Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Happy Couple

Wedding in Hawaii
This photo is simply marvelous! Our couple from Sweden looks so happy! Some rainy weather on the other side of the island was about to ruin Melissa's special day, when we found sunshine at Kahala Beach. The day was saved and all is well!

Hawaiian Wedding Music

Wedding Musicians

Ukulele Player
Our Swedish couple enjoys some Hawaiian music at their beach wedding on Oahu.

Beautiful Bouquet!

This is one of our best bouquets! Mini Calla Lily & Rose Bouquet with soft pink and ivory roses, by special request.

Great Photos at Kahala Beach

Kahala Beach
The rain almost ruined the day, but we changed locations, the sun came out, and we got phenomenal photos at Kahala Beach!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Kimo's Haupia Wedding Cake

coconut pudding
Rev. Kimo does an amazing job decorating the Haupia Wedding Cake.

Tools of the Trade

white purple orchids
A conch shell and a Bride's flower bouquet, tools of the trade for Hawaiian weddings.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Hawaiian Bracelets

Anniversary PresentMarc gave Teri a special present for their 25th Anniversary, a Wedding Vow Renewal and matching Hawaiian bracelets!
Hawaii Vow Renewal

Tropical Beach Wedding Cake

Hawaiian Tropical Cakes
This cake is our TOP CHOICE for the most awesome beach wedding cake.

Plumeria Sea Shell Wedding Cake

This Tropical cake design with plumerias, sea shells and star fish is a winner for Hawaiian Destination Weddings.

Blue Cake with Sea Shells

One of my favorites, I LOVE this 3-tier cake with the candy sea shells!

Lavendar Cake with Candy Sea Shells

Candy Sea Shells
Candy sea shells are a great decoration for beach wedding cakes.

Elegant White Lace cake with Tropical Flowers

Lovely 3-tier cake with yellow and soft green tropical flowers.

Simple Yet Elegant

Just right for a Wedding celebration at the beach. 2-tier cake with bamboo accents and light purple cymbidium orchids.

Two-Tone Blue

Pretty two-toned blue wedding cake

1-Tier with Cupcakes

Hawaii wedding cakes
Cupcakes are a great idea to serve your guests and keep everything nice & tidy.

Elegant White Ribbon Cake

Wedding Cakes
This elegant white ribbon 4-tier cake is one of the most spectacular of our collection!

White Lace Cake with Flowers

Pretty white lace 3-tier cake with soft green and orange flowers.

4-Tier White & Pink with Green Orchid

This is a winning color combination with a white and pink cake decorated with soft green cymbidium orchids.

4-tier White & Blue Cake

This is one of my favorites! Two-tone white and blue cake with staggered tiers and lavendar cymbidium orchids.

4-tier Pink & Green

Love the color scheme of this 4-tier white & pink cake with green cymbidium orchids.

3-tier Square Cake

Bridal Dream Hawaii
Beautiful 3-tier wedding cake with green cymbidium orchids.

2-Tier Round

Let us know if you have a particular style of Wedding cake you would like, and we can order your cake and serve it at your beach wedding in Hawaii.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Ko Olina Beach

Hawaiian Sunset
The waves have been pounding at Ko Olina Beach giving us awesome photos!

Texting Vows?

Vow Renewal
Yes, it's ok to text your partner during your Wedding. Even better to read your message to them in front of friends & family.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Beautiful advice from a divorced man after 16 years of marriage

My advice after a divorce following 16 years of marriage, by Gerald Rogers.
Obviously, I’m not a relationship expert. But there’s something about my divorce being finalized this week that gives me perspective of things I wish I would have done different… After losing a woman that I loved, and a marriage of almost 16 years, here’s the advice I wish I would have had
1. Never stop courting. Never stop dating. NEVER EVER take that woman for granted. When you asked her to marry you, you promised to be that man that would OWN HER HEART and to fiercely protect it. This is the most important and sacred treasure you will ever be entrusted with. SHE CHOSE YOU. Never forget that, and NEVER GET LAZY in your love.
2. Protect your own heart. Just as you committed to being the protector of her heart, you must guard your own with the same vigilance. Love yourself fully, love the world openly, but there is a special place in your heart where no one must enter except for your wife. Keep that space always ready to receive her and invite her in, and refuse to let anyone or anything else enter there.
3. Fall in love over and over again.  You will constantly change. You’re not the same people you were when you got married, and in five years you will not be the same person you are today. Change will come, and in that you have to re-choose each other everyday. SHE DOESN’T HAVE TO STAY WITH YOU, and if you don’t take care of her heart, she may give that heart to someone else or seal you out completely, and you may never be able to get it back. Always fight to win her love just as you did when you were courting her.
4. Always see the best in her. Focus only on what you love. What you focus on will expand. If you focus on what bugs you, all you will see is reasons to be bugged. If you focus on what you love, you can’t help but be consumed by love. Focus to the point where you can no longer see anything but love, and you know without a doubt that you are the luckiest man on earth to be have this woman as your wife.
5. It’s not your job to change or fix her… your job is to love her as she is with no expectation of her ever changing. And if she changes, love what she becomes, whether it’s what you wanted or not.
6. Take full accountability for your own emotions: It’s not your wife’s job to make you happy, and she CAN’T make you sad. You are responsible for finding your own happiness, and through that your joy will spill over into your relationship and your love.
7. Never blame your wife if you get frustrated or angry at her, it is only because it is triggering something inside of YOU. They are YOUR emotions, and your responsibility. When you feel those feelings take time to get present and to look within and understand what it is inside of YOU that is asking to be healed. You were attracted to this woman because she was the person best suited to trigger all of your childhood wounds in the most painful way so that you could heal them… when you heal yourself, you will no longer be triggered by her, and you will wonder why you ever were.
8. Allow your woman to just be. When she’s sad or upset, it’s not your job to fix it, it’s your job to HOLD HER and let her know it’s ok. Let her know that you hear her, and that she’s important and that you are that pillar on which she can always lean. The feminine spirit is about change and emotion and like a storm her emotions will roll in and out, and as you remain strong and unjudging she will trust you and open her soul to you… DON’T RUN-AWAY WHEN SHE’S UPSET. Stand present and strong and let her know you aren’t going anywhere. Listen to what she is really saying behind the words and emotion.
9. Be silly… don’t take yourself so damn seriously. Laugh. And make her laugh. Laughter makes everything else easier.
10. Fill her soul everyday… learn her love languages and the specific ways that she feels important and validated and CHERISHED. Ask her to create a list of 10 THINGS that make her feel loved and memorize those things and make it a priority everyday to make her feel like a queen.
11. Be present. Give her not only your time, but your focus, your attention and your soul. Do whatever it takes to clear your head so that when you are with her you are fully WITH HER. Treat her as you would your most valuable client. She is.
12. Be willing to take her sexually, to carry her away in the power of your masculine presence, to consume her and devour her with your strength, and to penetrate her to the deepest levels of her soul. Let her melt into her feminine softness as she knows she can trust you fully.
13. Don’t be an idiot…. And don’t be afraid of being one either. You will make mistakes and so will she. Try not to make too big of mistakes, and learn from the ones you do make. You’re not supposed to be perfect, just try to not be too stupid.
14. Give her space… The woman is so good at giving and giving, and sometimes she will need to be reminded to take time to nurture herself. Sometimes she will need to fly from your branches to go and find what feeds her soul, and if you give her that space she will come back with new songs to sing…. (okay, getting a little too poetic here, but you get the point. Tell her to take time for herself, ESPECIALLY after you have kids. She needs that space to renew and get re-centered, and to find herself after she gets lost in serving you, the kids and the world.)
15. Be vulnerable… you don’t have to have it all together. Be willing to share your fears and feelings, and quick to acknowledge your mistakes.
16. Be fully transparent. If you want to have trust you must be willing to share EVERYTHING… Especially those things you don’t want to share. It takes courage to fully love, to fully open your heart and let her in when you don’t know i she will like what she finds… Part of that courage is allowing her to love you completely, your darkness as well as your light. DROP THE MASK… If you feel like you need to wear a mask around her, and show up perfect all the time, you will never experience the full dimension of what love can be.
17. Never stop growing together… The stagnant pond breeds malaria, the flowing stream is always fresh and cool. Atrophy is the natural process when you stop working a muscle, just as it is if you stop working on your relationship. Find common goals, dreams and visions to work towards.
18. Don’t worry about money. Money is a game, find ways to work together as a team to win it. It never helps when teammates fight. Figure out ways to leverage both persons strength to win.
19. Forgive immediately and focus on the future rather than carrying weight from the past. Don’t let your history hold you hostage. Holding onto past mistakes that either you or she makes, is like a heavy anchor to your marriage and will hold you back. FORGIVENESS IS FREEDOM. Cut the anchor loose and always choose love.
20. Always choose love. ALWAYS CHOOSE LOVE. In the end, this is the only advice you need. If this is the guiding principle through which all your choices is governed, there is nothing that will threaten the happiness of your marriage. Love will always endure.
In the end marriage isn’t about happily ever after. It’s about work. And a commitment to grow together and a willingness to continually invest in creating something that can endure eternity. Through that work, the happiness will come. Marriage is life, and it will bring ups and downs. Embracing all of the cycles and learning to learn from and love each experience will bring the strength and perspective to keep building, one brick at a time.
These are lessons I learned the hard way. These are lessons I learned too late. But these are lessons I am learning and committed in carrying forward. Truth is, I loved being married, and in time, I will get married again, and when I do, I will build it with a foundation that will endure any storm and any amount of time.
If you are reading this and find wisdom in my pain, share it those those young husbands whose hearts are still full of hope, and with those couples you may know who may have forgotten how to love. One of those men may be like I was, and in these hard earned lessons perhaps something will awaken in him and he will learn to be the man his lady has been waiting for.
MEN- THIS IS YOUR CHARGE: Commit to being an EPIC LOVER. There is no greater challenge, and no greater prize. Your woman deserves that from. Be the type of husband your wife can’t help but brag about.