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St Regis Monarch Beach-Botanical Garden & Club 19

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My lovely Brooke, a journey that lasted 1 1/2 years until the big day arrived.  We had such a great time and Brooke went through a lot of changes, left her job and went back to school, by the time the wedding came the groom was back at school too.  Moving from New York to another state, Brooke spent a month backpacking through Europe with her brother, 2-3 trips out here, which were always great and mom and Brooke and I enjoyed champagne a few times together, loved everything about the months of planning on this one and could not wait for the big day to be here and see everything become a reality.  The dancing/inside area of Club 19 was important, so we created a club feel inside and got a great band who kept the dancefloor full, Uncover Live under the direction of George.  Brooke wanted to do something different in the Club 19 area and I came up with the cabana idea on the lower patio, which Brooke loved and became a huge talking point of the celebration, and as the celebration went on more and more people went down there to relax and be comfy!!

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Brooke wanted to do a round menu card and I immediately said, fabulous, it can sit under the charger all night, perfect.  Classic Party Rentals created the cabanas and provided the furniture/benches down there, loved it.

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We had a sweetheart table, rounds and had a great of 14 we could not break up so we had a rectangle table center stage, it all looked great.

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From the beginning Brooke wanted to do edible placecards.  So on the cocktail lawn our placecard table was center and the trays of hors d’oevures with guests names/table #s were easy to find and then enjoy!!

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One of my favourite parts of the day, especially when I have lived and breathed a vision with a bride and gone through months of helping her get it started, finesse it and then see it become a reality, when I get to show my couples how it all turned out.


Fabulous chandeliers hanging, moss table numbers and beautiful flowers, Elegant by Design/Karla you are wonderful, thanks for bringing my words/thoughts to the reality I tell my brides they are going to see and for backing up what I tell them, they are in great hands and have nothing to worry about, their expectations will be exceeded.

Thanks to Julie Cate/their photographer they flew in from New York, for some of the pics above. To Paul Uhlar for doing a lovely ceremony as always. To Naples Strings for ceremony/cocktail music, and to Monico Décor for the rentals we used in the dining and dancing areas.  Last but not least, to the beautiful Kelly O’Dell and the team at the St Regis, you are all awesome, thank you.

Till next time


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Add a comment January 31, 2016

Awesome St Regis celebration

Just had two days of an awesome celebration for a couple I have really enjoyed and know will share many champagnes with in the future.  Ceremony and upscale barbeque on Friday, then the shi shi cocktail party followed by dinner/dancing event on Saturday night.  Fab u lous, is the only way to describe the couple and the events.

We started out where they really didn’t know what they wanted, allowed me a lot of creative freedom to come up with thoughts/ideas, and being very busy professionals and living in Texas and only having two trips out here during the planning months, went along on the ride with me.  So I was full of excitement and anticipation both days, knowing I could see how everything was going to turn out, and being beside myself waiting for the moment for them to see the end result.  Tears, hugs, happiness.  I was sooooo happy for them and their response to both days.  Great group of family and friends I got to know over the two days and they were there to celebrate.  Intimate group of 65, but that dancefloor never had less than 60 on it, and they danced for 3 hours non stop!!!

Thanks to the great team that had the product and expertise to make me look fab, and the couple so happy, Square Root/David you went over and above, tx.  Fusion for the dancefloor/furniture and other elements I needed.  Classic for the chameleon chairs, leather or suede, well suede of course, and they were fab.  E motion picture studio, thanks to Kimberly and Marc for both nights.  Julius our dj (who I worked with earlier in the year) and was the only component on board before me (small small world this biz is), then we confirmed the hotel and started with the rest of the vendors.  Along the way I tried to come up with unique/different elements to incorporate. 

The details: now, I have to admit I ‘borrowed’ the thought from another florist I love, but it was the first time Square Root and the hotel had done it and they were both a bit sceptical, but as you can see below, the ‘suspended cake’ was wonderful and definately caught everyone’s attention and was a center focal point of the dining area. We did mirror tops on the rectangle tables, and by positioning the furniture the way I did, we made 2 sofa/chair sets, look like a lot more.  The couples sweetheart table was a water filled box with orchids floating in it.  We framed the center tables with the icon Square Root look on the outer tables.  We used the drapes in Club 19 to reveal each area at the right time to reveal, ie, when the guests came into Club 19 for the grand entrance and a few dance songs they only saw that setup as we opened the drapes on their way in, after the few dances we swung open the drapes to the dining patio with the couple leading the guests in, and a lot of gasps and oohs/aahs photos were being taken as they went in and found their seats, with all the candles it looked spectacular.

As everyone knows, I am too busy at a wedding to take pics, so James Johnson thanks for these great pics and for as always being the great sport, creative soul, and the just nice guy you are.

Of course, can’t forget, Kelly and her bosses at the St Regis for helping us make these events happen.  The guests were telling me how fabulous the service had been all weekend and the staff in all depts/areas at the hotel (all the guests were staying in house).  Jose, Blass, and the banquet staff, thanks as always, we are a team and the guests feel it, and appreciate the respect we all have for each other.

Now out to the pool and a champagne with a big smile on my face

Till next time


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Add a comment August 5, 2012

Motif Reception & indoor sofreh/cere, St Regis

What a fun couple to end the year with.  It was a December celebration so we planned for the ceremony to be indoors, and the size of their group would normally mean Club 19 would be the logical reception location but with the dining being outdoors you just aren’t sure if heaters alone are going to beok, so Motif Restaurant was chosen for the dinner/dance.  I have done three weddings in Motif now, and each time we do something different and each wedding gets better.

The photos below are by Karen has been in the OC wedding world for a long time and has an eye that is distinct to her and comes out in the end result photos.  I loved these two she took, they just seem so serene and calm.

These pics below are how Motif turned out.  Very elegant.

They were only expecting a few guests to attend the actual ceremony so we made use of the Mediterranean Room, right next door to the Motif area, very convenient.  This was the largest mirror I have ever seen anyone choose for the sofreh, but it was what Sara wanted, size is something to consider when it comes to the photos and guest’s vision.

We became good friends and Amin kept me laughing, and me him, or was he laughing at me instead of with me, hmmmm!!!.  Miss you guys.  Thanks also to the fab Kelly O’Dell (married in Nov herself) for as always being a great team player and the team at St Regis for always being so great to work with/alongside.

Till next time


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Add a comment January 6, 2012

Monarch Ballroom – St Regis, Monarch Beach

I had the pleasure of helping Cindy with her wedding celebration at the St Regis.  Our inspiration stemmed  from a picture she had on her phone from an event she had attended in Canada a few years ago, a Morrocan themed event that used a lot of wine and gold colors, low tables/cushions and canopies, and she just could not forget it, and now we got to use that inspiration to create her own picture that I am sure someone else will carry around with them. The groom’s background and faith is from that same area of the world so it seemed kind of fate-ish.

We started with the invitation, and found a really unique one that could allow us to go two different ways in color and style as we went along, but teased at the feel of the event.   We planned the rehearsal dinner at Mozambique Restaurant in Laguna Beach, to reinforce that theme/feel again.  Our favors were uniquely packaged & flavored chocolates that were named after the couple, and of course everything from the room decor/linens and even the menu selection all tied in.  These elements made sense/fit to us as we go along and pull it together, but maybe not to the guests until after the event when they have a chance to look back at each component, and then they have their uh hah moment.

In a ballroom/banquet space to create a wow/feel and atmosphere in keeping with where you want people to be transformed to or believe they are, you must drape the space, so as you can see we did.  For this group we did not want the typical ballroom setup with two sides of dining areas and a d/floor in the middle, so we created a dining area – the first area the guests would walk in to, and then the dancing area, that was separated by a sheer drop across the room, but very visible, so once the band and dj began guests could move to that area and hang (canopies and cafe style tables waiting) or stay at the dining tables and enjoy the feel of that area after dinner but totally be able to see what was happening in the dancing area and have access at any time easily if they wanted to go and dance.  We had a martini ice luge designed in  keeping with the theme.

The guests were wowed and the couple was overwhelmed with how fabulous it all turned out.

Of course, I/we can have an idea, but it takes a team to bring it all to fruition, so thanks to Square Root as always, Fusion Linens for the draping and linens/chairs, and enjoy the photos taken below by the awesome Tony Florez (, and the wonderful team at St Regis, Kelly O’Dell (newly engaged, shhhh), David and the rest of the family.

So, 1st pic is how the ballroom is, the picture below it is the dining area of the room we created:

Then the dancing side:

And the ice luge which along with a regular bar were set up in the dancing area:

Till next time


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