Stephanie + Brad: Anela Garden and the Coconut Club

Stephanie and Brad picked not one, but two hidden gems to host their destination ceremony and reception:  Anela Garden is a quaint house-turned-wedding venue located on the slopes of Diamond Head, while the Coconut Club boasts the most amazing views of Waikiki from the 21st floor of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.  We love it when certain things unexpectedly fall into place on wedding day.  For this occasion, arriving at the ceremony to find bougainvillea trees in full bloom in the wedding color brought upon my “happy dance.” The other was the rain stopping the minute before the bride walked down the aisle. Stephanie and Brad raised the bar on their reception decor by enhancing the Coconut Club with specialty linen, chair covers, square monkey pod chargers, china, custom escort cards and menus, and beautiful, bright, tropical floral decor elements using roses, mokara orchids and pincushion protea.  Images by Kai-Photo.

Christianne + Darren: Waimanalo Bay

Know what I love?  A champagne, ivory and peach wedding!  I adore Christianne and Darren’s darling beach wedding in this soft color palate.  There’s just so much to love…..a ring bearer holding a “Here Comes the Bride” sign, their 2 daughters dressed in tulle and ballet flats serving as flower girls, the bride’s flowy gown, bridesmaids dressed in champagne chiffon, the guys dresses in linen…it all looked perfect together against the turquoise blue water of Waimanalo Bay.  Images by Kai-Photo.

Khadijah + Djuanyel: Magic Island

April 6th was a very busy day for Oahu Wedding!  It’s rare that we take on 2 weddings on the same day, and fortunately we have an amazing staff that allowed us to do so while executing both flawlessly.  While one-half of the “crew” was at the Oasis Oceanfront Estate for Lulu and David’s ceremony and reception, the other half was at Magic Island for Khadijah and Djuanyel’s ceremony.  I attended both and was blessed to see 2 beautiful, amazing couples on their wedding day.

While we are no strangers to orange, fuchsia and turquoise wedding colors, every couple is unique and there’s always some “moment” that stays with me after each wedding.  I have to admit that I was struck by tears as Khadijah processed down the aisle with her father at her side.  The embrace they shared before meeting the groom is one that I will remember forever.  The tears soon disappeared into smiles and laughter as the ceremony unfolded. Khadijah and Djuanyel celebrated with a flower shower, apple cider toast and wedding cake before heading to the Halekulani for their formal reception.  Kai-Photo captured their joy beautifully!

A Modern Twist: Nancy + Rob

It’s not often that our couples are able to visit Hawaii for their scouting trip prior to their wedding day, so I was thrilled when our couple Nancy and Rob let me know that they would be flying in for a visit last summer.  When we met again during wedding week the synergy between us kicked right back in (we had a blast during their ceremony rehearsal!)  Nancy and Rob’s vision of a modern decor style in shades of green and purple came to life at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Rainbow Patio and Suites.  One of the things I loved about this couple was their bravery in being open to different ideas.  I was given a decor direction from them that included green table linens, green perimeter lighting around the banquet room, and chair covers with sage green sashes.  It was not long before we realized the room would be entirely green and traditional in style, which was not what they were after.  They were open to ideas and eventually decided on a geometric patterned table runner which set the stage for their reception decor.  The centerpieces were simplistic yet elegant and the chairs were visually “light.”  I also loved the bit of humor portrayed via their wedding cake.  Images by Kai-Photo Hawaii.