Friday, November 27, 2009

Hula Dance Choreography

I'm really excited about this idea I have to combine the introduction to the families and wedding party with the grand entrance with the opening dance.  Of course with such a strong performing arts background I'm using my own wedding as a chance to perform.  It's going to be ... totally different.

Luckily I have access to world-class talent.  One of these talented folks is my cousin Ryan, who choreographed the hula for us.  This is for the whole wedding party -- and I'm thinking that Will and I will learn the whole thing; there might be a girls' section and a guys' section; and the whole wedding party will join in on the chorus parts and the last verse.  The real question is what goes into the instrumental part in the middle.

This piece is to Olomana's Ku'u Home O Kahalu'u, a song about leaving hometowns, growing up, returning changed.  It was the piece I also danced to at my high school graduation party.  The difference in choreography shows how much Ry's hula has matured and developed.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Pics from Monday's dive

The guys at were kind enough to mail us the pictures they took during our dive on Monday.  You can see all the pictures over at this smugmug gallery, but here are a few of our favorites:

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lana'i City Grill Layout and Tasting

This was another gem in a remarkable day. Lana'i City Grill is not usually open for lunch and opened specially for our tasting. The folks explaining the dishes in the video were Mike, the owner; Mike, the Executive Chef, and another really cute su chef whose name I feel bad to say I don't remember.

The first part of the video is a walk-through of the location. The second part is our tasting. I'm getting toasty because of all the wine sampling at the Lodge beforehand, and unfortunately I think you can tell in this video :p

Tasting at the Lodge at Koele

Wednesday was a mad trip to Lanai to try to do all our wedding planning in one day. Although we failed to plan the entire wedding, we got pretty close, doing all of the food, location setup, and scheduling.

Here's us trying the food at the Lodge at Koele:

I was worried because the food at the tasting seemed ... ordinary. This was partially the problem because we had originally thought that a buffet was our best option - more economic and much better food and selection. However, after talking to Akiko, our wedding planner, we found that we could afford to do the plated option (which both Will and I thought would make the evening go smoother) -- with the foods of our choice! Yay!

We decided to go with the Portuguese bean soup (Island fave) with the Waimea Greens salad and some delicious selections for entrees.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Will's 29th Birthday, Oahu, Hawaii

Lauren treated me to a fantastic birthday yesterday.  Spent the morning with a book, spent the afternoon diving, spent the evening eating amazing food.  Birthdays don't get much better than this!

The dives were the best Oahu dives we've done.  Started at Koko Crater, which we had dived before.  Mostly notable for lots of sea turtles.  Quite a few colorful fish as well.  The second dive was along the dramatic Portlock cliffs.  Great underwater rock formations the made it feel as if you were flying through canyons.  Saw a white-tipped reef shark, two eels, an octopus, lots of fish, and many more turtles.

Dinner was at Alan Wong's, which was a new place for both me and Lauren.  The Internet in its vast wisdom has decided that this is a great place to eat, and the Internet is never wrong.  Possibly the best lamb I've ever had, sitting in a raspberry reduction:

Also had a wine flight, well-paired with the lamb.  Menu was inscribed with a birthday message and signed by all the staff.  Dessert was a nice touch too:

Just a wonderful birthday all around.  Thanks to everyone who called, emailed, wall-scribbled, tweeted, and otherwise wished me well.  I'm happy to have been born!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Invitations - Hurray for Letterpress!

Yesterday before the Michael Chabon event I stopped by at Hello!Lucky which is luckily (ha!) located in San Francisco.  The offices looked just like the website with vintage cloth, lots of wood furniture, and beautiful colorful letterpress all over the place.

My favorite letterpress design was an orchid print in purple and grey.  The invitations will look like this:

Lots of texture in the paper because of the letterpress technique.  I took home lots of samples, both letterpress and digital, and showed Will the difference.

To save money and stay in budget, I think we're going to do letterpress invitations, digital response cards, and everything else I will design myself based on the orchid and montsuki theme developed for the Save the Dates.  The only problem is that I only have a 30-day trial subscription to Adobe Illustrator, which I am using to design the collateral, so I need to design everything fast!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Save the Dates!

Today I created our Save the Dates. Publications (Betsy's word from her marketing background: "collateral") will feature purple orchid silhouettes:

To contrast with the orchids, I created a "logo" that combines the montsuki of the Uyeshiro and Leong family with the orchid theme and Will's Chinese name characters:

I think it's quite pretty.

The Save the Dates are being printed and will come out soon.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Contract is Done!

After months of negotiating, we finalized the contract on Saturday, November 7, 2009. Mom was in San Francisco to attend the Urban Land Institute and so all three of us -- Will, Mom, and I -- were in the same place to get it done. Hurray!

Thanks to Mom for being such a conscientious reader and analyzer.