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Pelican Hill Resort, Intimate Indian Wedding

Yi yi yi. March last year as we started to pull at the final touches to this couples wedding, they said to me, are we going to be ok on our date? I said to them, oh this stay at home we are going into in 4 days will be done in 2-3 weeks and you will be fine. Little did we know eh, a year later nearly in March and I am getting those questions now for 2021 brides that already moved 1-2 times!!

So as we know it wasn’t ok, this couple moved their date two times in 2020, and then their hotel closed on them (still not open) and all monies were refunded. We are just going to the courthouse the groom said to me. I said, take a couple of days and think it over, it is your wedding day and whatever is done will be that memory, you have vendors that are paid we can look at other options. It won’t be your large Indian traditional celebration, but we can make it special/memorable. Well kudos to us/them for taking that time and for the Universe looking after them, we got to do their very intimate ceremony with the traditional mandap/Priest at one of the most beautiful prestigious wedding venues in the OC. Beautiful. And as the groom said to me at the end as they were leaving, this may just have turned out better and more meaningful/special than the original plan. Yes Nikhil yes, i believe it totally did.

Thanks to Kismit Designs for the floral/decor.

Goodnight till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment February 16, 2021

Hyatt HB Indian Wedding

    

This blog will give you a good feel for the special moments/elements of a wedding day celebration, thanks to Andrew Kwak Photo for the pics.  Hair and makeup was a collaboration between Drea and Lulu, Daisy the horse was there of course, and Sound Nation/Raj kept things going from the baraat with the dohl player through to the end of the evening dinner/dance.  Thanks to our friends at Hyatt HB as always too xoxo

     

the pics above are when the bride and groom leave after the ceremony (normally done around 11am so it is done by noon) and luncheon to follow, for the grooms family home.  The vehicle they leave in varies, i have had everything from luxury car as above to helicopter to yachts!!  It’s a really emotional time for the bride and her parents and family because life as they knew it with her at home/in the family will now be different/change.  The good news is, on this day, they make it back in time to get ready for the dinner/dance celebration, yayyyyy

         

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment April 20, 2020

Hyatt HB – Indian Wedding

So this was the second child of this family that I was honored to do a wedding for.  The funny thing is I was at the Hyatt HB doing a wedding when they were doing their site visits with hotels and bumped into me and said, we think we will do it here and look here you are, lol.

We did the ceremony on the CA Courtyard Lawn which with the canopies and guest count pretty much maxed the lawn out, but it worked.  Then cocktails were held on Huntington Ballroom balcony, then into Huntington Ballroom we went.

A wee room by the catering office is the perfect spot for the bride to watch the baraat from.  Raj came in on Daisy the horse who we use a lot.

 

My fave Indian Priest/officiant Shukavek officiated and as always did a great job.

We draped the service wall of the ballroom, it makes such a difference, and they loved the round dancefloor when i mentioned it, so we added that in too.

 

Special Occasions handled the baraat and all music/mceeing and kept the dancefloor full as you can see.  Thanks to Matei for some of the pics above and some are mine.  Thanks to the Hyatt HB as always for helping me get things done!! xoxo

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment April 12, 2020

Our first wedding at Pasea

I was going to be on an anniversary trip to Europe, in fact in Ravello/Amalfi Coast when Nisha’s 2 day wedding event we were handling was going to happen, so Nicole took over and oversaw both days events, but as we know Nicole gets busy and doesn’t take pics for me, lol, and when i looked back through the photographers photos, the detail pics i would have loved were not taken it seems, so i don’t have any of the ceremony area without people or any ballroom pics without people, not sure what happened!!  But anyway I digress, Nicole and i had a great final detail meeting with Nisha at the hotel where there may or may not have been champagne enjoyed, hmmmm??!! lol

The sangeet was held the night prior at the Newland Barn in Huntington Beach, a really neat venue that worked out well, and the wedding day was the first wedding we had done at Pasea which had opened just recently.  The driveway of the hotel was perfect for the baraat and our groom came in on a red mustang.  They liked color as you can see from the ceremony guest canopies and the B&G stage in the ballroom.  Wish i had more pics to share.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment April 10, 2020

Indian Wedding, Temple ceremony & Hotel Reception

So we had Jas and Lucky’s wedding in two locations over two days.  Teri was actually going to do both days as I was in Australia, but as fate steps in my return flight got changed on me bringing me home a day early, so I was able to jump in and be there on the Temple Ceremony day. Jas came in on a horse for the baraat and they exited the day in a  helicopter, inbetween lunch was served in the tent that was put up.

Frank Salas Photography (www.franksalas.com)

Frank Salas Photography (www.franksalas.com)

The next day their wedding reception was at the Bayfront Hilton in San Diego, we have done a few Indian weddings here now, as they have a great infrastructure, plenty of banquet space and different areas so for multi day and events the guests get to experience different views/atmospheres, and lots of hotel rooms so that means they are more willing to give great room rates for the guests staying.

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Our groom was really into the design/look of the ballroom, the variety of centerpieces and table looks.  Our friends at Square Root did an awesome job with the ballroom, floral/linens/dancefloor/decal, and TMMPRO draped the room and provided the chivaris and we had Chivari Chair Rentals come and cover the seat cushions as we wanted silver not the normal white or ivory.  We had our friend Sandeep both days handling the music, we love him.  As you can tell by the photos we were working both days with our good friend and awesome photographer Frank Salas, Robles Video who has created a real niche in the Indian market were up bright and early both days (Friday was around 3am!!).  Dolled up by Lulu did the beautification both days of the ladies.  The team at Hilton Bayfront headed by Lisa Gossman were fabulous as always.

We bought Karla from Elegant by Design in for the Friday event at the Temple, she created the focal wall/picture backdrop area and had to redo the dining table two times when we changed the linens from breakfast to lunch, go EBD

Till next week

Lisa

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Add a comment April 2, 2017

Indian wedding celebration-Hyatt Long Beach

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Lovely Archana, she booked me after I had done one of her friends weddings (which was part of a reality tv show), with both of them being from Houston, TX.  80% of my couples do not live in CA but choose to get married here, why would that be you ask …..

that’s due to wanting to plan an outdoor wedding anytime you want during the year where it’s not too hot or too cold and chances of rain are slim,  the Pacific Ocean can be your backdrop, and what other location in the USA is a place guests are happy to spend their money to come and see you get married and probably have a vacation at the same time.  Make sense??

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This post is going to be different to my normal ones as its a smattering of pics that were taken over the two day celebration and as well as the normal ceremony/reception room pics that we or the photographer took, John of Greycard Photo took some really great pics of the bride and groom and they caught my eye.  Above is the round mandap (my Indian brides tend to not be totally traditional, they like to add their own touch or edge) beautifully done by Shawna Yamamoto and team (I remember when one of my brides from about 5 years ago found Shawna, I had not heard of her at that time, and my bride said, she is up and coming Lisa, she is going to be big, and boy was she right!!!) and in the pics below you will see more of their work.  The picture on the right is the milni, where the brides family greet the groom to the ceremony area, at the end of the baraat, its a lovely tradition.

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This is my first wedding where the swing was incorporated into the ceremony, love new aspects and their reasons, see our horse departing after the baraat.  The middle shot was our couple in their ballroom which was very bling bling and was so pretty.  The end pic shows some round tables (and the new carpet in the ballroom) you will see more pics with the rectangle tables below.

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We loved these tall centerpieces, very florally chandelier feeling and bling bling.

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For the sangeet the night prior we went totally different in color palette and had a mendi area that Yamamoto created, turned out fabulously

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The view the groom had as everyone came down the aisle towards him.  As indian weddings are so long most Indian brides are now providing the shade canopies which is a great thing and keeps more people in their seats during the cere, rather than seeking shade elsewhere.

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The sangeet was a south beach/Miami type vibe/colors

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The colors look so great in these pics above

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In the cocktail area of the sangeet the hotel has some wall dividers that had vases etc on it, our bride asked if they would take those down and we could put the gifty items for the guests there, kind of like a gifting station.  Very colorful and ended up being décor as well as a useful area.   Don’t even know where that bridge was, but glad John did!!

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The hotel building is a really cool backdrop and both of these pics work, the close up and the more faraway one, the coloring is awesome

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The ocean restaurant area lit up at night was a great backdrop, and the pic on the left was done on just a walkway but how cool is it!!  Just goes to show, if your photographer is creative/looks at everything and anything as a backdrop you can get great shots without having to go far

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No idea where this archy thing is, but again, pleased John found it.  Then loved the shot from above with the girls sari’s spread out like that – so creative and just on a plain old floor!

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Different tablescapes

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Great example above of the same table but with the different lighting that was used during the event

 

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From the front top of the headtable to the dancefloor, note the reflection of the ceiling lighting, it all created a bling bling look/feel

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We just loved the end result of the floral chandelier centerpiece.

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First dance at the wedding reception and guys dancing at the sangeet the night before.

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Love the reflection of the hotel in the water that surrounds the hotel

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There’s our friend Oscar that most of our Indian brides use for their hair/makeup and dressing.  We absolutely love him.  In fact at one wedding, Teri was up in the room with Oscar and the bride, he did her makeup too, lol

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Watching the baraat.  We love it when there is a spot bride can watch from but not be seen.

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Great detail pics of our bride Archana

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This hotel has such a great walkway for the baraat, scenic and doesn’t get in the way of anyone/thing, unlike when valet areas are being partly used etc.

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Back to the brides mom and the groom at the milni, and a good pic of the swing.  The pic on the far right is our bride’s dad who has passed.

Teri and I both orchestrated the sangeet and wedding ceremony, then I had to leave once I got Archana up the aisle (I was never supposed to be there on the saturday wedding event but due to the beauty of an early morning ceremony I could, yay) to head to the wedding I was doing later that day (was so pleased I got to see everything come together after all the planning, but was really hard when as I sent her off and hugged her, Archana said to me, don’t go/please don’t go! ), Teri and the team did a great job and kept me in the loop for the rest of the day on how well everything was going and looking.

Great vendor group on this one, our friend Sandeep Kumar who runs a great baraat and is so easy/great to work with for sangeets and wedding receptions, we get to see him a few times a year and it makes us so happy, others mentioned above, and to the team at the Hyatt Long Beach, Melissa was a joy to work with and could not have done more for all of us to make things work out so well.

Till next time

Lisa

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Add a comment February 3, 2017

Bella Collina wedding reception

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Armaan and Shawn had a multi day event but we just handled the one day with them.  We started at the Sikh temple for a ceremony, then the guests had a nice break to relax/get ready for the evening event which was held at Bella Collina Golf Club in San Clemente.  They had cocktails while overlooking the golf greens and the hills surrounding, its such a beautiful view, and then in the dining room we had a mix of long and round tables for guests.

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I helped them pull their vendor team together for all events, even though we were only physically present on the one day.  I handled the ceremony at the Temple and Teri handled the event at Bella Collina.  Jim Kennedy/photographer, Robles Video/so fun to see you a few times in a couple of months, my awesome Oscar who does such a beautiful job for hair and makeup for my beautiful Indian brides, and not that you can see it, but Matthew of OCAVS did a great lighting job at Bella Collina.  Pics above courtesy of me and Teri!! lol

Then I got to see all the aunties and relatives and bride/groom at another wedding a few weeks later, love it!!

Till tomorrow

Lisa

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Indian wedding – San Diego

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Can’t believe this wedding was nearly a year ago, thanksgiving weekend 2014!!  Boy time goes fast.

I really enjoyed helping Ragini and her dad pull their 2 day celebration together.  We started off with priorities, they were slightly different, they were considering here in OC/LA counties, San Diego County or Houston.  So after many phone chats, emails full of locations for them to consider, Houston was nearly a go and last minute San Diego pulled through.  I had done an Indian wedding at the San Diego Bayfront HIlton before, lots of space to do the various events in different areas and space for animals or whatever the groom may want to come in on (as you can see below my groom chose to come in in a Viper he ‘loaned’ for the occasion).  Since my last wedding there they had created a new ceremony site which is just lovely, and believe it or not totally fed into a key item for the bride, she wanted her ceremony in the round.  We had a few floral design meetings and Ragini was not looking for a traditional mandap at all. While brainstorming one day, hanging crystals came to mind, and we ran with it.  Ghost chairs of course matched that look/feel and look great at the ceremony, the sad thing is with my ballroom pics they really are ghosts you can’t see them but they are there!!! lol  Our colors for the ceremony were brighter/light blue/crystals/white.  We had 4 aisles/runners, and 1 aisle was decored as the main aisle.  Of course there was ocean glistening in the background and a beautiful blue sky to go with

Cocktails pre dinner/dance was held on a huge balcony that had great views over the harbor to Coronado Island and with all the traffic moving on the harbor and the lights of Coronado gave the guests lots of entertainment during cocktails.

Ragini was totally in charge of the cake design and it turned out fabulous.

We really played with the layout of the dining room, using a variety of table shapes and then three different types of centerpieces, black/red/silver were incorporated in all of them.  My groom loved the idea of a martini luge, so you will spot that below, an art deco looking piece

There are some pictures at the bottom that are of the Sangeet, that the grooms sister pulled together.  It was at the aero space museum in Balboa Park, my last wedding down there we did the Sangeet at the sport museum, so plenty of variety for whatever you want/need to make a statement for your pre wedding events.  We did lots of color for the florals and I loved the white vases that were used that really allowed the flowers to stand out as there was a lot going on from the ceiling in that location.

I knew Flowers by Cina was the right florist to match them with, and Melissa came through fabulously for both events.  Monico Décor handled the dancefloor and some furniture we had in the ballroom.  Chiavari Chair Rentals handled the ghost chairs and after we used them for the ceremony moved them to the ballroom for dinner.  The team at the Hilton was great to work with.  Of course most of the guests were staying at the hotel and its always so great for the energy of the celebrations and getting to know/see familiar faces over the course of a few days.  One of my fave Indian djs handled the sangeet but he was not available for the wedding night, but we ended up with a great party that kept extending on the wedding night.

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Till next time

Lisa

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