SUBMIT WEDDING
View Posts By:

categories

 

tags

 
Modern + Vintage Oahu Wedding at Lanikuhonua

This wedding makes me want to escape to Hawaii, like, tomorrow.  Just pack my bags, catch the next flight out and soak in all of the pretty the lovely little island of Oahu has in store.  Next best thing?  Gazing at the beautiful blooms from Flowergirls, stunning details from Michelle Garibay Events and gorgeous images from Christie Pham Photography.  See it all right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Derek and I met when we were 18-years-old on the first day of college and instantly bonded over similar senses of humor, a love of electronic music, and an affinity for late-night diner food. We started out as neighbors, but quickly became inseparable. To the surprise of no one, we’ve been close friends ever since (Who says you can’t marry your first love?!). We dated on and off through college and finally, after being on for five years and having lived in four different cities, decided to officially keep building a life together.

My Dad has always spoken nostalgically about his time stationed in Hawaii during his young years in the military (In fact, I think that’s where his love of coconut and playing the ukulele comes from). He’s wanted to revisit the islands and bring my Mom, but of course life — and an all day flight — always managed to get in the way. A few years ago, they were planning to fly to Hawaii for their 20th wedding anniversary, but that was during the economic downturn, so regrettably, they didn’t end up making it… until now. Derek and I were so thrilled to give them (and our other guests) a special excuse to get out to the Islands and also feel so lucky that we got to share in my Mom’s first trip to and Dad’s return to Hawaii. The entire trip — including our wedding day — was so special for my parents. One of our favorite moments was when, as is a custom in Hawaiian culture, Derek placed leis around my parents’ necks (and I did the same for his Mom), at the beginning of our wedding ceremony signifying our families coming together.

Derek and I recently moved to the West Coast, but there are many cities on either coast that we could call home. After moving from place to place and traveling together so much, we’ve learned that the thing that makes your home a home is being surrounded by people you love. For our wedding, we decided on a meaningful destination that would allow the people we love to take a break from their busy lives and share in a vacation and our love of travel with us. We got engaged in Oahu and fell in love with the laid-back and romantic atmosphere so much that we wanted to share it with our family and friends back East. It was important to find a venue that was a reflection of Derek and myself, so we wanted to find a place close to a city (we love cities!), but also, since I grew up on and around the Chesapeake Bay, close to the sea. This made beautiful Lanikuhonua a natural choice! It truly is “where heaven meets earth”!

Our wedding drew from a lot of what Derek and I and our friends and family love and share in in our daily lives. We weren’t afraid to take some chances in mixing together passions from different places, eras, and parts of our life to really make the wedding ours. During our wedding planning, we tried to steer away from tradition for the sake of tradition or anything to which we didn’t feel a personal connection — skipping on seating plans, a long ceremony, a traditional wedding cake, first dances, and other formalities. Instead, we focused on the fun and ease of an intimate celebration just for us and our close friends and family.

Some components of the wedding were very location-based and locally-inspired such as the Hawaiian music and hula performances, fire knife dancing performances, gifts of orchid leis, and food options such as the shave ice, while other components were inspired by different parts of our lives, like our love of design, technology, play, travel, and food. Creative personal touches were added through paper goods that I designed and put together myself or with design flourishes found while browsing in our local city of Seattle or on arts and crafts sites like Etsy.

Since our wedding was in Hawaii, we took full advantage of the fact people were vacationing and ready to have fun before, during, and after the event. Derek and I met our guests as they arrived on the Oahu which allowed us to catch up and go road tripping, snorkeling, beach walking, surfing, bar hopping and sunbathing before the ceremony. My parents also hosted a “Welcome to Hawaii” cocktail hour which allowed our guests to get acquainted if they weren’t already, or catch up before the big day. Perhaps the most memorable activity in which several of our friends partook was skydiving over the North Shore the day after the ceremony.

Many of the guests have never been to Hawaii so we wanted to give them a fun Hawaiian welcome. Each guest received an orchid lei and souvenir images of themselves from the photo booth. Derek and I also didn’t want to burden our guests with fuller suitcases on the way home — so we made a donation to a digital rights group on their behalf.

We wanted our wedding gifts for our parties to be practical but also special reminders of their time in Hawaii that would be used more than once. The bridesmaids received beautiful jewelry from Tiffany’s that matched their tastes and personalities. The groomsmen received Wayfarers because who doesn’t need vintage sunglasses in Hawaii? They also received custom made key chains personalized with their initials inscribed in binary which was an endearing a personal touch on the part of Derek, a self-proclaimed nerd.

The theme was a bit of beach plus Hawaiian culture with a dash of garden party. We were looking to celebrate our past, present and future lives together, so we mixed styles, eras, personal traditions and interests. The music was a wonderful local artist playing traditional Hawaiian music with the accompaniment of Hula dancers that created a romantic atmosphere and brought touches of beautiful Hawaiian culture to the wedding. We also had a fire knife dancer that added a lot of energy and overall awesomeness to the reception.

Visually, we decided on a beach-inspired, but romantic color palette in mint green, sandy gray and peach with lots of geometric and contrasting organic texture. The full, luscious flowers in the bouquets as well as on the tables were chosen to compliment the other design elements and match the shape and texture of my wedding gown. We also chose table settings which would accentuate the whimsy and romance of the day by using chevron runners and several different vessels for lush florals. I also adore the romantic but fierce Ghost Chairs we used that, like our wedding, are a mixture of both new and old style.

Derek and I both love food, so we wanted to get away from the whole idea that wedding food needs to be inaccessible or mass-produced and went with local chefs cooking simply and naturally with great local ingredients, infusing our event with additional Hawaiian flavor. From the pupus to the several course dinner, we wanted to provide people with approachable but upscale choices, sometimes offering bar food options like pork sliders, evoking the sense that you’re at a family gathering or cookout. Derek and I brought specialty bottles of cachaca to Hawaii for our signature beverage, a mint-colored caipirinha, that was presented in mason jars with decorative straws.

We also decided on a dessert table with several cupcake flavors and a delightful shaved ice station which are both options you might see at an outdoor party or Hawaiian event. The beautiful cake was a simple chevron design with a whimsical bloom while the cupcakes were adorned with striped flags.

Finally, I think a big theme of the wedding had to be adventure. All the wonderful people who showed up to the wedding who travelled halfway around the world and made the day so fabulous came because they are not afraid of an adventure!

As a visual and interaction designer, I knew from the get go there were important visual details I wanted to attend to myself for the wedding day, but there were a lot of ideas that I didn’t know how to articulate yet (or weren’t even on my radar).

Michelle and I work wonderfully as a team. She’s good at keeping track of the big picture and small details and presenting/articulating the design space and all of the options to us. It was important for us to find a wedding planner whose taste aligned with ours since planning from afar can be a huge challenge and it’s not hands-on in the same way that other brides experience. We weren’t able to meet with any of our vendors until a week prior to the wedding, so we trusted in Michelle’s expertise when it came to making recommendations. Also, since we don’t have any prior experience with wedding planning, she became our guide in all things related to weddings. Michelle did a beautiful job of being flexible, listening and responding to us and presenting us with the right people who matched the vision we developed together at the beginning. Finally, working with Michelle meant she gave me the freedom to input my own ideas and design the elements that were important to me, which really helped us to teamwork to bring life to the original vision.

From Michelle Garibay Events… Working with Kari and Derek on their destination wedding was such a joy! They are true dream clients. They were both equally involved in the planning process but each had their specific priorities and in the end, everything came together beautifully! Kari and I hit it off from the first phone call and designing a wedding where the bride had such an eye for design and detail, made my job fun and easy. We were both so excited when we met for the first time after our 11 month partnership just one day before the wedding!

Kari had a specific vision for their wedding so I assembled a top notch team of vendors to bring everything to fruition. She loved the romantic, muted tones of peach, seafoam and gray but also wanted a touch of contemporary elegance. The floral designs and chandeliers were more vintage in style and we added some more modern pieces in the ghost chairs and lounge furniture. I paid homage to her graphic design background and incorporated a bolder chevron print into her table runners and cake. Kari’s playful side was reflected in more whimsical elements like the Viewfinder save the date (which was super adorable!) and her paper elements, like the cupcake flags and paper straws for their signature cocktail, the Caipirinha. Kari even designed her own invitation suite and menu cards!

Along with the décor, food and the guest experience was very important to them and Chef Peter blew everyone away with the 5 course plated menu. Everything tasted as amazing as it looked. From the seared scallops to the melt in your mouth pork shoulder, service and presentation were impeccable. Such a superstar team to work with!

This is one of those weddings that us consultants dream about…a fun and stylish wedding vision, a super cool and head over heels in love couple, in synch and on the same wave length throughout the planning process and beautifully orchestrated wedding day from start to finish with rave reviews – and in Hawaii – who could complain about that?

Photography: Christie Pham Photography | Flowers: Flowergirls | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Memoirs | Venue: Lanikuhonua | Bride's Clutch: Vintage | Bride's Hair & Makeup: Maleana Cosmetics | Bride's Headpiece: Vera Wang | Bride's Wedding Band: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids' Accessories: Tiffany & Co. | Cake & Cupcakes: Cake Works | Charger Plates & Dessert Pedestals: Event Essentials | Equipment Rentals: Accel Rentals | Event Design & Planning: Michelle Garibay Events | Ghost Chairs, Vintage Chandeliers & Lounge Furniture: Mood Event | Groom & Groomsmen Accessories: Ray-Ban | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew | Groom's Wedding Band: Vintage | Linen & Napkins: Les Saisons | Paper Details: DIY, The Bride | Shave Ice: Erin's Shave Ice

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here

You'll love these destination wedding vendors

Josh Gooden Cinematography
View Portfolio
DEL CABO EVENT DESIGN
View Portfolio
Creative Destination Events
View Portfolio
J Wilkinson Co
View Portfolio
CineMate Films
View Portfolio
T-Square Production
View Portfolio
Hawaiian Destination Wedding from Wendy Laurel Photography

Have you noticed that we are proud members of the Wendy Laurel fan club on SMP Destination? It’s practically impossible to not fall in love with her beautifully captured images, and this Hawaii affair is the perfect example. With its dreamy destination setting and sweet details, this gallery will make a fan out of anyone. See even more here.

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Outdoor

From Wendy LaurelAshley and John live in Korea but their friends and family were coming from the Southern U.S. So they chose Hawaii for a meet in the middle beautiful destination wedding. They chose Merrimans because of its spectacular location on the northwest side of Maui, right next to Kapalua Bay, as well as its amazing service and food. A very cute touch was that the wrap on the bouquet was the bride’s baby linen brought to Hawaii by her mom.

Photography: Wendy Laurel Photography | Flowers: Dellables | Ceremony Venue: Merrimans | Catering: merrimans | Photography - Assistance: Jeffrey Oltman

Maui Wedding from Laura Hooper Calligraphy + Anna Kim Photography

A destination wedding in Maui is in and of itself pretty spectacular, but when you throw in a dream team of vendors that includes Laura Hooper Calligraphy, The Perfect Wedding Maui and Anna Kim Photography to make it all happen, it becomes a destination wedding that dreams are made of.  Case in point?  This beyond gorgeous day set against the beautiful Olowalu Plantation House.  It’s fab paper goods meets mesmerizing stylings meets all kinds of pretty.  See it all here in the full gallery.

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Al Fresco

From Cherise of The Perfect Wedding… It was a classic white wedding from the flowers to the groom’s shoes! An intimate gathering of family and friends joined Crystal & Joseph on this destination wedding. I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet couple about a year before the wedding when they came to Maui to view sites and meet potential vendors. We hit it off and began planning their day right away. While many things changed along the way, the romantic vision remained throughout. I loved the elegant details like the crystal chandeliers in the dining canopy and floating over the dance floor, the lavender and crystal accented pillows on the lounge seating, the silver beaded glass charger plates that held the classic white dinner plates, etc. Everywhere you looked there was some little bit of Crystal evident in the decor. As Crystal made her way across a bed of white orchids on her wedding aisle, Joseph was waiting with the most beautiful look of love oh his face. From their first look to their exit through a pathway of sparklers, this was a day to remember and I for one am honored to have played a part in the day.

Photographer: Anna Kim | Wedding Planner: Cherise Shulman of The Perfect Wedding Maui | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Food For the Soul Maui | Hair & Makeup: Maui MiRa | Officiant: Rev. Laki Pomaikai Ka'ahumanu | Transportation: Executive Transportation | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Bride's Dress: Mikaella by Paloma Blanca | Cake & Desserts: Cake Fanatics | Ceremony Musician: Marvin Tevaga | Printed Materials, Calligraphy & Wood Signs: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Wedding Ring: Tacori

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Makena, Maui Elopement from Wendy Laurel Photography

It’s a fact —  Maui weddings are bound for pretty. Like postcard-perfect, “pinch me” sort of pretty. But add the ever so talented Wendy Laurel to the mix, and you’ve got a wedding that’s officially off. the. charts. (food truck and all!) Join me for a swoon sesh of this sweet little “semi elopment” in the full gallery over here.

Colors
Settings
Beach
Styles
Casual

From WendyKevin Chang married Shuinn Chang and there was no place better for them than Chang’s beach in Makena, Maui, Hawaii! They semi- eloped… they brought just their immediate families and had a beautiful simple ceremony on the sand performed by the Rev. Laki (you might have seen him on Modern Family 2 seasons ago).

Through out their courtship, Kevin and Shuinn have flown kites. Just for fun. Neither profess to be an expert or very skilled. But they thought it would be symbolic to fly a kite after their ceremony and brought along a fun one. Despite not much wind, they were able to get the kite up in the air. Kevin’s dad, who happens to be an engineer, might have helped a bit.

From the Bride… When Kevin and I were trying to plan a wedding the details and little decisions became overwhelming. We felt lost in a flurry of details and budgets that didn’t feel like us. So finally, we cleaned the slate and decided we wanted to go somewhere beautiful and warm (we were planning in the midst of a Chicago winter), and just focus on our love and the bringing together of our two wonderful families. We picked Maui because we heard it was a fun place, and the choice of the venue was made for us when we found Chang’s Beach (our last names are both Chang)!

After that, all our wedding planning became easy even though it was long distance- Laki Kaahumanu epitomized Hawaiian awesomeness, Liz from Maui Make Up Artistry made me feel like a princess, Flowers by Cora made beautiful and affordable bouquets and leis, and Wendy Laurel shoots the most vibrant and fun pictures, and on film nonetheless! The rest of our engagement could then be focused on strengthening our relationship, going on all the fun trips we wanted to go on, and being happily in love.

Even though our wedding was not traditional in any sense, it represented our fun-loving and chill personalities in the best way possible. Now we plan on going back to Maui as much as we can because it’s given us so many great memories!

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Floral Design: Flowers by Cora | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Officiant: Reverand Laki | Hair + Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry | Reception Dinner: Sarentos on the Beach

These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
Love Session in Kalaheo Hawaii from Blenda Montoro Photography

If you ask me, impromptu love sessions should be mandatory for a couple every few years. Because while I love a good engagement or anniversary, there’s nothing to say there has to be an occasion to snap a photo shoot with your sweetie. *Enter* Thomas and Cecilia, who just so happen to love beekeeping and horseback riding on the island of Kauai. They had Blenda Montoro capturing a few of their favorite things, and as sweet as this peek is, the full gallery is filled with sooooo much more.

From BlendaThomas and Cecilia wanted a love session that showed their love of Kauai, and their simple island life style. Whether it’s riding horses, going to the beach, listening to Thomas play music, island living has enriched their lives. Bee keeping is something Thomas got interested in through an older friend of his. Now they both share a passion for both the bees, the honey, and the process surrounding it. Thomas educated us on how it works, and the time and love that is required to maintain healthy bee hives. We got to take some honey home with us and you can’t beat fresh local honey!

Photography: Blenda Montoro | Film Prossecing: Richard Photo Lab

Olowalu Plantation House Wedding from Tamiz Photography + Belle Destination Weddings & Events

This wedding is beautiful.  Beyond beautiful.  It was perfectly planned by Belle Destination Weddings & Events and captured in amazing images by Tamiz Photography.  But beyond all of the non-stop pretty, this is a story of two people who were truly, truly meant to be.  Two people who love each other more than words can say and celebrated that love in a mesmerizing wedding.  So, please (PLEASE), read their description below and then dive into the full gallery.  It’s a story that deserves every second of your Monday.

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Styles
Casual

From Belle Destination WeddingsJoann and Zack tied the knot at the beautiful ocean front Olowalu Plantation House. The weather was absolutely perfect – gentle island breezes, a gorgeous sunset and a warm night. Joann was one of the most excited brides I have ever encountered. Throughout the planning process, she just couldn’t wait to be on Maui for her wedding day. It was very apparent that Joann and Zack’s family and friends are so dear to their heart and were the most important part of their day. I guess it is just a guess with their 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen – a gorgeous looking bridal party – without a doubt!

It was important to Joann and Zack to have a wedding night their family and friends would never forget – they wanted everyone to enjoy the festivities. Following dinner, to get everyone off of their feet and in the mood to dance they had two fire knife dancers perform a thrilling show, throwing flames to a Polynesian drum beat. Needless to say, everyone was thrilled. Their guests danced the night away and cooled themselves off to a refreshing tropical flavored sweet treat of Shave Ice, a very popular island confection.

From the Bride… Zack and I met in high school where we had the same circle of friends. However nothing would start romantically until the summer of 2002. While I was home on summer break from Chico I was working at Oakhurst Country Club. I worked at the refreshment and snack stand at the ninth hole. Zack was golfing one day and stopped by the ninth hole for a break, we started talking and instantly hit it off. We talked so much in fact he wound up not leaving until the end of my shift! After I returned back to school I found myself thinking about him a lot and I knew I had to see him again. Valentine’s Day was approaching and I wanted to come home and see if we could be more than friends. I just needed the courage to actually ask him out! Finally after talking with my girlfriends and them giving me the encouragement I needed I called him and asked him out. Thankfully he said yes, I have to say it was the best date I’ve ever had! He was such a gentleman I never knew a girl was supposed to be treated like that… and to think, I asked HIM out! We dated for seven years, but in 2010 we decided to go our separate ways.

The summer of 2010 I received a life changing phone call informing me that Zack had been in a terrible accident and was in the intensive care unit. I was devastated – we truly didn’t know if he was going to survive. Without hesitation I was immediately by his side. While I was waiting for him to wake up from his coma I was also coming to realize how much I loved this man. And I decided that from this day forward I would remind him everyday of just how much I loved and cared about him. I didn’t realize just how much “reminding” I would have to do… when Zack awoke from his coma it was discovered that he had memory loss. Although the last two years of his life up until that point were hazy, the one thing he didn’t forget was… me.

Fast forward to September 2011 we took a family vacation to Maui where Zack proposed to me on the beach. Maui has held such a special place in our hearts that it seemed like a no brainer to be married there as well. We chose to get married at the beautiful Olowalu Plantation House and became husband and wife on March 28, 2013.

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Floral Design: Bella Bloom | Catering: Aloha Events Catering | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | DJ: DJ Del Sol | Officiant: Pia Aluli | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Bartending: Aloha Events Catering | Fire Dancers: Hawaii Hula Company | Hair + Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry | Music: David Wolf | Rentals: Pacific Isle Rentals | Shave Ice: Ululani's Shave Ice | Signs: Miss B Calligraphy | Wedding Coordination: Lena of Belle Destination Weddings and Events

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here