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Kids Horse Camp – Spring Break 2015

Well you’ve finally turned your calendar over to February (what happened to January anyway?), which means that next month is March, which means Spring Break and kids out of school!  Time to start checking out some camps.  If your kids have always loved the pony rides and squeal every time they drive by horses, might be time to check out True North, located in Kula.  This spring, they are offering two weeks of camps, for ages 5-12.

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Through horse-related games and activities, campers learn about the care of horses, their characteristics, breeds, colors and safe handling – both on the ground and in the saddle – in a fun-filled environment.  The camp is designed for all levels of riders, from the first experience on a horse to experienced junior riders.   Due to the limited number of riders per session – call soon to book your child’s spot!

  • Camp: Spring Break Camp with True North Equestrian
  • Location: Clearview – Omaopio Road, Kula (close to the top – only minutes from Makawao!)
  • Dates: March 16 – 20 and March 23 – 27, 2015
  • Times: 9am – 3pm
  • Cost: $125 per day or $395 for the week
  • Contact: Rachelle –  (808) 268-3082

Want to see more? Check out True North on Facebook. 

 

Do you know of other spring break camps?  Send me an email – contact info in the About Maui  – with the details!

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Wedding Trends for 2015 – Mandy Grace Designs

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Part 2 of our 2015 Wedding Trend Series features an interview with Mandy, floral and event designer with Mandy Grace Designs!  Living walls, mixed metals and dreamy, lacy white weddings are just a few of the trends she is seeing and loving for the fall and coming up in 2015!

“In Hawaii, we really celebrate nature– most of our events are outside whether its a party on an oceanfront lawn or barefoot on the beach by the ocean. That whole idea of bringing the outdoors in when it comes to event decor is kind of flipped on its head here. We like to bring the indoors out (think chandeliers over wooden farm tables and cool furnishings you’d find in some grand hotel lobby). I tend to shy away from “wedding trends” in an effort to be more natural and timeless so I like to look beyond the wedding world. But there are definitely some key floral and wedding design elements that are on my radar for 2015!

Bouquet by Mandy Grace Designs, Photo by Rebecca Arthurs

Bouquet by Mandy Grace Designs, Photo by Rebecca Arthurs

1. Living Walls + Lush Greenery

We have some really interesting ferns here in the islands that add dimension and shape to an arrangement. Whether it’s a “living wall” made up of succulents that is the focal point of the ceremony site or a more simple and sparse installation of greenery on a white canvas backdrop, I love the idea of incorporating greens into the wedding setting. I wouldn’t encourage my brides to eliminate all flowers;) but the possibilities of working with lush greenery are endless.

Green Living Wall

photo by Picotte Photography

Metal Arch Maui Wedding Floral Design

Arch by Mandy Grace Designs – Photography by Anna Kim Photography

2. Mixed Metals

Last year we saw the copper craze take off and I’m still feeling it. You could add more interest with various mixed metals (rose gold, tarnished silver, galvanized tin, brass) to house flower vessels on a table top or lining the ceremony aisle. I love the idea of using copper piping for an arch or overhead lighting. Soften up the look with a monochromatic white color story and you’ve got that mix of feminine and masculine going on– perfect for a wedding!

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Mandy Grace Designs All White Bouquet – Photography by Rebecca Arthurs

 

 

 3. All White

Am I the only designer feeling a pull back to the traditional white wedding? Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from traditional but the look of a line-up of bridesmaids in white floor-length dresses holding super romantic white peonies gets me every time. And when I think of white, I think of lace— always gorgeous. White can be sleek and modern or soft and romantic or vintage and age-old.”

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White Lace Dresses by Stone Cold Fox

Mahalo to Mandy for sharing your beautiful designs and your insight on wedding trends with us!

 

PC for top collage: Lauren Scotti (Rose Gold Arch), Rebecca Arthurs (green bouquet), Anna Kim ( arch white flowers)

 

Maui Wedding Trends for 2015 – Decor & Desserts!

This is the first of a multi-part series of wedding posts, featuring interviews with a pair of Maui wedding professionals, to see what’s trending for the fall and into 2015!   Wanna be featured?  Scroll to the bottom for more info… 

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Flowers by Opihi Love, Photography by Jenna Michelle

In this post:  Melissa Padilla, owner and stylist at Opihi Love Wedding and Event Design & Amy Alexander of Baked by Amy.

Opihi Love‘s Melissa shared that “we love that we’ve been seeing requests for more rich, luxurious colors – red, purples and greens!   We also love a fun theme that keeps popping up – upscale hipster with a bit of glam!”

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miss b calligraphy maui sign wedding Melissa continued that “right now it’s all about the wedding customization, pulling from Pinterest or Refinery 29– but putting a spin on it to make it your own. Everything from the invitations to the table numbers to the dessert bars have to be one of a kind- and we are not seeing the DIY as much now. Brides are back to hiring the professionals to create events of a lifetime.  Another great option for entertainment is a photo booth, and the new generation photo booth is a slo-mo video booth!”  Click here to view a sample video.

Opihi Love Wedding & Event Design is a boutique wedding planning & design studio. Opihi Love offers clients full service planning, coordination, design and styling, and a one-of-a-kind collection of boutique rentals. 

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beet cupcakes natural maui veganAmy of Baked by Amy, which specializes in vegan desserts, states that “Minis are IN! Miniature cupcakes and tarts are rapidly growing in popularity at weddings and other celebrations because they are hand held and bite size giving each guest a few options rather than just a slice of cake.  Also, it seems there is a lot of interest in desserts besides just cake and cupcakes.  I get requests for lemon bars, brownies, cookies, small pies and tarts.”

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According to Amy, she loves it that “there are so many brides and grooms opting for vegan and gluten free options!  They figure that it will cover all of their bases for guests with sensitivities and allergies, plus it’s a little lighter on the waistline because who wants to feel too full when there’s dancing to be done?”

Baked by Amy specializes is delicious and creative vegan sweets, made with high quality local and organic ingredients. Besides special orders, Baked by Amy treats are available at Choice Health Bar, Aina Gourmet Market, Wailuku Coffee Co. and Honokowai Farmers Market.

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Want to submit YOUR pictures and trend notes?  Find a buddy (or two! a trio is OK too!) and send me a couple great shots for consideration! Current email is mauiliz77 (at) yahoo (dot) com! 

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