Destination weddings are amazing for many reasons, but rushing off to Hawaii to say “I do” at the stunning Plantation Gardens with your awesome friends and family?  That ranks pretty high up there. As does filling that day with crazy beautiful bouquets from Martin Roberts, the fabulous stylings of Janie & Co. and a whole lot of wonderful + fun-filled moments (DIY paper lanterns, anyone?) captured by Julie Harmsen Photography.  See them all right here in the full gallery.

From Julie Harmsen PhotographyPaul and Meghan live in Seattle and chose to have an intimate destination wedding at Plantation Gardens on Kauai, Hawaii this past December. The celebration was full of dreamy light and I loved the creamy tones they chose and worked in throughout the day. Since this was a group that knew how to dance and party, each guest was given a custom goodie bag at the end of the night for the next day’s hangover. At the very end of the night they also surprised their friends and family with paper lanterns to light at the beach sending them off into the night, and making a wish for the new couple. It was an absolutely beautiful celebration.

From the Bride… We loved every minute of our wedding day! We wish we could live it over and over again. Our favorite moments were having our nearest and dearest friends fly so far to celebrate with us; all the crazy moves on the dance floor; the delicious food and delicious cake; the wonderful and heartfelt toasts; and lighting the Chinese lanterns on the beach… well, trying to light them. Our beautiful vision of lighting off 30 lanterns at the same time did not work, however, it turned into a team building event with maybe 10 successful lanterns… but it was hilarious and so much fun! The day couldn’t have been more perfect.

We really wanted to make sure we got everyone on the dance floor. Kustom Sounds was amazing and played every song we requested. We had sent out an email a month or so before the wedding asking guests to send the songs that would guarantee getting them on the dance floor, and we ended up with a great mix for everyone. And, I’m pretty sure we got everyone on the dance floor!

DIY projects:

— We ordered real dried starfish and made Christmas ornaments for each guest. We tied each starfish with jute twine and wrapped them in a box with the ribbon from our wedding invites and put it on each guest’s dinner plate setting.

— Happy Hangover Bags- We assumed there would be a few hangovers from the open bar of delicious Hawaiin cocktails, so we wanted to set everyone up for the following day. We made little hangover bags for all of the over 21 guests – bloody mary mix, vodka, Maui Kettle Chips, Hawaiian Host Chocolate Mac nuts, and an Advil pack. Each 21 and under guest got a “Keiki” bag – Hawaiin punch, extra choclate mac nuts, Hawaiin chips and a puka shell necklace.

— Chinese lanterns and luminary pathway to the beach after the reception.

Advice for new brides planning: Enjoy the day – getting ready, drinking champagne with your friends, relaxing! Don’t be afraid to ask or let your friends and family help you on the day of. And really, everything has a way of coming together and just working. Every single Kauai vendor we worked with was absolutely amazing. Professional, kind, and provided beyond exceptional services. We were so so happy!!

Photographer: Julie Harmsen Photography | Catering: Plantation Gardens | DJ: Kustom Sounds Kauai | Officiant: Julie Wirtz | Bridal Bouquets: Martin Roberts | Hair + Makeup: Mia Moriguchi | Plantation Gardens Special Events Manager: Mona Gonzaludo | Second photographer: Heather Almeda | Slack Key Guitarist: Pancho Graham | Venue: Plantation Gardens | Wedding Decor + Table Centerpieces: Janie & Co.