Amethyst & Pearls

January 16, 2011

Pacific Weddings

The setting is the recently renovated ballroom at Laniakea. Rows of arched doorways overlook the pool, blending Old World elegance with a little Hollywood glamour. This is Laniakea, literally translated as "open skies" or "wide horizons" and aptly named for its inviting open-air corridors and loggia. Listed on the State and National Historic Register, Laniakea has earned its spot on the self-guided walking tour of the historic Honolulu Capitol District. As a neighbor of the gracious 'Iolani Palace, the lovely old building is in good company. Constructed in 1927, it was designed by architect Julia Morgan, best known for her design of Hearst Castle in California and a pioneer among women of her time. It seems fitting that a facility that is considered Hawaii's first significant building designed by a female is now home to the YWCA, the oldest and most highly esteemed women's organization in Hawaii since 1900.

Sumptuous aubergine velvet grounds this table, an opulent vision of amethyst, silver, bronze and pearls. Floral designer Yvonne Chapman created a lush canopy of Dolce carnations and Robina lilies, hovering over a table of intertwining orchids that appear to float above rose centerpieces.

Stacey Nomura of Bradley & Lily Stationery created posh dinner menus and place cards in keeping with the formal motif of the evening. Simple and at once elegant, the paper's beautiful iridescent sheen and a single pearl are the perfect counterpart to the extravagant setting.


Metallic bronze chargers are graced with smoky pearls and a single spectacular pink cymbidium orchid at each place setting. Domes of voluptuous Darcey garden roses and caramel antique garden roses are placed in bronze vases for a luxurious romantic effect.