Sep 29, 2007
|Groom's Processional Song:||Here and Now||
|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||
Earth, Wind and Fire
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!
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.
Yep! You can get a latte, loco moco plate lunch and ice cream sandwich along with your marriage lisence! Only in HAWAII!
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 with...my 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.
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.
Looking good in wet formal wear is a workout! My dress was very heavy after it was soaked!
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.
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.
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:
Each seat had a namecard, palm fan and program. Ladies' seats also had parasols.
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:
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
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.
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!)
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!
We requested that all of our guests wear "Beach Whites"...shades of white, ivory, khaki and tan:
The polaroid guest book...my 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...
The reception details with all of my blue glass!
The catering manager, Manda Tollefson, printed out cute cocktail menus and had one at each table!
Our lauhala favor boxes embellished with sand dollars and the place cards printed on blue vellum featured each person's name in Hawaiian
The green and white dendrobiums with orange mokaras looked better than I had imagined they would!
They lasted forever too! Several of us had them in our condos until we had to leave Kauai.
Here's how all of my DIY came together at the ceremony:
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)
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.
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!
We fed each other Crème Brûlé, our FAVORITE!