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Kauai Plantation Gardens Wedding from Julie Harmsen Photography

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 | Venue: Plantation Gardens | Bridal Bouquets: Martin Roberts | Hair + Makeup: Mia Moriguchi | Plantation Gardens Special Events Manager: Mona Gonzaludo | Second photographer: Heather Almeda | Slack Key Guitarist: Pancho Graham | Wedding Decor + Table Centerpieces: Janie & Co.

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Maui Wedding from Tamiz Photography + Belle Destination Weddings & Events

Picture perfect in every sense of the word, this wedding from Belle Destination Events captured by Tamiz Photography is just as lovely as they come. With a Bride in a stunning Jenny Packham, the breathtaking Maui surroundings and beautiful vintage touches from Opihi Love - perfect might not even do it all justice. See it all here.

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From Belle Destination Weddingings and Events“Tom, meet Ali. Ali meet Tom”… is how this charming couple was first introduced via email by a mutual friend (and apparent matchmaker), Emily. Subsequently, these were also the first words spoken at their wedding ceremony, as Emily opened the ceremony by recounting the fateful email that united the couple. Emily first introduced the two when Tomas, who was originally from Sweden, moved to San Francisco to begin a career in advertising, while also running a bike shop called Cykel, owned by Tomas, his brother, and his sister in-law. Ali was attending graduate school in San Francisco, working with children and doing research in early childhood education. The two became fast friends, but the love part came a bit further down the road, it took Tomas a while to make his move on Ali. Eventually he made that move (to Ali’s delight) and they began dating. After some time, lots of laughs, and some traveling adventures, the couple visited Ali’s home, the gorgeous island of Maui, Hawaii. During this trip, Tomas secretly began to ask each and every one of Ali’s immediate family for their blessing before proposing to Ali at the ocean’s edge, out in front of her father’s home in Wailea. She said yes (of course)… but on one condition: Tomas had to get his driver’s license before they got married (he had never had one). And so began the story of a couple whose lives are filled with so much love and laughter.

The couple chose the comfortable surroundings of Ali’s mother’s home in upcountry Kula, Maui as their venue. There, with a sprawling view of the lush island below, Ali & Tomas shared their amazing moment with about one hundred of their “favorite people,” as Ali would say. Stacked wooden benches and large, narrow tree stumps adorned the ceremony area, out in front of a gorgeous, well-aged eucalyptus tree, with the mists settled over the valley below. It was a dramatic backdrop to an intimate and personal ceremony. A friend of the couple, talented musician Lindsey Steiner, switched between the guitar and the viola throughout the ceremony. Another close friend, Rachel, performed the wedding ceremony, making the moment even more special and personal for the couple.

For the overall look and theme of the event, Ali and Tom combined their two personal styles – Tomas loves a clean, minimalist and contemporary look, as where Ali brought in some rustic and vintage elements and touches of sentimentality to their celebration. The bride was stunning and unique in a vintage inspired gown by Jenny Packham. And yes..in case you were wondering, the blue version of this dress was also worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Thomas sported a dashing navy suit by Paul Smith. For their reception, clean layered ivory and navy ikat runners extended over raw wood tables. The head table, one long wood table extended under the center of the tent, and hanging above, mason jar chandeliers glowing with candlelight, setting a warm and romance to the mood of the evening. The flowers were an abundant mixture of Ali’s favorite blooms, featuring anemones and blue thistle, bringing in accents of navy blue against stark white blooms and touches of soft pink and peach. Style Me Pretty was continually a resource for both Ali and myself throughout the planning process, and with the help of Pinterest, we were able to collaborate on her ideas.

Overall, the night was full of personal touches, setting a perfect backdrop for an incredibly intimate and warm evening of heartfelt and hilarious speeches. During Ali & Tomas’ Thank You speech, Ali’s beloved niece, Piper, and nephew, Thatcher, chimed in their two cents, interrupting to announce to the newly married couple, “I love you,” which made their night!

It was a blessing to be a part of such a wonderful day for such amazing people! Congratulations to Ali & Tom, a truly beautiful and unique couple! May your lives continue to be filled with good times and an abundance of love and laughter!

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Floral Design: Dellables Wedding Design & Florals | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Stationery: 2beUdesign | Catering: Maui Executive Catering | DJ: DJ Dan Viola | Groom's Attire: Paul Smith | Bar Services: Garnish Events | Event Coordination: Jane Park of Belle Destination Events | Groom's Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Mira Carmen | Rentals + Lighting: Pacific Isle Rentals | Specialty Rentals + Chandeliers: Opihi Love | Tent: Maui Rents

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Hale Honu Wedding in Wailea from Joanna Tano Photography

Joanna Tano is bringing a us a wedding this morning that is so lovely, your week is sure to sure to get of to the prettiest starts. Not only is it a gorgeous fête celebrated on the stunning Hawaiian islands, but it also has this lovely touch of elegance that makes the entire affair feel oh so chic. It doesn’t get better than that, lovelies, so be sure to check out every gorgeous detail right here.

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From Joanna Tano PhotographyAudrey and Chase were married at Hale Honu, a beautiful private estate in Wailea. The private estate offered a secluded location that was beautiful and perfect for their destination wedding. Belle Destination Weddings & Events did a fabulous job of designing and coordinating the event in just a couple short months. Congratulations to the lovely couple!

Photography: Joanna Tano | Cinematography: Cinemaui | Floral Design: Bella Bloom Floral Boutique | Catering: Aloha Events Catering | Event Coordination: Belle Destination Weddings & Events | Hair + Makeup: Liz Javelosa | Music: Don Lax | Rentals: Pacific Isle Rentals

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Maui Destination Wedding from Megan Ann Photography

Destination weddings aren’t for the faint of heart – it takes a special duo to say I do miles away from their comfort zone. But when a destination is pulled off, it’s nothing short of magical. Take this Maui wedding for instance, it’s as pretty as they come and filled with seriously steal-worthy details captured beautifully by Megan Ann Photography - making this gallery one lovely place to be today. See it all here.

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From the Bride… I first fell in love with Maui when attending the wedding of my then boyfriend’s (Brandon) best friends several years ago. Not only did you immediately feel relaxed the moment you stepped off the plane, the island is wildly beautiful, and the wedding we attended was an intimate, low-key affair that sold me on the idea of a Maui wedding in my future.

So it was no surprise that Brandon and I settled on Maui for our locale when we were planning our own wedding. We did most of our scouting via the internet, and fell in love with the Olowalu Plantation house the moment we set eyes on it. We wanted to create a wedding day that captured our laid-back style. The big lawns, monkey pod trees and adirondack chairs of this venue fit the bill to a tee. I chose bright colors and big lanterns strewn across the top of the reception/dance floor to help set the tone for a backyard barbeque feel, and had lots of help in adding accents to make the event our own, such as hand-sewn bean bags for our cornhole set (made by one of the bridesmaids mothers), home-made fabric flowers to decorate drinking straws and tables (made by brides friend) and hand-picked signature cocktails that our friends had a little too much fun deciding on! Our coordinator, Cherise, and caterer, Food for the Soul, also helped add details to give our wedding a backyard flavor from start to finish.

The day of our wedding, my biggest goal was to have fun and enjoy every moment with Brandon, and we still look back on that day as the best of our lives. Something that really made the day special was having the person who introduced us (thank you Megan!) be there as our photographer and capturing the great moments of the day. I’ll never forget dancing under the lanterns and trees to our first dance with the sun setting behind us and our loved ones all around us. If I could do it over again, I wouldn’t change a thing!

Photography: Megan Ann Photography | Event Design: Dellables | Coordinator: The Perfect Maui Wedding - Cherise Shulman | Floral Design: Dellables | Invitations: Serendipity Beyond Design | Shoes: Pierre Darre | Catering: Food for the Soul | Makeup: Jessica Waite Makeup Artistry | Hair: Julie Merritt

Nautical Wedding Inspiration from Rebecca Arthurs Photography

Growing up, my friends and I would play the “desert island” game on almost a daily basis.  You know the one… the “what would you take if you were shipwrecked and stranded on a desert island” game?  Yep. We rocked that.  And even though I don’t remember any of my answers (I am guessing they were NKOTB and lip gloss-related), I can guarantee one thing.  They didn’t look a thing like this breathtaking shoot from the talented Rebecca Arthurs and Opihi Love Boutique Rentals & Event Design; a shoot sooo lovely and sooo amazing, it’s giving an entirely new meaning to the word pretty.  See why in the full gallery.

From Rebecca ArthursThe Huialoha Church was the ideal location for this Shipwreck Wedding Styled Shoot. Set on the rugged coastline of Maui, the historical landmark was an epic spot for this Bride and Groom who wanted to explore the untouched beauty of the island. It’s a wonder places like this still exist.

The Bride wore a wild organic silk gown by Lindee Daniel. The natural color of the raw fibers in the dress gave the impression of sea foam crashing on the shore, while the clouds loomed out to sea like lingering pirate ships. The table design was a mix of eclectic and antique items found by Opihi Love. A vintage ship calender was re-purposed into placemats. Custom driftwood escort cards, engraved by Miss B Calligraphy, and gorgeous blooms arranged by Stephanie Shepherd adorning the table top. Across the bluff, a plush lounge area arrayed with pillows by Blue Jane Maui, beckon you to sit and stay awhile. This couple may be shipwrecked but they are certainly surviving in style!

Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Event Design: Opihi Love Boutique Rentals & Event Design | Flowers: Stephanie Shepherd | Wedding Dress: Lindee Daniel | Cakes: Cakefanatics | Venue: Huialoha Kaupo Church | Dishes: Dish Wish Hawaii | Escort Cards: Miss B Calligraphy | Hair + Makeup: Ry-n Shimabuku | Pillows: Blue Jane Maui

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Maui Wedding from Squaresville Studios

Maui equals magic to me. And no, I’ve never actually been, but after drooling over many a Maui wedding on SMP Destination, I just know it’s the place where dreams are made reality. Take this couple, for instance. The day they walked down the aisle was the first time they ever saw their venue, but really how could they go wrong? It is Maui after all. See every gorgeous image by Squaresville Studios right here.

From the Bride…Self-proclaimed “beach people,” my fiance and I knew we wanted an outdoor wedding with an ocean view.  Having fallen in love with Maui when both went for the first time the summer before our engagement, we quickly decided on the island.  Maui also seemed a perfect mid-point for both our families to meet since the majority of my family would be traveling from Guam and his from Iowa.  At first we picked a hotel as our venue, even sending in a deposit.  Soon after, a friend of ours from Maui sent us pictures of the Olowalu Plantation House.  I instantly feel in love and knew we had to have the venue.  I quickly contacted a local coordinator and commenced convincing my fiance that we needed to change our venue.  I assured him he would thank me when he saw the venue in person, and eventually he acquiesced.

After we picked the venue, I immediately went on to picking fashion.  I soon found dresses for the bridesmaids by one of my favorite dress designers, Sue Wong.  Having picked a dress with embroidery and beading, I was next tasked with choosing colors and flowers that would match the dress but still maintain an island feel. Unlike most brides, many of my design choices were made to match the bridesmaids dresses rather than vice versa.  The fashion, along with venue, led me to my next major source of inspiration, the beautiful green cymbidium orchid.  The flower was bright and colorful, but yet soft enough to match the muted colors of the bridesmaids dresses. The flower embodied everything we wanted our wedding to be: elegant, vibrant, and a little exotic.   

Being a destination bride, I knew I wouldn’t have the level of involvement in planning the wedding that a local bride would.  For that reason, I really wanted to make sure to add some personal touches to the wedding.  Having come from a family of artists, incorporating my mother’s art work into the invitations and table numbers seemed a perfect solution.  The artwork turned out amazing, and I was so glad to add that element of uniqueness to the wedding.

The day of was a day of firsts: first day for us to see the venue in person, first day for our families to meet, and the first day my fiance and I spent as husband and wife.  The venue was more beautiful than we could have imagined, our families got along wonderfully, and we couldn’t have asked for a better first day to spend as married couple.  It was truly our dream wedding, and we are so grateful we were able to share it with our closest friends and family. And yes, my husband thanked me for convincing him to change the venue.

Photography: Squaresville Studios | Wedding Coordinator: Jackie and Lori of Tropical Maui Weddings | Floral Design: Maui Elegance Floral Design | Printing: U Lucky Girl Design House with original artwork by Marilyn Schofield | Hair + Makeup: Katira | DJ: DJ Del Sol | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Jamie Lawrence | Bartending: Maui Bars Are Us | Catering: Cafe O’lei | Wedding Cake: Cakes by JoAnn | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Officiant: Rev. Laki Pomaikai Kaahumanu | Custom Headpiece: Madison Avenue Designs via Circle Park Bridal | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely via Stardust