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.
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From Wendy Laurel
…Ashley 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
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.
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 | Bride's Dress: Mikaella by Paloma Blanca | Cake & Desserts: Cake Fanatics | Ceremony Musician: Marvin Tevaga | Printed Materials, Calligraphy & Wood Signs: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Transportation: Executive Transportation | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Wedding Ring: Tacori
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.
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… Kevin 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