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Real Wedding: Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel

By | Blush and Pink Wedding, Juice Box Media, Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, Wedding Decor, Wedding Design, wedding flowers, Wedding Planner | No Comments

Some time ago, my father attended a national banker’s conference at Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel; his job at the time was managing and implementing such conferences for his own employer, and his company was going to implement the next year’s national conference, so his attendance was part preparation as well. For me, it was an opportunity to check out this incredible property.
Fate, via a dear former client who referred us, brought me to work with a couple last May for their Ritz wedding.  They were a joy to work with, as was a particular catering manager who was assigned to us and worked hard to make sure they had a smooth planning process.  The look, brought to life by Doily Design Haus, was full of blush, golds, and creams, and was simply stunning in the room.   It’s been a year now since the wedding and I still remember it fondly, as it took me back to a venue that so impressed me years ago.



Photography – Studio Purdy

Florals:  Doily Design Haus

Cookies: Sugar Babies Cupcakery

Videography: Juice Box Media

Chuppah:  Happy Chuppah

Chiavari chairs and Dance Floor:  Chiavari Chairs 4 Rent

Cake, Food, and Venue:  Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel

DJ and Lighting:  Soundwave













Real Wedding: Moroccan touches at Cliff’s Edge

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Collaboration is the key to cohesive, personalized design for every client’s wedding. For this beautiful celebration last October, our couple provided us Buddha statues, lanterns, and handmade runners and we provided the floral decor and a few other cool touches.  Guests were delighted by the spiritual, zen elements that went so well with the lush, hideaway atmosphere of the restaurant Cliff’s Edge.  Photos by Jenna Rose Photography.

Other awesome vendors:

Cake: Auntie Ems

DJ: Jack from VOX DJS













Real Wedding: Latin Speakeasy at SmogShoppe

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When asking wedding couples their theme, the idea is not to come up with something cartoonish or kids-party-esque, but to have a springboard into a sophisticated aesthetic and influence over the food, beverage, and music.  With this recent SmogShoppe wedding, the theme was Latin Speakeasy.  The decor of rich reds and lush greenery, a tequila bar, and touches of charm such as Spanish signage and a DIY boutonierre bar for guests fulfilled the couples’ vision of a playful yet classy ambiance.

We assisted in helping find a great food and beverage vendor (Rasta Taco/Huntington Catering Company), sourcing design details such as signage and escort cards (The Apothecary Bee) and dessert + greeting tables, and provided florals as well. Our bride was a so clever at finding perfect touches online and elsewhere, including vintage postcards and gold votive candles.  We also sourced trays and materials for the greeting table and dessert table, including hand stenciling and distressing wood crates for a customized accent.

The fabulous photos below are by Juan Turcios.  The rest of the team included the phenomenal DJ Marion Hodges of KCRW, Cake Monkey for awesome desserts, and StageLabs for the lighting.


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One Table, Two Ways: Event Design Options

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One of the most fun aspects of wedding planning is creating the overall look of your event design. It can be a little overwhelming too, due to all the many, many options out there- so many inspiration photos, blogs, Pinterest boards! The key thing to remember is that your desired look has an affect on your budget, too.


In this styled shoot, our inspiration began with the Lismore Gardens print linen from Luxe Linens. (By the way, the photos are by one of our favorite vendors, Jillian Rose Photography.) You don’t see prints used a lot in weddings, but here’s a great trick about them: They add more visual elements for the eye to look at, thus, the tables feel more populated; thus – you may not need as much decor as with a plain linen. And they’re just cool, unique, and playful.

napkin with gemFor one version of this tablescape, we created floral pieces overflowing with roses and eucalyptus, votives, and bejewelled napkins.

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Another version has lanterns along the center of the tables. The lanterns have a faux-worn, vintage feel, with a cream color that melds well with the overall design. The florals on the table are now bud vases. The cost differential in this case, swapping out the lanterns for the larger floral pieces, can be substantial, yet the lanterns add visual interest, a focal point down the center of the table, and can be used at your home after the wedding or re-sold online.

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This is just one example of how playing with options can help you meet your spending goals without a sacrifice on style. We go through this process all the time with clients as design can spiral wildly beyond the original vision, but with careful thought and research, the integrity of the event can be maintained without blowing your budget.



Grazing Tables for Weddings

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I am fortunate enough to work with a variety of cultures.  Many of them are focused on displays of abundance – to graciously offer delicious food and thus show hospitality to their guests.

My take on this is what is known as a Grazing Table.  I played with some ideas based on this ‘greige’ colored tablecloth by Luxe Linen, which triggered a design of earthy foods like nuts and whole fruit, classic crisp colors, and vintage serveware (crystal cut bowls, slightly tarnished silver pieces).  Our florals featured white hydrangeas and drapes of seeded eucalyptus, as well as sweet bud vases with vendella and sahara roses. (Photos kindly provided by the awesome Jillian Rose Kling of Jillian Rose Photography.)

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Not only does a beautifully styled table of food serve as a conversation starter, it also absorbs alcohol throughout the night (!) and offers a chance to display heirloom serveware, utilize a design theme, or otherwise show off your personality.

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Food can be customized to the couples’ taste or season – tea biscuits and pastries for a bride who loves to take her tea every afternoon, or perhaps luscious whole fruits and spa water for a summer wedding.

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When planning the table, it’s best to ensure your caterer handles the setup and refilling for health and safety purposes. Cheese and meats can only be set out for so long; these may be ideal for the cocktail hour, and then switched out for more temperature-stable foods for the rest of the night.

Regardless of what you do, grazing tables are another great opportunity for brides and grooms to show off their style, and please their guests. For more ideas about design, style, and wedding planning, sign up for our monthly newsletter here.  Happy planning!