Dellables & Vera Wang

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Lahaina Animal Farm

 

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Real Weddings

REAL WEDDDING | HOLLIE & JOHN

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

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

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Florals, ARCH and a great deal of magic provided by the DELLABLES crew

MAUI ANIMAL FARM WEDDING: HOLLIE & JOHN

May 8, 2013 in WEDDING | Written by     Photos by TAMIZ PHOTOGRAPHY

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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.”

 

The one thing they didn’t make themselves, though, was Hollie’s incredible Vera Wang wedding gown, which set the elegant tone for the entire day. “Our inspiration all started with the dress”. she continued. “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’ gown had me hook, line and sinker. She said that the dress embodied ‘the pageantry of the Paris Opera’ and I was SOLD!! I admire textiles and ‘Hayley’ has major textiles. Vera used fabric manipulations in place of sparkle in order to give the dress vavoom.”

 

The ceremony was held at Lahaina Animal Farm & Guest Ranch and the Spago restaurant at the Four Seasons was their reception space. “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 special gifts for John’s kids, and my step-father was our officiant. The ceremony meant so much to me spiritually.”

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Jocelyn's Monday Report #7

Blog 7



There was nothing like waking up in Maui.  The birds were happily chirping, the sun was brightly beaming, and the waves were peacefully crashing.  Our second day there was a super exciting day.  We were going to view our ceremony site and meet our wedding planner and florist for the first time.   In the late morning after a nice breakfast, Fred and I headed back to the Wailea Golf Course, home of Molokini Lookout, our top ceremony location contender. We were instructed to head to the top of the hill where we would follow Cherise, our wedding planner, down the private gated road to the space.
I found Cherise online after weeks of frantically researching Maui planners who had to meet the following criteria: 1. Friendly, 2. Professional, 3. Organized, 4. Knowledgeable 5. Reasonably Priced and 6. Tolerant.    Tolerant was definitely crucial given how indecisive I, not to mention my family, can be.  We needed our planner to roll with the punches and be ready for any random changes that may occur.  Cherise was all we asked for and more.
When we pulled up to the venue, Cherise introduced herself, and I remember thinking what a sweet spirit she was.  As we began walking up to Molokini Lookout, my breath was simply taken away.  The utter seclusion and panoramic view was unlike anything I had ever experienced.  Fred and I knew it was absolutely perfect for our ceremony.  I imagined the view of the Pacific Ocean and nearby mountains serving as the backdrop for our vows, and it made me so happy.   I couldn’t believe I would have to wait an entire year to come back to this space.
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After our viewing of Molokini Lookout, we headed back down the hill to Gannon’s to discuss further details and meet our florist Della.  Meeting Della was like meeting an old pal or even a family member.  We immediately felt so comfortable with her as if we had known her for years.  She was filled with joy and creativity and was so funny she kept me laughing.   She was just fantastic. 
This was probably one of the most laid-back event planning meetings I have ever encountered.  Before we came to Maui, I pulled together several inspiration boards with ideas for the color palette and theme of the wedding which I themed “tropical bohemian elegance.”  Cherise and Della totally got my vision from day one.  We laughed. We discussed décor ideas. We talked about design and colors, and we decided then and there that we were working together.  Done, done, done and done. 
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Leaving that meeting, I definitely knew I had the right team -- my Dream Team -- that was going to give us the wedding we always dreamed of.  We just had to pick a hotel now to complete our site visit, and we still had quite a few to see with only one more day on the island.

Back in the Saddle!

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.