Thursday, October 28, 2010

Grace Ormonde Magazine & Ihilani Resort to include a grooms cake & gobos!

Even though this wedding was in 2008, it's timeless! My incredible assistant, Christina Johnson took the reigns & planned this wedding with the lovely bride. It was an all white dress destination wedding. The groom surprised the bride with the drape that was "too expensive" but was "always something" she "dreamed of". Her face was priceless! Stefanie Riedel took all the wonderful photos & blogged them. Thanks to her we got published. Michelle Maeda of Flower Girls gave the tall, ocean blue, Hawaiian centerpiece some bling for the bride which was perfect for her custom made jewels on her cake.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Simple Hawaiian Style Centerpiece

We had a lot of fun creating this inexpensive table centerpiece. Photography by Eugene Kam. We rented monkey pod compartment plates from Accel Party Rentals. The bride & groom chose these fun fabrics that have a special meaning in Taiwan for each guest to take home (and use at their napkin in the meantime). Then we added a simple pineapple (that was cut up & added to the dessert table later), a 6" cake centerpiece by Agnes Bakery for each table and a bud vase with a loud pop of yellow flowers by Romy Takahashi of Star Creations. The ends of the tables carried 2 votive candles and above the tables were orange, yellow & green lanterns purchased at

Monday, October 18, 2010

My Sister's Wedding in Lanikai, Hawaii at Mid Pacific Country Club

I never get sick of this video by Shannon at Avery Productions. It was her first and work trip and she's been back by popular demand! enjoy...try to figure out which one is me:-)

Rebekah and Jared - Oahu, Hawaii: Cinematic Edit from Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Wedding Rings and Raffle Tickets

Instead of dancing, how about a raffle?

Hello Kitty Wedding & a little side of Ninja Turtle

Photography by

Fire Knife Dance, Always a HOT way to surprise your guests

Hello Kitty Wedding

By popular demand!!! I'm not gonna lie, I didn't know how this would turn out. It would either be really cheesy or SUPER FUN!!! It was SUPER FUN!!! This couple stopped at nothing and took their event to another level! No dancing, no problem, they are toy makers so they did raffle prizes with new toys! The centerpieces were Hello Kitty dolls and they went FAST! Fun erasers like donuts, ice cream, cupcakes filled each setting, grab bags and customized totes designed by cartoonist, the groom himself!

Stephen & Litton Ludwig captured it to the TEE! Well done my friends, well done...I don't have to say anything, the photos speak for themselves! More to come...

Lanikuhonua is the place, Ludwig is the photography and FUN is the theme!

Ok the photos won't upload so please visist our fb:!/album.php?aid=239573&id=119093246244

Mid Pacific Country Club, Lanikai, HI

These table names maybe my favorite so far. Airline couple used airport codes with a description of where they were and what they did. It still gives me goosebumps writing this. I love Mid Pac, one of my favorite venues on the east side of Oahu, Kailua, Lanikai. The only venue with view of the Mokulua's and Koolau Mountain Range. You can party till 11 pm, valet and yummy food. It's a private club and they only book one event per day so you can be the ONLY bride you see on your wedding day. Their buffets start at $35+++ or how about a wonderful mimosa & bloody mary reception after a sunrise wedding on Lanikai Beach?

Check out this fantastic video by Avery Productions. They travel to Hawaii!!! It's worth it!

Maily and Brian Wedding Highlights: Cinematic Edit from Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Teaser for Eric and Kara Calamigos Ranch

Avery Productions blogged a beautiful story & sent a wonderful teaser for wedding held at Calamigos Ranch, Malibu

Thank you!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Villa Del Sol d'Oro

Angie and Phil Wedding Highlights: Cinematic Edit from Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

You must view this to see these photos. The photographer hasn't sent me any but this video is awesome!!! Avery Productions does it again & again! Held at the beautiful Villa Del Sol d'Oro

Thank you!

HI Melissa,

A very big (and very belated!) thank you for all of your help on the wedding. It was a great success and as you could see, I had the best time. My feet were killing me for days with all the dancing. I had house guests and family in town all week with never less than 12 at dinner. Most of my family left yesterday and my final family member, brother from Guatemala, is leaving tomorrow. I will sleep for a week. It was all a ton of fun and would not have been so without your help.

All the best

(mother of the bride August 14, 2010)

Thank you!

Whew, finally back in Portland after a whirlwind. Was so much fun and our wedding was incredible - it far surpassed what we might have hoped for and everyone had a great time. Had so many compliments on food, dancing, setting, and so many other details. Thanks so much for all your hard work and suggestions that tied this event together and made it work. We had many people comment that we seemed too calm on the day of the wedding and that is largely due to you...we were confident after talking through the event with you and knew that you were on hand keeping things going on time. I can look back and say that finding you and working with you was one of the best decisions we made in planning our wedding.

Sophie & Kirk
August 30, 2010

Thank you!

hi melissa,

thank you so much for making our day spectacular!† you really took the stress off my shoulders and created a great environment for us and our guests.† i really was impressed with our drinks waiting for us after the ceremony.† FANTASTIC!† you are the best.† i referred you to two friends†of mine; they were at the wedding too.

Again ALOHA,

North Shore Wedding on Ke Iki Beach

Dulce and Nichole Shin Wedding

I just had to post this beautiful picture. I had the honor of assisting the amazing Nichole Weddings
Dulce by Visionari

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$750-895 “Day of Coordination” HOTEL & CLUB RATES ONLY (interns avail $650)

  • Meet once all vendors have been booked & dialed in 2 hour meeting: at this meeting client will turn over all contracts, timeline, to do list and what needs to be accomplished at set up.
  • Facilitate Rehearsal / Coordinate Wedding Day Set up, Ceremony, Reception & Tear Down

$895-1095 “Day of Coordination” depends on number of guests and locations

  • Meet once all vendors have been booked & dialed in 2 hour meeting: at this meeting client will turn over all contracts, timeline, to do list and what needs to be accomplished at set up.
  • Facilitate Rehearsal
  • Coordinate Wedding Day Set up, Ceremony, Reception & Tear Down

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  • 2 Assistants for ceremony & reception
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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows

Wine Rep Wedding

This bride did a MAGnificent job of planning & designing her wedding. We provided email consultation throughout her planning process and then came in the day of to ensure a smooth sailing wedding day.

You will love the simplicity of the white design and how elegant the rustic wine barrels, small, succulence and stark starfish add to this beauty held at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows.

Stefanie & Anna Riedel of Absolutely Loved did the photography so it's ABSOLUTELY flawless.

Romy Takahashi of Star Creations created the desirable bouquet with a splash of purple and set up all florals.

Beaches & Backyards Catering provided a yummy spread but my favorite was the ice cream parlor!

Pacific Party Rentals provided NEW, CLEAN & fresh equipment, thank you to the staff at Beaches & Backyards for setting it all up even in the rain!

At the end of the day, the rain did not stop the dance floor. If you could see the pretty girls in pretty dresses dancing in the rain you would get chicken skin like I'm getting right now.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Kahaluu Fish Pond Wedding

All Photos by Radiant Photography.

This couple was & is the most generous, you can see how well they are blessed and what a blessing they truly are. They took care of each vendor, making sure they were thanked, appreciated and grateful for their part in their wedding. I'll blog more shortly, but these pictures are too beautiful to sit on my computer, they need to be shared along with the love between boy & girl.