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
First things first, where did you meet your husband? How did you know he was the one?
How did he propose? Tell us the story!
Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown?
Texture, Quality, Architecture, Fit, Textiles, Color.
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).
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.
We are really thrilled, seriously THRILLED, to be featured in this trend setting Wedding blog! Enjoy!
Florals, ARCH and a great deal of magic provided by the DELLABLES crew
Are you ready for some drama and pure unadulterated elegance this morning? Well you’d better get ready, because oh boy am I gonna give it to you…
Hollie & John were married in Maui in April. The couple had a big hand in everything they planned. Although they hired suppliers to fulfil their wedding dreams, they were both there from start to finish. “John and I planned every detail”, began the bride. “We made amazing friends with our vendors and were able to experience the entire process from start to finish. I highly advise, if you have the organizational skills and enjoy sleepless nights, to plan your own 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.”
- Photography: Tamiz Photography
- Ceremony Venue: Lahaina Animal Farm & Guest Ranch, Maui
- Reception Venue: Spago Resturant
- Bride's Dress: Vera Wang, 'Hayley'
- Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo, 'Diva'
- Hair: Orchid Salon at Four Seasons Wailea, Maui
- Make Up: Heidi Bostrom
- Groom's Attire: Isaia
- Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes
- Florals and ARCH: Dellables
- Catering: Wolfgang Puck Private Dining and Catering
- DJ: Alan Bantungbacal, Maui Tunes Entertainment and Production, Maui
- Transport: Akina Aloha Tours, Maui
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Yes, we are back in our shop!
Our 4 acre upcountry protea farm did indeed burn, but the house did not, the shop did not and our wedding design continues!
In fact, since the fire of June 18th, we have had the crazy-fun pleasure of giving 83 Brides the florals of their dreams. The weather has been outstanding every single day, our flower suppliers have been as efficient and wonderful as ever.
Trish and Elana continue to work very hard with everyone on the phones and email. Genie and Jove rock the island with arches, deliveries and smiles. Everett keeps publishing these posts here, and on Facebook (now with almost 45,000 fans). Dario, our Italian designer, has been opening people's eyes wide with his incredible productions!
... and Della keeps working the magic that has made her so lovable around the world.
Surely, one of our very favorite venues, the Olowalu Plantation House right on the water south of Lahaina town brings out the best in everyone! Enjoy these captures of what was a wonderful wedding! Dellables for florals and Della Peacock on camera.
Coordinator: Lori at Tropical Maui Weddings 1-877-628-4933