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Living The Dream With A Hawaiian Beach Elopement

Originally from Australia, connected in Bali and then said “I do” in Hawaii…these two are quite tapped into the best destinations of the world if I do say so myself. But with these pics by Wendy Laurel, it’s safe to say they picked the best spot for their intimate elopement. Surrounded by colors straight out of a watercolor painting, they became husband and wife and these photos are giving my Monday meaning. See all the beauty in our Vault here!

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From Wendy Laurel… These two are both from Australia but met in Bali and married in Hawaii. They choose a simple beach elopement with just a few family members and their young daughter to witness their wedding. Elopements are wonderful because they always end up being so intimate and emotional. Just the couple, their love, their family alone on a deserted beach with the sun shining and the wind blowing is such a romantic vision. The bright and happy florals worked so well on the beach and the groom’s maile leaf lei brought the aloha spirit to the day.

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Photography: Wendy Laurel | Event Planning: maui aloha weddings | Floral Design: Bella Bloom Floral Boutique | Photography - Assistance: Jeffrey Michael

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Best Wedding Backdrop EVER!

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that it’s often a bride’s fashion choices, or the delightful reception details that grab my attention more than others. Well, not here. Simply put, this ceremony rocks. Our creative Groom and his future father-in-law created one amazing backdrop that his beautiful Bride didn’t see until she took that walk down the aisle. Aria Studios captured every bit – all in our Vault this way!

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From the Bride… George and I first met in Los Angeles in 2010. George is a typographer and I’m a photographer. After many years of seeing each other’s imagery, we finally put together our first art show, “Passage”, in 2013. It was within the process of creating together, that our love grew. Collaborating is still very much a part of our relationship, so planning a wedding together was something I knew we would both enjoy!

When my parents asked us what we wanted our wedding day to be like, we told them we wanted to bring our family and closest friends to enjoy the beauty of Maui. I used to live on Maui when I was a young girl, so it has, and always will be, a second home to our family. Once we set the beautiful location at the Royal Lahaina, our entire family got to creating! Another great part of planning was finding my wedding dress with my mom in Colorado. The amazing staff at Emma & Grace Bridal put together all my wedding dress wish list items with their in-house designer! From start to finish, it was one of the most unique and memorable experiences for a bride to have! It was truly my dream dress.

Planning a wedding can be a very daunting task. There are so many essential items (Save-The-Dates, invitations, RSVP cards, ceremony/reception decor, favors, etc). In browsing endless websites, we gathered as much inspiration as we could and decided to make everything we needed instead! Invitations, Save-The-Date postcards, RSVP’s, ceremony programs, reception signs, wedding favors, etc. All were conceptualized and created by George and I.

One of the most special pieces created at our wedding was our ceremony backdrop. George and my father worked on this for several months in secret, and the first time I saw it was when I was walking down the aisle. George drew the canvas and my dad built the entire structure and stand. It was a breathtaking moment. To have that as a backdrop to our entire wedding, is something we will remember forever.

Our incredibly talented friends also lent their crafts to making our day a true celebration. Sorah Yang is a dear friend and the first time we ever heard her sing was when she graciously volunteered to perform at “Passage”. We were immediately moved to tears. Having her sing our wedding entrance and first dances was a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Also, present at “Passage” was our MC, Amanda Suk. Sukie is one of my best friends and having her MC our wedding was such a natural fit. Pukalani Hula Hale (the group I danced for as a young girl) performed. The Company (Daly City, CA), a dance crew George was apart of for nine years also performed. DJ Druskee, a dear friend to both of us, brought our reception to life. Adam Vida also blessed us with a surprise performance.

Capturing all the handmade details, performances, and moments in between was no easy task. A family friend recommended Aria Studios and we couldn’t be more happy with the imagery taken by their remarkable team. Holly and Jonas are a dream team. They moved seamlessly through a few schedule changes and truly captured the feeling of our day. As a photographer, I know weddings can be stressful and difficult, but I am so blown away with their team’s talent!

We can confidently say that we made our wedding a true celebration of who we are as individuals and together. Nothing at our wedding was pre-packaged for us. We enjoyed having a hand in creating art pieces for all aspects. So much of our union is a testament to the support of our friends and family, and we were honored to have them there to celebrate with us!

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Photography: Aria Studios | Floral Design: A Special Touch | Wedding Dress: Emma And Grace Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | DJ: DJ Druskee | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Groomsmen Attire: 7 Diamonds | Ceremony Music: Sorah Yang | Venue: Royal Lahaina Resort | Ceremony Backdrop: George Anzaldo | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Invitations, Programs + Signage: George Anzaldo | MC: Amanda Suk

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Considering Red As A Wedding Color? Look No Further.

Red is officially my new favorite wedding color and if you’re unsure, look no further than this Hawaiian celebration captured by Aria Studios. From the Jenny Yoo dresses in a rich crimson to the proteas and dahlias filling the bouquets from Passion Roots, red in all it’s shades, shines bright. Anticipate Invitations set the scene – and pointed guests in the right direction –  all leading to our Vault gallery right here!

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From Aria Studios… Tori and Glenn wanted a wedding that emphasized Hawaii and was fun and comfortable for their guests. They chose the perfect location at Loulu Palm Estate on the North Shore of Oahu, complete with horses, empty beaches, and a killer sunset.

I love that Tori incorporated deep berry tones for her wedding that popped against the lush green estate. Tori was stunning in her deep back Willowby Watters gown and all the girls wore barefoot sandals from Forever Soles.

The warm Hawaiian breeze fluttered the long ribbons against the floral arch as Tori walked down the aisle to Glenn. I can’t handle how adorable they were when they first saw each other!

While Tori’s family attended locally, Glenn’s family and friends all traveled from the East Coast for the occasion. Pineapple signature cocktails and soft pink proteas kept the Hawaiian theme alive and elegant amidst the cafe lights, clear top tent, farm tables, and gold accents. The newly joined families danced the night away on the outdoor dance floor with Tori and Glenn surrounded by their favorite people and the twinkling Hawaiian starlight above.

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Photography: Aria Studios | Event Planning: L-4-Love | Floral Design: Passion Roots | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: A Cake Life | Bride's Shoes: Forever Soles | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Stir Beverage | Catering: Memoirs | Hair + Makeup: Mariah Melanie | DJ: Dynamic Sounds | Venue: Loulu Palm Estate | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Invitations + Signage: Anticipate Invitations | Rentals: Event Accents | Rentals: Pacific Party Rental | Rentals: MOOD Event | Rentals: Les Saisons

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