‘Til Death Do Us Part - Friday the 13th Wedding by Allison Bennett

Anna Ranch - Waimea, Hawaii | Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

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This Gothic inspired, Friday the 13th wedding is sure to get you into the Halloween spirit.  With it's stunning, rich colors and textures, this event was infused with intention and a lush aesthetic in every detail.

We are always excited to work with couples whose aim is to do something completely different for their big day and this wedding was certainly no exception. Our Bride had a clear vision and a great design sense. We were able to create a Wedding with edgy elements of style that was also elegant and romantic.

Every detail sourced by the Bride, from the gorgeous Smokey Quartz crown from Howling Moon UK to the perfect cake topper (a nod to the Couple’s well loved cats) from Upmood Shop, had intent. The place cards were tags that were hand calligraphed in a deep blood red, by Fine Lines Calligraphy and attached to skeleton keys. Pineapple Bakery crafted a masterpiece of a cake that was black (of course) and featured a large red geode.

Our Bride was able to curate her stunning look with a perfectly tailored black gown and a custom designed black lace cape. Her divine bouquet by White Pineapple Designs was the finishing touch!

This couple wrote their own vows, which they shared with each other in front of the natural arch of a fallen tree, beside a creek at Anna Ranch. A light rain began to fall as they incorporated handfasting into their Ceremony. This ancient tradition is a symbol that binds two souls together, just as their hands are bound together…demonstrating their commitment and devotion to one another. This ceremony is the origin of the common phrase, “tie the knot!”

At first glance, this collection of images by Ruthanne Photography appears eerie, moody and every bit editorial photo-shoot worthy.  The reality was far different.  Our Couple came to us prepared to create a real life Wedding Day as unique and thoughtful as they are. A day that was full of meaning and reflective of their deep and shining love.

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Ceremony Location, Anna Ranch / Reception Location, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel  "Garden Room" / Event Planning, Bliss in Bloom / Flowers, White Pineapple DesignsCatering (Cocktails) , Lotus Cafe / Photography, Ruth Anne Photography / Officiant, Groom's Uncle / MUA, Bride / Hair, Anthony Acia / Bride’s gown, Amazon  / Bride’s Crown, Etsy: Howling Moon UK  / Earrings, OaksAestheticsShoes, Famout Footwear / Rings, Etsy: Swank Fine JewelryGroom’s suit, Attractions / Cake, Pineapple Bakery / Cake Topper, Upmood ShopMusic, Magic Strings / Handfasting Cord, The Toadstool Garden / Rentals and Lighting, Big Island Tents

Intimate Wedding at Holualoa Inn | Kailua Kona, Hawaii by Allison Bennett

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It was a joy to work with this busy, professional couple from Washington D.C.  They had an intimate and classic event in mind when we started the planning process, less than three months prior to their wedding date!  

There is no formula for the amount of time that you should allot to plan your wedding!  We know that anything is possible when it comes to coordinating and collaborating with an amazing team of vendors. No need to compromise on design or quality, even when working on a three month timeline.  It just makes the process a little more exciting!

The Holualoa Inn was the perfect setting for our Bride and Groom to host their guests, who flew in from all corners of the globe to celebrate with this dynamic and kind-hearted duo.  Ruth Anne Photography captured our couple's connection to each other, as well as their friends and family with a beautiful intimacy that was befitting of the day.

 

Venue, Holuloa Inn / MUAH, Judy Cunningham / Coordination + Floral Design, Bliss in Bloom / Catering, Strawberry Patch Catering / Photography, Ruth Anne Photography / Musician, Charles Grace / DJ, Hawaii Sound + Vision 

Love, Flowers and 20 Second Dance Parties | Anna Ranch, Big Island of Hawaii Wedding by Allison Bennett

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Our favorite thing about this wedding, aside from getting to know this fun-loving couple?  Their 20 second dance parties.  

From the moment the day began, any and everything could be stopped in an instant.  MUAH, putting on the gown, the first look, seeing the flower wall (did you SEE that flower wall?!?!), greeting an old friend, the portrait shots, walking down the aisle...all came to a screeching halt for 20 seconds as our Bride's boundless joy bubbled to the surface in the form of a mini dance party.  Her beautiful, energetic, fun vibe was contagious and anyone nearby joined in!  

Every detail of this wedding was heartfelt and Leslie's vision for the day was a dream to execute.  Read more about that in the feature on the Green Wedding Shoes Blog

Leslie and Cano have the perfect approach to life and love...stop everything and DANCE!  We can only hope that we'll be standing nearby and can join the fun!

Location, Anna Ranch Heritage Center / Event planning + design, Bliss in Bloom / Flowers, Ivie Joy Florals, Art + EventsSpecialty Rentals + Leis, Grace Flowers  / Photography, Chelsea Abril Photography / Videography, Kahena Cinema / Officiant, Lauren "Lo" Ancheta / Signs, John Allen Signs / Bride's Makeup, Gerilyn Iga / Bridesmaids Makup, Kisa Von Der Hayden / Rentals, Big Island Tents / Bride’s Gown, Sottero and Midgley, Mattea / Bride’s accessories, Floral Jewellery veil; J.Crew earrings, Nine West Shoes / Flower-girl dresses, Rainey’s Closet / Groom’s suit, ASOS / Groom’s shoes, GUCCI / Music, Bula Akamu / DJ, 808 Hype Mobile DJ / Rings, Nahoku 

Love is Love - Kailua Kona, Hawaii Wedding by Allison Bennett

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"We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer.
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.
Now fill the world with music, love and pride."  
-Lin-Manuel Miranda

 

Celebrate Love.  It's our favorite thing to do!  We are strong supporters of Marriage Equality and firmly believe that everyone has the right to love whoever they choose.  We, at Bliss in Bloom, are proud to welcome and celebrate all of our amazing couples without discrimination.

The beautiful photos by Bikini Birdie feature love in it's truest form.  These two have been together 13 years.  They had their nearest and dearest travel with them to witness their vows in Hawaii.  There was laughter, tears, dancing, lots of gorgeous food and our personal favorite...a theatrical song/dance re-enactment of the moment they met.  Performed by our two Grooms! 

Venue, Hale Wailele Estate / Rentals + Lighting, Big Island TentsFlowers, Grace FlowersCatering, Strawberry Patch CateringPhotography, Bikini Birdie / Calligraphy Sign, Hawaii Calligraphy

Intimate, vibrant, unique yet classic with a touch of wild… by Andrew Smock

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Through the creative process, we are always looking to distill our couple’s vision for their wedding day into something tangible.  Many times that process starts with an inspiration photo, a color palette, a texture or a theme.  Sometimes it is fun to shift the focus from the visual and begin with a quote, a sentiment or even descriptors.  The most wonderful part of our planning and design process is getting to know our couples and discovering the best way to communicate with them while translating their ideas into an amazing event.

For Kara and Sean’s wedding, we used key descriptors as a piece of our inspiration.  The best part?  We knew we had nailed the design when we realized that the words we chose did not simply describe the look and tone of the event…  Those descriptors captured the personality of our fantastic couple perfectly!

Intimate, vibrant, unique yet classic with a touch of wild…

Wedding Planning and Coordination:  Bliss in Bloom
Floral Design:  Bliss in Bloom
Photography:  Damion Hamilton Photography
Videography:  Love Spun Films
Rentals and Lighting:  Hawaii Island Events
Make-up:  Grace Make-up Artistry
Hair:  Shaloma Marks
Catering:  Angela Zink
Cake:  Momofuku

UPDATE: Published  on Borrowed and Blue:  http://www.borrowedandblue.com/hawaii/weddings/kara-sean

Elegance and Succulents by Andrew Smock

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Chapter One: Elegance and Succulents

The Bride and Groom always set the tone for their Wedding Day, and this lovely couple was no exception.  They are gracious, elegant, stunning and have an intimate connection that is the stuff of which dreams are built upon.  Their special day, hosted at the exclusive KD Beach Club (Kapulehu Beach Club), was the perfect blend of these qualities.  It was our extreme pleasure to be a part of this event captured by Fletch Photography.

We are fortunate to have the opportunity to share with you a bit about this Bride and Groom.  We thank them for sharing such an authentic description of their relationship together.  In their own words:

From the Bride:
“We met at a French wine bar called Amelie in San Francisco through a mutual friend, and ran a 5k together as our first deliberate ‘meeting’ two days later.  We felt as though we knew each other already from the moment we met, like we had been together in another time, a different life.

Although we met in San Francisco, Phil moved to my home town of Naperville, IL, when I was in high school.  I moved to the Big Island six months after he came to Naperville.  We maybe should have or could have met then.  It was a missed opportunity.  As though, we were circling each other. Phil finally caught up with me in San Francisco 14 years later!

We have a mutual, passionate vulnerability with one another, by which we know the depths of each other’s emotions, history, and most importantly, our love of one another. This is one way we know our love is our lifeline and our destiny.  This is the fearlessness that makes us trusting.”

From the Groom:
“Experiencing this is the only way to understand it.  It cannot be observed from the outside.  Anything I thought I knew prior to Laura has changed through my experience with her, through becoming one with her.  It has made me realize who I am, and who I am meant to be.  It is life changing and it creates beauty in everything.  This is living in love.”

After their vows, before the Bride and Groom recessed, the Officiant (who was also the Bride’s cousin), closed the ceremony with these words from C.S. Lewis:

“But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world had only been the cover and title page: now, at last, they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read, which goes on forever, and in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

Event Design:  Bliss in Bloom and Teri Costales
Floral Design:  Bliss in Bloom
Wedding Coordinator:  Teri Costales
Photographer:  Fletch Photography

Kipona Aloha – Deep Love by Andrew Smock

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Kipona Aloha – Deep Love

As you might have guessed, we are devoted to all things LOVE.  Our Bride, Lin-Ann, has captured the expressions of love from her wedding day in the passage below.

“The day of the wedding was magical, dream-like and very emotional. I felt like a mini celebrity and also so relaxed. Given that it was such an intimate event it was so amazing to be able to spend time talking, sharing, dancing with each and every one of our guests and our closest family. The ceremony was so moving!  From Keoni’s beautiful words and Hawaiian traditions to the very special presence of my best friend Linda reading a poem I wrote, to my mother’s touching and emotional words when she blessed our wedding rings. Ben was also extremely emotional at the sight of his daughter coming down the aisle as our flower girl–as his mind was set in fast-forward to years later when she would one day come down the aisle as a bride. What a very special day indeed that we were not only united as a couple, but finally felt complete as a family. 

The Big Island was a no-brainer for our destination wedding because I love the beach and ocean.  I had always dreamed of a beach or oceanside wedding and Ben was going to be teaching a field study course at Volcano National Park!  It was important to us to incorporate aspects of traditional Hawaiian culture into our special day because it is so aligned with the openness of heart and spirit that is at the center of our relationship. That is why there were Hawaiian phrases incorporated into all aspects of the event, including “E Komo Mai” welcome bags waiting in the hotel rooms for our guests who traveled from so far away, “I ho’okahi kahi ke aloha” on our invitations (Be one in love), “mahalo nui Loa” on our letterpress thank you cards, etc….and of course the phrase and title for our wedding event, “Kipona Aloha” truly captures the deep love that Ben and I have cultivated in our relationship.”

Wedding Design and Coordination:  Bliss in Bloom
Floral Design:  Bliss in Bloom
Rentals and Lighting:  Hawaii Island Events
Catering:  Paradise Gourmet
Cake:  Food for Thought
DJ: Tiger Jones Productions
Photography:  Ruthanne Photography

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Andrew Smock

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream = A Dream Come True

The design team at Bliss in Bloom is inspired by the Bard.  A wedding based on Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” was something that we had been hoping to do for several seasons.  This lovely NYC bride made our dream come true!  She handed us the theme and gave us free reign in the design department.

Bliss in Bloom created and installed an incredible Manzanita branch chandelier adorned with delicate bud vases, draping vine and hanging votives.  Our moss covered tablescape, complete with the romance of candlelight and an overflowing cornucopia of fruits and flowers, represented the abundance that is ever present in true love and life. The gorgeous setting at Anna Ranch Heritage Center was the perfect backdrop for an event full of rainbows, delicious food and a relaxed family atmosphere.

There were lawn games accompanied by beautiful music, dancing in the rain, food, drink and fairies hidden in the majestic trees on the Ranch.  Even Puck, “that merry wanderer of the night,” would have surely been wooed by this fantastic couple.  We wish them an eternity of love and happiness.

Floral Design:  Bliss in Bloom
Event Design:  Bliss in Bloom
Wedding Coordination:  Bliss in Bloom
Catering:  MonAmi Catering
Cupcakes:  Food for Thought
Music:  Keikilani Lindsey
Location:  Anna’s Ranch
Photography:  Karen Loudon Photography

True love by Andrew Smock

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True love – a Hawaiian Plantation Wedding

It is a true honor to be involved with a Bride as she creates her Wedding Day.  From the moment she says, ‘Yes’ to the Dress, all the way through the wedding design and planning process, and finally culminating in that amazing moment where she says, ‘I Do,’ to the Man of her dreams.  At Bliss in Bloom, we are fortunate many times, to have a hand in each of the elements that contribute to the details of such lovely moments.

We first met our Bride, Kea, at our little Boutique.  She came in with her, “Best Girls,” and they were fun and supportive as she went through her first fitting.  Judging by their reactions to Kea in the Watters Wtoo, “Olivia,” we knew she had found her Gown.  Kea was a joy and the gown she chose perfectly suited her personality.  She exemplifies true kindness, exquisite loveliness, a welcoming heart and a generous spirit.

It was fitting that she married her true love on Valentine’s Day surrounded by her nearest and dearest from all over, as well as her adoring and supportive family members.  The tone of the day was consistent with the couple’s fun-loving and truly genuine personalities.  It is always such a pleasure for us to be able to witness our Couple’s step into married life togeter, and we feel especially fortunate to have worked with Kea and Francis…words cannot express how much we have fallen in love with this sweet couple!

Event Design and Coordination: Bliss in Bloom
Floral Design: Bliss in Bloom
Bridal Boutique: Bliss in Bloom
Dress:  Watters Wtoo
Photography: ARIA Studios
Videography: ARIA Studios

Happy Anniversary Mollie and Simon! by Andrew Smock

We can’t help thinking about these two lovebirds today.  One year ago, this fabulous and fun couple tied the knot at Lava Lava Beach Club.  With DJ Tiger leading the way, the festivities that followed their beautiful ceremony won’t soon be forgotten!  Wishing you both a lifetime of love, health and happiness together!!!

Floral Design:  Bliss in Bloom
Event Design, Planning and Coordination:  Bliss in Bloom
DJ: Tiger Jones Productions
Calligraphy:  Fine Lines Calligraphy
Photography:  Ruth Anne Photography