Ikuyo and Shane’s Best Day Ever! A Beautiful Hawaii Paradise Cove Beach Wedding

Ikuyo and Shane celebrated their Hawaii Wedding at Paradise Cove Beach, in Ko’olina on April 16th, 2014.  It was a sweet and simple ceremony that brought many, including us, to tears.  The bride and groom said “I do” in front of their closest friends and family and then celebrated their “Best Day Ever” at a traditional Hawaiian Luau afterwards, complete with fire dancing and wedding cake!

Shane & Ikuyo, it was a pleasure getting to know both of you and we were honored to be a part of such a special day! Ikuyo, your dad, singing the Hawaiian Wedding Song with Henry while you and Shane danced, was something I will never forget and whenever I see it it makes me smile. 🙂  I’ve added the video here below for you to see as well.  It was taken with my iphone, but is still such a beautiful moment!

A big mahalo to all of our vendors!
Officiant: Kahu Bruce
Cake: Diamond Head Bakery
Florals: Always Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Delish Makeup Artistry, Heather Heen
Photography: Crystal Chanel Photography
Musician: Henry Makua
Coordination: Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planners

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Congratulations Ikuyo & Shane!  🙂

xo, Nicole & Erika
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding & Event Designers

Bill and Emily’s Best Day Ever!

Bill and Emily were probably the sweetest couple I have met in quite a while.  We had been working with them for several months prior to their ceremony and over that time I feel we have gotten to know the couple pretty well.  They are the best 🙂 and I could not imagine a couple more perfect for each other than Bill and Emily.

Bill and Emily decided to come to Hawaii to tie the knot totally on their own, with no guests or family, just a completely ultra romantic and intimate ceremony with just the two of them.  We helped them find a photographer, videographer and florist and handled all of the other “wedding details” so that when they finally arrived on O’ahu they could just enjoy their time together surfing, and exploring the island having the times of their lives.  And that is just what they did!

When their special day finally arrived, Bill and Emily drove themselves over to Makapu’u Beach where we had everything set up and ready for them.  Unfortunately they got a bit lost on the way over and even got pulled over by a cop, but that didn’t stop them from having a ceremony that was seriously, very close to the sweetest ceremony I have ever witnessed.  They even had me tearing up!

Bill & Emily ~ We just wanted to thank you both for letting us be a part of your special day. It was an honor to share such an intimate moment with you and we are so excited for the both of you!  We wish you the best life ever together and hope you did indeed have your “Best Day Ever!

Congratulations Bill and Emily!!!

Also, a Big Mahalo to all of our Vendors!
Officiant : Kahu Bruce
Hair & Make-Up : Make Up by Bev
Photography: Ashley Goodwin Photography
Videography: Crane Media-James Chun & Paul
Flowers:  Always Flowers-Todd Oshiro
Coordination : Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planners

 

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Congrats Bill & Emily!
And “Cheers to your Best Day Ever!” 🙂

xo,
Nicole (& Erika)

Best Day Ever – Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding and Event Planners
www.BestDayEverHawaii.com

Bridal Barefoot Sandals, Perfect for Hawaii Beach Weddings!

Browsing on Pinterest I came across another unique style tip for our Hawaii brides!  I am excited to share with you the Bridal Barefoot Sandal! Perfect for all of our Hawaii Destination Weddings & ceremonies on the sand! Just the right amount of elegance with all the comfort and simplicity!

The Bridal Barefoot Sandal comes in a variety of styles from simple pieces with small pearls to extravagant ones adorned with large gems and lace.   I consider these beautiful pieces to be more like jewelry than footwear!

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The last thing our beach brides want to worry about is walking down the aisle and losing a shoe in the sand!  The Hawaii Bridal Beach Sandal is the perfect accessory to top off any beach bridal look.  It has the elegance our brides love with a level of practicality that’s appropriate for an outdoor setting.

I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy Tuesday! 🙂

xo, Kelli
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planning & Event Design Team

DIY Monday’s ~ Edible Sea Favors PART 2: Madeleine Shells

I hope you enjoyed last weeks Edible Sea Glass Favors!  Here’s is the long awaited part 2! I know, I know.. it’s a part of our DIY Monday’s series … and today is Tuesday, but we’re any of you really checking your email yesterday when it was a holiday? My guess is probably not! So.. yes, I saved it for today:)

How I came across Madeleine Shells ~ the perfect beachy themed wedding favor…  After a long day I was craving something simple and sweet.  I thought a cookie would be just the thing!! I dropped by a small local bakery and came across madeleines, french butter cookies. Looking at the freshly baked cookies I was instantly reminded of sea shells!  (Madeleines are traditionally baked in scalloped edged pans)  These golden brown cookies became my newest inspiration for a beach themed wedding favor!

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PHOTO CREDIT: 101 Cookbooks- Madeleines Recipe

You can find madeleines pre-made in specialty bakeries or you can try making your own using this highly recommended recipe from 101 cookbooks.  Place one or two madeleines into a clear cellophane bag, tie a blue or beige ribbon and add a seashell shaped tag. Wanna get fancy? What about placing the cookie in a small bag and then putting that smaller bag into a larger bag filled with a little bit of sand and shells and even some sea glass, then tying off with a nice ribbom?  These cookies are elegant enough for a formal wedding and are beautiful enough to display without embellishments. Delicious and simple, magic words for any busy bride! They also go great with last weeks Sea Glass favors! Why not mix them up?

Give these beauties a try and let us know how you like them! 🙂

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you had a fabulous long weekend!!

xo, Kelli
Hawaii Wedding Planners 
Best Day Ever Hawaii

Hawaii wedding inspiration: Beachy Bliss

We love a well thought out and put together beachy themed wedding.  We live in such a beautiful place, why shouldn’t we play off of the islands wonderful details?  Hawaiian sea shells, sheer ocean blue fabrics, beach glass, coral, and old vintage bottles in greens and light blues can be stitched together to create beautiful beachy bliss wedding. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for a beach inspired wedding:

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Original post from Snippit and Ink. Top row from left: palm tree on beach photo by You Look Nice Today, hibiscus embellished envelope with calligraphy by Laura HooperSaipua pineapple centerpiece photo by Justin & Mary, Hawaiian quilt wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings Row 2: photo of bride by Beloved Photo Boutique, vintage Waikiki surfer postcard, orchid and fern bouquet by Ariella Chezar Row 3: photo of vintage fan by Jose Villa, white hibiscus, photo of leather strappy sandals by Garance Dore, photo with vintage toy plane and brass pineapple by Emma Mitchell via sfgirlbybayhawaii wedding inspiration, beachy bliss, beach weddings

Table number ideas from Pacific Weddings.

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Hanging Capiz Shell Chandelier from one of my favorite furniture/design stores ever… West Elm. Debbie Hemingway, local florist and designer actually has these capiz shell chandeliers for rent too! How cool!hawaii wedding inspiration, beachy bliss, beach wedding

Beach canopy honeymoon table design by Designs by Hemingway.  Wouldn’t you love to have a private dining table on the beach like this?hawaii wedding inspiration, beachy bliss, beach wedding

Beachy details by Designs by Hemingway. Loving this!

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Vintage glass bottles make the perfect floral holders.  The best part – You don’t need many stems to make a statement.  These beautiful glasses almost scream for simplicity.

For more Hawaii beach inspired wedding ideas contact Best Day Ever, Hawaii’s favorite wedding planner & event designer today!

Nicole & Kenji 11.11.11

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!

 


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Love Bubbles: Label Design was an illustration of the couple. Everything in this wedding was personalized – So cute! Graphic design : http://www.Kablooeydesigns.com

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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.
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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.
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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!
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This is the absolute best bouquet toss photo I have ever seen. Can you guess who caught the bouquet?nicole and kenji, hawaii wedding

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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.

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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!nicole and kenji, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, hawaii wedding planner, best day ever hawaiinicole and kenji, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, hawaii wedding planner, best day ever hawaiinicole and kenji, hawaii wedding, oahu wedding, hawaii wedding planner, best day ever hawaii

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!