The Swellegant Seven: Real Wedding Advice from The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel


Chatting with another expert!  Michele Knutzson, Director of Weddings at The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, is a true pro. The the first thing that I notice about you every time I come to your property is that you truly love what you do.  You love weddings!     Thanks for sharing that you recently won an incredible […]

The Swellegant Seven: Real Wedding Advice from JJ | Visions Entertainment |

Jason Jass, Visions Entertainment, shared DJ advice about what it takes to create an amazing party.     I’ve known Jason for many years, and he always is a true professional.   His advice to engaged couples is spot on! How did you start in this industry and how did you know you could be great at […]

The Little Market + Swellegant Events = A Perfect Partnership for our Wedding Couples


I’m a gift-giving gal.  Learned it from my Mom.   If you’re a client of ours this year,  a fair treat is coming your way… One of my former brides, Hannah, is a partner in  The Little Market, a company that empowers women around the world.    This company connects  artisans with the world marketplace. […]

The Swellegant Seven: Real Advice From Mike Steffans, Essence Entertainment Event Expert

Whenever Swellegant has a need for expert entertainment, one of the first people we turn to is Mike Steffans from Essence Entertainment.  He has been in the industry long enough to understand everything.  At the same time he stays fresh and on top of trends.  I always love learning from the best. Why is Essence […]

The Swellegant Seven: Real Advice From Event Expert, Frank Salas

I had the pleasure… and, it is always a pleasure… to spend some time with the one and only Frank Salas, Master of Photography.  He’s a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Here’s the Swellegant Seven, from Frank’s perspective: The best piece of advice to give to newly engaged couples: “Do your research.  Not […]

Ten Trendsetting Ideas for 2014 Weddings

Art begets art and I have recently been inspired by the Oscars,  museums, fashion, and my latest clients.    Events tend to follow the latest trends in fashion and this is what I am seeing in 2014.  Be inspired! 1. The pantone color of the year is Radiant Orchid and I am seeing it everywhere. […]

The Swellegant Seven: Real Advice From Event Expert, Larrissa Rehder, of Inviting Occasion

I am always honored to work with the very best partners in the Event Industry.     This spring, I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite event people!  I had a cup of tea with the incredible Larrissa and Johnny from Inviting Occasion, and talked about what it looks like behind the scenes… The Drive […]

Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant-Orchid


For over a decade the Pantone Color Institute has been announcing a color of the year to inspire trends in fashion, homes, and of course weddings. Say hello to the 2014 Pantone color of the year…Radiant-Orchid! With undertones of purple, pink, and fuchsia; Radiant-Orchid  exhibits warmth and royalty all while remaining modern and fresh. According […]

Lynn and Matthew’s Beautiful Pink Nixon Library Wedding

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I just love cool couples, and Lynn and Matthew were exactly that.  They allowed themselves to be “in the moment” throughout their wedding day, and they enjoyed every detail… and so did we!  Congratulations, Lynn and Matthew! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.  Thanks to to Studio EMP for the wonderful photos.  

A Swellegant Secret: Conscious Bean is the Perfect Finishing Detail for your Event

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A Swellegant Secret:  Conscious Bean.  I love when someone is incredibly passionate about their business, and this experience is just SO over the top fabulous, that I have to take the time to share!  As I write this at 5:48 AM, with no coffee in hand, I’m dreaming of Matthew and his crew showing up […]

Gorgeous Couple + Gorgeous Day at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel = Perfection

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Once Rachel saw the gorgeous view for her wedding at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, she knew it would be perfect for Oren and her!  Aaaahhhh… that view truly is one of a kind. They were so much in love, and had such a fun Bridal party, that we wanted to share a few photos […]

Iconic Hollywood Meets 2014 =The Latest in Trend Setting Wedding Designs


The latest wedding trends for 2014?  Take a look at creative brilliance at work at our latest photo shoot.   We hope it provides 2014 Inspiration for Wedding Couples.     It truly is all in the details.  Our “Art Begets Art” shoot was a collaboration of the Best of the Best of So Cal. […]

Endless Wedding Possibilities at the Island Hotel Newport Beach

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At this breathtaking white gala shoot at the Island Hotel, we all had fun arranging the perfect decor, the most wonderful food, and creating the perfect photo shoot.   It takes inredible work to put together all of the best partners in Orange County, and we’re happy to work with the best! The Island Hotel […]

Best 2013 Event Moments from Swellegant


Time flies when you’re having fun!   Beautiful Weddings.  Styled Shoots.   Mitzvahs.   Non-Profit,  Corporate Events,  Birthday Parties, and our first Annual LOVE reunion celebrating our past clients, we loved turning your  2013 moments into lifelong memories. Thanks to YOU, the best clients in the world.  It’s tough to pick from all of the […]

A Romantic Temecula Engagement Shoot to A Beautiful Newport Beach Wedding


Engagement session in Temecula and Wedding in Newport Beach?  Yes, please! We loved planning with Lisa and Bill.  Their wedding ceremony took place  at the gorgeous  Our Lady Queen of Angels and their incredible one of a kind  transformation reception took place at  the Legion Hall in Newport Beach. WHO KNEW that this space had such […]

Gorgeous Oceanfront San Clemente Wedding

Hidden spots in San Clemente create some of the most perfect beach front locations along the coast, and  Adri and Chase found a great hidden location known to so few.     We LOVED creating a one of a kind wedding for our friend and  industry colleague, Adri, and her uber cool husband, Chase.   […]