Best Day Ever (2018)

As 2018 comes to an end, I am grateful for all the wonderful memories made during this year. If I had to choose one day of 2018 to be known as the BEST DAY EVER, it would be an easy choice. I’d pick Friday, May 11th, 2018. This was the day Brett and Jess got married.

Here are some of my favorite memories from their wedding.

The night before the wedding Jess checked into the Four Seasons in Ko'olina.  The room was gorgeous and provided the perfect setting for all the bridal party to get ready together, The room was spacious, comfortable and had an amazing view of the ocean.

Bridal Party

Bridal Party

It was so nice to see how supportive these girls were to Jess.  I feel so thankful that she is blessed with such great friends.

Just before she got dressed Jessica read a card that Brett had sent for her.  Brett knows that Jessica's love language is "Words of Encouragement", so to watch her receive a card filled with thoughtful, loving words from Brett was such a sweet moment.  Of course the icing on the cake was the fact that Brett made the card for her in my stamp studio using Stampin' Up! products.

Card from Brett

Card from Brett

Unbeknownst to Brett, Jessica had the same idea.  A card was given to him as him as well, one that Jessica had stamped for him.

Adventure Awaits card

Adventure Awaits card

Although I wasn't there to see him receive it, I am glad that the photographer captured this moment.  

Brett receives a card from Jess

Brett receives a card from Jess

Once Jessica was ready, we surrounded her to pray.  It was the perfect way to begin a day that was so special from start to finish.

Praying before the wedding

Praying before the wedding

One of the most special moments was when everyone left the room and Jessica set up a “first look” with Derek. It was so touching to see Derek’s reaction when he saw Jessica in her wedding dress.

First Look

First Look

He did a really good job holding it together as he walked her down the aisle.

Here comes the bride

Here comes the bride

The wedding was held next door to the Four Seasons at Lanikuhonua.  The name of this property means, "where heaven meets the earth".  I can't think of a more perfect setting for this momentous occasion.  

Brett and Jessica’s wedding

Brett and Jessica’s wedding

Although I knew some of Jessica's plans.  I really didn't understand how everything was going to "fit" together.  So seeing the venue, the flowers, the centerpieces, table decor, wedding arch, etc was all a first for me.  Since Jessica is in the wedding industry I knew whatever she put together was going to be amazing and it was.   As I saw how everything was coordinated just the way Brett and Jess wanted, I couldn’t stop smiling. I had a few people come up to me and tell me that I looked so happy that day, and I really was.   It was such a special day.

Mother of the Bride

Mother of the Bride

As the tables were set up, the party favors were set on the table at each persons seat. My friend Cindy of Zoe Hawaii made the most adorable Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies and I packaged them using a Stampin’ Up Acetate Box that I cut in half.

Brett and Jessica’s Reception

Brett and Jessica’s Reception

Here is a close up of the favors. Cindy did such an amazing job with these personalized creations. As I’ve said before about her treats, they not only look good but they taste amazing.

Pastor Brett and Jess (PBandJ) Wedding Favors

Pastor Brett and Jess (PBandJ) Wedding Favors

On the back of each box I made, there was a poem that read. “Like Peanut Butter and Jelly, Love is Sweet. Thank You for Making Our Day Complete! With Love, Pastor Brett and Jess (Nicknamed PB and J by their students) “

Pastor Brett and Jess (PBandJ) Wedding Favors

Pastor Brett and Jess (PBandJ) Wedding Favors

The reception was held at the same location as the wedding. It was an absolutely beautiful day for an outdoor reception.

My favorite moment from the reception was watching Jess surprise Brett with a special hula she had prepared for him. It was special because Jess doesn’t like to get up in front of others to perform so this was truly an act of love to bless Brett on their special day

Jessica’s surprise hula

Jessica’s surprise hula

Of course another moment filled with surprises was when Jess and Derek were doing their Father and Daughter dance

Father Daughter Dance

Father Daughter Dance

Their dance was interrupted when they began to rap about the wedding day to a Bruno Mars song.

Father Daughter Rap

Father Daughter Rap

Jess probably thought that all the surprises were over but Derek had one more surprise for the Bride and Groom. He called up Brett’s Dad, Norm and the two of them did a lip sync to the song, Sharp Dressed Man.

Derek and Norm Surprise performance

Derek and Norm Surprise performance

Speaking of Norm, we are so blessed that Jessica married into the Nakasone family. They are such wonderful people.

Nakasone Family

Nakasone Family

For my Christmas Card this year I used our family photo from the wedding.

Baughman Family

Baughman Family


I printed the photo into a 4 x 6 size and then I cropped it to 4 x 4. I then added a 1 3/4 x 4 piece of the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper. I mounted the strip and the photo to the front of one of our pre made Whisper White Large Memory and More Cards.

2018 Baughman Family Christmas Card

2018 Baughman Family Christmas Card

I then just added a small strip of Whisper White card stock across the front with a Merry Christmas sentiment. I created the notches in the banner with the Triple Banner Punch. I used two different sheets of the Joyous Noel DSP as both matched our family photo really well.

2018 Baughman Family Christmas Card

2018 Baughman Family Christmas Card

I was glad that I could use Stampin’ Up! products to create this card that captures a moment from our favorite day of 2018.

It truly was the BEST DAY EVER!!!

Brett and Jess - Best Day Ever

Brett and Jess - Best Day Ever

Aria Studios did such an amazing job not only capturing many of the beautiful photos I’ve shared in this post but they also created two amazing videos. If you want to watch them you can click HERE to watch Brett and Jessica’s Love Story. This creative and fun video was shared at the reception. Also to see a video that highlights all the special moments of their actual wedding day and will show you many of the things I wrote about today, you can click HERE.

I hope that like me you are remembering special moments you’ve shared with family and friends over this past year. Special moments don’t always have to be attached to joyous occasions. Often its trials and difficult seasons that can produce change and growth in us that at the time don’t seem like things to be grateful for but we can look back later and give thanks. No matter what season you are in, know that as I bring this post to a close I am saying a prayer for each one of you reading this that you will be blessed with many special memorable moments that you can call the Best Day Ever in the New Year to come!

I wish you a happy and BEST blessed New Year ever!

With Aloha,

Cindy

Tropical Escape

I am writing from the Honolulu Airport where I am about to make a Tropical Escape to Maui for the day!  I am really looking forward to the opportunity I'll have to reunite with special friends.

One of the cards I am bringing to share with my friend Cheryl is the first card I made using products from our Tropical Escape Suite.   This beautiful suite is found on pages 120 and 121 of the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! catalog.  Although our new catalog has lots of fabulous new products in it, this suite is my favorite.

The stamp set Tropical Chic is gorgeous and can be bundled together with the coordinating Tropical Framelits.  The Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper is so beautiful too!  I used all three of these products to create this punch art girl wearing a Haku (Flower Crown) Lei.

Tropical Escape Haku Girl - www.stampedwithaloha

Tropical Escape Haku Girl - www.stampedwithaloha

For you punch art lovers, here are a list of the punches used to create this girl listed with the card stock colors I used.

Face - 1 1/2 Circle (Blushing Bride), Hair - Pretty Label (Basic Black), Bangs - 1 1/2 Circle (Basic Black), Body - 1 3/4 Circle (Blushing Bride), Flowers - Bunny Builder (Crushed Curry) Dress - 1 1/2 Circle Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.  The Fern was not made with a punch but with the Tropical Thinlits.

Here are some images of how I punched out the dress.

Step 1:

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Step 3:

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I am someone who loves flower leis and Haku's are my favorite.  You know that saying, "Be a Pineapple.  Stand Tall, Wear a Crown and Be Sweet on the Inside".?  I think if I wore a crown everyday it would be made of flowers!!

As I was creating this card I was thinking about some Haku's I recently made in the middle of the night.  Let me tell you how that happened.  This will give me another opportunity to share a few more wedding photos with you too.

At my daughter Jessica's wedding there were the most GORGEOUS flowers I have ever seen.  Although I knew some of the wedding plans I hadn't really heard the plan for the flowers.  I only knew that Jessica was excited to hire SU-V Expressions to do all the flowers for the wedding.

 My first look at the flowers was at the hotel where we were all getting ready.  The brides bouquet arrived and it was so beautiful.  

Bridal Bouquet by SU-V Expressions

Bridal Bouquet by SU-V Expressions

I was so touched when during the reception Jessica spoke some very kind words about me and then presented me with her amazing bouquet.  What a sweet and thoughtful surprise that was!

The flowers on the arch were absolutely breathtaking.  I am so glad photographer Amber Shoniwitz captured them in this photo, one of my favorites from the day.

Brett and Jess 

Brett and Jess 

After the wedding the arch flowers were moved to the reception area.

Brett and Jess Wedding reception

Brett and Jess Wedding reception

At the end of the night many of the flowers and centerpieces were given away.  However, as we were leaving, we realized there were still quite a few of these arch pieces left over!  We couldn't leave them behind!   So we packed them up and carried them home.

Once we got home, we put flowers in vases but we came to a point where we still had extra flowers!   Then my friend Linda had a great idea!  "Let's make Haku's", she said.  Even though it was very, very late, we decided to go for it!  

Cindy and Lisa 

Cindy and Lisa 

After all we were still feeling pretty energised as we reflected on what a great day it had been. So Lisa, Carrie, Linda and I began to work on Haku Lei's for Mother's Day! 

Lisa, Cindy and Carrie

Lisa, Cindy and Carrie

Here is a photo we took in the wee hours of the morning.  Can you tell were a little tired and loopy?

Linda, Cindy and Lisa

Linda, Cindy and Lisa

This photo was taken around 3:30am after we had made several Haku's for all of the Moms, Aunties and Grandmothers we would be seeing on Mother's Day.

Brett and Jess with their Moms

Brett and Jess with their Moms

Here is a picture of Renette (Brett's Mom) and I wearing the Hakus at our Mother's Day brunch.  We were so thankful that Brett and Jess could join us before they left on their Honeymoon.

Making Haku's with friends was fun!  I feel the same way about stamping, too!  It was fun making this punch art card.  This will be the first of many more cards I will create with the Tropical Escape Suite!

Tropical Escape Card - www.stampredwithaloha.com

Tropical Escape Card - www.stampredwithaloha.com

Well, I am about to board my flight so I better say "Aloha" for now.  It's time for my Tropical Escape to begin!