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Good-luck wedding superstitions from around the globe ouples on the verge of tying the knot spend lots of time hoping their wedding days go off without a hitch. The threat of rain drops or temporarily misplaced rings can make couples feel that the hands of fate are casting bad luck on the proceedings, but couples need not worry. Superstitions are not always negative, and there are many things thought to bestow good luck on couples about to become husband and wife. The following are some of the more popular harbingers of good luck couples can look for on their wedding days. ❖ Rain: Rain signifies various things in different cultures, and many of those amount to a dose of good fortune for a wedding. Rain


can represent fertility, suggesting that couples will have many children. Rain also can signify cleansing and renewal or the washing away of past ills. ❖ Sugar: Many Greeks believe tucking a sugar cube into your glove will mean a sweet union between the newly betrothed. ❖ Coins: In Sweden, a bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe so she will never have to go without. ❖ Unpleasant things: Egyptian women may pinch the bride on her wedding day for good luck. The English believe finding a spider in your wedding dress means good luck. ❖ Bells: Bells may chime at Irish weddings to keep evil

spirits away and ensure a harmonious family life. Some brides also will tuck small bells into their bouquets. ❖ Day: Some cultures view certain days as luckier than others for getting married. English tradition suggested Wednesday was the best day for getting married, with Monday weddings bringing wealth and Tuesday events bringing good health. English folklore states that Saturday is the unluckiest day to tie the knot. Many traditions are in place to keep bad spirits away from wedding proceedings and ensure good luck. Middle Eastern brides, for example, paint henna on their hands and feet to protect themselves. The tradition of the groom carrying

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Bells may chime at Irish weddings to keep evil spirits away (above photo). In Sweden, brides receive coins from their parents — symbolic of never having to go without.

ON THE COVER his bride over the threshold is to protect her from evil spirits lurking below. Good luck charms vary depending on culture and geography. Several superstitions have withstood the test of time and can give brides and grooms a little more security on their wedding days.

Clockwise from main image: Cheryl and Kyle (now) Shinyama’s nuptials at King Kamehameha Golf Club; courtesy Hula Girl Photography, Stewart Pinsky ❖ Artist Laura Swytak paints a scene from a wedding ceremony in Santa Barbara, Calif.; AP photo ❖ Wedding dress by designer Stella York; courtesy Elly’s Formal Wear and Bridals ❖ Sarah and Conner (now) Kihune shoot a “selfie” during their special day orchestrated by White Orchid Weddings and Events; SCOTT DREXLER photo.

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hile modest in size, every usable square foot of Elly’s Formal Wear & Bridals at Sugar Beach Resort on North Kihei Road is filled with the trappings of elegant perfection— from form-flattering prom dresses sparkling with sequins to stunning bridal gowns that whisper 21st-century feminity in delicate lace and embroidery. The shop’s namesake, Elly Ewbank, opened her first brick-and-mortar store in 1994 on Lipoa Street in Kihei after working as a home seamstress creating gorgeous, sought-after wedding dresses and formal wear from scratch. Her affinity for fashion sparked as a teenager when she learned how to sew in a home economics class at school in the Philippines. Her daughter, Terri Ewbank, shares a favorite funny story about her mom having to make a handmade dress for a school project. The third child of nine in a family with very limited funds, Elly was afraid to ask her mother for money to buy the fabric. Ever resourceful, the young student completed her project using curtains from the living room window. While Elly’s innovation earned her an A+ in school, her mother viewed the maneuver as a big fail, spanking and punishing the girl for weeks. Elly took it all in stride, proud as punch of the dress she had made. Elly’s family emigrated to Molokai in the 1970s to work in the pineapple fields, and Elly eventually settled on Maui.

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KING KAMEHAMEHA GOLF CLUB Cheryl and Kyle Shinyama enjoyed a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception at King Kamehameha Golf Club. Photos courtesy Hula Girl Photography, Stewart Pinsky

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Forget the crockpot — adventures, charities trend high with registries By MELISSA KOSSLER


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hen Lila Chess and Aron Kandel were planning their January wedding, the New York City couple was wary of acquiring too much stuff. They lived in a small apartment with limited storage. Lila opted not to have a shower in order to keep gifts at a minimum. But the couple knew that friends and family would want to celebrate their nuptials with presents. They found a registry that included traditional gift options but also things other than stuff — donations to charity and to their honeymoon adventures

in Fiji and New Zealand. “People were really excited about the chance to help with our honeymoon,” recalled Lila Chess Kandel. “Friends and family who know us said, ‘That’s awesome. You guys are superadventurous. We want to support that.’ ” As couples strive to infuse their weddings with personal touches, changing up the registry is a natural, said Ashlie Lynch, communications chair for the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners. Many brides and grooms are forgoing formal dinnerware and household goods and replacing them with asks for money to fund experiences or

significant purchases. Couples are becoming increasingly comfortable asking guests for money, added Lauren Kay, deputy editor at, a wedding planning website. Between 2011 and 2017, the number of couples who had cash registries increased from 1 percent to 6 percent, according to a survey by In many cases, couples provide detailed explanations on the registry of how they intend to spend the money. Requests range from down payments on a house to in vitro fertilization treatments. That information “makes guests feel better about handing over cash,” Kay said. “It’s reframing the

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The Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast caters to honeymooners through registries that allow friends and relatives to chip in toward spa treatments, romantic dinners and sunrise canoe outings. way we think about gifts.” money on experiences over It also suits the lifestyle of things, according to a 2017 millennials — those born Eventbrite survey. between 1981 and 1997. Three out of four millennials REGISTRIES continued on Page T11 said they prefer spending

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FOUNDATIONS FIRST Schedule a consultation with a professional bra fitter before your trip to the bridal shop. Dress shopping with properly fitted undergarments — bras and shapewear — guarantees that the gown you choose will flatter your figure. An

early lingerie fitting ensures you won’t fall in love with a gown that may not hide the supportive strapless you need for a beautiful decolletage. COLOR IT PRETTY Remember to match foundations to your individual skin tone, not the dress color. Ivory, caramel, beige and blush are the best colors for wedding foundations because they blend with

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WEDDINGS Continued from Page T3 She attended Maui Community College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and fashion design. Through it all, she kept sewing, spending hours in front of her sewing machine. “My passion has always been sewing, and it still is,” she says. “I wanted to work at home because I had young kids.” After her husband passed away, she continued her career in fashion through a home study program with the American Fashion Institute of Technology. To support her family, she worked two jobs in addition to doing alterations and custom sewing out of her home specializing in dresses and gowns for proms, weddings and formal occasions. As her children grew, so did her business. Today, she and her daughter, Terri, manage a thriving emporium of finery where you’ll find top formal-wear designers including Rebecca Ingram, Stella York, Oscar de la Renta, Perry Ellis CLOCKWISE FROM and others. The shop has served weddings of every kind TOP LEFT PHOTO: and in a variety of locales — beach, mountain, ranches, Bridal party models sefarms —wherever love takes the committed couple. lections from Allure Terri has actively worked in the family shop since she Bridals ❖ Chiffon bohowas 13 years old. After exploring the fashion industry in inspired wedding dress Los Angeles, she returned home to Maui and dove into the from Rebecca Ingram details of the business. “The experience of being away resulted in additional of Maggie Sottero knowledge I wanted to contribute to the family business,” ❖ Elegant formal wear she says. for beach or ballroom. Terri’s business and social media acumen has increased Photos courtesy Elly’s Formal Wear and Bridals the shop’s exposure through marketing on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. She is also currently working on an app. Both Elly and Terri actively pursue current styles in formal and bridal wear. “My mom has always been on top of trends,” Terri says proudly. “We regularly attend exclusive bridal shows to Let Sweet Paradise make certain that we carry the newest and most popular deenhance your signs.” wedding with our In addition to wedding gowns and tuxedo rental service, award winning truffles. Elly’s Formal Wear & Bridal also is the go-to spot for prom Create perfect chocolate dresses. memory with our “We have a huge selection of prom gowns to choose handcrafted artisan chocolates and from,” Terri explains. “That helps guarantee that no two custom packaging. We offer an extensive girls show up at their prom in the same dress.” array of flavors and packaging colors. In fact, the shop enforces a policy that prohibits selling Mention this ad and receive more than one dress design per campus — even if it’s in a 20% Discount different color. “We keep a detailed registry of the gowns we sell to each student,” Terri explains. “That way, each girl is unique on her special prom night.” While this might cut a little into the store’s bottom line, 808 344-1040 Elly and Terri see it as a service and part of their over-archVisit us at ing sense of loyalty to the Maui community. Sweet Paradise Chocolatier Terri also invites those who burn with a passion for fashWailea Gateway Center ion to contact the store. As Elly’s Formal Wear & Bridals 34 Wailea Gateway Place, A107, Wailea continues to flourish and expand, Terri and Elly will be Hours of Indulgence: 11 am - 8 pm Daily • looking for individuals to share the journey. A Supplement of THE MAUI NEWS – Friday, March 8, 2019 – Page T7

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Capture that special moment in vivid color with stylized artwork By LISA A. FLAM The Associated Press

atie Curry wanted a sentimental wedding keepsake that depicted the joyous moments after her ceremony as she and her husband, John, walked back down the aisle on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. What she didn’t want was a portrait that included the backs of the guests’ heads. She had a photographer and a videographer, but her ideal came to life in a painting


created by a live-event painter, Laura Swytak, who attended the Aug. 4 ceremony in Malibu, Calif. The painting, which shows the beaming newlyweds and their immediate family members but none of the seated guests, now hangs above the fireplace in the couple’s home in Newport Beach, Calif. “It brings us a lot of joy, and it’s very special and it’s unique,” Curry said. “I know you can commission a painting after the wedding based on a photograph, but that’s

why I wanted to do it live. She was there and could get a feel for the event. “She did a fabulous job capturing the moment of our ceremony, the entire ambiance, everyone’s reactions and just the emotional aspect too,” she added. Live-event painting at weddings, when an artist paints a scene during the event, is still a small trend, according to Ivy Jacobson, senior digital editor of the ARTWORK continued on Page T12 Photos courtesy Laura Swytak via AP

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: John and Katie Curry’s wedding in Malibu, Calif. as captured by artist Laura Swytak. ❖ A Wedding reception painting by Swytak at Noor in Pasadena, Calif. ❖ Artist Laura Swytak paints during a wedding ceremony at Fess Parker in Santa Barbara, Calif.


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WEDDINGS REGISTRIES continued from Page T5 Some resorts that cater to honeymooners offer registries. At the Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii, couples can request that friends and family members chip in toward spa treatments, romantic dinners and sunrise canoe outings. “We’ve seen many couples who’ve exercised this option with success and have enjoyed their once-in-a-lifetime dream honeymoons as a result,� said resort spokeswoman Catherine Cambra. Kayleigh and Daniel Caskey, who were married in 2017, had no problem asking guests to contribute to their honeymoon. “It was a way of saying, ‘Hey you were part of our wedding day

and now you’re a part of a time when we’re celebrating our marriage together that you can follow on Facebook,’ � Kayleigh said. Many traditional gifts “will break or wear down and have to be replaced. We’ll never have a honeymoon again. We will always remember those experiences.� Most of their friends and relatives understood, she said, but a few still bought traditional gifts that the couple isn’t sure they will ever use. Before their 2016 wedding, Brady and Erica Robertson had a talk with one relative to ensure she did not “surprise� them with china they would never use. “When friends and family visit, we are more likely to order pizza and eat off paper plates than to

provide an elaborate meal,� said Erica, of Columbus, Ohio. “We didn’t want a lot of extraneous gifts because we didn’t have a lot of room to store everything.� Charity wedding registries more than tripled in popularity last year, Kay said, from 3 percent of couples in 2017 to 10 percent in 2018. It makes sense that millennials would redefine traditional wedding registries, said Karen McGrath, co-author of “The Millennial Mindset: Unraveling Fact from Fiction� and a professor at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Millennials tend to prioritize giving back, takPhoto courtesy Kayleigh Caskey ing care of the environment and Daniel Caskey feeds a giraffe at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in doing things rather than owning Colorado Springs, Colo., courtesy of a wedding gift from a guest who atthem, she said. tended their wedding.




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WEDDINGS ARTWORK Continued from Page T8 wedding website The Knot. The site’s 2017 survey of about 13,000 couples found that 1 percent had an event painter at their weddings. “We believe it will catch on in years to come, especially in this digital age,” Jacobson said. “It’s one of the few things that doesn’t provide instant gratification. It’s fun to have something that you can’t see the results of immediately. It makes it more special to see the final finished work of art.” Watching the painter at work also becomes a form of live entertainment for the wedding guests, who can watch the painting take shape. Jacobson notes that

today’s couples are looking to delight and surprise their guests with unexpected forms of entertainment. Curry felt a live painter would add “a cool wow factor” for her guests. She was right. “The guests did think it was cool,” said Curry, who learned about the trend on Instagram. “A lot of people went up and talked to her and asked her about it. A lot of people were surprised that that was a service.” Jacobson says that having a painter is a great option if there are many guests who don’t want to hit the dance floor. “It’s a nice thing for guests to gather around and watch it being done throughout the night,” she said.

Curry’s artist, Swytak, who is based in nearby Laguna Beach, paints about 35 weddings a year, and was perhaps a pioneer in the business, starting in 2006. She works with couples to determine what part of the wedding they want her to paint, usually a scene from the ceremony or first dance, and whether she should focus primarily on the couple or play up the crowd as well. She arrives early to start painting the landscape or background, and continues painting while guests mingle. She also videotapes or photographs the event for reference. Unlike a photograph of a single, defined moment like the bouquet toss, she likens her paintings to “a dreamy

panorama” in which she paints “the best moments of everybody” and “collages a lot of different moments together” in an artful remix that draws upon her own feelings from the event. “The most important part is that I capture the feeling of it so when they look at it, it will bring them back in time,” she said. “You feel the emotion of the couple.” “It’s the best of the day through an artist’s eyes,” she said. Curry credits Swytak with capturing the mood and look of the day. “It’s almost like a mesh of 10 different photos,” Curry said. The price range for a wedding painting varies, depending on such factors as the

A wedding reception painting by Laura Swytak at the Brandview Ballroom in Glendale, Calif. Laura Swytak via AP

amount of detail, the hours spent on the piece and the artist’s level of expertise. Swytak’s work ranges from $2,500 to $5,000. Some couples receive her work on the night of the wedding, but most have her do touch-up


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work in the studio. Wytak says a wedding painting appeals to sentimental couples and art lovers. “A lot of people cry,” she said. “People are very emotional when they see their painting.”

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