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

So Santa

Did you know Christmas is 114 days from today?  It will be here before you know it.  I am really excited that in just 3 days, our brand new Holiday Catalog will go live and you can begin to order supplies and start working on your holiday projects.  

As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, we get to order things in advance.  It probably won't surprise you to see that one of the first sets I ordered from the new catalog was called So Santa.  This set contains this adorable Surfing Santa, who is holding of all things, a pineapple!   Of course you know being the pineapple loving gal that I am, I'd love this stamp for sure!!!  

It's a little hard to tell from this photo, but I scored the front of this card at 2 1/2 inches from the bottom.  Can you see the scored dividing line between the Crumb Cake and Pool Party Card Stock?  The bottom Crumb Cake Card stock is 2 1/4 x 4.  The top Pool Party card stock is 2 3/4 x 4.  I ran the Crumb Cake card stock through the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Texured Impressions folder.  I ran the Pool Party Card Stock through a new Textured Impressions embossing folder called Swirls and Curls. I think its going to be one of my new favorite things!!  

So Santa Card

So Santa Card

When I attached the stamped and colored image, I only put dimensionals on the bottom so that it is only glued to the Crumb Cake part.  That way when you fold the bottom of the card in, you see another Pool Party layer on the inside that you can use to prop up this adorable surfing Santa!

So Santa Pop Up Card

So Santa Pop Up Card

The Swirls and Curls Textured Impressions folder reminds me of the waves in the ocean.  That is perfect for this surfing Santa who is ready to go for a ride!

The inside sentiment rests on top of the Pool Party textured card stock and I brushed Wink of Stella over various parts of the stamped image so that it would sparkle and shine.

There are so many wonderful new products in our Holiday Catalog.  If you haven't received a copy and would like one, be sure to contact me.   This is also a great time to schedule a Holiday Workshop or Private class where you can earn free product while enjoying some creative time with friends and family.  

If you live in a warm climate year round, like I do.  This So Santa stamp set might just be the perfect set for your Holiday Cards this year!  I look forward to stamping with you and sharing fun ideas for the upcoming Holiday season.

Wishing you a season of sunny smiles no matter where you live!

Cindy

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.

Merriest Wishes

Did you notice that this Christmas season Festive Christmas sweaters were super popular?  They were being sold everywhere, even here in Hawaii where sweaters are something we rarely wear.  There were a few that I would consider to be "Ugly Sweaters" but for the most part many of the ones that I saw this year were super cute.  In fact, I was inspired to create a Festive Christmas Sweater card with our Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp set.

Festive Christas Sweater Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Festive Christas Sweater Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The cable knit embossing folder really makes this card.  It has quickly become one of my favorite new textured embossing folders and it works perfectly on this card because it so closely resembles a warm sweater.  To create the ribbed collar I used the simple score board.

I can't believe how quickly Christmas came this year.  Was it just me or did December just fly by for you too?  I can't believe we are only a few days away from New Years Eve?  

 It seems like it was just the start of the season and I was working on cards for Christmas card class such as this card below.

Merry Mice Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Merry Mice Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card was created using the Merry Mice stamp set.  I love to color but when I made this card my only choice was to color it with markers.  Did you know that in our new Occasions catalog we will now have the option coloring with Water Color Pencils?  I look forward to sharing them with you.  I am really glad we will have this new option for coloring SOON because coloring is something I love to do.  

Our new occasions catalog and saleabration begins in just a few days, I am so excited.

As this wonderful Christmas Season comes to an end.  I am grateful for all the special times shared with family and friends.  

One of the highlights for me was being on worship team for our Christmas Eve service at the Waipahu campus at New Hope Leeward.

New Hope Leeward Worship Team

New Hope Leeward Worship Team

It was a simple but beautiful service.   As we worshiped together, I was blessed by the heart of the congregation who sang their praises so beautifully.  I was touched by the hearts of my team mates who served so unselfishly with a heart to share their God given gifts and talents.  I was encouraged by Pastor Josiah's message to run with faith towards all God has for us in 2017 and I was moved to see the hearts of people who responded to the message to receive Christ into their hearts and lives.  

Well, no matter how you spent this Christmas season, I hope it was blessed.  

Enjoy the next few days of the year and if you are on Oahu, why don't you join me on New Years Day at New Hope Leeward?  We will be having a special New Years Day worship service and I will be leading the team for an extended worship time at the Kapolei campus.  It would be wonderful to have you join us at 7am, 9am or 11am.  You can find information by clicking here.  If you decide to come let me know and I'll be sure to look for you in the foyer after service.  I can't think of a better way to start the new year!

Until then I hope like me you are doing your best to enjoy the last few days of this very special time of the year.

Merriest Wishes to You and Blessings for a Bright and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

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