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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

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment June 24, 2017

Ritz-Carlton Laguna/Pavilion Ballroom

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A very busy bride and a lovely mom and I had a great journey which ended up with a really fabulous celebration.  Tiffany had an inspiration picture with the floral runner/candles inset which she loved, so of course we always knew we would have rectangle tables to be able to use that design on.  Along the way we created the perfect vendor team for them and the vision went from one picture to many other elements that created her custom wedding.

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Of course the seamless dancefloor and decal were from my new fave vendor of 2015 TMMPRO, along with the boxed florals infront of the stage which became a big had to have in 2015, doesn’t it all look fabulous!!  The luge for the signature drink was by fabulous Mark of Icebulb.

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The use of benches on the balcony gives a lot more seating if wanting to add a furniture area along with the regular tall and low cocktail tables, and Tiffany wanted a firepit from tthe beginning so of course there it was on the night

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Pre cocktail pic of the view from the balcony and why so many local and destination wedding couples choose this hotel and space to celebrate at.  Don’t you love the placecard table display, so fluffy, thanks to the hydrangea table top cover.

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Carrying on the hydrangea runner look/feel to the headtable and these pics showcase the beautiful Luxe Linen that was usd on the headtable and the rectangle tables in the room

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3 different Luxe Linens were used throughout the room, lots of texture/looks, love it.

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Great vendor team on board for this wedding.  Frank Salas/photographer-thanks as always for being such a great team player, Elegant by Design for bringing our beginning design thoughts through to reality as always, Lake Forest limousines for the Packard and limos used to get everyone from the hotel to the church to the hotel, and of course, to our fabulous team/family at the Ritz-Carlton-we love you soooooo much!!!!  And to the best band ever – well that is what all my couples say during and after their weddings, Full Spectrum Music/Adam Jackson, mom and bride took forever to book them even though I kept saying I would not steer you wrong, on the night mom comes over to me and says, Lisa this band is sooo good, guests keep coming up and telling me the best wedding band they have ever heard, why don’t everyone just book them immediately!!  I said to her, tell me about it, lol

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment January 5, 2017

Balboa Bay Resort wedding

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Such super sweet nice people, the couple, her family, the friends and family on the day, I DO love my job!!  On our first meeting my bride made it clear that yellow was her favourite color, my question back was, what shade of yellow, she said ‘happy’ yellow, so of course in the designing/suggestions I made as we went through the process, ‘happy’yellow it was!

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We kept yellow out of the ceremony so as not to distract in photos, the girls had yellow bouquets, so the pop was there.  The brides brother is not a professional officiant but he officiated the ceremony and it was quite lovely/personal.

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I loved that she was in, when I said, what about a happy yellow dancefloor.  It made such an impact and everyone was talking about it, even the GM of the hotel came up to see and he then sent others up to take a look.  We were in the Bayview room which has wonderful Newport harbor views/windows along one side, but we wanted to center the cake but a service door is right behind where it would be and along with the silver/gray linens/chairs we were doing I knew the impact of the yellow could be lost or the room may look a bit messy, so we draped the 3 walls and it turned out fabulous.

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My new fave vendor http://www.thesugarphilosophers.com did another beautiful/elegant candy table which was set up during dinner so when guests left, they passed what was the placecard table was now a transformed table with bags to create their own takeaway/favor.

Another great day because I was able to guide her to select the right team for their wedding, thanks to Jacqueline Kay photography for the pics above and for also being so great to work with, Peter/Vive Ent for as always being the best dj/mcee/music guy-guests and my couples love him, Karla/Elegant by Design for the florals which had the right amount of yellow and for making the collections look great/mom was looking for the tradition tall floral ball but that was not our brides style/vision, Kim/Shane Productions-video-for just being so fab.  Design Visage for ensuring everyone looked gorgeous from beginning to end.  TMMPRO for our wonderful yellow dancefloor and silver decal, the draping and our lighting-which is everything!!  We used the room at the end of the dining area for the photobooth which was very popular.  And last but not least the great team at Balboa Bay Resort, we love working with you all.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment December 18, 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

Park Hyatt Aviara

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Funny how things work out.  Zula is best friends with a bride whose wedding I did five years ago.  Earlier in the year I got a message from my past bride saying her best friend is getting married and she has given her my number.  Never heard a word!  Then about 8 weeks before the wedding date I got a call from the photographer who had also done that past wedding, asking if I was available on the date (which was strange as I was available, I had met with a bride I thought would move forward with me and she didn’t, another fate intervention, I was not supposed to get it as I was supposed to do Zula!!), she was not booked for it either but felt she would be and wanted to give my name to the bride, as she thought she had someone helping her pull everything together, but it just wasn’t happening.  Well within 48 hours we were off and running and the bride was thrilled with how much we suddenly had done/she could relax knowing we were going in the right direction.

Our groom loves golf and they actually live down the road from their venue, so the ceremony was done with a golf green backdrop.  Cocktails were done by the putting green and guests could putter during cocktails, the guys loved it.

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We ended up in a different ballroom to the one they originally booked, it would have been too small and not as elegant, and we ended up with a great outdoor area for relaxing after dinner with the new room

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Another beautiful seamless/glossy dancefloor and logo by my fave vendor TMMPRO, he also did the chairs and lighting for me, love Jack and his guys.  The late night snack was freshly made warm cookies, just add icecream!!

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A good close up of the linen from La Tavola on the cake table and the placecard table.

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A custom Step N Repeat was in the foyer and after guests got their placecards they stopped and had their photo taken infront of it.  It was a popular place later for selfies I noticed.

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In keeping with the golf theme, our martini luge was a golf ball on a tee!! Another great job by Carving Ice.  Next to that is our lovely royal table for the B& and their bridal party.  Nothing like a lovely florally/candle covered style dining table

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It was great working with Irmina Photo again, been a couple of years as she had a baby and took some time, but she is baaaaack. Brandon Video did their thing and were lovely and low maintenance (they were a gift to the bride from my past bride), Father Don from Good Shepherd did a wonderful Catholic style ceremony.  We were going with strings for ceremony and cocktails but then I was at an event and a really cute girl was playing guitar and singing and I just knew she was right for Zula, and she was, so ceremony and cocktails were covered by her.  Their friend Vic who is a broadcaster and dj, came in from Florida and did a great job mceeing and playing music to keep the dancefloor full.  Our chargers and outdoor benches came from Monico Décor, florals were by Bella Florina, a florist that Zula knew/found.  And last but not least the team at Park Hyatt were fabulous and the grounds/hotel just made you feel like you were out of the hustle/bustle.  Looking very forward to my next one there early 2017.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment September 25, 2016

Intimate Ritz celebration

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This is why I love my job, there is no right or wrong and everyone has their own vision/dream.  For this intimate celebration, the Pacific Ocean was the backdrop for the ceremony that had a labyrinth the guests and the couple walked, cocktails on the balcony of Plaza Room, dinner on Sunset Terrace with that beautiful ocean from daylight to night, then into Plaza Room for dancing.  Fabulous.  Thanks To Flowers by Cina who jumped in and worked with us and to Peter/Vive Ent dj for making the after party the place to be.

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Thanks as always to our friends at the Ritz-Carlton, a joy to work with and the guests feel the team/support.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment September 3, 2016

LA Church & Taglyan wedding

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Ah, my lovely Gaby and Jeff, when they booked me they were looking at a venue in the OC but not sure, so they kept looking and voila, found their perfect spot up in Los Angeles.

Here is Gaby in the lobby of the W Hotel Hollywood, I have always loved the staircase in the background, it just screams a Hollywood star making her entrance, great photo op!!

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This is how they travelled around LA, first to the church, then some pics around Hollywood, then to their fabulous venue.

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And here is what took Gaby’s breath away when she saw the venue, the beautiful ceiling/chandeliers and what they do with lighting at Taglyan, the room keeps changing its look, pretty fabulous!!

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These table numbers have been very popular this season, but watch out, just as you think they are cute or great, so do the guests, some go missing!!

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A sweet sweetheart table for a sweet couple

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The grounds are not only great for cocktails, but evening photos also!

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Love this pic from this vantage point by our fab photographer on this one, Christine Bentley, thanks for most of the pics here, some are mine.

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Here is Gaby walking up the aisle to her groom.  Their church was only 3 mins down the road from the venue, very convenient for me!!

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The cake was very Gaby, not over the top but elegant, and I loved the topper!

 

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And as a treat for the guests, an ice cream station with some really yummy options to choose from.

A great wedding for a great couple and a great vendor team to boot.  The team at Taglyan were great to work with/very easy, Jason Jass was our dj/mcee, Hoo Films did the videography which was very important to them.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment August 22, 2016

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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Add a comment August 15, 2016

Hyatt Huntington Beach Intimate wedding

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Melody booked Nicole to oversee/orchestrate things on her wedding day.  This was a destination wedding and a lovely intimate group of family and close friends who attended. Melody booked us for Month of service but used our preferred vendor list to pull her vendor team together, and when the service officially began, Lisa pulled everything together/double checked everything Melody had organized, created the detailed timeline/order of events and then Nicole ran the celebration on the day.

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Dj Steve Burdick and Nicole were a great team, not often we get pics of lovely Lauren with Design Visage but there she is putting finishing touches on our bride, and there is our happy bride, thanks to Joel Austell/photographer for the pictures above, and of course fabulous Heather at Hyatt Huntington Beach for always being so wonderful to work with, xoxoxoxo

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment August 10, 2016

Island Hotel wedding

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ALL the vendors involved in this wedding wanted only the best for this great couple, we just loved them.  They got married in a church where the brides father was okayed to orchestrate the ceremony.  Good thing they chose to add on my early at hotel to keep things on time and  church assistance option, as there was no church lady present/that we could find, until after the ceremony, so I got everyone up the aisle in place!!!

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Then over to the Island Hotel where Teri was overseeing setup/vendors.  Teri had done a wedding at Island Hotel not so long ago, but this was my first one for many years, so it was good to be back, the team there is excellent, and a bonus having the wonderful Kelly Odell (previously at St Regis Monarch Beach) there now too.

Our bride and groom were open to my fun things, round dancefloor/decal etc by TMMPRO, and it all turned out fabulous as you can see from the pics provided by Judy & Gavin (our 2nd wedding with them, they are great) and some are mine.

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Below you can see same room different color lighting and also only with the hotel lights up, none of them look like the same room right?  Huey of Platinum Peaks was the mcee/dj and handled the draping and lighting, he was wonderful to work with

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A whimsical placecard piece.  The feathers were actually used at the church, no florals, that tells you a lot about our couple and why we loved them so much

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Probably the prettiest floral display on a sweetheart table I have ever seen.  The colors and flowers were just beautiful.  Fab u lous work as always by Elegant by Design/Karla and her team.

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Rental linens were by Monico Décor, we all loved our cake linen.  Noemi of Post Beauty beautified the ladies, love her.

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I got to see Veronika a couple of weeks in a row, she is great.

Till next time

Lisa

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