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A Sun-Kissed Island Celebration

Forget your average mainland celebration, because this sun-kissed ceremony in Hawaii is where it’s at. With the unbelievably talented Wendy Laurel behind the lens, it’s the ultimate wedding day that’s sure to have you setting sail. Complete with inviting yellow details and a seaside ceremony, we’ve got every bit of beauty waiting for you to favorite in The Vault!

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From the Bride…Josh and his father own Maui Olive Company so most of our décor came from tree clippings at the orchard. We also used olive oil from the harvest and some delicious lilikoi butter his father makes as our reception gifts. Josh and I brined olives a few months before the wedding and jarred them, leaving them on the tables for people to nosh on or take with them. Our sign (arrows pointing to ceremony, reception, babysitting, bar, restrooms etc) was made by Josh’s dad and painted by our brother and his wife.

Pick a reasonable day prior to the wedding and decide look…whatever isn’t finished isn’t finished – and let it go. No one will be the wiser. It isn’t worth stressing or running around finishing last minute errands once your friends and family arrive. We set up a couple group events people could opt to attend (private sunset sail and a luau). Gave us a chance to see people and also a chance for our guests to meet one another before the wedding.

Give yourself at least 10-15 minutes for some alone time before the ceremony begins. And of course…savor every minute of your big day because it is going to fly. Take time to slow down certain moments and soak them in. HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!

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Photography: Wendy Laurel | Event Planning: A WHITE ORCHID WEDDING, INC. | Floral Design: haawina farms | Catering: Soup To Nuts | Hair + Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty | Officiant: Kimokeo Kapahulehua | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Beverage Services: Bars Are Us | Photography - Assistance: Jeffrey Oltman | Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals | Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream | Singer: Jaime Lawrence

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Saturday Morning Movie: One Thousand Cranes for Love

There’s a Japanese legend that says that if you fold one thousand origami cranes, the Gods will grant you a wish. And so, with that in mind, Sebastian and Eleni started folding little birds in preparation for their wedding day. And when they said “I do,” they folded the 1,000th one. We’re not sure what that big wish was, but we’re pretty sure it came true – and lucky for us, Arte Cinematica captured the magic live!

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From Arte Cinematica… This is the love story of Sebastian and Eleni. This is a story about folding one thousand origami cranes. A story about holding hands. A story about love and togetherness. This is the wedding of Sebleni. From Freiburg and Kimolos to London. Around the world, and then back to Athens. Gathering people from all around the globe to witness the exchange of vows of love and affection, in the breathtaking scenery of Lake Vouliagmeni, and then party all together till the morning.

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds one thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the Gods. Sebastian and Eleni, planned their wedding from London, where they live, and the preparations included a lot of DIY. They folded 999 origami cranes, leaving the last crane for their wedding ceremony. Receiving guests from all over the world, they organized and prepared many travel decorations by themselves for the reception, as well as a photo tree with photos from all their guests. The giveaways and invitations were also made by the couple with help from Thefty (for the logo) and Etsy/notonthehighstreet/amazon/paperchase (for the deco).

The whole ceremony was written by their close friend Patrick, and the couple wrote their own vows. All the songs in the ceremony and the first dance were from bands they have seen together in the past. The table names were of cities/places they have traveled to together as well.

It was a very emotional ceremony, in a unique location, full of energy and character, brought together two families originating, respectively, from Germany and Greece, and hosted friends from at least 11 countries from all over the world.

The wedding video tells the story of this couple, and how from Sebastian and Eleni, how they became “Sebleni”.

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Photography: Arte Cinematica | Cinematography: Arte Cinematica | Floral Design: Fleur du jour | Wedding Dress: Charlie Brear | Bride's Shoes: Colisée Paris | Catering: Atene Catering | DJ: SoundVoice | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Venue: Vouliagmeni Lake | Photo Booth: SoundVoice | Sound Design: SoundVoice

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By Bike + Boat, Amsterdam Is Bursting With Charm

Whether by bike or boat, Amsterdam is full of undeniable charm and Audra Wrisley captured this couple entertaining both adorable modes of transportation – all in our Vault right this way! From holding onto each other atop a Dutch bicycle to sipping wine as they soaked up the sights, these two give a whole new meaning to blissfully in love.

From Audra Wrisley Photography… Andrea and her boyfriend of many years, Robbert, finished their studies in New York City a few years ago, and moved back to their native Amsterdam to work in the city’s vibrant advertising world. Amazingly these two still find time to also work on personal projects together, and they’ve traveled the country promoting an incredible documentary they released last year.

For their shoot we decided to start at one of their favorite coffee places, not far from the old city center. Afterwards, they hopped on their Dutch bicycle together to a small boat that we used to explore the Amsterdam’s incredible maze of canals. We navigated our way under many of the city’s countless bridges (apparently there are three times more than in Venice!), and captured this sweet couple together. Sunny afternoons in the Netherlands go hand in hand with a glass of rosé, and cheese platters are pretty much always mandatory, regardless of the weather.

It was a perfect afternoon with this beautiful happy couple, and we feel so lucky to have captured their love!

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Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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