Intimate, vibrant, unique yet classic with a touch of wild…

Through the creative process, we are always looking to distill our couple’s vision for their wedding day into something tangible.  Many times that process starts with an inspiration photo, a color palette, a texture or a theme.  Sometimes it is fun to shift the focus from the visual and begin with a quote, a sentiment or even descriptors.  The most wonderful part of our planning and design process is getting to know our couples and discovering the best way to communicate with them while translating their ideas into an amazing event.

For Kara and Sean’s wedding, we used key descriptors as a piece of our inspiration.  The best part?  We knew we had nailed the design when we realized that the words we chose did not simply describe the look and tone of the event…  Those descriptors captured the personality of our fantastic couple perfectly!

Intimate, vibrant, unique yet classic with a touch of wild…

Wedding Planning and Coordination:  Bliss in Bloom
Floral Design:  Bliss in Bloom
Photography:  Damion Hamilton Photography
Videography:  Love Spun Films
Rentals and Lighting:  Hawaii Island Events
Make-up:  Grace Make-up Artistry
Hair:  Shaloma Marks
Catering:  Angela Zink
Cake:  Momofuku

UPDATE: Published  on Borrowed and Blue:  http://www.borrowedandblue.com/hawaii/weddings/kara-sean

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Floral Highlights at Puakea Ranch

The gorgeous Bride in these photos took the time to write us a review on Yelp.com.  It is our distinct pleasure to connect with our Brides and make their visions come to life!  Each of these special ladies are the heart behind our work.

In her words:  “My experience with Annie (owner of Bliss in Bloom) was BEYOND exceptional. When you’re looking to plan a destination wedding it becomes clear really quickly how vital it is to have someone who is super on top of it and responsive. Annie is this and so much more. Annie did all of the florals for my wedding, including bridal party florals, table arrangements, tree garland, aisle florals, cake florals and my absolutely stunning floral crown (basically everything florals related). She also provided beautiful design pieces (glass votives, rustic wooden boxes, flower vessels) which really pulled the design aesthetic of my wedding together.

The professionalism my husband and I experienced in working with Annie was top notch, during our first in person consultation during my visit (I’m originally from the Big Island) she really listened to my vision, gave lovely recommendations on florals and design aspects. She really made me feel at ease and excited about how my special day would look.  This was helpful especially where nerves are high with all of the wedding planning shenanigans.

Side note, she has a boutique style office/work space tucked away in beautiful Holualoa town that is just to die for cute. She has designed it to be such a welcoming, fun and girly place to talk florals and wedding design! Not to mention she has a few select beautiful wedding dresses in case you’re in need of one!

Getting back on track here, the floral design proposal she put together was absolutely on point. I am not exaggerating when I say this, in explaining my vision with the sorts of flowers I loved and didn’t like, her proposals were 100% on par. She was quick to take feedback and make adjustment where needed, she also really worked with our budget, which was important. She can bring in florals from the mainland (i.e. CA I believe) that are not available on island.  This was also key to me as I love peonies and a few other florals that are not accessible on the Big Island. On the day of the wedding, she was onsite right on time (our wedding venue was far up north, Puakea Ranch). She arranged all of the florals and design pieces to a tee. My bouquet was stunning, it by far exceeded my expectations and was even more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. All I wanted to do was take pictures of my bouquet! By far one of my most favorite memories, it was just so pretty.

As mentioned prior, Annie also made my floral crown.  Again, absolutely beautiful (she was so creative in using rosemary and these dainty little white flowers) which made me feel like a princess. My bridesmaids bouquets were perfect, groomsman boutonnieres were perfect, and she also made a little floral crown for my flower girl which was precious. Moving onto the tree garland, another big favorite of mine that she crafted. She put together a fairly large tree garland that wrapped beautifully around our ceremony tree (you have to see pics, it was gorgeous) which fit what I had envisioned perfectly. The table flowers were flawless including all of the flowers we loved and she picked just the perfect sized succulents for each of my plate settings. I would recommend Annie/ Bliss in Bloom to any bride to be who is looking to have a wedding in Hawaii/Big Island, she made our wedding day memorable and very special with her beautiful floral designs. She is truly talented, a lovely person and produces high quality work. We can’t thank you enough Annie!”

Photography:  Toby Hoogs Photography
Floral Design and Execution:  Bliss in Bloom
Coordination:  Vintage and Lace
Lighting and rentals:  Hawaii Island Events
Catering:  Bonita Lao Catering
Cake:  Food for Thought

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Kipona Aloha – Deep Love

As you might have guessed, we are devoted to all things LOVE.  Our Bride, Lin-Ann, has captured the expressions of love from her wedding day in the passage below.

“The day of the wedding was magical, dream-like and very emotional. I felt like a mini celebrity and also so relaxed. Given that it was such an intimate event it was so amazing to be able to spend time talking, sharing, dancing with each and every one of our guests and our closest family. The ceremony was so moving!  From Keoni’s beautiful words and Hawaiian traditions to the very special presence of my best friend Linda reading a poem I wrote, to my mother’s touching and emotional words when she blessed our wedding rings. Ben was also extremely emotional at the sight of his daughter coming down the aisle as our flower girl–as his mind was set in fast-forward to years later when she would one day come down the aisle as a bride. What a very special day indeed that we were not only united as a couple, but finally felt complete as a family. 

The Big Island was a no-brainer for our destination wedding because I love the beach and ocean.  I had always dreamed of a beach or oceanside wedding and Ben was going to be teaching a field study course at Volcano National Park!  It was important to us to incorporate aspects of traditional Hawaiian culture into our special day because it is so aligned with the openness of heart and spirit that is at the center of our relationship. That is why there were Hawaiian phrases incorporated into all aspects of the event, including “E Komo Mai” welcome bags waiting in the hotel rooms for our guests who traveled from so far away, “I ho’okahi kahi ke aloha” on our invitations (Be one in love), “mahalo nui Loa” on our letterpress thank you cards, etc….and of course the phrase and title for our wedding event, “Kipona Aloha” truly captures the deep love that Ben and I have cultivated in our relationship.”

Wedding Design and Coordination:  Bliss in Bloom
Floral Design:  Bliss in Bloom
Rentals and Lighting:  Hawaii Island Events
Catering:  Paradise Gourmet
Cake:  Food for Thought
DJ: Tiger Jones Productions
Photography:  Ruthanne Photography

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Happy Anniversary Mollie and Simon!

We can’t help thinking about these two lovebirds today.  One year ago, this fabulous and fun couple tied the knot at Lava Lava Beach Club.  With DJ Tiger leading the way, the festivities that followed their beautiful ceremony won’t soon be forgotten!  Wishing you both a lifetime of love, health and happiness together!!!

Floral Design:  Bliss in Bloom
Event Design, Planning and Coordination:  Bliss in Bloom
DJ: Tiger Jones Productions
Calligraphy:  Fine Lines Calligraphy
Photography:  Ruth Anne Photography

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True love – a Hawaiian Plantation Wedding

It is a true honor to be involved with a Bride as she creates her Wedding Day.  From the moment she says, ‘Yes’ to the Dress, all the way through the wedding design and planning process, and finally culminating in that amazing moment where she says, ‘I Do,’ to the Man of her dreams.  At Bliss in Bloom, we are fortunate many times, to have a hand in each of the elements that contribute to the details of such lovely moments.

We first met our Bride, Kea, at our little Boutique.  She came in with her, “Best Girls,” and they were fun and supportive as she went through her first fitting.  Judging by their reactions to Kea in the Watters Wtoo, “Olivia,” we knew she had found her Gown.  Kea was a joy and the gown she chose perfectly suited her personality.  She exemplifies true kindness, exquisite loveliness, a welcoming heart and a generous spirit.

It was fitting that she married her true love on Valentine’s Day surrounded by her nearest and dearest from all over, as well as her adoring and supportive family members.  The tone of the day was consistent with the couple’s fun-loving and truly genuine personalities.  It is always such a pleasure for us to be able to witness our Couple’s step into married life togeter, and we feel especially fortunate to have worked with Kea and Francis…words cannot express how much we have fallen in love with this sweet couple!

Event Design and Coordination: Bliss in Bloom
Floral Design: Bliss in Bloom
Bridal Boutique: Bliss in Bloom
Dress:  Watters Wtoo
Photography: ARIA Studios
Videography: ARIA Studios

See more of this wedding featured on Style Me Pretty:
www.stylemepretty.com/destination-weddings/2015/05/07/golden-hour-hawaiian-plantation-wedding/

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Bliss in Bloom Floral Highlights: Part Deux

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” ~Indian Proverb

This Proverb is never more true than on a Wedding Day as the Bride and Groom say their vows in the presence of loved ones and surrounded by beauty.  The seeds that are planted will be tended and nurtured in the sunshine and throughout the storms of their marriage, producing the flowers of all of their tomorrows.

Photos by: Ruthann Photography

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Chapter One: Elegance and Succulents

The Bride and Groom always set the tone for their Wedding Day, and this lovely couple was no exception.  They are gracious, elegant, stunning and have an intimate connection that is the stuff of which dreams are built upon.  Their special day, hosted at the exclusive KD Beach Club (Kapulehu Beach Club), was the perfect blend of these qualities.  It was our extreme pleasure to be a part of this event captured by Fletch Photography.

We are fortunate to have the opportunity to share with you a bit about this Bride and Groom.  We thank them for sharing such an authentic description of their relationship together.  In their own words:

From the Bride:
“We met at a French wine bar called Amelie in San Francisco through a mutual friend, and ran a 5k together as our first deliberate ‘meeting’ two days later.  We felt as though we knew each other already from the moment we met, like we had been together in another time, a different life.

Although we met in San Francisco, Phil moved to my home town of Naperville, IL, when I was in high school.  I moved to the Big Island six months after he came to Naperville.  We maybe should have or could have met then.  It was a missed opportunity.  As though, we were circling each other. Phil finally caught up with me in San Francisco 14 years later!

We have a mutual, passionate vulnerability with one another, by which we know the depths of each other’s emotions, history, and most importantly, our love of one another. This is one way we know our love is our lifeline and our destiny.  This is the fearlessness that makes us trusting.”

From the Groom:
“Experiencing this is the only way to understand it.  It cannot be observed from the outside.  Anything I thought I knew prior to Laura has changed through my experience with her, through becoming one with her.  It has made me realize who I am, and who I am meant to be.  It is life changing and it creates beauty in everything.  This is living in love.”

After their vows, before the Bride and Groom recessed, the Officiant (who was also the Bride’s cousin), closed the ceremony with these words from C.S. Lewis:

“But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world had only been the cover and title page: now, at last, they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read, which goes on forever, and in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

Event Design:  Bliss in Bloom and Teri Costales
Floral Design:  Bliss in Bloom
Wedding Coordinator:  Teri Costales
Photographer:  Fletch Photography
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream = A Dream Come True

The design team at Bliss in Bloom is inspired by the Bard.  A wedding based on Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” was something that we had been hoping to do for several seasons.  This lovely NYC bride made our dream come true!  She handed us the theme and gave us free reign in the design department.

Bliss in Bloom created and installed an incredible Manzanita branch chandelier adorned with delicate bud vases, draping vine and hanging votives.  Our moss covered tablescape, complete with the romance of candlelight and an overflowing cornucopia of fruits and flowers, represented the abundance that is ever present in true love and life. The gorgeous setting at Anna Ranch Heritage Center was the perfect backdrop for an event full of rainbows, delicious food and a relaxed family atmosphere.

There were lawn games accompanied by beautiful music, dancing in the rain, food, drink and fairies hidden in the majestic trees on the Ranch.  Even Puck, “that merry wanderer of the night,” would have surely been wooed by this fantastic couple.  We wish them an eternity of love and happiness.

Floral Design:  Bliss in Bloom
Event Design:  Bliss in Bloom
Wedding Coordination:  Bliss in Bloom
Catering:  MonAmi Catering
Cupcakes:  Food for Thought
Music:  Keikilani Lindsey
Location:  Anna’s Ranch
Photography:  Karen Loudon Photography

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Steph and Eric – Anna Ranch & Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

We loved being a part of this sweet Anna Ranch Wedding!  Stephanie, the Bride, had a lot of great design and detail ideas and needed help bringing it all together.  

Bliss in Bloom custom made Pinwheels to line the aisle, sourced some antique umbrellas, handmade a rag tie and added some bubble balls with succulents to the Arbor.  The adorable Flower Girl carried one of our favorite touches, a Bliss in Bloom handcrafted baker’s twine basket.  It was fun to add games for the guests to enjoy during the cocktail hour!  

For the reception, we used lots of eclectic vases with a variety of soft and muted toned florals with pops of yellow.  The place card holders were Billy Balls with baker’s twine that held little flags with the names of each guest. All of the design details for this wedding made us swoon!  We wish our Bride and Groom many years of happiness! 

Event Design: Bliss in Bloom
Floral Design: Bliss in Bloom
Wedding Coordination: Bliss in Bloom
Photographer: James Rubio Photography

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The Design is in the Details

Every Big Picture is comprised of a myriad of Details.  A bloom is made up of petals, a painting is made up of brushstrokes, a lifetime is made up of  moments.  At Bliss in Bloom, each of our Events contain countless personal details that make them unique.  We savor every single one.

The details of Kristin and Trevor’s wedding at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel were remarkable.  From the custom sourced, vintage silver as the cornerstone for our tablescape to the clever DIY Photo-booth props, complete with social-media hashtag directives.  From the lovely, sea-side lounge area to the chandeliers.  From the Peonies to the personalized favors.  From the Buddah Staircase wedding ceremony to the Scrabble Tiles in the Honeymoon Suite.  Each of these was a reflection of our Bride and Groom.

The ONE detail that shone the brightest at this particular Event?  The Couple.

Congratulations Kristin and Trevor…Cheers to a Lifetime of beautiful Details.

Event Design: Bliss in Bloom
Florals: Bliss in Bloom
Wedding Coordination: Bliss in Bloom
Rentals, Furniture and Lighting:  Hawaii Island Events

Thanks especially to Toby Hoogs Photography for expertly capturing the Details in your photos!

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