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First micro wedding 2020 Hyatt HB

Well, the above wedding seems so long ago now, but it was our first step into what became known as ‘micro weddings’ thanks to covid, where couples had their weddings booked/paid for and if they wanted to keep their date/location had to adjust to what the new rules were at their hotel or county or state, and that my friends was a daily changing thing we have learnt to work with and probably even worse now, when we thought that 2021 would mean we would be free and clear, but not the case.

So with this wedding at the Hyatt Huntington Beach, guest count went down to immediate family only because of guests fear of coming/attending and the couple only wanting attendees they knew who/where they had been which would hopefully mean everyone would be safe. Ceremony chairs were spread way out and based on knowing how many singles versus others were spaced that way and their names were on their chairs. In the dining room it was max 4 per table/as you can see split so there was a good 6′ between couples/singles etc. The dancefloor was used only for first dance/parent dances, no guest dancing or socialising. After cake cutting and eating after dinner, chatting at tables, no mixing or socialising, it was over.

I can remember when the guests had left, Frank Salas/photographer (his pics above) and Peter/Vive Ent-dj and I all looked at each other and didn’t know how we felt but i think each hoped this was a short term thing and we could get back to ‘normal’ wedding celebrations very soon (we are all part of the All you need is love micro wedding package at the hotel, and Elegant by Design is the florist included, as well as Jeffrey Holmes/officiant). I will tell you i heard from the bride after and she was thrilled with everything, loved how it all worked out and felt it was better with the smaller group, so that was wonderful. Covid has definately made us prioritise/change ways of doing things and as the ‘season’ goes on you will see how i think most of the celebrations turned out way better than the original plan.

Till next time

Lisa

xoxoxox

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Add a comment January 20, 2021

Ritz Laguna Outdoor wedding

I LOVED helping MacKenzie pull her wedding together from start to finish, I was so involved in every detail I even brought the cushions we put on the benches on the balcony, was hoping they would not want to take them as it was a destination wedding for all, but I have such good taste it seems, they wanted them and took them home with them, lol.

From the getgo Mackenzie wanted dinner outside, soooo

we did the ceremony on Monarch Bay Sunset Lawn, the dining tables were set on the Monarch Bay Sunset Terrace but stacked by the cliff, so plenty of walking room for the guests and our bridal party to walk on, guests left the ceremony and went to Plaza Balcony for cocktails, we spread the dining tables out/cere florals were put on the dining tables, dinner was done on the terrace which was really beautiful and the sunset behind her dad and the toasters was amazing, a wedding scene that guests will not forget quickly.  Then into Plaza room which was setup for dancing and we had the cake there.  Now the one thing Mackenzie and her mom weren’t sure on for most of the planning time, then said, ok Lisa add it, was the draping.  When they both walked in and saw the room pre dinner they both looked and me and said, you were right Lisa you were right.

Dancefloor/draping/lighting in Plaza and around the dining area/benches all by TMMPRO, Hair/makeup by Design Visage never a late bride for me, Flowers by Cina for the florals, Jewel Cole Photography thanks for the pics, the lighter ones are hers and the darker are my iPhone ones of course/not sure why everyone else gets great pics on their iphones!!  and to Peter/Vive Entertainment for all the music/all areas and mceeing, awesome job as always my friend, and to our partners at the Ritz where teamwork makes the dream work, and together we sure do xoxox

Oh and it didn’t end with the wedding, I sent them to Sandals Negril for their honeymoon where they had a fabulous time xoxox

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Add a comment April 21, 2020

Ritz Carlton Laguna Destination Wedding

Had a great experience planning with Sterling and Jonathan from afar (as are 80% of my couples).  They were very busy so very efficient when it came to making decisions and getting tasks done, yayyy, love that.  We had the ceremony on the Monarch Bay Sunset Lawn, cocktails on the Plaza Balcony and then dinner/dance inside the Plaza Room.

Thanks to Cat/Adi of Next Exit Photography you have got photos here of the Plaza Room from every angle and a few for the ceremony site, tx guys for being friendors for so many years and being great to work with on the day xoxo  We pulled together a great vendor team, Rabbi Ian co-officiated with the Pastor from Sterling’s church who flew over for the wedding, Design Visage did hair/makeup, cere/cocktail music by Naples Strings, dinner/dance/mceeing by Jeff/Moondance Mobile Music, and to EBD Floral, wow, i was taken aback by the beauty of the florals and colors.  Jonathan is from South Africa and Sterling wanted to incorporate the South African national/native flower and Karla did it beautifully, love love.  And to TMMPRO who helps me transform the Plaza Room with draping/dancefloor+decal and lighting, and we had them provide chiavaris for the cere (Sterling was not into using hotel chairs at all) and had Chiavari Chair Rentals provide the infinity chairs for the Plaza Room.  Everything was bellisimo!!

 

And of course to our friends/team members at the Ritz Laguna, always a pleasure making dreams celebrations come to reality for our couples, xoxox

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Add a comment April 21, 2020

Ritz Laguna Terrace Salon wedding

It’s funny how each year there are the ‘hot’ spaces for weddings, well for 2019 at Ritz Laguna it was combining the Monarch bay Sunset Lawn with cocktails next door on the Monarch Bay Sunset Terrace, all oceanfront/view, then up to the Terrace Salon where the ballroom is unique in shape and wall coverings and has a very cool large balcony with wicker furniture and fire pits that guests love, in face most weddings end and there is a group sitting out there not ready to leave!!

So this wedding was the same space, our bride was very excited about everything and her fabulous groom was always happy to see her happy.  From the beginning Katy had said her wedding was going to be pink, and our groom was aok with that, so pink it was.

The picture above was Katy seeing the doves they would release at the end of the ceremony on its way to her ceremony and she was chatting with it, thanking it.  There was also a 60 dove release after they each released their doves.  Guests loved it.

Great vendor team on board, Luxe Linens for the perfect pink linens/napkins, Flowers by Cina for the beautiful florals, Jim Kennedy & Amber-photo (none of these photos are from them, all are mine), Luxury Lifestyle Studio/video, Wendy/Orange County Harpist for the ceremony/cocktail music, Peter/Vive Entertainment for the dinner/dancing music & excellent mceeing as always, Design Visage for hair/makeup, TMMPRO for the dancefloor+decal & lighting-just the right pink, and of course to the ladies and gentlemen at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna for always helping us make wedding dreams come true xoxo

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Add a comment April 21, 2020

Laguna Cliffs Marriott wedding

 

Lovely Jessica, such a happy bride from the beginning.  She wanted happy flowers and a happy vibe to the whole event.  She found the band with the exact style she wanted and it turned out they had played at a wedding I had done years ago, Jukebox Productions, they also provided the ceremony music, Joe Latter photo/thanks for the pics, Luxury Lifestyle Studio/video, Design Visage for hair/makeup, Karen’s Flowers & Nora from the hotel each did part of the wedding (they include the ceremony florals in the hotel package) and after dinner guests were surprised with Pixster Photobooth in the foyer, we had a few weddings with them in 2019 I feel.

Thanks to the lovely peeps at Laguna Cliffs, always good to be there.  That is where i did my very first wedding as an independent planner, after I left Disney, so it holds a special place in my heart, then someone at the Ritz heard I had done one and reached out, and the rest is history they say, for the past 19 years, xoxoxo

Till next time

Lisa

xoxo

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Add a comment April 21, 2020

Hyatt HB ocean/sea theme wedding

We work with all budgets and all levels of service ranging from Day of/which starts one month prior to full service, as i think you can tell from the blogs and Instagram posts.  I find it more interesting because everyone is different, rather than only dealing with the 1% and pretty much using the same vendors to create pretty much the same look/feel for each wedding with different colors and maybe an element or two to try to make it feel/look custom to that couple.  With our couples it’s a huge range, some are paying for everything themselves and they are a ‘normal’ working couple that just want their wedding at a nice hotel, for others they are lawyers/doctors/professionals that earn where they can have a wedding at a nice hotel but also have no strain financially on adding rentals/elements to make their wedding unique/different, and for some parent’s are paying so couple may or may not have much input and maybe a lot of items/decisions are compromises rather than the end result/style the couple may have had of they were paying.   So in saying that my vendor pool to offer to fit each couples style/budget/vision/priorities,  is huge and has to be, so with my couple’s weddings most of the time the team is different.

Todays blog is one of the couples that were paying for the wedding themselves, wanted a nice hotel, and were happy to make compromises to make that happen, ie, they had their wedding on a Friday morning and it was done by 4pm.  By doing it during the work day, their guest count was where they wanted it (non family/good friends generally won’t/can’t take a day off work) and they didn’t need to add lighting/a lot of décor to make the event look fab at night.  Shannon wanted sea/ocean feel, so you can see at the ceremony and in the ballroom what was done to make that happen and in the ballroom it was very effective and at very little cost.

Thanks to Joe Latter for the photos above, way better than my iPhone ones, lol, Jeff/Moondance Mobile Music for all the music/mceeing and as always a fab job, Karen’s Flowers (not on insta or website), Sweet Traders for the cake that turned out perfectly, and to our friends at Hyatt HB, as always, we make the dreams come true/guest’s experience a great event, and no matter what they spend, make them feel like the 1%.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment April 19, 2020

Ritz Laguna Plaza Room wedding

I had planned things with Yana and Leo for their end of year wedding at the Ritz-Carlton, this was their CA wedding and in being flexible and doing a thursday the week before xmas with their intimate group of 50, meant they could have it at a 5 star hotel with views and service to die for, because they had to watch their budget due to their wedding in Russia which was going to be huge a few weeks later (Yana is a bit of  a celebrity in Russia).

I was in Cabo looking at some of the best venues there for future weddings on their wedding date but Nicole was orchestrating/overseeing on the day with Darla’s assistance and they had a great vendor team, all of who know how Lisa likes things so I didn’t need to worry at all that it would not be a success, and of course it was, B&G were very happy.

Thanks to Joel Austell for the pics above, Shane Productions/video, EBD Floral as always for making things work out as our brides anticipate from the beginning, Rabbi Ian for as always doing a great Jewish ceremony and the Trotts who issued the CA marriage license at the hotel (they have done this for quite a few of our couples over the years and it’s starting to be more and more popular), Peter/Vive Entertainment for handling all the music and mceeing and keeping things on track with Nicole, and to everyone at the Ritz who again, helped us make a couple’s wedding dreams come true, thank you xoxo

Till next time

Lisa

xoxxo

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Add a comment April 14, 2020

Hyatt HB Destination wedding

So Cece and Cleo and all their guests came from Memphis, Tennessee, for her CA Beach wedding.  There was about 50 in total that came and had a great CA vacay at the end of 2019.  Again, this is a situation where if you are flexible you can have your dream (and our dreams/budget/style are all so different) come true.  They chose to do it on a sunday and in the daytime (again, saves on lighting and puts the focus more on being together/the view etc.   Aunty Orlene officiated and i have to tell you, one of the best ceremonies ever, she was amazing!!

Originally they were on the Nautical deck for the ceremony and then coming to Sandpiper Room, using that patio for after cere socializing (no alcohol at this wedding), but as the time got closer and things became available, Cheryl at the Hyatt HB really worked with me to make this as special as we could for the couple and their guests.  They got to move to Lighthouse Courtyard and we angled the ceremony so they would not have guests walking over the bridge in the background, then we got to use the Red Chair Lounge patio for the socializing time and then into Sandpiper they came, where we did 3 long tables, 1 for bparty/linear style and the guest tables on each side, it really made for everyone feeling like they were together.  Cece had booked our services with one of my Day of Co-ordinators orchestrating on the day, but same thing for me if as the wedding gets closer I am not booked, then they get me on the day, which happened a few times in 2019, so lucky couples, i think/hope, lol!!

Great working with Joe Broccardo Photo, it had been a while (but i think the pics above are all mine though??!!), Karen’s Flowers (no insta or website), Sweet Traders for the cake as Cece wanted it, and Peter/Vive Entertainment for always being willing to work with the opportunities i present to him, lol xoxox

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Ritz Laguna Wedding

This wedding just had a sweet story which is why I think from the hotel on, we all did what we could to make it happen.  The parents of the groom had been married at the Ritz Laguna 25 years ago, Bluff Lawn ceremony (at that time it was called Gazebo Lawn) and Pavilion Ballroom, well the B&G loved the Ritz and wanted to do the wedding there but budget was not allowing for the ‘normal’ wedding celebration, so…. they made adjustments, which is what everyone should do.

They did the wedding on a sunday morning, with a luncheon following.  No full bar, just champagne at cocktail time then wine with the meal.  Simple cere décor but it was very effective with that awesome backdrop, using centerpiece florals and then used everything the hotel provided in Pavilion Ballroom, no rentals, because in the daylight the view takes over anyway.  So same ceremony site/ballroom and date 25 years later for their son.  Pretty cool eh.  Thanks to EBD Floral for working with us to make it happen, Wendy/Orange County Harpist for the beautiful cere/cocktail music as always & Peter/Vive Entertainment for providing the music/mceeing in the ballroom, and to Dan and Tyler Photography for being so lovely to work with and for the pics above, and of course to the Ritz, for this one we definitely made a dream come true xoxoxo

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Add a comment April 14, 2020

Ritz-Carlton Laguna, Terrace Salon wdg

A fun wedding for Raquel and James with lots of suprises for the guests, from the drummers escorting the B&G in with the Brazilian Dancers and a 2nd performance by them later to the Enchanted Mirror Photobooth that opened on the balcony after dinner

Thanks to Tony Florez for the pics, Peter/Vive Entertainment for the music/mceeing & always happy to help the dance troupes out with their music/so patient! TMMPRO for the dancefloor+custom decal/lighting&dry ice for the 1st dance, and Events by Milan for the floral/décor & Amor table that everyone loved!

 

And always a huge thanks to our partners at Ritz-Carlton Laguna for always helping me to make wedding dreams come true xoxox

Till next time

Lisa

xoxoxo

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