We had a great time designing and coordinating Wei and Betty’s old Hollywood glam wedding at the Ocean Front Oasis Estate. Wei and Betty had an intimate wedding ceremony on the beach fronting the estate. After the ceremony, guests were treated to a dinner reception catered by chef Chai Chaowasaree of Chai’s Island Bistro. Betty wanted bold colors with an old Hollywood glamour feel at the wedding, and we gave her just that. I love it with our clients are not afraid of going bold on table linens. I just love the blue art deco patterned linen we brought in from the mainland specially for this event. It really helps to set a confident tone for the design. Shilhi of Passion Roots created beautiful floral arrangements in hues of magenta and fuchsia. I also love the vintage teal vessels she used for the flowers. Betty’s favor is a hula girl wine cork, and ‘she’ added just the right amount quirkiness to the place setting. The table scape was made complete with our crackled amber stemware set which really gives the table that extra pop of glam. Thank you for all the vendors who worked so hard in making sure all the details were executed flawlessly! Images by Visionari ~ Sandra
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We all love a delicious cocktail when we are out to dinner, at a party or even spending a Friday night at home but, what we don’t like is the amount of liquid calories we are consuming.
Here are some delicious low calorie options to indulge in without feeling guilty. They are also great options to consider as your wedding signature cocktails. Cheers! ~ Tristin
From: Fitness Magazine
750 ML bottle dry red wine
1 cup light orange juice
¼ cup brandy or cognac
¼ cup orange liqueur
2 tablespoons sugar
2 oranges, sliced
2 cup club soda, chilled
Crushed ice and/or orange peel curls
In a large pitcher, combine wine, orange juice, brandy, orange liqueur, sugar, and orange slices. Chill at least 2 hours. Add club soda before serving. Serve over crushed ice and/or with orange peel curls, if desired.
From: Diabetic Living
12 thin wedges or orange, lemon, or lime
3 cups orange juice, chilled
3 cups apricot nectar, chilled
2 cups ice cubes
1 750ML bottle champagne or sparkling wine
Place a thin wedge of orange, lemon, or lime in each compartment of an ice cube tray, with one end of the wedge extending above the tray about 3/4-inch. Fill tray with water and freeze for 2 hours or until firm.
Pour orange juice and apricot nectar over ice in a large (11-cup) glass pitcher or punch bowl. Add champagne, wine, or sparkling water, stirring gently. Place a Citrus Ice Cube in each champagne glass or punch cup. Pour or ladle over ice. Makes about 20 1/2-cup servings).
Calories: 68 per ½ cup serving
½ a shot glass of Cointreau
¼ shot glass of Tequila or Vodka
Squeeze ½ lemon in glass. Pour half a shot glass of Cointreau, ¼ shot glass of either tequila or vodka. Top it off with club soda. Use a mint leaf for garnishing.
Yi Bing and Josh got married at the luxurious Paul Mitchell Estate in Lanikai. Lanikai is known for its crystal blue water, and Yi Bing couldn’t have selected a better color palette of light turquoise and coral to compliment the beautiful setting. Yvonne Design did an amazing job on the flowers incorporating different types of exotic shells and corals. Stacey of Bradley & Lily Fine Stationery created a letter pressed invitation which was individually boxed and packaged with natural raffia and a starfish. All these little details pull together such a cohesive event in style and ambiance. Thank you to Frank Amodo for capturing the day so perfectly! ~ Sandra
We all know that a picture can tell a thousand words, but there is only one word that a bride wants to hear when someone looks at her wedding photos, “GORGEOUS!” I am a big fan of getting facials and different skin treatments at pampering spas and salons, but it can get a bit pricey if you have frequent visits. On my last spa visit, my esthetician gave me some tips on home made recipes that were effective and most of all, affordable! *She also mentioned that there are numerous all natural websites with different recipes, but since everyone’s skin is different, I should try a variety to see what works best for my skin type.
Here are a couple of recipes that I have tried and absolutely LOVE!
This is great for removing dead skin and impurities from your face.
1. Combine 3 tablespoons of coarse sea salt and 6 tablespoons of warm water in a mixing bowl.
2. Splash some water on your face to moisten your skin. Gently rub the salt grains in a circular motion on your face.
3. Keep the salt on your face for about 3 minutes.
4. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry. Don’t forget to moisturize when your skin is dry!
Aspirin Spot Treatment
This is an inexpensive way too help spot treat blemishes.
1. Wash & clean your face as normal.
2. Crush 1 uncoated or lightly coated aspirin and place in a small bowl.
3. Slowly add drops of water until it forms a paste.
4. Apply a small dab of the paste on blemishes and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
5. Wash the paste off your face and follow with your usual toner & moisturizer
Now you can keep your skin looking great without breaking the bank! ~ Tristin
What an honor and delight to have the opportunity to work with world renowned wedding cinematographer Jason Magbanua! For those of you who still think wedding video is cheesy, wait until you see this Same Day Edit done by Jason. This SDE is so captivating and inspiring, unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. After you see this video, you will agree with me that the best moments in a wedding are those unrehearsed and most candid moments. Thank you to my couple Grace and Laurent for flying Jason out from the Philippines to capture their beautiful and definitely FUN wedding at St. Augustine Church and Lanikuhonua. Professional photos from this wedding taken by the talented Frank Amodo to come soon!
Christina and Brian had a gorgeous wedding at Lanikuhonua this past weekend. The weather was absolutely perfect for the beautiful couple. Christian and Brian have got to be the kindest and most gracious couple I’ve ever worked with. Their wedding was filled with lots of bold colors and intricate details. This is my first attempt to post a video on my blog, so I hope it works . This video is a “Same Day Edit” done by Studio Red, which was later shown at the reception. Isn’t it amazing what these guys can do in 3 hours?! I can’t wait to share the professional photos on my blog when they are ready. The dining canopies looked simply stunning at night!