with lanterns and greenery reused from the ceremony.

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Ronit had a totally different vision/vibe for her wedding than what her brothers was, and Wisteria Flowers captured everything perfectly and were just so wonderful to work with.

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Great vendor team we assembled, thanks to Hom Photography for some of the photos above (some are mine), Design Visage for beautifying everyone fabulously as always, 90210 dj Nathan/have worked with him a couple of times now, and to Denise at Vibiana.

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Lisa

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Add a comment February 24, 2017

Balboa Bay Resort wedding

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Such super sweet nice people, the couple, her family, the friends and family on the day, I DO love my job!!  On our first meeting my bride made it clear that yellow was her favourite color, my question back was, what shade of yellow, she said ‘happy’ yellow, so of course in the designing/suggestions I made as we went through the process, ‘happy’yellow it was!

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We kept yellow out of the ceremony so as not to distract in photos, the girls had yellow bouquets, so the pop was there.  The brides brother is not a professional officiant but he officiated the ceremony and it was quite lovely/personal.

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I loved that she was in, when I said, what about a happy yellow dancefloor.  It made such an impact and everyone was talking about it, even the GM of the hotel came up to see and he then sent others up to take a look.  We were in the Bayview room which has wonderful Newport harbor views/windows along one side, but we wanted to center the cake but a service door is right behind where it would be and along with the silver/gray linens/chairs we were doing I knew the impact of the yellow could be lost or the room may look a bit messy, so we draped the 3 walls and it turned out fabulous.

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My new fave vendor http://www.thesugarphilosophers.com did another beautiful/elegant candy table which was set up during dinner so when guests left, they passed what was the placecard table was now a transformed table with bags to create their own takeaway/favor.

Another great day because I was able to guide her to select the right team for their wedding, thanks to Jacqueline Kay photography for the pics above and for also being so great to work with, Peter/Vive Ent for as always being the best dj/mcee/music guy-guests and my couples love him, Karla/Elegant by Design for the florals which had the right amount of yellow and for making the collections look great/mom was looking for the tradition tall floral ball but that was not our brides style/vision, Kim/Shane Productions-video-for just being so fab.  Design Visage for ensuring everyone looked gorgeous from beginning to end.  TMMPRO for our wonderful yellow dancefloor and silver decal, the draping and our lighting-which is everything!!  We used the room at the end of the dining area for the photobooth which was very popular.  And last but not least the great team at Balboa Bay Resort, we love working with you all.

Till next time

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Add a comment December 18, 2016

Monarch Beach Resort fab wedding

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Ahhhhhhh, from the moment dad and bride came to meet with me I knew this was going to be a wonderful experience, I was so right.  We had their ceremony at a church in Laguna and then cocktails at the Sunset Terrace followed by dinner/dancing in the Monarch Ballroom at the Monarch Beach Resort/formerly the St Regis Monarch Beach

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Whitney knew from moment one she wanted Nisie’s Enchanted Florist to be her gal, and of course everything was perfection.  Signature drink luge by Carving Ice, both their last names started with an M, so an M luge seemed perfect.

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Glossy/seamless dancefloor with custom decal and acrylic chiavaris by TMMPRO as always

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Seating chart display, and the beautiful/elegant candy table that had South African candies in honor of our groom and the contingent that came from South Africa.

Thanks to Larry Crandall for the beautiful photos above, Epod photobooth for always coming and doing your thing seamlessly, Dan/Plug Video, Design Visage for beautifying everyone as always-they all held up until the end of the event/so important, the band that keeps the dancefloor full and created some special moments by playing/singing some South African songs/Full Spectrum, love you guys!!! Luxe Linens for napkins/linens, and last but not least, my family/team at the Monarch Beach Resort, its been 15 years of pure joy working with you all   xoxoxoxo

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment December 5, 2016

Pelican Hill lovely

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment November 15, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Laguna wedding

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Ahhh lovely Jenn, she knew what she liked and didn’t, so making decisions was quick and we pulled together the perfect vendor team/vision for her, and a reflection of her. Pretty, soft, romantic.

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Thanks to Barnett Photography for the pics and being so great to work with, Parallel Media/video-we had quite a run for a few weeks together, Father Brian for always officiating a great ceremony, Design Visage for beautifying everyone and as always keeping things on time/perfect and everyone always looks as good at the end which is so important, OCAVS for the perfect shade of lighting, Flowers by Cina for bringing Jenn and my vision to reality xoxoxox, Naples Strings for ceremony and cocktails, Peter/Vive Ent for as always being the epitomy of the perfect dj for many reasons, Luxe Linens for the dining linens/napkins, Wildflower Linens for the overlays, TMMPRO for the beautiful dancefloor and chivaris, and as a surprise to the groom, these cigar guys on the balcony, he loved it!!

And of course, without our ladies and gentlemen and that beautiful Ritz-Carlton Laguna the end result would not be as fabulous!!! xoxoxo

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Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment November 8, 2016

Monarch Beach pretty wedding

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The groom was actually the one who booked me(when I was actually in New Zealand in March, we had a couple of phone chats and then we were off) and we got things going, once our bride was able to jump in it was obvious she had a ‘pretty’ style and lots of inspirations from pinterest and instagram.  The pictures here are a mix of mine and Joe Latter’s, the above two are Joe’s and I really love them both.  Great shot of the guys!!

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We had the combo of Pacific Lawn and Club 19 which doesn’t happen often, but when you choose a morning ceremony/lunch reception on a Sunday, you tend to be able to get a bit more than normal.  The petal aisle turned out great Elegant by Design!!

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We love Club 19 and the changes with the new hotel name change have really added to this area.  I also love how my couples tend to do the decal on the dancefloor(both from TMMPRO and the chiavaris also) and each one is really different, my couples weddings are all about their style, not mine or someone elses.

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Purple and lavender are my fave colors too, so I loved this palette with the white and gold to allow it to pop and accent.

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Nothing to say, the lavender sprig was lovely, simple and all that was needed to tie everything in.

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The acrylic pedestals and glass vases allowed the flowers to show at the ceremony and not get lost against this large rotunda structure, the florals were just lovely.

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Lots of wooden signs to put on easels in different areas and gold signs to go in florals, cake etc, yes Etsy did well out of our Miss Andrea!!!  Design Visage beautified everyone beautifully as always, I loved the detail of Andrea’s hair from the back.

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Look at how fabulous Andrea looks in the tunnel, and look at her sexy side view of her gown!!

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Their 2 babies walked up the aisle.  Lovely details, notes to the parents and groomsmen gifts

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Here I am in action, pinning my groom’s bout.  The favor was, guests making their own sachet of fresh lavender, it smelt so good there.

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Had a couple of brides do a ‘dad first look’ this year, its quite emotional/touching for everyone.

Great vendor team, we all knew each other which is always so great, Alan Katz/officiant and David Krieger/dj were there too, and a new vendor we got to meet/work with Dove Weddings/videographer.  And of course, Laura and the banquet team at the Monarch Beach Resort, xoxoxoxoxo

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment October 24, 2016

Church and Island Hotel celebration

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Brian and Rona picked a church in downtown Los Angeles and a hotel in the OC for their wedding reception, so a lot of driving for everyone but worth it, we had a great celebration for this great couple.  The churches in LA are so ornate but we enhanced this one a bit more, Rona wanted the outside entrance doors prettied up, and navy was their color so I suggested that we get a custom runner for the church and Brian made that his task and it turned out great.

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Then the fabulous looking ballroom at the Island Hotel

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We had a martini ice luge, and used it to showcase the blue again. Great job as always, Dan at Carving Ice.

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Don’t see caketops that much anymore, I really loved this one.

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This cake picture was before the lights were dimmed, further up is the pic as the guests saw the cake/room, quite a bit different!!

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Lighting does make the difference.

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Details! And my fave napkin fold this season.  Rona and Brian were great and trusting of me guiding them to the right vendors for their style and budget.  Florals/Elegant by Design, Photo/Tony Florez (thanks for the pics), Design Visage for bridal beauty, Jeff Holmes/Moondance Mobile Music-dj, Shane Productions/video, ALS for transportation, Veronika/belly dancer, Monico Rentals/linens and chiavaris, and my pal TMMPRO for our beautiful dancefloor.  Last but not least, Kelly and the team at Island Hotel, awesome to work with, and Miss Kelly folded and placed every napkin in the room this night!!

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment August 15, 2016

Ritz -Carlton Laguna wedding

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They booked me for Month of service before they even booked the hotel and when the service officially kicked in, David said two things to me which I loved….. We should have booked you for the bigger service, I have no idea how you do what you do, dealing with vendors was so frustrating.  What can we do that would be really unique?

Well thank you David, when you love what you do it’s not work and it’s easy and how about a champagne lady??!!  We had the champagne lady greet the guests at cocktail hour and then again she was in the ballroom when they came in and they took a glass for the toasts. They had my preferred vendor list and made some good decisions along the way and actually did ok considering they were a destination wedding.

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Sweet/simple look for the ceremony, with that backdrop you don’t need more

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We had a bling photo backdrop at one end of the room

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An old fashioned floral combination for the sweetheart table but it really looked lovely

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Our groom wanted a cool dj booth and Revelry Event Design had a few to choose from

Thanks to Lin & Jirsa for the pics and being so great to work with, they wore many hats for this one, photo/video/photobooth/drone, TMMPRO for my fave dancefloors and decals, Jason Jass/Visions Entertainment/dj for being a pleasure to work with, the lovely ladies at Design Visage for beautifying our bride/moms/bridesmaids, and the team at Ritz-Carlton as always, love love love you all for helping me create wonderful memories for couples and their family and friends, for over 15 years now.

Till next week

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