Another Incredible Proposal!!

What do you do when you want to surprise your future bride but she already knows you’re going to pop the question?  According to How He Asked You (a pretty awesome little blog that has tons of amazing engagement stories- you seriously gotta check this blog out if you’re ever having a crappy day, it always makes me smile).  Right so according to How He Asked You ~ you could turn the entire day into a scavenger hunt!  In this amazing engagement story : linked here.  John, the groom created a fun day filled with surprises and love!  The best part was that she didn’t know when and she didn’t know where but she eventually got the proposal she had been waiting for!

On the day of the proposal, this adorable couple Megan and John started out the day like any other except Megan was soon surprised with a letter.

Dear Megan,

I have a confession to make: there is no photo-shoot today. Instead, this day is dedicated entirely to you, the love of my life! I have been thinking about how I would ask you to marry me for quite some time. I know you have had “hunches” that it may be sometime in the fall, so it’s difficult to create that “surprise factor” without being too obvious. Instead of just popping the question out of the blue, I’m choosing to embrace the fun and excitement of getting engaged and have planned a scavenger hunt for you today. Spoiler alert – if you complete the scavenger hunt, then I will reward you by asking you a very important, life-changing question.

Rules:

• You are not allowed to use your cell phone and you are not allowed to borrow any other cell phone to make calls, post to Facebook, etc.

• At each clue, you must read the clue out loud and someone must film you with a flipcam.

So follow the clues that I give you and above all, have fun! Today is all about you!

Love,
John

From the very beginning John covered all his bases.  Megan was escorted all day by a limo stocked with mimosas and a collection of CD’s filled with songs the couple listened to while they dated.  From there Megan spend the day wining and dining, reuniting with old friends, getting pampered at a nail salon, and shopping for a new outfit.  The day was finally complete when John proposed in a breathtakingly romantic backyard setting complete with hanging chandeliers.  This proposal was heartfelt, fun, romantic and everything else you could possibly want. Simply incredible!!I hope the future grooms out there are taking notes! 😉

I totally wanted to take the pics and include them here to show you just how awesome this story is but I didn’t want to steal How he Asked entire story and thought it be easiest to just share the link with you.  CHECK IT OUT HERE:  http://howheasked.com/megan-and-john

Engagement stories are the best!
Happy Saturday everyone!

xo,
Kelli
Best Day Ever
Hawaii Wedding Planning & Event Design

DIY Monday’s ~ Easy Seating Charts

Seating charts can be a major wedding hassle especially if you have a long list of guests.  Here’s an ingenious idea I discovered from  Something Turquoise called the easy seating chart.  It only requires a few items and making changes is as easy as peeling off a post it! 😉

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Start off with a poster board, post-it tabs, and a few marker:
1. Sketch out the table arrangements of your reception (create a circle or rectangle for each table)
2. Label each table according to preference (number, letter etc.)
3. Write each guests name onto a post-it tab and place them onto the appropriate table.
4.  Represent each specific group by using a different color (bride’s family, groom’s family, coworkers etc.)

This chart is perfect for last minute changes and can easily be adapted to fit any size wedding!  I love sharing quick DIY’s that’ll turn an otherwise stressful job like this into a quick and simple one!  I hope you found this helpful! Be sure to let me know what you think 🙂

PICTURE CREDITS: Something Turquoise

Happy Monday Everyone!

xo,
Nicole + Kelli
Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planning

Happy Valentines Day!

Today is Valentines Day!  That super awesome day that couples spend together reconnecting over a special dinner and celebrating with flowers, candies and heart shaped balloons.

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Today, I wanted to share with you a True Valentines Day Story…  my story.  I don’t usually spend too much time talking about personal stories on here but this is too good not to share and for those of you who could use some Valentines Day Cheer!  ~ read on 🙂 

 

This morning I took a walk to the grocery store and found myself stuck in a whirlwind of a Valentines Day frenzy – guys rushing to buy single stem red roses (at $6.99 a stem!), silver red and pink giant heart balloons bobbing in every store, and truck fulls of candy baskets unloading in the shopping center parking lot. Needless to say even though I didn’t buy any special cards or balloons for my sweetheart, the whole reason I was up so early in this Valentines Day mess was because I was heading to my favorite breakfast shop “Andy’s” to get my husband a little valentines breakfast surprise.

I haven’t been having the best week, or maybe even the best month.  Just a mess of crappy things one after another keep happening… from a broken toe to many sleepless nights probably due to a little too much stress, to a landlord tenant fiasco.  And this morning I was apparently no different.

As I was standing in line to get special blueberry pancakes for my husband (which I never do btw but decided to do for this special Valentines Day occasion), just as I got to the front of the line, the breakfast lady tells me “I’m so sorry honey, but we’re done with breakfast, you just missed the cut off”.  This wouldn’t have been so bad except for the fact that I was standing in line for roughly 25 minutes before I finally got to the front of the line. Apparently I had got in right before a group of about 12 teenagers who went ahead ordering just about everything on the breakfast menu from omelets and asai bowls to pancakes. And seeing all of this wonderfulness coming out one after another only made me want my blueberry pancakes even more.

So, yeah, no pancakes, instead I had to settle for some freshly baked goods, which I decided would be an ok substitute.  I decided in that moment I was not going to let anything ruin my Valentines Day, and told myself maybe it was meant to be, god did not want me eating those three giant pancakes loaded with butter and delicious syrup and really it was much better for me to eat the bran blueberry muffins instead.  I do this a lot, try to use positive thinking to pretend crappy things don’t exist.  I can’t really decide if it works or not.

Anyway, so I get home a bit bummed out about the pancakes but happy that I have blueberry something (since I’ve been craving blueberries) and make some coffee and put the muffins in the oven so they appear to be homemade when my husband wakes up.

He wakes up and is very excited about the muffins and the fresh hot coffee I have waiting for him and together we enjoy a very simple and sweet Valentines Day breakfast.  It was almost perfect.

Except for one thing…  My husband, trying to be helpful, brought me a butter container filled with what looked like butter that had been sitting out for too long (a little soft and a weird consistency) which I thought for a mini second – “this looks weird” – but quickly disregarded and promptly spread all over the both sides of each muffin.  Then, because I was starving (after spending the last hour trying to get these muffins) I started eating one of the halves thinking to myself, this tastes a little odd, but eating it anyway.  After I finish the one half and go to pick up another, my husband says “Is this mayonnaise?”.

OMG – duh!  The worst part, it’s totally my fault.  I was the one who filled that butter container with mayo last night (in our attempt to be cheap and buy the gigantic mayo container from Costco which needed to be put into a smaller container for daily use) and he totally grabbed the wrong butter container.  And yes, it was too late, I ate the mayo covered blueberry muffin and the rest of the blueberry muffins were now covered in mayo as well.  Not a little bit if mayo, a whooping spread of mayo all over each of the muffins.  Just great.

At this point, I’m like – bring it on, can anything else go wrong?  And a few seconds later just as I’m going to put the disgusting mayo covered muffin down, a big piece falls off into my coffee. We both start laughing.  He says “you aren’t having the best week are you?”.

I dump my cup of coffee and I pour myself a 1/4 cup of what is left of the coffee press, it’s not a full cup and by now it’s luke warm, but hey, I’ll take what I can get.  We cut off the mayo parts of the muffins and eat what is left (which isn’t very much). And then we just sit up close next to each other and make the best of what we have. ♥ That’s life I guess. Crappy stuff happens, I’m just happy to have someone I love dearly to share it with.  Mayo covered blueberry muffins and all.

 

That is my Valentines Day story!  And as you can see – not the best start to a Valentines Day surprise and definitely not my “Best Day Ever”.  Still a pretty funny story -yes? I hope your Valentines Day is a little bit better!

The eternal optimist, I still have high hopes for dinner and I will make sure NOT to spread mayo on my dinner roles.kalalau trail, kalalau engagement, kauai, engagement, engagement photos, engagement shoot, hawaii engagement

Wishing all of my favorite brides, grooms, vendors & brides and grooms to-be a Very Happy Valentines Day!  May your day be filled with roses, sunshine and romance! ♥♥

xo,  Nicole

Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planner
www.BestDayEverHawaii.com

Kyle & Layna, A Sunset Ranch Hawaii Wedding

Kyle and Layna tied the knot Saturday at Sunset Ranch on the North Shore of Oahu.  It was an intimate event filled with sunshine, laughter and lots of dancing.  From the peacocks roaming through the lawn games to the brides sexy tahitian dance, it was definitely a wedding that we will never forget.  Over the past few months we have gotten to know Kyle and Layna very well and I don’t think I’ve met a couple more perfect for each other.  I don’t know how to explain it any better than this – there’s something about them, that seems to just fit. After months of preparation and planning, it’s always a wonderful day when you finally get to see it all come together for such a perfect couple, and yesterday was just that!

Dear Kyle & Layna . . . It was an honor and pleasure to be a part of such a magical moment.  THANK YOU so much for trusting us with your “Best Day Ever”!  🙂 You did it!  CONGRATULATIONS MR. & MRS. KYLE FUJIMOTO!  

A big MAHALO to all vendors who helped make Kyle and Layna’s “Best Day Ever!”
venue – Sunset Ranch – Jessica, Dania & Greg
catering – OFF MENU – Julia & staff
bartending – ALOHA on the Rocks – Shaun & Staff
Officiant – Cynthia  SMoot
WEdding Cake & Grooms Cake – a Cake Life – KRISTIN

specialty desserts – Lickety Split, Jerry (Ice cream truck)
event rentals – Pacific party rentals
wedding flowers – Always flowers, Todd & Staff
Photography – Frank AModo
PHotography – Christine Sadoy (Sunset RAnch)
DJ & EMCEE – DJ KEVO!
Entertainment – Tunuis royal polynesian 

And now the fun part . . .  Photos!  Thanks to Sunset Ranch (Christine Sadoy) for sharing these shots.  I also took a few of the photos.  Can’t wait to see what Frank has done.  I’m sure it will be amazing!  Enjoy!

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Cheers to Kyle and Layna’s Best Day Ever!

Happy Monday Everyone! 🙂
xo, 
Nicole (& Erika)
Best Day Ever
Hawaii Wedding Planner

A Gorgeous Day for a Wedding at Sunset Ranch, today is Layna & Kyle’s Best Day Ever!

Yay!  Beautiful weather, and an all around perfect day!  Today’s the big day for Layna & Kyle and we’re heading up to Sunset Ranch to start all the set up!  More photos to come later!  Excited!!

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Happy Saturday Everyone!

xo, Best Day Ever
Hawaii Wedding Planner