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In memory of the 20 children that died at Sandy Hook Elementary, CT

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

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Paintings by kindergarten class in CA

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While browsing through Hawaiian information sites, I came across this very informative website, http://www.alohafriendsshop.com. They have a plethora of information and gifts for the Hawaiian themed event.  This company was started by a couple, Mike and Kim Crinella, who on vacation in Hawaii, decided it was the place they needed to live. 23 years later they are living their dream.

Island Dreaming by Lenila Batali


Here is some excellent information about the Lei Exchange during a wedding ceremony:

A lei exchange can be easily added to any wedding ceremony. Giving someone a lei symbolizes the love, affection, and respect you have for the person you are giving the lei to. Having a lei exchange is beautiful way to express your eternal love Hawaiian style on your special day. It is customary to give a kiss on the cheek when adorning someone with a lei. 

Bride and Groom Lei Exchange at the Start of the Ceremony
This lei exchange is done before the start of the ceremony when the bride makes her entrance. The best man holds the grooms lei for the bride and the maid of honor holds the brides lei for the groom. When the bride makes her entrance and meets with her groom they take the leis from maid of honor and best man and adorn each other with them.

Bride and Groom Lei Exchange Before the Ring Exchange
This lei exchange is done just before the ring exchange. The flower girl or maid of honor holds the leis for the bride and groom during the ceremony. Just before the ring exchange the flower girl/maid of honor presents the leis to the bride and groom and they exchange leis.

Parents of the Bride and Groom Present Leis to Their Child at the Start of the Ceremony
At the start of the ceremony the parents of the groom come forward and adorn their son with a lei then the parents of the bride come forward and adorn their daughter. The parents then offer their blessing of the marriage and return to their seat. The bride and groom can also have leis for their parents to adorn them with as well.

Parents of the Bride and Groom Present Leis to Their Child Before the Ring Exchange
Before the ring exchange the parents of the groom come forward and adorn their son with a lei then the parents of the bride come forward and adorn their daughter. The parents then offer their blessing of the marriage and return to their seat. The bride and groom can also have leis for their parents to adorn them with as well.

Parents of the Bride Exchange Leis with the Groom and the Parents of the Groom Exchange Leis with the Bride at the Start of the Ceremony
This is a great way for the parents to symbolize the acceptance of their child’s mate into their lives and the joining of the two families. At the start of the ceremony the parents of the groom come forward and adorn the bride with a lei then the parents of the bride come forward and adorn their groom. The bride and groom then present each of their in-laws with a lei.

Bride and Groom Present Leis to the Immediate Family
This involves the entire immediate family with the wedding and allows them to be a part of wedding ceremony where the two families become one. Depending on how many leis you will need have one or two flower girls that will hold the leis and bring them up when needed. After the ring exchange call your special family members forward by name and have them come up to receive leis. At this time the flower girl(s) bring the leis to the bride and groom. Before the bride and groom adorns the  family members in leis make a statement to the attendees of your love for your family and your looking forward to your new life together as one a family, or something of that nature to make your family feel special and loved. The bride and groom then adorn the family members in leis. This is a popular ceremony for marriages when the bride and/or groom brings children from a prior relationship into the marriage.

“Where Love is concerned, too much is not even enough.”

~Pierre-Augutin de Beaumarchais

xo,
Lenila
Designs by Lenila

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Congratulations to Brian and Michelle from Australia!
They are getting married at the Moana Surfrider Chapel and Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.
DesignsbyLenila created their Seastar Invitations with the sinamay envelope embellished with a sea biscuit.
And some very special favors in Seastar Cell Charms
and our exclusive Tiles of Joy.

“My bounty is as endless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee
The more I have, for both are infinite.”
~Shakespeare

http://www.Designsbylenila.com

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Conratulations to Tiffany and Randall!

Getting married tropical style at the Domenichelli Farmhouse
in Cloverdale, California.

They chose the beautiful Hibiscus watercolor design
with fuchsia mulberry paper hand torn edges
wrapped with a sheer ivory ribbon
and coordinating fuchsia pearl envelope.
We also created their matching reply, registry,
and thank you cards.

“Hi Lenila-The invitations arrived safely!
They are absolutely beautiful! I LOVE them!
 Thank you for everything!”
We hope you have a special day and a love to last forever~
“Being married is like having someday permanently in your corner;
it feels limitless, not limited” ~Gloria Steinem
xox,
1.800.860.0386

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our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.
~thoreau

happy friday!

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Fun times at the Brial Bazaar Bridal Show! We had a great turn-out meeting many wonderful girls and their moms.  On behalf of me and my sidekick, Mary and ever so helpful daughters, Serena and Ciera, we thank you for coming out.  Stay tuned for the next Show in January at the San Diego Convention Center-should be amazing!

“Start doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”  ~St. Francis of Assisi

Warm regards, Lenila  xox

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One of my favorite pastimes is to wander through furniture consignment / thrift shops on days off.
I get giddy just thinking about what great treasures I’ll  find for a steal!
This is one of my great finds from a wonderful furniture consignment shop located in downtown Fallbrook, Fallbrook Trading Company.
I bought this gently used Lazy Boy Wing Chair recliner for $80.00 (did the research and they run about $700.00 new!)
with the intention of reupholstering. Although the existing fabric was in good shape, the print was too traditional for my taste.
With a few weeks of research I found an awesome fabric shop online, FabricGuru.com.
Picked out a subdued tropical print to match our bamboo floored tropical themed bedroom
and had a very talented girlfriend to do the reupholstering…and OMG what a transformation!!
What do you think? Pretty cool, huh?

`A`ohe hana nui ke alu `ia.
No task is too big when done together by all. ~ Proverb

xox, Lenila

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