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Launched in 2005, Finishing Touch is a boutique wedding planning company located in Honolulu, Hawaii. We are inspired by relationships and stories, and our work surrounds a few key elements: personalized planning, purpose-driven, beautiful event design, genuine vendor and client relationships, passion and heart.
We believe that the experience planning your wedding should be just as great, as beautiful and as pleasant as the finale – your wedding day. Finishing Touch wedding consultants vow to to provide you with a planning experience that is personable and professional. If you ask our former clients, there’s no doubt they will tell you that their wedding planning experience is something they truly enjoyed and miss! Finishing Touch wedding consultants came from an array of professional backgrounds from corporate event planning, administrative support to art and graphic design. With a shared passion for creative event production and a culture for customer service excellence, Finishing Touch was born.
Owner & Principle Event Planner
Sandra began her career in the event industry in 2002 by working with various non-profit organizations in planning million dollar fundraising events in Southern California. Sandra’s passion, creativity and eye for design led her to utilize her talents into complete wedding design and planning. In 2005, she officially launched Finishing Touch and instantly attracted clients on a local and national level. Known for her sense of style, creativity and attention to details, each of Sandra’s events are unique and memorable in design. Sandra’s optimism, strong work ethics, calm demeanor and personable approach help her clients create their wedding day through a stress free and fun planning process.
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Chapman University, and she also went through the University of San Diego Event Management Certification Program. Her focus in wedding planning business development and background in event and catering design allows her to present her clients with up to date wedding trends, excellent customer service, and sophisticated dining and event design that will simply take your breath away. Sandra’s multicultural background and her trilingual ability (English, Cantonese and Mandarin) make her the ideal event planner in today’s global market. Sandra’s designs have been featured on the STYLE Network, Hawaii’s OC 16, Pacific Weddings, Hawaii Bride and Groom, Your Wedding Day, Destination I Do, Style Me Pretty and Modern Weddings Hawaii. In 2008, Finishing Touch was invited to be listed amongst the elite group of wedding professionals on the Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Platinum List.
As the owner and principle event planner, Sandra works directly with our clients in creating a vision for their wedding and helping them achieve their goal through her guidance in the smallest details. She also has the responsibility of designing the overall decor and ambiance of each event and creating the best experience for each wedding guest. Sandra is also in charge of developing, mentoring and supervising our pre-event planning and production team and our day of event staff.
Sandra strongly believes in community and giving back. She is one of the founding members and currently serves as a board member of Love Gives Hawaii, a 501(c)3 non profit organization that consists of a community of event professionals inspired to give hope and support to the people of Hawaii. She is also heavily involved in her children’s school PTA. When Sandra is not designing an event or working on a new community project, she enjoys trying new ethnic cuisines, tasting wines, working on home improvement projects and spending time with her husband Marvin and their sons Nyle and Levi.
Client Services Coordinator
Born and raised in Hawaii, Dawn has a Bachelor degree in marketing from Seattle University. Upon graduation, she had worked as a business development coordinator for an engineering consulting firm. She has also held various volunteer positions with the ASYO regional soccer board and Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii, which is where she discovered her passion for administrative support.
As the Client Services Coordinator, Dawn has the overall responsibility for client relations, vendor management and event administrative support. She also prepares event proposals, event timelines and assists with scheduling appointments, phone calls and manages our event calendar.
Dawn currently homeschools her 2 children, ages 16 and 14 and is the coordinator of Central Oahu Co-op (a Christian homeschool co-op) where she takes turns teaching Biology, Ocean Science, PE and Art.
In her free time, Dawn enjoys baking and spending time with her husband and kids going hiking, bike riding and sunbathing at the beach.
Lei Draper & Kara Leiu
On Site Event Coordinators