Monday, April 11, 2011

Down the Aisle on an Isle - Travis and Cherie - Show 7

Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals, Koolau Ballrooms and Conference Center and Watanabe Floral present DOWN THE AISLE ON AN ISLE – Travis and Cherie Show #7

Travis and Cherie would like to present leis to significant family members on their wedding day and Watanabe Floral’s Nimitz Sales Manager, Kaui Kitashima shows viewers some of the leis that have been selected.  Tune in to see a Micronesian Ginger Lei, the Kika (or Cigar Lei) and Maile Leis from the Cook Island – Kaui does a great job of describing the leis and options that can be selected to personalize them such as adding pink roses to match the color theme that Cherie has selected.  Kaui has since moved to the Big Island, and we send a special aloha and hope that he’s watching the show.

After seeing a slide show of some wedding photos by Hawaiianpix, Jerry Omo shows Cherie some photo albums.  Hawaiianpix does the layout and printing of the photos in-house with the binding of the album done in California.  The client gets to select the album cover from a number of choices, but Jerry usually suggests a neutral color so as not to compete with the photos.  One of the albums shown was created for a bride who selected photos and then gave them to her groom as a wedding gift!  Viewers are welcome to view photos and the various packages on Jerry’s website; all you need to do is sign in when you visit the site.

It’s fitting time for Travis and his men and Christopher Wright, Store Operations Manager of Celebrity Tuxedos does a FABULOUS job of taking their measurements and having them put on the “try on” garments.  Christopher is so professional, efficient and experienced that the fitting is done very quickly while ensuring that the tuxedos will be comfortable for the men who must wear them for 10 to 12 hours on the wedding day.  Cherie and Travis are not seeing each other on the wedding day, so Travis has to get his tux fitted without the benefit of Cherie’s presence.

Then it’s back at Koolau Ballrooms and Conference Center…with the wedding quickly approaching, Travis and Cherie, along with wedding coordinator Darcie Wharton of Royal Weddings by Lavender are meeting with Events Services Manager, Steven Nagamine to work on the details and go over a checklist that he has prepared.  Included in this discussion are the rehearsal plans, music provider, floral arrangements, reception tables, blessing, linen selection, napkin folds and emcee.  Tune in to see what Travis and Cherie have decided on…and we’ll give you a hint on who is going to emcee the reception – it’s Cherie’s cousin from KCCN FM100.

It’s not every bride who gets to meet the designer who created the centerpieces and floral arrangements for her wedding, but Cherie was fortunate that Ann Goo, Design Center Manager for Watanabe Floral was there during one of her visits and she was able to thank her personally.  How nice!  Rona Mochizuki, Sales Manager/Wedding Consultant shares with the viewers that one of her favorite consultations is when the bride gets to see the actual floral pieces, as Cherie did with her centerpiece.  Rona was elated and relieved to see Cherie’s surprise and happy reaction.  Though Watanabe Floral tries to capture the essence of what each bride wants in her wedding flowers, sometimes it doesn’t always happen on the first try.  With Cherie, Rona felt that they lucked out and got it on the first try.  Viewers will probably agree as the centerpieces and leis were truly beautiful.  As an exclamation point to the positive feedback that Cherie has been providing, Kahu Kalehua Featheran, Host and Producer of Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals and Down The Aisle On An Isle comments that filming the segments at Watanabe Floral have been so great.  From the excellent service to the beautiful products to the employees who have been so creative and helpful, and everything else that Watanabe Floral has done, it has been such an amazing experience for the film crew and himself and he sends his personal mahalo to the management and staff of Watanabe Floral.

Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals, Koolau Ballrooms and Conference Center and Watanabe Floral present DOWN THE AISLE ON AN ISLE – Travis and Cherie Show #8

David (Kupono) and Ciera Fong of Stream It Live Online are providing a “super cool” (in Travis’ words) service to Travis and Cherie by live streaming their wedding ceremony.  They both have large families but have limited their guest list to 120 guests so the live streaming will allow those who are at home or living away from Hawaii to be present during the wedding ceremony.  In fact, Kupono shares that the vantage point of the on-line guests are sometimes better than the actual guests as they do their best to position the cameras in key areas.  The live stream can be made available to anyone in the world provided 1) Travis and Cherie provide them with a user name and password and 2) the viewer has high speed internet access. 

This is Cherie’s trial session to try her hair and make up.  She stops by at Headshots Hawaii in Aiea and has the pleasure of having owner Natalie Brown-Aiwohi apply her make up and Natalie’s assistant Tiana, style her hair.  During the make up application, Natalie provides really good tips and suggestions for Cherie; one of them being that after tonight’s session, Cherie can go home and think about what she likes and what she might want to adjust for the actual wedding day.  Recall that Cherie wants light foundation, subtle smoky eyes and side bangs/a small pouf and loose curls for her wedding day look.  Tune in next week to see how this all turns out.

Travis, Cherie and their wedding planner from Royal Weddings by Lavender, Darcie Wharton, meet with Tim Dawson, founder of Chair Covers Express Hawaii to finalize their chair covers and head table linen design.  Although white is usually the color selected for wedding linen, Travis and Cherie want an impressive look so they’re going with Tim’s advice and have selected black chairs covers with the fuchsia sash.  The head table will be a platinum or silver table cloth with a black drape and fuchsia accents.  During our next set of shows, you can see how these plans all turn out and if any changes are made before the wedding day.

Continuing with the meeting at Koolau Ballrooms and Conference Center, in this show, Travis and Cherie, along with Darcie meet with Steven Nagamine, Event Services Manager to select the pupu and menu items.  Did we hear Travis include peanut butter cups on the pupu menu?  With such a large menu that is offered, it’s not easy for the couple to make their selections, but we did hear Cherie say that she liked the chicken and Travis liked the mahimahi during the menu tasting, so it’s pretty definite that these will be on the menu.  And, it’s only 4 or 5 times that Travis has shared with the viewing audience that he doesn’t eat much cake, but he and Cherie decided on the lilikoi flavor for their wedding cake and he will definitely be having some on his wedding day.  Although Steve and Darcie lean towards the stacked design for the wedding cake, Cherie likes the tiered look – Travis calls it the skyscraper look – and they will be letting Watanabe Floral know of their choice so the appropriate flowers can be selected to decorate the cake.

While Steve leaves to make copies of the checklist, Darcie and the couple discuss how the RSVPs are coming along, as well as begin discussion on how they would like the processional to go.

Tune in next week as we head towards the day before the wedding, the morning of the wedding and the wedding ceremony and reception itself.  Six months of planning, meeting, decision making, changes and anticipation culminate in the wedding of Travis and Cherie, our first wedding couple in Down The Aisle On An Isle.

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