Monday, June 27, 2011

Real Wedding-Janel and John

I loved worked with Janel and John months prior to their wedding to come up with the perfect design. After considering tent, lining, and lighting options they opted to take advantage of the Lanikuhonua’s natural surroundings and had a beautiful, outdoor, under-the-stars experience. Some of my favorite details included the striking tangerine linens, leaf patterned gobo lights and custom monogram for the programs, wine glasses and dance floor.

Music does wonders to set the mood of an event and they did just that with a live saxophone and keyboardists for their ceremony, guitarists for cocktail hour, a live band for dinner and a DJ for dancing. Guests were treated to food stations from Indigo’s, and dined on tables laden with beautiful arrangements and abundant candlelight. Their 5-tiered cake from Cake Works was stunning and had guests oohing and awing. Aloha on the Rocks whipped up the couple's carefully chosen specialty drinks all night. Thank you to Aaron Bernard of Liquid Light Images for capturing these amazing images of their wedding.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunset Ranch- Rustic Elegance Unbridled

I was asked to design and coordinate the launch of Sunset Ranch as an event venue. My first task was to come up with a theme, and from there the overall layout, design and color scape for the event. After drafting several options I came up with the theme of “Rustic Elegance Unbridled”.

Based on the inspiration of a photo of a flower I found online, I choose an ivory, soft blush and plum color palette. I wanted to embrace that fact that the venue is a ranch, but showcase it in an elegant way.

Cocktail tables were draped with luxurious plum satin linens and unexpectedly sashed with rope. The barn is an amazing space and I wanted to show how an elegant and sophisticated reception could coexist with the rough bones of the barn. It's the unexpected that catches guests in an "awe" moment and leaves an impression on them.

Working with extraordinary professionals like Shilhi of Passion Roots and Kristin of A Cake Life, was a pleasure as we married our thoughts and ideas for a truly inspirational design. I love how Shilhi thought that adding the frothy chair covers would mimic a horse tail that grazed in the pasture below, and how she honored the hard work that goes into farming, and the “fruits of their labor” by using grapes and plums in the centerpieces.

The privately owned ranch has recently opened the property up for weddings and other events. I especially love that there are so many different venues (both outdoor and indoor) and there are gorgeous views everywhere.


Venue: Sunset Ranch

Floral and Event Styling: Passion Roots

Cake: A Cake Life

Rentals: REA

Pacific Party Rentals

Tent: Hawaii Tents and Events

Photography: What a Day Photography