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Laguna Cliffs Indian wedding

We have done Indian wedding celebrations all over S Ca, but this was our first at Laguna Cliffs.  You will notice that our lovely bride strayed from the traditional colors used for the wedding (my brides tend to stray).

They actually booked Teri for the day as I was already booked, but I managed to make it for the Indian am ceremony before I headed off to my wedding, and Teri and the team carried on with the luncheon, the pm ceremony/cocktails/dinner/dance.

 

Thanks to Lin & Jirsa for the pics, they turned out wayyyyyy better than any of the ones we took on our phones, lol!!

 

Thanks to the team at Laguna Cliffs, as always we love working with you

Till next time

Lisa

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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

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment November 3, 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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Ritz -Carlton Laguna wedding

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They booked me for Month of service before they even booked the hotel and when the service officially kicked in, David said two things to me which I loved….. We should have booked you for the bigger service, I have no idea how you do what you do, dealing with vendors was so frustrating.  What can we do that would be really unique?

Well thank you David, when you love what you do it’s not work and it’s easy and how about a champagne lady??!!  We had the champagne lady greet the guests at cocktail hour and then again she was in the ballroom when they came in and they took a glass for the toasts. They had my preferred vendor list and made some good decisions along the way and actually did ok considering they were a destination wedding.

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Sweet/simple look for the ceremony, with that backdrop you don’t need more

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We had a bling photo backdrop at one end of the room

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An old fashioned floral combination for the sweetheart table but it really looked lovely

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Our groom wanted a cool dj booth and Revelry Event Design had a few to choose from

Thanks to Lin & Jirsa for the pics and being so great to work with, they wore many hats for this one, photo/video/photobooth/drone, TMMPRO for my fave dancefloors and decals, Jason Jass/Visions Entertainment/dj for being a pleasure to work with, the lovely ladies at Design Visage for beautifying our bride/moms/bridesmaids, and the team at Ritz-Carlton as always, love love love you all for helping me create wonderful memories for couples and their family and friends, for over 15 years now.

Till next week

Lisa

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Add a comment July 3, 2016

Last St Regis, Monarch Beach wedding

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Here is the new Grand Lawn Ceremony site at the Monarch Beach Resort, formerly the St Regis Monarch Beach, and these pics are from a wedding that was planned for around 15 months and happened a few days before the name change.  So as things happen along the way, the vision our bride had for her ceremony changed with hotel changes and she didn’t end up with her final vision until a few days before, I think it looked lovely.  By taking away the rotunda somehow the ocean seems right there, and I now get more of a Caribbean backdrop feel, where the pool seems to end at the ocean.

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Down at Club 19 we did a mix of round and rectangle tables.  This was a daytime wedding, so the colors really worked well and gave an elegant feel.  The ceiling treatment turned out perfect for Jennifer’s style, our original vision was about 15 chandeliers hanging in a variety of sizes and styles but that really was too shabby chic for her, and this more elegant ceiling was done by a vendor Jennifer found OCLA events, they really did a great job.

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Jennifer and Brook lived out of town/northern CA but are fortunate that they come down often and always stay at the hotel, in fact their fave butler came down and sabred the champagne bottle for them prior to the toasts, so they were able to keep an eye on how the changes at the hotel were coming along.

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The hanging cake

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My new fave vendor for 2016, TMMPRO, I love their dancefloors

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The new more open look into Club 19

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These last two pics are mine.  The one above shows the chandeliers on, and the pic on the right show how huge the ceremony florals were that were repurposed to some of the dining tables.

Other members of this great vendor team were, Joe Latter photo/thanks for the pics above, Krieger Style dj (they had a guy they knew who was the dj, he let them down so they then spent time on a band that didn’t work out and ultimately ended up with my dj David,  the right guy, as always), Vantage Productions/Video, Elegant by Design/floral, Paul Uhlar/officiant, Wendy Smith/harpist,  Laura at the ST Regis and of course the setup/banquet team on the day.

Got lots of lovely weddings coming up this year, can’t wait to share them all with you.

Lisa

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Add a comment June 25, 2016

2016 thank you’s already

We work for many months with so many of our brides and for some not so long, but either way when a thank you comes in after, it just reinforces why I love what I do and the couples I get to work with.  Here’s some from just the past few weeks……..

Thank you Lisa for all your help with our wedding on Friday! It was just perfect! With love, Mrs Lunzer

Hi Lisa, Thank you SO much for making last Friday run so smoothly.  You are amazing and I don’t think it would have turned out nearly so well without you and your wonderful vendors.  We have heard so many compliments and truly cherished every beautiful moment.  I will definitely pass on the word about your mad skills.  Love Annemarie

Thanks for everything. I think things turned out pretty good.  Thanks again for all of your help, we really appreciate it. David.

Note from Lisa: David and Jessica booked me for Month of service, when that service officially began David told me he wished they had of booked the next size up service as they spent so much time being frustrated, stressed and overwhelmed during the planning months, and he doesn’t know how I deal with vendors, they were driving him crazy!! lol

Then texts ….

Morning after  the wedding………….

Good morning Lisa! Thank you so much for all your hard work.  The day went by seamlessly and u did an amazing job!  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Miriam

Another couple …  at 11:56pm, night of wedding…..

Thank you very much.  It turned out very well, better than we all expected. Brian

Then at 10:15am the morning after………

Morning, we are sooooo happy how everything turned out!!  Thank you so much! Brian

Then at 6:15pm the day after, from the bride

Lisa, thank you for everything that you did for us, you’re truly an amazing woman and we’re so happy to have had the opportunity to have you as our wedding planner and plan out our most important day ever!  Blessings to you and thank you once again, it was gorgeous.

Awwwwwwww, thank you my lovely couples, it was really my joy and pleasure.

But to top things off, vendor kudos from some I have never worked with before, really are the icing on the cake……….

One dj during the event commented on how nice is was to work with a co-ordinator that actually co-ordinates.  He said he feels that most of the newer/younger co-ordinators are in it for the picture of the ballroom rather than the co-ordinating part.  After the wedding he sent me this

Lisa, Thank you so much, how nice it was to work with a coordinator that has their S#!T together.  You were right on top of everything and made my job very easy.  Would be an honor to wok with you and your team again 🙂  Best,

Then another dj who I worked with for the first time, sent me some lovely flowers.

Not sure who has it right or wrong when it comes to what I do/what people think we should be doing, but I seem to be more on the right side it seems.

Later

Lisa

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Add a comment June 13, 2016

Lovely Thank You

Its always so great to get a Thank you from a bride months after their wedding.  By that time I have thought they have moved on, I move on and then voila, I realize I have been on their mind, makes me feel so good

So I went to the PO Box looking for something specific and found this and it made my day.  It’s a handwritten card from a wedding we did in September, Teri actually ran the event on the day………………

Dear Lisa,

I have wanted to write you since the wedding, but the honeymoon, holidays, birthday, and even a car accident, got in the way.  You are among my big ‘thank yous’.  All of your hard work, effort, time, and sincere caring about the event made for a wonderful experience for Joe and I.  The day went exactly how we envisioned and it was so beautiful.  Everything co-ordinated so seamlessly and appeared effortless in the end.  Teri was wonderful at the function and I hardly knew she was there.  The suggestions for vendors were great, and we can honestly say we wouldn’t have done anything differently.

Lisa, thank you for making our day fantastic for us.  It truly was a gift.  You are very talented and we wish you the best.

Nancy and Joe

 

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment March 3, 2016

Pavilion Ballroom – Ritz-Carlton Dana Point

So this event was actually a couple of years ago, but everything about it was unusual and I have never forgotton i, so thought I would share.

I had had a call from the bff of a very busy bride, we had a great chat, she spoke to the bride, and I was on board.  It was the three of us that pulled a really fabulous looking and fun celebration off for a group of 80ish that all came in from Texas.  The two of them worked side by side/hand in hand  with the tasks to be done along the way, invites etc, and then when they came in for the tasting (yes no groom, just us) we pulled the vision together with furniture/linens/chairs and of course the florals.

I don’t have pics of this celebration, but wanted to post about it because it was a really unusual setup in the Pavilion Ballroom and worked well and looked awesome.

Our bride wanted it to be a party (it was a 2nd marriage for both), so we had a relaxed ceremony on the Gazebo Lawn with that beautiful Pacific Ocean backdrop that I know impressed those Texans!!  Cocktails were held on the balcony with a mix of furniture and cocktail tables and that full on Pacific Ocean backdrop again.  In the ballroom/which is one side 5 sets of french doors looking out to that ocean again,  there was no assigned seating, but we had enough seats for everyone (very important, ladies must have a place to put their things down at and feel this is their home for the night), we did a variety of tables/size/height in the ballroom. We had a furniture setup in the middle of each table setup/ie each end of the room.  We mixed things up, the guests may not have noticed but we enjoyed doing it, we used the same color chivaris in all three areas, ceremony/cocktails and dining room, but put different color cushions on them to match the different mood or linens we were using in that area.

A really great celebration, as I looked at it on the night I realised I would probably do this myself!  That may have been part of why I enjoyed pulling the vision together with them, and couldn’t wait to see it come to life on the night.  A fabulous floral display from Square Root/loved the cake table, we were all excited to see how that came out on the night.   The girls loved Design Visage for hair/makeup so much they used them for pre events too.  Enchanted Evening Strings played elegantly as always for ceremony and then cocktails, my fave band kept the dancefloor full inside – Full Spectrum, just love them and the energy they produce.  Monico Décor did all the rentals and of course we had a gorgeous white dancefloor center.  They were very considerate of those travelling with small kids (as they were) so we had a company come in and setup a daycare in a banquet room and then it turned from fun to sleep for the kids in there, so the parents were really able to enjoy enjoy enjoy.  Of course the team at the Ritz as always helped us bring everything to a five star reality, xoxoxo

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment February 21, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Laguna wedding

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Loved my time with these two, just lovely and special.  They already had a wee one (who entered the reception on a remote controlled Bentley much to everyone’s amusement) so all our meetings were based around baby’s schedule, which worked out just fine.  Sam had contacted me months before, then they both came and met with me and then nothing for months, then about three months before Sam called saying the date is close, lets get going.  So starting from scratch we got going.  Mia had a very clear vision for how she wanted her wedding gazebo to look, I couldn’t quite get it but Karla/Elegant By Design totally got it and made it happen.  The view above is from Mia’s balcony looking down on her ceremony site, not a bad backdrop right.

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We were in the Terrace Salon room so the gold/pearly walls worked well with Mia’s pink feel she wanted, it was a certain pink, not light pink and not fushia, I think you can see by looking at these pics that Matthew/OCASV lighting got it perfectly.

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When I broached the idea of the one rose bouquet for Mia she loved it and Karla made a really big one which was just stunning.  They don’t drink martinis but wanted a luge, so Carving Ice made us a champagne luge which was well received.

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As you can tell from the pictures it was just a lovely, sweet, wedding for a lovely, sweet, couple and I was honored to help them bring it to life.

Thanks to the great vendor team we pulled together to make it perfect, Newport Bay Productions/Video, 4 snapz/photobooth, Paul Uhlar for your lovely ceremony as always, Naples Strings for ceremony and cocktails, Alvarron Ent/DJ-Al for always being great to work with and reading the crowd well, Monico Décor for my fave the round dancefloor and other rentals and to Wildflower Linen for our B&G chair covers, always a hit. And to the ladies and gentlemen at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna, our ‘work family’ as Teri and I refer to you all, you make us look great and we love you all, 7 star all the way.

I  will always remember Sam and Mia’s wedding, because it is as always a remembrance to live each day fully as you never know what is going to happen the next day or even the next moment, lol.  They did not know but it was actually my wedding anniversary, but I loved them so much took their wedding on, it was a daytime wedding (we closed the drapes in the room for the lighting to have full effect) and that night I went and had an awesome massage, my feet were really pampered and I remember being very aware of my feet/ankle areas really getting a good massage, went home and my husband had got Flemings to bring home for dinner, great night, went off to do a wedding the next day and 45 mins before ceremony lost my balance on uneven ground and went over dislocating and breaking my ankle, off to the ER I went, more on that tomorrow ……………….

Till tomorrow

Lisa

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Add a comment February 13, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Laguna, fun wedding

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Well first off, felt more personal than normal because our groom was from Australia and even though I am from New Zealand, we are both from ‘downunder’ living in this big old USofA so anyone you come across feels like family.  I always look even more forward to the toasts when I know someone English, Australian or a kiwi is going to make one, there is a tradition to them we all use no matter what your age is (in fact Peter of Vive Ent likes it so much he called me to get the scoop so he could do the same thing in his toast at his wedding we just had) plus we have a different sense of humor and I am normally in the corner laughing with my hand over my mouth as no one else in the room is getting it or what is being said is going over their heads, aaaaah I am so naughty!

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They booked me for Month of service, but made good use of my preferred vendor list and would email if they had questions during the planning months.  They were such a fun couple, the brides mom was just lovely, and everything they are was reflected in the flowers being more tropical and colorful than we normally see, the chuppah (refomed ceremony thus everyone standing on the non-orthodox side at the ceremony) with the hanging strands that made lovely music when they moved in the wind and their choice of vendors, Frank Salas-thanks for the photos, Karla/Elegant by Design-florals and Peter/Vive for keeping that dancefloor full as always.

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They had no need for rentals as the hotel chairs and dancefloor worked for them but the beauty of the Terrace Salon is the walls (as you see in the bottom picture) which really works in the evening with the candle light and the fabulous balcony with the comfortable furniture seating/firepits that the guests really enjoy using.  And of course to the awesome team at the Ritz who help us ensure a five star experience is had by all.

Till tomorrow

Lisa

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