There are awesome celebrations, and then there is the awesome celebration that The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas recently hosted. Think four full days of non-stop glamour with 50 luxury wedding professionals, plus yummy eats and stunning decor. It was a #MarryAtTheMulia event for the ages, all in preparation for YOUR amazing wedding. Scroll for a peek at the festivities below.
Located in breathtaking Nusa Dua, Bali, The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas hosted the type of unforgettable event that only the number one beach resort in the world could throw. I’m talking an Eat, Pray, Love themed party with signature experiences and jaw-dropping moments scattered throughout the four days in paradise. From the mouth-watering culinary samplings to the unique venues and florals, The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas’ #MarryAtTheMulia showcased just why they are THE destination go-to for romantic + amazing weddings. I mean, a crazy cool vacation + THE perfect nuptials all wrapped up in one? Sign us up, loves.
When we first learned that Karena Dawn of Tone It Up was engaged we waited with baited breath for for her wedding day. Oh boy oh boy did it live up to our expectations. Captured by Jana Williams Photography, it’s Hawaii like you’ve never seen it before and we’ve got it all in The Vault!
How we met
I met Bobby years ago (he went to college with Brian , Katrina’s husband, in Boston), but we didn’t start dating until he moved into the apartment below me four years ago. We instantly grew closer and he showed me how powerful a deep love is. Life is about love and the relationships and memories we make… this is what gets us through the unknown. It frees us. We were talking about getting engaged for a year, but Bobby really wanted to surprise me. And believe me, I’m a hard one to surprise! Once he realized both of our families would also be at the Tone It Up Retreat last September (2015) , he knew it was the perfect setting at Reef Point, Laguna Beach. It’s one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever been and to be able to share it with our families and community was perfect and beautiful.
Why we chose Hawaii
The Hawaiian islands have always held a special place in my heart. It was years ago that I would come visit to explore the beauty, learn to surf, and hike through a rain forest for the first time. There were a few occasions when I visited the Big Island (home of Ironman Triathlon!!) to shoot for Zoot Sports and the Triathlete Magazine Swimsuit Issue. Later, Kat and I would shoot our first two Beach Babe Workouts on the islands too! So many memories have been made there! I wanted to share the magic of the Hawaiian Islands with Bobby, so we took our first vacation together on Kauai. It was just a few months in, when I was still just dating ‘the neighbor,’ but it felt really special. It was the place where we first said ‘I love you.’ We were daydreaming at the time and told each other that if it works out and we ever get married, we’d do it here!
We wanted our wedding to highlight the beauty of Kauai and Hanalei Bay. The colors of the wedding complemented the surroundings with blues, greens and earth tones. Decor was clean, simple and modern. We used green succulents and white linens. To add a personal touch I used one of my abstract ocean paintings as the print for the menus and place cards. Overall, the most important aspect was having an unforgettable vacation with our closest family and friends….which we did!
Without a doubt, the highlight of the day was saying our vows (and the 6 rainbows that Hawaii blessed us with!) We chose to write our own vows, which is a big responsibility on your wedding day! Ultimately it was the best decision we could have made, and we were able to express our feelings from the heart, with a few tears. It also meant a lot that my dad played guitar and sang our first dance, and our friend Jordan T performed at the reception for our wild and fun dance party! I could go on… There were so many perfect moments!
Thoughts on planning
Since one of the goals of our destination wedding was to make it a vacation, I wanted to keep the planning as simple as possible. After all – work keeps me super busy, and it was important for me to save the time off for our honeymoon. The St. Regis made planning incredibly enjoyable, simplified and exciting. Bobby and I knew exactly what we wanted and they made it happen! From the decor to the cake, it was perfection for us!
From Christine Clark… For this inspiration shoot in Hawaii we wanted to capture a softer, more muted tropical vibe. Island style meets old world sophistication. Set at dawn, with sunrise spilling into our misty bay, we arranged an elegant tablescape overlooking the water. Designs by Hemingway created wildly romantic florals as the perfect complement to lace and silk gowns by Grace Loves Lace and Rue De Seine. Corsivo Calligraphy designed a stationery set capturing wonderfully the old world elegance envisioned. The dreamiest vintage ring from Trumpet and Horn provided the perfect detail and graceful sparkle to our vision.