Sharon and James were married August 1 at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel with 170 guests in attendance. James is a sports broadcaster in Bakersfield and Sharon is a lawyer in the Los Angeles area and, over countless emails and conference calls over a six month span, we planned a lovely wedding down at the Ritz.
Sharon’s colors were pale, shimmery neutral colors of sand, ice blue, silver, and cream and the flowers were lush Phalaenopsis Orchids mixed with Lisianthus, Cymbidium Orchids, Sahara Roses, Cala Lilies, Gardenias, and Ferns. The favors were a lucky penny attached to a lottery ticket with the saying “Lucky In Love” attached to the favor.
They wanted an elegant wedding with a fun party feel to the reception and James, ever the sports fan, wanted a Basketball arcade game for his buddies during the reception. Sharon had her heart set on a Photobooth and a Candy Bar, so they compromised and decided to have ALL of those things! The Basketball game and the Photobooth were set up outside of the ballroom on the terrace that overlooks the Pacific ocean, and guests were able to play and pose to the sounds of the surf crashing. When they weren’t tearing up the dance floor, of course!
Even though the Ritz was completely full and busy that day, because of the great team that we had, the wedding day was smooth, stress-free, and fabulous! I had a wonderful time working with some of my favorite vendors:
Florist Alison Franchi of Le Petit Gardenia
Photographer Asgeir Bollason of Asgeir Fotografica
DJ Nahchey Storer of Dash Entertainment
Ceremony String Quartet by Newport Music Services
Officiant Pastor Tae Kim
Videography by Buckley Videography
Basketball Game for reception by Arcade Amusements, Inc
PhotoBooth by Party Booths
Lighting by Aspect Lighting
And of course, my awesome assistants that day: Krista, Erin, and Mallika. The Ritz is so spread out and maze-like that we were running the whole day to make sure everything happened correctly. As per usual, we have to “test” the Photobooth at some point!