What girl doesn’t dream of an amazing destination wedding in Hawaii? Well, for this lucky bride, her dream actually came true. And I can only assume many of their guest’s dreams came true too by being invited to this spectacular wedding in such a beautiful and tropical location. This talented bride designed everything from the programs and menus to the perfect, little flags that adorned the pretty cake. Toby Hoogs Photography was on hand to capture all the gorgeous DIY details and as always, there’s so much more in the gallery!

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From the bride: Michael and I are both from Tulsa, Oklahoma, but we met and fell in love in Denver, Colorado. I attended college in Nashville, Tennessee and lived in NYC for several years, so between those two cities, Denver, and Tulsa, we realized any wedding would be a destination. My parents and grandparents live part time in Kona, Hawaii, so over the years we’d both spent a bit of time there. With just a little convincing, I had Mike sold on our destination.

From the moment I first visited the Club at Hokulia I knew it would be an amazing place to be married. The open-air teak wood pavilion just resonates Old Hawaii with oversized fans, tiki torches, and an incredible ocean cliff view. With a backdrop as gorgeous as Hawaii, you need only add to the beauty, not clutter it. We knew we wanted the flowers to be the main event. Even the simple burlap table runners and champagne colored bridesmaid dresses were meant to enhance the beauty of the flowers and the surroundings.

As a graphic designer, I spent a lot of time envisioning the entire wedding, but especially the paper products. I picked bright, bold colors for the invitations and incorporated Hawaiian words (with accompanying translations). I designed everything from the programs to the menus (which included fun facts about us on the front!) I was all about the details: custom cocktail napkins, stirrers with our initials, and even parasols straight from Hong Kong for the ceremony to provide some shade. There were lots of DIY touches including the favors (handwoven boxes with chocolate turtles inside) that doubled as escort cards and the little hand-made flags on the cake. The entire day was absolutely perfect. The sun literally started setting behind us right as the ceremony began. Everything turned out more amazing than we could’ve imagined. We felt so fortunate and loved to have so many (61!) friends and family members travel such far distances to spend time with us and see us get married.

Photography: Toby Hoogs Photography / Flowers: Flowers for Mama / Ceremony & Reception Location: The Club at Hokulia / Invitations: Pumpkinhead Paperie / Shoes: Valentino / Dress: Anna Be /Earrings: Penny Preville / DJ: Hawaii Sound & Vision / Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: LT Smooth / Caterer: Paradise Catering