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Vendors came together for this one

There was a special backstory to this wedding, they booked short term (which has turned into a thing this year, with my short term couples booking a hotel from 5 days prior to 4 weeks prior and off we go, I have always had 6-8 week out couples and longer of course, but this is the year of very short term, and I love the challenge, and as fate has it, my couples are ending up with awesome vendors who were also available, so I call that fate and we were waiting for you but you didn’t know it) and between the hotel, me and then the vendors who came on board we all went over and above, and Brenda was such a sweet bride we wanted her to have the wedding of her dreams and she did!

It was a morning ceremony and lunch reception with no dancing, so we did a different setup in the beautiful Pavilion ballroom with the sweetheart table at the end of the room

 

Thanks to the awesome vendor team on this one, Frank Salas/Photographer, Flowers by Cina, Design Visage, Peter/Vive Ent for all the music, and Michelle at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna for making it work for this lovely couple and wonderful mother of the groom.

It really was all our pleasure to make Brenda’s dream come true, her tears only reinforced why we do what we do.

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Lisa

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Add a comment July 25, 2017

Beautiful couple and beautiful Ritz wedding

Working with Erika and David over the past year was just a joy.  Very busy couple with kids going here and there and travelling and busy with work, so sometimes wedding planning halted and then we would get going again.  That is the beauty of how I work, I could pull your wedding together in a week, but for most brides that would freak them out, so anytime longer than that means you can halt anytime you want/need to  and there is no panic/pressure from me!!!

Erika had inspiration pics that she pretty much stuck to through the process and they were very much a reflection of her, soft, lovely and in love with love

All the tables had these lovely floorlength linen overlays and we did not use the Ritz baseplates (2 to choose from) this year my brides are loving these new chargers I get through one of my vendors.

The furniture setting on the balcony was actually copied from a wedding they had gone to, but we added florals to the wrought iron and Erika provided the rug which means when she sees it at home it will remind her of her wedding, love that

In 16 years of doing weddings in the Plaza Room no one ever brought up the idea of draping the whole room, but over the years I had brides who wanted to cover paintings in there so we had been creative with draping particular areas, placing trees and placing something on the mantle to cover the fireplace picture, but draping the whole room, hmmmmm. So when Erika said lets do it, I was excited to see the outcome, and it was

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beautiful, and now all my brides are doing it.  It totally transforms the room and makes it soft and romantic and elegant, intimate and I think it makes the room feel a bit bigger.

 

We had an awesome candy table setup in the foyer during dinner and guests made to go bags or grabbed some to eat later in the evening when they felt the need.

 

I love it when a bride lets me guide them to the perfect team for them for their vision/style and budget, and when I say budget, anytime you look at the pics from my couples weddings, whatever you think they may have spent, in reality they probably spent less because I know the right people out there.  Our awesome vendor team on this wedding was: Frank Salas for the pics above and some were mine, Design Visage for the beautifying of all the ladies, Elegant by Design/florals, Chiavari chair rentals, TMMPRO, The Sugar Philosophers, Peter/Vive Ent, Naples Strings, White Flite Dove Release, and my fave Rabbi, Rabbi Ian!! And of course the wonderful ladies and gentlemen at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel xooxoxo

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment June 24, 2017

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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Add a comment February 22, 2017

Intimate Ritz-Carlton Laguna wedding

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Such a lovely couple to help plan their wedding for very close family and a few friends.

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With that backdrop you don’t need to fill up the backdrop with anything but what mother nature provided, right??!!

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Such a pretty sweetheart table piece, soft and calm, just like our bride.

Perfect team for these two, Frank Salas/photography, DJ Kreiger, Karens Flowers, Wendy our harpist for ceremony & cocktails, and Paul Uhlar officiating, and of course the awesome peeps at the RC for doing what they do so very very well.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment October 2, 2016

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!

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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

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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.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment September 26, 2016

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

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/Laguna, Sunset Terrace & Plaza Room

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Just so hard to beat, this beautiful backdrop to a ceremony, with a 5 star/5 diamond hotel attached and a wonderful intimate room/balcony to have your lunch or dinner and dancing celebration.

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A lot of my couples take advantage of the private beach cart/driver for a fee to head down to the beach and get some pics down there.

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Great shots by Joe Latter above, I have to say Joe you are the first I know of to do the shot above with the B&G in the window, kudos to you.

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A lot of couples want just one more practice of their first dance, so of course we sneak them in.

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Tammy wanted an intimate/gardeny feel and only low centerpieces, great job Karla/Elegant by Design the flowers were lovely.  We also went white chiavaris (which could be my favourite) and white dancefloor to offset the creamy/ivory hotel table linens.  The room really had a lovely feel.  We pulled together a great cohesive vendor team to ensure their day went well and they were looking forward to working with everyone. Elysium Video, OCASV lighting, Noemi/Posh Beauty, Jeff Holmes/Moondance Mobile Music- kept that dancefloor full, Monico Décor/rentals, and of course without them none of this is possible, the awesome ladies and gentlemen at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment January 30, 2016

Plaza Room, Ritz-Carlton Laguna

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I love it when a bride picks up on something that most people are ok with, but Sally hated the railings around the balcony and wanted them prettied up.  Both bride and groom love flowers and have flower gardens at their homes, so were really into sharing with Karla/Elegant by Design and had long discussions about flowers.  It was lovely.  Karla totally came to the party with the end result and both B&G were thrilled.

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We came up with such a pretty vision, it was really an elegant beautiful celebration for an older very much in  love couple.  One of the best vows from a groom to a bride I have ever heard ‘I promise you will never fly coach again’!!  Yeah baby.

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We pulled together the perfect vendor team for this couple, James Johnson photography/thanks for the photos above, Karla/Elegant by Design florist, Enchanted Evening strings for our ceremony and cocktail music, Essence Entertainment for the band that kept the white dancefloor full, Monico for the rentals and Paul Uhlar for doing a great ceremony as always.  To my friends at the Ritz-Carlton, you make our weddings 6 star events, so thank you very very much.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment January 23, 2016

Ritz Laguna, Sunset Terrace&Plaza Room

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Kerry and Garrett were just lovely and her mom and dad were gorgeous.  They booked me for Month of service, so pulled their vendor team together but did use two off my list, Tony Florez/photography (these are my pics below) and Design Visage to beautify the ladies.  Kerry wanted a gardeny look and tiffany blue/white were her colors.  When we were detailing I was able to give her some ideas that she loved, rectangle tables instead of rounds, she was doing tiffany blue runners on the tables, I suggested she do the sheart and cake tables fully in tiffany blue and use same color for the napkins, much more impressive for first impression of the guests and looks great in the pics.  One thing she was doing that I have never had anyone even bring up in doing weddings for 15 years in the Plaza Room, was a bouquet to hold the drapes back with, I loved it.

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Till next time

Lisa

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