Adam + Jessica Garone, Best Hawaii Wedding Ever! JW Marriott, Ihilani, Ko Olina

Jess and Adam have been one of our favorite couples from the start.  Adam is the founder of a really cool foundation you may of herd of called “Movember“.  It’s where guys raise money and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health, by growing out their mustaches in the month of November.  Totally fun, and for a great cause.  Jess, is pretty fab herself, a producer in LA, and perhaps one of the sweetest and funniest girls we know.

I had been working with Jess for several months prior to her wedding, helping her with vendors, decor, budget and hundreds of other details.  When you have helped a bride from the very beginning, before they even have a venue, you almost feel as though it’s your wedding too, and it becomes equally important to you that everything fall into place and be as beautiful as possible.  August 12th, 2014, was definitely one of those moments, where everything falls into place in the most perfect way, all the vendors, all the decor, all the smiles…  and you realize, it was all worth it!

Amazing floral arrangements by Passion Roots paired off with a posh lounge from Les Saisons, and several elegant chandeliers from Hawaii Tents created the perfect backdrop for Jessica’s “Boho Chic” purple and magenta theme.  The brightly colored parasols and chalkboard signs helped pull everything together.  It was perfect.  The weather, the decor, all the happy guests, and of course, the bride and groom.

Thank you Jess & Adam for trusting us with such an important moment.  It was one of the best weddings we’ve ever been a part of and we hope you enjoyed every second of it.  Best wishes and keep in touch!

xo, Nicole & Erika

PS.  Created a little mini video of the days events for you so you can share with guests who were not able to attend, enjoy!

Adam + Jessica from Best Day Ever on Vimeo.

A Big Mahalo to our Vendors:
JW Marriot Ihilani, Cathy Nakahara
A Baked Romance, Joshua
DJ Kevo
Passion Roots
Faith & Beauty
Beautiful Day Photography, Laura Grier
Hawaii Tents & Events
Les Saisons
Kahu La’akea
Best Day Ever

And now for a few beautiful photos, from Laura ofBeautiful Day Photography, Enjoy 🙂

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Congratulations Jess + Adam!  Cheers to your “Best Day Ever!” 🙂

Nicole (+ Erika)
Best Day Ever Hawaii
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Hawaii Wedding Inspiration: Best Father Daughter Dance Ever!

Loving this Father Daughter dance, one of my favorite brides Lorrie found on YouTube.  Ok, it’s not technically a bride and her father but instead a father and daughter at her Bat Mitzvah, but think of the possibilites! Imagine doing this type of fun dance with your dad in your gown at your wedding ~ now that would be awesome!

What did you think? We’d love to hear your reaction!  Pretty awesome right?!
Happy Monday Everyone 🙂
xo,
Nicole
Best Day Ever Hawaii 
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planning Team

Best Day Ever’s Top 14 Ways to incorporate “Something Blue” into your Hawaii Wedding!

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe”

 “Something Blue” … This signifies love, fidelity, and purity.

And yes, this one is kind of a “must-do!”.  But how do you incorporate “Something Blue” into your Hawaii Wedding in a not to cheese, not over the top, super cute and gorgeous way? Feeling stuck ~ No problemo, check out these FUN ideas …

BEST DAY EVER’S Top 14 Ways
to Incorporate “Something Blue” into your Hawaii Wedding

1.  Wear a blue sash, ribbon, garter, underwear, shoes, or lingerie. Check out the blue shoes in the pic below 🙂

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2.  Have your fiancé wear a blue tie with his suit.

3.  Wrap a blue ribbon or handkerchief around your bouquet.

4.  Sign your wedding certificate using blue pens.

5.  Add blue flowers such as blue hydrangeas, morning glories, or bellflowers to your bouquet.

6.  Have guests sign in a blue guest book.

7.  Sew a blue thread along the hem of your bridal gown with your wedding date.

8.  Ask your bridal party to sign their names on the bottom of your shoes with a blue pen.

9.  Paint your nails blue or use blue eye shadow make up.

10.  Wear blue jewelry with sapphire, opal, aqua marine, or tanzanite.bella sophia estate, Bella Sophia estate Wedding, best day ever hawaii, Hawaii estate wedding, hawaii wedding, hawaii wedding planners, oahu wedding, oahu estate wedding, tracy + zachary, tracy + zachary wedding

11.  Purchase blue “I Do” stickers and stick them to the bottom of your shoes.

12.  Wrap a blue thread around your ring finger.

13.  Carry around a small blue purse.

14.  Arrive to the ceremony or reception in a blue car.

 

There you have it!  Our Top 14 Ways to incorporate “Something Blue” into your Hawaii Wedding!  Hope you’ve been enjoying the wedding tips this week!  Tomorrow we’re onto the last of the traditions “A Sixpence in your Shoe!’ That one is a fun one 🙂 Stay tuned!

xo, Nicole
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planner

How to Incorporate “Something Borrowed” into your Hawaii Wedding… Eight Fabulous Ideas!

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe”

If you’ve been following us this week we’ve been giving you a daily dose of how to incorporate something old, new, borrowed and blue, and today we’re all about “Something Borrowed”.  This one’s my favorite and the options to incorporate “Something Borrowed” are really endless.  What I like most about this tradition is that it can be really sentimental and personalized, which is what weddings are all about!

“Something Borrowed” This represents borrowed happiness.

Best Day Ever’s Top 8 Ways to Incorporate “Something Borrowed” into your Hawaii Wedding!

1.  Borrow a pocket watch from your grandfather or jewelry pendants from you grandmother and wrap it around your bouquet.

2.  Wear your mother’s wedding veil, shoes, or dress. She’ll be thrilled and honored that you’re using something of hers, trust me!

3.  Ask permission to steal the song your parent’s had as their first dance song. Again, mom and dad are gonna love this! You could even invite them up to dance with you half way through the song …  awww! Love this idea!

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4.   Use grandmas old vintage wedding knife to cut the cake.

5.  Borrow your sister’s robe while getting ready before the wedding. That’s an easy one!

6.  Borrow your friend’s favorite book which contains a poem or quote that you want recited at the ceremony or reception.

7.  Spritz on some of your best friend’s fragrance.

8.  Use your parent’s toasting glasses for the reception.

 

There you have it!  Our Top 8 Ways to incorporate “Something Borrowed”.

How are you going to incorporate “Something Borrowed” into your Hawaii Wedding? Do share!

And don’t forget to stay tuned to tomorrows blog post on “Something Blue!”

Photo Courtesy of Black Tie Cinema & our lovely bride and groom Chris & Erin, LOVING the Bowling Bowl “locked down” symbol on Chris’s leg. And yes, this groom did wear that thing around all night.  Now that’s TRUE LOVE! 

Happy Wednesday everyone 🙂

xo, Nicole
Best Day Ever
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planner

Hawaii Wedding Traditions: Top 6 Ways to incorporate “Something New”

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe”

As the old saying goes, it’s a time old tradition to incorporate something old, new, borrowed and blue into your wedding and this week we’re covering all of the above.  Today we’re going to give you our Top 6 Ways to incorporate “Something New” into your Hawaii Wedding.  Enjoy! 🙂

Top 6 Ways to Incorporate “Something New” into your Hawaii Wedding

1.  Buy a new bridal gown, jewelry, shoes, lingerie, etc.

2.  Add a new charm to your bracelet

3.  Rock a new haircut, custom perfume scent, or makeup look

4.  Attach a brand new key that unlocks you and your future husband’s house

5.  Purchase matching jewelry pieces or lapel pins for your wedding party

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6.  Order a new handkerchief monogrammed with you and your fiancé’s initials

 

The options are endless!  “Something New” is the easiest of the traditions to incorporate, the question is how are YOU going to incorporate “Something New” into your wedding? Do share! We’d love to hear your ideas 🙂

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Stay tuned tomorrow for ideas on how to incorporate “Something Borrowed”!

xo, Nicole
Best Day Ever Hawaii
www.BestDayEverHawaii.com

Top 10 Ways to incorporate “Something Old” into your Hawaii Wedding

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe” is a time-honored tradition that was derived from an English rhyme for good luck.  Today, many brides are coming up with cute ways to personalize this rule for their own weddings celebrations.  For the next four days, we’ll be doing a little post on each of these traditions.  Today, we’ll be offering tips and ideas on how to incorporate “Something Old” 🙂

“Something Old” This represents the continuity of the past into the future. Here are a few FUN ideas on how you can incorporate Something Old into your Hawaii Wedding

 

Best Day Ever’s TOP 10 Ways
to incorporate “Something Old” into your Hawaii Wedding

1. Wear jewelry heirlooms (brooch, barrettes, hair pins, rings)

2.  Use your mother’s wedding gown or veil.

3.  Detach a button from your grandfather’s favorite jacket or a piece of lace from you mother’s bridal gown and sew it to the hem of your bridal gown.

4.  Have your Hawaii groom wear your father’s cuff links.

5.  Have your priest use your family prayer book if you’re having a church ceremony.

6.  Reuse your old personal childhood pillow (or teddy!) as the ring bearer’s pillow.

7.  Wear a locket necklace containing pictures of your parents and grandparents around your neck or pin a locket around your bouquet’s stems. This is also great for grandparents that have passed 🙂

8.  Display a picture from your parents or grandparent’s wedding day at your reception. This would also be super cute in a vintage frame!hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, beach wedding, paradise cove beach, paradise cove beach wedding, paul and julie, best day ever hawaii

9.  Have your wedding ceremony or reception at a historic Hawaii location. Think about the Iolani Palace or Bishop Museum.

10.  Arrive to your ceremony in a vintage car.

 

There you have it..  Our top 10 ways to incorporate “Something Old” into your Hawaii Wedding.  Have any other cool ideas on ways to incorporate “Something Old”? We’d love to hear them! Do share 🙂

Happy Monday everyone!  Stay tuned tomorrow for tips and ideas on incorporating “Something New”!

xo, Nicole
Best Day Ever
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planner
http://www.BestDayEverHawaii.com

Photo Credit: Etsy

David Huxley and Susan Vance’s Best Day Ever!

It’s not often that we meet a couple as unique an fun as Susan and David!  I felt instantly connected to them from our first phone consult over a year ago when we began planning their Best Day Ever (or at least it feels that long!).  They were both from Philadelphia (my college town!) and were planning a secret wedding get-away for just the two of them.  I loved that they were going to do the whole sha-bang in a completely romantic and unique way, inviting and telling no friends and family, yet finding a way to capture it all on video and by photo to show their family later on.

Over the next few months I worked with David & Susan to help them book the perfect vendors, secure flowers, find a breath-taking ceremony venue and pull together all of their details for their special day.  The groom decided that he was going to wear a kilt and the bride a deep red gorgeous wedding gown, how cool is that! Slowly but surely all the months of planning fell into place and before we knew it their big day was here.

On the morning of their Big Day, I got to the florist early to pick up the flowers and headed down to 3660 on the Rise where we had a special private room and balcony reserved for David and Susan.  The morning was spent turning a pretty basic room into a romantic and intimate dinner setting with flowers everywhere, candles and twinkly lights.  After that I headed over to the hotel to check in on the bride and groom and vendors.
As Janice and Frank (the videographer and photographer) captured the getting ready shots, rings, jewelry, dress, invitations (yes, they even had invitations & table numbers made for their special day! awesome right!) and other little details while I took care of a few last minute calls and tasks.  Meanwhile Leslie Fair did an amazing job turing Susan into one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen!  I loved how the bride and groom were so playful and fun the entire time, the groom dancing around the room loving every minute of this special day!
Before we knew it, the time was here and we headed out to the ceremony spot for the Big Event. Susan and David headed down to the lobby shortly after to take a limo.
A gorgeous day, breathtaking cliffs on a turquoise clear ocean, this day was just perfect!  As Kahu Bruce led a Hawaiian chant and a very intimate ceremony, Frank, Janice and I saw a dolphin, whale and sea turtle pop up right behind them in the middle of the ceremony.  Talk about a special and very rare moment!  I think they must have came especially for Susan & David as a special Hawaiian Blessing!
The evening commenced at 3660 on the Rise where the bride and groom were wow’d with a one of a kind cake made to look like a stack of old books with their wedding date engraved into the sides.  This cake was so amazing the videographers didn’t believe it was real!  We Heart Cake did an AMAZING job! Seriously, this was the coolest cake I’ve ever seen!
The couple ate cake and shared it with us vendors, their special guests, and danced around the room in a Waltz (I think it was a Waltz?) laughing and kissing and having a grand time, enjoying every second of their first dance.  We all feel in love with David and Susan and it was truly an honor to be a part of such a lovely couples “Best Day Ever!”
We wish you both the best of luck and a life filled with laughter, happiness, joy and tons of wonderfully amazing blessings!  Thank you for trusting us with your special day!
And now for the best part, the pictures! >>>> 🙂
A Big Mahalo to all of our Vendors!
Officiant : Kahu Bruce
Flowers : Always Flowers
Photos : Amodo Photo, Frank Amodo
Videography : Video 21, Janice Lauderdale
Reception Dinner : 3660 on the Rise, Cheryl Leong
Limo Transportaion : Jay’s Limo
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Congratulations David & Susan! We love you and are so very happy for the both of you!  I hope you come back to Hawaii to visit soon! Cheers to your “Best Day Ever”!

Sincerely,
Nicole (+Erika)
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planning Team
Best Day Ever Hawaii

DIY Mondays! Wedding Decor ~ Wood Photo Transfers

Looking for a cool way to display your engagement photos at your wedding?  Well, look no further, todays DIY project teaches our favorite DIY brides an easy step by step way to transfer your favorite photos to cool pieces of wood and other materials.

I love photos that really capture a memory, but I’m always trying to find new ways to showcase them. When I found this DIY I thought it was such a great idea! It’s an easy project and a fun way to display your photos or your engagement pictures at your wedding! Read on to find out exactly how to create you’re own one of a kind photo transfers >>> 🙂

 

Materials You Will Need:
Wood
Gel Medium
Paint Brush
Laser Printed Photo (on regular computer paper) 

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Engagement Photo Transfers in 5 Easy Steps:

Step 1. Get your piece of wood and paintbrush and paint a layer of the wood with an even layer of the gel medium.  Try not to avoid too many clumps 🙂 diy, diy mondays, wedding decor, wood photo transfers, wedding photos

 

Step 2: Now find your laser printed photo.  Make sure it is a laser print and not a ink jet print.  Place your photo face down on the gel and use your hands to press the photo firmly down onto the wood.  Making sure the entire surface of the image is flat and rub out any bubbles. Let it dry completely.diy, diy mondays, wedding decor, wood photo transfers, wedding photos

 

Step 3: Now it is time to spray the photo (which is still face down) with water.  You may also use a damp rag to get the paper wet with water. Once the surface is wet, gently start to rub the paper away. Your photo will begin to show through as the paper is removed. Be very gentle when removing the paper as parts of the image can rub off. You may need to add more water along the way too. Don’t rush, this is the important (and fun!) part.diy, diy mondays, wedding decor, wood photo transfers, wedding photos


Step 4: Once you have got all the paper peeled off, make sure to give it some time to dry completely.diy, diy mondays, wedding decor, wood photo transfers, wedding photos

 

Step 5: Paint another layer of the gel medium over the entire image to keep your transfer locked in.diy, diy mondays, wedding decor, wood photo transfers, wedding photos

 

 Thanks to Michelle at Wed Loft for this really cool & inspirational DIY project. Photography by: Michelle Cangemi, Wedloftdiy, diy mondays, wedding decor, wood photo transfers, wedding photos

We hope everyone enjoyed todays DIY Monday Project!  Thanks also to Marielle, our new intern for finding this cute project!

Happy Monday everyone! 🙂 

xo,
Nicole
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planners

A Mothers Day Tribute : How to honor your mother (and father) at your wedding

Weddings can get so crazy sometimes we forget what they’re really all about.  So why do we have a wedding? Of course the explanations are endless, but heres how I would explain it in a nutshell, a wedding is the celebration of two wonderful people deciding that they’re so perfect for each other and so in love that they can’t live without each other and they have willingly made the decision to spend the rest of their lives together. And that ~ is kind of a big deal! Don’t you think? 🙂

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But there’s more, its also about the joining together of two families. Two sets of parents, two sets of siblings, two sets of grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts and uncles.  Weddings are especially sentimental to mothers, so today, on this very special Mothers Day, lets talk about a few special ways to honor your mom at your wedding.

3 Simple Sentimental Ways to honor your Mom (and dad) at your Wedding 

 

1. Do a Bouquet Presentation and a little Special Thank You Speech just for mom. Dad’s get the first dance, but what do mom’s get? Unfortunately this is a tradition we’ll have to incorporate ourselves.  One great idea which we have offered to our brides is to dedicate their bouquet to mom. Sometimes this is also done to grandma, or both. Before presenting the bouquet, give a little speech saying why mom is so special to you. It would also be nice to include a few memories or moments spent with mom that stand out to you. This little gesture will mean the world to her, trust me, most moms end up crying after this.  They save the bouquet and end up telling all their friends about it.  You are their pride and joy and honoring them in this way is something they will never forget.

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2. Wear Something of Moms to your Wedding.  Is her 1960’s wedding dress suddenly back in style, perhaps with a little altering? Or maybe you could wear that pearl necklace her mother gave her that you know means the world to her? Even if it’s just something small, these little things mean the world to mom and often times your wedding day is just as important to her as her wedding day was.  Show mom a little love and let her know you’re thinking about her by incorporating something of hers into your outfit and she’ll love it.

3. Frame your Parents Wedding Photos and Display them at your wedding.  This is the sweetest way to show mom that you are thinking of her. Dad will love it too.  This can also be done for grandparents. A simple way to show your nearest and dearest that today is their special day too.hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, hawaii prince hotel, hawaii prince hotel wedding, andrea and brian, best day ever hawaii

 

Wishing all of you brides who are mothers, and brides who are now thinking of ways to honor their mothers on their special day a Very Happy Mothers Day!   I hope you got some good ideas out of this post and in honor of my mom today, I posted our picture up top 🙂

Wishing you all the Best Day Ever !
Happy Sunday everyone !

xo >> Nicole
Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planners

Suit Vests, a new Wedding Trend?

The majority of my style tips have been for our lovely brides but don’t worry grooms this next one is for you!!  I wanted to share this style idea I have been loving for beach weddings -the suit vest!

In an outdoor setting, a suit jacket can be a little warm and uncomfortable, especially in Hawaii.  Omitting the jacket and wearing a simple vest over a collared shirt maintains just the right amount of sophistication. This style will keep grooms cool, comfortable and polished!

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We’d love to hear what our brides AND grooms think!!  Let us know if you would rock this style!

Happy Saturday everyone! 🙂

xo,
Hawaii’s Favorite Wedding Planners
Best Day Ever Hawaii