Bride: Hollie Bostrom
Groom: John Xitco
Wedding gown style: Hayley
Wedding date: April 1, 2013
Boutique purchased: Marcella’s La Boutique | Seattle, WA
Location: Lahaina Animal Farm | Maui, HI
Photographer: TAMIZ Photography & Florist: Dellables Wedding Designs and Florals
First things first, where did you meet your husband? How did you know he was the one?
How did he propose? Tell us the story!
Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown?
Texture, Quality, Architecture, Fit, Textiles, Color.
Debra Moreland PARIS “Glad Tidings” Necklace, Kantor Diamonds (earring studs), Jimmy Choo “Diva” Shoes
What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?
It all started with the dress. I tried on the white version of Vera Wang’s ‘Hayley’ and knew I absolutely did NOT want a white dress (boring and not me) and when I found out it also was available in nude I jumped on the opportunity and ordered it blind. Vera’s inspiration and vision of the ‘Hayley’ had me hook, line and sinker. She said that the dress embodied “the pageantry of the Paris Opera”. SOLD!! I admire textiles and the “Hayley” has major textiles. Vera used fabric manipulations in place of sparkle in order to give the dress vavoom. I have a personal affinity for dresses worn by the noble women in the 19th century. This dress delivered not only the 19th century but a bouncing and yet organic look that I felt complimented the environment around me (oh Hawaii). The venue was chosen due to its juxtaposed nature to our couture attire and then balanced out with a Native American infused ceremony officiated by my step-father (my mom, sister/maid of honor, step-father and myself are all Native American). An event balanced by fantasy and reality.
Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding? If so how?
My super spoiled and well-deserved twin sister and maid of honor (Heidi Bostrom) wore the “Jane” dress.
Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours?
Sort of….My mom pinned a 100 year old handkerchief to the inside of my dress which represented the honor of our family of the past (old). Everything was new (new). My borrowed component came from the eagle that dropped our beautiful ceremonial eagle feathers (borrowed). My hand made garter offered a sweet touch of blue (blue).
What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?
1. Bring an honest friend, a non-honest friend, a mom (more of a statement versus a literal definition), and an open mind.
2. Envision your venue, imagine the environment, and then determine how you can become a complimentary component to it all.
3. If all else fails…try, try again.
4. Remember, ITS YOUR WEDDING!!!!! Someone offering to buy your dress is considered to be a gift not an unsaid oral contract for dictatorship.
What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share?
First of all I would have to say that the ceremony was my favorite part. It was unlike anything anyone has ever seen. We did an exchange of eagle feathers, spoke our vows (a Cherokee Prayer), exchanged in special gifts for John’s kids, and my step-father was our officiant. The ceremony meant so much to me spiritually.
The most fun part was the pictures! I asked Rebecca and Jonathan (TAMIZ Photography) prior to the shoot with John and me that I would like our pictures to be shot like an editorial. I wanted our pictures to look vogue and artistic. I wanted them to look staged but not. Being of an artsy background I would not tolerate ‘the norm’. John and I had sooo much fun doing the shoot.
Well, this whole wedding was ‘do it yourself’. John and I planned every detail to our wedding. We made amazing friends with our vendors and were able to experience the entire process, start to finish. I highly advise, if you have the organizational skills and enjoy sleepless nights, to plan your wedding. We both carry an invaluable connection having survived the process and a feeling of self-gratification and accomplishment as we watched our wedding grow from conception to birth. I personally would not have done it any other way.