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Hawaiibride long over due Thank You !

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Topic: Hawaiibride long over due Thank You !
Posted By: hawaiibride
Subject: Hawaiibride long over due Thank You !
Date Posted: 3/13/2006 at 10:18pm

This review is looong over due.  Unfortunately, after such a wonderful wedding….. life happened and family and friends took precedence over the vendors I owed this review to.  For that, I apologize and hope you all will read about their accolades.


Rehersal Dinner:  A+  Emiliano's Mexican Restaurant

What a wonderful rehearsal dinner.  We got a very large private room with our own bar, bathrooms, small view and a little patio out front.  The buffet was wonderful and the staff lovely.  People were able to walk around and mingle.  All for the price of $12.95 pp plus 15% gratuity.  The price allowed us to include a lot of people and have an open bar. 


Wedding Coordinator:  Sarah Cope of "Wedding & Events by Cope ". A+++

  I owe a huge thank you to Sarah and her assistant.  She was fantastic.  When I hooked up with Sarah, I had most of the planning done or so I thought.  Sarah, took my centerpieces and made them exceptional.  She decorated the ceremony site and made it absolutely incredible.  She put all the finishing touches on everything that made it polished and elegant.  The ceremony and reception went off without a hitch.  It was truly an incredible evening.  Unfortunately, it did end.  When I turned around after saying good-bye to our last guest, the entire room was picked up and packed in our car….. Thanks to Sarah.   I received so many compliments and although Sarah was very unobtrusive, there were those family members who did notice her and couldn't stop saying how wonderful she was.  After all that, Sarah also found someone to video tape the wedding and reception that we truly treasure to this day.  A big thank you to Sarah.  She was worth her weight in gold.  Although, I do think the wedding would have been good without Sarah, looking back, I don't think it would have been as spectacular and stress free.


Ceremony and Reception:  Bali Hai A+

The Bali Hai was the perfect place.  Leslie and Larry were wonderful.  The setting was perfect.  I don't know how many out of town people told us that this was the best wedding they have ever been to.  All of our guests complimented the view, the horderves, the food, the atmosphere and so on.  The compliments just kept coming.  It was so affordable, that we had open bar for wine and beer all night.  The service was stupendous.  The only thing I have to say was the tip jar in front of one of the bars was inappropriate since I was already tipping.  So, I picked it up and took it away.  I would highly recommend the Bali Hai.  Lovely place with a wow view. 




Florist:  Linda Rendon of Rendon Floral  A+


Linda Rendon was wonderful to work with.  She was a gem.  Every request I made ( and there were plenty) was carried out and then some.  Her flowers were beautiful.  Her prices were fantastic. She did some extras for me that I felt truly blessed and confident in having her as the florist.  All the flowers turned out to be more than I had expected.  The Bali Hai looked so elegant and beautiful.  What a find Linda is and what a treasure to work with. 


Photographer:  Ken Randall A- 


Ken Randall was another vendor that just exceeded our expectations.  The pictures were great.  The cd's were easy to hand out so that the parents of the groom, the bride's parents and the bride and groom could order what ever they wanted when ever they wanted.  This made it easy since we all live in different cities.  The biggest compliment I give Ken Randall is he is fast, very fast and people complimented me on how wonderful the photographer was.  The only reason I gave him an A- was we didn't get our pics until the 1st week in Aug.  Great price for a great photographer.


Photo Montage: Bob Wright of " Eagle Lion Video" A

What a beautiful photo montage!!!  It was the hit of the evening.  Bob Wright was great to work with.  He was a nice man who was very soft spoken.  His wife was truly lovely as well.  He arrived on time at the Bali Hai, set up his screen and played a beautiful photo montage.  It was a surprise for the bride and groom.  They were so touched that even the bride and groom were crying.  I give it a WOW !!!!  Although Eagle Lion Video has been bashed on this site…… There are always two sides to every story.  I am very grateful to have had Bob Wright in charge of a photo montage that was so personal and touching.  It went off without a hitch and was a hit.


D.J.- Bill Calhoun  A


Bill was great !!!  What an M.C. !  He really did a wonderful job.  I was very impressed that a couple of times he played a song or two that got no reaction from the dancing crowd.  Within one minute, the song was very discreetly changed and another was put in that got people dancing.  He had a tough crowd too because we had older 60+ and younger 23+ and then middle ground 45+.  Everybody was dancing and they all got to hear their music.  Very eloquently done.  Great Job !!!


Cake- Shirley Resnik  "The Cake Lady" A+


Shirley, as you all know, is a dream to work with.  She is sooo very cute and her cakes to die for.  Oh my gosh !!!  The cake turned out looking spectacular and tasted better than that.  She was an incredible find as well.  My daughter, the bride, did not want the lemon cake and I did.  I loved her lemon cake and I don't even like lemon.  Soooo, as a surprise, Shirley made me a little lemon cake so that I could enjoy my cake and eat it too.  I don't believe that there is anyone else out there who can make a cake taste like Shirley does.  And…. If you order from her, know this !!! Order enough cake for everyone because it will be eaten.  There is no getting away with order cake and anticipating that not everyone will eat cake.  Not Happening with Shirley's cake.  Word gets around at the wedding reception how good the cake is.



Videographer Kevin Skaggs


Kevin captured my daughters wedding and we now have a beautiful memory that allows us to relive that day.  I wasn't going to have it video taped.  But thanks to Sarah; (wedding coordinator) we did have a video.  I am soooo glad.  It is wonderful.  I love it.  I would highly recommend having everyone's wedding video'd .  If you can't afford $1K to $2K for a videographer, I would highly recommend Kevin.  He is just starting out and his prices are great and you will have a treasured memory.   


A hug and a kiss go out to all the brides that helped me put together this wedding for my daughter who was at a distance in Hawaii.  I am forever grateful and apologize for not doing this sooner.  Life is funny !!! After my daughter's wedding life happened and I hope you understand that.  Thanks to all once again. 



mother of Hawaii bride
Bali Hai July 6, 2005

Posted By: brouhaha63
Date Posted: 3/13/2006 at 10:32pm
hi hawaiibride!! it's good to see you back on the board! congrats again to you and your daughter and new son-in-law! i remember i met with sarah cope cadlaon the day after your daughter's wedding and she was talking about how great it was! =) hope you are doing well!

July 16, 2005 @ the Bali Hai - Emily's Vendor Report!!">

Posted By: mobb
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 7:58am
Congratulations on a really beautiful wedding - job well done, mom. It is a wonderful feeling to know that everything you planned and worked so hard for, turned out so well.

Mother of the Bride

Posted By: bluii12
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 8:06am
Hawaiibride - Do you have contact information for Kevin Scaggs? 


Posted By: tikigirl06
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 8:47am
Your daughters wedding was beautiful! What a wonderful mom you are helping her with the coordination of her special day. Thanks for posting the wedding review! I always love the Bali Hai Wedding Reviews. I'm glad everything went smoothly.


Posted By: cristinarosetti
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 9:26am

everything looked beautiful and the bride and groom looked stunning in white! im so glad to hear good things about bill calhoun.. i booked him and hadn't heard updates, so i'm glad to hear it went well with him.  thanks for sharing! 

Posted By: cantwaittomarry
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 11:37am



It's my party and I am planning to my little hearts content!!!!!!!!!!

Posted By: dizzy_girl
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 12:26pm
congratulations!  It looks like you had a beautiful day! 

October 7, 2006
Oceanview Room, Point Loma - - Dizzy Girl's Bridal Blog">

Posted By: beachlvr
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 12:43pm
Congrats!!! Everything looked beautiful. I have a lot of the same vendors booked (Bali Hai, Linda Rendon, Bill Calhoun, and Shirley: )  Glad to hear you had a great experience w/them all. Thanks so much for posting the review!!!


Posted By: SassyCassy
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 1:47pm
Congratulations  you looked so beautiful and love your colors.


Posted By: soontobeconsi
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 2:26pm
Beautiful! Thanks for posting!

The Immaculate Conception Church in Old Town
Family Gardens in Mission Hills

Posted By: m&vp
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 3:30pm
Wow, everything looked beautiful and I must say that you are an awesome mom for all that you've done.  Congrats to your daughter and your family!


Veronica & Mike
Thursday Club
June 12, 2005

Posted By: hawaiibride
Date Posted: 3/15/2006 at 6:44am
Thank you to all the BI brides who commented and made me feel so good.  It was very fun planning this wedding with you all.  Take care.

mother of Hawaii bride
Bali Hai July 6, 2005

Posted By: sunnysd
Date Posted: 3/17/2006 at 3:37pm

Congratulations! You looked beautiful!

Your cake is SO CUTE. I love how you decorated it.



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