Just when you thought this week couldn’t possibly get any merrier, along comes this stunning inspiration shoot to prove to us that, yes, in fact, it can. A beautiful day planned to perfection by Belle Destination Weddings and Events, it’s a fabulous Maui setting meets a whole lot of gorgeousness from Opihi Love Boutique Rentals meets a real-life duo who are the epitome of lovely. And guess what? You can see it captured by U Me Us Studios in the full gallery. Awesome.
From Belle Destination Weddings & Events… We knew we were going to do an engagement shoot, but what we didn’t know, was that one week prior to the shoot, our models John and Nicole would really get engaged! It added to the excitement and made for real raw emotions in the photographs. John and Nicole met through friends seven years ago and began a daily surfing date together, which led to falling in love on beautiful Maui. Our inspiration for the shoot was a classy pinup picnic with a little vintage flare, set in a beautiful tropical garden on the slopes of Haleakala in Kula, Maui, captured by Evonne and Darren at U Me Us Studios.
We knew the couple was going to begin at the entrance of Enchanting Floral Gardens with their “proposal.” From there, we took a meandering stroll through the beautiful gardens, following Nicole and John into an opening in the field that was reminiscent of The Secret Garden. Nicole’s playful dress was adorned with cherries which lent a playful, flirty feeling. The bride-to-be had her hair pinned up in a sultry bob and makeup provided by Island Girl Pin Ups which only added to the amorous feeling of the shoot.
Their walk through the grounds ended with a cozy and inviting “pin-up picnic” set in The Secret Garden. The setting greeted them with a comfy spread of soft blankets, pillows and a faux-fur throw; a perfect backdrop to a romantic celebration. A low-lying vintage table, provided by Opihi Love Boutique Rentals, along with a picnic basket full of tasty goodies, a vintage radio, vintage china, fish bowls with flowers, old cameras and other details, helped set the scene. John and Nicole enjoyed a delectable spread of breads, meats, cheeses and fruit. Healthy & vegan desserts were displayed by Baked by Amy, mini vegan cupcakes with flavors such as beet red velvet and vanilla bean, papaya lime and sea salt, and guava and brut rose champagne were some of the delicious treats enjoyed. Each batch of desserts held small hand made labels with sweeping calligraphy by Miss B Calligraphy. These desserts sat atop china on bowls filled with large luscious flowers provided by Belle Bloom Floral Boutique. A rustic wine box basket held beautiful flowers on the back of a classic beach cruiser bicycle, and added the soft colors of peach, pinks, and ivory along with dusty miller.
The day provided the perfect backdrop for Nicole and John to celebrate their real-life engagement, and add to the excitement of their new life together.
Photography: U Me Us Studios | Event Design: Belle Destination Weddings and Events | Florals: Bella Bloom Floral Boutique | Desserts: Baked by Amy | Garden: Enchanting Floral Gardens | Hair/Makeup & Wardrobe: Island Girl Pin Ups | Paper Goods: Miss B Calligraphy | Props: Opihi Love Boutique Rentals