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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).


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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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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Monarch Ballroom – St Regis, Monarch Beach

I had the pleasure of helping Cindy with her wedding celebration at the St Regis.  Our inspiration stemmed  from a picture she had on her phone from an event she had attended in Canada a few years ago, a Morrocan themed event that used a lot of wine and gold colors, low tables/cushions and canopies, and she just could not forget it, and now we got to use that inspiration to create her own picture that I am sure someone else will carry around with them. The groom’s background and faith is from that same area of the world so it seemed kind of fate-ish.

We started with the invitation, and found a really unique one that could allow us to go two different ways in color and style as we went along, but teased at the feel of the event.   We planned the rehearsal dinner at Mozambique Restaurant in Laguna Beach, to reinforce that theme/feel again.  Our favors were uniquely packaged & flavored chocolates that were named after the couple, and of course everything from the room decor/linens and even the menu selection all tied in.  These elements made sense/fit to us as we go along and pull it together, but maybe not to the guests until after the event when they have a chance to look back at each component, and then they have their uh hah moment.

In a ballroom/banquet space to create a wow/feel and atmosphere in keeping with where you want people to be transformed to or believe they are, you must drape the space, so as you can see we did.  For this group we did not want the typical ballroom setup with two sides of dining areas and a d/floor in the middle, so we created a dining area – the first area the guests would walk in to, and then the dancing area, that was separated by a sheer drop across the room, but very visible, so once the band and dj began guests could move to that area and hang (canopies and cafe style tables waiting) or stay at the dining tables and enjoy the feel of that area after dinner but totally be able to see what was happening in the dancing area and have access at any time easily if they wanted to go and dance.  We had a martini ice luge designed in  keeping with the theme.

The guests were wowed and the couple was overwhelmed with how fabulous it all turned out.

Of course, I/we can have an idea, but it takes a team to bring it all to fruition, so thanks to Square Root as always, Fusion Linens for the draping and linens/chairs, and enjoy the photos taken below by the awesome Tony Florez (, and the wonderful team at St Regis, Kelly O’Dell (newly engaged, shhhh), David and the rest of the family.

So, 1st pic is how the ballroom is, the picture below it is the dining area of the room we created:

Then the dancing side:

And the ice luge which along with a regular bar were set up in the dancing area:

Till next time


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