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  1. Thanks! The bracelet was my great-grandmother's...my something old.
  2. KAPALUA BEACH HAIR BY KARINE CUMMINGS MAKE-UP BY JESSICA WAITE Yeah for make-up I'm all ready to go get Maui'd The Hubby is also ready My Favorite Picture Ceremony My beautiful son walked me down the aisle Officiant- Kimo Kirkman During our ceremony we honored my FIL who passed away with a speech and tossed a lei into the ocean. Sand Ceremony MAUI'D Dinner at I'O in Lahaina
  3. For my make-up I used Jessica Waite. I felt very calm with Jessica, with all the chaos going on, it felt like I was taking a 45 minute break from everything when I was getting my make-up done. I loved the way my make-up came out and Jessica is truly an artist. She also did my mother-in-laws make-up, she loved it! Also after seeing Sherrie's photos, I was pretty much sold. Here's her contact info:http://www.makeupmaui.com/ For my hair I used Karine Cummings. I actually stumbled upon her website and liked what I saw. After talking to her I felt really comfortable using her our special day. She is Fun, Fun, Fun!!! Two days before the wedding, I had a hair trial at her home, she is wonderful and very warm. You can tell she really loved working with brides. At the last minute I decided to treat my mom and have her make-up done. Karine was more than willing to come early and complete my mom's make-up. She looked beautiful...as always My hair looked great and my curls hung in the entire time!!! Here's her contact info: http://www.bridalhaironmaui.com/
  4. Year Month Date Bride & Groom Where 2007 Jun 12 Ann + Paul @ outside of the Wailea Marriott (AnnR) (only us, it was our legal ceremony/honeymoon, wedding was in Mexico) 2008 Oct 4 Sherry + Patrick @ Wailea Marriott + Seawatch (Sherry) 2008 Nov 5 Lisa + Jayson @ Mokapu Beach + Seawatch (Chiquita) 2009 Feb 11 Trish + Bill @ Makena Secret Cove + Kimo's Restaurant (mplscold) 2009 April 15 Stacey+Mike @ Kapalua Bay+ I'O (SAM) 2009 Sep 26 Jackie + Jeff @ Fairmont Kea Lani (PaddleAddict) 2009 Oct 12 Rina + Yuriy @ Kapalua Bay + Son'z Restaurant at Hyatt Regency (rina) 2009 Oct 14 Deb + John @ Kalaeokai'a Estate + Five Palms Restaurant (da.schmoopies) 2009 Oct 18 Patty + Jason @ Old Lahaina Luau for wedding & reception (mspattemac) 2009 Nov 12 Karina + Cory @ Ritz Carlton Kapalua (1sunshine) 2009 Nov 18 Vanessa + Jared @ Maui Tropical Plantation (brightesthour) 2010 Jan 12 Danielle & David @ Westin Kaanapali Villas + Old Lahaina Luau (michelle0 2010 Feb 10 Laura + Jim @ Maria Lanakila + TBD Reception (laura&james) 2010 Feb 11 Jane + Mark @ Makena Secret Cove + Capishe? (hawaiidreaming) 2010 Feb 25 Adam and Sandra @ Ritz Carlton Kapalua (sehender) 2010 Mar 10 Ruth & Erik @ Makena Cove & TBD (madiamondgal) 2010 Apr 7 Tami & Adam @ Private Estate in west Maui (tovaqt) 2010 May 4,5 or 6 Leah + Dillon @ Royal Lahania (photopia) 2010 May 10 Amanda + Niall @ Honua Kai Lani + Spago (amandadburns) 2010 May tba Susan + David @ Grand Wailea + TBD (just4susan) 2010 May 15 Carol + Doug @ Seawatch Restaurant for wedding and reception (cutefeet) 2010 May 22 Huey + Isaac @ Honua Kai Lani + Spago (Huey) 2010 Jun 7 Brenna + Doug @ Kapalua Bay Beach + Old Lahaina Luau (Brenna) 2010 Jun 7 Stacy + Craig @ Merriman's Kapalua + Dukes (Stacy015) 2010 Jun 12 Autumn + Mike @ Ritz-Carlton Kapalua (asharp) 2010 Jun 17 Krystall + Nick @ Olowalu Plantation House + Old Lahaina Luau (azulskies) 2010 Jun 17 Aisha + Chris @ Kapalua Bay Beach + Reception TBD (ThefutureMrs.Jones) 2010 Jun 26 Jessica + Dan @ The Bailey House Museum + Sarrento's on the Beach (jam8x2) 2010 Jul 28 Lisa + Al @ Olowalu Plantation House (lwav8176) 2010 Jul 29 Julie + Brent @ TBD Ceremony & Reception (jewels0729) 2010 Aug 9 Lisa + Daniel @ Wailea Golf Club (lower knoll) + SeaWatch Restaurant (pjlisa) 2010 Aug 14 Liz + Michael @ Merriman's Kapalua 2010 Oct 19 Amanda + Patrick @ Kula Botanical Garden+ Ruth's Chris (Amanda81) 2010 Nov 8 Joanne and Ed @ Four Seasons Wailea (sleepyj) 2010 May 12 Lindsay + Justin @ Olowalu Plantation House (weiky) 2010 Sep 9 Lindsay + Ed @ TBD +TBD(lindsnyff) 2011 June 4 Sydney and Sean @ Olowalu Plantation House (SydneyFitz)
  5. Feb 11, 2009: Trish + Bill @ Makena Secret Cove + Kimo's Restaurant April 15, 2009: Stacey + Mike @ Kapalua Bay+ I'O Sep 26, 2009: Jackie + Jeff @ Fairmont Kea Lani (Wailea) Oct 14, 2009: Deb + John @ Kalaeokai'a Estate + Five Palms Restaurant Nov 12, 2009: Karina + Cory @ Ritz Carlton Kapalua Feb 10, 2010: Laura + Jim @ Maria Lanakila + TBD Reception May 22, 2010: Huey + Isaac @ Honua Kai Lani + Spago June 17, 2010: Krystall + Nick @ Olowalu Plantation House + Old Lahaina Luau June 12, 2010: Autumn + Mike @ Ritz-Carlton Kapalua July 28, 2010: Lisa + Al @ Olowalu Plantation House Oct. 19, 2010: Amanda + Patrick @ Kula Botanical Garden + Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
  6. My hair was down, curled with lots and lots of product. It was fine. If you have a good hairstylist he/she will know what types of products to use to help tame your hair.
  7. SAM

    Music vs. Waves

    Due to our budget and the cost of a musican we had our WC bring a small boombox. The waves and conch shell did over shadow the light music but I didn't really care.
  8. KImo Kirkman married us, he was pretty cool.
  9. I was married on Kapalua Beach on April 15th and stayed in the area for 1 week. It rained alittle, very lightly a few days but just for a few minutes.
  10. SAM


    I must agree with Lisa, The Ritz at Kapalua is BEAUTIFUL!!! It's about 10-15 minutes from all of the "action" so it's very romantic, quiet and lovely! You could always stay there 2 nights and then go somewhere else. We stayed at the Royal Lahaina and it was very beautiful and quiet. I recently looked online (I want to go back) and noticed the Ritz was only about 200-300 more than the other hotels.
  11. I had been to Hawaii before but not Maui. We arrived 5 days before the ceremony. The day before the ceremony I dropped off the favors at I'O (where we had dinner) and that was the first time I saw the place. I didn't see the cermony site, meet the WC/photographer/minister until I arrived at the beach to get married. I basically did everything from the web and referrals. I was very happy with everything and felt like they are the pros, people come to Maui all the time to get married they know what they are doing.
  12. There a few places that are pretty good to eat. If you make a reservation ask to eat off the group menu...this will usually save you a few dollars. If you eat at the Hula Grill ask for Jeff (his wife Karine, did my hair...nice guy). Also check out Cheeseburger Paradise (very low-key) but better priced than Kimo's.
  13. You can also request a "rush" on your marriage license. From what I remember it was $10 and $5 for each additional certificate. It says it will arrive in 6 weeks but took 3.5 for mine to arrive.
  14. I went this April at the Feast at Lele has been closed some weekdays due to the economy. We went to the Old Lahaina Luau and it was a five star experience. Our guests LOVED it, would go back.
  15. more Hair- Karine Cummings A Bridal Hair on Maui Contact: Karine Cummings Bridal Photo Page I searched high and low for someone to do on my hair. This was something that I knew I was going to picky with. I looked everywhere, some vendors were nice but way to expensive while others…seemed…well lets just say, I felt pressured by them. I somehow stumbled across her website and was pleasantly surprised. Great photos, Great reviews and a background at the Ritz. She was so sweet and gave me suggestions to restaurants, etc. Also since she lives in Lahaina and I was staying in Lahaina, no travel fee. NICE!! When I first met Karine for the Hair trial she greeted me with a big hug. I had my trial at her home in Lahaina which was very close to where we were staying. She LOVES to talk, great sense of humor, and gave me several tips of restaurants and places to go in Maui. The day of the wedding Karine arrived to our place early (about 10 minutes). My mom liked her so much during the hair trial she decided to have Karine do her make-up. She noticed my hair was little greasy from the spa morning I had, and asked me to wash my hair. No problem as I had the time and she didn’t charge me for her time while I was washing and blow drying my hair. Another thing I really liked about her is I never felt rushed and she made sure that I was happy with my hair. It was pretty windy the day of the wedding and my hair held up pretty darn well. My hair doesn’t hold a curl great, waves yes but not curls. Hair Trial Hair Trial with Mom Make-up- Jessica Waite A++++++++ Jessica Waite 808.283.7837 makeup@maui.net After seeing Sherry’s photos on BDW, I was SOLD! Jessica was very professional to work with and truly makes you feel like it’s your special day. When she arrived she brought all of her make-up along with her director style chair. First she did my mother-in-laws make-up, she loved it and looked great! I told her I wanted the old Hollywood look and she did it. I almost started to cry because I was in such shock of my make-up…PERFECT! She is a true artist! Everyone commented on how wonderful my make-up looked and it lasted the entire time. Wedding Day Spa- Hina Mana Salon B Hina Mana Salon Hina Mana – an AVEDA Concept Salon in Maui, Hawaii So the day of the wedding I knew I wanted a spa day full of pampering and wanted to include my 12 year old son. I have been a single mom and we are very close. I wanted to do something special with him that day. I contacted a few spas in the Lahaina area and this spa got back to me right away and had no problem with me bringing my son. We both loved our massages and manicures…ask for Gretchen. Everything was great but finding the place was a challenge. It is located inside the Whaler condo which is next to Whaler’s Village. I walked around in a circle until a guest pointed me in the right direction. Wedding Dinner- I’O in Lahaina A++++++ I’O I'O Restaurant Lahaina Maui Hawaii We had a very small group of people and wanted a nice dinner. Many of the restaurants I spoke with wanted me to rent out the entire place or charge me some crazy fee. We had a tight budget and didn’t want to go over $100pp for food, wine and gratuity. I worked with Marilyn and she was very easy to work with. I loved the fact that this restaurant is eco friendly and uses locally grown and freshly caught items in their menus. They have their own vegetable garden in upcountry Maui which serves their restaurants. The owner also owns Pacific’o and The feast at Lele. Also when I requested to sit outside, it wasn’t a problem at all. The day before the wedding I dropped off everything (menus and favors) with Marilyn at I’O. Right before our guests arrived I had my friend go to the restaurant and check on our table to make sure it looked great. She was greeted by a very nice man who had already set up our tables outside under the stars, with little lights and the ocean about 40 feet away. She didn’t have to do anything, as everything was perfectly set up; the table was decorated with palm leaves, fresh orchids and tea lights which I didn’t order, just a nice complimentary touch. Luckily the luau next door wasn’t going on that night so it was very quiet and romantic. Just the way I wanted it. I was very impressed with the service, FIVE STAR! The waiter Garrett and sommelier came over greeted everyone and congratulated us. When we ordered the wine from the sommelier, he came over and gave us (FI and I) a pre taste to make sure we agreed again great service. They brought out a wine chiller for the white wine (I loved this as I hate it when white wine gets at all warm). We had preordered the appetizers and salads, which where all brought out in a very timely manner. All of the food was fantastic and served correctly; serve from the left, remove dished from the right and women first! Our guests were able to order their main dish and dessert that evening and it went very smoothly. The food was outstanding and was never at all rushed! I truly felt like a guest at I’O and it was such a wonderful dinner, at times I forgot I was at a restaurant but instead at a private estate having a fantastic meal with my loved ones. This was probably one of the best dining experiences I have had in along time and would recommend it to anyone. Honeymoon Hotel- Royal Lahaina A Royal Lahaina Resort Royal Lahaina Resort | Oceanfront on Kaanapali Beach Maui Hawaii My mom gave this to us as a wedding gift, and we enjoyed it so much we stayed a few extra nights as we wanted to get out of the dumpy timeshare. The room was fantastic and you could tell it had been recently updated. It is designed in dark tiki wood and white with a semi beach feel but not to Hawaiian. We had a garden view room but had a perfect full view of the ocean. Inside the room we found his and hers robes, nice touch. The bed was very comfortable, we both slept like the dead. Also the staff was very friendly!
  16. and more Pre-Wedding Dinner- Old Lahaina Luau A Old Lahaina Luau Maui Luaus, Old Lahaina Maui Luau | Official Website This is hard to review as I wasn’t feeling good before we left and left during the show as I felt even worse (I have stomach issues). With that said, all of the guests LOVED it. The customer service was great, five star all the way. I was told the food was great, I felt horrible and didn’t eat. Overall, all of the guests had an amazing time and loved the experience. Wedding Coordinator- Maui’d forever A Maui’d forever Maui Beach | Weddings | Honeymoon | Packages :: Maui'd Forever Wedding Vendors Maui’d forever was the first wedding coordinators that I contacted when we decided to get married in Maui. Bill emailed me back very quickly and sent me the information I requested. After looking around, I just felt very comfortable with him. Over the months of planning he was great to work with. The day of the wedding went so smooth. I told him to call me if he had any questions but luckily he didn’t. I met him when I arrived at Kapalua Bay and he had everything set up. Nice and smooth…no worries at all. Photographer- A Hanne Ruhnau Hanne Ruhnau I booked Hanne through my wedding coordinator. I was very happy with her and the pictures. She came to the dumpy timeshare when I was getting ready and took photos for about 1 hour then went to the ceremony site. Since we only went to dinner we didn’t bok her for that. Officiant- Kimo Kirkham A What a cool guy! Every review I read about Kimo was great. During our ceremony he chants in Hawaiian and you could tell he truly feels his passion. He also has a great sense of humor! Flowers- Napili Florist A+ Napili Florist Napili Florist Home One of the main reasons I picked them was there prices. I got a few quotes from other places and they were just insane. I worked with Megumi, very sweet and alittle bit of a thick accent but I was able to understand her. I gave her my Credit Card info and she didn’t charge it until the day of the wedding per my request. Another thing I really liked was her honesty, when I requested a specific flower, if it wasn’t in season she told me, the higher cost and ideas for substitutions. When they delivered my flowers everything was perfect. My bouquet was BEAUTIFUL and it smelled so good, the smell lasted for days. My FI loved his Kukuhi Nut lei and the guests also loved their leis. I put it in the ice bucket at the hotel Close up
  17. Sorry this took so long to post and out together. I’ve been working on this review since the wedding and have finally finished it. Air- American Airlines A I booked our flight through American Airlines directly and it was fine. We flew San Francisco to Los Angeles then onto Maui. As soon as we boarded the plane the very nice airline hostess told me I could store my dress in the first class closet. Both flights went well with no complaints. Car Rental- Budget A- Upon our arrival in Maui it took 45 minutes to get our car and that was the only issue we encountered. I was really tired and just wanted to get to the place. The lady at the counter was very nice and gave us a few tips about driving around Maui and about some local stores…45mph is the normal speed limit. The last time I was in Hawaii we rented a small car and it sucked. This time we upgraded to an Impala…very nice and comfortable. A large trunk for all of the stuff we brought with us which fit 2 large suitcases, 2 small suitcases and 1 small bag. When we returned the car it was such a breeze took about 90 seconds if that. Accommodations- Valley Isle Resort in Lahiana D This is my MIL timeshare, it’s through her Worldmark timeshare, I guess they own a handful of them within this so called resort. It was free place to stay, other than that I have nothing really positive to say about the place. Structure and site •Upon our arrival on Sunday April 12th, 2009 at 12:10pm we found out the front desk was closed. It is closed daily from 12:00-1:00 for lunch and is only open from 8am-5pm daily. We attempted to call the after hours phone number that was provided to use by Worldmark but no one answered the phone. So we had to wait in the parking lot for 50 minutes. While we were waiting we ran into another guest and he mentioned that he has arrived at night and no one would answer the after hours number. •The building is designed to look like a prison or local housing project; cement building with black iron gates. It is very unattractive but what plant life they had was well groomed. •Inside the Valley Isle resort is a local gym where anyone can work out. It also has an old sign posted on the glass windows which states “Kahana Grillâ€. I asked the front desk what type of food the “Kahana grill†served. I was informed that the grill is no longer there and that the new owner had not taken down the sign. Very tacky! •On Saturday April 18th 2009 we attempted to empty the garbage cans before we left but the garbage shoot was locked. I guess the garbage is closed on the weekend? •The lounge chairs that are available for guests to use are in very poor condition and some are broken! Our room 503 Bathrooms •There is absolutely no ventilation whatsoever in either of the bathrooms. They become very steamy and you must open a door while taking a shower to even breathe. •The towels are very small and rough, the type you would find at a cheap motel. •The water in both showers takes 5 minutes to warm up. •The closet in the main bathroom became jammed several times and needs to be replaced. •The toilet paper that is provided is a 1 ply. Bedrooms •Both bedrooms including the Murphy bed are very uncomfortable. The bed in the master bedroom sinks into the middle. •The smaller bedroom is a wind tunnel. The windows rattled every single night and when you opened the window everything blew. Kitchen and dining area •All of the knives were dull and we had a very difficult time cutting anything •The front room television has a limited amount of channels yet the bedroom has a lot more. •The décor is very outdated and some of the chairs were broken. •The sliding glass door in the front room was very heavy and needed to be greased. It took two adults to open and close this door. More to come
  18. We are giving all of our guests OTT bags and we are also giving one to our 12 year old son. Here are a few of the extra things that I have included in his OTT bag, some are alittle expensive- Beach Ball, underwater camera, Video Game magazine, glow sticks (Michael's for $1.00), sports water bottle, itunes gift card, candy/gum (I will pick up there), water balloons, and a small coin purse/bag full of quarters.
  19. That sucks. I wouldn't apologize but would tell her how hurt and angry you were when she said that about you.
  20. Hello- I'm alittle confused is your FFIL expecting you and your FI to pay for his brother's Fi's room? or is he (FFIL) paying for it?
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