news :: new patio/banquet area unveiled for the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

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Weddings of Distinction paid a luncheon visit to the beautiful Hyatt Regency Mission Bay ( this past October 27th and dined outdoors in the newly designed Banyon Court. The picturesque patio sits on the northeast side of the property with a view of Mission Bay.

Catering Manager Jennifer Pals and her staff treated us to a delicious lunch and dessert. Their recent $65 million dollar renovation is impressive. As wedding vendors, we all look forward to performing there in the coming months and confidently referring them to our clients.

2009 WoD President Bob Brichmann ( broke some early ice with a simple, cute “get-to-know your fellow member” icebreaker. Six members deepest secrets were revealed as members attempted to guess which clues matched which member. Good laughs had by all.

This month’s showcaser was Diane Wilson from Silverwood Music Ensemble ( Diane entertained our group during the 1st half hour meet and greet with a CD of their talented vocalist and the ensemble’s work. Prior to lunch, Diane took the time to reintroduce her group’s work to the group. Their repertoire spans many genres and is sure to please a varied special event audience – primarily weddings!

Founding President Susan Ashley talked about Romantic Honeymoons ( Bob Brichmann reminded members that new Board members for 2010 were being sought for December 1st elections. Marketing team member Lisa Gisczinski, Elle G Photography (, pitched for members to link to the new WoD web site or seek help in doing so.

Raffles prizes were doled out. October birthdays were acknowledged. Mega leads were exchanged amongst members. We’ll see everyone next November 24th at fellow member facility Maderas Country Club ( Happy Halloween!

The Weddings of Distinction 2009 Board:
President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions (
Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans (
Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions (
Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons, (
Membership, Carrie Esparza from San Diego Authentic Flavors Custom Catering (
Secretary, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park (

Committee Members:
Marketing: Lisa Gisczinski, photographer from Elle G Photography (; Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre (

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special events ( They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities.