Posts tagged ‘Hyatt Huntington Beach Resort & Spa ‘

Hyatt HB – Huntington Ballroom

I do a lot of cultural weddings, now what does that mean? Weddings that are for couples that their family history/background is not American, they have come from other countries – sometimes the couple came here when they were young, or they are 1st or 2nd generation born here, sometimes as with me one of the couple is American and the other is not so you incorporate traditional elements from the culture not represented, and sometimes they are couples coming here from other countries wanting an ‘American style’ wedding celebration.  I love it, my ‘job’ is never boring and you learn a lot about how others live/interact and most of all celebrate.

Sarah and David had a beautiful sunset backdrop ceremony with a style i had not seen before, they sat at a table at the front with the Islamic officiant.  See, learning something everyday.

The cere and ballroom looked beautiful thanks to EBD Floral as always, and TMMPRO for covering the stage/draping and the lighting.  They had a caterer that created this fruit display which everyone expects to see/have, but i have never seen a display like this, it was incredible.  Our bride was married in a jade green gown/traditional and then changed into an ‘American style’ white gown for the reception – she looked fabulous in both.


Thanks to Arash/Rugger Productions for the ballroom pics, Design Visage for hair/makeup, and to Viral Booth OC for the Photobooth that we surprised the guests with after dinner/they setup in the ballroom during dinner in one of the corners, so my guests had no idea until they started seeing people with pics, it was a hit.  Now the fun part of being a planner is especially with cultural vendors they tend to be a bit more, walk to the beat of their own drum, so not going to mention them but just say that when they were supposed to be in the ballroom for doors opening they were no where to be found and when i finally got the band leader on phone they had left property.  The father of the groom was livid but we had no choice but to wait.  Bride and Groom were aware and where normally with a non-cultural vendor this would be your last gig with anyone who ever heard about it, no one was allowed to let the band have it for delaying doors opening because they did not want to upset them/have them not do a good job or want to leave, and during the event guests were saying how great they were and they were going to hire them for their wedding (bride told me this) and thus we have the vicious cycle where vendors behaving badly, because guests and normally our couples don’t know what is going on behind the scenes, get to live and work again and probably keep behaving badly.  Crazy but true and this is not the first time I have dealt with naughty vendors for sure and i know it won’t be the last unfortunately.

till next time



714 305 7112

Add a comment April 12, 2020

Hyatt Huntington Beach


Interesting trend now of couples choosing hotels for their weddings but using the spaces differently or getting creative with the spaces.  Julia did this exact thing by using a traditional ceremony site but then doing dinner/dancing at the Red Chair Lounge a more casual/loungy vibe space.

img_8858 l07a8171

The palm tree pic I took  as sunset was happening, and the rest of the pics are courtesy of Tony Florez, always great to see/work with him.  I loved the colors and the modern tight look Julia went with and that Karen’s Flowers pulled off.  DJ Mister Bill was right on with his music throughout the dancing portion, and Naples provided elegant strings for the Huntington Beach/Pacific Ocean backdrop ceremony

l07a8178 l07a8182    l07a8627 l07a8631

There were 2 cakes, the soda can and the donut were both personal and the guests all got it, and a trend that has been big this season, a small cake for the traditional cutting but cupcakes for the guests to actually eat.  The sweetheart table and we had to go with a more traditional napkin fold (which my brides know I am not a fan of) but there was a wee breeze and the rental napkins were satiny and could not hang off the table without sliding right on off, lol. We love intimate weddings!!

Till next time


714 305 7112

instagram   lisasimpsonweddings

pinterest   lisasimpsonwdgs


Add a comment October 16, 2016

Hyatt Huntington Beach-Vista Ballroom

IMG_0379 IMG_0381

Our lovely Hya was definitely influenced by things she saw on instagram/social media and you will see some in these pics.  Lots of details and a great celebration was had by all.

IMG_0386 IMG_0388

The ceremony was held at a church and Hya had Teri come to the hotel earlier in the day to keep them on track so there was less stress/Hya having to tell the girls where/when to be that morning.

IMG_0389 IMG_0390

Great job Karla/Elegant by Design for bringing it all together and for some of the elements Hya had organized that did not work for your Tammy to take the time to make them work!

IMG_0391 IMG_0393

I’ve been doing weddings in Vista Ballroom since the day the hotel opened and I have draped the whole room which has meant the doors were draped, that was all Hya wanted/needed, and I loved it, she was thinking on the other side, but my Teri and I decided on the day it would have a longer impact if the grand entrance was done through it and anytime guests looked at the doors they saw it on the inside, Hya loved our decision.

IMG_0396 IMG_0399

Lighting went between lavender and pink during the event, and was done along with the dj/mceeing by Invisible Touch.

IMG_0404 IMG_0414

Monico Décor did the rentals and draping.  The team at the Hyatt Huntington Beach as always helped us pull of such a great celebration.


Till tomorrow


instagram   lisasimpsonweddings

pinterest   lisasimpsonwdgs

714 305 7112


Add a comment February 9, 2016

Hyatt Huntington Beach wedding

photo 3 photo

Quick post today.  Kathy booked me for minimum service, she had all her vendors except video, so Shane Productions stepped in there, yay Kim.  Kathy had listened to me regarding the bridge and covering it so you didn’t see guests walking over it during the cere, and I loved the backdrop she had done for the foyer, as they greeted the guests there and had a picture taken with them before they entered the ballroom, and then later guests were coming out and doing their own pics/selfies.

Till tomorrow

pinterest  lisasimpsonwdgs

instagram  lisasimpsonweddings

714 305 7114






Add a comment January 22, 2016

Persian wedding at Hyatt Huntington Beach

4 5

I loved Amir and Melika (I know I seem to say that a lot, but its true, I receive lovely lovely couples) and helping her vision (that Amir was happy to go along with always!!) come to reality was just a pleasure.

6 7 8 11

I had all the cultural vendors they needed, the sofreh lady, the tea and fruit lady, and my lovely Shahrzad Ardalan my favourite Persian officiant.  For music DJ Julius was perfect for them and I love working with him.  They found the violinist and the crème de la crème of the night was Kamran and Hooman taking the stage, we were suddenly at a concert and the guests loved it!!

14 15  19 21 22 23    27 33

The rest of the vendor team was hand picked and perfect for their celebration; Frank Salas Photographer (thanks for the pics above), Newport Bay Productions/video, Royal Bakery for another one of their spectacular cakes/display, White Flite for the dove release at the end of the ceremony, Elegant by Design/florals, Henry/famous hair and makeup artist in the Persian community, and TMMPRO for the round white dancefloor (my fave for 2014&15) and the acrylic chiavaris, and Wildflower Linen for our bride and groom chair covers!!  As everyone walked in behind the headtable, everyone saw them and took pics of them!!  And of course, the Hyatt HB & Cheryl for always being so easy to work with/helping me make the dream come true.

Till next time


pinterest   lisasimpsonwdgs

instagram   lisasimpsonweddings

714 305 7112








Add a comment January 20, 2016

Hyatt Huntington Beach fun celebration

photophoto 2

I really do get the best couples, so so lucky.  Samantha and Chris were just awesome, we had way too much fun pulling this celebration together.  They are both from England but moved to Huntington Beach to work, so we had a great mix of locals and English folk!!  Fascinators in the house for sure.  Fun details that were obvious reflections of them, Sam lived on Etsy and the signature drink sign was perfect, it actually keeps getting re-grammed on my instagram when friends of brides see it, Sam’s bike/noted below, I showed them my neighbours fun program from his wedding last year and they took it and ran with it, full of fun/interesting facts that totally get the guests involved and they learn stupid stuff about the couple/wedding planning, which they love.  Right after the ceremony I went to pull Sam and Chris back for the group/combo pics and guess what I found them doing, a selfie, you can see that below, of course my first question to them was, who the heck had a cell phone on them, yes groom guilty as charged at least he had it on silent!!  Too funny

We pulled together a great team to reflect how they are; Joel Austell/photographer and thanks for the pics, Linda Trott for as always officiating a great ceremony and is one of the few officiants out there that can provide the marriage license and we had the B&G sign it during the cere as that is something that is done in Commonwealth countries, I did it during my ceremony too.  Design Visage for beautifying the ladies and they looked great until the end, Karla Flores/Elegant by Design for hearing us and bringing the vision to reality. Jim Vita/guitar for cere/cocktails, Peter/Vive Entertainment for djing/mceeing wonderfully as always and keeping that dancefloor full until the end and the encores!!  Monico for the rentals, Luxe Linens for the perfect shade for the napkins, and 4 Snapz for the photobooth/backdrop which incorporated Samantha’s favorite thing her beach bike which Karla decorated.  And of course to the Hyatt HB, they picked you because Huntington Beach is so important to them and their lives, and as always the team worked flawlessly with us to bring it all together and create a great celebration/memories for everyone involved, thank you, thank you, thank you.

photo 3photo 5Sam and Chris 8-21-2015-01378Sam and Chris 8-21-2015-01397Sam and Chris 8-21-2015-01441Sam and Chris 8-21-2015-01162Sam and Chris 8-21-2015-00711 Sam and Chris 8-21-2015-00747 Sam and Chris 8-21-2015-00780 Sam and Chris 8-21-2015-00783

Till next time


instagram   lisasimpsonweddings

pinterest   lisasimpsonwdgs

714 305 7112




Add a comment January 13, 2016

Happy New Year/Decade

Hi there

I hope everyone had a nice xmas day (if that is what you celebrate), and a safe/fun bringing in of the New Year.  We certainly can’t complain here in S.CA, we have been wearing t-shirts and having nice 70 degree days while most of the country is all white.  Brrrrrrrrrr.  That is why I live here.

So 2010 is here, and if this is the year of your wedding.  Enjoy the process, because it should be fun/enjoyable, and here’s to you and the start of a whole new chapter in your life.

On days when I wasn’t busy, I got all 4 digital cameras out that we have in the house, and starting printing out hundreds of pics to put in the albums.  I was always a film girl which I loved because someone developed the pics and then I just put them in the albums, nice and easy and very soon after they were taken.  But this year I ran out of film several times and there was just too many digitals sitting around which were way too convenient to pick up and use.  So what an effort, took hours, but the albums are updated, and now I have decided to use the digital camera, and once I have so many pics on the card I am just going to send them over to the photo store and have them print them out, and then I can put them in the albums.  My and my kids lives are well documented in albums, everything we do, every important moment.  The good news is, one day any grandkids/great grandkids that come along will have access to the family history this way, but I can already see with my two, that their pics stay in their computers or go in places where they can be easily deleted when new and more exciting pics are taken, so at some point, hard copy pictures just won’t be a happening thing.  Oh well.  Can’t fight technology.  I tried and tried, but you just can’t.  So anyway, I digress, while clearing the digital cameras I found some wedding pics I had taken on my husbands for some strange reason, must have thought I wasn’t going to see pics from their professional photographer (and I was right), so took some myself, and because I don’t have anything else to chat about, you now get to see them

This wedding was at the Hyatt Huntington Beach (Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, if you want to be official).  A lovely couple who loved baseball but hard core followers of different teams.  Great colors and thought put into everything, so enjoy.  Note the lounge furniture area with the 3 ice-carvings, 2 of which show their team preferences.  There was a groom’s cake which was done as a complete suprise for the groom, that was a replica of the SD baseball park, it was amazing.  Anyway, a great wedding, fun couple and bridal party group.  Hyatt staff as always lovely to work with, and my Hyatt specialist/co-ordinator Miss Peni was my assistant that day, amazing job as always.

Ok, so everyone deserves a gift for the holidays/New Year, or because they are getting married, so whether you are going to call me and book me to help you with your wedding planning or not (at least call and chat with me before going elsewhere)!!), here is yours.  If you are looking for suits or tuxes to rent, the best company here in S.CA is Friar Tux.  They have been around for years, and where others are closing their doors, that will not be the case here.  Each local store has a great display of what they have to offer, plus they have hardcopy brochures if you prefer or need, but they also have everything on the web.  Now why the web is important, because it doesn’t matter where you or any male who is going to need something is based, Switzerland, New York, Fiji, or here locally, you the couple pick the style (can be in person or over the web) and get it put in the computer under your name/date etc, and then your men just call in their measurements and voila, on the designated day, the suits/tuxes are waiting and ready for that S Ca wedding celebration.  Very seldom have any dilemmas last minute when someone uses them, but if something does happen, their main alterations/warehouse location is right here in Anaheim, so all will be well in time.  I have seen disasters when other companies have been used and how inconvenient it has been to get things fixed prior to, one groom spent half of our rehearsal on the phone to the tux company he used trying to fix the problems and then trying to work out how to get suits back to them and then back in time for the wedding, which was happening 24 hours later, it seemed to be all him working it out, not a lot of help from the other side of the phone!!!

Anyway, use them, and when you pre-register your wedding with them, give this code N11321.

This code will give you the great service/product I talked about above, but also a $100 gift card to a variety of stores, BB&Beyond, Crate&Barrel, Target, Victorias Secret, and…… the groom’s tux/suit will be free.  It’s a special promotion and you are the winner all round, so go for it.

You know, if you are going to a wedding/having one elsewhere where there are no Friar Tux Stores, or you are not from here, but someone/you are/is flying thru LAX or San Diego, or Inland Empire, you could still do this, as they have branches everywhere from San Diego up to Bakersfield and Ventura County, so during your layover you could have your pickup arranged for the branch closest to the airport you are coming thru, head out, get them, back to the airport, back on the plane, off to the wedding, and then do the same thing in reverse on the way back.  All depends if the free tux and the gift card and their rental pricing for the rest of the suits/tuxes make it worth your time/effort compared to your local place.

Happy New Year

Till next time


Add a comment January 7, 2010

In the swing of blogging!

Well I could just keep filling up my space with pictures and stories of weddings and I will talk about a few more that I think could be of interest, but will probably take my blogging more in the direction of information to help bride’s who may be contemplating whether to hire a co-ordinator, or which vendors to choose, so be looking for blogs in the future that I hope will really help in your planning and thought process.


Hadn’t been in Cancun for around 21 years and ended up going back two times this year.  I have talked already about a trip I did where I was checking out the NH Hotels for destination weddings and honeymoons,  today’s blog is from our family trip down there in July.  We stayed for 12 nights and at three hotels during that time.  The best was the Casa Magna/JW Marriott combo where you can stay at either and use the amenities of either.  They are right next door to each other so perfect.  Both have great restaurants and pool areas.  The Spa at the JW is excellent, imagine showering from the 8th floor or whatever I was on with a 1/2 length window looking out to the Caribbean and about 10 shower heads/jets working away, fab u lous.  While we were there an Indian wedding had pretty much taken over the JW.  They had the pre wedding day festivities outside the night prior, and on the wedding day we watched the groom come along the beach on a horse surrounded by the cheering family/music etc, it really created a lot of interest from the hotel guests who had never seen anything like that before.  Unfortunately before he got to the area where he would go to the cere site it absolutely poured down.  So they all got drenched and as the ceremony was going to be outside on a Gazebo Lawn with ocean backdrop at the Casa Magna, they delayed until the rain was gone (doesn’t take long) and gave everyone time to go and change and refresh hair and makeup (the bride was nice and dry this whole time inside as was her family).  They did get married outside about an hour later and then did their dinner reception outside on a large lawn at the Casa Magna with great lighting and colorful linens.  A great celebration for those to remember who were lucky enough to be invited and attend.  The other great point to note with these locations, is that they have ballrooms and banquet space including one unique covered outdoor/indoor area where I could see a large ceremony being done if you had to move in and not feel too sad.  During our days there we  saw quite a few ceremonies being set up on the beach at different locations/resorts for intimate groups for sunset ceremonies.  Very fun, and obviously an alternative desination that a lot of couples are choosing.

Ritz-Carlton, Laguna

Moneli and Tommy had a great celebration at the Ritz tearlier this year.  Why I wanted to share this one was even though it was not my first Persian wedding at the Ritz, it was the first time we had done the sofreh outside on the Gazebo Lawn.  That area can be really windy and for the amount of work that goes into a sofreh it could have been a challenge if the weather did not co-operate.  The great news is it did.  So here you will see the ceremony set up and then the ballroom with all the decor elements that Moneli wanted to have to create her perfect celebration.  Very pretty.  Thanks to for the great shots.

Speaking of the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna, this is a shot of a cake that really caught my eye this year.  I hope the beauty of it comes out in this shot, in person it really made you stand there and just admire it.  The wonderful news is, not only do the Ritz’s cakes look fabulous (and they can create anything) they taste great too.  None of that what I call ‘fairy’ cake that disappears in your mouth or tiny slices, your guests get nice large, thick slices of great tasting cake.  No-one leaves a wedding there hungry!!

Hyatt Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

Here is a lovely intimate wedding also done earlier in the season, using two locations at the Hyatt that aren’t used as much as they should be.  The ceremony was done in the Spa Courtyard, and the beauty of this site is not only the surroundings/very nature like, but that the sun is behind everyone, so no one is complaining about sun in their eyes.  Then the Fountain Ballroom which is a lovely smaller ballroom, no windows, but the guests have cocktails outside in the courtyard and can see over to the beach area, then they come into this enclosed room that by using great linens/chairs and some uplighting can become the celebration to remember.  No-one wanted to leave this event as the room just felt so warm and cosy, they sat there chatting at the tables for quite a while after the music was off and done.  That says a lot for  the atmosphere created, yay. Thanks to Alison of Bleu Cotton Photography for the two shots below.  Always fun to work with.

Here is a ceremony site where the couple also used the Fountain Ballroom but the groom wanted a coastal facing site, so very different to the Spa Courtyard above.  The guests were in the shade though which was nice.

St Regis, Monarch Beach

I really love it when I have the more intimate affairs and we can create a fabulous table.  Tara was great to work with and together with her vision, fabulous Amanda of Fantasy Florals, and a great groom Jim who agreed with every decision Tara and I made (way to go Jim), another great celebration was created and enjoyed by the lucky guests, and not wanting the night to end, they closed the hotel bar down I believe much later!!!  Thanks to Jeff of Moondance Dj services who did a great job handling both the ceremony music through cocktails, and then dinner and the party!!  Photos courtesy of my lovely, as always the best to work with .

Tara looked gorgeous courtesy of her parent’s gene’s and the ladies of on the wedding day!!  LOL

Well, that went on a bit longer than I intended.  Until my next one.  Happy Thanksgiving to all.


Add a comment November 26, 2009






May 2022

Posts by Month

Posts by Category