Congratulations Kristen + Neal! Not even a Tsunami could stop this Magical Ko’olina Hawaii Wedding ~ 10-27-12

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, Kristen + Neal tied the knot at the Ihilani, Ko’olina Resort in front of their closest friends and family. The weather was perfect and their was a feelling of Love in the air.  Yup, it was just one of those special days when you know something magical is going to happen:)

We had gotten to know Neal + Kristen pretty well over the past few months and have grown to feel quite close to them.  If I had to describe the two of them, I’d have to say in a nutshell, “They are completely perfect for each other in every way from the way they are always holding hands, to the way they call each other “honey”, to the way they just look at each other and you know – these two are ment to be.”  Erika, Kelli + I truely felt honored to be a part of Kristen + Neal’s very special day. Even with the Tsunami, this wedding felt perfect, in every way!

We just wanted to share a few pics from their special day with all of you… But before the pictures.. A Big MAHALO to everyone who helped make Neal + Kristen’s day such a Success!  Especially to Geri, the director of events at the Ihilani, Mariott hotel, Ko’olina.  It was a joy to work with you, thank you so much for all of your help:).  To the entire catering and wait staff at Ko’olina, for executing a flawless event and for notifying us of the early tsunami warning.  We can’t thank you enough for all of your help ensuring that Neal + Kristen got to enjoy their “Best Day Ever” even under the unforeseen circumstances.  To all of the staff at the Ihilani Spa ~ did an amazing job with the bridal parties hair and make-up!  All the girls looked so beautiful!  Especially bride ~ Kristen!

To Raymond Donato ~ as always, you are amazing! It was the first ceremony we have seen Raymond perform, but he was awesome. Which of course we totally expected.  You are one of our favorite people, and we can’t wait to work with you again soon!

To The Patisserie and Kristie, for a gorgeous and delicious cake! The cherry blossom design looked amazing under the purple light & with the glowing cake topper Kristen bought!

To Jill and the wonderful team at Easley Designs for the beautiful flower arrangements at the ceremony and reception!  Additionally, your two large vase designs also made about 20 seniors extra happy the following week (with our Hawaii Wedding senior care home flower donation programShare the Aloha), so thank you for that as well!

Specialty linen, chair covers, sashes, pipe and drapes were done by It’s So Pretty Linens & Decor.  Jazz, you were so easy to work with, and you did a fabulous job on the set up!  The ballroom looked gorgeous!

Also to deejay Wilson at Audio Zone who totally set the mood for the entire night handling all of the music, deejaying, adding fun uplighting with a monogram and assisting with the slideshow.  As always ~ it was a joy to work with you !!

To our new friend Juan, Hawaii Wedding Photographer from One Wedding Photography.  Amazing job on the photos!  We can’t wait to see the rest of them!  Loved your vibe and we hope to do another wedding with you again soon!  We will definitely be passing the word on about your work! BEST DAY EVER TIP: For any of you brides out there looking for an underwater photographer, you gotta check Juan out ~ Heres his website: http://juanophotos.zenfolio.com/

To Kelli, our fabulous intern! You did an amazing job helping out at your first wedding! I hope you had a good time, thanks so much for all of your help!  We hope you enjoyed seeing it all come full circle 🙂

To all of Kristen + Neal’s friends & family…  Especially to the bridal party ~ Kathy, Charity, Sheenae, Neal, Branden & Matt and ring bearer Daniel… It was a pleasure meeting all of you! Thank you for all of your help in creating Neal + Kristen’s “Best Day Ever!”. Also a Big Thanks to Shirfeir & Fred, who helped with the sign in table.  You guys were the best!  Thank you for all your help making sure all the guests got signed in so quickly. To Neal + Kristen’s parents & grandparents…  it was a pleasure meeting all of you as well.  Sending you a Big Congratulations too!  And of course, to Yamato, the emcee.  You did an amazing job!  Being an emcee is no easy task, especially when it is assigned to you at the last minute, and you managed it effortlessly!

Last but not least… A big Thank YOU to the bride and groom ~ and a huge Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Kristen + Neal Jensen!  Thank you for making our jobs so wonderful! Not even a Tsunami could stop this amazing couple from having their “Best Day Ever!”  It was a joy to get to know  you both, and an honor to help you with your wedding!  Thank you for trusting us with your special day!

 

What a beautiful couple!  Congrats Neal + Kristen!ihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaiiihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaiiLovely ring shots by Juan! ihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaii

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A few shots of the girls getting ready in the new bridal suite at the Ihilani hotel. ihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaiiErika, Kelli and I getting the reception and ceremony area prepped for the guests and going over timeline details with Yamato, the emcee. ihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaii

Red and Blue (the bride and grooms favorite colors) ended up coming together quite nicely to create a big impression for guests.  Amazing job with the linens, chair covers, sashes & pipe and draping done by Jazz and It’s So Pretty Linens.
ihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaiiThe bridal party waiting for the bride to walk down the isle… Lovely flower arrangements & designs by Jill and the Easley Design team.ihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaiiihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaii Love these shots of Kristen and her dad…  the expression on his face is priceless!

ihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaiiRaymond was a wonderful officiant and led Neal and Kristen through a very heartfelt and sentimental ceremony.  It wasn’t until they read their personal vows to each other though that I found myself tearing up!ihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaii

Bridal party & family shots…  everyone looks so happy!ihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaiiihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaii” Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Neal Jensen!  “ihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaiiCheers to your “Best Day Ever”! ihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaiiAnd on to the reception!  Unfortunately because of the uplighting my camera didn’t capture too many indoor shots very well… but trust me, from the lobster tails to the samurai sword cutting of the cake to the Tsunami warning and seeing the majority of the crowd having too much fun to want to head home dancing to “Gangnam Style”  begging DJ Wilson for one more song, … this was day to remember!

Cheers to Kristen + Neals “Best Day Ever! “ihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaii

Also, Neal and Kristen generously donated two 7 ft. arrangements to our Share the Aloha – Senior Care Home / Wedding Flower Donation Program… so I spent about 3 hours rearranging the florals into smaller arrangements for a few lucky seniors at Pearl City Nursing home, Island Nursing Home and Hale Nohea.  Deliveries were made promptly the next few days so that the flowers stayed fresh.

It was truely an amazing experience seeing Neal + Kristen’s flowers come full circle.  I think I almost cried at the first place, seeing how happy Doris was with the lilies she could not believe a bride who didn’t even know her would want her to have 🙂  Awwww!  Big smiles all around.  Here are a few pics:ihilani koolina, ihilani koolina wedding, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, kristen and neal, best day ever hawaii

If you have wedding flowers you would like to donate, please send us an email – dropaline@bestdayeverhawaii.com.  We will handle all of the upkeep, pick up and drop off – and of course, it’s free!  For more info. click here.

Congratulations Neal + Kristen!  We hope you had a magical honeymoon in New Zealand and can’t wait to see photos!  We wish you the best in your new life as Mr. & Mrs. Neal Jensen!

Cheers to your “Best Day Ever!

xo,

Nicole, Erika + Kelli

Hawaii Wedding Planning + Event Design Team
Best Day Ever Hawaii

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