For a couple that loves to travel, rushing off to Maui to say “I do” with an intimate group of friends and family sort of seems like perfection. And when I say “sort of,” I mean that it totally does. Because, really, what’s better than a days-long celebration with your nearest and dearest set against the stunning blue skies and crashing ocean waves of paradise? (Answer: Nothing.) Add in the planning expertise of A White Orchid Weddings, a sweet travel-inspired theme and one image after another captured by Erica Chan and it’s what we call all caps PRETTY. Click here for more.
From the Bride… As a true globe-trotting couple, our wedding was travel inspired! We even travelled from Canada to celebrate our wedding on the beautiful island of Maui. After a beautiful church ceremony, we headed to the Olowalu Plantation set on the ocean, with a rocky beach, scattered palm trees and two towering Koa trees to set the mood for our outdoor reception. The trees provided shade in the late afternoon sun, as guests sipped tropical cocktails and ate Hawaiian inspired appetizers (“pupus”) like coconut shrimp and grilled brie and bacon mini sandwiches, and chatted about how they felt they were at a real Hollywood wedding. Guests with tired legs relaxed on modern couches set among palm trees. And when we, the newlyweds, arrived, I jumped up and down like a little girl absolutely in awe of how gorgeous everything turned out.
We only added subtle travel touches to keep the wedding classy and simple, such as vintage travel bags and cases. The other inspiration was the doily and peach and coral colors. Other than the incredible location of the reception, details that wow’ed our guests were the cabanas over the natural wood tables, hanging chandeliers and chivari chairs. We had our Polish guests bring beautiful hand-crafted doilies from Poland to use instead of table runners… It was a last minute decision and it turned out beautifully! It was important to me to add my creative and personal touch to the wedding decorations and theme. The seating chart was a large vintage map and the 11 tables were named after continents or regions of the world. Each table held a map of the continent as well as the name on a paper doily. Hand-made cones were used by guests at the candy buffet, with a cut-out of a map on a doily to tie in the theme. “Love What a Trip” and “Come Fly with Us” banners hung from the candy and gift tables. Instead of a guestbook, guests left well wishes and notes on a air-mail postcard addressed to the bride and groom, stamped the card with a custom “passport” stamp (From Etsy) and placed it in a vintage type mailbox. The hit of the reception was a homemade direction sign with the cities and distances from Maui of all our guests from around the world. It was an amazing piece for everyone to take pictures in front of… not to mention make them feel special for travelling all that way for our wedding.
A cheers with a raspberry in champagne started off the dinner. The guests dined on plated shrimp and avocado salad served in a bowl made of papaya, macademia crusted mahi-mahi, grilled polynesian chicken, chops of colorado lamb and filet mignon. It was mouth watering. Following cake (three squares of different flavors: red velvet, vanila and coconut and chocolate), guests could continue snacking from a Mini sweets station filled with macadamia nut squares, lilikoi cheescake and coconut macaroons.
The sunset lit up the sky with colors just as dinner was ending and provided a breathtaking and priceless backdrop for speeches. As night fell, the chandeliers, maui moon lights and dozens of candles in lanterns lit up the property, setting a romantic atmosphere. The DJ played til just before 10pm at which we moved venues to a rooftop patio bar and danced the night away. Guests went home with a luggage-tag favor so each time they look at their luggage, we hope they think of their time in Maui.
The day couldn’t have been more perfect.
Photography: Erica Chan | Floral Design: Teresa Sena Designs | Ceremony Venue: Maria Lanakila Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Rings: Calgary Jewellery, Design by Claude Thibaudeau | Bridesmaids' Dresses: PUSCH Clothing Store | Catering: Cafe O'Lei | Bride's First Dress: Jasmine Bridal | Bride's Second Dress: San Patrick Collection | Groom + Groomsmen's Suits: Custom, Vogue Tailors | Mixologist: Bars Are Us | Second Photographers: Kristy Morgan + Philip Faraone | Wedding Coordination : White Orchid Weddings