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Beautiful wedding for a sweet bride

What a joy Ina was to work with, Frank Salas (thanks for the photos), Flowers By Cina and I kept saying how lucky we were to each other.

I always use TMMPRO for the dancefloor/chairs/lighting but this time we even had Jack himself as the dj, love it.


Another Sunset Terrace and Plaza beautiful intimate celebration, xoxoxox

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Ritz Laguna, Sunset Terrace&Plaza Room

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Kerry and Garrett were just lovely and her mom and dad were gorgeous.  They booked me for Month of service, so pulled their vendor team together but did use two off my list, Tony Florez/photography (these are my pics below) and Design Visage to beautify the ladies.  Kerry wanted a gardeny look and tiffany blue/white were her colors.  When we were detailing I was able to give her some ideas that she loved, rectangle tables instead of rounds, she was doing tiffany blue runners on the tables, I suggested she do the sheart and cake tables fully in tiffany blue and use same color for the napkins, much more impressive for first impression of the guests and looks great in the pics.  One thing she was doing that I have never had anyone even bring up in doing weddings for 15 years in the Plaza Room, was a bouquet to hold the drapes back with, I loved it.

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Add a comment January 15, 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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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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Add a comment January 13, 2016

2015 thank yous – emails

I get lovely phone calls and text messages after weddings thanking me, but there’s nothing like hitting send and receive and seeing an email come in from a past wedding like these beIow that I can read over and over again ……………….

Just wanted to thank you so much for making our wedding an incredible event  It ouldn’t have been better and EVERYONE had a perfect time.  It was extremely memorable.  Thank you so much again.  Debbie

Hi Lisa, Thank you for making our wedding so memorable.  All the special moments could not have been possible without you.  We have received so many comments on how smoothly you ran things.  We are just about to fly back to HK… PLease let us know if you ever visit this side.  We would love to keep in touch.  Thanks again.  Kelsey

Good morning Lisa.  We wanted to thank you for attending our tasting and making time for us on such short notice.  You definitely impressed our entire family and we can’t wait to work more with you!  Thanks again for meeting us and we are going to have such a blast.  Kerry

Lisa, Thank you so much for all of yur help and expertise.  You have been tremendous!  Thanks again for everything.  Stacy

Lisa, I just wanted to say thank you again for helping Miles and I pull off an amazing wedding day!  The ballroom was even more beautiful than I could have ever imagined and the evening was flawless.  I recently recommended you to a girlfriend of mine that is actually getting married at the Hyatt in the large ballroom.  Her name is Jacqueline, just in case you get an email or phone call from her.  Thank you again.  Kaitlyn

Note re the above email, Jacqueline did make contact and book me, her wedding is in a few weeks, can’t wait.

Hey guys,  A huge thank you for everything.  You have both had a massive part to play in getting our wedding over the line without so much as a blip and it was a fantastic occasion and everyone had a blast!! Hope to see or talk to you both before we leave, if we get the chance.  Thanks again, Brian

Note on the above email, this was to both me and the hotel contact, our couple lived in New Zealand and we planned everything through email.

Hi Lisa, I wanted to send you a note thanking you for all that you did to make our wedding so spectacular.  Our wedding was everything I had dreamed of and much much more.  Club 19 turned out absolutely perfect.  You had everything setup just the way I had envisioned it.  I can’t wait to see Jim’s pics.  Thank you for keeping us on track throughout the day and for all your help and assistance with the vendors and the guidance leading up to the big event.  Couldn’t have done it without you.  I’ve had so many people ask me did anything go wrong that day and I’ve said “not a thing, it was perfect”. Thank you for that.  Thanks again for making our day so special and perfect.  Best, Stephanie

Thank you Lisa, you have been absolutely wonderful and very efficient-love it.  I know I made the right decision for a planner – I am already convinced!  Sally

Hi Lisa, We can’t begin to thank you for all of your help!! What would I have done especially when we had to cancel our planning trip?  And every vendor was delightful, reliable and provided great value with their service.  You and Nicole were so gracious and kept everything right on track.  Sorry you had to worry about the cake – it was the only hiccup but thanks to you the lost cake was found! It truly turned out to be the wedding I had dreamed of having!!! Many many thanks!! We will definitely refer you to anyone planning a wedding or party and would love to see you again.  Also, we would be happy to provide a reference and/or recommendation for you if ever needed.  Warmest regards, Barbara, and Jim, too!

Hi Lisa, Kirk and I want to thank you again for all that you had done for us.  We truly enjoyed our wedding.  Thank you again, Take care Lisa, Tracy and Kirk

Lisa, Thank you so much for last night.  You put together an amazing event  I heard from at least 20 guests that it was the best wedding they had ever attended.  It was so much fun.  You were so good to us and really made it more special than we could have hoped for  Thank you for everything.  Ty

I appreciate all you are doing for me, and I am glad that I have you for my wedding.  thank you.  Toshika

Lisa, We just want to thank you again for what an amazing job you did planning our wedding.  We are so thankful that we had your organization and expertise behind the scenes of our wedding.  We would have been totally lost without you.  The wedding and reception were both absolutely perfect.  We really can not thank you enough.  All the best, Heather and Mark

Hi Lisa and Brittany, Thank you  for helping us organize and execute the wedding of our dreams!! We really could not have done it without you both! You made the day so much more easy and enjoyable for us and we are very appreciative of all of your hard work.  WE will be happily recommending you to all of our friends and family getting married in the future.  Best, Jenny & Arjun

Lisa, I just want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your hard work, it was amazing.  People raved about it.  Thanks again for being so great.  I am so happy with everything and can’t wait to relax on the honeymoon.  Thanks again, Stacy and Tom

Hi Lisa, We were really pleased with your service, our day was so special  Thank you so much for all your help!  It was a true pleasure getting to work with you.  As my California friends get engaged, I will definitely send them your way.  Best regards, Wendy

Hi Lisa, We had a wonderful wedding day, it was truly amazing, I loved every minute.  Just can’t believe its all over with now.  Many thanks for all your recommendations, planning most of all your help on the day.  Best wishes for the future, Gillian and David

Thank you Lisa.  The wedding was amazing.  Everything was beautiful!  Our friends said it was the ‘best wedding’ever.  We loved hearing all the compiments about you from guests about how organized everything was and how you were such a tough cookie!  WE loved every bit of the wedding and are so happy that we had your help – we can’t believe how perfect everything turned out.  Thanks again and best wishes.   Sherene

Hi Lisa, I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you for all your effort and work.  You not only understood the type of event that we wanted, but you made it better  You were on top of things and so accessible the entire time.  I am extremely grateful we had you.  Your expertise and competence made such a difference to us in the planning process.  You are wonderful.  Thank you so much.  Querube

Hi Lisa, We  wanted you to know that Teri and Nicole were so amazing the day of our wedding and we were super impressed and thrilled that we had them.  Please pass along my sincere thanks to both of them.  If there is anything I can do that would help you with a review or anything, pease let me know.  Thank you again. Lindsay

Love you,  I am so blessed you were my planner and your work made my vision not only come true, but exceeded my expectations.  Thank you for being there for us and thank your scooter for me.  You’re amazing.  Can’t wait to see you again when my younger cousins are ready to get married.  Rosalynn

, We just wanted to say thank you for your help!  We had a wonderful time! It was very beautiful and ran smoothly!  Thanks again.  Adrienne and Renato

Hi Lisa.  We feel fortunate to have found you.  Tracy

Lisa, I can’t get over last night.  Our wedding was something you see in the magazine.  The day felt like a dream thanks to you handling all of the “nitty gritty”.  thank you for all of your hard work and attention to detail.  it was the best day of my life!  Ashley

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Thank yous – by other formats

So they come in from many formats now, handwritten cards in the mail, emails, and here are some texts:

Thanks for making happen  literally a perfect wedding.  I don’t know if you hid any problems that cropped up, but we didn’t notice anything at all.  You’re the best.  Michael & Alessa

I want to say Thank you for everything, I would have been lost wihout you.  Chennine

We are thinking about you Lisa! You are the best, we love you.  We are so grateful of what you have done for us.  Special lady, special memory of you darling. Big kiss,  Martin & Maude

From vendors too:

Great job today on the wedding today.  Everything was top notch. Cloud 9 Photo

Thank you so much!! Always such a pro event with you involved. Brent/officiant

Instagram thanks:

24 hours happily married. Thank you so much for everything, you made it perfect xx James

Secrets finally out!!Thank you so much for everything.  You were amazing!! Dallen

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Rancho Las Lomas celebration

Oh dear, I got going finishing up posting last years weddings, and then all my lovely couples for this year started happening and 2015 brides started booking, and I got distracted!! I have already done some lovely weddings this year that I am going to need to get blogged sooner rather than later, and the season has only just begun, so time to get back on it…………..

This was my lovely Regina and her wonderful Jason’s celebration. Regina booked me for a smaller service, having full confidence in her ability to create a vision and pull the vendor team together. She did a great job. My job was to double check things/create a timeline/script for the day, and then understanding her priorities and hopes, run everything for her so she could enjoy and be a bride/guest at her own wedding.

As you can see we had the normal ceremony (which the grooms father officiated at) and then during the longer cocktail time the guests got to watch the couple doing their Thai ceremony. The dining area looked fabulous and the after party upstairs kept most of the guests there until the very end. And a new bonus for RLL couples, you can stay there now, so Regina and Jason walked about 50 steps and they were at their villa for the night.

Thanks to Alex Rapada for the pictures below and being so easy to work with, I look forward to our next wedding together. To Flowers By Cina/Melissa for the beautiful floral/design and to the Design Visage team for having Regina look fabulous from beginning to end as well as her lovely bridesmaids (the latter two vendors Regina got from my preferred vendor list that I had provided her with), and of course the team at RLL and 24 Carrots who provided the great food and service.







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Ritz-Carlton Laguna wedding

Each year I have a couple who are looking for something different than a hotel wedding celebration, yet when I am walking/talking them through what they believe they want/are looking for for their guests to experience, I always come back to the same thing, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel has what they are looking for, they just don’t realise it.

This couple and all the guest came from NY.  I did not realise before we got going that they had actually come over and looked at every hotel/location (including the Ritz) they could think of but not found what they wanted, so thus when they got home the mother of the groom decided they needed help as they knew they wanted the wedding here on the West Coast.

Mom called me (found me on line), we chatted, they wanted exclusive, maybe an estate (I then explained to her the possible pitfalls of going that route), all outdoors (we have a 10pm outside noise ordinance in most places so that can mean relocating the rest of the party/more expense etc) and their group size could be 120ish.  After chatting, she had the groom  call me, we chatted, and then the process began.  I started sourcing ideas/websites for them to look at for estates (a lot they had found on their own, others they had not, some I had more info on which they were not aware of), but always in my mind, this couple was looking for a 5 star celebration with the reason why they had everyone coming across the country to celebrate obvious, and that is the Pacific Ocean right below the Ritz-Carlton, Dana Point.  They came out on a site visit and we visited 4 estates in the SD area, all very unique and fabulous, and one on the top of the hills of Laguna Beach – this one was perfect – a home lived in by a family that I did not feel could be in need of helping to pay the mortgage, it was italian/grand and the view was unbelievable.  Very special is the best way to describe it.  The owner was a very gracious lady who did not do weddings or allow just anyone to come and look at her home, she does a few fundraising benefits with celebrities per year (I had a contact who suggested I contact her, tell her a bit about myself and  my client and maybe she would make an exception).  She had, and we were now there looking and loving it.  The site fee was huge but could still work with our budget and for exclusivity there is a price.    At the end of the day at Sunset time (planned or not, what do you think!!!??) we stopped by the Ritz.  I took them to the Sunset Terrace where the ceremony would be with the ocean glimmering beyond, and then had them open their minds to using this space differently to how it normally is sold.  Ceremony on the cliff, cocktails on the balcony of the Plaza Room (all normal so far), but as their guest count was too high for all to be sat for dining inside the Plaza Room and that feel was not for them, we walked into the courtyard and talked about this being the dining area – it’s sheltered, feels like being in the courtyard/open area of a mansion, use lots of candles along with the greenery in place to give the feeling of romance/elegance, and then lead everyone to the party room where it’s all about the dancing/partying/socialising.

They decided there were pros and cons with the Laguna mansion – we had to shuttle everyone up to it and then to a second location for the dancing/party portion of the night, so there was extra expense there for the shuttles as well as F&B minimums at the restaurant we selected to party on at, and with the Ritz they really wanted that feeling of exclusivity and how were we going to do that at a hotel.  Well fate always steps in, we could not get a contract together with the mansion and had to say goodbye, and due to my B&G being flexible with dates, we chose a Sunday night for their event which did a couple of things.  It gave us lower F&B minimum and site fees for the areas we wanted to use, and we ended up being the only event at the hotel that night, which meant – the feeling of being at a mansion and it being your own. 

As I mentioned, each year I have a couple that like this setup and are willing to pay the additional fees incurred to the hotel for using the space accordingly, and are willing to be flexible with their day of the week/date to fit in with when the hotel is able to offer the space this way.  I already have my couple for next year and can’t wait to see that celebration come together.  But below you will see the courtyard/dining area, and then the Plaza Room  which is normally for dining/dancing for groups of 74 max and very popular due to it’s non ballroom and intimate feel.  We also rented some  curved sofas to go on the balcony and did smores on an open firepit around midnight. So for these guests who had travelled so far, it was one fun element/wow moment after another.

Thanks to Tony Florez for providing the pics below and again  being such a pleasure to work with.

After cocktails the guests were lead into this area to pick up their placecards and then make their way to the dining tables beyond:

Then after dinner we had the mom invite the guests to follow the B&G to the party room:

If you are loving this look/feel, or can tell I am the person to help you pull your celebration together whether here at the Ritz-Carlton or another location, give me a call or email.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Oh, and thanks to Fernanda Jaime as always at the Ritz, for being so patient and working with us to make this all happen as they hoped for.


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