Kona Wedding by Hassas Photography + Brocade Designs
December 7, 2011

When a wedding photographer marries a floral event designer and they do so in Hawaii, it's just a sure bet that it will be beautiful. Well, that's exactly the case here. Add to that some fabulous pops of yellow and a couple daring enough to take the plunge (literally) in the pool post ceremony, and we have on fun fête! It was all captured by Hassas Photography, and the gallery is full of even more pretty, so make sure to jump on in!








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From the Bride...When we started planning our wedding, we originally planned for a big at home shindig in Nashville. Tennessee. Since we're both in the wedding industry (I'm a floral event designer, he's a photographer) we pretty much instantly got overwhelmed with the logistics of such a wedding-- how do you keep friends and colleagues happy while also dealing with the desires and expectations of family and friends. It was the most stressful time of our lives. I know that every bride and groom think about eloping, but when my then-fiance posed the question of running away, I didn't hesitate. We were at another couple's reception who had married in Kona, at the Wedding Tree and Don looked at me and said "let's get married there," and I just about swooned over the perfection of the place.

It took another few months to work up the courage to make our dream a reality, but we did it-- and brought along 8 of our closest friends and family members. As I planned, I focused on making sure that each decision and every detail fully embraced and reflected who we were as a couple-- sweet and fun loving, while still elegant and refined. Our venue was not unlike paradise-- the place is gorgeous. It's impossible to be there and not feel like you are in a slice of heaven. We made a point to carve out lots of time with our photographer and to spend time navigating the property. We wrapped up our session with a day-after shoot at dawn. I love those images because we're so refreshed and laid back.  To be perfectly honest, I didn't feel stressed out in the least on my wedding day. It was the most beautiful, perfect day-- and I am so thankful that we made the decision to run off to Hawaii. Second only to marrying my husband, it's the best decision I've ever made.

Wedding Photography: Hassas Photography / Venue: The Wedding Tree at Four Seasons Hualalai / Event Design: Hillary Yeager (the bride) of Brocade Designs / Wedding Coordinator: Shea Cochran of Four Seasons Hualalai / Floral Design: Flowers by Heidi + The Bride (design) / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet found at the Bride Room / Sash: Gray Satin embellished by Tru Lu Couture / Bracelet: Honora / "Kona" Cufflinks + Pendant: The Green Daisy Shop / Shoe Clips: Finkshop / Invitations + Menu: Seaside Invitations / Programs: Amber Housley / Compass Favors + Table Sign: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Wedding Cake: Four Seasons Hualalai / Linens: Premier Linens / Chargers: Bride's Own / Napkins: Vintage, Bride's Own