The Waterfront Hilton

November 30, 2008

Ruta and Sean’s wedding ceremony took place at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Newport Beach with the cocktail hour and reception close by at The Waterfront Hilton, in Huntington Beach. Their color scheme was dominated by white, interspersed with touches of brown and red.

ruta-juostasThe bride is Lithuanian and it was very important for her to incorporate family cultural traditions throughout the course of the reception. As the bridal party and newlyweds entered the reception area, they were greeted by close friends holding an archway of Lithuanian woven sashes (the same sashes which are also used on their traditional dancing costumes). First the bridal party walked under the sashes, followed by the bride and groom. The wedding couple were then met by their parents holding a plate with a slice of bread (symbolizing work), a pinch of salt (symbolizing tears) and a glass of wine (symbolizing joy) ; the three elements of life. The newlyweds broke off a piece of bread, dipped it in the salt, took a bite and then followed it with a sip of wine. This ceremony symbolized the sharing of the sweet and sorrowful times of life together.

picture1After dinner, Ruta’s Lithuanian girlfriend’s danced Sadute, a wedding dance which is performed as a farewell to the bride in her honor. The second dance was Rezginele, signifying hope for a bright and happy future, whereby the newlywed’s hands were bound with sashes, symbolizing their togetherness.

Following the cultural events, Ruta and Sean’s guests danced the night away with music from the Blue’s Racket (The Dancing with the Stars Band). The evening concluded with a traditional wedding cake and a Lithuanian Wedding Cake, Raguolis.

Here are some more highlights from their beautiful wedding.


Church: Our Lady Queen of Angels

Reception: The Waterfront Hilton,HH,hubwh,WeddingsB

Band: The Blue’s Racket

Elegant Design Linens: Chair Covers

Hair and Makeup: Kiera

Cake: Tomgirl Baking

Jackie Combs Floral Design

Photographer: Sloan Gallipo of

Wedding and bridesmaid’s dresses: Jinny’s Bridal


How to personalize your wedding or event (Part 1)

November 18, 2008
Working in the event industry I come across many new and creative ideas that I would love to share with you. Throughout the course of my blog I will be sharing ideas with you that will help you personalize your wedding or event.

Lighting adds so much glamor and ambiance to an event. It can take the most simplistic event and turn it into to an enchanting affair.

Here are some ways to personalize your wedding or event with lighting.

Pin Spots: A pin spot is a light, focused very tightly on a small area, that can project a straight beam up to 100 feet. It can provide lighting for tabletops, cake tables and props.

Gobos: “A gobo is a template or pattern cut into a circular plate used to create patterns of projected light”. Wikipedia They come in all sorts of patterns, leaves, water ripples, window frames, not to mention your own custom designs. The gobo image becomes enlarged when it is thrown onto a wall, ceiling or dance floor.

Uplights: The lights are pointed UP so the corresponding beams of light highlight the wall and shoot towards the ceiling. The effect can be quite dramatic and can help define a space and add color and dimension to an area. These lights can be one color or interchangeable throughout your span of your event. For example, you can begin your reception with a purple uplight. During the meal change it to blue and during your dancing change it to red. Or the lighting can continuously change throughout the night.

Lanterns and bulbs: These can be strung from lights above your ceremony and or reception. They provide a beautiful atmosphere to any wedding or event.

Lightened tables/benches: They are battery powered, radio controlled, LED lighting units that create limitless options such as: changing colors, rotating between different colors and mixing colors. They can also produce a variety of cool lighting effects in standard or custom designs.


From top left to right: Custom Gobo on the wall, Custom Gobo on the dance floor,  Strung Lanterns, Uplighting, Custom ceiling gobo, Pin spot on centerpieces, Colorful lanterns,  Lightened lounge furniture

Luna Bazaar’s 25% off Sale

November 12, 2008

In need of umbrellas, lanterns, and candles to accessorize your wedding or event? Well look no further… Luna Bazaar is having a 25% off sale, on all of their merchandise. Check them out online at: and enter in this discount code (25ALL), when you check out. I love their selection and I’m sure you will too.

Here are some of my favorite items:


The Enchanted Sea Cottage

November 4, 2008

Nancy and Greg met while vacationing in Mexico during Spring break. So, it only made sense that they married in a beautiful private home overlooking the beach in Malibu, California.

Their ceremony and reception took place in the expansive grounds of the home, with a breathtaking view of the ocean. Since the ceremony and reception took place in the same location, all of the staff quickly transformed the ceremonial site into a beautiful reception area. We pulled it off with flying colors. 🙂

Nancy and her bridesmaids were extremely “diy”. They showed off their talents creating table numbers, escort cards, ceremony programs, including making all of the floral arrangements for the wedding. (I had a small hand in helping with the bouquets) Everything turned out really great!

Here I am meeting the flower girls right before they perform their important role; throwing petals down the aisle. At this moment I bribed (terrible… I know) all of the wee ones telling them that if they tossed all of the petals when they walked down the aisle, there would be a pack of soap bubbles waiting for them on their seats. And as you can see from the picture above; it totally worked! And most importantly, all were happy and that’s all that mattered!

I wish Nancy and Greg all the happiness in life together!

Venue: Enchanted Sea Cottage

Photographer: Bobi Monroe

Linens: Elegant Design Linens

Rentals: Smart Party Rents

Officiant: Judy Burke (562)-715-5842

Catering: Contemporary Catering

Of course my fabulous assistants: Laura, Maribel and Victoria