Maui Wedding by Wendy Laurel Photography
August 1, 2012
CasualBeach Weddings
Maui.  A magical island paradise where sun-kissed beaches, picturesque views and crystal blue waters join forces to create the ultimate in wedding wonderlands... AND the ever-so-beautiful host to this magical affair captured by Wendy Laurel Photography.  This, my friends, is what happens when an intimate Maui celebration meets a breathtaking clifftop ceremony and one VERY stunning bride and groom.  Say hello to absolute perfection.  See so much more right here.
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From the Bride... I wish I could you some glamorous story about how and why we chose Hawaii, but there really isn't one. I was never one of those girls who dreamed of a big, fabulous wedding, and I was actually petrified to think about myself walking down an aisle. Or coming out into a big room with all our guests in it as the DJ or band called out our names. It was just never for me. I would have been happy just going to the courthouse. However, for my husband it was a different story — he wanted the big wedding, he wanted all his friends and family there, and he wanted the first dance. It was one of the harder decisions we had to make together. He didn't want to force me into a big wedding, and I didn't want him to hold a grudge against me for not having his dream wedding.

We were actually at the Ritz Carlton on Key Biscayne with a wedding planner about to sign the papers to reserve our date for the "BIG wedding" when Andrew asked me if he could talk to me outside.  We went outside and he said, “Let's not do this.” I was thrilled! I basically ran back inside and said, “It's off!”  My parents looked at me like I had five heads, and my dad started crying. I had to explain that the “BIG wedding” was off — that we were going to do something more low-key. My dad asked me if I was sure, if I would one day regret not having a BIG wedding. I was positive. We had lunch with my parents after the dramatic loss of our BIG wedding. And as my dad and Andrew were sulking, my mom and I were talking about the trip to Hawaii she and my father were about to take for their second honeymoon. And that’s when it hit Andrew. “Lets get married in Hawaii!" And that was that.

Wedding Photography: Wendy Laurel Photography /  Wedding Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii / Venue Contact: Tori Nihei, Events Concierge / Floral Design: Sunya's Flowers & Plants (808-669-8570) / Officiant: Rabbi Richard Lewis / Music: Marvin / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair + Makeup: Waihua Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua / Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss