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Montage Laguna celebration

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This happens so rarely here in S CA but for this intimate ceremony/celebration, the weather backup due to the rain for the ceremony turned out quite lovely.  This couple and their guests came from Arizona for the ocean location, so it was a shame the ceremony did not have the ocean backdrop, but the B&G did get to have pics by the ocean when the rain broke and dinner was in a private dining room that looked out to the ocean.

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A gorgeous table for all the guests to sit around above, and below the favor table where the guests had boxes to fill up with candy and sweet treats.

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An awesome vendor team on board for this one: Joe Latter/photo-thanks for the pics above, Square Root for the beautiful florals&the dining chairs, Naples for the ceremony music/strings, Found for the wonderful ceremony seating, Kim White/Twos a party-for the sweet table, to Kelly and the team at Studio at Montage xoxoxox, and to Teri who orchestrated this wedding dealing with the in/out/in out decisions for the ceremony while I was sunning in the Caribbean.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment January 27, 2017

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

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

Beautiful Ritz-Carlton intimate wedding

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Love it when a photographer comes up with a new shot at a hotel, great job Joe Latter!!

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How’s that for a cake backdrop and a ceremony backdrop, hard to beat and that is why we have so many couples from all over the world choose to get married right here, and this couple was no exception, they came from New York as did most of their guests.  It was all about intimate in size and feeling we wanted to create, thus the one row of chairs circling them as they exchanged their vows

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And very popular this year and we have lucked out each time, al fresco dining under the stars.  Don’t you wish you were a guest at this table with this scenery.

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I normally don’t post pics with people in them, but the one with the guest during dinner looks like an ad for some kind of cool dinner party to be at, don’t you think??!!

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And I took this photo during the ceremony which was timed to happen during sunset, isn’t that spectacular.

Thanks to Flowers by Cina for working with us on this one and making it happen, xoxoxxo, and to Naples Strings for playing for a good 4 hours, switching it up as we moved from pre-ceremony to ceremony, to cocktails, to dinner, awesome to work with as always. To Design Visage for beautifying my beautiful bride Sedef, not that she needed it, such a natural beauty, full of grace and just beauty inside and out.  And my fave Rabbi, Rabbi Ian always creates a great ceremony under the Chuppah, and I had the pleasure of enjoying rehearsal dinner with him as my date the night before also!!!  And to our friends for 15 years of doing weddings with them, the banquet team at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna, we love you all for team we are!!

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Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment October 17, 2016

Last St Regis, Monarch Beach wedding

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Here is the new Grand Lawn Ceremony site at the Monarch Beach Resort, formerly the St Regis Monarch Beach, and these pics are from a wedding that was planned for around 15 months and happened a few days before the name change.  So as things happen along the way, the vision our bride had for her ceremony changed with hotel changes and she didn’t end up with her final vision until a few days before, I think it looked lovely.  By taking away the rotunda somehow the ocean seems right there, and I now get more of a Caribbean backdrop feel, where the pool seems to end at the ocean.

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Down at Club 19 we did a mix of round and rectangle tables.  This was a daytime wedding, so the colors really worked well and gave an elegant feel.  The ceiling treatment turned out perfect for Jennifer’s style, our original vision was about 15 chandeliers hanging in a variety of sizes and styles but that really was too shabby chic for her, and this more elegant ceiling was done by a vendor Jennifer found OCLA events, they really did a great job.

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Jennifer and Brook lived out of town/northern CA but are fortunate that they come down often and always stay at the hotel, in fact their fave butler came down and sabred the champagne bottle for them prior to the toasts, so they were able to keep an eye on how the changes at the hotel were coming along.

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The hanging cake

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My new fave vendor for 2016, TMMPRO, I love their dancefloors

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The new more open look into Club 19

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These last two pics are mine.  The one above shows the chandeliers on, and the pic on the right show how huge the ceremony florals were that were repurposed to some of the dining tables.

Other members of this great vendor team were, Joe Latter photo/thanks for the pics above, Krieger Style dj (they had a guy they knew who was the dj, he let them down so they then spent time on a band that didn’t work out and ultimately ended up with my dj David,  the right guy, as always), Vantage Productions/Video, Elegant by Design/floral, Paul Uhlar/officiant, Wendy Smith/harpist,  Laura at the ST Regis and of course the setup/banquet team on the day.

Got lots of lovely weddings coming up this year, can’t wait to share them all with you.

Lisa

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Add a comment June 25, 2016

My last wedding of 2015-Hyatt HB

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I even spent all year looking forward to this wedding happening, because a month after Jacqueline booked me she found out her husband was being moved by the military to another state, so I told her no problem 70% of my brides don’t live in state we can get your wedding planned easily from afar, then while I was driving somewhere I had a thought, so I called her and said, Jacqueline if you are in, lets get everything done in the next month and then you can leave and the wedding will be planned and you won’t have to worry about anything, so we met with/booked all vendors, detailed the wedding day/event out, did the floral sample/rental meeting, the hotel tasting/detail, then off she moved!!!  Fabulous

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We pulled together an awesome vendor team and had such a great time with everyone on the day, Jacqueline was just the best and her bridesmaids were wonderful/such great friends, the parents were great too.  Jacqueline decided to have me start earlier in the day to keep everyone on track and get them off to the church, as when she booked me if was to handle the planning with her and then be at the hotel on the day to oversee/orchestrate the reception/dinner/dance, so she extended that (which was a very popular option last year) and it really meant that by the time everyone arrived for the reception we were old friends.  Thanks to Joe Latter/photo for the photos and being great to work with as always, karla/Elegant by Design-florals, Monico Décor for the draping (we did the whole wall behind the sweetheart table)/my fave the round white dancefloor/furniture/chairs/linens etc.  The lighting/gobo was done by the inhouse PSAV department, Tomgirl Bakery did the cake and as always it was yum, Peter/Vive Ent for the great music and B&G left before it was over but that dancefloor was full until the guests were done/I thought it would wind down after B&G left but ohhhhh noooooooo!!  And to Design Visage for beautifying these beauties and the moms, not that any of them really needed it, they were all beautiful in and out.  And to the team at Hyatt HB, as always we see you as family and love being with you and everything is always fabulous, this was a great way to end the year of 2015 with.

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In these pics you will see some when the lights are up before guests came in and some after, and even though some people question it, I have always placed the cake center in the room (why should something you spend so much time on be stuck in a corner for no one to see or care about) and even if no other lighting is done we always pinspot the cake, you can see why in these pics, it stands out and looks great.

Till tomorrow

Lisa

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Add a comment February 15, 2016

Ritz/Laguna, Sunset Terrace & Plaza Room

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Just so hard to beat, this beautiful backdrop to a ceremony, with a 5 star/5 diamond hotel attached and a wonderful intimate room/balcony to have your lunch or dinner and dancing celebration.

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A lot of my couples take advantage of the private beach cart/driver for a fee to head down to the beach and get some pics down there.

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Great shots by Joe Latter above, I have to say Joe you are the first I know of to do the shot above with the B&G in the window, kudos to you.

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A lot of couples want just one more practice of their first dance, so of course we sneak them in.

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Tammy wanted an intimate/gardeny feel and only low centerpieces, great job Karla/Elegant by Design the flowers were lovely.  We also went white chiavaris (which could be my favourite) and white dancefloor to offset the creamy/ivory hotel table linens.  The room really had a lovely feel.  We pulled together a great cohesive vendor team to ensure their day went well and they were looking forward to working with everyone. Elysium Video, OCASV lighting, Noemi/Posh Beauty, Jeff Holmes/Moondance Mobile Music- kept that dancefloor full, Monico Décor/rentals, and of course without them none of this is possible, the awesome ladies and gentlemen at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment January 30, 2016

Destination wedding, from Scotland to St Regis Monarch Beach

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Everything was done by email and a perfect celebration was held for these fabulous 13 people who flew in from Scotland for this wedding.  Of course we had a bagpiper to lead everyone from ceremony site to the dining room.  Cocktails were held on a balcony watching a beautiful CA sunset and a lovely dinner was held in the private dining room off Stonehill Restaurant.  Thanks to Joe Latter/photographer for being fab, and for the pics, Design Visage for beautifying Gillian, Annie of La Tulipe/floral designer, and Paul Uhlar for as always doing a great ceremony and giving the guests a giggle.  Fascinators in the house at the ceremony, I love the formality of weddings from commonwealth countries. Gillian also brought me some real shortbread that I savored with my cups of afternoon tea for many weeks after the wedding. Yum yum, happy Lisa.

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Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment January 14, 2016

Monarch Beach Club

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Such a lovely beach side wedding.  You must be a member of the beach club to have a wedding here.  That view is pretty hard to beat.  Lots of cute touches.  Thanks to Joe Latter for the photos, Design Visage for keeping Lauren’s hair and makeup look great all event in the elements, Monico Décor for the rentals, and of course the team at the Beach Club who were so fabulous and wanting to help me with everything.

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Till tomorrow

Lisa

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