I met Susan Shapiro at a local networking group and fell in love with the pieces she creates, I have even given these as gifts to my clients. Susabella ceramics are handcrafted, stamped, glazed and then kiln-fired twice. They are made with heirloom quality and can be passed down from generation to generation. They offer beautiful ceramic pieces perfect for wedding gifts! The variety of wedding gifts includes:
Guest Book Platters
Wedding Cake Plates
Ring Bearer Items
Here are some of the beautiful options from Susabella Ceramics.
Calling all brides-to-be! We know you are working hard to get in shape for the big day and we have a treat for you! Tell us, in the comments, why you deserve to win one month of unlimited Pure Barre classes for your wedding by this Friday and you will be entered to win.
This is my last day of site tours of the top properties in West Maui. I started my day at the Westin Maui for a tour of their wedding areas. They have five (5) unique spaces where couples can get married.
Westin Waterfall, located in the lobby, there is a space behind the waterfall perfect for a wedding with 10 guests or less, as the site coordinator told me this is a great spot for vow renewals.
The next spot was Lokahi Point, this spot can hold up to 15 guests and it has great panoramic views of the Pacific oceans and the neighboring islands.
Next on the tour was the Hale Aloha Gazebo; this spot overlooks the ocean and the fabulous gardens of the Westin. This is perfect for the private ceremony that can seat up to 30 guests.
For those wanting to get married on the beach, unfortunately the county/state has permits for beach weddings and Ka’anapali Beach is the only large stretch of beach that you are not able to get married. This stretch runs from the Hyatt all the way up to the condo Papakea, this is about a 4 mile stretch of beach. But all the hotels on the beach has a great beach lawn where you can say your vows as close to the beach as possible and the Westin is no different. They have a great lawn that can hold up to 50 guests.
Their final area is great for weddings or conferences. It is the Aloha Pavilion, it is a great covered patio with a indoor lounge area.
They also have a great private dining room in their restaurant that can be used for reception as well as a number of ballrooms.
The final stop on the tour is the elegant Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, this property is the last of the big resorts on the west end, the property is full views of the island Molokai and some great beaches nearby.
The Ritz-Carlton also has five (5) outdoor spaces that can be used for ceremony and some great indoor/outdoor spaces for receptions.
First is the Honolua Chapel this renovated 1920 plantation style church has beautiful stain glass windows and great views of the ocean, the church can hold up to 56 guests. Next to the chapel is the Gazebo, can hold up to 100 guests with sweeping views of the Pacific and Molokai.
Napili Lawn can seat up to 200 guests and overlooks the cliffs of Kapalua and Honolua Bay.
The closest spot to the beach is the Beach House Lawn can host up to 500 guests and is situated next to the DT Fleming Beach. This can also hold a reception, so it can be a ceremony site and used for a dinner reception.
The two reception areas are the Anuenue Room and the Plantation Ballroom, both a completely different styles and views. The Anuenue is dark woods with original artwork from Maui artists with the lanai views of the chapel and the Pacific. The Plantation Ballroom can be split into 3 spaces and its lanai overlooks Honolua Bay and the West Maui Mountains.
I hope you have enjoyed the six venues that I showcased. I will be back on Maui in a week for my own vacation, but will go out again and do a couple of site visits at venues in Wailea, Makena and my favorite place on this island.
Olowalu is a quick blink and you missed it town. It has a great general store and a great pie and sandwich shop, it also has the west end most southern tip, where you can look at both sides of the island. Back in the late 1800’s it had a sugar mill, there are still some ruins that you can still see, the most visible is the wharf’s they used to load the sugar cane on to the boats to Lahaina. The house was built in 1927 as the Manager house and Community Center and is a typical Hawaiian architecture, with a great lani in the back looking out over the Pacific.
The Olowalu Plantation House outdoor spaces can hold up to 200 people, plenty of room for separate areas for ceremony and reception, right on the water. The wedding party has access to the house to get ready with 3 bedrooms for changing. If you have a smaller party and want to do something different you can have dinner on the lani, which is great way to do family style.
The next hotel I visited is the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, I have been hearing their commercials about brunch, and being Maui’s most Hawaiian hotel, I had to see if they did weddings… They do! But first what makes them the most Hawaiian Hotel? They have been recognized as the “Most Hawaiian Hotel” by the Waiaha Foundation based on over 100 criteria. The Hawaii Tourism Authority has presented the “He Kuleana Ke Aloha” award to the hotel for demonstrating an ongoing responsibility, commitment and dedication to honoring and perpetuating the Hawaiian culture for generations to come. We are the only hotel to receive either of these honors. As I walked in it is true, the spirit of Aloha is alive and well, now what about the brunch, I hope to make it on Sunday and see if its all its cracked up to be. Now back to the weddings!
They have many different areas for ceremony and receptions or both. They also have an indoor space that is currently being remodeled and I will bring that to you next year. The majority of their outdoor space has ocean view and the hotel does their best to block the Ka’anpali walkway from the ceremony areas, with palms to make sure you have some privacy. Space ranges from seating for 20 to up to 150.
The final two site visits on this trip is the Westin Maui and the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.
This refreshing drink isn’t only delicious and perfect for summertime but it is also low in calories and simple to make! Misha Johnson who is the Roseville Nugget Market wine steward located in California created the recipe.
The best thing about this drink? It is simple to make and it has yummy raspberries in it!
Ingredients (makes one cocktail):
2 oz Grey Goose Vodka
2 tsp Lemon Juice
2 tsp. Sugar
Splash of 7UP or Sprite
Muddle raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a shaker. Add vodka, Sprite/7UP , and ice. Shake and serve in a sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with raspberries and enjoy!
Friday the 13th, a date that screams superstition. In 2012, we’re lucky enough to have three occurrences exactly 13 weeks apart (January, April & July)! According to some sources, Friday the 13th is the most widespread superstition in the United States today. Some people refuse to go to work, travel, even leave the house, and most wouldn’t think of holding their wedding on that date!
Although, if you’re able to put aside any friggatriskaidekaphobia (which in case you’re wondering, is the fear of Friday the 13th), you could be in for a treat! A way to ward off any phobias on your Friday the 13th wedding is to use good luck themes in your reception décor. Decorations mixing four leaf clovers, horseshoes, ladybugs, and stars are among the few that can help to create the lucky essence of your magical day!
However, before you start planning your special day, make sure you or your significant other isn’t suffering from any of these silly phobias!
Gamophobia – Fear of marriage
Geliophobia – Fear of laughter
Hierophobia – Fear of priests or sacred things
Neophobia – Fear of anything new
So if this has changed your mind about getting married on the next Friday the 13th maybe you’ll be the one coming into some luck!