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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Meet Michele Knudtson

Phone: 949.240.2000




DANA POINT, Calif. – Wedding dreams come true with natural grace and beauty at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The resort’s oceanfront location sets a new standard in romantic elegance where a couple’s special day looks and feels as magical as they had always wished and Director of Weddings Michele Knudtson makes it all come to life. From the intimate setting of the Sunset Terrace with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop and the Pacific Promenade Lawn, lined with richly colored gardens and native palms, to the dramatic Gazebo Lawn, each ceremony venue at the resort offers breathtaking panoramic ocean views, making every wedding a grand occasion from the bride’s walk down the aisle to the guests dancing the night away at the reception.

“A wedding day is the ultimate expression that reflects the uniqueness of a couple and the engagement is the most exciting time when the couple is planning for their life together. At The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel we are passionate about creating life-long memories for each and every wedding,” said Michele. “We are so honored when a couple selects the resort to welcome their family and friends for the most important day of their life,” she added.

With her vast experience, Michele is known as the wedding expert at the resort. She has loved weddings since planning her own nuptials 22 years ago and she continues to stay relevant by keeping current on trends in fashion, décor and culinary offerings. Her strong relationships with top wedding planners, floral designers and other vendors helps her guide the wedding couple in creating the wedding of their dreams.

“The most unique trend that I have seen in the last six months is elaborate ceiling treatments,” expressed Michele. “This style of décor creates a magical touch and brings a glamor and elegance to the celebration,” she added. 

Michele joined the catering sales team at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in October 2010 as a Senior Catering Sales Manager and was promoted to Director of Weddings in 2013. Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton, Michele spent 14 years at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa where she served in the roles of Senior Catering Sales Executive and Event Manager where she began in weddings. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Irvine and resides in Laguna Niguel with her husband and three children. When not working to help make her client’s big day absolutely perfect, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening, home design and traveling the world.