Rita’s Dream-Come-True Birthday Bash

I have such a special place in my heart for Rita and Michael. I know I shouldn’t play favorites, but I can’t help myself when these two were one of my very first clients when I branched out to start my own business over 16 years ago. They took a chance on me and I’ll never forget it. Throughout the years they’ve come to me for everything from dog portraits, family sessions, their corporate events, capturing the pre and post construction of homes… you name it. And I will always be there ready for whatever they need, always. As much as they have seen me grow from a fledgeling photographer to one who’s photographed events all over the world I’ve in turn seen them grow a wildly successful business, build their dream home, the loss of their dearest dog (love you Lady), the addition of their two beautiful pups they currently have, both of us expanding our lives and following our paths! It’s truly remarkable how much transpires in 15+ years. The best part of it all is that I can say whole-heartedly that they deserve all the wonderful things that have come their way (and they have worked so hard for) so very much. They are such good people! Kind, generous, down to earth, motivated, happily married, amazing dog parents, the list goes on…

With that said, I wanted to make sure that I documented every drop of her big 50th Birthday at Pelican Hill. As you’ll see, she’s got exquisite taste so I just knew without a doubt it was going to be stunning for her 44 guests. As I walked down the big beautiful path to the Mar Vista property there stood the most beautiful al fresco dining experience I’d ever seen in person (other than the Real Housewives events on tv haha) The attention to detail was unbelievable. Every woman attending had a custom engraved pashmina draped over their chair for a potentially crisp sea breeze as the evening can bring. Every single guest had their name personalized on their menu. Each of the 5 courses had wine pairings and nothing less than 5 star dining. And the cake, oh the cake! Served simulatiously by the pro staff at Pelican each person was handed a perfectly sliced portion of decadent cake with it’s own sparkler in it. You’ll see below the staff furiously lighting them and serving immediately so each person had the same experience in sync. Stogies, cocktails and dancing to live music was the finale to a ridiculously perfect setting. I always marvel at how lucky people are to be guests at such fantastic events. And then at the end of the night she hands me, in her typical big hearted way, the same goodie box all the guests received as a thank you for attending. Pure class. I couldn’t wait to tear it open and find the champagne, chocolates, candle, WOW!!! All in her theme of the evening. Too cool.

I suppose none of this would have been possible without the ever-so-talented team of Christie Rose events who took Rita and Michael’s vision and executed it flawlessly. And the guidance along the way from Kristine at Pelican Hill (who is utterly fabulous and always on top of every second as the night progressed) I couldn’t have asked for a better dream team to assist me throughout the decadence that all needed to be photographed to death! I’m so excited to share this teaser as all the image files are uploading to my online service as I type this.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to Rita and Michael who I cherish as long-time clients that have grown into friends. Our relationship is so appreciated by me xoxo

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