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  • Monday, June 24, 2019

    Create A Custom Wedding Gown

    Words by Anomalie
    Photos courtesy of Anomalie

    Discover how to customize your wedding gown to suit your style, without breaking the bank! It fits like a glove, you feel like a princess and you might have even shed a few happy tears over how picture-perfect your new wedding gown is. You have found your perfect gown and said “yes” to the dress. Now all there is left to do is make it uniquely yours! While many brides will opt to customize their gowns by adding expensive accessories such as personalized trains or unconventional fabric, every addition comes with a cost and it is often a lofty price tag.

    The team at Anomalie knows how important it is to feel like yourself on your big day and that’s why they have come together to share six ways to change your wedding day look without changing the dress or breaking the bank. Want to know more about creating a custom look from scratch with Anomalie? Discover our article on their "Custom Wedding Dresses."

    6 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Dress

    1. The Overskirt

    An effortless addition intended to be taken off after the ceremony, an overskirt adds an element of drama to your look. After you’ve said your “I do’s,” you can remove the overskirt and transform your look into a shorter, freer gown that allows you to dance and move about freely.

    2. Capes

    Regal, elegant and perfectly practical, bridal capes not only provide a little more modesty, but add warmth and elegance to any gown. Not only that, Anomalie stylists can work alongside you to customize your bridal cape to fit your gown’s unique textile or beading.

    3. Detachable and Watteau Trains

    Maybe you found the dress of your dreams, but it is lacking a train. There is no need for an expensive alteration. Rather, with a detachable or Watteau train, you can subtly attach it to the top of your neckline on the back of the dress to make the dress ethereal and dreamy!

    4. Lace Topper

    Channeling all the vintage vibes, Anomalie offers dainty, detailed lace that can be elegantly overlayed on top of your gown for an organically retro feel!

    5. Detachable Straps and Sleeves

    If your gown is absolutely perfect, but you’re still wanting to add an element of modesty and mystery for the wedding ceremony, detachable straps or sleeves are a fantastic choice! The stylists at Anomalie will collaborate with you to personalize the color, beading, length and fabric of your sleeves so that you can stay covered during the wedding and still raise the roof during the afterparty.

    6. Veils

    The newest addition to the Anomalie line includes 30-plus semi-custom veil styles that will add elegance and flair to any figure. Whether you are going for a delicate and dainty look or are on the hunt for a draping and captivating veil, Anomalie has a fabulous selection of hand-made, semi-custom veils that are modestly priced and modernly styled.

    Note: This blog post was first published on February 11, 2019.

  • Friday, June 21, 2019

    A Beautiful Maui Beach Wedding

    Words by Courtney Kellar
    Photos courtesy of MeewMeew Studios

    McKenna and Greg have attended hometown weddings where they didn’t even get a chance to talk with the bride and groom, since they were so busy. So, they decided to make quality time with their friends and family a top priority for their own wedding. “We wanted somewhere warm and tropical, as we both love the beach, but the primary reason we chose destination was because we wanted more than just one evening with all of our guests.” The couple looked up and down the California coast for a wedding venue, but kept coming back to one place – Maui.

    “When we got engaged, we explored venues in Northern and Southern California, and while those venues and locations were beautiful, we realized that we didn’t have a strong connection with any of them like we did with Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort,” recalls McKenna. “The property and Maui itself had such significance to us, and we wanted all of our loved ones to experience the magic with us.” The couple first fell in love with the Andaz Maui while on their baby-moon. “We truly fell in love with Maui and the resort: the food was outstanding, we loved the cascading pools and the laid back elegance of it.”

    Greg and McKenna’s one reservation about hosting a destination wedding in Maui was that it would be difficult for some of their guests to attend. “Our mentality was, ‘We’re going to invite everybody, but we fully understand if people can’t make it. Absolutely no pressure for guests to come if it’s too much,’” says the bride. “We had a few key family members who were not able to make it for health reasons, so that was difficult, but aside from that, we were actually very surprised by how many of our guests were able to make it; we were truly honored. We knew it was expensive for everyone, and not an easy trek for a lot of our guests, so we were so touched that so many people came! Our hearts were very full.”

    Once the destination and venue were decided, wedding planning got into full swing. The bride has a background in event planning, so her experience, combined with coordinator Sarah Snyder at Andaz Maui, meant the process went smoothly. “With my background, I know that planning an event always has hiccups and nothing is 100% perfect, and I was ok with that,” says the McKenna. “I kept thinking, ‘What could really go that wrong? All of our favorite people are together in the most beautiful place, celebrating with us,’ and having that mindset really took the pressure off.”

    Having planned events at home, we asked the bride if planning a wedding from afar was more difficult. “I didn’t find it to be problematic to coordinate from afar. This day and age, with Internet and email, distance isn’t really an issue. I actually found it to be very beneficial to communicate via email instead of phone because I was able to refer back to emails when I forgot specific details discussed. I would recommend recapping every phone call with a follow up email outlining what was discussed on the call and any decisions made, as well as any outstanding or action items that need addressing. That way, everyone is on the same page.”

    One minor speed bump was that the couple did experience a bit of sticker shock after choosing to host their destination wedding in Maui. “Everything is more expensive in Hawaii: flowers, rentals, food, drinks, so be prepared for that,” says McKenna. “Sarah Snyder at Andaz Maui was so great at helping us figure out ways to cut costs, yet still maintain the look we were going for. It was definitely more expensive in regards to the per-person cost, but it was a smaller group than we would have had [at home], so it came out to about the same. We did have a bit of sticker shock, but in the end, we kept reminding ourselves that we only get married once, and the memories made would last a lifetime.”

    We asked this savvy and successful destination wedding bride what her final words of advice would be for other couples currently planning their own dream wedding away: “It sounds cliché, but my advice would be not obsessing over every little detail. No one will notice the little hiccups that you may be worried about. At the end of the day, you’re on vacation with the love of your life and all of your closest friends and family; it’s something to be thoroughly enjoyed, not stressed over!”

    Vendors: Photographer: MeewMeew Studios, Ceremony/Reception Site & Cake: Andaz Maui, Florist: Bella Bloom, Stationery: Minted, Calligraphy: Bloom Ink Paper Company, Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry, Hair: Amanda Fitch Hair, Gown Designer: Olvi’s, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Tommy Bahama, Groom’s Shoes: Sperry, Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo, DJ: Maui Tunes Entertainment and Production, Minister: Pia Aluli, Favors: Honolulu Cookie Company & Musicians: Derick Sebastian and David Wolf Weddings

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