Written by your faithful planner, Carly Wilson
Photos by L’Amour Photography
The city of San Francisco holds special meaning for Sheryl and Kyle, as it is one of the first places they ever traveled to as a couple. Years after their first visit together, they returned to celebrate the holidays. They set out for a scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, but the rainy and foggy sky obscured any view. Though Sheryl suggested they turn back, Kyle instead pulled over at one of the scenic lookout spots. When Sheryl asked why they were stopping, he responded by pulling out a ring and asking her to marry him. “The exact word out of my mouth was ‘Okay!’” Sheryl remembers. “I was completely in shock and very happy!”
Once back home on Oahu, the couple began planning their wedding. The prestigious Royal Hawaiian Hotel has a long history of luxury. Hawaii’s first monarch, King Kamehameha, often relaxed there with his royal court. In current times, the pale pink building, designed in Spanish-Moorish style, is an integral and instantly recognizable landmark of the Waikiki Beach silhouette. The “elegant, old-world beauty” of the hotel drew their attention, Sheryl recalls, and also “its pink color!”
To acknowledge the hue of the resort, the couple incorporated various shades of pink throughout their day. And with a little help from Manolo Blahnik, they started using the color from the ground up – literally!
Artist Alison Hayashi of Kiss and Makeup was in charge of styling the ladies. She curled Sheryl’s dark hair and then swept the locks into a low, elegant chignon. Creamy phalaenopsis added a fresh, youthful spin.
Pronovias, a Barcelona-based brand coveted for its exquisite designs and fabrics, was Sheryl’s choice in bridal gown designer. The top of the style was beautiful simplicity with a slim-cut silhouette and a romantic sweetheart neckline. This led the way to the long train, which flared out in a display of hand-sewn and delicately crafted lace. Her veil, the crowning touch, elicited pure drama as it cascaded down in gauzy, lacey folds.
The couple included a thoughtful touch to keep the attendees cool in the sunny afternoon, complete with a whimsical label by Something Blue stationery.
Though every detail of the ceremony décor had been carefully planned, the littlest members of the entourage still managed to steal the show:
The bride glowed with happiness as she stood at the altar with Kyle. Hearing her describe their relationship, we understand why: “Kyle loves me for me,” she explains. And on top of that, “he is the perfect gentleman.” In the picture below, you can almost hear her joyful laughter:
The couple’s wedding cake was specially designed by cakelava, a locally-owned cake company that has gained an international following thanks to coverage by the Food Network and TLC. A fondant construction of intricate of lace, inspired by the bride’s gown, trailed down the side of the three-tiered creation. In fact, the cake design had been kept secret from the groom so as not to give away the look and pattern of the lace! A boldly fuchsia flower, handcrafted, made a saucy addition to the dessert. And importantly for the guests, the taste lived up to its mouthwatering name: Rainbowlicious.
REA Events and Designs provided specialty linen for the event. Ivory satin chair covers gave the ballroom a classic bridal feel, while the berry undertones in the satin napkins added a colorful spin.
Table cards designed by Something Blue incorporated a peachy-rose flourish that made it fun for guests to check their seat assignments.
Designer Jae Yoo of Honolulu-based My Florist created the centerpieces of vividly-hued roses accented by white blooms and greens. A porcelain bowl showcased the arrangement and didn’t compete with its beautiful colors.
The program, emceed by famed comedian Greg Hammer, combined both sentiment and humor. Then came the time for the big reveal. Kyle had secretly worked with Mona and me and the videographers to arrange a special surprise for his new bride: a Same-Day Edit filmed by Kai Media’s acclaimed cinematography team. The final piece showed a video montage of the most precious getting ready and ceremony moments, set to an emotional ballad. I have to admit that watching Kyle’s touching introduction brought tears to my eyes!
The sweet mood continued as guests took home their favors: Gift cards to Shimazu Store, the couple’s favorite place for shave ice. As an added treat, Kelvin Shimazu himself prepared his popular shave ice on-site for the couple and their guests.
And the bride’s favorite memory of the evening? Being introduced as “Mr. and Mrs.” for the first time. But although they have grown-up titles now, that doesn’t change their playful spirit. “Sheryl accepts me for the kid that I am at heart,” Kyle says. And throughout all life has to offer, “she is a strong shoulder I know I can lean on.”
Congratulations, Sheryl and Kyle!