Kauai Destination Wedding at The Hukilau Lanai
April 2, 2014
DestinationBeach WeddingsSummer Weddings
A few years ago I came across one of Andria Lindquist's beautiful images and I've been a fan ever since. Enter: this Hawaiian destination wedding from Andria. My fan status was just elevated to a crazy level because this, my loves? This is seriously what the prettiest dreams are made of.
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From the beautiful bride... When my fiancé and I first started planning we struggled with settling on a venue that was "just right" for us. Many of the venues in our home town of Seattle were beautiful, but they lacked the intimacy we were looking for. We came close to booking two different venues, but couldn't commit when it came time to sign the paperwork. With a little encouragement from our families, we settled on the one place that had been in front of us the entire time - Kauai.

My fiancé's family has been travelling to the Garden Isle for years, and we took our first trip there together two years prior. Not only did the location have special meaning to his family, but it was without a doubt the place where we first realized that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.

Planning a destination wedding was a huge undertaking, but choosing our team of amazing vendors turned out to be my favorite part of the process. I could talk for ages about how amazing our vendors are and we were so lucky to have each one of them be a part of our day.

The most important part of our wedding was the photography. I researched hundreds of photographers before I found Andria Lindquist. When I saw her work, I was floored. After a few lively email exchanges I knew that I would sacrifice anything else in our budget to have her photograph our day. I'm in awe of the way Andria's images tell beautiful stories and the way she captures emotion. Thanks to her we will be able to relive the story of our wedding day for years to come.

After choosing our photographer, everything else came together with ease. I love mid-century design and Hawaiian kitsch, so I was thrilled when I discovered that our favorite restaurant, the Hukilau Lanai, hosted weddings. My fiancé and I already knew that the food was amazing, but their grounds and banquet room were a perfect match for my style. Our on-site coordinator, Manda, and her staff exceeded our expectations and our wedding day went off without a hitch because of them.

Shipping décor provided an extra challenge and I knew that what I sent had to make an impact. I opted to ship floating candle holders to turn up the romance in the venue, and paired them with bright centerpieces made from local flowers. I also designed all of our paper goods and used them as an extra way to add character to the ceremony and reception.

I loved our leis, centerpieces, and bouquets. My grandmother was not able to make the trip to the island, so to make sure that she was “with” me I had her favorite flower added to my bouquet. I loved our flowers so much that after the ceremony I placed them throughout our hotel room and kept them until they had completely wilted.

Our rehearsal was definitely an emotional high point. After the rehearsal, our officiant Kelvin Ho performed such a beautiful and intimate ring blessing, that it left our friends and families asking, “did you just get married?” The blessing reminded all of us why we were on the island, and grounded all of us for the big day ahead.

At the last minute we decided to hire a musician. Paul treated our guests to the sounds of traditional Hawaiian slack-key guitar before the ceremony and during cocktail hour, providing the perfect soundtrack for the afternoon.

Our food was off the charts. During our cocktail hour our guests enjoyed ahi poke nachos and ribs, and during the reception they had the choice of filet minion or the catch of the day. As expected our wedding reception was hot, but our DJ, Mike, kept the jams pumping and despite the heat, our guests danced until they were dripping with sweat.

Asking our friends and family to travel such a great distance for our wedding was a difficult choice, but by doing so, we were able to have the wedding we wanted the way we wanted. Not only that, we were able to show our gratitude by treating them to great food and music in a place that is dear to our hearts.