Sep 29, 2007

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Groom's Processional Song: Here and Now

Luther Vandross

Brides's Processional Song: What are you doing the rest of your life?

Kander and Ebb

Hawaiian Lei Exchange: Hawaiian Wedding Song


Hand Warming Song: Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Recessional Song: September

Earth, Wind and Fire

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Wednesday, October 3rd we departed Kauai for Maui.  We arrived in Maui around noon and headed to the car rental (see my review and details of ordeal below) and arrived at the Maui Prince Makena hotel around 2 pm.  Check-in was at 3 pm so we headed to the poolside grill and had sandwiches.  They were decent but certainly not worth the $35 they cost us...for two sandwiches and two sodas!  Needlesstosay, we decided then and there not to eat at the resort!  We checked-in to room 542 (the view from the room is the first photo below) and hung out on the beach for a couple of hours.  Then we headed to Sushi Go! for dinner.  It was okay...they're cheap and in Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, but they were out of a lot of things and the quality was also lacking (I had a bad reaction to something I ate that required an urgent stop at the Safeway in Kihei for some Benadryl).  I do not recommend this eatery....if you want Sushi, spend some money and go to a better place.  The cheapie in me paid dearly for that meal!  When we got back to the room there was a bucket of complimentart champagne awaiting us.

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Thursday, October 4th We slept in and decided to plan out the rest of visit so we looked in the travel guides and made reservations for Ulalena, Warren and Annabelle's, David Paul's Lahaina Grill and a sunset cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation.  We picked up some groceries in Kihei at the Safeway, since our hotel room had a fridge, we got yogurt, fruit, bagels and some snacks.  We had a little lunch and then returned to the hotel and lounged on their beach.  We saw a wedding on the bluff overlooking the beach, which was gorgeous.  We came back to the room and got ready to see Ulalena in Lahaina followed by dinner at David Paul's Lahaina Grill.  We loved the show and as professional performers ourselves, we tend to be very critical.  It had very hugh production values I would highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to do the luau thing, but who does want to immerse themselves in something inheritantly Hawaiian.  We walked to the restaurant for dinner afterwards and it was simply amazing!  We got the Chef's Tasting Menu and Wine Pairing...I opted for Surf and Joseph got Turf.  Everything was tasty and Joseph is quite a gourmand and was duly impressed with not only the food, but the impeccable service.  They even took a photo of us and emailed to us the next day and presented us with a "Happy Honeymoon" card signed by the staff.  It was lovely little touches like that which made the experience so wonderful.  They also have purse hooks for the ladies, so your bag isn't on the floor or slung over the back of your chair.  I like it so much I bought one for myself as well as one for my BFF and mom.  We cannot wait for our next trip to Maui and dinner at David Paul's Lahaina Grill!  

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Friday, October 5th We loved Makena beach at the hotel so much we just hung out there rather than driving all over the island seeking out other beaches.  Frankly, after our crazy week in Kauai, we were happy to do a whole lot of nothing!   We then headed to Ma'alaea Harbor for Pacific Whale Foundation's Sunset Cocktail Cruise (we got tickets for free when we booked Ulalena).  It was a blast, the food was good, they had a live musician and the crew was very nice and knowledgeable.  It got a little chilly near the end and I am glad I had brought a sweater.  After the sail we ate at Cafe O'Lei in Kihei.  It was good food, but a bustling Friday night so the atmosphere was not that romantic.  The restaurant was quite loud and boisterous.  None the less, we enjoyed the cockatils and the food.

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Saturday, October 6th  Our last full day in Maui and one week of being Mr. & Mrs....we relaxed for a final day on the beach at the resort.  In th evening we headed back to Lahaina for an early dinner at Pacific'O Retaurant.  We dined al fresco and had an awesome view.  The cocktails were generous and kickin'!  After dinner we walked down to Warren and Annabelle's Magic Show.  We did get the dinner package, but it was more like pupus, so we're glad we did dinner beforehand.  The show was great fun and we, along with two other honeymooning couples, were chosen to sit up front and assist Warren with the show.  He is very interactive with the audience and his tricks are amazing.  We were literally less than 4 feet from him and we still have NO IDEA how he does what he does!  Definitely a must-see when in Maui!

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We and the majority of our friends and family arrived in Kauai on Wednesday, September 26th.    We arrived, picked up our luggage and rental car, dropped our wedding clothes of with Jeanne at JMFormals in Lihue, checked into the Plantation Hale and went shopping at Costco for the Welcome BBQ and OOT bag goodies.  Later, we dined at the Hukilau Lanai and went to Safeway, where I bumped into my father who had just arrived from Alaska and my oldest childhood friend who just arrived from Los Angeles! It was surreal having a reunion in the floral department of the Safeway in Kapaa!

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Thursday, September 27th we got our lisence and met with the coordinator at the resort.  We had a mini-rehearsal (just us and our 5 friends who were officiant and the main readers, etc. in the ceremony)  Afterwards, Joseph and I had a hot stone massage and rain therapy treatment at the Makaiwa Spa at the Kauai Coast Resort.  They gave us a 10% discount since we were getting married there!  It was a wonderful way to unwind and relax together before the wedding events heated up.  That evening we had dinner with my father and step-mother and their kids at Wahoos in the Wailua Complex.  Turns out that my mom and her side of family and a group of our friends all ended up there as well (it is across from where we were staying) so we had an impromptu rehearsal dinner of sorts!  SO FUNNY!  Thursday night the guys got together and drank beer and smoked cigars at a friend's beach rental (The Surf Shack) while the ladies and I put the final touches on the favors and decor for the reception.   They bought each of us silly gag gifts from the ABC Store like a lei made of condoms and another made of Rum; Sex Wax, "I got lei'd in Hawaii" stickers and a Men and Women of Hawaii cheesecake calendar!

We got our marriage lisence from Ken, the barista, at Pono Market in Kapa'a!

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Yep! You can get a latte, loco moco plate lunch and ice cream sandwich along with your marriage lisence!  Only in HAWAII!

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Friday, September 28th
the guys went golfing at Kukiolono Golf Course in Kalaheo (Nine holes a SUPER cheap!) while I and the ladies headed to brunch at Gaylord's at Kilohana Plantation.  Afterwards, we returned to our condo at the Plantation Hale and had a mani/pedi party (we decided to DIY after my mom had a horrible experience at the salon that was recommended to me by a knottie and that we all booked our appointments mom went the day before and was not happy at all with the service she received. )  My friend did my french manicure and my mom gave me a pedicure with stuff we bought from Longs.  I had pearlized baby blue toes with white and blue plumeria bling decals!   I think they looked way better than if I had gotten them done professionally.  Plus it was fun to hang out with the girls!  Friday evening we BBQ'd at the resort (they have gas grills and picnic tables near the pool) with all of our guests.  Many got in the aloha spirit and wore their Aloha attire.  Afterwards, we walked to Lappert's Ice Cream at the Coconut Marketplace and just hung out.  Then we walked everyone over to the Kauai Coast Resort to show them where the ceremony and reception would be.

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Saturday, September 29th was the WEDDING DAY!  I awoke super early and headed to Long's where in indulged in some cheap retail therapy and bought a newspaper for the day and some emergency essentials, like a needle and thread, double sided tape and Immodium AD, just in case!  The weather was the best it had been since our arrival and for the first time in weeks I felt really calm!  For more on the timeline of our day see the Getting Ready section above.

Sunday, September 30th
we all gathered aT Eggbert's Family Restaurant for brunch.  Afterwards we went sailing up the Na Pali Coast with my Dad, my sister and our friends on Holo Holo Charters.  The rest of the gang rented boogie boards and headed to the beach in Anahola.  That evening we all regrouped for dinner at Duke's Canoe Club at Kalapaki Bay.

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Monday, October 1st we slept in (finally)!  In the afternoon we headed to my mom's vacation rental at Aninni beach for a BBQ.  Then we got ready for our Trash the Dress/Day After Session with Jennifer Prater at Lumahai Beach.  See the Day After Photos section above for more details.

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Looking good in wet formal wear is a workout!  My dress was very heavy after it was soaked!

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Click HERE to see all of the photos from the session that our friend shot!

Tuesday, October 2nd
we rented seven kayaks at $40 per person from Wailua Kayak Rentals (808-821-1188) which is the only rental place right at the river.  We geared up and were on the Wailua River at 7 am.  We docked the boats and hiked to Secret Falls where we swam and picnicked.   We returned the kayaks at Noon and then took a break.  At 2 pm, we packed up all of our glass from the wedding and shipped it from the FedEx station at the airport and then we headed to Poipu to sun and snorkel.  Later that evening we dined with a few friends at the Hukilau Lanai.  Manda Tollefson, the catering manager, was super sweet and brought three complimentary desserts to our table.  Afterwards, we hung out in the lounge where Helen and Jeff from Easy Living were wrapping up their weekly performance.  Joseph requested that they play "Here and Now" for him since on the wedding day he walked in so fast that he barely heard the song!  They did and we got a little teary!  Helen gave us their latest CD that is Christmas Music and we said our farewells.  It was a wonderful way to wrap up our stay in Kauai.

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Pro Teaser Pics from our Photographer's Blog.   She had posted them while we were on our honeymoon!  We are beyond thrilled and cannot wait to see the rest! This was the most fun we've ever had and I think it shows in the pics.  We were very relaxed and Jen just let us do our thing.  She really didn't give us too much direction...just kind of like "start there and walk over here" or "sit this way" and they we just laughed and canoodled, etc.  I love that she just captured us being ourselves.  Playing in the ocean in our formal clothes was a blast too and more of a work-out than I anticipated!  A wet wedding gown is heavy!

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I asked for an organic-style, hand tied 12" bouquet with Circus Roses and Green Cymbidiums with a Ti Leaf collar and raffia tied handle.
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This is our ceremony site: the lawn at the Kauai Coast Resort that fronts Waipouli Beach on the Coconut Coast on the East Side of Kauai.
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Our Circle Ceremony Set-Up (this picture is taken from the North Side of the Circle).  

We had 21 chairs...10 on one side and 11 on the other:

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We tied our rings with ombre organza ribbon and placed them in a Lions Paw Shell to pass around to each guest for the Ring Warming:
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Our officiant's husband and our good friend held the rings for us until it was time to pass them around for the Ring Warming
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We exchanged leis with each guest...dendrobium orchids for the ladies and kukui nut/seashells for the gents.  
We gave solid green orchid leis to our female friends and green/white ones to the family members.
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Our niece and nephew (my twin brother's children) helped us by being the "lei bearers"
(when then heard we weren't have a FG/RB they were upset, so we came up with this job for them to do and they were thrilled!)
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The palm fans and parasols were a big hit!  I wasn't going to do the parasols, but I am really glad that I did!
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We requested that all of our guests wear "Beach Whites"...shades of white, ivory, khaki and tan:
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The polaroid guest friend shot photos of guests as they came up to the cocktail hour and mounted them to the
Guest Book Pages that I made...then after they had a drink and some pupus, they filled the pages out...
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The reception details with all of my blue glass!
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The catering manager, Manda Tollefson, printed out cute cocktail menus and had one at each table!
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Our lauhala favor boxes embellished with sand dollars and the place cards printed on blue vellum featured each person's name in Hawaiian
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The green and white dendrobiums with orange mokaras looked better than I had imagined they would!
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They lasted forever too!  Several of us had them in our condos until we had to leave Kauai.

Each seat had a namecard, palm fan and program.  Ladies' seats also had parasols.
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Here's how all of my DIY came together at the ceremony:
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We wrote our own ceremony for our friend to perfom for us.  We printed it out and put it in this personalized scrapbook that matches the guestbook.
 Our BFF/Officiant, Sandra (aka knottie Latinadiva&TheBasqueBull)
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A good shot of our banquet tables in a U-shape...we had it placed close to the windows that open to the lawn and oceans at KCR.  

You can also see how the well the burlap rolls from Jamali Garden worked as table runners.

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The Decadent Dessert Buffet was a huge success!  No one missed a two-tiered wedding cake, least of all the groom, who doesn't really like cake!
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We fed each other Crème Brûlé, our FAVORITE!
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