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Our last wedding of 2016

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Well, this was a special one, for many reasons and a wonderful way to end a great 2016. Our young bride is a cancer survivor and working with her and her mom over the past year was a pleasure.  Nicole was in charge the day of with Teri helping as well, so Cindi was in great hands with my ladies while I was living large in Sydney with old friends, thanks ladies.

From the get go we planned on the ceremony being indoors (it was the end of December), and the venue chosen was the Hotel Irvine which happens to have a lovely tent out the back (with a great ceremony lawn if you did want to do the ceremony outdoors) and a great courtyard for cocktails.  So above you see the portion of the tent we did the ceremony in

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Displays that do get noticed…… we love a pretty placecard table and this pic doesn’t really do it justice, oh well.  The candy display was in the wedding colors and had special candies the bride and groom both liked and some from South Africa where the bride and a good portion of the guests came from, Kim who does these beautiful displays was my fave vendor find towards the end of 2016

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And now the dining/dancing portion of the tent

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Such a pretty color palette along with bling and candles.  We pulled together a wonderful vendor team to make Cindi’s dreams come true.  Thanks to Frank Salas/photo for the pics and always being wonderful to work with from our perspective and to our couples and their friends and family, Parallel Media for being unobtrusive videographers – we so appreciate that, to EBD floral/Karla as always you make my couples so happy when they finally see the dream vision become a reality, to La Tavola for the bling linens so thick and scrumptious, to my fave band always, Full Spectrum/Adam Jackson, thanks for being awesome we love you and the band and by the end of the night so do all the couples and guests, and to Flawless Faces for beautifying all the lovely ladies. Finally to Ebi and the team at the Hotel Irvine, thank you for being so great to work with.  We look forward to working with you many many times in the future.

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So while the wedding was being setup and during I was getting pics texted to me by frank so I could see how well things were coming along, and he sent me the one above with our bride and groom on the ‘ice rink’, love it.

A great wedding was had by all involved and there to experience.  This wedding reminds us of why we love what we do.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment March 5, 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

The Caribbean comes to Laguna Beach/Dana Point

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Loved my time with Natasha and Jim from beginning to end.  We pulled together an awesome vendor team and everything turned out fabulously.  Colors, deep blue and bright orange, Natasha told me, and that is what we did, right through to the blue dancefloor.

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Natasha is from Jamaica and a lot of the guests were from the islands and other places, so we really wanted to bring her heritage to the celebration. Plus she referred to herself and I called her, our Caribbean queen. Look at the back of her fabulous gown and the bouquet her friend made for her.  Yes, she is a bling bling girl, as you will see!

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Melissa of Flowers by Cina nailed the Caribbean tropical look, must be because like me she spends a lot of time in the Caribbean and loves it.  Look at our beautiful linens for the sweetheart and cake tables from La Tavola, did we say bling bling, and our B&G chairs from Monico Décor as always.

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B&G should always look at something pretty if a band stage is no opposite them, cake meet sweetheart table, sweetheart table meet cake, and inbetween we had a magnificent round blue dancefloor with their initials in silver, another fine job by TMMPRO

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Doesn’t the ceremony site look awesome, oh and that Pacific Ocean backdrop worked out well too!!

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View of the sweetheart table before the lights got dimmed and the uplights went on

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Different views from the sweetheart table, cake and other areas.

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As always it takes a team, I have already mentioned a couple prior, but here are more.  tony Florez photography, some of the pics above are his and the bad ones are mine, lol.  Shane Productions/video, xoxoxo.  Uncle Larry was the officiant.  For music, we had strings for the ceremony, Naples Chamber Music xoxoxoxo, for cocktails we had 2 steeldrummers from Essence Entertainment, and for mceeing and dinner/dancing we had Dj David Krieger.  Linens/napkins/chiavaris were from Chiavari chair rentals, and of course, our family at the Ritz-Carlton Dana Point worked with us to ensure a great time was had by the couple in the planning months and on the day, as well as a great experience for all the guests.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment September 26, 2016

St Regis wedding

This was a fun wedding towards the end of last season. We started off with the normal more calm wedding colors, then mom of the groom attended our first meeting with the florist and felt we needed a pop, and my cool/hip couple were all for it, and we ended up with this fabulously bright wedding, with an edge to the look/feel and some cool elements, like the macaroon ‘store’ that the groom suprised the bride with, at cocktails, and the 100 dove release at the end of the ceremony that was a suprise to the guests.

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Fabulous job by Bloombox with the ombre look, linens by La Tavola (I had used the sequin one a couple of months earlier and knew it would be perfect for the direction we were heading in), Cloak Photo for rolling with the flow (and thanks for the pics used in this post), Wendy my fave harpist for the cere/cocktails, White Flite for as always pulling off an awesome dove release, A Wish and a Wisk for the fabulous cake that matched the colors/feel we went for, and last but not least, my team/family at the St Regis – can’t do it without you.

Till next time
Lisa

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Add a comment April 10, 2014

End of the Season

Well I had an unusual end to the season, I not only did weddings at Ritz Carlton/Laguna and St Regis/Monarch Beach, but  also got to do some for the first time at some different locations.

One, we did the ceremony in the backyard of this couples home in  San Clemente.  They have a great view with the ocean in the background and it was just spectacular, and as it was an intimate event with people who were local yet not Americans, and people that flew in  from around the world, this was a true reflection of them and started the celebration off the right way.  Then we did the smart thing, everyone went to the Ritz Carlton where we did the dining/dancing, so there was no cooking or mess for the couple to deal with or come home to.  What a backdrop, don’t you agree ….

Then a photographer I did a wedding with a couple of years ago had referred me to a father of the bride, that I got a call from 4 weeks prior to the big day, saying they needed someone to pull it altogether and run the day for them.   This one was held at the Pacific Edge in  Laguna Beach.  The venue has changed since I was last there, now it is joined to the hotel and the Beach House Restaurant and the villa no longer has a kitchen and it has an elevator.  Not sure what the plans are for this venue in the future but they seem to be changing things and I would think with a plan in mind.  Anyway I digress, this was an intimate group of 50, mid week, and a very casual event, where the ceremony was held with the ocean right behind, then the guests went up into the Villa for cocktails and then we invited them back down to the dancing/food station area, and the night ended with a lot of dancing and good memories for all.  It was very relaxed feel created by switching out the cere chairs for lounge furniture and leaving space for dancing.  It was a beautiful still night and the view along the ocean/sand down to main beach was gorgeous.  Here’s a couple of pics.

Then I had a wedding where a lot of my St Regis couples have gone for photos, but I have never done a wedding there, the Monarch Bay Beach Club.  Really nice couple, another intimate event with close family and friends, these are such great, warm celebrations.  We did the ceremony with the ocean backdrop and oocktails, and then everyone moved into the banquet room for a private dinner and some even danced, wasn’t the plan but they did, love it.  Variety is the spice of life they say!!

 

And as the season wound down I didn’t have conflicts with invites to special events, so managed to squeeze in a few, I was invited up to the Avalon in Beverly Hills where a few properties from Palm Springs were showcasing.  What a great property, very low key, kind of retro, and the bar and dining around the pool were popular it seemed with people meeting after work or locals in the area coming by.  Went over to Rancho Los Lomas for a YWD magazine event, such a unique location for a celebration.  Had a lovely lunch with a small group of co-ordinators at the Balboa Bay Club, hadn’t eaten the banquet food there for a while, it was great, the pumpkin soup was divine, and the view of the yachts going by while dining is pretty hard to beat!!  Also went for a lovely lunch and tour of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.  Down in the same area as Rancho Valencia, but maybe a 30 second walk into the main street of the historic town, you really felt like you had gone back in time or were really really out in the country, yet in reality it is only 15 minutes from the freeway.  So serene and calm and makes you just want to sit by the pool, grab a book and relax.  Lots of lovely locations for ceremonies and outside dining and dancing or inside, all depending on what you want and what size you are.

Stopped by the new hip mexican restaurant in Newport Beach on PC H at an event they had, Sol Cocina, seems like a location with a lot of atmosphere, great for a rehearsal dinner.

La Tavola Linens opened their new showroom on PCH in Newport also. What gorgeous linens they have, a showroom just oozing with quality, all colors, styles, looks etc, fabulous.

Over Thanksgiving I had a few brides who live out of state in town to celebrate, and we made use of that time with vendor meetings and selections, so by the time they left they were all organised and feeling good knowing who their team was and getting a feel for how fab their celebrations are going to be, love it.

Well that is it for the year for now.  Will hop back on when I have something of interest to chat about.

Till next time

Lisa

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