5 Reasons to say YES to Koolau Ballrooms

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Aloha Brides!

For those of you who are searching for that perfect place to say I DO,

Take a look at our Top 5 reasons to book Koolau Ballrooms, located on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii!!  I have to thank Vanessa Hicks Photography for these gorgeous photos and helping us put together this blog post!

  1. THE VIEW!! Here, you can capture a rare sight of the iconic Koolau Mountain Range. This view of the mountain range is not easy to find anywhere else on the Island!

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2. THE FOOD! The catering & food at this venue is delicious! Just take our word for it!

3. BUILD YOUR DREAM TEAM! This venue also allows you to bring in your own perfectly selected vendors! If you have a photographer you have been stalking for years or a certain Hair & Makeup Team you adore (*wink *wink 😉 ) Here, you can create your own dream team with no limitations!

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4. A BACKDROP LIKE NO OTHER! One of the most important things to consider for your wedding day PHOTOS is the scenery! I don’t have to say much, the photos speak for themselves!

5. AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE: The staff here is so friendly & easy to work with from the couples stand pint as well as with the vendors!

To book Koolau Ballrooms you will want to talk to Vanessa Knapp at 808-954-7000

Learn more about Koolau Ballrooms at www.koolauballrooms.com


Photos & Tips by Vanessa Hicks www.vanessahicksphotography.com

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WHEN Should I Schedule a Hair & Makeup Trial Run??

This is a question we get asked A LOT. Planning a wedding is a huge task, no matter the size. I usually recommend to book your trial run as soon as possible BUT after you’ve selected your dress.

Once you’ve found that perfect, special, gown, you should have a better idea as to what kind of image you’re looking for. The neckline and details of the dress may help to determine if you will want to wear your hair up or down. I’ve also had Bride’s request a vintage inspired look to go with their vintage inspired dress or a modern & sleek style to go with their modern dress.

After you’ve got an idea of what type of Hair & Makeup will fit best, do not hesitate to book your test run! Most Hair & Makeup Artists book anywhere from 6 months to a year or 2 in advance!



Photograph By Jessica Purgason jessicapurgason.com


5 Tips to achieve a Natural & Photo-worthy makeup look

  • A key ingredient to keeping it natural but also remaining photogenic, is to focus on the skin. Make sure you’re using products that are made specifically for your skin type, whether it’s dry, oily, normal or a combo.


  • The face makeup should look natural even if there’s primer, concealer, foundation, highlight & contour, bronzer and blush, all on there. The foundation should never appear cakey or too heavy/ thick.


  • A natural glow: keep it slightly glowy with bronzers & highlighters. Even this can be overdone, so keep it light.


  • Decide what the focus point will be. Usually with a natural look, you can choose to draw more attention to the lips, by adding a pop of color. You can also focus of the lashes by going a little more dramatic with the falsies. Another option would be to add a lil more blush.


  • Stick to soft neutral tones for eyeshadows. Sometimes all you need is a light brown shade in the crease and a black gel eyeliner.


The Natural look should just simply enhance the gorgeous features you already have.

Follow these simple guidelines and you’re set!



5 Tools To Create Bombshell Curls

  • Aquage Paddle Smooth Brush: This brush is amazing at keeping the hair frizz – free and smooth.
  • Aquage Teasing Comb: I use this bad boy to create tons of volume! Of course, you can use any teasing comb you prefer.
  • Babyliss Flat Iron / Curling Iron: Babyliss is my FAVORITE brand for curling irons and flat irons. I love this brand for their quality and the results their tools give me.
  • Aquage Working Spray: This is my MIRACLE product! I usually call her my secret weapon. Spray the working spray on the hair you want to curl, comb through and then curl. The curls will hold and last FOREVER (on most hair types) AND if you brush through it a little, your curls will also be super soft with the same amount of hold!
  • Aquage Freezing Spray : This is what I use at the end of the style to seal the deal. Just a little needed and your style will be set! This hairspray also smells amazing, we get so many compliments all the time while styling bridal parties because of the scent!



5 Tips for Hiring Your Wedding Day Glam Squad!

This is such an exciting time and we know that planning a WEDDING can be madness!  This article was designed to assist you in selecting the perfect glam pro for you!  We hope to shed some light on our industry and hopefully prevent you from getting into some unfortunate situations.

Here’s some questions to think about, thoughts and tips when interviewing your potential glam squad.

Professionalism:  Are they responsible and punctual? Do they respond to messages in a timely manner? Did they show up on time for the trial run? How organized do they seem to be?

Professionalism, to me, is one of the MOST important qualities you should look for. This is such an important day, you want to make sure you select someone who is reliable & punctual.

The Amount of Experience with Weddings: Hiring a professional with experience has huge advantages. Although you may pay slightly more, an experienced artist will know the ins & outs of the wedding day. They’ll know what to expect & what the normal sequence of events is. Experienced Artists also have their timing down, which means there’s less of a chance that you’ll end up running off schedule. Lastly, an experienced professional can deliver high quality service (hair & makeup will stay secured all night) because they’ve worked out all the kinks, they know what methods work best!

 Portfolio & Reviews: Make sure you view their portfolio. Does their work photograph well? (at the end of it all, all you have are the photos to look back on) Can they deliver the looks or styles you desire? It’s always helpful to also read a few reviews from past clients.

Do they have a Team? Do they work alone or do they have a network of Artists they can bring with them to help? This is very important, especially for larger bridal parties! On the day of the wedding, staying on time is very important. Someone who is working alone may also require an unnecessary start time which can be an inconvenience to the Bride & Bridal party if it’s too early. Hiring a team or multiple artists will help reduce stress on both ends (the Bride & the Artist)

Contracts and Deposits: Contracts protect both the client & the Artist. Any professional & experienced Artist should be able to provide a contract. There are many different variations of contracts. The main benefit for a client is to have the Artist agree to provide specified services at a specific rate ON your wedding date, this ensures your Artist will show up and there will be no rate changes. Most professionals also require a deposit in order to secure your date, along with a signed contract. Make sure you receive a receipt or some kind of record for the deposit you paid.

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(Photography by: Randall Gee http://www.randallgee.com)




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