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Sometimes you don’t need rentals!

Sometimes the items the hotel provides work with a brides colors and feel, and this short blog is just to show how this one did.  For this wedding at Ritz-Carlton Laguna, the brides colors were blue and the feeling was oceany.  Could we have done rentals yes but the new carpet in her banquet room worked with the look/feel/colors and the hotels ivory linens/napkins, blue/green banquet chairs (which they preferred from a comfort level) and the RC charger with the blue worked perfectly, along with the blue water in all the vases and white florals done by Karen’s Flowers.  We added blue lighting to frame it all, and it really turned out very pretty.

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Add a comment May 17, 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

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Lisa

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Add a comment February 22, 2017

Ritz-Carlton Laguna wedding

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Ahhh lovely Jenn, she knew what she liked and didn’t, so making decisions was quick and we pulled together the perfect vendor team/vision for her, and a reflection of her. Pretty, soft, romantic.

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Thanks to Barnett Photography for the pics and being so great to work with, Parallel Media/video-we had quite a run for a few weeks together, Father Brian for always officiating a great ceremony, Design Visage for beautifying everyone and as always keeping things on time/perfect and everyone always looks as good at the end which is so important, OCAVS for the perfect shade of lighting, Flowers by Cina for bringing Jenn and my vision to reality xoxoxox, Naples Strings for ceremony and cocktails, Peter/Vive Ent for as always being the epitomy of the perfect dj for many reasons, Luxe Linens for the dining linens/napkins, Wildflower Linens for the overlays, TMMPRO for the beautiful dancefloor and chivaris, and as a surprise to the groom, these cigar guys on the balcony, he loved it!!

And of course, without our ladies and gentlemen and that beautiful Ritz-Carlton Laguna the end result would not be as fabulous!!! xoxoxo

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Lisa

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Add a comment November 8, 2016

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

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Lisa

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Add a comment November 3, 2016

Beautiful Ritz-Carlton intimate wedding

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Love it when a photographer comes up with a new shot at a hotel, great job Joe Latter!!

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How’s that for a cake backdrop and a ceremony backdrop, hard to beat and that is why we have so many couples from all over the world choose to get married right here, and this couple was no exception, they came from New York as did most of their guests.  It was all about intimate in size and feeling we wanted to create, thus the one row of chairs circling them as they exchanged their vows

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And very popular this year and we have lucked out each time, al fresco dining under the stars.  Don’t you wish you were a guest at this table with this scenery.

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I normally don’t post pics with people in them, but the one with the guest during dinner looks like an ad for some kind of cool dinner party to be at, don’t you think??!!

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And I took this photo during the ceremony which was timed to happen during sunset, isn’t that spectacular.

Thanks to Flowers by Cina for working with us on this one and making it happen, xoxoxxo, and to Naples Strings for playing for a good 4 hours, switching it up as we moved from pre-ceremony to ceremony, to cocktails, to dinner, awesome to work with as always. To Design Visage for beautifying my beautiful bride Sedef, not that she needed it, such a natural beauty, full of grace and just beauty inside and out.  And my fave Rabbi, Rabbi Ian always creates a great ceremony under the Chuppah, and I had the pleasure of enjoying rehearsal dinner with him as my date the night before also!!!  And to our friends for 15 years of doing weddings with them, the banquet team at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna, we love you all for team we are!!

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Lisa

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Add a comment October 17, 2016

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.

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Lisa

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Add a comment October 2, 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.

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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.

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Lisa

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Add a comment January 23, 2016

Two day wedding/Ritz & St Regis

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I just love it when I can incorporate my two fave locations in S CA, and so lucky I actually get to do it quite often.  Tala and Raj were doing a two day event, incorporating two cultures and traditions.  We chose to do the Indian Celebration/day at the St Regis and day 2 for the Persian Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna.  Lucky guests getting the best of the OC for the celebration of this fab couple and really lovely parents.

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As you can see Tala wanted different colors to the traditional Indian wedding colors (my Indian weddings are rarely traditional colors), we used the existing rotunda at the cere site as the mandap structure and it worked really well.  Our groom arrived on a Rickshaw for the baraat, in the picture above the guests are congregating for the milni.  The tables on the Grand Lawn is where the guests went for lunch after the Indian ceremony was over.  Now what you don’t see/know is there was a threat of rain for the ceremony/lunch time, so the night before we draped a portion of the dinner room as ceremony backup and with the chiavaris I have to say it looked awesome.  The decision to move inside had to be made as 7am, so who could sleep right, I was up at 4am driving downtown Dana Point and the roads was slik, hmmm.  At 6:50am up again looking out my hotel window, talking to the florist who was at the property, and we made the decision to stay outside.  I saw father of the bride while I was having breakfast at the hotel and he said to me, in or out, out I said, he smiled.  And again, on my watch, all was good, in fact it was quite warm/hot towards the end of the ceremony and luncheon!!

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Then the evening sangeet.  We reused the draping we were doing as ceremony backup and moved it (again the importance of vendors who work together a lot and will do things spur of the moment when needed/will make it work for me).

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On Day 2 we had a bridal party, and how elegant they look.

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Great shot of the back of Tala’s gown on Day 2, and the sofreh with a pretty spectacular backdrop!!

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Tala was not a Persian bride wanting large/big florals, for the ballroom everything was low for the reception/dinner/dance for 300, when you do low florals in such a big ballroom they get lost in pictures, but believe me the room looked beautiful, elegant and calm, just like our bride.  We had the space in the Grand Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna to do a mix of long and round tables which is always fun.

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Thanks to Frank Salas for the above photos, to White Lilac for being a great partner for two days and creating such beauty, David Medill/videographer great to meet and work with him for the first time, Flawless Faces for beautifying the girls for both days, and to my favorite Persian officiant, Shahrzad Ardelan – I refer her to everyone and am always sad when a couple doesn’t go with her.  To the teams at both St Regis and Ritz-Carlton Laguna as always, we create beautiful dream weddings together, I appreciate you all.  xoxoxo

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Lisa

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Add a comment January 18, 2016

Ritz-Carlton sweet wedding

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Such a sweet bride which of course then turns into a sweet wedding celebration.  Bianca’s colors were royal blue (which is huge it seems for 2016 so far) and white, so as flowers are hard to find in royal blue we used it as an accent where we could and it turned out just perfectly, we were even able to use the original RC chargers that we don’t see very often anymore.

We pulled together the perfect team for Bianca, thanks to Mc Cune Photography and thanks for the pics below, and to Peter/Vive Entertainment for being the best dj ever (lol), Design Visage for making Bianca more beautiful than she already is and to Karen’s Flowers for pulling the vision together perfectly.  Finally, to the team at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna for just being the best.

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Lisa

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