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Hyatt Huntington Beach fun celebration

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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.

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Plaza Room U Shape setup

I was looking forward to seeing this wedding come to fruition.  Juliana is English/Australian, and I knew there were going to be a bunch of Australian’s there, and even though I am a New Zealander, it warms my heart to be in a room with accents that makes me feel like I am at home, plus Julianna is just an elegant, lovely person and her taste is elegant and the feeling she wanted to create was soft/warm/elegant and we achieved that.

She wanted everyone who had travelled from all around the world and USA to feel as important as everyone else (she was also my second bride in a row to add up all the miles people had come, I thought I was having deja vu for a minute), so we did a U-shape in Plaza/double sided.  I have done this a few times, but not so recently, so good to do it again.  We had to make room for my  fave band so the U was slightly off center, but that gave us room to place, yes another non-wedding cake wedding (seems to be the trend this year), a dessert station!!

The ceremony was beautiful, her vows were so sincere and beautiful, and poor Lonnie he started his by saying he now regretted being a gentleman and letting her go first, that gave everyone a giggle.  The room was lovely and warm, and the right people were in it.  From  the time Adam and the Full Spectrum band started their first dancing song (yes we put a 7 piece band in here, again the upside of using a co-ordinator who works with vendors that makes things happen, Adam has done this for me before, they only have a postage stage space and are on the floor, and he makes it work) until the last song, 80% of the crowd was on the dancefloor the whole time, thank goodness for the U shape, it gave them more dancing room than the normal setup, they were on the carpet/dancefloor and even on the balcony.  Love that band and loved how much this bride and groom LOVED their wedding celebration.

Juliana and I put this wedding together with me here and her in Chicago, no trips out here.   She trusted me with the vendor selection, basing it on her style/budget and vision.  As they were leaving they both thanked me again (they were such a thankful couple the whole way thru the event and to each of the vendors) and she touched my heart by saying she would miss our communicating and that I was a really special person.  That ladies and gentlemen is what has me smiling all the way home and sleeping well.  Aaaah.

Thanks to the fab James Johnson from Venice Beach for these pics, he is one of the few that loves film but does both, but really has the artist in him still and is soooo passionate when shooting.  Full Spectrum Band, Adam, every wedding it only reinforces to me why I love you and the band so much, you kick butt.  James Vita who did the great ceremony and cocktail guitaring (such a word??) I love James he comes/does his thing (and does it well) and off he goes, such a european feel hearing the different styles of music he switches to/from during cocktail time. And of course the lovely Pam Wolter at the RC and the banquet team I call family, we all work hand in hand to ensure the best experience for all in attendance, and it shows.

Aaaah, another wonderful celebration I am so happy and proud to have been a part of.  All my hugs to Juliana and Lonnie for a long happy future together.

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Mission San Juan Capistrano cere & St Regis reception

Well I had the honor of working with Michelle to ensure the vision that her and her mother had created and planned for, came off as planned.  What made this celebration even more heartfelt and special, was that Michelle’s mother passed away before the wedding day and was not physically able to be there, but we know she was there smiling down, don’t we Michelle.

It was a full day for this couple, starting with a cultural ceremony/traditions in another city at a home early morning, then heading to the St Regis to get ready for the ceremony at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, a grand  cathedral style church that we just don’t have enough of anymore.  Then they had time in between the ceremony and the Reception/dinner start time at the St Regis, to come back, have lots of photos taken around the grounds of the hotel, go to their room and have a nice meal, then join their guests at cocktails and just party the night away.

We always enjoy a wedding event using the Pacific Ballroom at the St Regis, your guests enter through down the icon ‘rotunda staircase’ or if they use the elevator still walk through the rotunda and do a wow when they see the staircase/ceiling.  You feel quite separate from the rest of the hotel even though you are in the main building, and even though there are small meeting rooms close by the restrooms seem to be there just for your event.  There are two balconies,  one overlooks the ceremony site where if you get married there guests can watch your after ceremony photos being taken from during cocktails, and the other is a great area to open up during the event for cigars/lounging/crepe stations etc, it looks right into the ballroom so guests can be outside and see what is going on and not feel like they have ‘left’ the event.

For Michelle’s celebration brown linens and candles, along with white florals, created a really beautiful atmosphere.  There were lots of gasps from the guests when they entered the ballroom and saw it for the first time.

My bride & groom were the very last to leave their reception.  In fact they didn’t want to leave and sat out in the foyer for a long time  just chatting with me, until I told them they had way more important business to be handling instead of  hanging with me!!!  Finally they got the hint.  LOL.

As always Fusion Linens did what we needed them to do/provide at the designated times and did their job professionally from setup to tear down at the end.  So many linen/chair/rental companies give a bride a basic quote in order to get the business/deposit paid then the poor bride finds out there is a setup charge to have rental company put out ‘their’ items, extra fee to have it delivered and setup within a certain time frame/window (limited setup time is very normal, hotels should be using their rooms twice a day unless you are paying a hefty fee to have exclusivity where you are celebrating), same night pickup fee (very important, if anything is missing/damaged before they pick it up – and most hotels do not have/provide storage due to liability issues, you are going to be charged anyway, so pay for the same night pickup fee and there will be no issue), and this year we all came across a company that even charged to have their own guys stack their own chairs before they took them away.  Hotels don’t stack rental chairs, so be careful.  None of these suprises ever with Fusion.  Also, always nice to see and work with Jim Vita/guitarist (so many of my brides booked him this year for cocktail or cere music), and Peter/Vive Entertainment providing his always fab djing style, I am so lucky to get to work with him so often, thank you brides for letting  me guide you to the right people to create the wedding you want with the least frustration.    But I digress, back to Michelle’s wedding …..

Such a lovely dad, parents, group of family and friends, and a really lovely couple who had put a lot of thought and love into everything that was a part of their celebration.  Thanks to Michelle for getting me these photos to post.

And of course, it goes without saying but I will, thanks to the great team at the St Regis both in the sales/catering dept and on the floor with the banquet captain and servers & beverage team.  Always a pleasure to drive to the hotel knowing everything will be flawless and we all enjoy working together so much and as a team, which in turn shows to the guests and maximises their experience at the celebration.

Till next time


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