Shelbie & Jacob at Sugarman's Maui

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Dellables & Vera Wang

Lahaina Animal Farm extracts from the Vera Wang piece with notations on pictures.  Enjoy!

Real Weddings


JUNE 21, 2013 / 0 COMMENTS

Bride:  Hollie Bostrom Groom:  John Xitco Wedding gown style: Hayley Wedding date: April 1, 2013 Boutique purchased: Marcella’s La Boutique | Seattle, WA Location: Lahaina Animal Farm | Maui, HI Photographer:  TAMIZ Photography

floral links hand made by Dellables

First things first, where did you meet your husband?  How did you know he was the one?

I met my husband six years ago at a dress rehearsal for a non-profit fashion show I was hosting for our local zoo.  He owns three restaurants in our city and he catered the dress rehearsal.  The meeting was brief and it wasn’t until over a month and a half later we exchanged business cards “professionally”… We had a date the next weekend and now here we are.
groom lei and hair florals by Dellables

How did he propose? Tell us the story!

One glorious morning in April 2011 John and I awoke from our first night of slumber in the dreamy beds at the Four Seasons Resort at Wailea.  I hesitantly rolled myself out of bed and into the bathroom .  John popped up out of bed and immediately broke open the breakfast menu.  We love room service.  We both have such insanely busy lives that most of our vacations consist of sitting in our hotel room, watching tv, and ordering room service.  We consolidate our thoughts for our breakfast order.  He is getting espresso, a frittata, and bacon.  I decide to go with coffee, two eggs over medium and turkey bacon.
Our food arrives.  John and I sit down to unveil our food from their metal tents and a black veil of disappointment sets over my face.  My turkey bacon looks nearly transparent like the cook used a potato peeler on the skin of the turkey and threw it in a pan to fry. Gross.  I slyly reach across the table to snag a piece of John’s amazing looking bacon and he asks, “What are you doing?” I respond, “Taking a piece of bacon” and John said, “NO, you have your own bacon.”  I could not believe he said no.  I told him, “Fine.  I guess I will eat my two little eggs and some fruit and STARVE all morning.”  I wanted to flip the table over.
John politely recommended that I could call room service and order some bacon.  I just stared at him with ‘duh’.  I told him that I would call room service except that I am not Mrs. Xitco and wouldn’t be able to sign for the bacon (I know, full on tantrum).  John rose from his seat and disappeared to the bedroom.  I just sat at the table pissed at my turkey bacon, occasionally picking it up and tearing it into pieces as though I was punishing it for not being bacon.  John came back into the room with his hands behind his back.  I looked up at him and he fell to one knee and said, “How about you become Mrs. Xitco and then you can order your own bacon.”
Oh man, how dumb and excited did I feel!  He still didn’t share his bacon.

Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown?

 Texture, Quality, Architecture, Fit, Textiles, Color.

hair florals by Dellables

 How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique?

 Debra Moreland PARIS “Glad Tidings” Necklace, Kantor Diamonds (earring studs), Jimmy Choo “Diva” Shoes


Kiawe Arch by Dellables


What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?

It all started with the dress.  I tried on the white version of Vera Wang’s ‘Hayley’ and knew I absolutely did NOT want a white dress (boring and not me) and when I found out it also was available in nude I jumped on the opportunity and ordered it blind.  Vera’s inspiration and vision of the ‘Hayley’ had me hook, line and sinker.  She said that the dress embodied “the pageantry of the Paris Opera”.  SOLD!!  I admire textiles and the “Hayley” has major textiles.  Vera used fabric manipulations in place of sparkle in order to give the dress vavoom.  I have a personal affinity for dresses worn by the noble women in the 19th century.  This dress delivered not only the 19th century but a bouncing and yet organic look that I felt complimented the environment around me (oh Hawaii).  The venue was chosen due to its juxtaposed nature to our couture attire and then balanced out with a Native American infused ceremony officiated by my step-father (my mom, sister/maid of honor, step-father and myself are all Native American).  An event balanced by fantasy and reality.


Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding?  If so how?

 My super spoiled and well-deserved twin sister and maid of honor (Heidi Bostrom) wore the “Jane” dress.


Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours?

Sort of….My mom pinned a 100 year old handkerchief to the inside of my dress which represented the honor of our family of the past (old).  Everything was new (new).  My borrowed component came from the eagle that dropped our beautiful ceremonial eagle feathers (borrowed).  My hand made garter offered a sweet touch of blue (blue).

table decor by the magicians at Dellables

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?

1.    Bring an honest friend, a non-honest friend, a mom (more of a statement versus a literal definition), and an open mind. 2.    Envision your venue, imagine the environment, and then determine how you can become a complimentary component to it all. 3.    If all else fails…try, try again. 4.    Remember, ITS YOUR WEDDING!!!!!  Someone offering to buy your dress is considered to be a gift not an unsaid oral contract for dictatorship.



What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share?

First of all I would have to say that the ceremony was my favorite part.  It was unlike anything anyone has ever seen.  We did an exchange of eagle feathers, spoke our vows (a Cherokee Prayer), exchanged in special gifts for John’s kids, and my step-father was our officiant.  The ceremony meant so much to me spiritually.

The most fun part was the pictures!  I asked Rebecca and Jonathan (TAMIZ Photography) prior to the shoot with John and me that I would like our pictures to be shot like an editorial.  I wanted our pictures to look vogue and artistic.  I wanted them to look staged but not.  Being of an artsy background I would not tolerate ‘the norm’.  John and I had sooo much fun doing the shoot.

Well, this whole wedding was ‘do it yourself’.  John and I planned every detail to our wedding.  We made amazing friends with our vendors and were able to experience the entire process, start to finish.  I highly advise, if you have the organizational skills and enjoy sleepless nights, to plan your wedding.  We both carry an invaluable connection having survived the process and a feeling of self-gratification and accomplishment as we watched our wedding grow from conception to birth. I personally would not have done it any other way.

The Journey or the Destination?


When Dellables Wedding Design and Florals gets involved in your big day, you might ask yourself this very question.....

Where is the magic?  In the journey or the destination....which is more beautiful, the chair decor or the floral arch by the sea?

Well, we know the answer to that question and you probably do as well....

It is in both.


wedding by Laurie Alapaki of Makena Weddings

Joanna Tano Photography & Dellables @ the Grand Wailea Maui

Nothing says Awesome like a Joanna Tano (FB) photo session at your wedding!
Big mahalos for letting Dellables (FB) show our stuff.
We REALLY LOVE how well our ceremony Arch/Chuppha turned out!

Grand Wailea Maui Wedding | Stephanie & Jeffrey

Monday, November 29, 2010
The Grand Wailea Maui served an exquisite venue for Stephanie and Jeffrey’s wedding ceremony and reception! Early in the afternoon, before the ceremony, the couple shared their “first look” with one another; it was quite a lovely moment.  We took photos in and around the lobby and on the beach.  Their evening candlelit ceremony was beautifully decorated with hues of purples and pinks.  The group then enjoyed a lavish dinner under a canopied tent.  After dinner, they rented Tsunami’s night club at the Grand Wailea, where everyone enjoyed drinks and dancing until past midnight.  What a fun crowd!  Much thanks to Shaina Kalama for her help.  Steph and Jeff – thank you so much for having us photograph your beautiful wedding.  I wish you the very best!
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Grand Wailea Maui
Makeup: Mira
Hair – Dan Sanchez
Florals – Dellables
DJ – DJ Dan
See the slideshow at the end of the post.
View the slideshow HERE
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Photographer Joanna Tano and Dellables

If you haven't stopped by Joanna Tano's wonderful blog you should.  Below is one of her fabulous posts about a wedding we both had the pleasure to be involved in.  Sit back, get a refreshing beverage and enjoy!

* all photography courtesy of Joanna Tano *


Hyatt Maui Wedding | Mele & Brian

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Mele & Brian were married on the beautiful Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. Everything about the day, from the equisite florals created by Dellables to the view from the ceremony site to our picture perfect sunset was breathtaking.
We begun in the Mele’s hotel room where all of the girls were getting ready. Mele looked absolutely stunning with her gorgeous gown and her beautiful bouquet. The guys looked pretty spiffy too! The ceremony was quite touching. I especially loved how much they included Brian’s children in the ceremony. It was a beautiful moment to witness.
During their Maui engagement session several months back, I had the pleasure of getting to know a bit more about Mele and Brian. I knew from then that their wedding was going to be a very special one.  On their wedding day, similar to their engagement session, the lovely couple was so affectionate and loving towards one another and they were very comfortable in front of the camera.
The reception was held in a tent under the palm trees and open starry sky. The evening was quite festive and was filled with warm speeches, dancing and celebration.
Congratulations Mele and Brian! We are so happy for the two of you! Much thanks to Kimerlee Aihara for her assistance!
Be sure to catch the slideshow at the end of the post.

Seaside Design Series: Part 1

Mahalo to Tropical Maui Weddings Lori & Jamie for providing the wonderfully enjoyable opportunity to again...Design by the Sea.

Chair decor comes in many flavors.  Here we enjoyed hosting the flowers in glass for its talent at bending the tropical sun.

The wedding Chuppa stood close enough to the water to catch the sparkling sun from the lagoon there.

We hung coral from the beach to hold the orchid strands against the light breeze.
The gentle Hawaiian air moved them against the bamboo signaling to the Bride that it was time.
Musical Arches are now a new feature here at Dellables!

~ aloha ~

Cherry Blossom Arch in Hawaii

In Hawaii, specifically on Maui, the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom!

A wonderful Bride, whom we had so much pleasure working for, had dreamed of cherry blossoms and we were able to make it happen.  It worked out so well, we fell in love with it as much as she did.

Despite our tropical location, keep in mind that Dellables can try to import any flower you are in love with - just ask!  We can also provide lighting, tents, furniture, arches, etc.  All with a friendly mahalo and Aloha!