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Parisian Glamour on the beaches of Waikiki

What’s more romantic than Paris? A Paris themed wedding in Hawaii? Correct! Prepare yourselves for this one, readers. Jasmine Star Photography was there to capture this gorgeous ceremony in Oahu. While the couple is based there, we think the elegant details (matched to the perfectly pink venue), manages to nod at both influences flawlessly. See what we mean below.


From the bride…

Theme: Jeremy proposed to me in Paris, where we first fell in love five years before. We briefly toyed with the ideas of having a destination wedding in Paris, but our ultimate goal was to throw an unforgettable party celebrating both our love for each other and for our closest friends and family, too. Since we couldn’t afford to send all 200 guests to France for the weekend, this meant trying to bring a little Parisian romance and glamour to our island home.

Venue: My middle name, Hime, means “princess” in Japanese. So naturally, the Royal Hawaiian (nicknamed the “Pink Palace of the Pacific”) was the only place I could imagine for our celebration. We held the ceremony and cocktail hour on the lawn fronting Waikiki beach and moved indoors into the ballroom for the reception. It was perfection.

Colors: Our wedding colors were blush and gold. I picked blush pink because it is pretty and romantic and gold because it is glamorous and fun. Luckily, we found a stationer (Bella Figura) that was capable of doing shiny gold foil stamping with pink letterpress for our invitations. We picked a design that looked like confetti and champagne bubbles that really set the tone for our celebration.

Flowers: I wanted our flowers to be romantic and whimsical. We chose four types of vintage garden roses, pink hydrangeas, ivory and pink astilbe, ranunculus, and white veronica. Although most ballroom weddings nowadays seem to have big, tall centerpieces, I think they make it a little difficult for guests to converse. Our talented florist, Michelle Maeda of Flowergirls Hawaii, proposed a great solution: half the tables would have round, cakestand centerpieces and half would have mason jars. They turned out so beautiful, and they weren’t so obtrusive that they got in the way of socializing!

DIY: We had lots of DIY elements. My mom handmade our lovely little ring pillow and helped me make our gold and pink escort cards. I handmade all the balloon streamers and the bar signs decorating the cocktail hour space, the table numbers (using gold glitter paper on pink stock in white Ikea frames), the display frame for the photo booth pictures, and the flower crowns for our five adorable nieces/flower girls. Jeremy and I dined on beautiful heirloom china from his Grandma Bessie. After planning and creating for two years, it was magical to see everything come together on our wedding day. Lauren of L4Love was instrumental in making our dreams become reality: Lauren and her team set up and executed everything flawlessly.

Bridesmaids: I had ten gorgeous bridesmaids and picking out their dresses was one of the most fun parts of the planning process. I wanted a mixture of hues and textures, so I worked with my bridesmaids so that everyone would look great together. Whenever I found a dress that I thought would be a good match, I would email all the girls (or pin it on a pinboard) and see if anyone wanted me to order it for them. It really worked out well: they got dresses that they loved and felt comfortable in, and they looked stunning both individually and as a group. Some people were incredulous that I had ten bridesmaids, but I was so happy to be able to spend that quiet time on the morning of the wedding surrounded by my best friends.

Advice for Future Brides:
Relax, breathe, smile, sip on some champagne… enjoy your day! What really helps is to hire good vendors that you like and trust. On that note, pick a photographer who does beautiful work and whose company you enjoy. We picked Jasmine Star both because of her timeless, ethereal photographs and because she is just so easy and fun to be around: I knew we would be able to relax and be ourselves in front of the camera with her behind the lens. Our coordinator, Lauren was also amazing: organized, efficient, and dependable. And hire a videographer! My husband was skeptical, but he really is so grateful that we hired Fisheye. The day you have been planning for months or years really does go by so quickly, and you will want as many memories captured on film as possible.

Favorite Moment: I truly loved each moment of the day, but my favorite part had to be the ceremony. Listening to my sister Kelike sing “At Last” with the string quartet; seeing all our friends’ and family members’ faces radiating with love as my mom, brother, and I walked down the aisle; listening to my favorite person in the world saying the vows we wrote together… all of it just makes my heart fill with joy.

Photography: Jasmine Star | Cinematography: Fisheye Studio | Coordination: L4 Love | Floral Design: Flowergirls | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Invitations: Bella Figura | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair And Makeup: Flaunt | DJ: Soundscape Hawaii | Bridal Belt: Augusta Jones | Bridal Hairpiece: BHLDN | Cake Topper: Lollipop Workshop | Confetti: BHLDN | Linens: Les Saisons | Mochi Truffles: Choco Lea | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Wedding Venue: Royal Hawaiian Hotel

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Hawaiian Destination Wedding from Hoo Films

Hoo Films, I love you.  I love you more than I could ever put into words.  Because this stunning Honolulu film?  It has seriously made my week… and many more to come.  But that’s what tends to happen when I meet two of the sweetest cuties ever and get to spend my day wrapped up in their gorgeous seaside affair.  It’s a mesmerizing look into a wedding that is all about the pretty and all about the LOVE… and those vows (“You have the power to make people love you”)?  Taking my breath away.  Click play and prepare to be amazed.


From Hoo Films… Between the United States and Japan lies the Hawaiian islands, so that is where Shigeko and Josiah landed for their destination wedding.  Shige moved to the United States after high school.  Josiah is a good old fashioned southern boy from Texas who moved to California to find better work in the animation field.  The two of them met at a sushi party with friends in LA.  I loved hearing the story of Josiah asking Shige’s dad for her hand in marriage.  

He skyped her parents and had a translator with him to ask her dad in Japanese for Shige’s hand in marriage.  Shige’s parents mentioned this moment in their speech and went on to say that know Josiah is perfect for their daughter.  Although I listened to this in Japanese, it was such a sweet and meaningful speech! Tears everywhere!

Friends and family flew in from both countries to Oahu to bask in this beautiful week in paradise. So first on the list was swimming with sharks in the North Shore and it was awesome!!  We were dropped down in a cage with just bars standing between us and the sharks.  On the day of the wedding, we headed over to kathy Ireland Weddings Beachfront Oasis for the wedding.  Kimo Taylor, the officiant did some in English and some in Japanese.  Josiah and Shige wrote their own vows, which were adorable.  Then Shige said her traditional vows in Japanese.  Next on the agenda was to take Shige and Josiah to the beach for a trash the dress shoot.  This might be my favorite so far. Shige surfing in her wedding dress!  Having surfed myself, this was beyond fun to film with them.  The dress was SO heavy once it was wet.  I picked up the train only and it was quite heavy.  The two of them just couldn’t stop giggling and are so care free with each other.  Josiah is consistently loving with Shige.  It is obvious she is the light of his life.  And then Shige’s laugh and smile is one that will stay with you. 

Wedding Cinematography: Hoo Films | Wedding Venue: Kathy Ireland Weddings, Beachfront Oasis in Honolulu, Hawaii | Wedding Photography: Adam A. Palmer | Officiant: Kimo Taylor | Wedding Coordination + Floral Design: Melissa Laudise from Lets Do This Weddings | Catering: Keneke’s Catering | Wedding Cake: Paradise Pastries | Music + Entertainment: Art Kalahiki | Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals

Hawaii Wedding from Anna Kim Photography + Green Honolulu

We love this bride.  Love, love, love her.  And not only because she’s the kind of bride that lights up a room with her smile (she sooo is) or because she is the kind of gorgeous that you can’t look away from (literally), but because she also happens to be our first ever Style Me Pretty + William Arthur Bride.  A fabulous SMPer who won her choice of invites from our Style Me Pretty by William Arthur collection AND a lovely lady who was inspired by said invites to create a day that was all caps PRETTY with enchanting florals from Green Honolulu and stunning photography from Anna Kim.  Honestly?  We couldn’t be more proud… or happy.  See every last moment in the full gallery.


From the Bride… “Destination! Our wedding will be in Hawaii at a Waikiki ocean-front hotel.  I love how it is has a classic and elegant look, yet still evokes the ocean/beach feel with the Turquoise edge and without the typical seashell icon. We are hoping for a wedding that is exactly that – elegant with a hint of destination.”

That was my answer which randomly won the beautiful Style Me Pretty invitations from William Arthur. Having read that again (after over a year) I do think our wedding was just as I described the invitation suite – elegant with a hint of destination.

Our wedding was in Oahu, Hawaii where I was born and raised. Being a resident of California now I was so excited to share my beautiful home with all of my family and friends. However during the planning phase, I was having a hard time settling on a theme. I knew I didn’t want a full scale destination/tropical wedding but I did want to incorporate the beauty of Hawaii. I was starting to panic a bit until I saw SMP’s destination invitation suite and suddenly I realized I could have the simple, elegant wedding I wanted with subtle notes of Hawaii. After having my epiphany, things finally started falling into place.

We chose the historic Westin Moana Surfrider as our wedding site for its iconic white columns, wide verandas, beachfront location, and Hawaiian touches within the hotel including the art and upholstery. I have always loved this hotel because it is so unique and picturesque, and it was a dream come true to have our wedding there. Green Honolulu filled our wedding with gorgeous flowers including our special Hawaiian touches – leis for the groom, groomsmen, family members, and our officiant, and a lovely haku lei (floral crown) for the flower girl. Sandra at Finishing Touch made sure our wedding ran smoothly and that no detail was overlooked. Our DJ and Emcee Troy was a joy to work with. He made sure everyone (including my 82 year old grandfather) was on the dance floor, it was quite a a sight to see. Lastly, I cannot thank Anna and her associate photographer Jes enough for their amazing work, true magic.

But of course I can’t leave out talking about our wedding stationery. I made it a point for the entire suite to be special and a reflection of us. The invitation suite we won was perfect, I cannot stress that enough. I was beyond excited that I had actually won. The process with William Arthur was quite easy and stress-free. And the final product was just downright amazing. My favorite detail of our invitation suite was the turquoise painted edges, so chic! Our other printed material was a bit more fun. We kept with an illustrative and watercolor theme including an illustrated map of Oahu for our save the dates and a cute illustrated fan with the entire wedding party that served as our wedding program. I loved how everything truly represented my now husband and I – classic with some fun mixed in.

When I think back to our wedding one word pops into mind, blessed. I truly feel as if our wedding was blessed from the start – loving family and friends, wonderful wedding vendors, beautiful venues, breathtaking photography, perfect weather, and of course gorgeous (and free!) wedding invitations. As a bride I could not have asked for anything more, nor did I have any desire to.

Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Wedding Venue: Westin Moana Surfrider in Honolulu, Hawaii | Wedding Coordination: Finishing Touch | Floral Design: Green Honolulu | Wedding Invitations: Style Me Pretty by William Arthur | Wedding Stationery: Eloise Timmis | DJ + Emcee: Troy Michael DJ | Wedding Dress: Claudine for Alyce Bridal | Bridesmaid Attire: Donna Morgan | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Black by Vera Wang | Groom + Groomsmen Bowties: Brooks Brothers | Hair + Makeup: Dayna Okuma

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Waikiki Wedding from Wendy Laurel

Having met and fallen in love in London, this bride (from Japan) and groom (from Brazil) choose the location from their nuptials based on the photos from a friend’s Hawaiian wedding! Knowing Waikiki would be the spot if and when they said “I Do,” the adorable couple took full advantage of the island and all of its beauty for their intimate and perfectly informal wedding. Wendy Laurel captured too many amazing shots for this post alone so head over to the gallery for much more!

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From Wendy LaurelMayu and Lando met in London. She is from Japan and he is from Brazil.  They have lived in London, Brazil and now Japan. It was so fun shooting their wedding. They were up for anything and really wanted their photos to reflect “Hawaii.”  Shooting in Waikiki is a real treat because it is the “Hawaii” that you see on tourist brochures and has all the big landmarks (Duke statute, Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head). I love that we get such diversity in our Hawaii weddings with brides coming from around the world.

From the Bride…. We (especially me) were not really interested in having a wedding ceremony. My mum was always telling me to have a little ceremony and get photos taken because its gonna be a good memory in the future. Right after we moved to Japan, I met up with a friend of mine, Mami, and she showed me a beautiful photo of her wedding in Hawaii. The Hawaiian blue sky looked amazing, and the couple looked so happy! I told her that I wanted to go to Hawaii if we ever have a wedding. Then we started to plan our little Hawaiian wedding!

Wedding Photography: Wendy Laurel / Second Shooter: Alisa Greig / Location: Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii / Floral Design: Debbie Hemingway of Designs by Hemingway / Officiant: Rev. Mark Yasuhara / Wedding Dress: Alberta Ferretti / Bride’s Shoes: inuovo / Bride’s Bracelet: Moon Indigo (From Tokyo) / Bride’s Hat: Grace Hats / Groom’s Tie: Helios / Groom’s Shirt: Alessandro Gherardeschi

Real Wedding ~ Carly and Matthew in Waikiki

When Dave, Rick and Debbie get together for a wedding …you KNOW it’s going to be terrific!

Photography by Dave Miyamoto & Company

Carly & Matthew’s wedding is the perfect mix of classic natural beauty with a splendid touch of whimsy …

Photography by Dave Miyamoto & Company

Everything about their wedding is just so darned pretty … the flowers are very simple and so very delicate…

Photography by Dave Miyamoto & Company

And then … there’s the cake! Wow! So cool

Photography by Dave Miyamoto & Company

So, who are these extra-special Little Black Book vendors?

The awesome photography team was Dave Miyamoto & Company. The positively perfect florals were from Designs by Hemingway.

Cakelava … of course … designed the fabulous cake. All you have to do is take one look at the cake and you just KNOW it’s one of Rick’s, right?

I read on Rick & Sasha’s blog

Carly and Matthew gave us plenty of artistic leeway when designing their cake. Their requests were funky, pink and green and white, and swirls, so Rick worked his magic. For their cake flavors, they chose Guava Lava, a completely pink cake, which couldn’t be more fitting for this wedding, and our Hot Fudge Sundae, a nice combination.

Photography by Dave Miyamoto & Company

Dave really captured the fun … and the sweetest emotions of the day!

Photography by Dave Miyamoto & Company

The term “fairy tale wedding” might seem cliché … but Carly looks like … she feels like … a princess! And Matthew? Her dashing young prince, of course.

Photography by Dave Miyamoto & Company

We love it when we can show you that our Little Black Book vendors are all we say they are … and more!

Thanks Dave, for sharing Carly & Matthew’s wedding day with us!