The Bride Will Wear Magnolia White

┬ęKristen Nemoto

So I guess this blog subject would be a perfect place to mention that I'm getting married next year! Yup! Bring on the bubbly (or in my uncle's case: kegs of beer) and bust open the Chardonnay because we're gonna party!

Now that my fiancé and I have got the venue down (Turtle Bay, check!), I can start with the fun stuff like: finding the perfect wedding dress.

When I was a little girl, I'd dream about what my future wedding dress would look like. It was a mixture of Ariel's (from Disney's "The Little Mermaid") puffy-shouldered, long-sleeved ball gown and Cinderella's (from, you know, Disney's "Cinderella") off-the-shoulder, A-Line dress. I couldn't decide which one would look best on me. Fast forward 25 years later, and my style has somewhat changed. I no longer want puffy sleeves. Unless it's on a rad '80s night costume, I rather leave that one out of my peripheral vision. The ball gown idea would be fabulous if I were getting married in a fancy chapel or having a black-tie formal affair. 'Iwi (my fiancé) and I are a bit more low-key/low-maintenance when it comes to dressing up so I can scratch the princess dress idea and leave it to Ariel and Cinderella. *Side note: I can't even get 'Iwi to wear covered shoes or a collared shirt on a regular date night - can you imagine how lucky I am that he wants to wear a nice blue suit on our big day?

In the midst of scrolling through images on Pinterest for the "perfect wedding dress," I received an invitation to Magnolia White's bridal fashion show gala at the luxurious 53 by the Sea restaurant. This was in celebration for the launch of Magnolia White's new boutique located on the ground floor of the Hokua Tower in Kakaako. As quickly as I was able to say yes, I was able to invite my cousin, Dayna, who then was able to bring along her newly engaged friends!

Talk about a wonderful girl's night out (plus 'Iwi!), we got to see the launch of Magnolia White's line of bridal wear by the gorgeous craftsmanship of international couture gown designer Galia Lahav. From illusion backs and delicate Italian ivory lace to tulle skirts and intricate beadwork designs, Galia Lahav's designs took every attendees breath away as the models gracefully glided throughout the restaurant.

Here are some of my favorite moments of the night:

First things first: wine.

Next, a gorgeous bridal fashion show!

Dinner followed, along with beautiful white-rose decor.

My date =)

Side rooms were dedicated to showing off the bridal couture.

The beadwork was just incredible.

Gorgeous lace and tulle.

The lovely Galia Lahav ladies strike a back pose.

The night got romantic with fluttering candles.

My favorite two dresses of the evening! For more information about Magnolia White, go to


Open 10:00-17:00 weekdays, Saturdays (appointment only), Closed Sundays & holidays

Tel: 808-800-3088; email:

1288 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite 106, Honolulu, Hawaii

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