To Our 17 Vendors for our first Reality show “Down The Aisle on an Isle” (DID I JUST SAY 17?) We say MAHALO for all your support. The Show will air in April w/ each vendor averaging at least 13-55 minutes of television OC16 airtime to strut their stuff, plus additional promos including this e-mail list of over 2200!!
Thanks once again for your support and we here at Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals will continue to support you!! We are again coming to Kaua’i for a fourth time around the first week of March to interview those involved with the 10th annual Kauai Polynesian Festival, happening on May 26, 27, 28, and 29th at the Vidinha Stadium Soccer field!! Yours truly will be emceeing the event along with Kauai’s Kau’ilani Kahalekai. While there I will again bring our film crew and interview more wedding professionals. If you are also interested to come on the show, get a hold of me @ 808 554-9215 and I will get you more info. AND NOW, BACK TO OUR SHOW!!
Diana Gardner of Alohana Weddings
Lisabeth Fletcher of Paradise Beauty Salon & Spa
Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals Show #33
Alohana Weddings and Paradise Beauty Salon & Spa
Wedding Professionals Show #33 – Alohana Weddings and Paradise Beauty Salon and Spa
Kahu Kalehua Featheran and the video crew visit Kauai for interviews with 2 more wedding professionals from this oldest island in the Hawaiian chain. Kahu Kalehua talks stories with 2 lovely ladies – Diana Gardner of Alohana Weddings and Lisabeth Fletcher of Paradise Beauty Salon and Spa.
Diana Gardner is President of the Kauai Wedding Professionals Association (KWPA, 80 member strong), owner of Alohana Weddings and the wedding coordinator for the Hanalei Bay Resort in Princeville on the north side of the island. Starting her career in Florida as a culinary arts student, Diana worked as a chef, decorating wedding cakes. She moved to Kauai in 1998 and continued in cake decorating before becoming the restaurant manager at the Hanalei Bay Resort. In 2003, the wedding coordinator for the Resort retired and Diana assumed the position. Soon thereafter in 2006, Diana opened Alohana Weddings (a combination of Aloha and Ohana).
Diana believes that a wedding planner is beneficial to a couple because it’s nice to have a “go to” person to handle details, make appointments, hire vendors so not only the wedding couple, but their friends and family can also enjoy the wedding ceremony and festivities. Additionally, the generation today is looking for something different, so a wedding planner can do much of the online research and check with the various wedding vendors to find different colors, something nicer, something new, something more upscale, etc for the couple. She is also able to match the couple with just the right vendor to handle all of their wedding needs.
For Diana, she feels there is no such thing as on site coordinator for the day of the wedding only because how would the coordinator know what’s supposed to go on unless they’ve been working on the planning throughout, or at least the week of the wedding. As a result, she loves to meet with the couple, to show them the venue first hand. And, if they’re a destination couple, she provides unlimited phone calls and emails to ensure that everything is being handled to the couple’s expectation. Now that’s great service!
In downtown Kapaa, Kahu Kalehua meets Lisabeth Fletcher, owner of Paradise Beauty Salon and Spa. Lisabeth went to beauty school in Belgium and opened her salon in 1998; she’s been in the same spot for the past 14 years, catering to locals with services such as skin care, weddings, manicure/pedicures, face lifts, massage and body treatments. She even has a mobile service.
Usually the bride, groom and their party come in a day before for nails and body treatment (lomi lomi, Swedish, shiatsu or reflexology massage) and the day of the wedding is reserved for hair styling and make up. Lisabeth not only handles wedding services, but also for occasions such as proms, graduation or a special night out with that certain guy or girl. She said “just bring a picture and we can pretty much do anything you want, as long as there’s enough time.” Reservations can be made several months up to a year in advance.
Paradise Beauty Salon also offers “green and eco friendly” products. As an example, there is a mineral make up made of pharmaceutical grade minerals that’s great for the skin and a hair spray can that can be recycled.