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A Big Island Hawaii Wedding All About Color

For Katherine and Tim, choosing to wed on the big island of Hawaii was a no-brainer. The natural beauty just speaks for itself and would serve as the ultimate backdrop for their five-day celebration, leading up to “I do.” Moana Events was behind all the beauty and you can see each moment through the lens of The Happy Bloom.

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From The Happy BloomKatherine and Tim decided to wed on the beautiful big island of Hawaii. They wanted to shower their guests with sunshine, fruity cocktails and one heck of an island getaway! Katherine is Filipino so adding that special element to their traditional Hawaiian ceremony was extremely important. Ceremonial items in Filipino weddings include the arrhae (a gift of money), the candles, the veils, the cord, and wedding rings. The ring bearer acts as the holder of the rings while the coin bearer acts as the keeper of the arrhae until it is offered and given by the groom to his bride. Among the wedding sponsors, three pairs – each pair consisting of a male and a female – are chosen to light the wedding candles, handle the veils, and place the cord. Sponsors are important people to the bride and groom such as relative, close friend or godparent.

Moana Events created an incredible arch for their ceremony. Flowers, flowers, flowers! That was definitely the motto for creating this stunning piece. Our favorite moment of the day was when Katherine surprised Tim with a traditional wedding hula dance. The moment was so intimate and sweet. Tim was so surprised and loved every moment.

From Moana EventsKatherine and Tim hold the Hawaiian islands close to their hearts and could think of no better place than to invite their guests for a week of festivities than on the Big Island of Hawaii. When Katherine approached us to do her five-day affair the wedding day was to be the highlight of the week. We designed a romantic, coastal inspired event with pastel florals, French blue linens, vintage milk glass vases, capiz shell details, and white washed farm tables. Breezy dining canopies were the perfect outdoor seating for the guests and they danced the night away to a live band on the custom wood and white patterned dance floor.

From the Bride… We met online…E-harmony. At the time online dating at our age was very awkward. I was convinced by my peers to get out there and make myself available. Tim at the same time was doing the same. I took this challenge as a social experiment, while Tim’s outlook was to meet people. Come close to a year of online dating, we were both at the end of the experience. After a long day, I checked my inbox, pop up 5 matches. None of them were interesting enough for me to poke or wink at. So I decided to scan outside my pool of matches. The first one was Tim. His profile resonated with me when he wrote “ my children are my inspiration.” So I sent him a wink.  

When I saw Tim for the first time our eyes locked and the room closed in on just the two of us as if we were the only ones in the restaurant. We were giddy like high school kids for weeks, months and even still. I soon met his children after a year. From then our relationship was out in the open. It bloomed and bloomed and bloomed. I must admit, not having kids of my own, sharing my life with Tim and the kids has been amazing. I can honestly say, they were the best gifts Tim has ever shared with me.

Our vision for our wedding day circled around these words “family, friends, love and experience.” We took some time to look at venues in California, but nothing seemed to resonate our vision. We loved Hawaii, and were drawn to its beauty and serenity. We picked the Mauna Kea because of our love for their beach. Every time we went there, we always said we should invite so and so and so and so to share the magic of the place. The love and commitment Tim and I have for each other wasn’t for just us. We wanted to share our love in hopes that those that came to our wedding experienced love of all levels and inspired to carry that with them to share with others. 

 

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Photography: The Happy Bloom | Cinematography: Techy3 Studio Production | Event Planning + Design: Moana Events | Floral Design: Steven Boyle Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Mauna Kea Beach Resort | Makeup: Muse Agenci | Hair: Luxe. | Band: Elan Artists | Venue: Mauna Kea Beach Resort | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Bula Akamu Trio | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Sound: Hawaii Sound & Vision | Tent Rentals: Big Island Tents

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The Sweetest Sunrise Engagement in Paradise

Intoducing the ideal engagement session captured by Wendy Laurel. It’s sunkissed, seaside, and totally stareworthy and thankfully we’ve got it all waiting for you to fall madly in love with via The Vault!

From Wendy LaurelLeah and Joey are in love, engaged and wanted to celebrate their engagement in photos somewhere unique. They both love this abandoned high school on Maui for its architecture and the gorgeous Royal Poinciana tree in front. We choose to shoot right at sunrise when the sun was coming up over the east side of Maui. On Maui, the sun comes up fast and is strong and has the most amazing light at sunrise. One of Leah’s bridesmaids custom made the amazing skirt she wore. Leah also made her bouquet herself as well with roses and orchids.

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Photography: Wendy Laurel | Hair + Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry | Photography - Assistance: Jeffrey Oltman

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Their Wedding Cake Doubled as a Baby Gender Reveal!

A new marriage is reason enough to celebrate, but for this couple, their wedding day joy was twofold.  In fact, they used the traditional cake cutting as an opportunity to reveal the gender of their baby. In the words of the bride, “The idea of a gender reveal/wedding cake came to mind when we realized that we were having our big ultrasound a couple weeks before the ceremony…The photos capture the surprise so well. It was a moment we will never forget!” Kudos to Anna Kim for photographing the sweet surprise they’ll treasure forever.

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From the Bride… We were both born and raised in Hawaii and our island home of Maui couldn’t be a better place to have a wedding. The majority of our closest family and friends also live in Maui so that helped to make the choice easier.

We were so lucky to have Carolee Higashino, owner of White Orchid Wedding, plan and design our wedding. She is actually one of my mother’s best friends and has been in my life since I was a baby. I was even her bridesmaid in her wedding when I was a little girl which is just so cool. Carolee is so talented and has an amazing crew at White Orchid Wedding so it was a no-brainer for us to work with her.

When we finally saw all the ideas and hard work put together on our wedding day I was blown away! It was more than I could have imagined and I cried many happy tears. It definitely felt like a fairytale to us.

One of the most special moments of our wedding was our cake cutting. We found out we were expecting a baby about 5 months after being engaged. It was a complete surprise and at first thought was a wrench thrown into our wedding plans. But we quickly became excited once we started planning the wedding and the thought of having our first child be a part of the celebration. The idea of a gender reveal/wedding cake came to mind when we realized that we were having our big ultrasound a couple weeks before the ceremony. So once we had the ultrasound results we met up with our pastry chef, Krystal-Lyn Cakes and Sweets, she was the only one who would know the results. We decided to not find out the gender until the wedding day and be just as surprised as our guests. It was definitely a highly anticipated moment at our wedding. For some weird reason many of us thought it was going to be boy, but to our surprise, it was a GIRL!! The photos capture the surprise so well. It was a moment we will never forget, that’s for sure!

We would say that once you are engaged to take at least a few months to just enjoy the excitement of being engaged and in love. Being engaged is so fun and exciting in itself and should be celebrated because once the wedding planning starts so does some of the stress that comes along with it. Also definitely get a wedding planner, we were so blessed to have White Orchid Wedding plan and coordinate ours. They made our dreamy wedding stress free and look effortless, we could not speak more highly of them!

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Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Cinematography: Wedding Movies Maui | Event Design: A WHITE ORCHID WEDDING, INC. | Floral Design: Dellables | Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal | Cake: Krystal-Lyn Cakes & Sweets | Catering: Cafe O'Lei | Hair + Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty | Calligraphy: Almie Lonzaga & Reina Villanueva | Lighting: Paul Engel | DJ: DJ Del Sol | Favors: Maui Succulent Designs | Venue: A WHITE ORCHID WEDDING, INC. | Beverage Services: Bars Are Us | Linen Rentals: Wildflower Linen | Rentals: Paradise Event Rentals

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