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From Hawaii to OC due to Covid

This wedding makes me happy and sad at the same time. Happy because they are the cutest couple ever, and the second wedding I have done for the groom’s family who, small world, was marrying a sweet bride that happens to work at a hotel i work at all the time, and she had heard of me, but it was the groom’s mom who reached out and said, time for the next wedding, but fate brought us all together anyway. love it, Sad reason #1, there is only 2 children in the family and i did both their weddings, so now have to wait for friends and relatives, but i love that family!!
These 2 pics are from an iphone not the photographer because i could not see these exact looks i wanted in her pics so i got them from one of our assistants.

Sad reason #2: We were supposed to be doing the wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Maui, we had all gone over and scoped the space/all outdoors with ocean backdrop, they had done a tasting, and we were all really looking forward to it, plus i could add another Ritz-Carlton in the world to my resume!!

But as things work out, even though we really held off as long as we could, wedding was July 20, and as long as Hawaii was not going to make everyone quarantine as of June 1, we were still all going, well last week of May the Governor of Hawaii extended the quarantine until end of July/August, and as I am typing this in 2021 I can report he kept it in place until Oct 15 where if travelling after that and providing a negative covid test from their providers you did not have to quarantine, so we did the right thing by 1st week of June realising we needed to find a venue here in S CA. First plan was something with a Hawaiian vibe, so we found one in San Diego, liked it, but they had a lot of what seemed to be excessive rules due to covid, again, now we are in 2021 and look back, their rules were smart!! So not working for us, mom found a hotel venue in the OC that i was never really feeling was right for this wedding and after she had signed the contract the hotel came back with new rules that were definately not working for the couple, so we ended up at the hotel i had suggested from the getgo because i knew we could make it exciting/different and could kind of make not doing it in Hawaii aok. The Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. Yes. We did the ceremony with the ocean/palm tree backdrop, did cocktails with that same view, and dinner/same view with a lovely water feature backdrop to our royal table. Then to suprise everyone, after dinner, the B&G lead the guests up the elevators to the rooftop bar/lounge area where we had dancing/socialising with 180 degree awesome views of the Pacific from Long Beach to Laguna. What were guests saying?? Are you kidding me?? amazzzzzing. Wow. Awesome.

Sad reason #3, the day before i broke my leg and was still in hospital when this wedding was happening!!! I was so mad at covid, because we would have been in Maui already and i would not have been doing what i was doing in my backyard!! In the ambulance from my house to the hospital, i called Nicole and said, i think you need to be prepared to get a call from me to come help tomorrow as i may not be very mobile, so got her set. Unfortunately the surgeon laughed when he gave me option of surgery that night or tomorrow and i said, well tonight please as i have a wedding to do tomorrow. Oh no he said, you won’t be doing a wedding tomorrow. So again, call to Nicole, you are full on tomorrow/no me. I was never worried as she totally knows what she is doing/to do/works from my timelines all the time and was working with Brittany, so i knew all would be fine between the two of them. And thank goodness, when i had to call the mom and tell her, she also knew that i would not send anyone who would screw things up, so they were all good to go/relaxed and enjoyed the wedding celebration as if i was there, i don’t think they even missed me, lol

As you can see from the pics above, all turned out lovely. We obviously had to get a new florist and karla/EBD floral stepped in and got the vision immediately, we brought the tropical/Hawaii feel to Huntington Beach, a new dj/DJ Griff a multi friend referral, but were lucky as the photographer was coming to Hawaii so she just didn’t have to fly so far, Andrea David, and the pics above/not iphone ones, are hers. Design Visage beautified the ladies and kept them on time as always. A friend officiated/she was going to do it in Hawaii also. A tropical duo for pe cere/cocktails and during dinner to again feel the hawaiian vibe, Naples String trio for ceremony, and a big thanks to the team at Waterfront Beach Resort, Vanessa jumped right in as she always does when i reach out and made it happen/work for me, love you lady xoxoxox

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Waterfront Hilton Wedding Celebration


We probably do a wedding every 5 years at this hotel and when this family and i sat down to get a feel for the vision/style they were wanting, i knew immediately the new ballroom in the new addition of Waterfront Hilton would be perfect.  The parents of the Groom booked me to handle a wedding reception party here in CA for their friends/family that would not be travelling to Baltimore where the traditional Indian wedding celebration was to be held a few weeks earlier (we ended up going to Baltimore and handling the grooms events/hospitality for them there also, but that’s another blog).  I have another Indian family right now i am working with on only the Groom’s events also, so maybe this is turning into a new market for me??!!

The Groom’s mom has great style and vision and I pulled the perfect team together to make it happen for them, they were so pleased.  She loved everything so much, she keeps in touch with me and 2 months ago, 2 years after we did these events, she reached out to see if i needed help as she would love to work with me on weddings.  Love it!!


We had lots of fun elements that had people oohing and aahing.  We brought a live wedding painter down from San Francisco and they were thrilled with the end result.  we started her outside and she finished the painting in the ballroom, she caught all the elements in the painting, it was awesome  We had a Taj Mahal martini luge which was popular for the drinks and as a backdrop for selfies, by Carving Ice.  We had a photo booth, my go to Viralbooth OC/Shanna works with whatever i need, always customs timing etc for me


We did a mixture of rectangle and round tables in the ballroom and even their sweetheart table had their stage behind them and because we did my favourite round dancefloor from TMMPRO with an awesome decal and he did the lighting, we had curved tables each side of B&G for their grandparents and parents which i thought was just lovely

Thanks to Joe Latter photography for the photos, wish we had of had you come to Baltimore, they would have been much happier and got what they needed with you there!!   Hair and makeup by Dolled up by Lulu’s team, Wedding cake by Sweet Traders, Music was by Amit/3 D Sounds, my fave Indian dj company, we used his huge LED screen which was great, florals by EBD Floral, Karla always listens with her heart and pours more into any event of mine than just flowers, and of course the team at Waterfront Hilton lead by Vanessa who i have known for probably 15 or more years – a true professional. xoxoxo

Till next time



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Huntington Beach & Hotel wedding

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The beach theme made its way across the street to the placecard table, driftwood and orchids, love it.  There wasn’t a memorable enhancement they weren’t up for, doves at the end of the ceremony, even on the beach, yes please.


Great shoe shot by Frank Salas, great looking shoes but not worn much that day by our lovely bride, as always!!  The pic above on the right is the surfboard martini luge which was a huge hit


Such a great time working with these two on the planning of their wedding.  They were the third referral from someone I know in Arizona, my Arizona couples love the beach and that is where the weddings are held.  During the planning a baby was even born!!  So Nick is a surfer and we had a martini luge created of a surfboard which was out on the balcony with the Pacific Ocean in the background, and Annemarie was such a great bride in trusting and going along with a lot of my thoughts on how to make their wedding look fabulous.


They sat at a great B&G table, and we had my fave, the round dancefloor in attendance.

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We mixed up the tables, rounds and rectangles, and that meant a variety of floral looks

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Behind the sweetheart table was a round room, we tried to do the first hanging cake in that room but it just did not work out, so instead had the cake sit on a great acrylic table display and created a cool sitting area.

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The wedding ceremony was originally booked at the hotel but as time went along Annemarie asked about getting married on the beach and as they were before Memorial Weekend it was able to happen and look how empty the beach is, so lucky.  Wendy Smith/my fave harpist loved the stage/platform that was made for her, and the ceremony décor was a mix of driftwood and strung orchids moving in the wind, it was really lovely

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You need to always look after the guests when doing a beach/sand wedding and the Waterfront Beach Resort were so fabulous in making everything happen and create a great station for the dry and damp cloths for our guests feet.


We had an awesome team on board for this one, Frank Salas/photographer-thanks for the ballroom pics/the beach pics are mine, Scott Cummings Music band Dirty Sugar, Design Visage for beautifying everyone and ensuring their looks withstood the ocean wind, Square Root Designs for the florals/futniture/linens-we love them so much. Carving Ice for the martini luge-it turned out even better than I had hoped.  Chiavari Chair Rentals for the ghost chairs and dancefloor, Shane Productions/video, Clint Hufft for doing a great ceremony as always, White Flite the best dove release company out there and I always do 100/most impact, and of course Vanessa and the team at the Waterfront Beach Resort.  It was great being back there again, and very exciting with their renovations and new ballrooms and ceremony space that will be on board in the next year, but I have to say, combining the beach with a room at the hotel that looks over to the beach is pretty hard to beat.

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Out & about in 2011

Well you can’t be of use to your current couples, let alone future couples, if you have no idea what else is out there, or what seems to be the ‘in’ thing etc.  So if I get an invite, I am there.  Below is a smattering of some places I was invited to events at in 2011 that I normally don’t get to do weddings at, and any comments/thought I may have.

Fairmont Newport Beach, a really nice yet I think forgotton property on MacArthur Blvd close to John Wayne Airport.

Dove Canyon Country Club, a really lovely area tucked up under the Saddleback Mountain.  A couple of hotels about 10 mins down the toll road for your guests to stay at.  If a canyon/nature backdrop that comes with a feeling of elegance and specialness is what you are looking for, this could be the spot for you.

The Waterfront Beach Resort – also in the past known as the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, still under the Hilton umbrella, just rebranding the name.  Had a couple of events to go to here this year including just recently their first every xmas tree lighting which I was honored to be part of a very small group invited to.  The girls who handle the weddings here, Vanessa and Danielle are a blast, love their jobs, brides, and having a good time.

Bella Collina Golf Club – this is a  pretty new facility that has got such a lovely italian feel to it, from the long driveway lined with the olive/cypress trees to the view from the ballroom/restaurant and the lovely ampitheatre area they have created for wedding ceremonies.  But the big secret here is, just off the main parking lot is a lovely little organic farm called Villa Romano Green farms.  They sell produce and everything is so fresh and good.  I happened to enjoy a dinner on the farms land where we were up above the golf club, sitting at vintage style tables and items that had been placed there for our dinner, with views to the ocean in the distance.  We ate fresh beautiful vegetables and meats and drank some lovely wines provided by a couple of the chefs that buy their food from Farmer John.  I see this for a never to be forgotton rehearsal dinner or a group of friends that enjoy good food, wine & views but can’t get to italy together, or a special birthday or dinner celebration.  Really inspiring and memorable.

Surf & Sand in Laguna – well this is a great hotel (had my 30th birthday on the top floor when it was a restaurant) with a pool area that looks right to the waves crashing/sand, has a lovely spa, great food in Splashes, and very popular for wedding celebrations, the only kicker here, is that the reception rooms don’t have ocean views, but the F&B minimums reflect that, so it evens out.

The Deck/Pacific Edge – I had done a wedding here at the end of 2010 and I had a feeling things were a foot, I was so right.  You can still rent out the house/deck area for a private event, but it really is now set up as a great place for cocktails/food open air looking out to the ocean, cool hip bar & funriture all on the deck.  Then the hotel rooms that connect to the ‘deck’ have been setup now so they can be rented out as loung rooms with cabanas outside or you rent the cabana for the day.  Very unique use of space, but so makes sense and I can see locals even booking a cabana for the day, hanging out on the beach, eating from the Beach house restaurant (they will bring the food & drink to you all day long), nice and comfy and a lot less than owning land along the coast.  For out of towners, if you are in town pre wedding, I see the girls hanging out in a cabana for a day/afternoon, there is a nice day spa just up the road you can utilise too or take the loungey room too and have a masseuse there all day to pamper you all.

Casa Romantica, San Clemente, a view that is hard to beat looking out to the San Clemente pier.  The Villa itself is different, you can make use of the inside or as most seem to, do the dinner/dancing in the courtyard area.  Think everything must be done by 10pm, and my only real thought here is, by the time you pay their site fee, get the caterer, rentals etc, I think you may be just under what it would cost to be at a five star like the Ritz Carlton, so then it really comes down to if this feel/look is more you and your guests and you are okay paying that much.

Was invited to an evening at a Mansion up on the hills in Yorba Linda.  As I was getting off the 91 I happened to look up and saw a blue glow on the top of the hill and wondered if that was where I was going, sure enough.  Right on the peak, surrounded by huge homes/mega homes, this massive white  mansion with a huge glass enclosed pool, an upper ballroom area with a stage, tennis courts and grounds all around that can be used for everything, ceremony thru cocktails to dinner/dancing with views to the ocean that were pretty stunning.  I happened to be in that area again last week during the day and looked up, no blue light as it was daytime, but that house is very hard to miss once you have been there, seen it or know where to look.  Amazing.

Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club & Talega Golf Club, seems to always be a couple of events a year at these properties, very calm, both offer different feel/style of events, very reasonable pricing!!!

Wyndham Orange County – as happens with all/most hotels, the catering/wedding teams change.  We are now with our 3rd lot of new people since I have been showing this hotel to couples as a potential for their budget & style, and doing weddings there.  As this industry is small it is a team I know, and in order for this behind the OC performing arts center hotel to become known, needs this team under the leadership of Terri.  It really is a gem of a hotel in a great location with a water view (may not be the ocean but it is water!!) and a nice modern/contemporary feel.  A small group of us experienced the chef’s creativity at a lovely lunch, very impressive, the service was great also.  Here you can do the cere ‘lake’ side, cocktails also, then move to an upstairs ballroom, very private and a good size for100-150 guests to have a ballroom feel but not feel like they are in a huge cave.

Planet Hollywood – fun fun.  What a great hotel, great rooms, just a cool vibe.  For your bachelorette party or even a quick honeymoon if you considered your S Ca destination wedding part honeymoon too, stop here on the way home for a whole different  feel.  Vegas is soooo great now for excellent restaurants, night clubs, shopping, shows, and of course, around the pool people watching!!

Disney’s Grand Californian hotel, had a end of year dinner there last week.  I was part of the thought process that went into the ceremony and ballroom  areas of that hotel and when it opened had my wedding office with bridal salon right there in the hotel.  I go back quite often, it doesn’t change, keeps to the plan, the different feel/atmosphere it offers to anyone in the area.  Anyway, this is the least Disney of the banquet rooms between the three hotels, excellent food, and funny to say, but after 11 years away, pretty much the same staff there both in banquets and in the wedding team, offering the service you expect from Disney.  It’s like going/being home anytime I am with those lovely folks.  Very comfy.

A small group of us co-ordinators get together each month and experience some of the newer/older restaurants in the area that are great for rehearsal or pre/post wedding events, as well as hotels or locations that are a bit more boutique feeling.  So too many of them to mention.  Yes, the seasoned girls of the OC are all friends and share info on great vendors (and unfortunately sometimes, not so good, so we warn each other in order to protect our couples), things we have seen/learned etc.  We are a great resource to each other and that in turn rubs off onto our brides.  We each have different styles and personalities and offer different  services, so very rarely do we get interviewed by the same couple, so there is no competition between us, we have come together due to our passion and love for what we do and our longevity/knowledge.  We have seen many vendors come and go, as well as co-ordinators!!  One of our group is even a guy, so he is great to calm us down when we get a little bit too passionate over a certain situation that may have come up.

And, there are places/events I went to, that I would not mention for various reasons, but none of them good.  So good thing I do get out there or your time may have been wasted also, much better to be my time.

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Add a comment December 24, 2011

June update

Here we are past the half way mark of 2010 now, wow the year seemed to be going so slowly and now it is running away.  Crazy.

Was up at the L’auberge in Beverly Hills for a luncheon, we sat rooftop and ate a scrumptious meal while looking over the Los Angeles area.  They tent part of the roof top so you can have a beautiful roof top event with a bit of everything, views, and romance.

I had a wedding for a lovely couple who I started working with late last year.  An ocean backdrop was her dream and we were able to bring her dream to a reality at the Waterfront Hilton in Huntington Beach.  They got married at the Gazebo ceremony site, then had cocktails and dinner/dancing at the Pacific Ballroom and Balcony.  Great staff/team on hand there at the hotel, and I had some of my favorite vendors working with us that day, I love it when my brides let me guide them when it comes to vendors, they really do end up with the best of best events due to the professionalism, quality, these folks offer, and I have already pre-screened them to where we know they fit within their budgets and we don;t have any nasty suprises.  Whew.  My bride also was asked if she would be interested in being in a tv wedding show, she said yes.  The show focuses on hair/makeup for the wedding day and the previews are filmed and then on the day they are filming through the getting ready hours, they cover her through her walk up the aisle and then they go away.  They are a bit intrusive in the getting ready time and require a bit of quiet during filming, but as long as you plan extra time and have nice and organised bridesmaids, then it all works out ok.  There are things to consider when you look at participating in any show, as it does make your experience very different to how it normally is, so you have to be willing to give that up.

June seemed to be a major tasting/hotel meeting month.  Always fun as we have everything pretty much detailed by that time, so once the food & beverage is picked, we just have to wait for the day to show up and see all the planning/visuals/hopes become a reality.

Had a couple of weddings at the Hyatt Huntington Beach that were fun.  One was a beautiful Indian bride marrying a football player, so a mix of cultures.  The decor was very hip/contemporary/modern.  Her colors were brown and lime green and everything matched/enhanced.

Then had another where the couple was so lucky to have mothers who helped enhance the celebration with the right elements, very upgraded linens/chairs/epod photo booths/lovely florals and great food and beverage.  A great bunch of guests who were there through the end of the event and then they still wanted to keep going, so off to the Red Chair Lounge they all went, gotta love it when they don’t want the night to end after 7 hours of celebrating!

Another favorite couple’s celebration just happened.  A lovely couple who knew each other years ago at high school, then reconnected a few years ago after their long term marriages had ended, and now here they are finally marrying each other.  We had such fun at the tasting, and then the floral and linen meeting got us really excited about how everything was going to end up looking.  They wanted all their guests to enjoy the celebration and made sure the food and beverage was great.  The couple were really into the celebration part of the event and also celebrating themselves and how happy they are, so getting to spend a good amount of time at cocktails with the guests was a priority.  What a great story they have, and so happy.  Around 180 of their family and friends were all there for the right reasons too.  So special.

Not sure what is happening this year, but I am doing my third wedding where I am orchestrating the processional and recessional at the church and handling the reception at the hotel.  Used to always be where there was a church lady, and most churches still do have them, but some churches are now having the couples find their own co-ordinators and sometimes even officiants, and just letting them do whatever they want to do but inside the church, rather than having to use a hotel or outdoor location.  The last one I did, we actually bused the guests from the hotel to the church so we knew they would all be there and on time (plus they were all from Texas and in house at the hotel so made it convenient), and then they all got back to the hotel at the same time too, made it so easy, but also relaxing for the guests to not be dealing with the S CA freeways, there was 40 guests total.  A lovely intimate group who all made the effort to come and celebrate with the couple.  Gotta love that.

That’s all I have for you now.  Till next time


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