Hawaii Beach Wedding

You GOTTA check this out! www.Pinterest.com

This has been my newest guilty pleasure for about a month now and I must tell you to be careful as it can be addicting!  Pinterest is a GREAT way to get ideas (not only for your wedding but for various aspects of your life) and it is ALSO a GREAT way to keep your vendors (as well wedding party, moms, sisters, etc.) in the loop of your wedding design & planning!  Please feel free to follow our pins by following Kelly Sugano and Christine Nip to see pictures and ideas of weddings we have done as well as inspiration we find.  Here are just a few things that I recently found and love!


White table decor


White table decor


I love that the bride & groom will each of their guests as they exit...and the desgin...SO romantic!


I love that the bride & groom will each of their guests as they exit…and the desgin…SO romantic! from bridalcookie.com


Black & White wedding cake from www.weddinglater.com


Black & White wedding cake from www.weddinglater.com

Arluis (Moana) Chapel at the Moana Surfrider

Today, we visited a beautiful venue at the Moana Surfrider Hotel in Waikiki.  The Arluis or Moana Chapel was opened in February 2010 and is the first beachfront chapel in Waikiki.  This intimate venue caters to destination wedding couples who prefer a smaller venue right next to the sand and waters of Hawaii.  Below are some pictures from our site visit!

View from the altar

View from the altar

Aisle chairs

Aisle chairs

Altar

Altar

Bridal room

Bridal room

View from the back of altar

View from the back of altar

CONGRATULATIONS Christie & Michael Tanaka 10.24.9!!!

From the initial consultation I had, I knew I would LOVE every moment of working with Christie & Michael and I was eagerly looking forward to what I knew would be a BEAUTIFUL wedding!


Bouquet (and all flowers from Su-V Expressions)


Bouquet (and all flowers from Su-V Expressions)


As I always do...I LOVED the flowers that Sue can created!  SO FRESH and full!!!


As I always do…I LOVED the flowers that Sue can created! SO FRESH and full!!!


1 of the flower girls' pomanders :)


1 of the flower girls' pomanders 🙂


Christie's bridal bouquet


Christie's bridal bouquet


and Larisa, one of my assistants for Christie & Michael's wedding being VERY helpful while she finishes the place cards that were beautifully created by Christie!


and Larisa, one of my assistants for Christie & Michael's wedding being VERY helpful while she finishes the place cards that were beautifully created by Christie!


Christie & Michael's candy bar...almost complete (just waiting on the cupcakes)...the beautiful linen by Naomi Lee of Les Saisons!  To help Christie & Michael, I offered to setup, replenish, & breakdown their candy bar as long as they provided all supplies...and I must say it was a HIT!


Christie & Michael's candy bar…almost complete (just waiting on the cupcakes)…the beautiful linen by Naomi Lee of Les Saisons! To help Christie & Michael, I offered to setup, replenish, & breakdown their candy bar as long as they provided all supplies…and I must say it was a HIT!


The 2nd floor ballroom with all linen ready...just waiting for flowers and settings...


The 2nd floor ballroom with all linen ready…just waiting for flowers and settings…


then I made my way to th Hau Terrace to oversee the ceremony setup.  Along the aisle per Christie's request, Naomi made her famous rosettes using her chair sashes


then I made my way to th Hau Terrace to oversee the ceremony setup. Along the aisle per Christie's request, Naomi made her famous rosettes using her chair sashes


and Sue of Su-V Expressions was hard at work setting up the intricate ceremony archway for Christie & Michael's ceremony.


and Sue of Su-V Expressions was hard at work setting up the intricate ceremony archway for Christie & Michael's ceremony.


a closeup of the finished arch.  It was TRULY beautiful and romantic!!!  When I get professional pictures, I will be sure to share them :)


a closeup of the finished arch. It was TRULY beautiful and romantic!!! When I get professional pictures, I will be sure to share them 🙂


and along the aisle...these clean and romantic submerged flowers


and along the aisle…these clean and romantic submerged flowers


the ceremony site completed :)


the ceremony site completed 🙂


and right ON TIME...it was Christie & Michael's big moment!!!  There was no other way to describe it except PERFECT (even the gentle breezes of wind were there )!


and right ON TIME…it was Christie & Michael's big moment!!! There was no other way to describe it except PERFECT (even the gentle breezes of wind were there )!


Their wedding cake created by the Halekulani Hotel...I love the romantic scrolls!


Their wedding cake created by the Halekulani Hotel…I love the romantic scrolls!


the FINISHED candy bar!!!


the FINISHED candy bar!!!


The cupcakes from Cakes by an Angle in the wrappers and boxes provided by Christie!  While working with Christie, I could not help but notice how similar we are by personality and what she likes!


The cupcakes from Cakes by an Angle in the wrappers and boxes provided by Christie! While working with Christie, I could not help but notice how similar we are by personality and what she likes!


1 of the 2 types of centerpieces


1 of the 2 types of centerpieces


and the finished ballroom!


and the finished ballroom!


and finished head table


and finished head table…with my picture, it is hard to see but the simple vases of various flower arrangements along the front really gave the head table a finished and complete romantic look


CONGRATULATIONS MR. & MRS. MICHAEL & CHRISTIE TANAKA!!!


It was truly an honor to be a part of Christie & Michael’s wedding!!!

CONGRATULATIONS MR. & MRS. MICHAEL & CHRISTIE TANAKA!!!

Happy Birthday to The Wedding Cafe!!!

On Monday, October 19th, Mary & I attended The Wedding Cafe’s 8th birthday party!

In Tanna’s true style, we were excited and eager to see what this year’s party would be like.


Centerpieces


Centerpieces


Another style of centerpiece


Another style of centerpiece


and THIS was setup IN the Hyatt's Ballroom!!!


and THIS was setup IN the Hyatt's Ballroom!!!


As always, I enjoyed all of the Hyatt's food, so I asked Mary to take a picture of me with the VERY hard working (and STILL smiling) Tenpinyaki chef!


As always, I enjoyed all of the Hyatt's food, so I asked Mary to take a picture of me with the VERY hard working (and STILL smiling) Tenpinyaki chef!


The VERY hard working Naomi Lee (of Les Saisons) who helped to create/design this amazing event...and Lance Ishibashi of Elle Couture Jewelers!


The VERY hard working Naomi Lee (of Les Saisons) who helped to create/design this amazing event…and Lance Ishibashi of Elle Couture Jewelers!


Sue Tabbal-Yamaguchi (of Su-V Expressions) and one of her sons


Sue Tabbal-Yamaguchi (of Su-V Expressions) and one of her sons


the Birthday cake!


the Birthday cake!


Yummy cupcakes!  I REALLY liked the peanut butter one!!!


Yummy cupcakes! I REALLY liked the peanut butter one!!!


Once I felt Naomi's SOFT & fuzzy rug, I couldn't help but to sit on it!  It was so soft and white that I couldn't believe people were walking on it!


Once I felt Naomi's SOFT & fuzzy rug, I couldn't help but to sit on it! It was so soft and white that I couldn't believe people were walking on it!


Naomi getting a chance to have some fun while taking a picture with her husband Steven!


Naomi getting a chance to have some fun while taking a picture with her husband Steven!


Some of my closest friends...good friends make good times!


Some of my closest friends…good friends make good times!


as we were leaving, James (of Crane Media) had some fun with the big spoon & fork!  He is always so much fun to spend time with!!!


as we were leaving, James (of Crane Media) had some fun with the big spoon & fork! He is always so much fun to spend time with!!!

THANK YOU to Tanna & Bryson Dang for putting on such a GREAT party!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Kelly’s day

One of my recent food finds was thanks to Herb Yamamoto of Pacific Beach Hotel.  He had mentioned to me at the NACE meeting about a small place called Off the Wall in Pearl Kai.

So I planned a meeting there with some friends/colleagues to give it a try!


if you can try it.....stop by


if you can try it…..stop by


I tried the Korean chicken but personally didn't care for it BUT...


I tried the Korean chicken but personally didn't care for it BUT…


I DID LOVE the chocolate filled Andagi!  IF you go at lunch, it is NOT on the menu but you can still request it :)


I DID LOVE the chocolate filled Andagi! IF you go at lunch, it is NOT on the menu but you can still request it 🙂

Kelly’s day – Sunday, June 14th

Although I didn’t get home until 2:30am (from Telianne & Chang-Ho’s wedding), I was up at 9:20am…and hoping to have some dim sum.  I got up and was happy to find out that Riki, Marissa, and Meghan were also up and ready to have dim sum.  I know it is frustrating to have your car breakdown….which is what happened to Riki, Marissa, and Meghan the night before…but I must admit that I enjoyed driving Riki, Marissa, and Meghan around!


Meghan waiting nicely for the dim sum cart to come around...


Meghan waiting nicely for the dim sum cart to come around…


Meghan showing Uncle Mike what she wants


Meghan showing Uncle Mike what she wants


I treated myself to a piece of butter mochi :)


I treated myself to a piece of butter mochi 🙂


my mouth watered just thinking about eating some sweet seeds


my mouth watered just thinking about eating some sweet seeds

By the time I finished making my purchase, I went outside to find Meghan already enjoying hers!


it might be me spending so much time at weddings, but I can see this picture in Meghan's slideshow when she gets married :)


it might be me spending so much time at weddings, but I can see this picture in Meghan's slideshow when she gets married 🙂

After Chinatown, we made our way to Sprint to check out their new phones and see if it would be a good & practical upgrade….

Although I didn’t change my phone, Marissa & Mike did!


Meghan & I as we wait for Uncle Mike to get his phone switched


Meghan & I as we wait for Uncle Mike to get his phone switched

Once we got back home, I passed out and took an hour power nap.  Once I woke up, I realized that my husband (Mike) and his dad had been VERY busy!  They moved the fish pond that we had in the front of our property to the back yard (which I had been wanting for a LONG time).  I am starting to LOVE the backyard!!!  Now I just need to fix up the front again 😉

As I have been taking so many pictures for our blog, my niece Meghan has learned quickly and now likes to take pictures with my camera too!  Here are some she took of us at Dots (where we ended up having dinner at).


Meghan's "Grammy Jane" & "Pa"


Meghan's "Grammy Jane" & "Pa"


Me & Mike


Me & Mike


Me again...Meghan was sitting across from me, so I seem to have been the easiest target ;)


Me again…Meghan was sitting across from me, so I seem to have been the easiest target 😉

Easter (repost)

Upon arrival to Riki, Marissa, & Meghan’s house, we quickly got into the spirit of things…


Riki was making steamed crab legs...YUM!


Riki was making steamed crab legs…YUM!


And Austen was ready to dye eggs!


And Austen was ready to dye eggs!

After seeing the commercial a few times, I thought I would try to make the rice crispy eggs…


next time...I need to prep a little earlier so I can actually make them oval!


next time…I need to prep a little earlier so I can actually make them oval!


Meghan was having a blast in the pool and playing with the water balloons...I couldn't make them fast enough


Meghan was having a blast in the pool and playing with the water balloons…I couldn't make them fast enough


After the children hunted eggs...it was time for the adults!  :)


After the children hunted eggs…it was time for the adults! 🙂


Meghan running to get another egg


Meghan running to get another egg

Kelly’s days (Misc. reposts)

I am the chapter Secretary for the NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) Hawaii Chapter which meets once a month.  During one of our last meetings, I took a quick picture of our other board members:


Our Board (made up of independent professionals as well as Catering Manager/Directors from various hotels)


Our Board (made up of independent professionals as well as Catering Manager/Directors from various hotels)

After our board meeting, it was a little past 9:00pm so a few of us were hungry and wanting dinner (and quick), so we made our way to Mac 24 (since our board meeting was at the Pacific Beach Hotel).  I had a spicy tuna pita…but should have known better (I only like the spicy tuna from Genki or the Waimalu Safeway).


My Pita...


My Pita…

The next time, I had dinner at home…and LOOK what Mike made for me 🙂


I know...I know...I know...I am SOOOO Lucky!  Mike does ALL the cooking! AND he is GREAT at it!


I know…I know…I know…I am SOOOO Lucky! Mike does ALL the cooking! AND he is GREAT at it!

The next day, I made my way to the office to meet with Jenny, Dustin, and Naomi (of Les Saisons) to look at what their linen options are…


Champagne chair cover with garnet red sash


Champagne chair cover with garnet red sash

CONGRATULATIONS MEGHAN & REID NAGATA 4.4.9 (repost)

Upon arrival to the Meghan’s hotel room at The Hyatt, I was happy to find Meghan’s and all bridesmaids dresses hanging nicely for the photographer


hanging dresses = no wrinkles :)


hanging dresses = no wrinkles 🙂

I always love mornings at The Hyatt!  Look how large the hotel room is…


and this is just the living room area!


and this is just the living room area!

Soon after my arrival, the wedding party & immediate family flowers were delivered by Michelle Maeda of Flower Girls: 


Meghan's bridal bouquet


Meghan's bridal bouquet


Bridesmaids' bouquet


Bridesmaids' bouquet


Groom's boutonniere (calla lily) & Groomsmens' boutonniere (cymbidium orchid)


Groom's boutonniere (calla lily) & Groomsmens' boutonniere (cymbidium orchid)


Flower Girl's halo


Flower Girl's halo

As Meghan, Reid, and the wedding party were going to the Courthouse for some picture taking and different backgrounds, they had hired a limousine from Ichiban.  As I had staff with Meghan & an assistant with Reid, I made my way to meet the limousine…and found him early (YAY!!!)


Hummer limousine waiting at near the valet area


Hummer limousine waiting at near the valet area


the inside of the hummer limousine


the inside of the hummer limousine


I LOVE how clean the limousine was...and NO RUST!!!


I LOVE how clean the limousine was…and NO RUST!!!

After Meghan & Reid took a few pictures in front of the waterfall, they made their way to board the limousine…


Reid and his groomsmen, happy & relaxed...just the way I like it!


Reid and his groomsmen, happy & relaxed…just the way I like it!


Wedding party in the limousine about to depart...


Wedding party in the limousine about to depart…

Once the wedding party left the Hyatt, I knew they would be in very capable hands as my assistant Derek was going to be there…so I treated Larisa, Elin (my assistants at The Hyatt) to lunch at the Terrace Grill.  As we ate lunch, I was able to see the ceremony site being setup…


Yes...the Hyatt staff even put on metal brackets to the backs of the shoji screens...this way, the wind won't blow them over


Yes…the Hyatt staff even put on metal brackets to the backs of the shoji screens…this way, the wind won't blow them over


Michelle Maeda of Flower Girls beginning her setup of the ceremony site


Michelle Maeda of Flower Girls beginning her setup of the ceremony site


1 of 3 ceremony aisle flower bouquets


1 of 3 ceremony aisle flower bouquets


2 of 3 ceremony aisle flower bouquets


2 of 3 ceremony aisle flower bouquets


3 of 3 ceremony aisle flower bouquets


3 of 3 ceremony aisle flower bouquets


the aisle showing the alternating colors


the aisle showing the alternating colors

As the ceremony setup was going smoothly, I then began to make my way back to the ballroom when I saw the wedding party returning from the Courthouse…


with my assistant Larisa with the wedding party, I knew picture taking would continue smoothly


with my assistant Larisa with the wedding party, I knew picture taking would continue smoothly


family table about 1/2 done with setup


family table about 1/2 done with setup


favors


favors


1 of 2 types of centerpieces


1 of 2 types of centerpieces


2nd of 2 types of centerpieces


2nd of 2 types of centerpieces


Linen from Les Saisons and rose with hanging crystals from Flower Girls


Linen from Les Saisons and rose with hanging crystals from Flower Girls


My All girls Dream Team - Michele Ganiko-Hyatt (left), Michelle Maeda (middle), & Naomi Lee (right)


My All girls Dream Team – Michele Ganiko-Hyatt (left), Michelle Maeda (middle), & Naomi Lee (right)


Gazebo fully decorated (I especially like the hanging roses)


Gazebo fully decorated (I especially like the hanging roses)


Completed ceremony site...just need the aisle runner and green flowers down the middle...


Completed ceremony site…just need the aisle runner and green flowers down the middle…

And 30 minutes before the ceremony, we always end all picture taking so the wedding party can relax & freshen up and the vendors can do final preps before the ceremony begins…


Hiko and the staff of Visionari preparing for the ceremony


Hiko and the staff of Visionari preparing for the ceremony


Davis and the staff of Video 21 preparing for the ceremony


Davis and the staff of Video 21 preparing for the ceremony


Meghan & Reid's wedding ceremony


Meghan & Reid's wedding ceremony


Wedding Cake


Wedding Cake


Family table reusing ceremony flower bouquets


Family table reusing ceremony flower bouquets


Lawrence and his assistant from The DJ...they did an AMAZING job staying flexible and adjusting when needed


Lawrence and his assistant from The DJ…they did an AMAZING job staying flexible and adjusting when needed

and before Meghan & Reid were done for the night…and were about to go up to their hotel room, they were nice enough to take a picture with me…


Don't they make a GREAT couple!!!


Don't they make a GREAT couple!!!

HUGE THANK YOU to Janice & Davis of Video 21 for their amazing Video!!!  I hope you enjoy!

Bride Wars – The Wedding Cafe (repost)

Since Mike and I were going to be in town anyway, I stopped by the Bride Wars event The Wedding Cafe was presenting…and I am SO glad I did!  As soon as I got there, I bumped into


Naomi-Les Saisons (left), Russell-Diamond Specialists (middle), and David Murphey (right)


Naomi-Les Saisons (left), Russell-Diamond Specialists (middle), and David Murphey (right)


Shawnee Hammer


Shawnee Hammer

and…


James Chun of Crane Media Productions


James Chun of Crane Media Productions

I truly enjoyed watching the brides play many different actvities and completely appreciated the planning that The Wedding Cafe must have put into the event.  I especially appreicated how there was never really a loser for any activity!  If at the end of an activity, someone had not yet won a prize, they were including in the next activity until they won.  GREAT job Tanna and The Wedding Cafe!!!


Tanna Dang & Gregg Hammer emceeing the event and ensuring the flow is smooth and the crowd is intreagued.  Kris Labang of On 3 Photography taking what I can only assume would be some GREAT pictures!


Tanna Dang & Gregg Hammer emceeing the event and ensuring the flow is smooth and the crowd is intreagued. Kris Labang of On 3 Photography taking what I can only assume would be some GREAT pictures!


Naomi Lee of Les Saisons showing the contestants what they will need to do for this activity


Naomi Lee of Les Saisons showing the contestants what they will need to do for this activity


Contestants trying to win a gift certificate for services from A Perfect Day


Contestants trying to win a gift certificate for services from A Perfect Day