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Ritz Carlton Laguna – Terrace Salon

Another Ritz Laguna November 2019 wedding and it was a beauty.  When they booked me the first thing Ashley showed me was an Instagram pic of a wedding with the hanging flowers over the dancefloor, that was where we started from an inspiration stand point and with Square Root’s expertise and beautiful work, we exceeded her expectations and both Ashley and her mom are still in happy mode about how wonderful it all turned out, 6 months later (I know this because mom sends me Instagram messages all the time, lol, loovvvvvvve her and the family)

Lots of cool elements that gave the guests lots to wow about and the poor wedding they go to next, it will seem boring in comparison.  We did two things unique in Terrace Salon, first time anyone had done the ceiling treatment over the dancefloor in there, yay for us, and we draped the whole room, has only been done a couple of times, but just like it does with any other room you drape, it was transformed into a beautiful romantic, soft, beautiful room.  With the draping you cant have nasty black speakers and dj equipment, their dj did not have any of the white speakers or facades my normal guys do so we added a dj façade through Square Root and hid the speakers behind the draping!!  Mom wanted a live artist, my fave @laurajanestudios was not accepting any new bookings when i first reached out, but mom also reached out and low and behold something cancelled and we got her, yay.  Above you see the start of the pic and then how it ended.

Purple was the grooms fave color but we had no purple elements in our design/feel, so he had to wait until after dinner then we turned the purple lights on and that is how it was until the end of the wedding, lol, somehow we always incorporate the groom!

Martini luge with the purple uplight in the ballroom, after the guests got to the top of the staircase to get to Terrace Salon, they were greeted with the Drunk In love wall (OC Flower Walls, I started using them quite a bit in 2019) with the champagne they would use for the toasts (I think there were 8 of us pouring quickly once we knew the guests were on their way, it was lovely expensive champagne and as a champagne drinker smelling that and it getting on my hands if i happened to ‘spill’ was horrible torture, lol, then the went around the corner and saw the mirrors with their table assignments and then they went into the beautiful ballroom which took everyone’s breath away

The Bluff lawn was looking pretty good for the ceremony!


The size of the florals was amazing, huge, and in-between the hanging orchids over the dancefloor were hanging strands of twinkle lights, quite magical

Take a look at the cake above and below, yes it had two sides!! that was the bride’s idea because guests could walk all around it so it didn’t really have a front, turned out great!

Their sweetheart table and backdrop was the center of the action and we draped so you could not see the service doors, think I may start making that a ‘normal’ in this room .

This was a wedding where teamwork really came into play, David/Square Root was an awesome trouble shooter on the day when the logistics of doing something in a room that had not been done before started having wee challenges, that my friends is where our relationships come to play out for sure, and i have strong ones with all the vendors i refer/use for that very reason.  The Trotts officiated and did the same day marriage license/so convenient for my couples, especially as most of them are coming from out of state, cere/cocktail music was a string trio by Naples Strings/always fabulous, dinner/dancing music was by Elevated Pulse and we had Mike that night, we also had a violinist during dinner which was lovely, through them also.  TMMPRO did the dancefloor/decal/draping/lighting/cake & sweetheart tables, we also added bistro lights to the outer balcony area as we had the bars down there with a backdrop of two huge trees, which had somehow become important for the groom to have trees at the wedding, lol, hey  our job is to make things happen and we do, we just make sure we place things where they make the most sense and don’t detract from the other beauty that may have been created, lol.  Square Root did the amazing floral for cere and ballroom obviously, they provided/found the huge trees for our bar backdrop and they did the hedge wall & initials behind the sweetheart table and of course the ceiling treatment, awesome job team.  Viralbooth OC surprised the guests after dinner with a photo booth on the balcony (we love having that balcony so people can run in/out and never feel like they left/missed out on anything, you can see/hear everything.  Thanks to Adrian Jon for the pics and being so easy to work with pre/during and post wedding.  We of course did a late night snack and as much as they would have liked to do the In N Out run I am known for (as they are from Canada and live also in AZ and all the guests flew in) they couldn’t do it as they own quite a few McDonalds, so it just wasn’t politically correct, lol.

When the stars align and you have a gorgeous couple so in love, bride’s parents/mom especially that is just too fun, and dad was too, but mom was more, lol, and can create a wedding of someone’s dreams and have the perfect team on board, you go home and sleep really well after xoxox

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Add a comment April 22, 2020

Ritz Carlton Terrace Salon wedding

This lovely destination wedding for Carol and Tim was orchestrated on the day by Allison, who we have known for years and is new to our team as a Day of Co-Ordinator.

Thanks to Frank Salas for the photos.  Square Root did the florals, TMMPRO did the lighting/dancefloor and chivaris for cere & dining room.  They were an intimate group of 70 in this room that can do up to 150 at a squeeze, so plenty of room to spread out and have their band in there too.

And as always, thanks to our friends at Ritz-Carlton for teamwork makes the dream work. xoxox

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Add a comment April 19, 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

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Add a comment April 14, 2020

Ritz Carlton Laguna-Terrace Salon wdg

Well it was many years in the making but I got to help Tara make her wedding and wedding dreams come true.  They had looked at and started the process before but things happened and the brakes were put on, then Tara came to see me and we got things going.  I knew Square Root Floral Designs were the perfect match for her and you can see by these pics by her photographer she brought down from Canada/Karolina Turek, she was fun, at one point i saw her lying on the dancefloor on her side taking a pic of who knows what, but that is why she is the photographer and I am not, lol!!  Square Root also handled the bridal party table/chargers/linens/napkins+mirrors&seating, yay

Ceremony was held on Monarch Bay Sunset Lawn and then cocktails were on the lawn next to it, then after sunset we escorted everyone up to Terrace Salon.

Love having Wendy/Orange County Harpist doing weddings with us, adds romance in my mind, and at the end of the ceremony the B&G both held a white dove/White Flite and released them, now that’s romantic too, right??!!

Thanks to TMMPRO for my beloved round white dancefloor+custom decal, B&G sofa, lighting/chivaris/cake table, Hoo Films/video, Design Visage-hair/makeup, and the bride had seen and loved the Trip Band so they provided cocktail/dinner/dancing music.  Thanks as always to the ladies and gentlemen at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna xoxox

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Add a comment April 13, 2020

Beautiful Ritz Laguna Terrace Salon wdg

When i showed Rachel her ballroom she gasped.  I said ‘it’s like a beautiful garden’ and she said ‘that’s exactly what i wanted and i didn’t even realise it’  thanks to Square Root for nailing it.  Look at that ceremony setup, stunning.


We did a mixture of rectangle and round tables in Terrace Salon and tons of candles.

It was a beautiful destination wedding for sure!! Thanks to Brett Hickman for the pics, it had been a while since we had worked together, good to be back, Hoo Films Video, Design Visage for hair/makeup, not only did Square Root do the gorgeous florals but they also did the linens/dancefloor/stage covers/uplights and TMMPRO did the chiavaris and the band/sheart&cake lighting.  Downbeat LA provided strings for the cere/cocktails and kept the dancefloor going, they were excellent.  Thanks again to the ladies & gentlemen at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna, always a pleasure to work with you to create these memories.

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Add a comment April 12, 2020

Wedding Reception Ritz-Carlton style

Does this give you a hint of the style and glam that Nasser and Tunde wanted and got with their fabulous weddings!!!!

Loved them both, so nice to work with, love a couple with grace and style!!

Square Root was the only floral designer that I knew would bring the vision to life along with my TMMPRO pals.  They got married at the Cathedral in San Juan Capistrano and then we did the Terrace Salon  at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel proud!!

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Add a comment April 3, 2020

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Wedding

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From the day the bride and her parents came to meet with me I knew we were going to have a fun time pulling this wedding together and then seeing it all evolve on the day.

The brides parents got married here at the Ritz-Carlton Dana Point 30 years ago and one of the Uncles had also been married there, so a real family tradition/location they consider personal is what this beautiful hotel means to them all.  So very special

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Navy blue was a very popular accent or dominant color for weddings in 2016 and totally worked with the new carpet that appeared in the Terrace Room during the year, lol.

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As you can see, my brides style was more natural and she wanted all low centerpieces and was not a colored/seamless/glossy dancefloor kind of girl, so we used the one provided by the hotel.  As always the balcony of the Terrace Salon with the furniture and firepits was very popular once dinner was over, and when I left there was actually a small group of guests still sitting out there not ready to call it a night (the B&G, parents and other guests were in the hotel bar).


We pulled together the perfect team, everyone was so happy to be there working on this wedding because they were just lovely lovely people.  Thanks to Frank Salas for the photos and being fab as always, Karla/Elegant by Design for ‘getting’ the vision perfectly, Peter/Vive Ent for the dinner/dancing music, to Naples for the strings for the ceremony and being so great to always work with, to Luxe Linens for the napkins and linens that brought the key color to reality, to Design Visage for beautifying everyone and being on time and always working with my schedule and to Paul Uhlar for doing a really great ceremony as always/we have done around 2000 together over the years, and last but not least our team/friends/family at the Ritz-Carlton Dana Point, its been 15 years of a beautiful relationship, happy brides and grooms/happy guests/happy hotel/happy Lisa!!

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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!


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


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.

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Add a comment September 26, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Laguna/Terrace Salon

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Angie had been in touch with me/social media for a while before she booked me and I just loved her excitement and pleasure with everything we did along the way.  As you can see above her precious dog was in her room dressed in style and the view from her room looking down at Strand beach was just beautiful as always

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Angie was conflicted, she loved round ball type centerpieces but love the signature Ritz-Carlton Laguna lobby/foyer look, so what the heck we said, lets do both.  Great job Karla/Elegant by Design, the room looked awesome.  Their wedding ceremony was held at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano, so no décor was needed there, its so beautiful/grand on its own.

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The beauty of the Terrace Salon is that the walls have a goldy/pearly look to them so gives a great sheen/feel to whatever look/feel you are going for

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From the beginning all George wanted was an In N out run, so of course we made that happen and as always it was a end of event pleaser.

We pulled together an awesome team, Joel/EMP studios, Shane Productions/video, Kelly Zhang team beautified the ladies and of course the ladies and gentlemen of the Ritz-Carlton helped us pull off another awesome wedding celebration.

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Add a comment February 8, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Laguna, Terrace Salon

I am posting these photos I took so that anyone looking at this space at the Ritz-Carlton has something to look at, as I don’t think there are many photos out there.

It’s not a known room and because it does not have an ocean view is not as popular, but I have done some lovely weddings in it.  The full effect of this space happens later in the evening when the candles are flickering and the amber glow they give out, plays against the gold walls that surround. I love the balcony that has great outdoor furniture on it and overlooks the main pool which looks lovely at night.





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