About Jody and Derek
Occupations: Derek owns his own Corporate Network Consulting Company and Jody is a Vocational Case Worker for people with disabilities
How they met: At a country bar on college night!
What attracted Derek to Jody: Her personality and her smile
What attracted Jody to Derek: Handsome and made her laugh
Engagement story: While in Seattle, Washington, Derek and Jody decided to take a dinner cruise on the ocean. After the first course of the meal was served, Derek and Jody ventured outside to the front tip of the boat. Jody, trying to be funny, thought she would raise her arms up into the air like the movie Titanic saying “I’m flying jack”. Oblivious to what was happening around her, she finally turned around to see what Derek was doing. He was down on one knee looking up towards her and holding out a ring. Both paused for a moment, so surprised by what was happening. Derek then said simply – “Jody, will you marry me”….
The Wedding Day
Wedding date: September 21, 2012
Number of Guests: 50
Jody’s most memorable moment: The dancing! The evening was filled with such great music and although the wedding was intimate in size, the energy of everyone dancing was amazing.
Derek’s most memorable moment: Watching Jody walk down the isle.
Advice to others: Have an on-site wedding planner! And preferably from Luxe! They will make sure everything is perfect and the evening flows smoothly. You and your family will enjoy the day so much more if you take this advice.
Wedding song: Tesla – What You Give
Favourite wedding detail: Having a good DJ was a detail I didn’t give much thought into before the wedding. But luckily, our music fit so perfectly with the scene and what was happening, I now realize how important this was for setting the mood. Be picky about your DJ! Find a good one or get LUXE to recommend.
Signature Drink: Hula Girl
Most unexpected moment: Jody’s brothers speech – So emotional and heartfelt.
The day in three words: Couldn’t be better!
Ceremony location: On the beach
Reception location: Outdoor in private tent
Bridal gown: Maggie Sotterro
Bridal party attire: The bridesmaids wore red with all different dresses. The groomsmen wore linen pants with vest, red tie, white collared shirt with sleeves rolled up
Derek’s outfit: Khaki pants with vest. White shirt with rolled up sleeves, tie to match Jody’s dress
Favours: In welcome packages – personalized chap sticks, jelly beans, sunscreen
Music: DJ Troy – A variety!
Photography: Abby Photography
Flowers: Designs by Hemmingway. Fall/sunset colours
Astrological Signs (Jody) and (Derek): Taurus & Cancer
Type of Ring: Both 2 tone – yellow gold & platinum
Wedding Colors: Fall/Sunset colours
Bride’s Shoes: Swarovski crystal flip-flops
What was borrowed? Grandmother’s earrings
What was new? The dress
What was blue? Underwear
What did you put in gift bags? Personalized chap sticks, jelly beans, sunscreen, itinerary & fun information about Oahu
Most romantic moment: After the wedding, Derek and I walked along the beach reminiscing about our perfect day while drinking champagne
WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE WORKING WITH LUXE: The very best decision we made was working with LUXE to plan our wedding. Right from the start they were professional, knowledgeable, and helped us feel at ease with the planning. Our travel agent helped us find the perfect venue and assisted our guests with all travel details. Derek and I were so thankful she was there to answer our guest’s questions and create a seamless vacation for all of them. Our wedding planner, Alexandra, was absolutely amazing! She was very knowledgeable about the latest wedding styles and trends, but would also listen closely to my thoughts and worked with whatever crazy idea or budget I had. She kept us on track and even saved us a ton of money. She had amazing style, and recommended the very best vendors for us to work with. Whenever I started feeling overwhelmed with wedding stuff, I could just give her a call and she would ease all the stress I had. Her professionalism, organization, and ability to multi-task were commented on by several of our guests on the wedding day. Our wedding was amazing, better than we had ever dreamed, and Alexandra and LUXE had a major part in making our dreams come true. Thank you so much!!!