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Every year, some of the swanky hotels/shopping centers in Orange County host Christmas tree lighting celebrations and this year we were able to attend one at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort for the first time. The St. Regis is one of two 5-star hotels in California and we were lucky enough to start our honeymoon there before flying off to Tahiti after we got married. Ironically, the day of the Christmas tree lighting celebration just happened to be our 5 1/2 year anniversary, so it was the perfect place to celebrate the start of the Christmas season. Not only was there a huge Christmas tree to admire, there was a dessert bar, a hot coco/apple cider station, a decorated area to take pictures with Santa as well as a celebrity guest. The Make-A-Wish Foundation was there hosting a special raffle for guests of the event and the St. Regis donated everything from 1-2 night stays at the hotel to special spa packages.    

Tori Spelling was the special celebrity guest and I'm not going to lie, she was one of the main reasons I (Ashley) wanted to attend this event. I'm a huge fan and not only did I used to watch her on 90210, the original 90210 that is, I watch her reality shows and I own 4 of her books. I have yet to read them all...but I digress. I was lucky enough to be able to get a picture with her and one with Dean despite the hustle and bustle at the event. Dean was so incredibly nice and waited there just to make sure the picture we took came out. We were using my iPhone because we didn't want to bring our monster sized flash for our professional camera and trying to get all 3 of us in the photo was challenging to say the least! I was lucky enough to be able to get a picture with Tori towards the end of the event as well and after she told me she really liked the way me and Jeff dress and complimented my iPhone case, I just about died. Teeny bopper alert! We also got to see all 4 of her adorable kids including her newest addition, Finn, who is just 3 months old! 

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1 comment:

Emily said...

Ash! That is wonderful and you do look beautiful :) That hot cocca station looked divine and what a fun event to attend. Glad you are doing great! Love ya, Em