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Romantic Hawaiian Estate Destination Wedding

Hawaii is without a doubt one of the most magical and romantic places in the world. But with gorgeous, organic florals from Passion Roots in muted shades of pink and red and soft, breathtaking photos captured by O’Malley Photographers, this sweet Portland couple’s destination wedding on the island of Oahu rivals the state’s natural beauty. See all the pretty here.

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From O’Malley Photographers... We recently photographed a beautiful and intimate wedding on the island of Oahu. The bride and groom reside in Portland, Oregon but opted to have the wedding on the bride’s grandparents’ property near where she was born. It’s a stunning property overlooking Lanikai Beach and the ocean. The reception was held at the historic Moana Surfrider in Honolulu, with gorgeous florals by the talented Passion Roots.

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Floral Design: Passion Roots | Wedding Dress: Sweetheart | Cake: Tiers Of Joy | Ceremony Venue: Kailua Beach | Reception Venue: Moana Surfrider | Ring: Tiffany & Co | Invitations & Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

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Rustic Family-Oriented Wedding Under the Tuscan Sun

This wedding is like the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”: every detail has me ready to move to a little town tucked away in Tuscany. But, the next best thing to la dolce vita are these photos from Lisa Poggi of all the pretty planned by Super Tuscan Wedding Planners—from the couple’s daughters who served as bridesmaids to the handmade wedding rings and vintage Fiat getaway car. See it all here.

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From Super Tuscan Wedding PlannersThis romantic couple traveled to Italy with their entire family for their blessing. This is Ingrid and Jeroen’s special wedding in Tuscany! Ingrid and Jeroen decided that pure nature would be the key player for their big day! The wedding ceremony was held in a wheat field set within the Tuscan countryside with olive groves in the background. Bales of straw decorated with pretty white fabric and cushions were used for seating instead of the classical benches or chairs…can you imagine anything more country? Simplicity was the keyword to their union but the details were what made this country wedding in Tuscany special!

The morning started with the ladies getting ready in a venue near the beautiful Tuscan town of Cortona. The bride and the little bridesmaids decorated their heads with braids, flowers and colorful ribbons and a red Fiat 500 car took them to the ceremony location. The bride’s white gown and the bridesmaids’ white dresses were the perfect contrast with the rural Tuscan landscape and the symbolic wedding ceremony began with the best premises! And it seemed that not only Ingrid and Jeroen were going to get married but that their three daughters would join in as they sat with their parents in front of the celebrant! As unusual as the bride’s orange shoes and the handmade wedding rings were, the ceremony was touching as well as amusing! And all those present that day would surely agree!

This couple requested an eco & country wedding and that’s exactly what they got! The ring cushion was pure country style: a bunch of straw nicely tied up with string, with two white roses as decoration. The dominating color was white with pink details here and there, in places such as the bouquets hanging from the trees, all the details at the wedding reception table and the wedding cake that was tastefully decorated with edible rose colored flowers! Well, even the champagne was rose & pink!

The great Tuscan sun shining bright in the sky and the joy of this happy day made this country wedding in Tuscany perfect in its simplicity! The couple then decided to have a religious blessing, this was very important for them and the three little bridesmaids. And now this story ends..well, at least their wedding day does, ‘cause this couple started their new life together by taking a journey through the Tuscan countryside and its most beautiful cities like Cortona, on board a vintage & country red Fiat 500 car! 

Photography: Lisa Poggi Photography | Event Planning: Super Tuscan Wedding Planners | Florist: Super Tuscan Wedding Planners | Venue: Terzo Di Danciano | Lighting & Music: Wedding Music And Lights

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Elegant Hong Kong Garden Engagement Session

With Hong Kong as one of the most densely-packed urban metropolises on Earth, you might be surprised to learn that this bustling city is actually made up of 70% green space. Photographer Brumley and Wells certainly was! He captured this darling duo in some of the quietest garden areas of the city, and this gallery couldn’t be any lovelier.

From Brumley and WellsHong Kong is surprisingly green. As a film photographer who typically seeks out the serene beauty of remote landscapes, I was nervous about the prospects of shooting in Hong Kong. I didn’t know what to expect. Turns out, Hong Kong is made up of 70% green space, and the possibilities were endless – mountains, water, beaches, orchards. For Stefen and Yoyo’s engagement session, we focussed on the soft colors of bougainvilleas and a small orchard near the shore, where we finished the shoot at sunset looking back towards Hong Kong Island.

Photography: Brumley And Wells | Film Lab: Mammum Film Lab

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Rustic Newton Hall Wedding in Coastal Northumberland

Owning a wedding dress shop no doubt helped this Bride pick her dress in no time—a gorgeous full-lace Charlie Brear creation! Add in the quirky charm of Newton Hall, fitting perfectly with the couple’s personal touches (dinosaur centerpiece planters!) and we have a beautifully captured celebration, thanks to Sarah-Jane Ethan. Get whisked away with the full gallery right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… We met during Christmas 2012 after two mutual friends set us up on a blind date!! Apparently, we would ‘get on really well… turns out they were right!

Ten months later, on a trip to beautiful Lake Garda in Italy, Dave proposed at the feet of the Madonna statue, on a hill overlooking the town of Malcesine, at sunset. We were the only two there and I was completely swept off my feet!!! And so the planning began….

We knew we wanted a relaxed wedding with lots of natural touches. I had seen an image of some flower centerpieces that used natural logs as vases – it was the first picture I saved and the theme took a natural course from there.

Having owned a wedding dress shop for over 5 years (I’ve since sold on the business), choosing my dress was probably the easiest bit – believe it or not! Over the years I had found out what shapes suited me and what didn’t, so could narrow styles down quite quickly. I wanted something with a vintage feel but that would still flatter my 5’2″ frame. My full-lace, Charlie Brear dress ticked every box! I also bought two separate tops to wear with it that would give me three slightly different looks for throughout the day! I had always wanted to wear a veil so I knew that was also a must but I kept the veil quite simple so that it didn’t over power the dress. My headpiece was a Richard Designs side tiara that added some vintage sparkle to the over all look.

We hadn’t been looking for too long until we stumbled upon Newton Hall, on the beautiful coastline of Northumberland. The North East being Dave’s home and both of my parents birthplace – it seemed the most natural choice. It had the rustic charm we were looking for, coupled with quirky, fantastical decoration – we booked it over the phone before we had even been for a visit!!

Both being Beatles fans, we had a piano version of ‘Let It Be’ for me and my brothers to walk down the aisle too. We walked out to ‘All You Need Is Love’ and Dave gave each of the groomsmen a guitar brooch to wear in tribute to his love of all things music!! We stuck with tradition for the vows but Dave’s usher read a poem called ‘The Lovely Other Dinosaur’ by Edward Monkton that seemed to sum us both up perfectly!! The poem also complemented the handmade dinosaur planters used along with the centerpieces, that I spent far too much time on!!!

As tribute to my Dad, my mum gave me a vintage brooch with a picture of him inside to attach to my bouquet, so I still felt like he was there in spirit.

We struggled to find the groomsmen ties to match the bridesmaid dresses so my amazing mum took it upon herself to hand crochet individual ties for them all! They loved them and have all worn them since! She also handmade button bouquets for all my flower girls, that they could also keep as mementos of the day.

All of the logs for the table centers were provided by close family friends and we stenciled the plinths for them to sit on ourselves.

It would be very hard to pin down just one thing we were pleased about- the whole day was a dream from start to finish!! Seeing all the individual elements come together is something that you can’t quite believe will work until you see it!! From seeing the room set up with all the flowers for the first time to watching all our close family and friends smiling and dancing to our amazing live band – to us, it was perfect!

To anybody still planning their big day – try to enjoy it! Try to make it personal to you and don’t just follow the crowd and do what you think people want you to do. If you want to add Star Wars figures into your centerpieces instead of flowers – do it!! (I wish I had!) It will show off your personalities and put a smile on other peoples faces!

For our photographer we chose SJ, the reasons will be hard to sum up in a few words!! She was amazing!! We wanted photographs that would capture the spirit of the day, were very natural and above all, weren’t ‘set-up’. We fell in love with the natural light images she produces. She captures moments in the day that you may not have even noticed – a happy tear, a loving glance, a far-away thought. Add to that the fact that she is the happiest, smiliest person ever put on this planet and you have the best photographer!! Her photos are as genuine and full of joy as she is and we couldn’t have asked for more – the photos speak for themselves.

Photography: Sarah-Jane Ethan | Floral Design: Katherine Florists | Wedding Dress: Charlie Brear | Cake: Baked Cupcakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid | Make-up : KF Make-up | Hair: Lisa Cameron | Band: Grooveallstars | Groom's Attire: Victor Valentine | Wedding Venue: Newton Hall | Chair Covers: The Finishing Touch Company | Flower Girls : Monsoon | Luminated Letters: Coco Luminaire | Ushers: Next | Veil & Tiara: Richard Designs | Wedding Acessories: Lola Bridal

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Romantic + Traditional Hawaiian Wedding Inspiration

To say that I’m uhb-sessed with the O’Malley Photographers would be putting it lightly, I mean, just glance at this oh-so-tropical inspo and you’ll see just what I mean. Planned in the hands of Christina Hartman of Wildheart, it’s an inspiration that’ll transport you to a lush enchanted garden carefully curated with Maui Executive Catering Company treats and that oh-so-dreamy landscape that only Hawaii can offer. It’s a combination that’s got us dreaming of sandy shores and lovely lei’s, and you can see it all unfold here!

From Stylist/Florist, Christina Hartman of WildheartInternational film photographers, Scott and Ashlee O’Malley of O’Malley Photographers, perfectly capture the rich, tropical gardens of the Haiku Mill on Maui’s north shore in this island-inspired inspiration shoot. The historic ruins of the Mill are a perfect backdrop of vine draped stonewalls, lush enchanted gardens and carefully curated French antiques, creating a romantic but distinctly Hawaiian backdrop.

Deeply inspired by our island home and its diversity of flowers and foliage, my intent was to create something that had an authentic sense of place using materials that are growing abundantly here. Our usual ideas of tropical flowers are bright and colorful, but there are many softer hues that can be used with various foliage textures to soften the boldness of a tropical palette. Urns filled with soft peach and pink orchids, gingers, banana flowers, and coffee, layered with ferns create verdant arrangements when placed on an indigo handmade table runner filling a long farm table. Drawing inspiration from tradition and honor, we create a floral footbath of lovely hibiscus to nourish and calm the bride. Also, keeping with the Hawaiian tradition of a lei exchange, a triple strand of crown flowers adorns her.

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Event Styling: Wildheart | Event Planning: Wildheart | Floral Design: Wildheart | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Hair And Makeup: MeiLi Autumn Beauty | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Haiku Mill | Bar Alchemist: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Bridal Boutique: LOHO Bride | Rentals: Signature Maui | Ribbon: Adorn Company | Stationery & Calligraphy: La Happy | Tableware: Set

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Getaway Guide to Bora Bora from The Honeymoonist

There’s something magical about Bora Bora. It has the prettiest water I’ve ever seen, shifting from vibrant turquoise to deep indigo, with strings of overwater bungalows extending out from luxury hotels. You feel removed from the rest of the world, but as it’s a French territory, the vibe is decidedly sophisticated. No wonder it’s the most popular request I get for honeymoons; it was made for romance.

Where To Stay

You know you want it: an overwater bungalow. Most bungalows are similar in size, with airy bedrooms, living rooms with glass panel in the floor (to see the fish underneath!), and wooden decks that stretch out over the lagoon; some of them have plunge pools as well, to up the decadence factor. The further out your bungalow is out on the walkway, the more privacy you have; ditto for mountain-view as opposed to lagoon-view bungalows, which face back towards the resort.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is the epitome of understated elegance, with discrete service, stellar cuisine and an onsite naturalist who leads snorkeling tours of their private lagoon. St. Regis Bora Bora has the biggest standard overwater bungalows on the island, and extra perks such as Lagoon Restaurant by Jean Georges, a CLARINS spa and an onsite bridal boutique with dresses by Norwegian designer Cecilie Melli. InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa uses cutting-edge green technology to keep luxury up but carbon footprint down; their Deep Ocean Spa is the best in Tahiti, with hydrotherapy treatments and a perfectly placed outdoor spa garden set high on a hill overlooking the lagoon.

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A shark and ray snorkel trip sounds terrifying, but it’s amazing to be in the water as your guide hand-feeds stingrays and curious (and harmless) black-tip reef sharks swim the perimeter, looking for scraps. On an unforgettable jet-ski navigation of Bora Bora lagoon, you’ll circle the mainland, stopping at a few swimming spots along the way and marveling at the ever-changing hues around you. Don’t miss the chance for a champagne picnic on a motu – an uninhabited islet with nothing on it but a few hammocks and a shady pavilion. Your guide will set up your repast and then disappear, leaving you alone to enjoy the food, the view and each other.

Where To Eat

Located in the main village of Vaitape, Restaurant St. James serves up stellar seafood with a Polynesian twist. Take a seat on the patio and enjoy ahi four ways, followed by fresh fish topped with the island’s tastiest vanilla sauce. Bora Bora Yacht Club caters to boaters with plentiful offshore moorings; you never know who will come in to tuck into the casual menu of salads, pastas and burgers, best enjoyed at sunset on the outdoor deck. Villa La Mahana’s chef-owner Damien Rinadli-Dovio trained in France and worked at LA’s legendary L’Orangerie before opening this unassuming restaurant set in a residential neighborhood. Indulge in the creative tasting menu, served at a candle-topped table in the intimate courtyard.

What To Pack

Bora Bora is all about the water, so you’ll live in swimsuits by day, paired with traditional Tahitian sarongs; worn by women and men, you’ll find them for sale just about everywhere. Bring along some reef shoes for outdoor excursions, and sneakers if you plan to work out. Resort chic is the look for evenings – think a maxi dress, sandals and light wrap for her, and long pants (no jeans), deck shoes and collared shirt for him.

What to Buy

It’s almost a crime to go to Tahiti and come home without a black pearl. The best pearl farms are located on Tahiti’s outer islands; the pearls are nurtured, harvested and then sold in every configuration from loose gems to stunning multi-strand necklaces. As with diamonds, quality varies and you get what you pay for, so stick with reputable vendors such as Sibani or Tahiti Pearl Market.

Photography: Love Is My Favorite Color | Honeymoon Advice: The Honeymoonist

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Susan M, The Honeymoonist, Travel Expert