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Ritz Laguna – Pavilion Ballroom

Welcome to 2020 and Anna and Omar’s wedding was our first of the year on March 6 at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton Laguna.  They were just the sweetest loveliest couple, i am so lucky, I rarely get a bride or groom zilla and if I do it just makes us appreciate our normal couples even more, lol, but these two both during the event, the groom once and the bride probably 5 times, kept asking if they were being too much trouble, and i had to keep telling them they were absolutely NO trouble at all, not sure what they were worrying about but they were most definately not!!  We had the ceremony on The Bluff Lawn, cocktails on Pavilion Balcony and dinner/dancing in Pavilion.  Anna started with round guest tables but in the end decided she loved the rectangle table idea so we had some of those and some rounds, best of both worlds.

Thanks to Frank Salas for the pics, some are his and some mine (obviously the bad ones, lol), Impressive Creations/video, Elegant by Design for coming in and making it all work last minute for us (a florist the bride had found/wanted to use ended up flaking on her when it was time to get serious), TMMPRO for the dancefloor/chiavaris/B&G sofa+lighting, Design Visage for hair/makeup, Their friend Tarek who performed the ceremony and did a great job, and DJ Franky for all the music needs we had.

And of course to our friends at the Ritz.  Teamwork makes the dreamwork and we sure do together, for 19 years now xoxox

Till next time

Lisa

xoxxo

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Bye 2019, hi 2020 wedding – Ritz Laguna

It seems every 2 years or so I get a NY eve wedding and the years I want to be in NZ or elsewhere I don’t even get an inquiry, so works out aok from my end.  Andrew and Erika were a blast to work with, they asked for direction/got it and did their own thing and followed direction perfectly to where we had the best vendor team on to work their wedding and spend that evening with.  They were a joy and pleasure to work with and be a part of their wedding celebration, we all loved them and were honored.

TMMPRO for the dancefloor/custom gobo/balcony benches/lighting, Square Root did the florals and had to improvise for the ceremony as the original plan for the front was not a good idea as it was a bit windy, but what they did by turning the pedestals sideways was brilliant, David I love you xoxox

The gentleman who handles majority of the wedding tastings and follows me without question on the In N out burger parade, ladies and gentlemen, I present Chuck xox

Joe Latter was on board for the night taking photos, some of these are his and some of mine/the bad ones, lol, are mine.  De Capo players/5 piece strings, provided beautiful ceremony/cocktail music, and my pal Peter/Vive Entertainment brought in the NY 2 times, East coast and West coast and kept people there/dancefloor full inbetween, kudos to him, I had my doubts, lol. OC Flower Wall for the champagne hedge we used at one end of the room for the 9pm NY champagne toast and after that for a selfie backdrop, Viralbooth OC for the surprise Photobooth that opened after dinner at the other end of the ballroom, Design Visage for hair/makeup (never a late bride for me unless the bride says she wants to be late, whaaaaaaaaaaat?? lol) Luxury Lifestyle Studio/video & drone, our rectangle mirror tables came from Chiavari Chair Rentals, and Luxe Linens provided the napkins.

     

As always thanks to our partners at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna, teamwork always makes the dreamwork.

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Add a comment April 22, 2020

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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Ritz Laguna Sunset Terrace/Plaza Wdg

Sophia is just a sweetheart, loved working with her!  She is a religious lady (2nd time for both of them and the groom let us plan everything, he just showed up, lol!!) and she had a vision for a cross at the altar area of the ceremony and she got one, i think you will agree it looked very beautiful and spiritual with the sunset in the background.

No initials or names/date on her dancefloor, she wanted the word ‘love’, i loved that!

thanks to Joe Latter for the photos, much better than my iPhone ones, lol, Design Visage for hair/makeup, Peter/Vive Entertainment for music in all areas, and my TMMPRO team for the lighting which included bistro lights on Plaza Balcony for cocktails and later in the evening when guests were out there/my curved couches we do on the balcony/dancefloor+decal and the Chiavari chairs.  And of course to our team mates at the Ritz Laguna, together we make dreams come true xoxoxox

Till next time

Lisa

xoxxo

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Add a comment April 10, 2020

Ritz Carlton Laguna Destination Wedding

 

Oh how I loved Jen and Mark, and thanks to Facebook keep in touch and can see what is going on in their lives.  Such lovely families, and everyone who travelled out was there to celebrate for sure.  Did you know 80% of my couples do not live in CA and that has been for most of my career, so working by email/phone/internet is very easy for me and that takes a lot of stress off my couples.

Ceremony was on the Monarch Bay Sunset Terrace Lawn, cocktails were on Plaza Balcony and then into Plaza Room we went, with the use of the balcony all night too where we had placed some curved benches & pillows from Chiavari Chair Rentals.

They wanted a headtable for Mark’s children, their parents and siblings which equalled 14, more than a guest round could seat, so we made an oval table where we placed people all the way around except right infront of the B&G, then we had 4 guest rounds, and guess what, for any of you that know Plaza know how amazing this is, we had a 5 piece band in there too, a party band.  Yes, when you work with the right vendors they make it work, and as Jen and Mark will tell you, Full Spectrum Band were a huge hit and people still talk about their band.  Jen actually messaged me a few months ago as she had forgotton their name and had a friend getting married somewhere in the USA that wanted her band!!!  Thanks Joe Latter for the photos, i got none for some reason myself, Bishop Brian for the wonderful Catholic style service as always, Design Visage for hair/makeup, EBD for all the florals, lighting/dancefloor/draping/chiavaris in Plaza by TMMPRO (the draping transforms that room BTW, softens and makes it very romantic, people always do a ‘ oooohhh’ when they come in), linens/napkins by Luxe Linens and for ceremony/cocktail music we had a lovely man Daniello who plays Spanish/Italian/French songs by guitar and sings also, very romantic/European.  And as always, can’t do a thing without the co-operation/support of a pals at the Ritz Laguna!!

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Add a comment April 10, 2020

Ritz Carlton 25th Wedding Anniversary

What an elegant beautiful couple, inside and out, and family/families/friends.  They went all out to celebrate their 25th paying for everyone to fly in from all over the country to Dana Point and stay at the Ritz-Carlton.  100% Destination Wedding Celebration.

 

The night prior there was a fun party on a yacht for dinner/socializing while cruising around Newport Harbor, bussing everyone to/from the hotel.

Then on the day everything Wendy and i had facetimed on, talked about, planned, became a reality and she/they were thrilled.  This was just a pleasure to be involved in.

We had the perfect vendor team of course: Frank Salas/Photographer – thanks for the pics above, Design Visage got all the ladies even more beautiful, White Doves/White Flite, were released at the end of the ceremony which was officiated by a cousin, Naples Strings provided by ceremony/cocktail music and then Peter/Vive Entertainment took over inside the Plaza Room for the dinner/dancing portion.  Dancefloor/draping/chairs/chargers were all by Chiavari Chair Rentals, and Square Root of course did the most beautiful florals, ivory linen underlays, and provided a cool dj façade to hide Peter behind, lol.  Luxe Linens provided the most beautiful overlays we had on each dining table and Lounge Appeal did the furniture setup on Plaza Balcony, which totally reflected the elegance of Wendy.  Everything was soft and beautiful.  Thanks to our team mates at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna, we hit it out of the park every time together, xoxoxxo

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Add a comment April 9, 2020

Another intimate Ritz Laguna wedding

Tina and Steve picked the Monday of Thanksgiving week to have their intimate wedding so the families could also be together for Thanksgiving and make a vacation of it here in S CA.  Smart cookies.  Originally they had booked the Private Dining Room to have dinner after the ceremony, then as we got talking they realized they may want to dance/spend timing moving around and not stuck at a table, so we moved to the Plaza Room and balcony.

Tina loves blue and the ocean, so no flowers, it was about seafoam chiffon flowing in the wind like ocean waves coming onto the shore, and along the center of the table were containers that had candles/starfish/coral etc in them and we enhanced with blue uplights.

We added bistro lights and benches to the balcony of Plaza Room where the bar would stay and people spent the whole evening going in and out, hearing the waves crashing on the beach, feeling that wonderful fresh air.  As it gets darker that time of year, we did a mid afternoon ceremony and we were all done by 10pm, wow, home by 11pm to watch WWHL on a Monday after a wedding, i could do that every day of the week!!   Love it when i can keep my vendor peeps busy on a week day/night – thanks to Tony Florez photo, Paul Uhlar/officiating with that lovely voice of his, Design Visage for prettying the ladies up, Karens Flowers (no insta or website) and Jeff/Moondance Mobile music for the music/djing/mceeing as we needed it throughout the event, and TMMPRO for the rental chairs/lighting/benches, and of course to the ladies & gentlemen at the Ritz-Carlton for always helping us make intimate weddings feel just as important/special as big events.

Till next time

Lisa

xoxoxox

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Add a comment April 7, 2020

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Monarch Bay/Plaza Room wedding

We love a Monday wedding, not only do we get to work on a day we normally would not be, but generally speaking, the wedding couple and guests feel like they are the only thing going on in the pm or at the hotel, it’s wonderful!!

Linda loved acrylic, so take a look, we had rental chairs one style for the ceremony and a different style in the Plaza Room, bravo Linda!!  They found their photographer Davello Photography and very nice he was, Grace Lin did the hair and makeup, always good to see her, EBD Floral did the beautiful florals/brought the vision to life as always, and… this was the first time i had done the ground sparkler cans which we used for their exit, it involved paying for a permit and a fireperson to be there to oversee, but the guests loved it.  Thanks to the Ritz-Carlton Laguna as always for everything xoxox

In case you are wondering about the bottom pic, well that is me with Jack who owns TMMPRO where i get my dancefloors/decals, chairs/B&G sofas, lighting, draping, mirror tables etc through and i normally don’t get to see him as he is a very successful dj in the Asian community and normally not available when i ask, but being a Monday, he was available and he did the rentals and all the music for me on this one, that was fun!!

Till next time

Lisa

xoxoxxo

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Add a comment April 6, 2020

Beautiful Ritz Laguna wedding/beautiful bride

I have such fondness for lovely Jessica and her whole family.  We started the process of wedding planning and then she found out she was pregnant, so before we had the ‘pretty’ wedding they got married in an intimate wedding and then came baby Isabella, and now through instragram I get to see Isabella growing up (and sooooo fast and now a baby sister has been added to this cute family).  Isabella came to my office as a newby and we would put her carrier under my glass table so we could keep an eye on her sleeping while we worked above, then she started staying awake and Grandma would need to pick her up and keep her occupied, to them my turn at the floral mockup where i kept Bella occupied so our bride and mom could really focus on flowers, lol, and then she was a flower girl at the wedding.  Jessica and her mom were just the loveliest to work with and the wedding reflected the beauty and grace that is Jessica.

I got her vision right off the bat and knew exactly who could make her wedding dreams come true, so thanks to Melissa and the team at Flowers by Cina, TMMPRO for the rentals, and to Peter/Vive Ent who provided all the music we needed in all the areas, and of course to our family at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel xoxoxo

Till next time

Lisa

xoxoxox

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Add a comment April 2, 2020

Ritz-Carlton Laguna intimate celebration

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So I get a lot of calls saying, we are just doing a small wedding!. Not sure if they think that means the same decisions are not needed to be made or thought put into it, as larger weddings.  WRONG. The same decisions are needed and from a planner standpoint its the same work, just ‘moving’ less people around.

We do intimate weddings all the time and its becoming more the norm that couples wanting a Pacific ocean backdrop here in beautiful sunny S CA are cutting their guest lists down to be able to do their celebration at one of the top 4 hotels we have here in the OC, they may spend the same as a wedding elsewhere for 100 people, but for those lucky guests that are invited to one of these weddings, they get a more foodie or special celebration they are attending, plus with the smaller guest list you tend to invite guests that are coming no matter what day of the week you are getting married, they make a family vacation out of it, and that means for you with that flexibility great things, it could be a lower food/beverage minimum that you could now work with, it could be a bigger room that you would not have been able to get/use/afford for a Fri/Sat/Sun night event.

This wedding started with Angela’s mom calling and chatting with me because Angela was busy (as is also the norm, busy brides with work/life/families) and off we went, and bonus (because it was close to xmas and a weeknight the vendors that could, were more flexible with rates/offerings), it was a Thursday wedding.

I am seeing couples wanting to do unique seating with the smaller weddings, one row of chairs with a gap, one row no gap, spiral around the couple, circle around the couple, above you see another version.  And to make this even more intimate, our bride’s dad was the officiant, and he did a great job.

You also see that when its intimate  you can spend money on items you may not have had the budget for with a larger group, and you can get creative with the table setup in the dining/dancing room also.

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After we did the budget and I understood priorities and vision/style, I was able to guide them to a great group of vendors to consider/select from, and these were the ones I was lucky enough to work with that night: Frank Salas/photo (thanks for the pics above), CA Bride for the over the top round florals, huge I mean huge!! Peter/Vive Ent my dj for many many years, Design Visage for always making the ladies look fabulous, TMMPRO for our seamless glossy dancefloor with decal/lighting and chivaris, and to our friends at the Ritz-Carlton who we have had the pleasure of working with for the past 15 years and really consider the banquet/setup team our family we are lucky enough to see often!! xoxoxox

till next time

Lisa

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