I absolutely love going to the island of Lana’i, whether it’s just for a day or a weekend getaway! On Lana’i everything slows down; it is quiet, relaxing and absolutely beautiful. Lana’i is one of the only islands that is easily accessible by ferry from the island of Maui. A short 45 minute ferry ride aboard the Lanai Expeditions Ferry and a small round trip transportation fee of $50.00 will take you to the “Pineapple Island”.
I found myself itching for a weekend getaway this last weekend and thought while I was on Lana’i I should check out an amazing private estate owned by some friends that has just become available for vacation rental and weddings. As I had suspected, this custom built gated estate blew my mind away…..
The 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home stretches over 7,500 square feet of living area, just perfect for entertaining! Gorgeous hardwood floors, etched glass windows and ceder exterior siding compliment the tropical surroundings.
Some of the other amenities include a wide wrap around deck boasting 180 degree ocean views, beautifully manicured lawns and lush tropical foliage that can accommodate a larger outdoor wedding recepiton.
The kitchen is adorned with granite counter tops and a wrap around bar – truly is a chef’s dream.
Beautiful panoramic views of the Ocean and neighboring islands can be seen from the bedrooms.
This estate is a gem like no other that can offer absolute privacy and serenity for the couple who want a different Hawaiian Experience. For larger groups, since the estate can only sleep 8-10 people, the amazing and luxurious Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay is conveniently located just a few minutes away to accommodate your guests. Contact Belle Destination Weddings and Events if you would like any further information.
Welcome to our new feature on our blog, the “Vendor Spotlight.” We are excited to feature information and stories on our absolutely amazing wedding vendors here in Maui and around the Hawaiian Islands. Let me tell you, the Maui wedding industry can be a tricky place to navigate. Maui…..Small island with soooo many options for vendors. The key is to find vendors that match your price structure, style, and most importantly, your personalities. Now there are many different degrees to how much a vendor can be involved in your special day, and their interaction with you can definitely affect your experience. Take photography for instance. The photographer(s) will be interacting with you on a one on one basis, and you want to choose someone who will be personable, friendly, happy, and professional, all while maintaining their brilliant photographic and artistic talents.
I do not play favorites and I am sure there will come a time when I blog on many of the vendors I use, but I wanted to start with Scott Drexler and Bill Stockwell of Photos on Maui. These two are an absolutely phenomenal team, and are two of the most sought-after photographers on Maui. Their style is so clean and contemporary-yet-classic.
Bill Stockwell (Jr.) is the son of infamous Bill Stockwell Sr. who transformed the world of wedding photography in his time (think out with the “old” stuffy portraits and in with “new” the creative photo-journalistic moments). Bill Stockwel Jr., being the learned student of his father became extremely successful in the Napa wedding scene before setting his sights on Maui. He has been able to transform the wedding industry here on Maui as well. Although Bill is one of Maui’s most seasoned veterans, he has a great ability to adapt to developing trends in the photo industry, and has been able to maintain a high-level of quality along the way. If you ever have the privilege of meeting bill, you will find a soft-spoken, kind individual with wisdom in his eyes. You rarely catch Bill without his perma-smile.
Years down the line, Scott Drexler joined up with Bill in a true “A-Team” moment. Scott had a long-time love of photography and videography. He was an extremely successful videographer with Hawaii Video Memories before submitting to his craving for the still photograph (more to come on that vendor later). I had worked with Scott “the videographer” and have since had many opportunities to work with Scott “the photographer,” and I can say that he has really reached his true calling. Scott has taken his background in videography and movement, and really applied this to his photography skills. He now incorporates small videos in his work as well, using one of his super fancy high-end cameras. He really has the ability to shoot a dramatic and classic photo. His photographic talents aside, Scott has this amazing ability to make anyone feel so comfortable. Not everyone feels comfortable in front of a camera, and combine that with all the excitement of the big day, and it can be nerve-racking. Scott will honestly make you forget that nervousness and just makes it…fun! It also makes for a better photo. Trust me, I have been one of his nervous subjects myself. Scott also shot the recent wedding of our very own clients Bethany & Ben (yay!) coordinated by our very own Belle Planner, Lena Sebag. (Congratulations you two! More to come when the photos are finished!)
All in all, these guys are just one of the many “A-Team” professionals that you want on your team of vendors. Check out their combined and individual blogs and websites:
Ok, so I admit, I am a bit obsessed with food. I love it, and really share the sentiment that everybody loves food, am I right? So to follow my previous post in regards to favors, I came upon a great little tid bit on Etsy today. As with food (of which I obsess), you will also hear me talk about Etsy waaayyy tooo much. What can I say? It is a vintage wedding designer’s dream come true and an amazing resource for bride’s everywhere.
The Diverse Delectables of Etsy features an array of fabulous homemade confections crafted with love and affection. All wonderful options for gifts, favors, and dessert offerings at your wedding table.
This is where I will be doing the bulk of my Christmas shopping as well. I heart Etsy!
xoxo – Jane
Many of our clients often struggle with what type of favors to provide to their guests. Remember..wedding planning is supposed to be fun, so….
- Rule #1: Don’t stress too much about the favors. Yes, they are a small important item, but honestly, your guests are there with you to celebrate your love, not to get away with the goods.
- Rule #2: Make the item personal. Stay away from the “wedding favor” sites and stick to items that you and your hubby love and in turn, want to share with those that you love. Your guests will appreciate learning a little bit more about who you are as a couple.
- Rule #3: Make it palatable, meaning: Choose an item that your guests will enjoy. For instance, if your fav snack is peanut butter honey pickles, let think about this for a moment. Yes, you consider them the best thing since sliced bread, and yes, they are a yummy and delicious, albeit, weird snack, but will your guests love them as much as you will??? The answer s likely… not so much.
- Rule #4: Make it pretty. You spend so much time, energy, and money making your wedding beautiful. Don’t interrupt your gorgeous table-scape with an item that does not match or compliment your theme. If you do end up choosing an item that may be outside your decor schematic, place the favors on a separate table for guests to serve themselves.
Here are a few favor and packaging ideas that we adore. courtesy of our favorite homemade treasures: Etsy (www.etsy.com)
These muslin bags are perfect for your favorite confections, shawls, or any other uses.
Tree seeds in bottle with stopper – share your love for the environment by asking guests to plant a tree in your honor and as their tree grows, so will your love for each other.
Fleur De Sel Caramels – If you have not tried salted caramels, you are missing out my friend. These little delicous morsels can be bought in bulk and placed in your own packaging, or can be packaged by the seller.
Surprise Brownie Bliss Cookies from Sweet Bliss Bakery (http://www.etsy.com/listing/61002147/surprise-brownie-bliss-cookies). Food is always a good idea, especially when they are baked with love by you yourself, or if time is an issue, simply enlist the help of your favorite neighborhood bakery.
Just a reminder to all of our mainland US brides out there: Hawaii doesn’t experience a time change for daylight savings, so we have listed some new time differences for you, just in case your iphone World Clock is not handy:
Alaska – 1 hour ahead
California – 2 hours ahead
Vegas – 2 hours ahead
Denver – 3 hours ahead
Houston – 4 hours ahead
New York – 5 hours ahead