Meet Elise & Pete. Elise initially talked to me about doing a destination wedding but wasn’t sure about logistics of getting everyone there, how many people would actually make it, etc. After some thought, Elise & Pete decided to do a smaller destination wedding ceremony and reception in Kauai, Hawaii then turn around and do a much larger reception in Seattle the same week. To make it easy, they kept the same color palette for both but made small differences to make each event unique.
Thinking about doing a local reception after a destination wedding?
I strongly suggest doing the local reception immediately or very soon after the destination wedding if you can. I would plan them at the same time and have them both planned around the same time, otherwise, you may never get around to planning that second reception. I have had clients in the past that were thinking about it and then never got around to it after they came back from their destination wedding.
This is where it is also nice to use a planner so that you can enjoy the destination wedding to the fullest and not stress much about having to come home to pull together more details for the local reception. On the same note, I think using the same photographer is also a huge plus if you can. They will know what photos they have already taken, both sets of photos will be the same style, and you will be so familiar with the photographer it just makes for one more familiar face for your more relaxed local reception.
Lindeman Weddings destination wedding planner packages:
1. I can plan both events and also go onsite to coordinate both events depending on the scope of the destination wedding.
2. I can plan the intimate destination wedding from afar. Get you all set up with hotels, ceremony space and a small reception and not go onsite to coordinate the destination wedding, but be ready in Seattle to coordinate your local reception.
Either way works, and I have packages for both options.
Big thanks to Seattle & San Francisco based Clane Gessel, who specializes in shooting destination weddings all over. He is the photographer that was onsite to photograph both the Hawaii and Seattle wedding festivities that took place at the Hyatt Olive 8.
Local Seattle wedding cake baker/designer extraordinaire, Carla from Honeycrumb Cake Studio did a great job bringing a little aloha from Hawaii to the Seattle cake.
Kendra from Loves Me Flowers and I worked on designing the rest of the Seattle reception to make sure it had all of Elise’s favorites: Gold, Blush, Mint, & Chevron details.
Linens by La Tavola Linen in California (who can ship anywhere, like Hawaii and Seattle.)
Gold Flatware and Chiavari chairs from AA Party Rentals.
Cute little bottles of champagne are from Village Wines in Woodinville
The 180+ people at the Seattle reception danced the night away with DJ Sean at Seattle Parties, and were entertained at the cocktail hour by my one of my favorite wedding entertainers, Nash Fung, Magician & all around crowd pleaser.
Mahalo & enjoy!
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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:
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.
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!)
Irina & Georgi came to me just months before they wanted to get married in Hawaii, so we immediately got to work!
They ended up choosing the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island because they had such an eclectic guest list coming. There is a room at any budget and probably the biggest pool scene on any resort in Hawaii. There really is something for everyone, especially people traveling with children. This is a great hotel for anyone on a budget because they are so flexible. You can choose your own florist, so I actually just ordered flowers from a local orchid farmer on the island. I brought a suitcase of vases from Seattle to Hawaii and the orchids were delivered right to my hotel room. I assembled all of the centerpieces in just a few minutes for a fraction of the cost.
Here are a few photos from their wedding in November on the Big island of Hawai’i:
I brought all of the menus and wedding day stationary from Seattle to also save on cost and this way it matched their invitations exactly. Thanks to Paper Fling!