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Rustic Glam Maui Wedding

When the blushing Bride is one uber talented event planner herself, you know you’re in for a treat. With her stylish eye and creativity, and with the onsite support of Belle Destination Weddings & Events, she crafted one beautiful bash, full of stunning shades of lavender, purple and pink florals by Mandy Grace Design. AMERIS soaked it all up with their lens and this gallery is truly a feast for the eyes.

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From the beautiful Bride… As a wedding planner, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of countless beautiful weddings and have witnessed more than my fair share of the joy and love that occurs at them. Being on the other side of things, as the Bride, was an experience I couldn’t have prepared for though, and it was truly the time of my life!

Nick and I first met back in 2006, through a mutual friend, one night out at a local bar. Within weeks, we became inseparable, and have spent the last eight years together sharing in life’s big and small moments, creating a home, building our businesses together, enjoying mornings, soaking in sunshine, and oh yeah…traveling to Maui. We love Maui more than any other spot in the world. And after six straight years of traveling there together, it has become our home away from home.

When we first got engaged, the thought of planning our wedding locally was overwhelming to me, as I knew that it would just feel too much like work. I wanted the weeks leading up to our wedding to be fun and relaxing for both of us, and we both wanted the spot where we said our “I do’s” to be special to “us.” So, the decision to host our wedding in Maui was a no-brainer, and one that did not surprise any of our friends and family! We wanted to design a wedding that showcased what we love about Hawaii, create a relaxed atmosphere filled with high-end details for all our guests who traveled so far, and spend the day surrounded by our nearest and dearest. Nick and I love to host parties, and so infusing our personal laid-back, fun, and stylish style, came very naturally.

On our yearly trip to Maui, in 2013, we were able to meet up with the lovely ladies of Belle Destination, who I knew would be the perfect allies in planning our dream wedding. They helped us find the perfect venue, and shared with me all their top vendor recommendations. From their tips, I set to work building our A-team of vendors, and designing our perfect day! The best decision we made though was to bring the power duo, AMERIS, down from Victoria with us. I have had the pleasure of working alongside them many times, and the talent and instincts that they possess is ridiculous! And they are just as much fun as they are talented, and so having them a part of our day was so special. When we look through our photos, we know that we will forever remember not just how our day looked, but how we felt during those moments. And that is something that I will always be grateful for! So, to all you Brides out there… do NOT skimp on a photographer! The morning and afternoon, spent with our wedding party and photographers was a total blast, and one of my favorite memories is being carried over a fence by the groomsmen, to get to Nick for our First Look! Hilarious!

Our wedding ceremony, was special to us for so many reasons. It was such an intimate group of family and friends who were there with us, and getting to share that moment with them was amazing! We asked one of our best friends to perform our ceremony, and he made the whole experience incredible. He also managed to get ordained, and so was able to legally marry us, which was the cherry on top. My favorite moment of the ceremony would have to be split up into two: walking with my Dad towards everyone, and laughing as we stumbled through our vows.

Food and drink were really high on our priority list, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with the quality that both Aloha Events Catering and Garnish Events supplied. Our friends constantly make fun of us for being self-acclaimed “mixologists,” and so getting to work with Steph and her amazing team at Garnish, was a dream come true! Not only are their drinks so tasty, but the level of attention to detail that they put into everything, is a wedding planners dream! My favorite drink we served, the “Rose-jito”, literally had a pink garden rose garnished on each one! Amazing!

Trying to narrow down my other favorite details is near impossible, but I will try. The florals by Mandy Grace completely exceeded my expectations! She perfectly infused the jewel tones of our palette (navy, purples, pinks, and white), and I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect bouquet! The chair garlands, our ceremony archway, and the fact that she was able to find peonies in October…incredible! Being able to dine al fresco, was a big priority as well! Back home, it is near impossible to host a reception outside without a tent. We took a big risk not renting one for our own wedding, but the gamble totally paid off, and we were treated to the perfect Maui evening. With the lights strung between the trees, candles lit on the table, and the stars above, it was picture perfect.

Creating the perfect guest experience was also really important to us, as we were so appreciative that so many of our friends and family would travel so far for us! We organized a few outings for everyone (snorkel tour, picnic lunch etc.), which allowed us to spend time with everyone! And on the actual wedding day, all of our guests hopped on a bus and were whisked away to the “secret” wedding venue. This was one thing that we had SO much fun with while planning, and it really built up the excitement for our guests! We managed to keep our wedding venue a total secret to everyone, and so they were driven along a windy coast-line, and towards the lava fields of South Maui, with no idea of where they were going! Once they arrived at the spot, they were greeted with custom cocktails, acoustic guitar music provided by the seriously talented David Wolf, and a million dollar view. The rest of the day/evening, was filled with lots of music, drinks, food, and laughs! As the night came to a close, and Nick and I were whisked off to our ride, we could hear them chanting “Newlyweds! One more song! Newlyweds! One more song!” The perfect end, to the perfect day!

Bar Service: Garnish Events | Bridal Jewelry: Haute Bride | Bridesmaid Dress Boutique : Blush Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Sophie Grace Maui | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Catering: Aloha Events Catering | Day Of Coordination: Belle Destination Weddings And Events | Event Planning: French Kiss Events | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Design | Furniture Rentals: Opihi Love Wedding Coordination & Event Design | Groom's Attire: Paul Smith | Hair & Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry | Lighting: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Musician: David Wolf | Paper Goods: French Kiss Events | Photography: AMERIS | Signage: Miss B Calligraphy | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Wedding Venue: Sugarman Estate

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Colorful Hotel Wailea Wedding

I’ve said it before in one form or another, and I’ll say it again: Wendy Laurel makes me all sorts of happy with the bursting-with-color tropical soirees she sends our way. Dashes of lush green and pops of hot coral set the stage at the hands of Mandy Grace Design and Belle Destination Weddings & Events for this beauty. I promise, you’ll walk away feeling full of cheer after peeking at this one.

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From Wendy LaurelDaria and Chris are head over heels in love, with each other and with travel. They are both from Canada but love to travel the world together. In their first 18 months together, they traveled to more than 4 different countries.

So it was an easy decision for them to have a destination wedding. They got to narrow down their guest list to who was up for a trip to Hawaii—and there were plenty of close friends and family who were. Plus they could have their Hawaiian honeymoon traveling among the different islands and having a range of experiences.

From the beautiful Bride… Chris and I met in July 2012 when we were matched on a dating site within minutes of Chris signing up. I knew right away there was something special about him when I read his profile and he seemed so sweet, kind and genuine. We had a great first date at a local food-tasting festival and from that day on we were inseparable. After an amazing year dating and traveling the world together, Chris proposed to me under the stars, just after our first anniversary. I couldn’t believe it and shouted YES with so much happiness!

As travel-addicts and romantics, we knew right away we wanted a destination wedding and Maui just seemed to be the most beautiful and romantic place in the world to get married. The warm weather, tropical colors, stunning foliage and ocean views were exactly what we were dreaming of. When our wedding planner Lena showed us photos of the Hotel Wailea as a venue option, we were so excited and instantly knew it was the one. Nestled up on the hills in Wailea overlooking the ocean, the boutique hotel has stunning grounds, impeccable service, and absolutely unbelievably delicious food. Our ceremony was held on the Sunset Lawn, and our favorite moment of the day was when we got to read our personal vows to each other – they were so heartfelt and with our family and friends around us, there was not a dry eye in the crowd. The cocktail reception we planned for our guests was a hit, and the entire dinner reception blew everyone away. The food portions were huge and our guests are still reminiscing about the Teriyaki Beef Short Ribs! We will be forever thankful to everyone who played a part in making our day so special – it was truly a dream come true from start to finish, and a day we will cherish forever!

Bracelet: Kate Ketzal | Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Cake Topper: BHLDN | DJ: Maui Wedding Dj | Event Planning: Belle Destination Weddings & Events | Favors: Honolulu Cookie Company | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Design | Make Up: Maui Make Up Artistry | Music: Marvin Tevega | Officiant: Pia Aluli | Photography: Wendy Laurel Photography | Photography Assistance: Ashley Kelemen | Reception Venue: Hotel Wailea | Rentals: Pacific Island Rentals | Shoes: Michael Kors | Signage: Miss B Calligraphy | Stationery: Ginger Creative | Videography: 10th Letter Media | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals

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Destination Vow Renewal on the Shores of Hawaii

A 10 year celebration of love, marriage and 4 beautiful babies is such a good reason to pack up and head to Hawaii. This couple, who started their relationship on the pretty beaches of Hawaii returned for a vow renewal that could double for a wildly gorgeous vacation. It’s a two-for-one captured by Ifloyd Photography. From pineapple signage by Maggie Allen Calligraphy to pretty beach dining and a stunning ocean view, there’s so much more in the gallery to pore through

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From the beautiful Mrs… Celebrating 10 years is a pretty special feat for any couple. Keeping the romance and adventure in every marriage is important to keeping a lasting one. For the both of us, living in Hawaii years ago was definitely an amazing start to our lives together. But, when we planned our wedding 10 years ago, we had decided to keep it close to home and brought hawaii to all of our family and friends, but promising each other we would make it back. Ten years later, after living in 5 different cities, the births of our four sweet daughters, starting careers, just life, and saving tons of pennies, we returned to hawaii and in front of the ocean, the Hawaiian mountains, and a few friends, we renewed the vows we shared ten years ago.

We had so much fun planning this! We chose Kualoa because it is a beautiful secluded part of this hawaiian island. Most visitors get to oahu and get stuck in honolulu, which is so fun and busy and a full on amazing city. But, the other side of the island is where you get a true taste of hawaiian life and culture. We were so thankful to our three sweet friends who made the trek across the country to join us, and loved getting to share with them our favorite place on earth.

A friend and talented calligrapher made for us custom designed welcome letters, place cards, and menus. Custom “He’s my pineapple and She’s my pineapple” cards for our freshly picked from dole plantation pineapples and a pineapple for each of our guests. Decorated our table with driftwood, freshly picked flowers, and tableware.

We had a piece made that included the words to our favorite song (Jason Mraz, I won’t give up) that we felt spoke to our marriage. A conk shell with written calligraphy. Alea created the watercolor pineapple headers, because really who doest just love a pineapple. Flowers came from the island, and alea watched a few DIY’s to make her bouquet and floral crown.

Going to Hawaii was certainly a trip of a lifetime, and with helicopter tours, sailing with the dolphins off the coast of the napali, jumping off cliffs, eating spam and eggs, paddle boarding with sea turtles, it made celebrating ten years epic. The best part was telling each other how much we loved waking up to each other these last 3,650 mornings. That even in knowing the different seasons a marriage can take you, that we are in this forever and we commit to making sure love wins!

Beach: Kualoa, HI | Calligraphy: Maggie Allen Calligraphy | Dinnerware/pillow Seating: Pier One | Dress: Donna Morgan | He's My Pineapple, She's My Pineapple: Maggie Allen Calligraphy | Mens Attire: Banana Republic | Menu And Welcome Paperie: Alea Moore | Photography: Ifloyd Photography

Coral Beach House Wedding in Maui

When the words ‘coral’, ‘beach’ and ‘Maui’ are all in the title, I instantly know it’s going to be a wedding after my own heart. And when it’s Wendy Laurel behind the lens? It’s all over. Thanks to White Orchid Wedding, it’s a tropical soiree filled to the brim with color (hello, gorg linens from La Tavola!). Find every pretty bit in the gallery.

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From Wendy LaurelThese two met each other in college and have been friends for seven years. But they only started being a couple two years ago. Nothing better than best friends who find their way into love. Both Emelie and Alex come from famiies in Canada with restaurant backgrounds. They chose a destination wedding in Maui but wanted a beautiful dinner party. The table as well as the delicious food was centerpiece of their wedding. And relaxing under the stars, enjoying their meal and cocktails surrounded by their family and best of friends, was the perfect wedding plan for them in Hawaii.

Bakery: Cravings | Bar Services: Garnish Events | Beach House: White Orchid Wedding Beach House | Caterer: Maui Executive Catering Company | Entertinment: Manutea Nui E | Event Planning: White Orchid Wedding | Florist: Teresa Sena Designs | Linen: La Tavola | Minister: Kelii Brown | Photography: Wendy Laurel | Photography Assistance: Images By Jeffrey | Rentals: Pacific Isle Rentals

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Saturdays are pretty amazing, but when you throw in a meet and greet with RebeccaMarie Photography, it takes it to an entirely new level of awesome.  I’m talking an entire day devoted to gorgeous imagery that just so happens to be overflowing with love, emotion and, of course, pretty.  Spend some time getting to know her, lovelies… and don’t forget to check out her sweet discount below.

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