Friday, April 15, 2011

Down the Aisle on an Isle - Travis and Cherie - Show 9 & 10

Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals, Koolau Ballrooms and Conference Center and Watanabe Floral present DOWN THE AISLE ON AN ISLE – Travis and Cherie Show #9

In our third week, Down The Aisle On An Isle presents Travis and Cherie as they head into the last few days before their wedding.  It’s down to the last visits to a few of their competent and experienced wedding professionals and then the BIG DAY!

Travis and Cherie have a last visit with the always smiling and knowledgeable Steven Nagamine at Koolau Ballrooms and Conference Center.  Accompanied by their wedding coordinator, Darcie Wharton of Royal Weddings by Lavender, the couple finalize the floor plan that Steve has suggested for them that includes 15 tables of 8, a dance floor and space for the DJ next to the stage with the head table.  And the backdrop for all this – the magnificent Koolau range.  What a beautiful scene for the guests to enjoy!

The next segment at Celebrity Tuxedos is just too cute – so be sure to watch it!!!  It’s Travis Deishawn AKA Baba, Travis and Cherie’s son, getting fitted for his ring bearer tux.  It’s all new for the toddler, so watch while Christopher Wright, Store Operations Manager at Celebrity Tuxedo, does an awesome job of getting Baba’s measurement even as Baba cries and cries.  And, watch what happens when Mom appears on the scene…

Viewers get a chance to see the horse and carriage that Cherie will be transported in on her wedding day.  Michelle Howes and staff offered romantic rides to couples on Valentine’s Day 2011 in Waikiki and the Down The Aisle cameras were on hand to film the event.  The Cinderella carriage is truly one that fits a princess bride and when pulled by Ikaika Uhane (Strong Spirit, the white horse that was born black), it makes for a truly memorable sight. 

Eileen Abe of Mana’o I’o shows the silk bridesmaids bouquets that were created for Cherie’s ladies.  They are yellow and white daisies, with the maid of honor’s bouquet having some pink flowers added in to distinguish it from the others.  Upon being emailed a photo of her bouquet, Cherie, being a visual bride, requested that the yellow tiger lilies be replaced with burgundy ones to tone down the color combination that she had originally selected.  Tune in to see how the final bouquet turns out.

Darcie accompanies Cherie to Masako Formals to pick out a gown for the reception.  Cherie was looking for a party dress, with no train…but she saw a mermaid style with a train that caught her eye so she just had to try it on.  See how beautiful Cherie looks in this dress…and in the next show, see whether she keeps it or chooses another gown for her reception.

Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals, Koolau Ballrooms and Conference Center and Watanabe Floral present DOWN THE AISLE ON AN ISLE – Travis and Cherie Show #10

Cherie and Darcie Wharton, her wedding planner of Royal Weddings by Lavender, visit Jerry Omo of Hawaiianpix to discuss her formal photography session for family.  She’s brought their list of people on both sides of the family who they would like to have photographs taken with on their wedding day.  Jerry’s team will include himself and 3 other photographers who will spend the day with the couple at Oceanfront Oasis and The Lotus at Diamond Head.  And, Travis shares that they are telling family members to be there for the photographs an hour before the actual time because as he says, “some of them run on Hawaiian time”.

Next, Cherie and Darcie go to Masako Formals, where they are met by Gail Kaneshiro.  Cherie is having a final fitting done on the dress that she has selected to change into for the reception.  Is it the dress that she selected during our last show…or has she decided on another?

It’s final fitting and pick up day for Travis and his men at Celebrity Tuxedos.  Again, the always efficient and cordial Christopher Wright, Store Operations Manager, helps Travis’ Dad, Glenn, as well as his groomsmen, Chad and Bryson into their tux.  And, of course, last to be fitted is the groom and does Travis look awesome or what!  Mahalo to Chris, Ron Bongiovanni and the staff at Celebrity Tuxedo for the great service provided to Travis and his men.

Did you ever watch a DJ set up for a gig?  Well, viewers get a chance to do so as the camera crew films Gabe Gongob of Royal Entertainment at a recent event.  Host and producer of Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals and Down The Aisle On An Isle, Kahu Kalehua Featheran, himself an entertainer for ?? years, comments that there’s nothing like having your own equipment on a gig and he is so impressed with Gabe’s nice mannerism and technical knowledge of his equipment.  For Travis and Cherie’s wedding, Gabe will be doing 2 set ups – one for the ceremony and one for the reception and it is done so smoothly by this experienced and knowledgeable DJ.

A final recap at Chaircovers Express finds the couple and Darcie going over the table cloth and runner and head table fabric/color selection.  Officer Manager, Diane Kono-Awo is there to offer a suggestion for the cake table and founder, Tim Dawson shares his insight on lighting, which always adds an elegance and drama to the décor.  He has a unique and outlook on how to approach each event and about “happy accidents”.

It’s the day before the wedding, and we see what happens behind the scenes at Watanabe Floral’s Design Center.  Ann Goo, Design Center Manager and her staff are working on the centerpieces and bouquets, while Joyce Kaneshiro, Lead Designer plans the on-site work at Koolau Ballrooms and Conference Center.  It’s a flurry of activity, but these wedding pros really seem to enjoy their job and what beautiful floral works they have created for Travis and Cherie.

Eileen Abe of Mana’o I’o has revised Cherie’s bouquet to replace the yellow tiger lilies with burgundy colored ones and also has a surprise gift for the couple in the form of 2 white and pink kahilis.

General Manager, Daryl Akiyoshi of Koolau Ballrooms and Conference Center is on hand to thank Travis and Cherie for selecting Koolau Ballrooms as their wedding venue and also to congratulate them on their marriage.  Daryl comments that they made a great choice and Travis and Cherie definitely agree with him!

To close this show, it’s rehearsal day.  Darcie Wharton is on hand to coordinate the practice run for the ceremony and to direct the family members, while Pastor Rick Stinton of New Hope Kailua officiates. 

Now, on to the wedding day…

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