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Intimate Hawaiian Destination Wedding from Jonathan Canlas

I want this wedding.  I want this wedding in the worst way.  Because when it comes down to magical ways to say “I do,” this pretty little affair really knows how it’s done.  I’m talking an intimate love-fest with a small group of friends and family, a weekend getaway in paradise and a whole host of lovely captured by Jonathan Canlas that will literally rock your world… and fill your entire day with pretty.  Start the festivities off in the full gallery.  It’s amazing.

And a pretty little film from IMF Visions for even more lovely.  Enjoy.

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From Jonathan CanlasThis was a small destination wedding for Kristin and Derek who live in Austin, Texas. There were around 35 guests, almost all were family members from across the US. It was a rather quick engagement and Hawaii is very special to both of them, as is family, so they decided on a smaller celebration with their family on the North Shore of Oahu. This is not a wedding heavy in details per say but still heavy in details in the fact that the location, Hawaii, work as the details. The local flare, “natives” from the Polynesian Cultural Center, scenic landscapes, endless ocean views and beaches make this wedding.

From the Bride… Before Derek and I even became serious about marriage, I think we both knew Hawaii was the place. It all started early on in our relationship when I invited him to join me for a wedding in Vail, Colorado for a close family friend. Being in our early 30’s meant we had both attended our fair share of weddings but none of them felt quite like this. It was like a happy weekend getaway with all of the guests celebrating love, life and friendship together. It was such a happy weekend and from then on we knew there was no question that a destination wedding was for us… and what better place than Hawaii. Fast forward almost four years and we truly had the wedding of our dreams. Hawaii is like a dream land and although it took some doing to get there… It was a trip that none of our guests will forget. It was a prefect day, with our favorite people in the most beautiful spot. I only wish we could do it all over again! Best day ever!!

Photography: Jonathan Canlas | Cinematography: IMF Visions | Flowers: Turtle Bay Resort | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Turtle Bay | Ceremony Venue: Laie LDS Temple | Reception Venue: Turtle Bay | Bride's Shoes: Sam Edelman | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Groom's Shoes: To Boot by Adam Derrick | Flower Girls Dresses: Jcrew

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Manele Bay Wedding at the Four Seasons Resort from Trish Barker Photography

When this Manele Bay wedding first popped up on my radar, it was love at first sight. But after carefully poring through every aspect of this gorgeous day, I’m convinced it’s perfect. Because on top of all the scenic gorgeousness at the Four Seasons Resort, Manele Bay and the stunning shots by Trish Barker Photography, this beautiful bride designed her very own dress. Pretty awesome, right? Click here for all that plus sooo much more.

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From TrishBill is a doctor, Jessica is a physician’s assistant. They met at work, fell in love, and the rest is history.

They chose the gorgeous Four Season’s Resort at Manele Bay for the beautiful and intimate wedding. She designed her own dress, which I was drooling over the whole time. Just gorgeous.

It wasn’t supposed to rain. The sky was blue and everything was set up outside. But just after we finished their romantic photos, and just as the food was brought out, it began to downpour. The bride was, obviously, a bit distressed. But we saw an opportunity with the rain and the umbrellas and started a little “mini” shoot in the rain. It was awesome… my favorite part… and it completely distracted the bride from the fact that it was raining on her wedding. And by the time we were done, the rain had passed, the sky cleared up again and their celebration continued into the night.

In Hawaii, it’s considered a blessing if it rains on your wedding. A good sign. It definitely resulted in a good time and some of my favorite shots of the day.

Photography: Trish Barker Photography | Floral Design: Four Seasons Resort, Manele Bay, Lanai, Hawaii | Cake: Four Seasons Resort | Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Resort - Manele Bay | Cocktail Furniture: Opihi Love Boutique | Dance Floor + Lighting: Envisions Entertainment

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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