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Our invites are officially in the mail!
And can I just say, it took a bit of an adventure to get them there. Remember in part one where I was going with Vistaprint to do the inserts? That didn’t happen.
You see, Vistaprint ONLY has horizontal layouts available for their flat notecards. And no matter how huge/high-res my files were, they kept uploading slightly blurry. So I scrapped that idea and went with a really highly regarded local print shop instead.
And you know what? It was half the price and done quickly, and it was SO nice to work with an actual person, face to face.
So while the inserts were being printed, I went on another quest: belly bands or the equivalents to go around our pocketfolds. Mr. W and I both loved the look of laser-cut bands, but the price point was a bit ridiculous, so we tossed around a few other options—ribbons, lace, and even fancy paper—before settling on our final pick.
Our initial favorite—sorry bout that blurry photo.
All photos are personal unless otherwise stated.
Believe me when I say that there are a lot of things to do in Oahu. Mr. Horseshoe and I ended up seeing half of what we wanted to. Next time! Isn’t that always the case when we go on a holiday?
As you know, we stayed at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina on the west side of the island. We really enjoyed staying in the Ko Olina area. There are many resorts in the area to stay at, and Paradise Cove Luau is a hop and a skip away. There’s also a really nice oceanside pathway outside many of the resorts in Ko Olina. Just be aware of private property versus what you can walk freely across as you explore. There’s also a small shopping area, Ko Olina Station, across the street from Aulani that features many restaurants, small boutiques, and an Island Country Market—a sundry store that has a decent selection of groceries and supplies.
A beautiful view from the marina
We spent our first full day and our last walking from Aulani to the Ko Olina Marina, soaking in the views along the way. Hawaii truly is breathtaking.
Meanwhile at the guys’ house…
Since Mr. Eel and his groomsmen didn’t have to start getting ready until a little later in the day, they spent their morning doing what I can only assume is normal male getting-ready behavior.
As my time on the ‘Bee is winding down, I thought I’d finally do the second half of the questionnaire started by some wonderful bees before me. My planning journey was quite the roller coaster, filled with extreme highs, and toward the end some pretty looow lows. It was fun for me to look back and see how my answers compare!
Looking off into the distance like, “Oh, Miss Dreamcatcher, if only you knew how tired of wedding planning you’re going to become.”
1. What was your biggest priority for the event?
The closer I got to the wedding, the more I just wanted everyone to have fun. I didn’t have energy left to put into the details, so I was just hoping the food and music would keep the guests happy, ha.
I woke up early on the morning of our wedding, and much to my delight and surprise it was a gorgeous and sunny day. Perhaps because Oahu was all rained out from the prior days, there was no rain left to be had on our wedding day. Either way, it was a good sign for the day ahead.
Our wedding site the morning of
Mr. Eel had already started getting breakfast ready, so I jumped in and helped him with our final tag-team task as an unmarried couple. We weren’t really concerned with traditions like not seeing each other before the ceremony, and seeing him that morning helped to ease my nerves. Everyone else was still waking up, so while we cooked breakfast together we shared an excited “We’re getting married today!”
Like many before us, the Horseshoes decided to visit Oahu, Hawaii for our honeymoon. Best decision ever. Friends kept telling us that it was unlike any other place in the world and that we’d be hooked. Spoiler alert: They were right.
Mr. Horseshoe and I decided to delay our honeymoon by a few weeks after our wedding—definitely a good decision for us. It was nice to settle down and decompress a tiny bit from our wedding before the real relaxation began.
Quicksand roses are definitely a new favourite of mine.
There were also other minor benefits like us being able to enjoy our flowers for a bit longer after our wedding. Our beautiful ceremony “milk jug” pieces lasted a good couple of weeks.
Kicking Off the Wedding Weekend: Beach Wedding Rehearsal
We’ve finally come to the point where I can start the Eel wedding recaps! We received the last of our professional wedding photos, and I can’t wait to share them with you all. But before we get to the actual wedding day, let’s rewind to Thursday, August 18, 2016.
It was an overcast and rainy day, which was not a good sign for our upcoming outdoor Saturday wedding. The forecast was rain for the remainder of the weekend, but I tried to push that out of my mind as we got ready to leave for our beach house. It turned out to be a task that wasn’t very hard to do as there was so much to be excited about waking up that morning—Mr. Eel was officially on vacation, BM C and her husband were flying in from Santa Barbara that morning, and the rest of our wedding party was en route to meet us at the beach house for a weekend sleepover (and not to mention a wedding).
The view from the patio of our beach house on Thursday: The weather left much to be desired, but you can’t go wrong with ocean front property, a hammock, and a crazy beautiful view.
As soon as we all arrived, we cracked open some beers and wine, and kicked off our wedding weekend. It was a relaxed afternoon spent with our closest friends and just what I needed to calm my nerves before our wedding day. That night I took my bridesmaids, mom, and future mother-in-law to dinner at a local restaurant known for their massive prime rib, while Mr. Eel and the boys (his groomsmen, my dad and brother, and my future stepfather-in-law) stayed back at the beach house and ordered pizza.
Let Them Eat Cakes (Eight, That Is): Wedding Cake Buffet
Guys, I finally did it. I picked a wedding cake. Or rather, I picked wedding cakes. Eight of them, to be exact.
As you may remember, I was having a harrrrd time picking the cake. Blame it on my pastry-chef past—it’s not easy putting down a few hundred bucks on something I could do myself (and could do better, in some instances).
But believe it or not, we nailed down flavors—without EVER tasting the cake.
How? Well, I trusted my dad, mom, and sister to do it. And one day, my dad and sis went on a cake tasting, brought back leftovers for my mom, and sent Mr. W and me a VERY detailed email regarding each flavor, along with this shot of the tasting cupcakes.
Cupcakes at the tasting | Photo courtesy of my dad
Don’t they look delicious?
We asked for ’em, you gave ’em to us…pics and ring specs galore! There are some truly drool-worthy round diamond engagement rings in this post, so whether you’re just browsing to see what’s out there or you’re trying to decide what type of ring to purchase, here’s a great place to start. Pin it, bookmark it, email the link to your BFF to covertly send to your SO. And then sit back and enjoy.
For those playing catch-up, we launched a set of ring surveys, starting with 15 different styles of engagement rings (you can find them here and at the bottom of this post, as well as on the Boards as a stickied post). All you do is fill out the survey corresponding to your ring style (round diamond, moissanite, sapphire, etc.), which will prompt you to upload your ring photo to the Weddingbee Gallery, and then once at least 10 people with that style of ring have filled out the survey, it will become a post on the Weddingbee blog!
The posts will continuously be updated to reflect new ring submissions, and we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL engagement rings to inspire bees for years to come. Make sure to check out the top of the post for the newest engagement rings.
Note: If you’ve filled out the survey but haven’t yet submitted a photo, it’s not too late to be included in this post! Simply email your photo along with your Weddingbee username and ring style category to email@example.com, and we’ll add it to the post!
Submit your ring deets here:
- Cubic Zirconia (or other lab grown; all cuts)
- Diamond Asscher
- Diamond Cushion
- Diamond Emerald
- Diamond Other Cuts
- Diamond Oval
- Diamond Pear or Marquise
- Diamond Princess or Square
- Diamond Radiant
- Diamond Round
- Moissanite (all cuts)
- Morganite (all cuts)
- Non Stone (e.g., claddagh, knot, milgrain, etc.)
- Sapphire (all cuts)
- Other Gemstone (all cuts)
Dollie87‘s Edwardian replica diamond ring with white gold
Why did you or your FI choose this ring? I knew that I wanted a vintage or vintage-inspired ring. DH and my sister went shopping together and chose this ring. They went with this dealer because they had a really good shopping experience, compared with really negative experiences with other jewelers who sell vintage jewelry or design custom rings.
Where did you purchase your ring? Leigh Jay Nacht
Carat size: 0.8
A Midsummer Night’s Dreamcatcher: Emotional Mother Daughter Dance
The main events of the reception were super fun, but my absolute favorite part was all the dancing we did. There are the traditional dances of course. Our first dance as husband and wife: