Friday, February 25, 2011

Featured: Alaska Airlines Magazine

Pacific Aisles is PROUD to announce their feature in the February issue of Alaska Airline's magazine! We would like to send a big MAHALO to Jennifer Schaefer of Alaska Airlines Magazine for writing such an amazing article about destination weddings and featuring our company!!!

With destination weddings being such a popular trend amongst couples who want to have an intimate celebration, going to the islands is the best way to go! We offer full coordination services, helping brides plan their wedding from beginning to end, as well as day-of coordination services, which is perfect for those couples who want to plan their own wedding, but would like to have us around the day of their wedding to make sure everything runs very smoothly. We have worked with couples from all over the nation as well as couples abroad, including Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong.

As noted in the article said by our talented coordinator, Christina Farrow, she states: "With today's technology, backed by a song list of talented wedding professionals, planning a Hawaiian Island wedding from afar has never been easier" (55). She also adds that "good communication via phone calls, email and video -in addition to providing clients with photos, sketches, seating layouts and fabric swatches- allows her to keep couples up to date on details of the planning process" (56-7). Which is why we are so thankful to the biggest most convenient resource available to man-kind...the internet!

Also featured in the article is our bride-and-groom-to-be: Kristi Clement and Mike Lord from Anchorage, Alaska. We will be celebrating their wedding on May 21st at the Loulu Palm Estate in Hale'iwa, on O'ahu, and look forward to making their wedding dreams come to life! In the article, it mentions that Kristi had "expected organizing a wedding in Hawai'i from Alaska to be a challenge...however, working with a wedding planner has made for a smooth process" (57).

To read the entire article, please click here and turn to page 40. OR you can visit, click on the picture of the magazine, and then click on the link that states, "Alaska Airlines Magazine: February 2011 Issue" then turn to page 40. The most recent flash player must be installed to your computer in order to view the article.

Alaska Airlines offers daily service to O'ahu, Maui, Kaua'i, and the Big Island. To book an Alaska Airline Vacations package to Hawai'i, go to or call 800.468.2248.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Off-Premise Events

Picture taken by Jonathan Izumi of Izumi Photography.

We'd love to announce our participation in the Off-Premise Dining Club, hosted by Off-Menu Catering!

Off-Premise is a once-a-month intimate event for club members to enjoy a three to five course meal prepared by one of Oahu's finest chefs from restaurants all over the island. The event can be held at either the restaurant itself or at a popular venue location. For the month of March (March 12th to be exact), they will be hosting their social gathering at the Oceanfront Oasis featuring Chef Travis “Ala” Sutton of Le Guignol. Here's the menu for next month's gathering:

Cocktail Menu

Crab and dill canapé with golden caviar aïoli

First Course

Braised artichoke with a sherry gastrique, goatcheese and almonds

Curried quinoa, cucumber and mint salad with Ho farms tomato oil and lemon juice


Chilled lobster cappuccino

Lightly grilled lobster tail with frisée lettuce, fresh tarragon and sauce maltese


Chicken fried veal cheek with truffle scented cream veloute and sauerkraut

Veal tenderloin with a Rosemary, fig and balsamic réduction and parsnip purée


Chocolate mousse with candied pistachio nuts and smoked sea salt

White chocolate, orange and ginger cheesecake

Each event showcases party and decor rentals from Royal Party Rentals and Event Essentials Hawaii to help set the mood for the themes created each month. March's theme calls for, "The Great Gatsby and the Roaring 20s."

To learn more about Off-Premise Events and/or would like to join the Off-Premise Dining Club, contact Kevin Fujinaga of Off-Menu Catering at 808.688.3219 or email him at

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Going traditional but non-traditional on Valentine's Day

February 14th is not only a day where people mark their calendars for love, but about 10% of all Americans mark that day as their "proposalversary" (proposal + anniversary = proposalversary) -and that's according to the 2006 Census Bureau. So not only are we finding out that they calculate that type of statistic, but hello, that WAS five years ago. Maybe that statistic has increased! Though the statistic of how many people get married on Valentine's Day is yet to be determined, we would like to extend some wedding ideas for a V-Day wedding.

If anyone were to ask you to wear Valentine's Day colors, or you were to go to the Valentine's Day gift section at your local grocery store, you'll see lots of red and pink. But what if you wanted your wedding to still represent a Valentine's Day theme without sticking to those colors alone? Here are a couple of ideas to make a traditional V-Day wedding seem non-traditional:

A chic black and white color palette (similar to the damask-like print above) with touches of light pink don't completely hint away your traditional reds and pinks.

"Tiffany blue," or maybe we can say Pacific Aisles blue, is a perfect alternative color for a Valentine’s Day theme wedding. This chic palette offers the same romantic vibe as red and pink, but will make your day stand out from the crowd.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Becky & Micah: Inspiration

While November is still eight months away, we are counting down the days until our return to the Big Island in celebration of Becky & Micah's 11/11/11 wedding at the Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast. A little black, a little white, and a little punch of hot pink (mixed in with the bride's love for eye candy) will surely set the stage for one unforgettable night!

Here's a sneak peak at our design inspiration for Love in Black and White:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

It's Officially the Year of the Rabbit!

Today marks the day of the Golden Rabbit in the Chinese New Year and ends next year on January 22nd. According to Chinese Astrology, the Rabbit is the year for negotiations and a time to focus on security, diplomacy, and most importantly, your relationships with other people -particularly your family. The Rabbit is the symbol of the Moon which in turn is the Yin (from the term Yin Yang) of heaven, which signifies magic!

Okay...let's break that one down: Rabbit=Moon=Yin of Heaven=Magic...OKAY...GOT IT! The year of the Rabbit is going to be magical!

People all over the world are celebrating the new year festivities by having lots of Chinese food (yum!), music, games, activities, and traditional shows -such as the famous lion dance. The dance is a traditional dance in Chinese culture, in which performers mimic lion-like movements in a lion costume. Legend has it that the lion dance was used to scare away evil spirits, but as hundreds of years have passed and new traditions are made, the lion dance can be seen in all kinds of celebrations -including weddings!

During a reception, couples like to entertain their guests during dinner by having some form of visual entertainment. Many Chinese couples (or those who are of Chinese descent) like to captivate their guests by having a lion dance to incorporate some of their culture and heritage into their weddings-which ultimately creates a magical
event! But in all reality, people from other ethnic backgrounds like to have such performance as well!

As the new year kicks in (Since we're only in on the second month and it IS the Chinese new year today, does this still allow us to try and start on those new year's resolutions we made a month ago?) we'd love to wish you a big Kung Hee Fat Choy from Pacific Aisles! 2011 is already looking to be an AWESOME year, so let's make the most out of it!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Jana + Josh: Same Day Edit

Here's a little eye candy for feasting, courtesy of Aria Studios, while we have a hard time narrowing down our favorite wedding photos from Jana & Josh's wedding day (there are soooo many fabulous photos!)

Aria's work never ceases to amaze us, and this lovely piece is truly no exception! We hope you enjoy a glimpse of this beautiful, heartfelt, romantic and absolutely adorable wedding. Much, much, MUCH, more to come, but in the meantime, ENJOY!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Jana + Josh: Design + Details

Jana & Josh's August Wedding was one of our VERY favorite of the year, and we're so excited to finally share a sneak peak of their wedding day.

Jana & Josh planned their big day with us from their home away from home in San Francisco, California. They were both really excited to return home to the islands to tie the knot, and we were just as excited to be a part of their wedding.

We kicked off plans knowing that Jana had her heart set on a rustic affair, with a twist of modern, full of lovely little details that screamed color, and we couldn't think of a better way to do that then to infuse some of Jana's favorites from her very own custom designed collection of textile prints. We had so much fun working with Jana to narrow down the prints (and finding ways to use them in our overall event design), which featured island inspired motifs as well as block style prints of the family homes that would host the ceremony and reception. The day Jana's prints rolled out on fabric, we were anxiously counting down the days that we'd finally get to pull all of the elements together for one amazing day.

Here's a sneak peak of our color and design palette and of course, some of the finished design elements, and be sure to visit us again soon to see more of our very favorite photos, courtesy of Christie Pham, from Jana & Josh's beautiful wedding.

Hana + Edwin: Sneak Peak!

Well, it's been a while! A busy summer lead into a busy fall, that lead into a blissfully busy winter but we're excited for a nice break for the holidays, and even more excited to share with you what we've been up to the last six months!

Here's a sneak peak of what's in store, beautiful images captured by photographer Jessica Claire, of our recent South Shore Maui wedding for Hana & Edwin, and little same day edit by Toronto based Still Motion Cinema.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Mandy + Dan: Lanikuhonua, Oahu

Congratulations to Mandy and Dan, who recently tied the knot on the island of Oahu. The ceremony was held at Waikiki's historical St. Augustine by-the-sea, known for it's sweeping stained glass windows and a well recognized feature on the Waikiki skyline.

Their island inspired reception followed oceanside at beautiful Lanikuhonua. Guests arrived to be greeted by family friends who offered vintage Hawaiian postcards for sentiments and well wishes for the newlyweds. After a laid back cocktail hour and a gorgeous sunset, guests made their way into the dining tent for a beautiful program and a wonderful island inspired dinner by Indigo Catering. Guests were also treated to a surprise hula by the bride, and then danced the night away on a dance floor under the stars.

Congratulations, Mandy and Dan!

Love these beautiful images from Chrissy Lambert.

Rustic Wedding Sign, Wooden Escort Card Holders, Woven Rattan Chargers available for rent from Event Essentials Hawaii.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Shake The Cake!

How perfect is this surfer and bikini girl salt and pepper shakers as cake toppers for a beach inspired wedding?

Check back early next week to see how Pacific Aisles couple, Mandy and Dan, incorporated these lovely lovebirds into their oceanside destination wedding at Lanikuhonua.

Available for purchase at (psssst! we also noticed these at discounted prices on ebay)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Julie + Vincent: Four Seasons Resort, Hualalai

I came across this beautiful black and white ceremony still from a wedding we planned for destination wedding couple, Julie and Vincent, as I was thumbing through location photos of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu. We'll be returning here for a wedding in November and this photo made me realize how much I adore the Big Island, and how much i adore WEDDINGS on the Big Island!

Mahalo to the talented Arna Johnson for this gorgeous ceremony photo!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Amy + Brian: Loulu Palm Estate

We were super excited when we received the call from Seattle couple, Amy King and Brian Wells, to plan their destination North Shore Oahu wedding. Not only because we hit it off right away and i could tell they would be a fun couple to work with, but because we had also planned Brian's brother's North Shore wedding and knew that this gang loved to have a good time. To top it off, we were even more excited to learn that several couples we had worked with in the past to plan their weddings, including Seattle couple Leigh and JP Canlis, would be attending this big event, babies in tow, and we were looking forward to seeing them all!

Most guests arrived on island a week before the wedding, and spent most of that time on the North Shore, soaking up the summer sunshine and enjoying the activities and laid back lifestyle that the North Shore is so well known for. While some guests stayed at nearby Turtle Bay Resort (the only hotel on the North Shore), many stayed in beachfront vacation rentals that were close to the wedding venue, Loulu Palm Estate.

The day of the wedding was just stunning; warm and sunny, blue sky for miles and a light breeze off the ocean set the tone for a perfect late afternoon ceremony. Guests kept cool under bright fuschia and bamboo parasols that complimented the bride's bright pink bouquet, designed by Koa Johnson of Flower Farm Hawaii. Bridesmaids wore J. Crew Cady dresses in marine blue and held light pink bouquets of cymbidium orchids, the Groom and Groomsmen wore white Tommy Bahama linen shirts adorned with traditional Hawaiian maile leis.

Amy and Brian's beautiful beachfront ceremony included a lei exchange to honor the parents, as well as personal vows that the bride and groom had written themselves, as Hawaiian trio, Puamana, entertained with family favorite songs.

After the ceremony, guests watched the sunset as they sipped refreshing cocktails from outdoor lounges, and later enjoyed an island inspired dinner menu and tropical wedding cake before hitting the dance floor and dancing the night away. What a fun night!

Congratulations Amy & Brian!

As always, amazing photos by Dulce Photo by Visionari.