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Ritz-Carlton Laguna Terrace Salon wdg

Ohhhh Lea and Craig, loved them, so fun.  Craig is English and not the stuffy kind of English (being 1/4 English I know my English, lol) and he was funny and kept us very amused through the whole planning process.  This was a couple that had a great time at their wedding.  Above is their sweetheart table, using my fave B&G sofa and i love a sweetheart table with orchids dropping off it.  And… as all the hotels and my brides know, tea sandwiches come before everyone gets dressed.  They are smaller so as the makeup is done the ladies are still able to have food of substance to tide them over until they get to eat big again at dinner (or cocktails if they are lucky) and if a little champagne has been consumed during getting ready it helps keep everyone awake, lol.  The Ritz-Carlton Laguna does the job perfectly for my brides/ladies.

We did the ketubah signing in the Private Dining Room, then Rabbi Ian led the ceremony with the ocean backdrop, perfection!!

We did a mix of high & low florals, all by Flowers By Cina, thanks again for a fabulous job, Dancefloor+custom decal/B&G sofa/Chiavaris by TMMPRO, cere/cocktail music by Naples Strings, dinner/dancing music+mceeing+lighting by Invisible Touch with Juan and Deon, Design Visage did the hair+makeup and on time as always xoxox

We did the In N Out Run and the parade which I love to lead and make the servers do it with me, not sure if they like it as much as me, lol, which our couples love and the Ritz did a station to go with it with the groom’s fave fried items.  Terrace Salon Balcony is a popular place at every wedding, men migrate out there to chat during the noise/dancing and ladies head out in-between, sometimes the event ends and i realise there is a big group sitting out there chatting not ready to leave!!

thanks as always to our Ritz Carlton family, we love being there with you all xoxox

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Ritz Laguna Outdoor wedding

I LOVED helping MacKenzie pull her wedding together from start to finish, I was so involved in every detail I even brought the cushions we put on the benches on the balcony, was hoping they would not want to take them as it was a destination wedding for all, but I have such good taste it seems, they wanted them and took them home with them, lol.

From the getgo Mackenzie wanted dinner outside, soooo

we did the ceremony on Monarch Bay Sunset Lawn, the dining tables were set on the Monarch Bay Sunset Terrace but stacked by the cliff, so plenty of walking room for the guests and our bridal party to walk on, guests left the ceremony and went to Plaza Balcony for cocktails, we spread the dining tables out/cere florals were put on the dining tables, dinner was done on the terrace which was really beautiful and the sunset behind her dad and the toasters was amazing, a wedding scene that guests will not forget quickly.  Then into Plaza room which was setup for dancing and we had the cake there.  Now the one thing Mackenzie and her mom weren’t sure on for most of the planning time, then said, ok Lisa add it, was the draping.  When they both walked in and saw the room pre dinner they both looked and me and said, you were right Lisa you were right.

Dancefloor/draping/lighting in Plaza and around the dining area/benches all by TMMPRO, Hair/makeup by Design Visage never a late bride for me, Flowers by Cina for the florals, Jewel Cole Photography thanks for the pics, the lighter ones are hers and the darker are my iPhone ones of course/not sure why everyone else gets great pics on their iphones!!  and to Peter/Vive Entertainment for all the music/all areas and mceeing, awesome job as always my friend, and to our partners at the Ritz where teamwork makes the dream work, and together we sure do xoxox

Oh and it didn’t end with the wedding, I sent them to Sandals Negril for their honeymoon where they had a fabulous time xoxox

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Catalina Island wedding

What a great time we had planning and then executing Erin and Jim’s wedding on Catalina, mind you it was a lot of work too once we got on the island, we used the taxis to get from one area to another quickly, no time to walk it, and I still did just under 12k steps.  Slept well that night for sure.  Nicole was there to assist me and she ran her butt off too, but she needed to get back so caught the 7pm boat back same day, easy!!

Karen’s Flowers  handled the flowers for ceremony and reception and i know had a heart attack when she found out the original size of the frame for the ceremony was too big/even in pieces to go over on the boat, so had to do some last minute adjustments the week prior.  But doesn’t it look great on that lawn.  The wedding was on a Monday late October so the island was empty/no cruise ships (big difference when the ship was in the next day, crazy) and it felt like the island was their exclusive resort for the wedding.  Above you see Joe Latter and i having a big meeting at the beach club, very stressed we were, can you tell, lol JK.. Josh Vietti provided the music for all 3 areas and did a great job

An amazing thing happened after the ceremony, a mother deer and her kids and some others came to the cere site and they were not scared of us at all, they just wanted to eat grass, oh and the brides bouquet, which she offered to the deer, so don’t worry, it was not an accident and she was beside herself, quite the contrary.  They did demolish one bridesmaid bouquet though, that was hilarious

Cocktails were held in the building next to the cere lawn and had a great view to the ocean and to the CA coast, it was weird being on that side of it, I have to say.

They did a buy out of a restaurant in the township which worked out perfectly for their size/guests and they had a blast, food was really good too

This was a really relaxed cool wedding, the couple are in the hotel business and their core group of friends are too, we all know each other, so i was really honored to be asked to do the wedding with/for them, and I got to see my hotel peeps as well as other Chef’s i have married who were there too.  And there are no comparisons as to how hotel/wedding industry people party, we party, so they had a great time for sure.

We transferred everyone from the cocktail area to the township in one of the open air buses and the guests were having a great time for sure.  Thanks to everyone from Catalina Island company and the folks on the island, especially the taxi drivers that were loving us, for helping us ensure everything went well that day.  Just remember, it may be close to mainland CA but they are still an island and island time is a thing, lol, it became really apparent to me when I ask for something I need to chill the heck out and wait for it to be done in the time it takes, lol.  Unfortunately i didn’t get to spend more than the wedding night there as i had to get back the next day for an event that night, boo hoo, but i will be back, the spa is awesome over there and you really do get a vacation feel when there.

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Hyatt HB Vista Ballroom wedding

What a wonderful relationship Lucrezia and her mom have, well that is probably because Lucrezia is so lovely, and she married lovely Hugo, so it was all just calm and lovely.  How lucky am I to have such lovely client’s.  The Vista Ballroom is the one we have done the most weddings in from the day the hotel opened, and what i love is that not two weddings have been the same, thanks to my couple’s varied styles/budgets/visions and the vendor teams we bring on board.  Don’t you love the backdrop to their sweet heart table?  Her mom was the one that came up with that ultimately and we all loved it.

Lighthouse Lawn ceremony, which normally does not go with Vista Ballroom but it worked out for them and we set it sunset facing.

Of course we had my fave round dancefloor and their custom decal was fabulous, all by TMMPRO along with the draping/3 walls, lighting/chargers/chiavaris. Plug Video was in the house, and Brent Edwards officiated/great job as always.  Napkins by Luxe Linens, Florals by Elegant by Design/Karla and team, and thanks for the photos Mr Frank Salas, always a pleasure working with him, so calm and easy and get things done & gets the shot!!  And to our friends at Hyatt HB, thanks for helping us bring wedding dreams to fruition.

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Hyatt HB Huntington Ballroom

Really enjoyed Betty and Adam.  They booked us to handle the reception portion at the hotel only, they did not need us earlier in the day or at the church.  They were our first wedding to do the sparkler cans in the ballroom at Hyatt HB and boy we went through the ringer for that.  My fave moment of the night was when they were on their stage after the grand entrance and the sparklers went off and all the guests were dancing/clapping infront of the B&G and Adam looked at me and gave the thumbs up!

Their grand entrance was lead in by some traditional drummers and all the guests created a tunnel from the door to the dancefloor for them (this is something they all knew to do and do at every wedding) and their culture line dances, it was amazing to watch the majority of the 300 guests line dancing, very calming and peaceful!! of course they had a band and dj and inbetween that was the normal parttttyyyyyyy going on, lol.  Floral was by The Finishing Touch/Brandi & Doug, nice job as always, cake by Sweet Traders-don’t you love the cake topper (we saw quite a few custom ones in 2019) and the dancefloor/decal, stage cover, special lighting/sparklers, chargers/chiavaris were by my team of guys from TMMPRO.  Of course a big shoutout to our pals at Hyatt HB, been doing weddings there since the day the hotel opened, 17 years i believe, wowser!! xoxo

Till next time

Lisa

xoxxo

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Ritz Carlton Laguna Destination Wedding

Had a great experience planning with Sterling and Jonathan from afar (as are 80% of my couples).  They were very busy so very efficient when it came to making decisions and getting tasks done, yayyy, love that.  We had the ceremony on the Monarch Bay Sunset Lawn, cocktails on the Plaza Balcony and then dinner/dance inside the Plaza Room.

Thanks to Cat/Adi of Next Exit Photography you have got photos here of the Plaza Room from every angle and a few for the ceremony site, tx guys for being friendors for so many years and being great to work with on the day xoxo  We pulled together a great vendor team, Rabbi Ian co-officiated with the Pastor from Sterling’s church who flew over for the wedding, Design Visage did hair/makeup, cere/cocktail music by Naples Strings, dinner/dance/mceeing by Jeff/Moondance Mobile Music, and to EBD Floral, wow, i was taken aback by the beauty of the florals and colors.  Jonathan is from South Africa and Sterling wanted to incorporate the South African national/native flower and Karla did it beautifully, love love.  And to TMMPRO who helps me transform the Plaza Room with draping/dancefloor+decal and lighting, and we had them provide chiavaris for the cere (Sterling was not into using hotel chairs at all) and had Chiavari Chair Rentals provide the infinity chairs for the Plaza Room.  Everything was bellisimo!!

 

And of course to our friends/team members at the Ritz Laguna, always a pleasure making dreams celebrations come to reality for our couples, xoxox

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Serra Plaza San Juan Capistrano wedding

I was asked by a special person to me if I would help her friend’s out with their wedding at Serra Plaza, a lovely courtyard venue in the middle of an office complex, but on the day you would not even realise.  I had been there for a few events but not done a wedding there, but that is never a problem.  My pics are above, darker but you can see the chandeliers etc, thanks to Nola Fontanez for the pics below/obviously the professional ones and for being so lovely/responsive to work with leading up to the wedding and on the night/day – we were not at the pre cere pics being done at the Mission nearby so I had to rely on her to keep things moving/on time and she sure did!!  Design Visage kept everyone on time back at the hotel they were getting ready at, that is why I use them, all it takes is for hair/makeup and photography to be a tad late and everything runs late or you have to give up photography time, you get to pick!!

The rest of the vendors were friends/guests, from Uncle Dave that officiated, to the florist, music, and it was easy to work with the venue and we got to work with the excellent food/beverage teams of 24 Carrots, and yes I may have gone for 2nds on the au gratin potatoe, lol!!  We used the company I refer for transport, Strack, great vehicles and have never let me down/keep communicating with me on the day so i know where/what is going on and can prepare/get ready for, if we don’t have one of our assistant’s there.

BTW the chandeliers were added, we went for a walk through/final details with everyone on a day they were setup for a wedding, and once you see them you can’t imagine a wedding without them!! The caterer took care of all rentals for us, including the dancefloor which we added in the final week, and between the venue and caterer the turn from ceremony to dining/dancefloor was really quick/good.  Go team

       

till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Monarch Beach Resort intimate wedding

We love intimate weddings and especially when they are weekday, June’s was on a Tuesday.  Remember you get to use space at hotels that would be more $$ than you want/can spend on a fri/sat/sunday and you are normally here in S CA the only wedding happening so get that feeling of exclusivity, and you have everyone’s attention for sure!

June and Matthew had a total of 16 guests, the most important people to them (which is really how it should be right??) and we did the ceremony at the Botanical Garden, photos then we escorted everyone up to the Private Dining Room in the restaurant, where they had a lovely dinner.

We pulled together the perfect vendor team, KLK Photography/Paul-it was great working with them again it had been quite some time, EBD Floral-thanks for always making things work for my couples, Jeff Holmes/officiant-does a fabulous job, and Angelica Strings for the beautiful pre and post music, and of course to our friends at MBR for helping us make these wedding celebrations even more special xoxoxo

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Ritz Laguna Terrace Salon wedding

It’s funny how each year there are the ‘hot’ spaces for weddings, well for 2019 at Ritz Laguna it was combining the Monarch bay Sunset Lawn with cocktails next door on the Monarch Bay Sunset Terrace, all oceanfront/view, then up to the Terrace Salon where the ballroom is unique in shape and wall coverings and has a very cool large balcony with wicker furniture and fire pits that guests love, in face most weddings end and there is a group sitting out there not ready to leave!!

So this wedding was the same space, our bride was very excited about everything and her fabulous groom was always happy to see her happy.  From the beginning Katy had said her wedding was going to be pink, and our groom was aok with that, so pink it was.

The picture above was Katy seeing the doves they would release at the end of the ceremony on its way to her ceremony and she was chatting with it, thanking it.  There was also a 60 dove release after they each released their doves.  Guests loved it.

Great vendor team on board, Luxe Linens for the perfect pink linens/napkins, Flowers by Cina for the beautiful florals, Jim Kennedy & Amber-photo (none of these photos are from them, all are mine), Luxury Lifestyle Studio/video, Wendy/Orange County Harpist for the ceremony/cocktail music, Peter/Vive Entertainment for the dinner/dancing music & excellent mceeing as always, Design Visage for hair/makeup, TMMPRO for the dancefloor+decal & lighting-just the right pink, and of course to the ladies and gentlemen at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna for always helping us make wedding dreams come true xoxo

Till next time

Lisa

xoxox

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Laguna Cliffs Marriott wedding

 

Lovely Jessica, such a happy bride from the beginning.  She wanted happy flowers and a happy vibe to the whole event.  She found the band with the exact style she wanted and it turned out they had played at a wedding I had done years ago, Jukebox Productions, they also provided the ceremony music, Joe Latter photo/thanks for the pics, Luxury Lifestyle Studio/video, Design Visage for hair/makeup, Karen’s Flowers & Nora from the hotel each did part of the wedding (they include the ceremony florals in the hotel package) and after dinner guests were surprised with Pixster Photobooth in the foyer, we had a few weddings with them in 2019 I feel.

Thanks to the lovely peeps at Laguna Cliffs, always good to be there.  That is where i did my very first wedding as an independent planner, after I left Disney, so it holds a special place in my heart, then someone at the Ritz heard I had done one and reached out, and the rest is history they say, for the past 19 years, xoxoxo

Till next time

Lisa

xoxo

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