Sep 29, 2007
THE NEW DRESS!
"Kylie" in Ivory from Quick Gowns
Funny enough...I had this gown bookmarked for about two years before we even got engaged. I found the seller via eBay seller QuickGowns Weddings and Formals (formally Just The Dress). Paul was very helpful via email in helping me determine the correct size to order (which was two sizes smaller than I originally thought I would need). Let's keep our fingers crossed that this is the LAST dress I buy before the wedding! I got it for $377 including s/h and a breathable fabric garment bag for it.
I got the shoes above when I was still planning a toes in the sand ceremony on the North Shore. I would be barefoot for it and then wear the shoes above for the reception. Well, now that we're planning our ceremony for the lawn the fronts the beach at the Kauai Coast Resort on the East Side, I needed something flat to wear for the ceremony on the lawn.
I found these Mossimo Princess Jewel Thongs at Target for $19.99.
I'll probably change into the Franco Sarto ones for the reception and definitely wear them for the AHR.
Here's a couture gown that I adore!
I think that once mine is altered I can make it look similar:
"Izabel" By Adele Wechsler
I am currently obsessed with all things briolette!
Love Carrie D Mader's designs
And ever since I got my pear shaped e-ring...I cannot get enough of the pear shape stones either!
This is from White Aisle
I am currently torn between going with a smoky eye and nude lip or with a completely light/neutral eye and lip.
I have naturally curly hair and plan to wear it up with green cymbidum orchids. Hopefully the humidity will co-operate!
Oh yeah and the 87 products it will take to beat my wild locks into submission!
I'd like it do be loosely pulled back and not overly "done" looking.
If it doesn't want to behave, I guess I can do this route:
I like the idea of using sand dollars for name cards at the place settings
(we won't need to do escort cards, I just plan to have them already at the place settings.)
Maybe we'll have their names in English and Hawaiian:
We will have white table linens, but I want to have turquoise or aqua napkins like this:
I like the folded napkin pocket for the menu cards (we'd do the sand dollar name tag instead of the flowers):
And natural fiber (woven raffia, sinamay or burlap for the runners):
I just love the look of the turquoise glass and candlelight:
Um...how cute are thes tealights from IKEA? They are $2 for 4! And they come with the candles in them..
They come in a red/fushcia/orange combo too! FUN!
I have been obsessed with trying to recreate this look but couldn't find rentals for the turquoise glass plates:
So I was overjoyed when I found these Turquoise Glass "The Cellar" Plates on sale at Macys.com
for $9.97 for a set of 4 plates (originally $29/set)...I bought 10 sets:
And I bought 40 of these Libbey "Vina" Glasses in Turquoise online from the Libbey Outlet for $2.99 each
I also bought two of these "Fleur Aqua" Champagne Flutes from Cost Plus World Market for $3.00 each
Our table will be in a horseshoe or U shape: Orange Mokara Orchids in Vases:
Dendrobiums and Natural Fiber Runner: We'll sprinkle seashells in various sizes andturquoise glass pebbles:
I have Lauhala Boxes from Bliss Wedding Market and would like to do something like this,
maybe with sandollar cookies inside? Or Chocolate covered mac nuts...
Maybe I can put the guest names on the shell , attach it to the box,
and have the box placed on the napkins on each plate...hmmmm?!?!?!?
Table Number Idea (and Sand Dollar Cookies)...we will probably name the tables with
Hawaiian Words for Love, Faith, etc. or with locations in Kauai that are special to us.
Save the Dates
I wanted to do a boxed, pocketfold invite with woven/basho paper, embellished with seashells. I priced it myself to DIY and it came to around $8-9/per invitation once I bought all of the supplies. So, when I found these online at Eiffel Print & Design for $10.50/each I decided that I would spend the extra money to have someone with the time, patience and experience to make them for me. Brittany has been wonderful, we have corresponded by email and she has worked with me to customize my design based upon this sample:
Here are the mock-ups I received from Brittany...
One came in a Vanilla Box and the other in a Chocolate Box
Joseph and I like the Chocolate one...
This is what each one looks like once you open the box:
(it is wrapped with a chocolate colored suede tie and the sandollar is hot glued onto it, creating a band)
This is what the inside of the chocolate one looks like:
Here is the inside of the vanilla one:You cannot tell by the pics, but Brittany also used two different types of white paper for us to see and choose from. One has a golden pearl effect and the other is more silvery...we have chosen the silvery one (it is also the same sparkle as the pocketfold...which I believe the color is called tiffany blue). We will use the chocolate box and the vertical pocketfold and invitation orientation (we like that it is not as traditional as the horizontal, more book-like one). The only thing we might change is having our names in a larger font. Other than that...they exceed my expectations 100%!
The enclosures (sorry they're blurry...my camera is hit or miss!)
That is the map I made using tips from the Map Bio!
I used MSPublisher and Paint for mine and saved
it as a .tiff file so it would be high enough quality to print.
Brittany was great about using my fonts (Bonheur Royale is the Script and Maiandra GD is the Serif one)...she didn't have the script fonts so I emailed it to her. It matches the map I made and I also used it for our Boarding Passes below. I plan to use it on our wedding programs and menus as well for consistency. I cannot recommend her enough! She has been great and I know that our guests will just adore our invites (I had my BFF sneak a peek and she couldn't rave enough!)
My boarding pass welcome letter....
I will send this and a customized luggage tagto my guests after they RSVP.
Mahalo to MauidAims for the luggage tag inspiration and the boarding pass template.
Click here to get your own!
We'll make personalized bag tags, similar to this, with self-laminating luggage tags:
Just for fun, I made up some monograms for fun in MSPublisher...
We might use one or more for Luggage Tags, Palm fans, OOT bag tags, water bottles, etc.
I made these trifold letters in MSPublisher for the OOT bags...
Joseph and I both have our own websites for work (every opera singer these days has a website!), but we knew we wanted one completely dedicated to our wedding plans and details. I considered DIY (I created and maintain our professional sites), but after seeing the offering as WedQuarters, I decided it would be more convenient to use their web-based templates and hosting. Here is a screenshot of ours.
I have champagne tastes and a beer budget! But, I have saved tons of money planning this wedding by comparison shopping online and buying many things on eBay. I also try not to make any emotionally based decisions...because that's when you can end up paying TOO much money for wedding-related stuff.
I have chosen to list prices here to let other to-be-weds that having a fabulous wedding on a budget can be done!
Aloha Project Wedding!
I started collecting pictures long before I ever thought I would make a bio...
so if you want me to credit your pic, please email me:
loridecter [at] yahoo [dot] com
I made this HTML bio using NVU
Regina & BellaOur first vacation together was in the summer of 2001 and we spent a week in Kauai. We returned to the island again for ten days in the summer of 2005 and when we became engaged on September 17, 2006, we knew we wanted to be married there. Because my Dad has a time share at the Pono Kai in Kapa'a, my family has vacationed on the island year after year, but this will be the first visit for many of our friends and most of Joseph's family.
Some pictures of us working together
We're excited to share the peace and natural beauty that Kauai has to offer and look forward to having a casual, laid-back wedding weekend with our immediate family and close friends. We expect about 40 guests and will be married on the beachfront lawn at the Kauai Coast Resort in Kapa'a, followed by cocktails at the pool and a dinner reception at the Hukilau Lanai. We really like that restaurant and ate there several times on our last visit. We LOVED their Ahi Poke Nachos and listening to the jazz duo Easy Living, so we will have both at our wedding! We are working with Manda Tollefson at the Hukilau Lanai and she is coordinating the ceremony and reception details for us. We will stay at the Plantation Hale, where we have stayed the last two times we've been to Kauai, which is also in the Coconut Coast Resort area right next to the Coconut Marketplace. We will have Jennifer Prater from Island Echoes Photography capture the day and flowers from Casey Sparks of Martin Roberts Floral and Design. Finally, after much debate, I decided not to DIY our invites and am working with Brittany Hermansen at Eiffel Print & Design.
I've tried my best to recreate my bios (from that other wedding site) here at PW. To see my bios in all of their glory, click these links:
I am glad to have found this website! I am a native San Franciscan (born and raised) and currently live in San Jose with my fiance, Joseph, and our two furbabies, Regina and Bella. We will be married in an Oceanfront Ceremony at Kauai Coast Resort on September 29, 2007 in Kauai, Hawaii. We are planning a casual destination wedding for about 25 guests. For more information on our wedding plans, please see my planning bio (links on the left).
UPDATE! We're married, have another pug named Luigi and now live in Tulsa, OK. The rest? Details below...