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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel joins with American Express to Say "I Do" to an Exclusive Bridal Show Featuring Vera Wang Wedding Gowns

Romantic engagements mean altar-bound couples are taking their first important steps together, even before walking down the aisle, to start planning their dream wedding and perfect honeymoon. Thanks to a collaboration between The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and American Express, the future newlyweds can attend a signature event, The Ritz-Carlton Bridal Show, where all their decisions can be made from selecting the ultimate wedding gown to setting just the right time and place for their nuptials. The Ritz-Carlton Bridal Show will be held Sunday, August 5 from 11:30 to 3 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Models will preview the Spring 2008 Vera Wang Bridal Collection.
The collection celebrates the classicism of ancient Greece together with the Neo-classicism that so inspired the French designers, Poiret, Vionnet, Grés, Chanel and Dior. Scattered flowers and floral corsages together with golden shafts of wheat and branches of laurel invoke nature, spring, and fertility in a graceful, subtle way while narrow column dresses in silk jersey, sheer georgette, charmeuse and tulle suggest sensual sirens and charming nymphs. Floaty overlays of organza, techno metallics and swags create visual design emphasis while beautifully detailed backs are guaranteed to garner brides obvious attention and drama during the ceremony.

In addition to viewing the wedding collection, the bridal couple and their families will have the opportunity to hear about wedding trends from Christopher Aldama, owner of Fiori Fresco Special Events. Guests can also consult with wedding and catering professionals from The Ritz-Carlton offering suggestions and creative approaches on every aspect of the ceremony and reception. Whether the wedding day will be an informal afternoon gathering for close family and friends or an elegant, black tie event, The Ritz-Carlton can help plan an occasion to remember for a lifetime. Information on selecting a romantic honeymoon destination can help the couple decide between a Grand Cayman beach resort or skiing in The Rockies.

Guests attending The Ritz-Carlton Bridal Show* become eligible to receive a three-night certificate for luxurious hotel accommodations, and breakfast for two, to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, when they present the American Express card to pay for their ceremony and/or reception at The Ritz-Carlton. Tickets are $75 per person, to make reservations, contact the Special Events department at 949-240-2000.

Consistently ranked among the best resorts in the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego and sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic white-water views of the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach. For more information or reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit The Ritz-Carlton Web site at www.ritzcarlton.com.

*Certificate redemption subject to availability, expires 18 months after issued, and may be used only at the location of the ceremony/reception. Offer valid for bookings made by July 1, 2007 and held before July 1, 2008. Participating hotels subject to change. $25,000 minimum spend requirements apply.