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Pelican Hill Resort, Intimate Indian Wedding

Yi yi yi. March last year as we started to pull at the final touches to this couples wedding, they said to me, are we going to be ok on our date? I said to them, oh this stay at home we are going into in 4 days will be done in 2-3 weeks and you will be fine. Little did we know eh, a year later nearly in March and I am getting those questions now for 2021 brides that already moved 1-2 times!!

So as we know it wasn’t ok, this couple moved their date two times in 2020, and then their hotel closed on them (still not open) and all monies were refunded. We are just going to the courthouse the groom said to me. I said, take a couple of days and think it over, it is your wedding day and whatever is done will be that memory, you have vendors that are paid we can look at other options. It won’t be your large Indian traditional celebration, but we can make it special/memorable. Well kudos to us/them for taking that time and for the Universe looking after them, we got to do their very intimate ceremony with the traditional mandap/Priest at one of the most beautiful prestigious wedding venues in the OC. Beautiful. And as the groom said to me at the end as they were leaving, this may just have turned out better and more meaningful/special than the original plan. Yes Nikhil yes, i believe it totally did.

Thanks to Kismit Designs for the floral/decor.

Goodnight till next time


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Add a comment February 16, 2021

Pelican Hill Resort Wedding 2020

Well we managed to get this wedding done March 15, 2020, the day before pretty much everyone in the USA went under shelter at home and no gatherings of more than 50 people which went down to 10 people within a day.  As I said to the mom of our groom (who was just a doll to deal with from beginning to end and wants to come work with me!!) where she was thinking the fall out of guests in the week leading up to the wedding was stressful, at least we got to have their beautiful wedding and it was such a wonderful celebration for a really really cool/awesome couple, so many after that date through now and probably mid June, hopefully not longer, I have an end of June wedding holding on tight hoping they can have their wedding as planned, have not been able to have their weddings.  I have had 6 weddings from April-mid June move dates and look very forward to the day we can celebrate them, it will be worth the wait for all.

But I digress, the Groom’s mom and bride had an inspiration pic they had been carrying around and we pretty much duplicated it.  Mom has great style and really wanted to make this wedding special, she loves her daughter in law to be and had special touches added that really personalised the wedding for them.

Thanks to TMMPRO for the rotunda draping & behind the band stage also/lighting in the ballroom +bistro lighting over cocktail patio, and the band stage cover, Simply Sweet Cakery for the wedding cake and the hidden Mickey that was special for the bride, Karla at Elegant by Design for as always putting your heart into my weddings, another beautiful job.  We had my new fav vendor Amy Serrano play the acoustic violin for the ceremony and switch it up to the electric violin with her led bow for cocktails, she has such great energy and loves what she does, the dinner/dancing was done by On demand who I have worked with a few times in the past year or so, and we had a taco cart for late night snacks as a surprise to the guests and that went down very well.  And to Miki & Sonja for being so lovely to work with and for the good pics in this post (mine are the bad ones) and to Lin & Jirsa for video on this one.

To our lovely ladies at Pelican, it was a tough day for staff there as they knew they were not going to be working for a while after, but everyone pulled through and helped me create a wonderful wedding for this special couple, our groom’s mom, and the guests who I know are not going to ever be sorry for making it to this wedding. xoxxo

Now the only good thing to come out of coronavirus is, this post makes the end of me sitting here for the past 2-3 weeks and getting caught up on nearly 3 years worth of wedding blogs/posts of weddings during that time and travel blogs that i have been meaning to do, it was nearly 200, and a lot of work, but if it wasn’t for coronavirus i would have never found or had the time to do this.  So I am now going to drink some champagne to celebrate being caught up and hopefully have a little down time before we go crazy with a years worth of weddings happening in 6 months of what will be left of 2020. Fingers and toes crossed.

Till next time



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Add a comment April 22, 2020

Pelican Hill Resort Wedding-all outdoors

Been looking forward to doing this post for 2 reasons….

  1. It means thanks to Coronavirus /shelter in place, i have been able to spend the past month getting my blogs caught up and this post means i have managed to get all of 2017 and 2018 done and there are a couple of 2019 that made it in before this post, but i can officially say, i am now done with being really behind, whew, next post will be 2019, which means i am still behind but not as bad as i was and without shelter at home I would have never been able to get caught up
  2. I end my 2018 posts with this lovely Pelican Hill wedding that was our first where everything was done outdoors, we never used the ballroom at all, so excited to show you.

The B&G came in from AZ and the guests came from AZ too and all around the world to celebrate this couple  Again, being flexible gets you the location of your dream.  As it was a Monday night they got a reduced F&B minimum which worked as they were only 80 guests, and we pulled a great vendor team together that we may not have been able to get if we were a Sat, Sun or Fri.

I pulled everything together with the bride and then as i was going to be out of the country on the day itself, lovely Nicole one of my Day of Co-ordinators took over and did  an wesome job as always!!


Thanks to Katina Photography for the pics, she was just lovely to work with and loved this wedding, she keeps posting it on Instagram!!  Dan/Plug Video, Jeff Holmes/Officiant, Design Visage, Lighting/chiavaris TMMPRO, a bar front that you don’t get to see/Chiavari Rentals, and beautiful florals from EBD Floral, and of course to our friends/team at Pelican Hill Resort, as always exceptional to work with, xoxox

Till next time



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Add a comment April 20, 2020

Pelican Hill Wedding Reception

Ryna and Mike were already married when they came to me, but wanted to have a wedding reception.  When we sat down to do the budget and for me to get a good feel for their style/vision etc, Ryna told me her dream was to have her celebration at Pelican Hill.  Well this is where my contacts at all the major hotels in the OC are always to your benefit and your flexibility can be paired beautifully, and so it was for my lovely Ryna.


This was a January wedding so we lost light early, so we added bistro lights at the patio where cocktails were, thanks to TMMPRO along with them doing the ballroom draping/hanging cake structure/chiavaris/my fave round dancefloor+decal. oxox

Design Visage did hair/makeup at the Resort because Ryna still got to use the bridal suite under the ballroom and they got to have lovely photos taken around the resort before cocktails began.  Flowers by Cina did the flowers and a fine job as always.  Her photographer was lovely a husband and wife team, their pics are the bottom better ones, lol, she was great about getting them to me, unfortunately we were not as good on our end to download them before they expired and after her doing it for me 2 times i felt bad asking her the 3rd time and did not hear back, oops.  So Ryna got me these pics, but again she was a lovely lady/photographer, and the pics were awesome.  Of course the team at Pelican are fabulous and they say they like me the best there, hmmmm, so let’s do more celebrations there, i want to help you future couples xoxoxox

Till next time



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Add a comment April 11, 2020

Another fabulous Pelican Hill Wedding

Such a lovely couple and the bride’s mom was awesome, it was a joy to work with them on this wedding.  We had some cool elements, the hedge wall above with real orchids on it was on the side patio of the ballroom and the Photobooth backdrop, i have brought in a white baby grand piano a few times at this venue for the ceremony music, very chic!!


Linens for the dining tables and our placecard table were from Luxe, we used the same linen as the placecard table had, a lovely shimmery chevron style on alternating tables in the ballroom, and the draping of the walls and the ceiling behind the sweetheart table where we had the bridal party tables and the cake on a stage was amazing, done by Chiavari Chair Rentals as well as providing the benches/tables we used on the ballroom side patio for people to enjoy during the dancing/socializing portion of the event.

Florals were by the fabulous Nisie of Nisie Enchanted Florals, love and don’t get to work with her enough!!  We did a mix of tall/low centerpieces which just like it does in photos gives a different look in each photo, it has the same effect on the guests!

My fave band, who did it again, provided the pianist and Adam sang for the cere, keyboard/sax for cocktails, then kept that beautiful round dancefloor i love full after dinner, Full Spectrum Music.  xoxox


Lighting/dancefloor/B&G sofa and chiavaris – TMMPRO, fab as always

Victor Sizemore Photographer was on board and the good pics above are his, the dark ones are mine because i was looking for different angles/reasons then he would have been, so sorry about that, lol.  Video by The Emotion Picture Studio, I have been working with Marc and his team for over 20 years, they are so unobtrusive compared to many companies i see, you need to take that into account everyone!!  Design Visage was on board to beautify the ladies and kept them on time as usual, yay!  And of course the team at Pelican, all including the pastry chef who makes those wonderful cakes, the sales/service team and the staff on the floor the day of the wedding, without you working with me during the planning and execution on the day, i am nothing, lol.  Thank you xoxox

Till next time


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