Hawaii Beach Wedding

CONGRATULATIONS Chris & Noe Toshi! 6.14.15 – eMotion Media Hawaii

One of the most beautiful couples (inside and out) got married on 6.14.15 at the beautiful Halekulani Hotel!  CONGRATULATIONS Chris & Noe Toshi!!!  Although their post is yet to come…here is a sneak peak via their video created by Ikaika of eMotion Media Hawaii

Congratulations to Zavia & Wenbo! 12.28.14 | The Kahala Hotel



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Bridal Bouquet by Evan Morita Florist Grand


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Zavia & Wenbo’s First Sighting on the beautiful Kahala Hotel staircase (Photo courtesy: Jason Deng of Visionari)


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Aisle Arrangement by Evan Morita of Florist Grand (Photo courtesy: Jason Deng of Visionari)


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Hard at work… Evan Morita of Florist Grand & the Les Saisons team



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The Kahala Hotel Diamond Head Lawn, Flowers by Evan Morita of Florist Grand, Specialty Linens by Noami Lee of Les Saisons (Photo courtesy: Jason Deng of Visionari)


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Officiant Reverend Chris Cain, Gazebo provided by The Kahala Hotel, Flowers by Evan Morita of Florist Grand (Photo courtesy: Jason Deng of Visionari)


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Special Touches for the Guests (Ceremony Program Fans & a Customized Goodie Bag)


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Photo courtesy: Jason Deng of Visionari


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Photo courtesy: Jason Deng of Visionari


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Flowers by Evan Morita of Florist Grand and Specialty Linen by Naomi Lee of Les Saisons


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Wedding Cake made by The Kahala Hotel


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Ceremony Floral Arrangement by Evan Morita of Florist Grand repurposed at the Sweetheart Table



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The Kahala Hotel Kahala O Ke Kai Lawn, Flowers by Evan Morita of Florist Grand, Specialty Linens by Naomi Lee of Les Saisons (Photo courtesy: Jason Deng of Visionari)


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Kelly with Dean Motosue (Banquet Captain) of The Kahala Hotel



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The New Mr. & Mrs. Li with Kelly Sugano

Thanks to all the vendors who helped make it a great day!



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Congratulations to Jaymee & Blaine! 12.13.14 | Halekulani Hotel


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Bridal Party Bouquets by Todd Oshiro of Always Flowers


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Photographers Frank & Kim Amodo of Frank Amodo Photography and Hairstyling by Allison Miyamoto


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(Left to Right) Makeup Artist: Shantel of LUXXE Artistry Hawaii, Hairstylist: Bevin, Coordinator: Shantina with A Perfect Day and Hairstylist: Allison


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Flower Girl’s hair done by Bevin


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Photo courtesy of Frank Amodo Photography


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Ceremony Music by Pumehana Davis Wadsworth of Harp Hawaii


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Les Saisons Naomi Lee and staff hard at work creating an amazing backdrop.  Uplights by James “Jimmy Taco” Mora of Sure Shot Entertainment and Floral Arrangements by Todd Oshiro of Always Flowers.


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Naomi Lee and Staff of Les Saisons


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Photography Frank Amodo of Frank Amodo Photography and Videographer of Fisheye Studio in position for Jaymee & Blaine’s First Sighting



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Photo courtesy of Frank Amodo Photography


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Escort Card Table Flowers by Todd Oshiro of Always Flowers


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Centerpieces by Todd Oshiro of Always Flowers


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James “Jimmy Taco” Mora of Sure Shot Entertainment, Gregg Hammer of Sons of Thunder Band and HammerTime! on Krater 96.3,


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Kelly Sugano and Frank Amodo of Frank Amodo Photography testing Kim Amodo’s Photo Booth


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The wedding cake made by the Halekulani hotel


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Kelly and Gregg Hammer of Sons of Thunder Band and Hammertime! on Krater 96.3


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Ryan Ishii and Staff of Fisheye Studio


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Kelly with one of our favorite Halekulani Banquet Captain Steven


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The New Mr. & Mrs. Sato with Kelly Sugano

 We hope you enjoy the wonderful video created by Fisheye Studio!

 Thanks to all the vendors who helped make it a great day!

Wedding Budget (Create a budget AND stick to it)!!!



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Christie Pham Photography | www.christie-photography.com



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Most couples we meet, tell us that one of their biggest concerns or reasons why they are interested in hiring a Wedding Planner is to save money or stay in their budget.  Budgets are ALWAYS important and even more so when starting a life together.  We can’t express how important having a sold grasp on your budget is for your combined happiness and ability to enjoy the planning process is.  For this reason, we are VERY excited to help shed some light on this VERY IMPORTANT topic.



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From Venue to Vendors, setting a budget can be daunting and initially overwhelming as many don’t know where to begin and what to consider.  Since it can take months research multiple vendors to determine the “average” cost of something and there is still NO way to determine if your wedding is “average”, we recommend looking at YOUR own finances and determine what both of you (Bride & Groom…or if you are lucky, any parents) are able to CONFIRM spending.  Once you know what your budget is, make sure it is an amount you BOTH are comfortable with and won’t need to eat instant saimin everyday to afford ;-).  This will help you to enjoy being engaged as well!    NOTE:  If parents or Sponsors offer to “help” with the cost of your wedding, ask them to deposit their generosity into a “Wedding Bank Account” for you.  *You can tell them you are requesting this so you can keep track of your expenses.*  This will give you the peace of mind knowing what you actually have in your budget and not plan with what “might” come through.  ***If it isn’t deposited, DON’T count on it.***

Here come the actual steps to work with AND STAY within your budget (***IF you want to***).   NOTE:  For the sake of examples, we will be working with a budget of $50,000.  This is NOT an average, just an example.

  • List all of the various vendors (items/services) you plan to spend money (or include in your budget)


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    • To help you get started, here is a list of common types of vendors (Ceremony/Reception venue, Coordinator/Planner Photographer, Videographer, Ceremony music, Florist, Reception music, Favors, Master of Ceremony/MC, Wedding Cake, Officiant/Clergy, Hair/Makeup, Attire, Invitations, Transportation, Decor, Linen, Lighting, Caterer, Photo Booth)
  • Then list your vendors in order of priority to YOU!   NOTE:  If someone is contributing to the budget of your wedding, they may insist in having a voice in your decision.  Unfortunately, if you don’t want this to happen, you may need to consider gracefully turning down their offer.
    • You should NOT have more than one “#1″
    • #1 Should be YOUR most important priority (just because something is important to many other couples, it may not and doesn’t need to be important to you)
  • Using the budget amount you came up with, divide up that amount and assign a dollar amount to each type of vendor.     NOTE: Regardless of what each type of vendor typically charges, don’t think about it.  Your #1 priority needs to have more than #2, #2 needs to have more than #3, etc.  The example below is not the typical order of priorities OR averages spent, we are using this list (and the amounts) to prove a point and show you an example of what your list should look like (ie: wedding favors are usually a lower priority):


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  • Venue: $30,000
  • Favors: $3,500
  • Videographer: $3,250
  • Cake: $2,950
  • Florist: $2,500
  • Photographer: $2,100
  • MC: $1,700
  • DJ: $1,500
  • Hair and Makeup: $1,250
  • Dress: $750
  • Tux: $500
  • Now you are ready to START choosing and securing your vendors!  Start with your #1 priority and work your way down.  It is important to work in order and here is why.  1)  You don’t want to lose valuable time securing something that isn’t important to you (just because it might be more important to the “average” couple) 2)  You don’t want to use up your budget on something that isn’t important to you (for the same reason).


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    • By having more money allocated to your #1 priority, you should be able to spend the appropriate amount based as your unique priorities
    • If you have MORE than enough for the type of vendor you are securing, you can move the remaining amount to your next highest priority
      • (ie: If you only needed $25,000 for the Venue, you now will have $8,500 for your favors)
    • If you DON’T have enough money for the vendor/priority you are currently working on, you (as a couple) can decide how much money you want to lower any of the lower priority category budgets or if you want to just eliminate your lowest priority completely.
  • If you follow this process, you will never be SURPRISED regarding your budget.   TIP:  If possible, try to have your vendors secured 4 months prior to your wedding date so you can begin to work out the finer details of your wedding!

Happy Planning!



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Concepts & Ideas for Jessica :-)



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These are just some pictures we pulled for a Bride we will be meeting tomorrow (for the first time).  Just some ideas we think she might like (from past APD weddings)  based on her Pinterest Board :-).



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CONGRATULATIONS Sara & Lance! 09.08.14 | Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa



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Lance and Sara were such a loving couple who really “got” each other.  They really only wanted to make each other happy and enjoy their special day with their friends and family!  Thanks to their amazing vendors, Sara & Lance were able to enjoy every minute of their wedding day (even with the remnants of Hurricaine Iselle lingering).  CONGRATULATIONS Mr. & Mrs. Lance & Sara Okuda!!!


CJ with Naturally You, Husband and Wife duo Davis & Janice with Video 21 Productions


Hair & Makeup Styling by CJ Bae-Siepka of Naturally You with Husband & Wife Videographer duo Davis & Janice of Video 21 Productions


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Photo by Eugene Kam Photography


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Floral masterpieces by Todd Oshiro of Always Flowers


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Reverend James Chun


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Ceremony Music by the Manoa String Quartet


Naomi Lee and Team of Les Saisons


Naomi Lee and Team of Les Saisons doing what they do best… DECOR!


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Michele Ganiko and Vy of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa


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Photos by Eugene Kam Photography and Wedding Cake by the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa


DJ & Emcee Don Faumuina and team of Spin Dr's M.D.


DJ & Emcee Don Faumuina and team of Spin Dr’s M.D.


The Wedding Party having fun with photo props from Flipbooks Hawaii.


The Wedding Party having fun with photo props from Flipbooks Hawaii (Photo by Eugene Kam Photography)


Erica Martin and Team with Flipbooks Hawaii


Erica Martin and Team with Flipbooks Hawaii & InstaBooth Hawaii


The New Mr. & Mrs. Okuda with Kelly Sugano


The New Mr. & Mrs. Okuda with Kelly Sugano

Please enjoy this “SDE” (Same Day Edit) by Video 21 Productions:

Thanks to all the Vendors who helped make this a great day!



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