We were Hawaii dreaming all week long while recapping Laura & Jeremy’s big day! So much so, we had Jacey from Damsel in Dior put together what she dreams of for a Hawaii bound wedding. Whether you are planning a wedding in Hawaii or attending one, here are a few key items that will ensure that you have a Happily Ever Hawaii.
With all of the amazing activities in Italy, you have the perfect excuse to get a few new wardrobes.One word of caution though: be sure to leave some space in your suitcase for shopping. Italy is world – known for their style and quality leather goods. In addition to leaving extra space in your luggage, be sure to take clothing that is comfortable and guilt-free for that extra bowl of pasta.
Party-time – Hers- Juicy Couture Lace Dress ::: Beverly Low Pump ::: Alice + Olivia ::: Willow Maxi Dress ::: Spotted Glimmer Dress ::: Celia Gold Sandals ~ His - J.Crew Ludrow Suit & Ludrow in Fine Stripe
For all ladies, shoes are a big deal, but on your wedding day, they feel like the biggest deal. From the shoes you’ll walk down the aisle in, to the pair you’ll dance the night away in, sometimes just one shoe won’t do. Keep reading for all the excuses you need to get as many shoes as your little heart desires!
It goes without saying that you will want the most special shoes for your ceremony. You may opt to go super timeless here in all white or you may want a little surprise to peek out of the bottom of the dress. Since you will be in them the least amount of time, feel free to get extravagent and glamourous here. Even the tallest heal and most detailed of shoes can withstand a 45 minute wear.
LEXI’S TIP: If walking through grass, on the sand, etc. check out SoleMates for navigating difficult terrain and protecting your most important shoes.
If you’re like many of our brides, you probably struggle between balancing out your classic, sophisticated side with your quirky, playful side. If so, change up your shoes and use your photo sessions to tell the story of who you are as a couple. A bride and groom who don old Converse for the sweet lakeside picture – old school and hip. Costumey boots are vintage and chic, sandals are laidback and fun-loving, moccasins are bohemian and fun … you get the idea. Be yourself and have fun with the pictures!
And of course, not to be forgotten are the dancing shoes. Dancing shoes are vital to your soon-to-be aching feet. Heels add height and glamor, but be sure to wear heels you can walk (not wobble) in. Test your dancing shoes out – vacuum or walk laps (on carpet or clean floor) in your wedding shoes a few weeks before the big day and be sure they are comfortable. And if you can’t walk, you can’t dance, and where’s the fun in that?
LEXI’S TIP: Want killer heels AND comfort during the reception? Check out ballroom dancing shoes for the night. They are perfect for brides who care more about height and comfort than labels.
Laura & Jeremy (anxiously awaiting to share full wedding!) : The Big Island : Image by Steve Steinhardt
THE AFTER PARTY
Around midnight you might want to give your feet a little break. If so, a glamourous pair of flats or sandals can be brought out late night when you are just sitting back and reflecting with your die hard guests that want to go all night long!
While it’s absolutely not necessary to get a new pair for EVERY event, if you need even more excuses, don’t forget all the other events you will be a part of over the next few months. Showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and even the bachelorette party are all big moments where you may want to show of your shoe style!
Come back later in the week to see some of our favorite shoe picks for the above moments!
We’re excited to see Michelle & Austin’s clam bake in the current issue of Inside Weddings. As a way to welcome guests to the Hamptons, the couple hosted a traditional beach celebration complete with a lobster boil, mussels, local brews and so much more. We played off of the natural landscape of the area with neutral linens and runners & other details in shades of blue from ocean to sky. On the tables, we lined them with galvanized lanterns and buckets of beautifully presented necessities from moist towelettes to lemons making the decor not only approachable but functional. The guests dined under the stars, grooved to a live acoustic guitarist and in the end, lounged by the bonfire on floor pillows and throws while roasted marshmallows. It was a blast and we can’t wait to make our way back to the East Coast soon!
If you haven’t seen Get Married On TV,then now you have an excuse…This Thursday, August 7th at 7:30 am PST, yours truly will be dishing out a bit of destination wedding advice for all of your traveling couples out there.
I’ve been writing articles for the website since Get Married went national, but obviously to get even 30 seconds on this show is such an honor. The show is a magazine style format and focuses on informing brides nationwide on planning, trends and etiquette in the words of the nation’s top event professionals. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that it is hosted by the amazing David Tutera and produced by The Bridal Bar’s, Harmony Walton. Even if you miss my few seconds of fame, check the show out sometime. It airs Monday through Friday, again at 7:30 am on the Lifetime Network. It’s good stuff!
Oh, on a side note, if you’re interested in getting your event on TV, click http://www.getmarried.com/omg_about.php. They are searching for couples to feature in their upcoming episodes.
Today I arrived in Kauai for my fourth event in two weeks and needless to say I hit the island a bit behind in some much needed paperwork for my day’s meetings. Easy enough you would think…I’ll just hit a business center and be all set…wrong! Not only did my hotel or the neighboring hotel not have a business center, but the closest one is in the next town and not open on Sundays, per the hotel manager. Of course!! Punishment for procrastinating…
Now Kauai is remarkably charming, but it is still one of those places…you know the kind…no cell phone reception, highway speed limits of 45 mph and drivers not even willing to go that fast and a place that still believes in closing up shop on what some consider the Sabbath. It really is the perfect spot to just get away from it all, except of course when you are trying to put the finishing touches on a wedding. But, as luck would have it, I went driving in search of an internet cafe and stumbled upon the supposedly closed Business Center and well, they weren’t closed. Now, the shop hours claimed Monday through Saturday only, but when I asked the manager, he just “felt like opening today” which of course made me count my blessings. Anyway, I sit down, get comfortable and start sifting through my day’s work, when I realized the “business center” doesn’t have Microsoft Office on any of the computers. To this, I just had to giggle. Only on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, would someone have a Business Center opened due only to a whim on a Sunday afternoon without use of a software the entire world relies on to function. You just have to smile at the thought of it.
So, I’m sure you’re now wondering what my point is and here it goes…when it comes to destination wedding planning, all bets are off. You cannot assume anything and you have to be prepared for everything. Don’t assume for a second that you’ll pop into your destination and find those last minute place cards you’ve been putting off (which is a topic for another day), or even something as simple as your favorite cereal to snack on for the week. When you choose to have a destination wedding in a remote location, you have to go into with one of two attitudes:
1. Budget is no limit and I will pay whatever I have to get the flowers, photographer, linens, etc. that I have always dreamt of.
2. I love the destination so much that everything else is secondary. I’ll forgo peonies for protea and learn to live with the idea of having a person I’ve never met marrying us if it means I can get married on the beaches of Mexico, a castle in Switzerland or a chapel in South Africa.
If you don’t keep these things in mind, you will end up frazzled, frustrated and, dare I say, disappointed. Not a great combination when trying to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments.
So, if you’re considering a destination wedding, keep the trade offs in mind. Remember that you will get a weeklong celebration rather than six hours of attention. You will witness as all of your closest family and friends unite together and become one big happy extended family by the end of the celebration. And you will, undoubtedly offer guests an experience they will never forget. But again, if you go the destination wedding route, learn from my mistake and don’t even leave the smallest of tasks for your arrival…I know it’s hard to imagine but there are still many, many places left in the world that function without Kinko’s, a Target or any of the other staples we all depend on to make our lives (and weddings) go smoothly.
I know I have already shared a few images from this highly detailed and intimate wedding, but today Yvonne and myself realized that her event has been featured on three different websites including The Knot and Chinese Weddings by the Knot as well as Wedding Chicks, an incredibly fabulous blog. It really was that amazing. The wedding took place at an old sugar plantation in upcountry Maui, called the Sugar House, and Yvonne really let the venue inspire her vintage Hawaii theme. From vintage postcards as the guest book to greeting guests with POG (passionfruit orange guava juice) in mason jars to ending the night with a hula show for her guests, there is a definite reason all of these sites snagged up the event. Below are some screen shots from the features and you can see the entire articles yourself at the following links:
Now for the vendors of the day:
Linens: BBJ Linens www.bbjlinens.com
Venue: Sugar House www.bevgannonrestaurants.com
Catering: Celebrations Catering www.bevgannonrestaurants.com
Florals: Floral Design Studio www.floraldesignstudio.com
Photography: Visionari www.visionari.com
I’m in search of a client hoping to have their wedding somewhere in Europe. Whether you enjoy the regalness of Russia, the romance of France or the food of Italy, I want to plan your event. My destination wedding experience has taken me all over the world, from Hawaii to South America to even Tokyo and I would be honored to help with your destination celebration on this historical continent. Until we meet, enjoy a bit of inspiration from Elizabeth Messina (www.elizabethmessina.com). I am a huge fan of her work. Also, while I would love to take credit for this amazing event, it was actually planned by Lisa Vorce of Oh How Charming (www.ohhowcharming.com). I am truly inspired by all of her unbelievable events.
In 2007, I had the privilage of working on some amazing events, but Jen & Mike’s weeklong wedding celebration in Maui topped my list of favorites. Living in Minnesota, Jen did not let a few thousand miles stop her from making every detail in her ceremony personal and sophisticated. From a sunset sail welcoming guests to the islands to Jen’s favorite shade of pink donning everything from the programs to the lighting, this couple was an inspiration to work with. See some of my favorite touches below.
And, of course, even if this event isn’t your particular style, take note in that it is the small touches on the wedding day that are truly the most memorable. At the end of the night, it wasn’t the over the top orchestra or the seven course meal that had people oohing and aahing (although these things are nice…) Instead, it was the unexpected treats like the fish in the centerpieces, the exclusive guest list (there were 40 people) and the personalized welcome baskets that made guests feel as if they were part of something very special. It just goes to show you that no matter the budget, with a little creativity you can make every detail all your own.