Kalani and Joyce's Special Day

December 2017 has been a month of momentous occasions in our family.  At the start of the month we celebrated Kalani and Joyce's wedding at an estate in Waialua.  The next day I went with Jessica to order her wedding gown for her 2018 wedding.  A few days later we had a surprise party to celebrate Derek's 50th birthday.  On top of all of that we've had company in town and Christmas to prepare for.  It has certainly been a blessed month filled with lots of love and exciting things.

Many of you have asked to see photos from the wedding.  So today I will share some highlights from their special day.

For me, the day began at home where I was blessed to have a hair and make up appointment with Racyne of Sassarella.  It was wonderful to spend the morning with her.  She made me feel so relaxed and we had a great conversation while she worked.  I got lots of compliments on my hair and make up and highly recommend her for any special events you may have coming up.

 Cindy and Racyne of Sassarella

Cindy and Racyne of Sassarella

We arrived at the venue a little early to see if there was anything we could do to help.   Kalani and Joyce had everything so well organized that there was not much that needed to be done.  So we checked in with the handsome groom whom we found looking pretty relaxed himself on his special day!

 Cindy and Kalani

Cindy and Kalani

We had a nice visit with him.  It is hard for me to believe that he has grown up and matured so much especially this past year.  Derek and I are very proud of him.

 Cindy, Karin and Lynne

Cindy, Karin and Lynne

As some of Kalani's "Aunties" began to arrive, we had an opportunity to sit inside this gorgeous venue and visit.  It was hard to believe that this day was finally here.

 Josel and Cindy - "Kumares"

Josel and Cindy - "Kumares"

Joyce's mom arrived looking absolutely stunning.  I loved her dress.  We took a photo in the house by this beautiful tree that was sitting on top of a white baby grand piano..

 Grandma and Papa

Grandma and Papa

My in-laws came all the way from Washington State, I was so glad they were able to attend as many of our mainland relatives were unable to.  They are real prayer warriors who have spent a lot of time on their knees in prayer for the future generations of the family, we are truly grateful for them.

 Jessica and "Baba"

Jessica and "Baba"

We weren't sure if my Dad would be able to make it to Waialua but with the help of my brother who was in town for the wedding, he was able attend.  Since my Dad suffers from dementia he doesn't say much but it always makes me smile when he "lights" up as he did when he saw his granddaughter Jessica all dressed up in her bridesmaid gown.   I was so thankful he could be there.  I know that meant a lot to Kalani who is especially close to him.

 Joyce and her bridal party

Joyce and her bridal party

Here is my new "daughter in love" Joyce who was an absolutely gorgeous bride with her beautiful bridesmaids.  

 Congratulations Kalani and Joyce

Congratulations Kalani and Joyce

The day was perfect from start to finish.  It made my heart glad to see these two so happy!

 Kalani and Joyce

Kalani and Joyce

The reception was a lot of fun.  We had dinner under the stars and then there was dancing and opportunities to take fun photos by this lighted backdrop Kalani and Joyce had made.

 Ohana

Ohana

We took a photo with these amazing friends who we "do life" with.  It was fun to be together for another momentous occasion especially when everyone was looking so "snazzy".  

Our family is growing and we couldn't be more happy.  We love our kids and are so thankful for the amazing spouses God has brought into their lives.

 Our family 2017

Our family 2017

For my Christmas card this year I took this photo and mounted it on a 4 x 9 1/4 piece of whisper white card stock.  I've made my past few Christmas Cards this way.  That way you can just mount your favorite 4 x 6 photo to one side and decorate a small panel on the side with your favorite Stampin' Up! products. 

 2017 Christmas Photo Card

2017 Christmas Photo Card

I did these cards with both silver and gold foil snowflakes.  Based on what color snowflake I used, I alternated the metallic foil color so gold and silver would be represented on each card.

 2017 Christmas Photo Card

2017 Christmas Photo Card

At the end of the wedding everyone left with a cookie favor that was created by Cindy Ontai of Zoe, Hawaii.  Cindy's cookies not only look beautiful but they taste absolutely amazing!!! 

 Wedding Favors by Zoe, Hawaii

Wedding Favors by Zoe, Hawaii

Joyce and Kalani requested a super simple favor with just their initials and a simple bag topper.  

 Kalani and Joyce's wedding favor

Kalani and Joyce's wedding favor

I am truly grateful to the Lord for blessing Kalani and Joyce with a perfect day from start to finish.   I hope you enjoyed hearing a little bit about their wedding but know what's even better?  Here is a fun video put together by Aria Studios that shows you highlights from their special day.

With all of the health challenges I faced this year it makes me appreciate even more the special times such as this and the blessing of just being able to be there.

 I am truly grateful to the Lord for our growing family.  We welcome not only Joyce but in just a few more months we will officially welcome Brett too.

 Jess and Brett

Jess and Brett

Love certainly is in the air in this season.   I am grateful to God, who is LOVE, for blessing Kalani and Joyce with such a special day.  I hope it will be one that they will always look back to with fondness and joy!  

Congratulations Kalani and Joyce Baughman!  We love you.