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Beautiful wedding for a sweet bride

What a joy Ina was to work with, Frank Salas (thanks for the photos), Flowers By Cina and I kept saying how lucky we were to each other.

I always use TMMPRO for the dancefloor/chairs/lighting but this time we even had Jack himself as the dj, love it.

 

Another Sunset Terrace and Plaza beautiful intimate celebration, xoxoxox

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment July 3, 2017

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

LA Church & Taglyan wedding

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Ah, my lovely Gaby and Jeff, when they booked me they were looking at a venue in the OC but not sure, so they kept looking and voila, found their perfect spot up in Los Angeles.

Here is Gaby in the lobby of the W Hotel Hollywood, I have always loved the staircase in the background, it just screams a Hollywood star making her entrance, great photo op!!

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This is how they travelled around LA, first to the church, then some pics around Hollywood, then to their fabulous venue.

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And here is what took Gaby’s breath away when she saw the venue, the beautiful ceiling/chandeliers and what they do with lighting at Taglyan, the room keeps changing its look, pretty fabulous!!

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These table numbers have been very popular this season, but watch out, just as you think they are cute or great, so do the guests, some go missing!!

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Christine Bentley Photography

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A sweet sweetheart table for a sweet couple

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Christine Bentley Photography

The grounds are not only great for cocktails, but evening photos also!

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Christine Bentley Photography

Love this pic from this vantage point by our fab photographer on this one, Christine Bentley, thanks for most of the pics here, some are mine.

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Here is Gaby walking up the aisle to her groom.  Their church was only 3 mins down the road from the venue, very convenient for me!!

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The cake was very Gaby, not over the top but elegant, and I loved the topper!

 

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And as a treat for the guests, an ice cream station with some really yummy options to choose from.

A great wedding for a great couple and a great vendor team to boot.  The team at Taglyan were great to work with/very easy, Jason Jass was our dj/mcee, Hoo Films did the videography which was very important to them.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment August 22, 2016

Church and Island Hotel celebration

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Brian and Rona picked a church in downtown Los Angeles and a hotel in the OC for their wedding reception, so a lot of driving for everyone but worth it, we had a great celebration for this great couple.  The churches in LA are so ornate but we enhanced this one a bit more, Rona wanted the outside entrance doors prettied up, and navy was their color so I suggested that we get a custom runner for the church and Brian made that his task and it turned out great.

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Then the fabulous looking ballroom at the Island Hotel

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We had a martini ice luge, and used it to showcase the blue again. Great job as always, Dan at Carving Ice.

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Don’t see caketops that much anymore, I really loved this one.

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This cake picture was before the lights were dimmed, further up is the pic as the guests saw the cake/room, quite a bit different!!

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Lighting does make the difference.

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Details! And my fave napkin fold this season.  Rona and Brian were great and trusting of me guiding them to the right vendors for their style and budget.  Florals/Elegant by Design, Photo/Tony Florez (thanks for the pics), Design Visage for bridal beauty, Jeff Holmes/Moondance Mobile Music-dj, Shane Productions/video, ALS for transportation, Veronika/belly dancer, Monico Rentals/linens and chiavaris, and my pal TMMPRO for our beautiful dancefloor.  Last but not least, Kelly and the team at Island Hotel, awesome to work with, and Miss Kelly folded and placed every napkin in the room this night!!

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment August 15, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Elopement

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Vivian and I started to plan her intimate wedding at the Ritz, it was going to be for 35ish people and it was going to be fabulous.  Then things happened and they decided to elope, date changed but we kept the same location as she just loved the Sunset Terrace and wanted to get married there.  Just because it was now just the two of them didn’t mean changing everything, Design Visage/Lauren came and beautified my bride, we kept the harpist for the cere, they both released doves after the ceremony and Katie Clark photographer and I stayed on board.  Believe it or not for the first time in 15 years, I went down to the beach with them for their beach pics after the ceremony (normally my assistant goes, but I did not need an assistant and I had the time) and Katie got great pics down there.  Once they were back at the hotel, Katie took them for romantics, and their room service lunch order came to the room, but instead of leaving it as the room service attendant would have, I called on my friends in banquets and they brought me a small round and 2 chivaris and I had Square Root do a floral for the table for me, they also did her bouquet which was just lovely.  They then got to sit and enjoy lunch, late checkout then head home and get ready for their awesome Italian 3 week honeymoon they were leaving on the next day that one of my travel contacts organized for them, and when they were back Vivian said it was spectacular.  Ahhhhhhh.  This may just be the most peaceful special wedding I have ever done.

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Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment January 8, 2016

Destination wedding/St Regis Monarch Beach

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I really enjoyed helping lovely Wendy pull her vendor team/vision together and taking them through the process of planning a wedding, especially from another area, which I am doing 70% of the time.  Sometimes I don’t even meet my couples until the wedding day, some have one trip in/out, some have more, but thanks to phones/internet/technology these days it really is easy, in fact sometimes I see my destination weddings more in the planning months than I do some of my local couples because they are just so busy!!

Great vendor team on this one, James Johnson/photographer – thanks for the pics attached, Shane Productions/video, Paul Uhlar/officiant, Karla/Elegant by Design as always bringing the dream to reality, Naples strings for cere/cocktail music, and Bill Child/Dj Mister Bill as always a joy to work with and on this fun one, kept extending as the guests were not ready to be done, it was hilarious.  Monico Décor for the rentals, and of course to the team at St Regis Monarch Beach for being five star/diamond fabulous and for having such great locations for couples/guests to enjoy and have memorable celebrations at, such as the Botanical Garden and Wine Cellar.

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Add a comment January 7, 2016

St Regis Monarch Beach-Botanical Garden & Club 19

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I got way behind in my blogging and it has taken nearly a year, but this is my last wedding I am blogging from 2014!!!  A couple of 2015 have got in the mix, but Chenine’s fab wedding ends my 2014 blogging.

Loved working with Chenine and her mom, we got a vision going pretty quickly, bling was important, blue and white.  Then we got our great vendor team pulled together.  On the day Chenine’s reaction when she saw her dining area I will never forget, it was wonderful.  The only thing missing and it was more my wishlist than their’s was a white dancefloor, oh well, lol.

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Thanks to Karla/Elegant by Design, for as always listening to my brides so their wedding is their wedding and does not look like any others we have done, thank you thank you.  Paul Uhlar/officiant, Al/Alvarron Ent-dj, Monico Décor for the rentals, and to my wonderful Frank Salas for always being a joy to work with and for making my couples memories even better when they see their photographers after, and thanks for the photos here.  And it goes without saying but I must say it, to the team at the St Regis for being five star/five diamond all the way.

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Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment December 10, 2015

Fountain Room Hyatt HB wedding

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I swear I take pics at all weddings when I get a minute, but could not find my pics on this one at all, so thanks to Jim Kennedy for coming through and getting me these pics.  They don’t do a lot of wedding receptions in the Fountain Room, in fact I think this is only my 3rd since the day the hotel opened, but it is a great way to have your daylight wedding/cocktails then move the guests into an enclosed room where they immediately feel they are at an evening wedding.

Emily’s colors were gold/white and pop of tiffany blue, so as you can see the hotel chairs worked for a change, we had tiffany blue linens on cake and sweetheart tables and of course the napkins and by using the hang fold it really allows the blue to be effective in pictures and when guests first enter the room.

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Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment December 7, 2015

Destination wedding to S CA

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This is when you really know the world is a small place.

I was booked by the groom who lived in New Zealand with his American bride (her background was Swiss, but she grew up in CA, and her parents live here). Her mom lives in Huntington Beach and choosing the Hyatt HB was logical to them, me being from New Zealand was co-incidence.  They chose January and because they chose that month they got a bigger room to use for the reception which they would not have been given the choice of in the summer, so with a smaller group, we were able to really spread things out and use the whole room in a really unique way.  The ceremony was on the lawn with a great CA backdrop, palm trees and beach, cocktails were held on the balcony with the same view, and then dinner/dancing was in the ballroom, with windows to the beach also.  We reused the arch from the ceremony because it was so unique, in the ballroom as cake backdrop which was nice.  Brian knew they didn’t want rounds or a big table, so he actually came up with the X table design, and then Keith Laverty/florist ran with that thought for the floral design, but we knew because of the table design we wanted to do something different in the center.  Keith came up with this really over the top tall piece, that was awesome and the comments started on how fabulous it was when the guests first came in the room, to even after the event was long past.

Brian loved the idea of a martini luge, so we created a lounge area which was well used once the party started after dinner.

So where is the small world part of this story you ask.  We had a total of 56 guests, a good amount came over from New Zealand, the rest from all over the USA.  So not a lot of opportunity for me to see someone I knew right…. well guess what, I never connected the bride’s last name to someone I worked with many years ago, turned out that her dad worked with me at a hotel many years ago a good 6 years.  I got a tap on my shoulder and I turned around and it was like life went backwards about 20 years, could not believe it.  He said Alexandra kept talking about Lisa her wedding planner, but never heard my last name, so he never connected the dots, plus he had no idea what I was doing now.  Too funny

Thanks as always to my trusting couples that let me lead them and when you don’t get any pre-trips to the actual wedding, you really are trusting me and I appreciate that.  Our vendor team for this wedding was great: Larry Crandall/photographer and thanks for the pics below.  Keith Laverty/floral designer, Design Visage for beautifying everyone beautifully as always.  Carvin Ice for the luge you always create for each of my couples.  Epod for our fun photobooth that talks back to you and I knew the kiwis would appreciate even more later in the night after a few martinis!! Monico Décor for the rentals.  As always to my companions in creating great celebrations, the team at Hyatt HB, love them all

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Till tomorrow

Lisa

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Add a comment December 6, 2015

2015 thank yous – cards

So so lucky to work with such awesome fab couples, and when I go to the mailbox and see that some have taken the time to handwrite a card and mail it to me, feel even more lucky.

Here is why I am so lucky to do what I love ……….

Lisa, I have tried to write this card several times and keep getting stuck.  I cannot put into words how grateful I am to you for everything you have done over the past several months.  My co-workers kept saying ‘wow you look so calm-how are you planning a wedding from across the country!’ and I would just smile because I had you!!  You are so organized and on top of everything.  Even random questions and constant changes – you didn’t even blink an eye, just said ‘no problem’.  I can say without a doubt that you have changed my life.  Thank you so very much – from the bottom of my heart – for everything.  Cathy (and Keith)

Lisa, We can’t begin to thank you for all your help in making our wedding day amazing! Your attention to detail, support, and help has been great!  We couldn’t imagine the day without you! Thank you for everything! We will miss you! Love, Garrett and Kerry

The above was a card I got from the couple on the wedding day, then it was followed in the mail with the card below …….

Lisa, Garrett and I reflected about how beautiful and amazing our wedding was on our honeymoon, and we owe it all to you!  Your hard work, attention to details, and passion made us have our wedding of our dreams! You are SO amazing at what you do and everyone keeps talking about how awesome you are!! Thank you for everything! Love Garrett and Kerry

Dear Lisa, Thank you so much for all your hard work and efforts to make our wedding day as wonderful and special as possible!  We couldn’t have done it without you! Love, Sherene and Tyler

thank you for being our lifesaver!  Rosalynn and Frank

The above was a card I got from the couple on the wedding night, then it was followed in the mail with the card below……

Dear Lisa, ‘Thank you” can barely express the tremendous gratitude I feel for everything you’ve done to make my vision come to life.  Even with a broken ankle, you still do the work of 100 people.  Your professionalism is absolutely amazing and inspiring.  We are so thankful we snatched you up before any other couple!!f with love, Rosalynn and Frank

Dear Lisa, Thank you so much for being part of our special day.  It was truly the best day of our lives and we loved every minute of it!  Thank you for continually working with us and helping us create personalized touches, an amazing day and truly unforgettable memories.  Our love and gratitude, Angie and George

Dear Lisa, Thank you for all your help throughout the process.  Please say “thank you” to Nicole and Brittany.  We hope you will get well soon and make other couples to have the BEST wedding. Love Toshika & Joe

Note on the thank you above, I worked with Toshika for months on planning her wedding, then 30 mins before the ceremony I fell over and dislocated and broke my ankle and was taken away by paramedics, 5 hours in the ER, and now 3 casts, 1 boot, surgery with a plate and 9 screws in my leg later, she still emails me to check in on me.  Due to detailed planning and good assistants and a great vendor team, the wedding went off on time and without a hitch.

Dear Lisa, Words truly can’t thank you enough for everything you did to make our special day so perfect in every way  It was everything  dreamed it would be…. and more!  Everything went so smoothly on the day and I know it was all down to you.  It was such a pleasure working with you for over a year and you made the planning process so seamless.  I am so grateful for all your time and hard work that went in to making our day so special,  We will never forget you and so happy you were a part of those wonderful memories! We are missing your emails and would love to stay in touch – maybe a Pie-Not for a sausage roll and a catch up! You are the BEST!! Love Chris and Sam xoxox

Lisa, thank  being a part of our wedding on October 16, 2015.  We are very happy you could help us plan our special day! We couldn’t have done it without you.  Phillip and Mina

I was given the card above on the wedding day, and a week later got a call from the groom wanting to personally thank me.

Sweet you – Grateful me         Lisa, How can I begin?! You have been everything to me throughout this process …. a friend, a guide, a defender, a supporter and the reason everything was able to come to reality.  THANK YOU so much for helping me build my dream wedding.  I will miss emailing you all the time.  Let’s find excuses to get cocktails when I am back in Southern California!! Love Brooke

Love love love them, my job, my life, so so lucky am I!!

Till next time

Lisa

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