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    Wedding with just the 2 of us...but how/where??

    Quote: Originally Posted by Jordanna Ristau I just returned from going on a cruise in Hawaii, Maui was beautiful...we rented a car and drove all over. I just wanted to give you a different option. We had lunch at this wonderful restaurant & Inn in Paia called Mama's Fish House, it was stunning and the food was so delicious. The restaurant overlooks there own little beach and it is truly a romantic spot if I was getting married in Hawaii it would be their. They do weddings on the beach and the manager sets everything up. I really liked the Kihei area too but I found this place truly breath taking. Best of luck planning Another vote for Mama's Fish House. We had lunch there during our honeymoon and it is truly an incredibly gorgeous, breathtaking place. The food is the best fish I have ever eaten. It would be an amazing place to have an intimate wedding for you and your fiance. Good luck!
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    Say yes to which dress????

    #3 looks beautiful on you. You don't have anything to worry about your stomach!
  3. My parents paid for a good portion of the wedding, so my husband and I are giving them a nice card and a romantic weekend at a local resort with a fancy dinner and golf day. I really hope it conveys how much appreciate all they did. My husband's mom also contributed to the wedding (on a much smaller scale), so we are planning on giving her something similar (for her and her boyfriend), but not as expensive as what we are giving my parents. We did not make any public announcements about the gifts, but did thank my parents at the reception. Also, at the wedding, we had visors made for the two dads that said "Father of the Bride/Groom" for the men's golf outing before the wedding, and had personalized handkerchiefs made for the moms (they loved these!). We're also going to be making photo books for all the parents (these will probably be a Christmas gift).
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    Maui photographer

    Susan, check out Joanna Tano on the island of Maui. She just did my wedding and was more reasonable than some of the others. We paid around $2,300 for five hours of coverage and 300 digital files (with the rights to publish). We also got a small print credit with her. She was the sweetest thing, and had such a wonderful eye. I wish I would have hired her for longer so we could have taken more photos. They turned out beautiful. Check them out here: Maui Wedding | Fairmont Kea Lani :: Jackie & Jeffrey joannatano.com
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    Weather Nightmare

    Congrats on your upcoming wedding. I too am slightly worried about rain in Hawaii, but will send good thoughts your way.
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    Maui Wedding List!!!

    Feb 11, 2009: Trish + Bill @ Makena Secret Cove + Kimo's Restaurant 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
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    I bought my DRESS!!!!

    Wow, that dress was made for you. You look amazing!
  8. I have one bridesmaid and I let her pick any dress she wanted because she has a troublesome figure when it comes to dresses. I didn't want to stress her out by making her wear something she was not comfortable in. Anyway, it ended up costing $300 and I offered to pay for it (quite strongly) but she flat-out refused to let me pay. I have a pretty wonderful bridesmaid (there is a reason she is my best friend).
  9. Those look great, really incredible job! I wish I were so creative!
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    Maui Review - Loved Loved Loved my vendors!!!!

    Congratulations! I'm glad your wedding was wonderful. We are considering the Five Palms for our rehearsal dinner so I am glad to hear the food was great. Curious, who was your original photographer who your W/C said was not doing well lately. Hope it is not the one we have booked!
  11. Quote: Originally Posted by inunez i don't even know how to bring it up again. i don't want to get into another arguement and the pre-marital counseling i would like to do is not religious at all! but then again - where do i look for it in NY? if it's something we have to pay for out of our pocket, we def do not have any extra money for that. i think that he was a little more hesitant about it becasue the conversation came up when my sister asked me about. she's a born again Christian and she and her husband go to church very often. my FI and i are not church lovers. how do i present this idea to him again and making him understand that it has nothing to do with religion? i really think i need your help ladies!!! My health insurance covers premarital counseling. I did not think it would, but I called the company and had them look into it and it did. We had to choose an in-network counselor and our co-pay is only $20 per session. Not bad! As far as how to approach your fi, well, I would just explain that it is important to you and it's non religious, so why not try one or two sessions and if he doesn't like it, at least you tried...
  12. We are seeing a premarital counselor (non-religious). It was my idea, but luckily, fi thought it was a great idea. I am so glad we decided to do it, so far we have had two sessions and some very interesting things have come up. We really like our counselor a lot and she has already taught us some good tools for compromising and expressing ourselves more clearly. I highly recommend it!
  13. Quote: Originally Posted by dcnetworks Advice: do NOT do the bike down the volcano tour. Hello, sorry to jump in this thread, but we were thinking of doing this tour. Could you elaborate on why we should not? TIA!
  14. I am so sorry that you have to deal with this situation. It is downright abhorrent that your father would be so selfish as to use your WEDDING DAY as an opportunity to flaunt his new girlfriend in front of your mother. I don't know if he is always so self-absorbed, but when you talk to him I hope you point it out that him bringing his gf to your wedding and upseting your mother is going to cause you, his daughter, more pain and suffering than any woman should have to think about on her wedding day. Be strong. Your dad is not being a good dad right now. I hope that after you talk to him he sees the error of his ways and apologizes for even making you have to deal with this.
  15. That is a beautiful dress and it looks great on you! Congrats!