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Elopement Monarch Beach Resort (now Waldorf Astoria)

……..and then elopements became a thing in 2020. Can’t blame the couples, for some changing dates 2-4 times, dealing with guests who were overwhelming them with questions they could not answer, stress, stress, stress, so instead, have just the two of you, make it special, and really, isn’t that what it should be!!

There were more of us than them, lol, Wendy/Harpist, Frank Salas Photographer, Kevin/Luxury Lifestyle Studio for the video, Jeffrey Alan Holmes/Officiating, Bouquet/bout by Elegant by Design, me, and Eileen and the F&B Director from the hotel, as in June when these weddings were happening there was no such thing as banquet staff scheduled.

They had a lovely ceremony, i helped the bride finish dressing after Design Visage finished her hair and makeup, then drove her down to the ceremony in my car. After a lovely ceremony at Botanical Lawn, Frank took them for a walk through the hotel grounds/staircases getting great pics, and they ended up at a sunset view table at Bourbon Steak House for a delicious dinner, then off to their suite where they had a lovely few nights. Sounds just perfect, right!!! After the wedding the groom had me go back and use a compass to get the exact spot they were standing at so he could have them inscribed on a bracelet he was going to gift her!! Let’s all say awwwwwwww

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Add a comment January 16, 2021

Monarch Beach Wedding Reception

Thought I had blogged this one 3 years ago, but guess i did not because here it sits in draft!!!  Oh no.  So here we go…. Aida and Samir, what sweet sweet souls they are.  He is actually a DR on the front line in NY right now during coronavirus, so thank you xoxox  Since the wedding Aida and i communicate via Instagram DMs it seems daily, lol, and i have watched them get pregnant, have a doll of a daughter, and in fact while i was typing this she DMd me that they were supposed to be in New Zealand right now on vacation, Oh well, you will get there and it will be worth the wait for sure.

The groom’s sister was very helpful in the planning as she had been married not too long prior and the groom’s parents were just lovely.  The brides family all flew in from London and there is so much love in that family, her younger brother, like 12 years old was a riot during the reception, and guests came from all around the world.

There was no ceremony, this was the big party/celebration and it was all outdoors on the Botanical Lawn at Monarch Beach Resort.  There was a bit of a breeze before the party started but it calmed down before we started cocktails inside Club 19 and was perfect when everyone was out in the open tent for dinner/dancing.  Mix of photos from me and John Woods Photographer here sorry, but wanted you to see all the angles/views, it really was a lovely end result.  EBD did all the florals and Persiano provided all the rentals.

As always thanks to our friends at MBR both in the office and on the ground on the day of, we can’t do a thing without you, so thanks for being a great team to play with xoxox

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Add a comment April 9, 2020

Monarch Beach Resort wedding

I loved Dan and Lisa, still do as we chat via Instagram, lol, for many reasons.  A) they are just fun and it was all about the bar at their wedding, B) they happen to work for a medical group of Drs, that i did 2 daughters of one of the head of the group and i did another Doctor’s wedding about 15 years ago and his sister, and none of them knew any of this about me and them until this wedding when it all came together, and they were there on the day, small world right!!

We had the ceremony at Botanical Garden (did you know i did the first ever wedding there, 17 years ago), cocktails on Botanical Lawn with a beautiful view over the golf course/water features out to the Pacific Ocean in the distance which we ended after sunset so the guests could enjoy and get all the selfies they wanted/needed, and then to the dining patio at Club 19 and we created a club feel inside Club 19 for the dancing/socializing portion of the celebration after dinner.  Someone very special to them was a part of the ceremony, their fur baby Gizmo, he and i chat via Instagram too, as he has his own handle!! lol

We built a great vendor team, Sarah Mack was the photographer (but i think all the photos above are mine for some reason??), Paul Uhlar officiated-great voice, Design Visage did the hair/makeup needed, Karen’s flowers did the florals (no Instagram or website) Jeff/Moondance Mobile music provided what we needed in all areas-love working with him, Viralbooth OC was a hit in the club party room, and TMMPRO provided the chiavaris, glossy dancefloor, benches, lighting.  And of course the team at MBR always a joy to be there with them xoxoxo

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Add a comment April 7, 2020

Monarch Beach Resort fab wedding

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Oh how I enjoyed working with these two.  A surgeon and a designer, great style and taste.

We pulled together the perfect vendor team for them, Frank Salas/photo (thanks for the photos here), Elegant by Design floral/Karla and her awesome team, Albert/dj, linens by Luxe and the blue by Wildflower – actually custom made for them as it was a certain shade of blue they wanted, TMMPRO for the acrylic chivaris, and to Classic Party Rentals for the china used for the fabulous luncheon the guests got to enjoy, and last but by no means least, Laura and the team at the Monarch Beach Resort, love love working with you all and have done so for the past 15 years, its an honor to share with you seeing couples dream weddings become a reality

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When you drop the guest list a bit, you can get really creative with this space.  I really love the touches that have been added since the re-invention of this wonderful resort (formerly the St Regis)

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We do love us a hanging cake.  I did the first one here at Club 19 and love it when my couples want to have one too.

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This couple actually ‘tied the know’ during the ceremony, check my instagram out from Oct and you will see what I am talking about.

They are back in Texas now but I know that over xmas tables and new year celebrations, their family and friends are going to be talking about that awesome wedding they came to here in S CA.

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