Yello! Now that we’ve wrapped up the wedding day festivities, it’s time to hone in on the details that Piglet-sized our wedding. It’ll be a hodgepodge of sorts, highlighting the paper goods, DIY projects, decor/floral, and delicious eats we selected for our buffet spread. I’ll also do my best to answer the questions that were asked most frequently over the course of our recaps. And here we go!
Allow me to rewind and start from the veryyyy beginning where the madness began: our save the date boarding passes. Notice the goof we made on the date? Such rookies we were. We purchased the hibiscus vector image from iStockphoto, designed the boarding pass in Illustrator, and printed them on my Canon Pixma inkjet printer after chucking the ruined ones from our failed Gocco attempt.
We Goccoed the front of the boarding pass holder. It was faint, but whatever. The Gocco broke us in early, and we let go of the imperfections for the rest of our projects. OK, I lie. Letting go came later when we were down to the wire.
The mother of all DIY projects: our invitations to paradise. We created a trifold consisting of the wedding weekend activities, and a map to the ceremony. We used the images in our invitation suite for other paper goods (e.g., favors, escort cards) later. Betcha didn’t notice that! Some of the guys actually noticed these details. Crazy, right?
Our photo guestbook was created by our engagement shoot photographer, Inhar Chong. She gifted us with this guestbook at my bridal shower. She is SUCH a sweetie. Look at my georgiebear! She’s a little terror these days, but we love her to pieces.
The fabulous wedding programs, designed, cut, and binded by yours truly.
Here’s the front page with one of our engagement photos and a vellum overlay. We’re cheeseballs and matched outfits despite others urging us not to. Heehee.
As the wedding neared, I knew we had overlooked a few details ”“ like where our water bottles would go. Gina Ornellas, our awesomerestest Day of Coordinator, came to the rescue and polished off these projects. She hooked us up with a bucket for our water bottles.
And a basket for our parasols that we purchased from Luna Bazaar. Lotsa folks took them home.
Here’s the pillow that our ring bearer hid under his shirt as he walked down the aisle, and the flower girl lauhala basket.
These should look familiar to you! Our escort cards with a lightscribed CD enclosed, and the back story to the Starburst favors. See the luggage tags with the image from our invitation suite? Niceeee.
I put Mr Piglet’s fine physique on display at each table. We were short on time so we didn’t switch up the pictures. Inhar edited the photos, and my bridesmaid (now a soon to be bride) did the typography.
Flip flops galore. Luggage tags, again! The craft punch was definitely a worthy investment.
Yvonne Floral did a combination of high and low/full centerpieces. My bouquet was a mixture of roses, ranunculus and cymbidium orchids. Mr Piglet wore a cymbidium orchid wrapped in Tiffany blue.
The reception room. We made kid packs to entertain our little rascals during the reception. Once again, Gina polished them off by tying a Tiffany blue ribbon around each.
We went all out on food. It was heaven. This is a picture of the salad portion only. A few of the highlights from our menu: Japanese cucumber salad “namasu”, local”“style potato macaroni salad, bean sprout salad with sesame seeds & watercress, avocado & shrimp tomato salad & mixed seafood salad with celery, maki & inari sushi, smoked salmon, ahi sashimi with shoyu mustard, sliced tofu with green onions & shoyu, sautéed beef with wasabi red wine sauce, grilled pork loin with island chutney herb sauce, macadamia nut cream tart”¦ and the list goes on!
We only had a few minutes to try the salads, but thanks to the Moana Surfrider, prepared plates were waiting for us in our honeymoon suite. We feasted after the reception.
Our cupcakes by Tiers of Joy. She used a homemade butter cream frosting, with a tropical tango filling inside. Absolutely delicious.
And now, the bridesmaids dresses. Many of you asked where the bridesmaid dresses were purchased. The answer: David’s Bridal! They were pretty, flirty, forgiving, and fabuuulous! The groomsmen suits were purchased at Banana Republic. Dapper dudes, for sure!
Mr Piglet’s friends were diggin’ his tie. It’s from Cafe Coton in West Los Angeles. The groomsmen wore ties with tiny palm trees purchased from Brooks Brothers Camarillo outlet store.
And finally, the earrings I purchased the day before the wedding are from none other than Macy’s. Just like Mr Piglet’s socks.
Don’t you looove details?!
Relive the Piglets’ Wedding in Paradise: Footloose!, Luckiest Girl Alive, Reception Rewind, I’m Yours, Introducing”¦, Cocktails and Pupus, Ode to the Proposal, Portraits + A Bonus Video, We Did!, Our Grand Entrance, Island Time, The Boys, Girl Bonding, The Wedding Kick Off, To Dos Before the I Dos, E Komo Mai (Welcome!), This Little Piggy Got Married
Thanks Ben and Erin! All images are copyright of Ben Chrisman and Erin Reed unless otherwise noted.
- Wedding Date:
- August 2009
- Ceremony at the Lanikuhonua Phase II private estate, reception at a historic hotel in Waikiki