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Beautiful couple and beautiful Ritz wedding

Working with Erika and David over the past year was just a joy.  Very busy couple with kids going here and there and travelling and busy with work, so sometimes wedding planning halted and then we would get going again.  That is the beauty of how I work, I could pull your wedding together in a week, but for most brides that would freak them out, so anytime longer than that means you can halt anytime you want/need to  and there is no panic/pressure from me!!!

Erika had inspiration pics that she pretty much stuck to through the process and they were very much a reflection of her, soft, lovely and in love with love

All the tables had these lovely floorlength linen overlays and we did not use the Ritz baseplates (2 to choose from) this year my brides are loving these new chargers I get through one of my vendors.

The furniture setting on the balcony was actually copied from a wedding they had gone to, but we added florals to the wrought iron and Erika provided the rug which means when she sees it at home it will remind her of her wedding, love that

In 16 years of doing weddings in the Plaza Room no one ever brought up the idea of draping the whole room, but over the years I had brides who wanted to cover paintings in there so we had been creative with draping particular areas, placing trees and placing something on the mantle to cover the fireplace picture, but draping the whole room, hmmmmm. So when Erika said lets do it, I was excited to see the outcome, and it was

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beautiful, and now all my brides are doing it.  It totally transforms the room and makes it soft and romantic and elegant, intimate and I think it makes the room feel a bit bigger.

 

We had an awesome candy table setup in the foyer during dinner and guests made to go bags or grabbed some to eat later in the evening when they felt the need.

 

I love it when a bride lets me guide them to the perfect team for them for their vision/style and budget, and when I say budget, anytime you look at the pics from my couples weddings, whatever you think they may have spent, in reality they probably spent less because I know the right people out there.  Our awesome vendor team on this wedding was: Frank Salas for the pics above and some were mine, Design Visage for the beautifying of all the ladies, Elegant by Design/florals, Chiavari chair rentals, TMMPRO, The Sugar Philosophers, Peter/Vive Ent, Naples Strings, White Flite Dove Release, and my fave Rabbi, Rabbi Ian!! And of course the wonderful ladies and gentlemen at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel xooxoxo

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment June 24, 2017

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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Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment October 17, 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.

Till next time

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.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment January 23, 2016

Plaza Room-intimate special celebration

I am so lucky, I have a couple of weddings a year in the Plaza Room at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, where the guest count is under 35 guests and we get to play with the room layout.

When I can have everyone at one table,  it’s fabulous.  The guests love it and feel special, and the staff and I just want to sit down and join them because the energy and buzz is so high.

With a smaller group your budget can be used in a variety of ways that a larger group may not be able to stretch to.  we also had two seating areas of white furniture  in the room as well as my favorite photo booth- the epod.  All adding to the experience of the guests.  If you are able to be flexible with nights of the week to do your event (and if everyone is coming in from elsewhere you tend to be able to be or it is a small local group) then your F&B minimums you need to spend on the banquet space is less than a premium night, so all around your budget and experience for all goes further.

Here are some pics taken by Allison Cotton from  Bleu Cotton Photography (www.bleucotton.com).  So lovely she is and she really captured this couple and their hopes/vision for their celebration.  The shot thru the door from the balcony looking into the room is one I have seen her do on many occasions and I call that her icon shot.

I will miss my Heather and Stefan, we worked a year on this wedding and it even took a turn of direction a couple of months before the big day, all no panic, and on the day, they definately had a fun celebration going, and the change of direction was the totally right thing to do.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment October 1, 2010

Sunset Terrace, Ritz-Carlton, Laguna

I had the pleasure of working with a lovely couple on their wedding last weekend at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.  They have a great story, knew each other before they married other people, the groom actually attended the bride’s first wedding.  Now after losing their partners, found each other and a whole new beginning.  It was a lovely intimate affair of 40 guests.

The ceremony had a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean that looked so smooth and silver it was unbelieveable, and to think elsewhere in the country they are cold and covered with snow (no matter what time of year, you can count on  S CA for a great wedding celebration)!!  In the Plaza Room the guests sat around one dining room style table, we  had the fireplace on (for atmosphere, not because we needed it sillies!!), a pianist played the grand piano during dinner, and we even had dancing to his playing after.  He actually played YMCA as a joke for the groom – a song he kept requesting believing it could not be played on the piano!!  A great wedding to start the year with.

But the  main point of my blog today is actually to show you how fabulous a site the Sunset Terrace is.  For those that may remember or know it from a few months ago, there was a large tree in the middle of it, and that really dictated how we needed to set the ceremony site.  Well we were all sad when the tree died and had to go away, but  I can now say that, as much as I loved the tree, I love the site even more now.  Look at those pictures and tell me that backdrop is not stunning.  The backdrop previously due to the tree and the angle you needed to do the ceremony on, was about 75% land and 25% ocean, and now it is 100% ocean.  Aside from the reputation and service you know you will get at the Ritz, isn’t the ocean a huge part of any decision to have a wedding celebration there, so this now helps solidify your decision as a 150%, heck yes.  Maximum in the room that goes with this site is 74 (with a sweetheart table), so that is the max you can do here at the ceremony site.

I am very excited for the couples that now get this new view/backdrop for their wedding at the Sunset Terrace, it is awesome.  I challenge anyone to give me another location for an intimate event that has this backdrop, along with a beautiful dining room feel room for the dinner/dancing that has a fireplace and chandelier, and the 5 star hotel/accommodation/service along with it.  I can’t  think of any hotel or location along the French Riviera, and that would be the only other location I can think that could compare to this backdrop.

Thanks to Katie Clark for the photos (yes those are white doves we released at the end of the ceremony – wee hint, always do 100, it gives the guests and you time to get over the initial surprise and then enjoy.  They were a surprise to the bride from the groom, and she loved them). http://www.kcpstudios.com

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment January 14, 2010

Bit of this, Bit of that

I am using this blog as an excuse to get you the great shot below.  Things happen for a reason.  Had a lovely couple book me 6 months ago for a Dec wedding.  They were both Japanese, the groom lived in San Diego and the bride was coming over in August to check on things then go back to Japan, and stay here after the wedding.  Well in November he got transferred back to Japan!!  Wow, talk about a turn in events.  Now they are both living over there but having a wedding here, and because everyone had tickets and plans to be here, went ahead with it.  Who knew Sat would be the rainiest Sat we have had in years (well it felt that way).  We changed our minds on the ceremony being in/out a few times in the two hours leading up to the cere time.  We were ready to go out and then the rain hit again, so last minute we came up with the beautiful fountain in the Courtyard being their backdrop and they would get married under the overhang and the guests would stand under there also, a really intimate setting.  After the wedding they got the pics on the cliff with the ocean below and a great variety of indoor shots at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Laguna, as they have so many lovely lcoations.  Then at the very end, last minute decision was made to still go down to the beach, sunset (what sun?) was in 5 mins, but the bride still wanted to go down, and the shot below was one of the outcomes of that trip.  Wow.  Without the weather we had that day, they would not have had so many great backdrops or the shot that ended the day below.

They had a great celebration with a little bit of everything happening in the luncheon/dancing time, lots of emotional moments, and some crazy dancing (they told me no-one would want to dance!!!!) that we felt bad having to end it.  I hear that if it rains on your wedding day, that is a sign of financial and wedded success, I truly hope and feel this is the case for this lovely lovely couple.  I called them my cutest couple for 09.

If you are in the Lake Forest area close to my office, a really neat wine restaurant you must visit is called Crush. Cnr of Lake Forest/Lambert streets.  Great atmosphere, food, and if you like wine you are in heaven.  I have been a few times, and went again last week with my friend Caren,  it reminded me that I should go more often.

Went with my husband to see Up in the Air with George Cloony, what a great movie.  Didn’t want it to end.  Don’t know what I expected, maybe a comedy, but it wasn’t anything I could have imagined, had those ‘oh dear’ moments, some laughs and some awkward moments when you all gasped.  It was a real life movie, and one that ended up releasing at a time that it all seemed so ‘in the times’, doubt that was the intent when it was filmed.

Ok, that’s it for this one.  It was really to get this great shot out by my good friend Frank Salas/Master of Photography!!!!!

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment December 16, 2009

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