Category Archives: Rehearsal

Candace Redongo and Malia Leinau-Meyers Rock Kualoa Ranch








Thank you to my intern gone assistant gone wedding planner, Candace Redongo for taking care and going above and beyond for April and Jason’s wedding at Molii Gardens, Kualoa RanchMalia Leinau-Meyers photography rocks it with her stunning photos and quick turn around time.  What a gorgeous day!

Queen Emma Summer Palace Rehearsal Dinner




I adore the Queen Emma Summer Palace off the Pali Hwy on Oahu. It eludes royalty, elegance and mana (power). The tall green trees that surround the palace in all it’s splendor provides shade and noise reduction from the highway. You feel like you have taken a trip back to the days of the monarchy. The photo ops are incredible. You can offer a tour of the palace as guests arrive or during the cocktail hour. Enjoy dining rooms, bedrooms and living area set just as they were many years ago. The koa wood furniture, decor, feathers and garb are all on display for your enjoyment.

For Such a Time Designs Customized Fork and Knife

My absolute favorite Etsy designer!  Aly with For Such a Time Designs does wonderful custom designs on forks, spoons, knives, etc.  She creates lasting memories!  I’m a huge fan of using a fork and knife set instead of or with a cake knife on your wedding day to cut your cake.  Or how about eating with your “Mr” & “Mrs” fork on our wedding day.  Or surprise your  parents, bridal party with their initials and have them at their seat on their wedding day.  We did it and our family loved it!  Every time I open my cutlery drawer I am taken back to the best day of my life.  Life tastes this good!  Aly not only gave great customer service and got our orders in quickly with perfection, she is a sweetheart!  You really feel as if each piece was made with love, devotion and passion.

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Voyager Rooftop Wedding










I’ve already told you how much fun this couple is and was.  The escort tree, the tables were named after famous buildings in their hometown of Pittsburgh.  This was truly Hawaiian Tropical Elegance.  How cute are their babies going to be;) 

All photos by the wonderful and loved by me Stephen & Litton Ludwig. 
Cake by the amazing and perfectionists; Paradise Pastries.
Florals by my favorite hometown florist Picket Fence

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Ashley + Stephen – A Mountain Wedding at Camp Sky Ranch

This cute as pie couple wanted to share their fun laid back rustic style with their out of town friends and family. Camp Sky Ranch located between Boone and Blowing Rock, NC was the perfect fit for their wedding. Although rain storms threatened all day long, the weather managed to hold off until much later in the evening making it a truly lovely mid summer soiree.
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VenueCamp Sky Ranch, CateringThe Gamekeeper, FloristKristi Turbyfill, Planning/CoordinationThe Whole Shebang, Makeup and HairBeautiful Bride, RentalsMiss Match Rentals and Boone Rent All, Cake – The Gamekeeper, Rehearsal DinnerChetola Resort, PhotographerJamie Brant Photography.
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2013 ACES Wedding Expo at the ASU Solarium in Boone, NC

2013 and 2014 brides be sure to mark your calendars for Sunday March 3rd. ACES is hosting a Wedding Expo on the campus of Appalachian State University from 1-4. There will be over 60 wedding vendors present and it’s an easy way to meet all of your vendors face to face in one place. Proceeds benefit the Hospitality House in Boone. The Whole Shebang will have a booth set up so be sure to stop by and say Hi!
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Unique favor and gift ideas for your NC Mountain Wedding

The Boone area of the NC High Country has a vibrant local economy. Our community is extremely supportive of it’s local businesses and artisans. Here are some creative ways to surprise your guests and add a little local color to your NC Mountain Wedding.

-Little bags of Bald Guy Brew Coffee – Jason in the Blowing Rock Store has mini bags that are perfect for favorsBaldGuyBrew-287x300. Bald Guy coffee provides Eco-Friendly, Socially Responsible, and Artisanal Coffees roasted daily since 2005 in Boone. The Blowing Rock Store also has teas from the Blowing Rock Tea Company.

Pasta Wench in Boone creates fresh all natural Pasta created from the finest flour using only the purest local ingredients.
Ashe County Cheese is Carolina’s oldest cheese plant, producing quality cheeses since 1930. This would be perfect in a welcome basket with a bottle of wine and some bread from Stick Boy Bread Company.

Wine to Water is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the worlimagesd. You can purchase bottles for $16 each and out of that $7 goes to support Wine to Water’s mission. This is a great idea for favors and gift bags. You could also talk to your venue/caterer about using their wine for your reception. It’s a really wonderful cause!
The Art of Oil has over 45 types on-tap, they feature unfiltered extra virgin olive oils, organic extra virgin olive oils, and flavor fused oil and vinegars.
High Country Candles make all of their candles on site, daily in their Blowing Rock shop. They can also make custom unityimages.jpg_2 candles.
Bolick Pottery and Traditions Pottery Located in the Martin House on Main Street in Blowing Rock NC provides tons of fun gift ideas.
The Bead Box in Boone is a family owned and operated business dedicated to helpful, friendly service and the best in one-of-a-kind wearable and functional art. Find favors for your guests or create your own jewelry for your bridesmaids.

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