2018 Wedding Year In Review
2018 was huge for Michelle Isabel & Co traveling up and down California planning and producing events in the most beautiful places. It’s the last year that we’ll be taking on many events- we’ve decided to only take 12 contracts in 2019. It was a hard decision but we feel that our clients deserve our undivided attention. After all, our clients hire us because they need guidance and because they lack time due to their demanding careers. It wouldn’t make sense to hire someone who is just as busy.
We kicked off the year in San Diego at Luce Loft for Jessica and Cody’s wedding. It was a spectacular day. Jess is a designer so every detail reflected their unique story. Jess even designed a logo that combined their initials and had them engraved on coconuts and event had tattoos made which their guests had so much fun playing with. They are now expecting a little coming in the Spring of 2019. AMAZING!! Oh, did I mention that this wedding got featured in print at Exquisite Magazines. This was a huge win as Michelle Isabel & Co has never been in print (yay)!
May was a BIG month for us. We had three events that month, which is rare as we’ll normally take no more than 2 events a month. We started May off with Malak and Matthews wedding in Temecula at Avensole Winery. The bride designed it so perfectly and Mat was responsible for choosing the beautiful purple present throughout their entire design. Malak wanted a wedding in wine country but didn’t want your typical rustic, shabby chic look you often see in Temecula so she opted for the newest and freshest venue in Temecula.
About mid May we were in Newport at the Balboa Bay Resort for Lauren and Christian’s wedding where they married alongside the stunning harbor home to luxury yachts. Led by the mariachi band, guests headed to cocktail hour by the sea and then headed indoors for the reception and dancing. It was definitely a night to remember with late night snacks, a donut wall and dulce de leche desserts. Plus their two fur babies Ollie and Zito joined them for their nuptials. We helped Lauren and Christian plan all the way from Chicago where they currently live in their new condo (yay!).
We wrapped up the month of May with Linda and Mat’s wedding in Cherry Valley at the Highland Springs Ranch & Inn. Both from LA, Linda and Mat wanted to give their guests a place to retreat from the hustle and bustle that is life in LA. HSR is an organic farm that provides farm to table dining. They grow what their patrons eat as their focus is on sustainable health and growth for humans and for the environment. If you’re looking to support their mission, please consider them for your wedding venue. While many people work at HSR they promote a family friendly culture. A worthwhile place and cause to support.
In June we headed to Idyllwild for Milena and Brooke who would be married at Brooke’s childhood vacation home. Brooke and Milena are professional musicians and travel all over the world to perform. We actually never met throughout the planning process until a few days before their wedding because they were always in a different part of the world. They hardly saw each other but they are very passionate about their work. Their wedding was magical to say the least. It was like getting married in the Redwoods with giant pine trees lining the sky and crisp weather, fresh air and birds singing- it was the perfect day. The owner and I are now working on turning the property into a wedding venue, which will be up and running in 2019. If you’re looking to get married in the forest, email us for the exclusive opportunity to host your wedding at the Speltz Estate.
We took a mini break before Roxanne and Nick’s wedding at the luxurious Montage in Laguna Beach. It’s one of my favorite properties to date and I can confidently say that if you’re looking to have a luxury wedding experience look no further. If you’re looking to spoil and pamper your guests you can’t go wrong with the views, the staff, and the weather that is perfect year around. Roxanne and Nick had a Sunday wedding with just their closest family and friends. Nick surprised Roxanne by renting a plane that flew a banner in the sky professing his love and gratitude for her.
There was a fun wedding in August at one of the Marvimon properties. It’s their newest property called Valentine DTLA located in downtown Los Angeles. Shailini works at Pinterest and Jason was working for a startup in San Francisco while planning their wedding in LA. They knew they needed a little bit of extra help so they hired us to help them with management and design. What made this fun was that Shailini and Jason chose their venue while still under construction so they toured the property with hard hats on. They are adventurous in spirit so it was pretty fitting. They now live in Manhattan Beach enjoying married life and morning walks on the beach. Shailini is currently trying to convince Jason to get a dog.
At the end of August we worked with Jennifer and Michael. This was the most challenging event of the year for our team. Jennifer hired us at the end of April for her August 25th wedding, which meant we planned their entire wedding in under four months. As you can imagine this turned their timeline into hyperspeed planning. We all know that everything needs to be complete the month before so we only had 3 months to design, plan and produce. Luckily they had us guiding them along every step of the way. Plus, our business specializes in producing events at unconventional event spaces so when they told me they would marry at their dear friends property in Newport, I was up for the challenge. With a giant well-kept backyard there was enough space for welcome drinks, their ceremony, a lovely cocktail hour and a reception under hundreds of twinkly lights for their 85 guests.
Shortly after wrapping up Jennifer and Michael’s wedding in Newport Beach we headed to Santa Barbara for Dorsa and Michael’s wedding at the Hilton Hotel Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort formerly known as The Fess Parker with that iconic rotunda. I went to college with Dorsa at UC Santa Barbara and saw her and Michael grow in love together. It was quiet the intimate experience had to see their love unfold and eventually witness their wedding. She is Persian and he is Jewish so planning their interfaith multicultural wedding was a little tricky but exciting. They had a 250 person wedding with the best DJ I have ever worked with that kept the party going until 3 am. We all know the reputation that Gauchos have and we certainly lived up to that expectation.
Shortly after Santa Barbara we were in Palm Springs for Ashley and Jerrens wedding. They married at Casa Cody in Palm Springs and bought out the entire hotel for three days. It started off with their rehearsal and rehearsal dinner on Thursday for those that were a part of the wedding (they had a 30 person wedding party btw). Then on Friday they hosted a welcome party where they brought in the In and Out food truck and had a pool party since there are two amazing pools on site. On Saturday we had a blast with the wedding, it was hot but my team and I aren’t scared of a little heat. We wrapped up the night with silent disco due to the noise ordinance in Palm Springs and it was EPIC.
October is the busiest month of the year for ALL wedding professionals. It’s the month that tends to book the quickest and events are back to back so if you have your eye on working with someone and this is your month, I strongly recommend booking them asap. We started off our October with Jessica and Colin’s wedding at Alcazar back at it in Palm Springs. It was a #Baecation as J + C intended it to be. They started off with hosting a welcome dinner on the Friday before their wedding with a pool party and catered filipino food. Jess is Filipino and Colin is Jewish so they had different cultural elements sewn in throughout their design. Jess is a designer and envisioned a bright tropical themed wedding and I’ll say that it was nothing short of it. From the Birds of Paradise to the palm fronds and colorful Filipino fans flown in from the Philippines, it was the perfect #Baecation.
Mid month of October we headed to the Mission Inn in Riverside for Nicole and Leo’s wedding. The Mission Inn is one of the most spectacular places in Southern California. As you can see I travel a lot but the history and architecture of the Mission Inn transports you into a different timezone. Nicole and Leo had been dating for 10 years and were finally ready to tie the knot on October 13th. It was a blast as their family knows how to party and got down on the dance floor like I’ve never seen before. It had been absolutely stunning weather leading up to their wedding day but happened to rain on their day so my team and the vendors got together for a back up plan and didn’t even have her worry about a thing. Come 3pm when we were getting lined up to begin the ceremony the rain stopped and perfect weather ensued the rest of the day.
And last but not least, I had the absolute pleasure of working with Pamela and Keith for their big day. They got married at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. Both living in San Francisco, they knew they needed help planning their destination wedding. They knew each other in high school, fell in love while attending college in San Diego and Keith proposed in Barcelona, Spain. They now live happily as a married couple in San Francisco with their two cats.
We had a few other projects here and there that were not technically weddings because we do offer a la carte services like venue sourcing, design only etc. Those were good times as well.
We are so fortunate to be able to work with the most down to earth, kind hearted and inclusive spirits in the world. They are truly unique and special in their own way. Every love story is different and deserves to be shared and told authentically. We never treat our clients like another number but rather treat each wedding as if it were our own and that’s truly what sets us apart from others. We genuinely care that your focus be on your marriage and ours be on the production of your celebration.
We would love to welcome you to our planning family. This time next year I could be gushing about your beautiful wedding. We are down to 9 more weekends for 2019 so I encourage you to inquire soon especially if you’re planning a Spring wedding. We cannot wait to hear from you!
Thinking about a destination…contact us to chat about your big plans as we’re experts in that field now.