We wanted to share some photos from an Anini Beach Kauai wedding that we just loved being a part of. They were so cute together and fun to be with. The sky was dramatic that day which added a special feel to the photos and backdrop.
A testimonial by Amanda on Yelp after her dream Kauai Wedding
Where to begin…Jessica is nothing short of a miracle! I’d give 10 stars if I could. I hired her after a few months of meltdowns…planning a destination wedding from afar is not easy. But I’m stubborn and particular and a perfectionist and wanted to “DIY”. So I had my vision and picked a ceremony site, a reception site, a photographer, sent out the save the dates/invitations, maybe a few other things I can’t remember….and then I hit a huge wall. The “island style” communication A.K.A. painfully slow response times of the vendors started frustrating me…and then I got exhausted trying to envision everything alone…and then the shocking price tags started making me feel like I was getting ripped off and paralyzed my decision making…and my wedding party wasn’t helping because they were all in other cities and long distance too….so my MOH suggested I hire a partner on Kauai. I did not want to spend money on planning services, but I did not want to head down the bridezilla path, so I finally broke down and agreed to find help.
I was originally drawn to Jessica because of her 5 star reviews here on Yelp and her website offering “day-of coordinating services”. Other wedding sites listed full packages that I didn’t need and didn’t look as adaptable to “pick up where you left off”, but Jessica’s spoke to me immediately. In my mind I still secretly thought I could do it all myself and then just have someone swoop in the week before to allow me to enjoy myself, and her price was right. But upon my first phone call with Jessica, she had an amazing calming effect on me and I realized how much I needed her. She gave me confidence in the decisions I had already made, and added such good ideas to complement mine. Before I knew it, my penny pinching fingers loosened their grasp and I was hiring her to help me plan EVERYTHING. My wedding was “big” for a destination wedding (42 people) and her help saved me so much time and agony I discovered how worth the fees it was to have her as a partner. She helped me choose and coordinate with the florist (by far the most work/biggest expense for me), the musicians, and the cake artist, and she saved the day in helping me coordinate with my reception site and minister, both very tricky to reach and accomplish anything with. She also helped me with the day’s timeline, answered my questions about what other brides do for this and that, sent me friendly reminders of tasks I needed to complete, received all packages I sent with miscellaneous reception items, and was there at the rehearsal and of course the day of to make sure everything ran smoothly…and it did! She was very present the weeks leading up to my trip and the weeks we were there, yet she seamlessly blended in at the same time and did not overextend herself one bit. I got to meet her a few days before the wedding to go over some things and it was so natural just like seeing an old friend. She was wonderful!
Qualities I love about Jessica:
1) She is an excellent listener and extremely patient (She took time to capture every last detail of our conversations, and I made changes to the floral at least 100 times)
2) She is very giving with her time — she must have ate slept and dreamt my wedding in the weeks prior
3) She is creative and has good ideas that complement yours, even some $ saving ones!
4) She is realistic, honest and gives her opinions when asked but does not force them
5) She is encouraging and warm
6) She is ruthless with your vendors (she got responses from them WAY faster than I ever could have!)
7) She is incredibly organized and thorough
8) She is good at juggling different personalities and matching your style (this I believe is a “you’re just born with it” kind of quality)
9) She is completely deserving of your trust — a hospital bed would be the only thing stopping her from running my wedding
10) She never leaves you hanging: If she doesn’t know something right away, she looks into it and gets back to you with an educated answer. If she can’t respond right away, she lets you know when she plans to respond so you’re not waiting and wondering.
I could go on and on (sorry), but let’s just say she’s a seasoned pro in the wedding planning business, and exactly who you want to be involved in your wedding. Whatever your specific needs, she will customize a service for you, and she will not disappoint you. Hire her now!
Christa and Will were married recently at beautiful Shipwreck Beach on the South Shore of Kauai, Hawaii. It was another glorious Kauai day.
They had this to say about their experience with Kauai Tropical Weddings.
“We cannot thank Jessica and Robert enough for such a worry free wedding. Every detail from arranging the pickup of the marriage license to Jessica helping select the most beautiful bouquet was perfect. Jessica worked with us to select a beach location that was close to our hotel on the south side of the island. Shipwreck Beach was incredible. We were a little worried having never been to Kauai and seeing the beach only in pictures online but wow we were amazed. On one side you have the beautiful beach with a cliff and on the other side you have wooded trails that are all great for pictures.
Jessica made the communication between us very easy and was in contact throughout the day of the wedding confirming weather and times. Both Jessica and Robert took away any jitters we had and the ceremony was very relaxed and romantic. Robert took amazing pictures and we received them in the mail the following week. Because it was just the two of us, the pictures were very important for us to be able to share our special day with our family and friends. Robert captured the entire wedding so nicely through the photos. We especially love the candid shots. We really cannot say enough great things about Jessica and Robert and completely recommend their services. Thank you so much for making our day one we will always cherish.” –Christa & Will
Denae and Kristian where married at Haena Beach on the beautiful North Shore of Kauai. Denae picked a gorgeous bouquet made with stargazer lilies and put one in her hair to match. The pop of color was wonderful with her dress and against the backdrop of the Pacific. They traveled all the way from Florida and had a fantastic time on Kauai.
Denae had this say about us: “Jessica took all of the stress out of planning a fun and relaxing Kauai wedding. She was professional, timely in all of her correspondence, and very flexible. She helped us choose the perfect location, my flowers were breathtaking, and she didn’t mind at all when we chose to write our own ceremony. The photos that Robert took are some of the best I have seen, and we received them shortly after we arrived home. We would definitely choose Kauai Tropical Weddings again.”
We recently married a very sweet couple at Anini Beach on the North Shore of Kauai, our beautiful Hawaiian Garden Island. It was a special morning wedding and the light was beautiful. The spot we picked has a natural area to have the ceremony and great photo opportunities for shots after. It was just the two of them and the ocean for their intimate, beach wedding.
By Kathleen Doheny, WebMD
Relationship experts say much more than luck is needed to stay together and beat the odds of a divorce, now estimated to end half of today’s marriages. Here, relationship experts consulted by WebMD offer their best marriage tips for how to stay lucky in love. And they go way beyond the usual tips to buy her flowers, cook his favorite meal, and remember to schedule date night.
Marriage Tip No. 1: Purge the “D'” word.
With the taste of wedding cake barely off their lips, divorce is the last thought — or word — on newlyweds’ minds. But as the honeymoon period wanes, and day-to-day difficulties crop up, the word can come up frequently during arguments for some couples, say relationship counselors.
“Just don’t go there,” suggests Steve Brody, PhD, a psychologist in Cambria, Calif., who counsels couples. “Some people pull that out much too early, and much too often in a relationship. It raises a whole level of anxiety [in the person hearing it].”
Divorce is also considered a dirty word by the more than 200 “marriage masters” interviewed for the book, Project Everlasting. Co-authors Mat Boggs and Jason Miller, bachelors and childhood buddies from Portland, Ore., traveled the country to interview the couples, married 40 or more years, and ask for their best marriage tips.
“Don’t use the D word” was one oft-repeated suggestion for keeping a happy marriage, Boggs says. These marriage masters told him, “You need all your energy to find the solution to a problem and work it out. If you are even giving any consideration to a divorce, you lessen your ability to solve the problem.”
Of course, Boggs says, the marriage masters acknowledged that some situations are deal breakers, such as addiction, adultery, or abuse. But when the problem is less severe, many of the marriage masters told him they create a “ledger of life.” They get out a piece of paper and write down everything they love about their spouse. Eventually, they shift gears and begin to focus on what is right, not what’s wrong.
Marriage Tip No. 2: Replace the 7 deadly habits in a marriage with the 7 caring habits.
Learning the seven bad habits and the seven good ones is the easy part, admit William Glasser, MD, a Los Angeles psychiatrist, and his wife, Carleen Glasser, MA, who co-authored Eight Lessons for a HappierMarriage and include this idea in their book and counseling sessions. Putting them into practice takes effort, of course.
The seven deadly habits are criticizing, blaming, complaining, nagging, threatening, punishing, and bribing.
The seven caring habits include supporting, encouraging, listening, accepting, trusting, respecting, and negotiating your differences.
Marriage Tip No. 3: Take care of yourself.
This marriage tip is short and sweet: “Take care of yourself physically and spiritually,” Brody tells couples.
That way, your stress will be down and your tolerance will be up. You’ll be less likely to get on each other’s nerves — and to squabble. You’re more likely to have a happy marriage.
Marriage Tip No. 4: Discuss outside friendships.
While some married couples consider activities such as workplace friendships with members of the opposite sex acceptable, some relationship experts disagree.
“I’m not big on cross-gender friendships for married people,” Brody says. “It’s playing with fire.” One exception, in his book: If a wife has a friendship with a gay man or a husband has a friendship with a gay woman, he’s fine with that, since the romance potential is nonexistent.
Otherwise, he says, the line is too easy and tempting to cross.
Marriage Tip No. 5: Stop trying to control your partner.
It’s another one of those easier-said-than done marriage tips, of course. But trying to control each other — using a technique psychologists call “external control” — is the main source of marital unhappiness, according to the Glassers. In a happy marriage, partners know they cannot control each other.
You have practiced this “external control” if you have ever told your partner they need to behave the way you want them to or that you know what is right.
Learning not to control a partner can be a long process, but the Glassers offer some tips on educating yourself. “Think first,” Carleen Glasser says. Ask yourself: “If I can only control my own behavior, what can I do to help the marriage?” Then think of what you can change to make the problem better, she suggests.
Marriage Tip No. 6: Honor and respect your partner.
“Be honoring all the time,” says Thomas Merrill. That means no “my old lady” stories, he says. And it also means a wife shouldn’t be flirting with male co-workers or other men.
Respect was also a marriage tip that came up often from the marriage masters, Boggs says. “The No. 1 principle that almost everyone talked about is respect,” he says. “You can have respect without love, but you cannot have love without respect.”
Respect, say those with a happy marriage, means not undermining your partner in front of the children. “And don’t go outside the marriage when you are having a problem,” Boggs says they advised. “Discuss it with your partner.”
Respect also means not criticizing your mate in front of others, Miller and Boggs were often told by the marriage masters. To make this marriage tip easier to practice, consider the input of one marriage master on the topic, Boggs says. “One man told me, ‘Let’s say someone is walking by when you are criticizing your mate. That is the only opinion they have of you.'”
Marriage Tip No. 7: If you’re the wife, lower your expectations. If you’re the husband, step up to the plate.
When Steve Brody and his wife, Cathy Brody, MFT, a marriage and family counselor, toured the country to promote their book, Renew Your Marriage at Midlife, they asked audiences what they wanted from marriage.
“Women expected to be loved, cherished, listened to, cared for, and courted,” Steve Brody says. They had a long list of wants and expectations, he recalls. The men joked that their expectations were more basic: Their typical answers, Brody says: “Bring food and show up naked.”
While the men were half joking, the gaps in expectations are a good lesson. To close the gap, Brody says, women need to lower their expectations — to not expect 24/7 romance, for instance, especially if their mate has just worked an unbelievably long week.
Men need to do some of the things the woman wants, such as prioritize their relationship and listen more, he says. In a nutshell, Brody says, “Men need to do the same things at home that they do at work.” He tells the husbands he counsels to think of it this way: “Your wife is the million-dollar client. If she walks out the door, the business is closed.”
Amber and Craig had a beautiful wedding at Shipwreck Beach on Kauai. The both looked great and were surrounded by family and friends. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and Shipwrecks makes for a stunning beach wedding location. If you are looking for a beach in the Poipu area of Kauai, then Shipwreck Beach is a wonderful choice.
Jessica and Jason got married at beautiful Secret Beach. If you are adventurous types and don’t mind a relatively steep hike, then you will love Secret Beach on Kauai. Jessica wore hiking shoes down and put on her carefree dress once we hit the beach. She was a real trooper!! It was a gorgeous afternoon and we all had tons of fun.