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Last St Regis, Monarch Beach wedding


Here is the new Grand Lawn Ceremony site at the Monarch Beach Resort, formerly the St Regis Monarch Beach, and these pics are from a wedding that was planned for around 15 months and happened a few days before the name change.  So as things happen along the way, the vision our bride had for her ceremony changed with hotel changes and she didn’t end up with her final vision until a few days before, I think it looked lovely.  By taking away the rotunda somehow the ocean seems right there, and I now get more of a Caribbean backdrop feel, where the pool seems to end at the ocean.

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Down at Club 19 we did a mix of round and rectangle tables.  This was a daytime wedding, so the colors really worked well and gave an elegant feel.  The ceiling treatment turned out perfect for Jennifer’s style, our original vision was about 15 chandeliers hanging in a variety of sizes and styles but that really was too shabby chic for her, and this more elegant ceiling was done by a vendor Jennifer found OCLA events, they really did a great job.

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Jennifer and Brook lived out of town/northern CA but are fortunate that they come down often and always stay at the hotel, in fact their fave butler came down and sabred the champagne bottle for them prior to the toasts, so they were able to keep an eye on how the changes at the hotel were coming along.


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My new fave vendor for 2016, TMMPRO, I love their dancefloors

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The new more open look into Club 19

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These last two pics are mine.  The one above shows the chandeliers on, and the pic on the right show how huge the ceremony florals were that were repurposed to some of the dining tables.

Other members of this great vendor team were, Joe Latter photo/thanks for the pics above, Krieger Style dj (they had a guy they knew who was the dj, he let them down so they then spent time on a band that didn’t work out and ultimately ended up with my dj David,  the right guy, as always), Vantage Productions/Video, Elegant by Design/floral, Paul Uhlar/officiant, Wendy Smith/harpist,  Laura at the ST Regis and of course the setup/banquet team on the day.

Got lots of lovely weddings coming up this year, can’t wait to share them all with you.


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Add a comment June 25, 2016

Indian wedding/St Regis Monarch Beach

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For the first time ever I saw a couple of smaller Indian weddings come to me and what that allowed them to do was have their wedding at  the premium hotels in the OC using the smaller spaces and stay within budget.  Normally the hotel celebration is the third day of events, so they have to be really good about choices as they go along.

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This couple along with many of my Indian couples, did another ceremony and event at the Sikh temple the day before.  So here you get to see their Indian Ceremony setup with the elephants greeting the guests, the mandap, ganesh statue, and what a backdrop they have. My fave Indian officiant Shikavek Dasa ran the show, he does such a great ceremony

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They wanted different colors than the normal Indian Orange/gold/red (which most of my couples seem to not want) for the luncheon event, blues and golds.  Turned out quite great.

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Thanks to Frank Salas/photo for the pics above, you are a pleasure to work with always, in fact getting ready to leave now and do another wedding with you today, yay

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Add a comment February 6, 2016

St Regis Monarch Beach-Botanical Garden & Club 19

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My lovely Brooke, a journey that lasted 1 1/2 years until the big day arrived.  We had such a great time and Brooke went through a lot of changes, left her job and went back to school, by the time the wedding came the groom was back at school too.  Moving from New York to another state, Brooke spent a month backpacking through Europe with her brother, 2-3 trips out here, which were always great and mom and Brooke and I enjoyed champagne a few times together, loved everything about the months of planning on this one and could not wait for the big day to be here and see everything become a reality.  The dancing/inside area of Club 19 was important, so we created a club feel inside and got a great band who kept the dancefloor full, Uncover Live under the direction of George.  Brooke wanted to do something different in the Club 19 area and I came up with the cabana idea on the lower patio, which Brooke loved and became a huge talking point of the celebration, and as the celebration went on more and more people went down there to relax and be comfy!!

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Brooke wanted to do a round menu card and I immediately said, fabulous, it can sit under the charger all night, perfect.  Classic Party Rentals created the cabanas and provided the furniture/benches down there, loved it.

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We had a sweetheart table, rounds and had a great of 14 we could not break up so we had a rectangle table center stage, it all looked great.

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From the beginning Brooke wanted to do edible placecards.  So on the cocktail lawn our placecard table was center and the trays of hors d’oevures with guests names/table #s were easy to find and then enjoy!!

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One of my favourite parts of the day, especially when I have lived and breathed a vision with a bride and gone through months of helping her get it started, finesse it and then see it become a reality, when I get to show my couples how it all turned out.


Fabulous chandeliers hanging, moss table numbers and beautiful flowers, Elegant by Design/Karla you are wonderful, thanks for bringing my words/thoughts to the reality I tell my brides they are going to see and for backing up what I tell them, they are in great hands and have nothing to worry about, their expectations will be exceeded.

Thanks to Julie Cate/their photographer they flew in from New York, for some of the pics above. To Paul Uhlar for doing a lovely ceremony as always. To Naples Strings for ceremony/cocktail music, and to Monico Décor for the rentals we used in the dining and dancing areas.  Last but not least, to the beautiful Kelly O’Dell and the team at the St Regis, you are all awesome, thank you.

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Add a comment January 31, 2016

Intimate beautiful St Regis Monarch beach wedding

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Mina had been following me on instagram for over a year and had made contact a few times with a potential date in mind but then got a job as an international air hostess so that held things up for a bit, but finally the day came that we could start planning her special wedding celebration.  Because of her schedule most of the planning was actually done with her groom, we became firm friends.  In fact he called me a week after the wedding was over and I thought oh no, what has happened, and he was just calling to personally thank me for all my help.  Touched my heart!!!

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Because it was relatively short term and their family was coming in from all around the world, it was a lovely intimate group, 20!!  We had all the fixings of a large wedding celebration, and when the dancing began this group danced, for nearly 2 hours all the guests were on the floor dancing, the two moms would stop every now and again but everyone else was there to party, including the brides Japanese dad who was hilarious. Also, the most elaborate unity candle setup I have ever seen, just beautiful.

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Of course a great vendor team is always required no matter what size or style of wedding you are doing, thanks to Karla/Elegant by Design-florist, as always you make my brides so happy when they see it all come together on the day.  BTW, the Mediterranean room looks lovely with a bit of uplighting, I pushed for draping, but they just couldn’t justify it in the budget.

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Add a comment January 26, 2016

Grand Lawn/Club 19 St Regis Monarch Beach

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I am such a fan of white dancefloors as I think they can really tie a look together and sometimes can make the look if lacking in other areas.  Some of my brides agree and some are aok with the dancefloor the hotel provides, above the priority was lounge furniture/club vibe and later when its dark/dancing time it all looks great.  There are no right/wrongs, it comes back to your priorities

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Sometimes color palettes change too, originally this wedding was white and green florals for a fresh look and use orange or yellow for napkins to add a pop, but after the mockup the brides mom wanted the yellow and orange to be much more visible, and so it became!

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Their guest list started a tad high to be able to do the two long tables, but as happens it organically went down and Joanna was thrilled to be able to do the two long tables.  It looked great.  Thanks to Karla/EBD florist for making the vision/budget work and being so gracious in working with last minute changes, Peter/Vive Ent for djing and keeping that dancefloor full, Design Visage for beautifying all the ladies, Joanna looked so lovely.  Monico Décor for the rentals, and the team at St Regis for as always being awesome to work with and ensuring all went seamlessly from their end.

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Add a comment January 24, 2016

St Regis Monarch Beach celebration

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So many lovely details for this wedding.  I had done Rasha’s sisters wedding at the St Regis a couple of years earlier, so it was lovely to see the family again.  Believe it or not the bride’s brother in law (my past groom) did the basket weave design on the B&G chairs!

Flower Allie did a wonderful job with the florals.  A floral wall behind the sheart table.  I loved the gold vases for the tall centerpieces and the tall floral/vase for the placecard table piece.

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The groom shopped around and around for the ‘right’ food truck and found ‘The Burnt Truck’, their names go on the truck and the food was really good and a variety of options which you normally don’t get for a wedding food truck.  Good job Ramy

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One of my fave things for 2014 and 2015 was a round dancefloor, and I love that the grooms seem to really like it too.

Thanks to Tony Florez for the photos and for always being a pro to work with, and to the team at St Regis, Marissa in catering and the awesome peeps on the banquet floor, I love how we all work together and enjoy working together, that is one huge benefit to the wedding experience that people don’t realize.

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Add a comment January 9, 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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Add a comment December 10, 2015

St Regis Club 19, unique


We started along the normal visual route for this area, but as we got closer to floral sample day my lovely bride decided it just wasn’t a reflection of her/them.  So an about turn was done and boy it turned out so great.  Thanks to Karla at EBD for ‘getting’ what our bride wanted, she was thrilled with the floral sample and very very happy with the whole effect on the day, as were we.  Sometimes seeing something new in an area is quite refreshing.  Good job my lovely bride.  Thanks to Frank Salas for the pics. The picture above was our ‘centerpiece’ of the cocktail time


This is a close up of this awesome BIG piece, it was so heavy it took 2 guys to move it on and off the table.


With clusters of orbs with moss hanging from the rafters and the tall florally pieces really gave a natural/outdoor feel to this space.


This was the really unique low centerpiece.  Interesting and different view, from any seat at the table





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Then we went modern/club feel inside Club 19 for the partying that went on later



This couple and I created a cohesive vendor team of professionals/friends who love what they do and give 125% to our couples. In addition to those mentioned above, we had Design Visage beautifying our ladies, Peter/Vive Ent keeping the dance floor full and doing the great mceeing job he does.  Kimberly/Shane Productions-video, Monico Décor for the rentals, and we had a photobooth for some added entertainment, and of course kudos to the St Regis team, both upstairs and downstairs-you all complete the perfect experience.  They got married in a church close to the hotel, thus no hotel ceremony pics.

It was a pleasure helping them through the process and see the end result.  Enjoyed them both for sure.

FYI – due to privacy restraints I am not mentioning names, thus my referencing my bride, couple etc.

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Add a comment June 17, 2015

St Regis Club 19 celebration






This picture is pretty much the replica of one that Stephanie carried with her throughout the planning.  The day we first met she told me this what she wanted her wedding celebration to look like.  Well voila this is her wedding celebration.  Great vendor team on board for her, Jim Kennedy/photographer, Jenny B/floral, Finishing Touch for ceiling draping/chandeliers, Design Visage for beautifying everyone beautifully as always, The Emotion Picture Studio/video, Tim the electric violinist/dj (who is no longer doing weddings, boo hoo), Monico Décor for the rentals, and of course the team at St Regis, who help complete the ‘perfect’ wedding experience.


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Add a comment June 9, 2015

Club 19 wedding reception, St Regis Monarch Beach

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Steve and Margot were just a joy to work with and then see their celebration become a reality.  It was a whirlwind romance which worried some, so they changed their original date to a later date so everyone A) could come and B)some felt they had more of a waiting period.  It just gave us more time to ensure we pulled in all the elements that would be important to them.  They got married at their church where they met, then we had a garden party style cocktail reception on the lawn next to Club 19 and the informal food station reception and dancing inside Club 19.  Once the groom did his welcome, it was party on for the rest of the event with music by the band Undercover Live, people could eat, drink, dance, chat, whatever they wanted to do until the end.  We had a mix of tall and low cocktail tables as well as a couple of larger tables so guests could sit where/when they wanted throughout, a very relaxed format, yet we rented napkins and put favors around the tables to add as décor but also let the guests know that even though it was informal, those things were important, and in case you are wondering what the program looking pieces are on the tables, it actually listed what food station options there were, the couples signature drinks and a thank you to the guests..  My fave memory of this wedding is the bride sitting on the grooms lap on one of the sofas towards the end of the event, chatting with friends.  Thanks to Tony Florez for the pics, and of course to the team at St Regis for as always being fabulous in all respects.

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For my past and present brides, you know the only thing missing in my mind here would be the white dancefloor, but it just was not important to this bride and groom, had nothing to do with budget, so can’t argue with that, right!!

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