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Island Hotel – Newport Beach

I was at the Island Hotel when this bride and groom and her parents were walking around looking at it as a potential for her wedding reception, and they liked what they saw me doing for that wedding and I got booked for Maria’s. Their ceremony was at a church that does not have church ladies and I have done a few there now, so I was over there getting everyone up the aisle too.

From our awesome placecard table floral to the church and the ballroom, EBD Floral did a beautiful job again as always.

Linens and napkins came from Luxe.  We even had caricature artists after dinner which were very popular.

Chivaris/dancefloor/lighting/draping by my pals at TMMPRO

   

Thanks to Jacqueline Kay for some of the photos above and some are mine, the bad ones, lol.  And as always, to the Island Hotel team, thank you for being awesome.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment July 29, 2017

Balboa Bay Resort Wedding

I don’t often post pics of the bridal bouquet but this one was colorful and so different to most I see, I couldn’t help myself.  Beautiful florals by Flowers by Cina xoxox

So gardeny, Soy’s vision brought to life!!

I love a glass base to a cake and florals amass under

Floral reuse – from the arch to the sweetheart table, works fabulously right?? The cake design was very special, Suzanne took their invite and put key elements on to the cake and if you look carefully you will see a 3rd wee item which is for their wee boy! So sweet.

Yes we did, As a nod to their culture plus she liked the idea, a RED dancefloor!!  Looked awesome later when she had her red dress on.

the tiffany blue was her pop, cake and napkins.  A pretty view from the sheart table

Pics above are all mine so sorry for them not being the best.

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Lisa

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Add a comment June 11, 2017

Another fabulous Island Hotel wedding

I loved these two, we spent many months planning and had a couple of meetings that turned into dinner and ‘date’ night, lol.  Tammy always knew the look/feel she wanted and it all turned out beautifully.  In fact when I did room view with her, she cried before she even saw it, she was so excited.

   

These two pics depict the beginning of the event, and how it ended!! lol  they were the only people left in the ballroom with me, they were tired but Miss Tammy did not want it to end so she lay down in a form of protest that if she was lying down she wouldn’t have to leave, our groom went down too, and they wanted me to but I said I had to take the picture, lol.  Love them xoxoxoxox

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Lisa

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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.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment April 14, 2017

Older couple elegant wedding celebration

This wedding was wonderful.  An older couple who had found each other and wanted to celebrate with their family and friends, and this was one celebration where you could feel the love and genuine want for them to be happy/enjoy life together.  It was a January wedding and the ceremony was planned for indoors from the beginning, so there was never a worry about the wedding or it being too dark/cold outside.

Thanks to Karla at Elegant by Design for really listening and making the bride so happy, she was not really wanting many florals, so the perfect mix was created giving a very elegant/romantic feel, along with the full room draping we did and the round glossy/seamless dancefloor which was more full than I normally see, now whether that is because this group loves to dance, or the fact that my fave band, Full Spectrum with Adam Jackson, was playing, hmmmm not sure but could have been both!!  Thanks to the team at Island Hotel for being so wonderful to work with, this year we look like we are going to be there once a month. xoxoxox

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Lisa

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Add a comment April 8, 2017

Newport Beach Hyatt wedding

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While they were off getting married at the church, Nicole was very busy at the hotel putting all the signs/pictures and items all around at the different areas being utelised for this great celebration.  Cocktails were on the upper lawn area with views all around.  An open air tent was put up which framed the area perfectly

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Then on another lawn area closer to the dining area, was the cigar/photobooth section

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Dining and dancing under the stars with café lighting over the dining table area

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A dancefloor was laid on the lawn and a stage for the band closed that area off to the lawn behind.

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The after party was held in a fun round room and they partied on for another two hours.

Nicole did an awesome job keeping things flowing and ensuring everything was how our lovely Rebeca wanted it.  Thanks to Christeen at the Hyatt NB for being fabulous as always and to Aaron Young r the photos above.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment January 17, 2017

Church and Island Hotel celebration

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Brian and Rona picked a church in downtown Los Angeles and a hotel in the OC for their wedding reception, so a lot of driving for everyone but worth it, we had a great celebration for this great couple.  The churches in LA are so ornate but we enhanced this one a bit more, Rona wanted the outside entrance doors prettied up, and navy was their color so I suggested that we get a custom runner for the church and Brian made that his task and it turned out great.

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Then the fabulous looking ballroom at the Island Hotel

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We had a martini ice luge, and used it to showcase the blue again. Great job as always, Dan at Carving Ice.

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Don’t see caketops that much anymore, I really loved this one.

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This cake picture was before the lights were dimmed, further up is the pic as the guests saw the cake/room, quite a bit different!!

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Lighting does make the difference.

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Details! And my fave napkin fold this season.  Rona and Brian were great and trusting of me guiding them to the right vendors for their style and budget.  Florals/Elegant by Design, Photo/Tony Florez (thanks for the pics), Design Visage for bridal beauty, Jeff Holmes/Moondance Mobile Music-dj, Shane Productions/video, ALS for transportation, Veronika/belly dancer, Monico Rentals/linens and chiavaris, and my pal TMMPRO for our beautiful dancefloor.  Last but not least, Kelly and the team at Island Hotel, awesome to work with, and Miss Kelly folded and placed every napkin in the room this night!!

Till next time

Lisa

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Newport Beach Marriott-Indian Wedding

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Teri and I had the pleasure of helping Ben achieve a wonderful wedding celebration for his lovely daughter, her new husband and all the family and friends that came to celebrate last weekend.   Above is the Rose Garden Gazebo turned into a mandap and our groom arriving on his horse.

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The rickshaw above is how the bride and groom left after the vidai.

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The florist/decorator dad had hired did a great job, very creative.

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Dad had made contact with me a year before but pulled everything together himself with us starting a month out, double checking everything and pulling our detailed timeline/order of events together.  Great working with the team at the NB Marriott again, Teri is normally the one working there so it was fun for me to be there for a change also.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment March 14, 2016

You just never know!!

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Was driving to the hotel excited for the wedding as I really enjoyed my couple and enjoying what a beautiful day it was and how much I loved my job and really, life is good, well ………. I had checked on the ceremony site earlier, checked on the bride, the dining room was in great shape, vendors arriving/getting their things going, my Nicole was in the dining room handling placecards etc, I went back to the ceremony site to get the guys florals and meet them in the lobby so they would be ready for photos, looked at the site and thought to myself, its a simple floral look but the pop of color looks good, took the pics above, decided I wanted a close up of the floral on the wood structure but didn’t want to zoom in, so started walking towards the front on the aisle and bam, over I went, lost my balance between the concrete lip/cobble/grass, I knew it was bad and as people were on me to help I said I needed ice and paramedics, yes I already knew.  This was 45 mins before the ceremony was to begin, no guests in the area, as they started to arrive the hotel staff kept them in the lobby thank goodness.  Now the reason why its great to choose a planner and vendors who work together more often than not, really is what saves a situation like this.  Immediately the videographer who I work with a lot, grabbed my phone and asked me who to call, so I started with get Nicole here and then an assistant to come in earlier than I had her coming, then husband etc.  By the time Nicole got to me and I told her to get the florals to the groom and explain she was now going to run the show, this gave me a giggle, she said to the groom, Lisa has fallen and I will be handling things from here, groom said to her, And she can’t get up.  Well yes Joe, I couldn’t get up, lol.  Paramedics were there within 2 mins of getting the call, I was in the Hospital ER within 13 mins.  Toshika and Joe had picked an officiant, dj, video, floral, that I work with a lot and that resulted in them doing things I found out later that surprised me but totally explained why things carried on without me as if I was there.  The officiant knew I was going to do a quick walk though with the guys, he went and did it, the florist helped Nicole give the rest of the personals knowing I normally do that, the dj totally worked with Nicole on the event using the timeline and going through it together just as I would have, so everything went as clockwork.  My timelines are very detailed, in fact I always use the phrase that they are that way, ‘so if I get hit by a bus anyone can pick up my timeline and run the event without having to second guess or ask questions’, and it was proven for the first time in 15 years that it worked.  The hotel staff were great, one of them worked with me at another hotel and knew how I did things and made sure the hotel was doing their part to keep things rolling.  As I was being rolled out by the paramedics (not through the lobby I made them take me a long way round) we stopped and yelled up to my bride as I wanted her to know I was ok and she was in good hands with Nicole and the vendors, by that time Nicole was up in her room and told her what was happening and Toshika came out on the balcony and gave me the thumbs up, off I went.

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As Peter/dj Vive Ent said, well it wasn’t like you weren’t really there, you were texting the whole time you were gone.  I was, got to do something while waiting to hear what the heck had been done, I wasn’t running it more asking how things were going and it was going well which made it so much easier for me to be dealing with this situation.  What had been done, well broken and dislocated ankle, they put the ankle back in place in the ER, but my journey started from there and went through 3 casts, 2 splints, a boot, surgery which means I now have a plate and 9 screws in my ankle, and getting to use the worlds best invention, the knee scooter.  A trip to Europe had to be cancelled which was sad as I was meeting two of my sisters from New Zealand in Spain and going to have some special  time and there were events I did not get to go to over the first 4-8 weeks after it happened, but now I am 4 1/2 months in and grateful that each day I see I am closer to ‘normal’ but really have so much gratefulness for silly things like being able to walk up and down stairs etc, crazy but true.  But this post is not so much about me and what happened to me, but how important it is to work with a detailed planner who has a good team assisting her and then great vendors who have a history with the planner, who can all pick up and do more than just their job to fill in the gaps.  Individual vendors who don’t know each other/work together are just going to do their own thing and that is just not going to be enough in a situation like this.

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The people pic above was done at the photobooth, that is my bride with my girls, the videographer and our fabulous dj, showing that all was well.  I also got videos from her during the night telling me what a great time they were having.  We have been in touch many times since her wedding, but as I tell her, I will never forget her anniversary date!!

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This shows was a great sense of humor and how fun Joe and Toshika were with their speciality chair covers by Wildflower Linen.

Till tomorrow

Lisa

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Add a comment February 14, 2016

Island Hotel Newport Beach wedding

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This hotel was formerly the Four Seasons and we did a lot of weddings there, since it became Island Hotel I think we may have only done 1 wedding there.  Then they lost their main ceremony site so mostly reception only celebrations were held there.  The hotel has a new team in the catering/sales department and they are open/flexible and making ceremony/reception combinations work using the space they have.  The wedding above was a reception only which my Teri handled on the day.  A lovely older couple, brides first marriage and it was so sweet, her parents were paying and also involved in every decision.

Thanks to the vendor team where everyone went over and above to make this a great celebration, Teresa Taylor/photography-thanks for the pics above, Karla/Elegant by Design-you really are a special person for the love/touches you do that our couples don’t even know/realize to make their vision become reality, to Jeff/Moondance Mobile Music/dj-you kept the dancefloor full which surprised all of us.  Linens by Wildflower, and ballroom lighting/centerpiece pinspots were done by the hotel lighting department, and of course Deanna/Kelly and the great banquet team at the Island Hotel, five star all the way.

Till next time

Lisa

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