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Beautiful couple and beautiful Ritz wedding

Working with Erika and David over the past year was just a joy.  Very busy couple with kids going here and there and travelling and busy with work, so sometimes wedding planning halted and then we would get going again.  That is the beauty of how I work, I could pull your wedding together in a week, but for most brides that would freak them out, so anytime longer than that means you can halt anytime you want/need to  and there is no panic/pressure from me!!!

Erika had inspiration pics that she pretty much stuck to through the process and they were very much a reflection of her, soft, lovely and in love with love

All the tables had these lovely floorlength linen overlays and we did not use the Ritz baseplates (2 to choose from) this year my brides are loving these new chargers I get through one of my vendors.

The furniture setting on the balcony was actually copied from a wedding they had gone to, but we added florals to the wrought iron and Erika provided the rug which means when she sees it at home it will remind her of her wedding, love that

In 16 years of doing weddings in the Plaza Room no one ever brought up the idea of draping the whole room, but over the years I had brides who wanted to cover paintings in there so we had been creative with draping particular areas, placing trees and placing something on the mantle to cover the fireplace picture, but draping the whole room, hmmmmm. So when Erika said lets do it, I was excited to see the outcome, and it was

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beautiful, and now all my brides are doing it.  It totally transforms the room and makes it soft and romantic and elegant, intimate and I think it makes the room feel a bit bigger.

 

We had an awesome candy table setup in the foyer during dinner and guests made to go bags or grabbed some to eat later in the evening when they felt the need.

 

I love it when a bride lets me guide them to the perfect team for them for their vision/style and budget, and when I say budget, anytime you look at the pics from my couples weddings, whatever you think they may have spent, in reality they probably spent less because I know the right people out there.  Our awesome vendor team on this wedding was: Frank Salas for the pics above and some were mine, Design Visage for the beautifying of all the ladies, Elegant by Design/florals, Chiavari chair rentals, TMMPRO, The Sugar Philosophers, Peter/Vive Ent, Naples Strings, White Flite Dove Release, and my fave Rabbi, Rabbi Ian!! And of course the wonderful ladies and gentlemen at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel xooxoxo

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Lisa

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Add a comment June 24, 2017

Island Hotel fabulous ceremony & reception – Newport Beach

For nearly a year I had the pleasure of helping Danielle and her mom (her stepmom really but you would not know it, what a wonderful relationship they have and even dad made mention of it during his toast) and Dad pull together what I had no doubt was going to be a beautiful and fun celebration.

I had done wedding ceremonies at Island Hotel at their old ceremony area which is no longer there,  but not done any at their only outdoor area for ceremonies the Cabana Patio, so this was my first and it turned out beautifully.

The cake picture does not do it any justice, but that cake was beautiful, the pastry chef at Island Hotel really puts his heart into every cake, love him.

From the beginning the colors were black and white and we went all the way, black linens/napkins (from Luxe Linens), chairs and dancefloor and with the off white draping we added around the room (by TMMPRO who also did the lighting, we stuck with amber to allow the candle light from the tables to stand out more) the florals were able to stand out.  Beautiful job with the ceremony floral, draping and chandeliers by Flowers by Cina and in the ballroom too, lots of glass and candles, it was fabulous.

The pics above and below are a mix of mine and Jacqueline Kay Photography, love working with them.  Thanks to Design Visage for keeping everyone on time, unlike a couple of weddings I did after this one who did not use them and put everything behind so brides ended up with very little of the photography they may have gone in hoping to get.  We had Naples Strings for the ceremony and they moved to cocktails, so easy to work with, and to the team at Island with Deanna at the helm, we are lucky enough right now to be there once a month, and love being there, the banquet captains are fab and the hotel has such a great feel and because they don’t have a lot of ballroom space its like being at an exclusive/one wedding a day only venue/hotel, but not paying for it.

Wayne Foster Band did the mceeing and music, I LOED their grand piano that they brought in and put on the stage which is a feat in itself, not many bands do that, but let me add that it was covered in crystals, beautiful.

Then my new fave vendor from 2016, The Sugar Philosophers, Kim does a beautiful job, very elegant displays, our bride wanted this one colorful and it was.  This table was the placecard table earlier, I love reusing that table.

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Lisa

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Add a comment April 14, 2017

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Wedding

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From the day the bride and her parents came to meet with me I knew we were going to have a fun time pulling this wedding together and then seeing it all evolve on the day.

The brides parents got married here at the Ritz-Carlton Dana Point 30 years ago and one of the Uncles had also been married there, so a real family tradition/location they consider personal is what this beautiful hotel means to them all.  So very special

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Navy blue was a very popular accent or dominant color for weddings in 2016 and totally worked with the new carpet that appeared in the Terrace Room during the year, lol.

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As you can see, my brides style was more natural and she wanted all low centerpieces and was not a colored/seamless/glossy dancefloor kind of girl, so we used the one provided by the hotel.  As always the balcony of the Terrace Salon with the furniture and firepits was very popular once dinner was over, and when I left there was actually a small group of guests still sitting out there not ready to call it a night (the B&G, parents and other guests were in the hotel bar).

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We pulled together the perfect team, everyone was so happy to be there working on this wedding because they were just lovely lovely people.  Thanks to Frank Salas for the photos and being fab as always, Karla/Elegant by Design for ‘getting’ the vision perfectly, Peter/Vive Ent for the dinner/dancing music, to Naples for the strings for the ceremony and being so great to always work with, to Luxe Linens for the napkins and linens that brought the key color to reality, to Design Visage for beautifying everyone and being on time and always working with my schedule and to Paul Uhlar for doing a really great ceremony as always/we have done around 2000 together over the years, and last but not least our team/friends/family at the Ritz-Carlton Dana Point, its been 15 years of a beautiful relationship, happy brides and grooms/happy guests/happy hotel/happy Lisa!!

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Lisa

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Add a comment January 20, 2017

Ritz-Carlton Laguna wedding

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Ahhh lovely Jenn, she knew what she liked and didn’t, so making decisions was quick and we pulled together the perfect vendor team/vision for her, and a reflection of her. Pretty, soft, romantic.

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Thanks to Barnett Photography for the pics and being so great to work with, Parallel Media/video-we had quite a run for a few weeks together, Father Brian for always officiating a great ceremony, Design Visage for beautifying everyone and as always keeping things on time/perfect and everyone always looks as good at the end which is so important, OCAVS for the perfect shade of lighting, Flowers by Cina for bringing Jenn and my vision to reality xoxoxox, Naples Strings for ceremony and cocktails, Peter/Vive Ent for as always being the epitomy of the perfect dj for many reasons, Luxe Linens for the dining linens/napkins, Wildflower Linens for the overlays, TMMPRO for the beautiful dancefloor and chivaris, and as a surprise to the groom, these cigar guys on the balcony, he loved it!!

And of course, without our ladies and gentlemen and that beautiful Ritz-Carlton Laguna the end result would not be as fabulous!!! xoxoxo

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Lisa

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Add a comment November 8, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Sunset Terrace/Plaza wedding

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We loved working with our bride for this more intimate celebration.  She was a very busy working woman and definitely needed me to help her pull the vendor team together that fit with her budget and vision/style.  So as well as our fabulous partners at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna, we had Dj Al, Flowers by Karen, Naples Strings for ceremony&cocktails, Design Visage for hair/makeup, Tony Florez for photography-thanks for the pics, and Teri there on the day to oversee/run the event.

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Everyone knows I love a white glossy/seamless round dancefloor, finally found a smaller one for Plaza and looks like the guests had used/messed up the cushions on the benches!! lol

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Lisa

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Add a comment November 3, 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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Lisa

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Add a comment October 17, 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.

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Lisa

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Add a comment September 26, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Laguna, Terrace Salon

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Some of you will see the picture above and immediately know the culture involved with this wedding celebration.  Our bride/mother/her side were Persian and our groom/his side were not, but the groom was very happy to have the traditions of the brides culture/background be a big part of their day.  Most of the time a station is setup with fruit on it in a very fancy display and this is available to the guests from beginning to end of the reception.

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I loved Sherene and her mom, and our groom was pretty aok too, we had a great time pulling the vision together and it really turned out elegant, soft, beautiful.

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Thanks to Flowers by Cina for being a great partner/taking words-thoughts and bringing them to an even better reality.  To D-Park photo for being wonderful to work with and for the pics here, my fave Persian officiant Shahrzad Ardalan for always doing a beautiful elegant ceremony, Design Visage for beautifying everyone.  Naples Strings for the beautiful ceremony music and Monico Decor for the rentals.  And of course to my friends/the fabulous team at the Ritz-Carlton for making dreams come true in the way of reality and memories.

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Sherene did not want their backs to the guests, which is normal at a Persian ceremony at a sofreh, as the bride and groom look into a mirror and the guests see their reflection which is an important part of the setup/ceremony, so we flipped them so the guests could see their faces and their backdrop was the beautiful Pacific Ocean, so not traditional but pretty fine.

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Lisa

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Add a comment February 2, 2016

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.

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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.

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Lisa

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Add a comment January 31, 2016

Hyatt Newport Beach

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Hyatt Newport Beach has such a variety of locations to have your wedding celebration at that its hard to call it a hotel, it has more of a feel of a relaxed country club with rooms and so gives someone looking for a hotel more of a boutique hotel feel than a resort or large hotel, yet in saying that they do conventions and corporate events all the time, so really, it seems to be the property that is all things to all people.  For Laura’s wedding she did her ceremony at their main location, cocktails in a location where you can see the back bay, dinner/dancing in their private courtyard, then the after party/dancing in their unique round shaped room and outside there we had a firepit and smores station.  N one could leave this wedding saying it was boring or the environment was bland as the event kept changing and evolving as the event went on.

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We had firepit/sitting area for during the outside dinner/dancing portion but it was not dark until towards the end of our time there, so some women used it to chat, but it mainly just looked good!!

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The ampitheatre ceremony site

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Dinner was held outdoors with the important moments held there and dancing started out there too.

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View to and from the sweetheart table.

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The after party room that started at 10pm, at this point the dancing had been going for two hours outside so I thought a lot of people would leave, but no, dancefloor was packed for a good hour, then people started moving to the smores station/firepit right outside, or their hotel rooms, or on their way home.  A great celebration was had by all.

Thanks to Jacqueline Kay for the photos, Design Visage for as always making the girls look awesome, their makeup looked as good at the end of the night as it did in the beginning, Naples Strings/you can spot them in the cere pic, Jenny B Florals-your team was great to work with that day, Tomgirl Bakery for dealing with a late delivery so we could have the cake out as short as possible in the warmth/heat, it was a hot day for sure but by the time the guests came to the dining area it was shaded, whew!!  And to Christeen and the team at the Hyatt, you are the best, love you!!

Till next time

Lisa

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