Destination wedding planner, travel agent
Dec 11, 2014
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Will you be my bridesmaid?

It is truly one of the sweetest honors a gal could be asked to do these days…

Kristi & I

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I might take the role as bridesmaid a little more serious than most because I have had the chance to see the behind the scenes at weddings for so long.  I have seen how important the role can be to the bride.

When I was asked to be a bridesmaid I wanted to make sure I supported in anyway that I could, as much as I could. When I was asked to buy a dress in specific shade of blush, I did just that. Kristi (bride) was extra sweet in letting us buy the dress from wherever we wanted so I wasn’t stuck buying some super expensive dress.  I of course gave the bride full veto power just in case she hated the style of the dress I chose.

When the wedding day came it was so interesting to see the wedding from that point of view.  My assistant, Kaitlin coordinated the wedding while I got to kick back, drink champagne and just have fun being a bridesmaid!  Kaitlin had done all of the due diligence to make sure she had all of the details/vendors relationships/timelines perfected.  We all discussed a plan B for rain and I trusted her 100% to get the job done like she has so many times before for our other clients.

On the wedding day, the bride was exactly where she should be.  Blissfully happy on her wedding day knowing Kaitlin has this whole operation under control.  Maybe it is the wedding planner in me, but it was still my friend’s wedding and I wanted it to go perfectly for her.  I had to stop myself from keeping a third eye on everything and stop looking at my watch.  Kaitlin did great of course.  The day went perfect and she handled me and the bride very well. :)  I eventually was able to let go and have fun “being on the other side.”

Kaitlin and I at the reception

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As a wedding coordinator, I get questioned by anyone and everyone about everything on the wedding day. I am happy to answer and confirm all of the details on a need-to-know basis, but now I have a little more insight as to why so many questions are asked by the bridesmaids, family, guests, etc.  Sometimes they really have no clue and just need to be informed, sometimes they are nosy, while other times they just want to make sure the day is 100% perfect for the couple. It is such a special day and it is supposed to be a fun celebration…but there is a lot of pressure on that day for it to go well.

I get to work with people from all walks of life, all different cultures and with people that have all kinds of expectations for the wedding at large…that aren’t necessarily the two people getting married. I am hired by the couple to pretty much do the same thing at the end of the day: be that person that they can trust to spearhead the details and make their wedding day flow smoothly so they can enjoy celebrating with their friends and family. But I now understand that while the couple is my main priority on a wedding day, I also need to be extra aware of the people around them that are just trying to support, that also need to be supported in some little way too!

Thanks for reading~

-Erin

Photos by Kristen Honeycutt Photo Co.

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I met Chris and Trina at the Seattle Wedding Show.  These two were very busy as they were at the beginning of opening Trina’s orthodontist practice in Woodinville, WA while also trying to plan a destination wedding. That’s where I came in…I got to help them navigate their destination wedding plans and design so they could keep their focus on the practice. We did almost all of the planning meetings at their office after work hours to make it most convenient for them. Deciding on the location was the hardest part, as it is for every destination weddings. Once Hawaii was selected, then we had to pick an island…then a resort… :)

The Fairmont Orchid on the big island of Hawaii turned out to be the perfect fit for their size, budget and style.  The Fairmont Orchid is great because it carries the brand and service of a Fairmont property but isn’t very big compared to its sister property over on Maui or other surrounding mega hotels on the big island. It almost feels like a boutique hotel and is a perfect size for a smaller wedding group.

The wedding was held just before Christmas so the hotel and surroundings were all decked out for the holidays.  I am so in love with the red poinsettia plants that overwhelm Hawaii during this season. Their colors of deep red-fuchsia and purple were perfect for this time of year in Hawaii.

The wedding day started off a little rocky — without warning there were record breaking waves that day along the Kohala coast and a large wave had crashed into the resort at 6am that morning, flooding the property. The area that they were going to get married on was flooded as were the restaurants closest to the water.  The hotel staff didn’t miss a beat. They started working on the property immediately.  The incredibly high surf continued all day.  It was so spectacular I even saw a chef grab a surf board and go tear up a few waves during his lunch break.  Gotta love the cowabunga dude attitude of the locals!

Take a look at the surf that day:

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As the day went on we needed to make the call whether or not we should do the wedding outside so close to the ocean or move into a ballroom.  This was a very difficult decision for everyone to make, including the hotel for liability purposes.  I am glad the hotel made the right decision and I am glad the bride and groom weren’t scared off by this either.  Lets just say no one was swept away and they had the most spectacular backdrop to their wedding I’ve probably ever seen. The waves were so massive and loud, you could barely hear the ukulele player during the ceremony.

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A MASSIVE thank you to the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii for all of their hard work in clearing the area for their wedding!

And to the amazing team that made this happen:

PHOTOGRAPHER: Fletch Photography
FLORAL & CAKE: Fairmont Orchid Hotel
CHANDELIERS: Big Island Events
LINENS: BBJ Linen
INVITATIONS: Nicole Mae Paper Design
(one of my favorite people for destination wedding invitations!)