Four Seasons Santa Barbara – I Do









When Kelly hired me to plan her wedding I was delighted. I planned her sister’s wedding nine years ago and I was thrilled to work with this wonderful family again. Kelly and Conor said their vows at the historic Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Montecito. Their reception was held on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara. We chartered Santa Barbara trolleys to transport the guests. Cocktails were held on a terrace overlooking the Pacific. Lunch was a multi course feast followed by dancing and many fun surprises. After choosing custom sandals and Pashminas guests crossed to Butterfly Beach to watch this fun couple ride into the waves on paddle boards. This had much significance as Conor and Kelly were on paddle boards when Conor proposed.

Photos taken by Amy and Stuart (www.amyandstuart.com). Flowers by S R Hogue (www.srhogue.com)

Ojai Wedding








I recently had the pleasure of planning a lovely wedding at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Amy and Sam were a wonderful couple to work with. They got married in the intimate Hacienda Courtyard. The Rabbi who flew in from New York had married Sam’s parents 45 years ago. Cocktails were served in the Herb Garden amidst the flowing bougainvilleas. A garden displayed hand selected plants and seating cards printed on garden stakes. We built a custom tent for the reception. The clear tent enhanced the beauty of the mountains and trees. Rather than using lanterns from the ceiling of the tent we built custom centerpieces with lighting incorporated into the flowers. The wedding featured many personal touches that reflected this incredible couple’s style. Isabel and Lawrence (
www.isabellawrence.com) photographed this beautiful three day wedding.

A Colorful Seaside Wedding







Indian weddings are delightful to plan. The vibrant color of the decor, eclectic foods, wonderful tradition and gorgeous Saris… This wedding was no exception. The wedding was held on a rooftop of a wonderful private building in Santa Monica. This wedding was both traditional and unique . We worked with Hidden Garden – www.hiddengardenflowers.com – to incorporate dramatic and vivid color.

The afternoon began with the groom riding in a car (no, not an elephant) decorated with flowers down Ocean Avenue. The guests marched around Santa Monica with a drummer in tow. He then met his bride in a ceremonious exchange. There were two separate marriage ceremonies.
The Indian ceremony was officiated by a Hindu Priest whose two daughters interpreted. Sitar players strummed in the background as this colorful and traditional ceremony took place.
After the first ceremony a Spanish guitar trio began to play and guests were served Lassi (an Indian drink made from sweet yogurt) and offered tray passed appetizers. The bride changed from her traditional Sari into her Monique Lhuillier gown. A friend of the couple officiated this Spiritual ceremony. After the second ceremony guests enjoyed the music on an outdoor terrace before the multi course dinner was served. An introduction of the families, heartfelt toasts and much dancing followed. In honor of the ocean just steps away guests took home chocolate Sea Turtles (hand crafted by Lee Gelfond – www.leegelfondchocolate.com) with a note that a donation had been given in each guests’ name to Heal the Bay.

All photography by the talented James Johnson – www.jamesjohnsonphotography.com

ROARING 20’s PARTY





Theme parties can be so much fun. My client wanted a very special celebration for her 30th birthday. We took over a two story town home at The Sunset Tower Hotel as well as their lovely lounge adjacent to the pool.


The party was small in size – fifteen of the birthday girl’s closest friends but no detail was overlooked. Guests were asked to dress in attire from that era and a wonderful stylist I work with -Vickie Adamson – http://www.signaturestylist.com/ created custom headpieces and boas for all of the women. Guests were given personalized hip flasks upon arrival as well as stylish cigarette holders. From the drinks served in porcelain tea cups (to hide the alcohol) to the black and white flicks playing on the screen to the bottles of gin in the tub – guests knew this would be a very special evening.

A highlight of the evening was a “raid” featuring authentic Keystone Cops who busted in to the party. Just before dessert and cake were served – a masterpiece by Rosebud Cakes – http://www.rosebudcakes.com/ – I brought in dance teachers to teach guests the Charleston. This intimate event proves that you do not need a large guest list to throw a memorable party.

Photos taken by the creative Cindy Gold of Gold Wong Photo.

Celebrate!

There is always a reason to celebrate.

LUNCHEON
The top photo is a luncheon at the Beverly Hills home of a wonderful client of mine. I have been planning her family weddings and parties for twelve years. She wanted lots of vibrant color – it was dramatic but still tasteful and warm. The Hidden Garden – did an amazing job (as always) with the flowers.
The middle photo is a colorful tent for a cocktail hour in my client’s back yard. Guests went into the home for dinner and were greeted with more subtle colors. What a fun way to begin an evening.
I love bringing indoor furniture outside and creating inviting spaces.
BABY SHOWER
The third photo is a lovely baby shower for a client in the Hollywood Hills. Always helpful when you know if the baby is a boy or a girl! The Hidden Garden hand painted these adorable pink and white boxes.

Location Location Location

From The White Elephant in Nantucket to One&Only Palmilla in Cabo

A few of my favorite locations for parties and weddings… I promise more will follow.
Choosing a location is one of the most important decisions you will make so make sure to choose carefully and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Top to bottom
The White Elephant – Nantucket, Massachusetts
Four Seasons Biltmore – Santa Barbara, California
Stone Manor – Malibu, California
Ojai Valley Inn and Spa – Ojai, California
Shutters on the Beach – Santa Monica, California
One&Only Palmilla – Los Cabos

A Lovely Adamson House Wedding




A few photos from an Adamson House Wedding that took place this summer. This is one of the most beautiful locations in Southern California as weddings take place right at the beach. We incorporated the bride’s favorite colors – pink and purple into the flowers. The bride is vegan and the wedding was green and 100% vegan – even the cake had no eggs. Guests never missed the meat!

My First Blog!


Welcome! I am excited to write my first blog. Here is a photo from the last wedding I coordinated. It was a lovely Indian wedding on a rooftop in Santa Monica overlooking the sea. Guests were wowed by vibrant colors in this elaborate aisle.