Week 2: Snapshots of a Kauai Honeymoon

We honeymooned for a week on Kauai in Lihue, near the Poipu side of the island. We stayed at the Marriott and had a fabulous time relaxing and doing little.

The fountains in the pool were a strange mix of Asian and Roman influences. Couldn’t quite get in the designer’s head on that one.

We were warned the island of Kauai was overpopulated with chickens, but I can’t say we were expecting to see them EVERYWHERE. All hours of the day roosters are crowing and everywhere you look there is a chicken or a chicken family.

Our hotel had a gorgeous koi pond PACKED with koi.

Big tourist adventure for Mike and me: helicopter tour of the island. Absolutely amazing and one of the only ways to see the Napali Coast and the Waimea Canyon (which they refer to as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific). You also get some great aerial shots of where they filmed Jurassic Park.

Though I haven’t yet seen it, I’ve been told this is in several Pirates of the Caribbean 4 scenes.

Obligatory honeymoon last name pic.

The beach right in front of our hotel. I love the gorgeous cliffs behind which are definitely something the Big Island does not have.

Mai Tai at Duke’s

The view from Duke’s, which was conveniently attached to our hotel.

After visiting a completely tiny, tourist beach in Poipu we decided to make the drive to a completely amazing, remote beach near the Napali Coast. It was well worth the extra hour and 5 mile dirt road (which quite honestly, our little rental car should not have made). The cliffs you see are the beginning of the coast. It was scorching hot, yet amazing. We packed all the essentials, food and beer.

Little sneak peak at one of the welcome kit items I designed.

On the last night we headed down to Princeville to eat at the St. Regis Hotel. It was well worth the trek. Here’s a glimpse at the hotel. Think waterfalls, huge cliffs, old school Hawaii beauty.

It was an amazing week and an great overall trip to Hawaii! Now to work on branding this site from Caroline Mundt soon to be Simpson Design to Caroline Simpson Design. Stay posted on that!

Hope everyone is having a good week,


And we’re back… Week 1: Snapshots of Hawaii

After an amazing couple of weeks in Hawaii, I have returned. Week one consisted of lots of errands, lots of friends and family, a little bit of beach time, several fabulous parties, and a wedding. The biggest adventure of all was quite honestly figuring out how to transport the dress. As soon as it was “safely (i.e. crammed into)” the closet on the plane, Mike and I were able to relax a bit. I was quite proud to have arrived with it in tact.

Sunday Night Tradition: Huggo’s on the Rocks for fish tacos and LT Smooth. LT is a local musician, who has been nominated for four Grammy’s, that played our wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner. Sunset at Huggo’s below, LT below that.

One errand I never mind running is a visit to the farmer’s market. Fresh fruit, flowers, and local goods galore. We purchased a large amount of fresh bouquets to decorate my family’s house for the Welcome Party. What’s craziest about these gorgeous arrangements is how inexpensive they are. Now if we could figure out a way to transport them home.

In between errands we made a little beach time. Below is my Maid of Honor, Alden, and me at Mauna Lani Beach Club relaxing before the majority arrived for the weekend.

Sunset at the Manta Ray Bar at the Sheraton with friends.

And a little Kona brewery.

I’m reluctant to post wedding pics of my own until the professional ones are ready, but I thought I’d give you a sneak peak as facebook has already anyway!

With the exception of the above picture, all images were taken via Hipstamatic. It’s my latest obsession. I love the vintage feel it gives images. But, as I go through visual phases (as most people go through clothing phases, visual phases are the curse of a graphic designer and a reason I could never {even if I had the urge, which I don’t} get a tattoo) and don’t know if I’ll like these treatments forever, I was the complete tourist on the honeymooning snapping shots with both this app and my real camera.

Looking forward to returning to the blog as I’ve found myself with a void for a to do list (hooray!!). Week 2: Snapshots of a Kauai honeymoon tomorrow!

Aloha Friday 4.8.11

Welcome to the first “Aloha Friday”.  The newscasters in Hawaii refer to Friday (ahh beginning of the weekend) as Aloha Friday. It really doesn’t change anything about the day, as it’s not a holiday. It’s every Friday. But it’s essentially a vacation mentality I wish us “mainlanders” had. Though not all of us are lucky enough to reside in a tropical paradise, we too can have a bit of “aloha” in our lives. So I plan on using my Friday posts, Aloha Fridays, as a more open, free forum (not so strictly design oriented). Just things that interest and excite me.

So right after I’ve told you that Aloha Friday doesn’t always mean design, I’m going to really confuse the matter and start things off on a design oriented post. Aloha Friday also does NOT mean it will always be island related (as I said, it’s more a state of mind, than literally mai tai’s and waves). However, today’s post is both design and island related.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m getting married in Hawaii in May. I’ve always been intrigued by the vintage Hawaiian look. There’s something so classic about it. So I knew right away (and by right away I mean after we deliberated where the wedding would actually take place) I wanted our save-the-date to resemble a vintage Hawaiian postcard. I decided to use an actual image on the front after searching through countless terrible stock illustration. The fonts are some of my favorites (I won’t bore the masses, but if you’re interested, message me and I’ll tell you the names) and I think overall the look is exactly what we wanted. I’m all about the details. Though no one could see the “place stamp here” message under the stamp, I knew I wanted it to aid in authenticity. I was also quite pleased with the fact that the image chosen on the front is our actual venue, Hokulia. Using an image of the actual venue was an excellent way to excite guests.

Anyone need any save-the-dates designed? I’m available for hire and love doing them!

Stroh-Simpson Wedding Invitations

I design everything from logos to websites to billboards, but I must say wedding invitations are quickly becoming one of my favorite projects. Last summer I had the distinct pleasure of designing the wedding invitations and collateral for my future brother-in-law, Pete, and his fiance (now wife), Sarah. Their wedding (which took place last September) was warm and inviting at a gorgeous venue, Arrowhead Golf Club. With huge jutting rocks in the background, it was a modern, yet classic vibe, all of which was enhanced by the richness of a Colorado fall day. Sarah and Pete wanted that same modern, yet classic feel in their invitations, which inspired the collaboration of the traditional peonies, the free-form illustration, and the bright color palette.

Invitation and RSVP card above. Two sided directions card below. Other collateral included programs, table numbers, guest book, and cd inserts (which they gave out as favors).

The stunning venue. Seriously, this could be a postcard. It’s scenes like these that make me LOVE living here (after all, I did grow up where the wind goes sweeping through the plains).

Photos above taken by Kara Pearson.