On November 11th, 2011, Nicole & Kenji tied the knot in a simple beach house surrounded by their closest family and friends on the east side of Oahu. The day was highly emotional and filled to the brim with love, tears, laughter and joy. The day started off at Nicole’s house in Manoa where all of her girlfriends gathered for pupus and wine and got ready together. The girls took tons of photos and then headed into the limo for the long drive over to the other side of the island. It was almost a fiasco when they realized before even getting onto the Pali that there was no more champagne, but luckily shortly after, one of the girls discovered a secret compartment in the 1980’s limo that held the champagne stash. The entire limo gasped and started cheering.
Upon arrival, Erika, the wedding planner, instructed the girls on where to go and lead Nicole to her room where she was to wait for the ceremony to start. When it was time they headed towards the ceremony area where the flower girls and ring bearers started the long walk down to the ceremony area. Nic and her dad followed shortly after.
This was much more than the couples wedding day. 11.11.11 was something that the couple saw as their lucky number. They kissed every time they caught 11:11 on the clock and celebrated every 11th day of each month as they officially got together on Nov. 11th three years prior. Also, today – Nov. 11, 2011 – was Kenji, the grooms 31st birthday!
Joined by 120 of their closest friends and family, it was surely an event to remember. Filled with dancing, a full old fashioned candy bar, tears and heart-felt toasts, crazy bouquet tosses, a surprise bridal hula for her groom, and even a flash mob. There is no question 11.11.11 was Nicole & Kenji’s best day ever!
Love Bubbles: Label Design was an illustration of the couple. Everything in this wedding was personalized – So cute! Graphic design : http://www.Kablooeydesigns.com
Photography was done by the grooms brother who flew in from the Big Island for the big day. Shinji did an amazing job. Check out more of his work at http://www.HawaiiImaging.net
The bride had been practicing for months a surprise hula for her groom, choreographed by Kelehua Kauai to live music performed by the amazing – Mike Love! Look at the look on his face! Priceless.
Cake topper & over 100 fake mustaches designed with the bride, groom and their golden retriever- Cally’s faces were created by Best Day Ever Hawaii.
Best Day Ever helped the bride create over 100 face masks of the groom which were hidden under all the guest tables. A surprise birthday cake for the groom came out right after the couple cut their wedding cake and all the guests sang “Happy Birthday” with their “Kenji faces” on. The look on his face.. was priceless.
The brides best friends put on an amazing Bonzai Toast. All the guests were cheering as Best Day Ever passed around a mini-bonzai sake shot to everyone. How fun!
This is the absolute best bouquet toss photo I have ever seen. Can you guess who caught the bouquet?
The bride choreographed a 7 minute flash mob dance that started after the father daughter dance. She sent out a youtube video complete with instructions for all the guests to learn the special dance unsure of who would really participate. To her surprise, nearly all the guests were up on the dance floor getting down with all the choreographed moves. It was really amazing to watch. The groom was the only one who was out of the loop. Needless to say – he had a huge smile on his face the whole time – in awe of what was happening around him.
The couple ended the night with extra long burning sparklers for all the guests. There wasn’t a single person who left without a smile on their face. It was truely a night to remember. Congrats to Nicole & Kenji!
Location: Hale Mahakea, Oahu
Event Design: Best Day Ever Hawaii http://www.BestDayEverHawaii.com
Rentals: Aloha Rentals http://www.AlohaRentals.com
Linnens: Best Day Ever Hawaii http://www.BestDayEverHawaii.com
Catering: Beaches and Backyards Catering http://www.BeachesandBackyards.com
Graphic Design: Kablooey Designs http://www.Kablooeydesigns.com
Florals: Yukie Ohashi
Wedding Planning & Coordination: Best Day Ever Hawaii http://www.BestDayEverHawaii.com
Photography: Shinji Salmoiraghi http://www.HawaiiImaging.com
Videography: Manoa Productions http://www.ManoaProductions.com
xox, Your Favorite Hawaii Wedding Planner – Best Day Ever!