Back in March of 2014, we threw our first pop-up in San Francisco and we had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful soul, Leandra of Tune-Up Wellness! Well, she tied the knot in Hawaii wearing our Bo & Luca "PALM SPRINGS" gown and we couldn't be more honored to have her as one of our first LOHO Brides! We asked Leandra to be one of our first LOHO Bride // Real Bride and we are so happy to share her story with you!
Can you tell us a little about yourself? It can literally be anything! We just want to know what gets you excited, even if it’s that you’re passionate about puppies.
I am a small island girl living under the guise of a big city entrepreneur. I was born and raised on the island of Hawaii, and have lived on the same block in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, for 10 years. I'm a nutrition and fitness expert, so its safe to assume I spend a disproportionate amount of time in my kitchen or exercising in the city streets. I like quiet Saturday mornings with homemade pancakes, husbands, cats and a sunny porches (but prefer my Saturday nights wild and indulgent). I love to travel and since I am married to a teacher we take good advantage of those summers off by crossing off countries on our bucket list. This summer we head off for our honeymoon: Paris, Croatia, Istanbul.
Who are your style icons and why?
My ever fashion-forward bestie, Hanah Snavley (who makes me eat my words at least once a season). And my name twin Leandra Medine (AKA Man Repeller) for teaching women to dress for themselves and rock the weirdest styles.
If you could live in any era, which would you choose?
Now is the time! This is the happening time to be a young, expressive ( & bossy) woman looking to make a mark in my own way. Not to mention the perk of getting an equal and loving partner who is worth is weight in gold in the kitchen.
What’s your current happy music?
I'm more of a book on tape kinda girl. Blasting "Power of Habit" in my car right now.
What was the best part of your LOHO Bride experience?
After visiting many shops with the same 'ol princess dresses, I was floored to walk into a LOHO pop up that feel like Christy had read my mind. Her carefully curated selection of designers were unique and beautiful and truly unlike any other shop I had visited. But beyond the dresses, literally every single interaction I had with Christy and crew- even 6 months later when I was having unnecessary cold feet about my dress- was treated with grace and professionalism. I was incredible impressed with LOHO from start to finish.
How did you settle on your dress and what was the most magical part about it?
I decided to get married on the hardest to dress for occasion all times: New Year's Eve set at the most casual Hawaiian beach house. Bo & Luca (via LOHO) somehow captured just that vibe with a flowy, relaxed, boho dress boosted with hand-beaded bling. What pushed me over the edge was when I sent pictures to my "wives" who deemed the dress "So Very Lea".
Describe your wedding. Where did it take place. What inspiration or themes were your drawn to when planning?
Our wedding was in my hometown on the Big Island of Hawaii. We were given access to a 100 year old, classic Hawaiian beach house (meaning half walls, day beds, stone floors and screen windows) loaned to us for the week by old family friends. My fiancé, his brother and my sister got to spend the week on the ocean working our butts off, but beginning and ending every day sitting on the beach watching the whales.
It was December so there were tropical storms, and while we lucked out with gorgeous weather each day, the nights were like sleeping in a hurricane. Big winds, huge rains, crashing surf...not boring!
We had a huge group of friends fly out for the occasion, not to mention the strong hanai ohana (extended family) in Hawaii, and EVERYONE came out to help. Each day was raking, sowing lei's, setting up tables, picking and arranging flowers, cooking, cleaning, organizing and each evening was spent with too much celebrating. During the fourth party of the week, we were married. It was at sunset on the last day in 2014. The storm parted one hour before I walked down the isle to my dad playing "You Are So Beautiful" (and crying) on the clarinet. My mom opened the wedding with a Hawaiian chant and read our vows under a old Hau tree, on the bay I grew up on.
That night was an epic dance party! It started first a hula for my new husband and then another "little grass shack" hula for our father-daughter dance. Our friend deejay-ed amazing sets late into the night and love-ballad-slow-songs were sang live all night by my beautiful, song bird girlfriend. Never has a wedding seen so many sappy slow dances with a full dance floor. At 11:00 p.m., drumming started and a makeshift group of friends danced Afro-Cuban all the way to the beach where we sat and watched fireworks and sent off floating prayer lanterns into the night and the New Year.
What set your wedding apart from others? Did you have a special moment or one thing that made it truly in a league of its own!
The setting, the live music, all the performances, the ornate flower arrangements, the community contributions - it was a community effort and it showed in every detail.
Any parting wisdom for yet-to-wed LOHO Brides?
Everyone says BE IN THE MOMENT. Well, that's impossible. But if you can, carve out a moment with your future partner that is just for you. Maybe that means sneaking off to the court house before the wedding, maybe that means a private moment together on the big day. But being able to have both the sweet sentiment AND enjoy the party is truly the golden egg.
Congrats to Leandra + her hubby Pat! // Photography by: Stephanie Collins Photography