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Romantic Lahaina Beach Wedding

When I spot the name Wendy Laurel in our submissions inbox, I know there’s a happy, colorful soiree in store. She’s a magnet for the sweetest couples and their equally charming weddings. Destination fetes like this one, where personal touches like family readings, their adorable little gal and a custom cake topper make it one of a kind. Right this way for even more in The Vault!

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From Wendy Laurel….Adam and Scott have been together a long time. They have a daughter together. And they are a family. But they weren’t able to get married where they live in Australia so they combined their wedding and honeymoon and headed to Maui for a lovely destination wedding easy for both of their families to attend (families from Australia and the mainland US). The day was filled with small personal and sentimental touches — a grandfather’s pocket watch, the rainbow shirt Scott was wearing when he first met Adam, their daughter in the wedding ceremony, readings from Scott’s Aunt and another from one of their best friends, a custom made cake topper.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Floral Design: Sunya | Cake: Merrimans | Groom's Attire: Black Label | Venue: Merrimans | Cake Topper: Your Personal Engraver (etsy) | Grooms' Accessories: Belance | Photography Assist: Jeffrey Oltman

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Intimate + Colorful Hawaiian Wedding

Filled with coral peonies and cascading amaranth, sprinkled with gilded sequins and touches of glam (hello, sparkling hair brooch!), and nestled amongst the tropical cliffs of gorgeous Honolulu, these intimate nuptials, captured by Kylie Martin and Schyne Design, are bursting with prettiness. Take a peek below, then check out the full gallery for more!

 

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From Kylie MartinErin and Warren curated a beautiful, intimate ceremony in the hills of Hawaii surrounded by their closes friends and family. When Erin initially reached out to me she described the feeling she desired for her wedding day. I am always moved by brides that focus on the emotion and experience conveyed throughout their day over the “look.” Erin explained that she wanted her day to feel intimate and relaxed but have an elegant touch. Elegant it was. By choosing classic elements this wedding evoked a timeless grace. Soft shades of pink and ivory, champagne and an intimate gathering of guests were the perfect setting for Erin and Warren. Not only did they provide gorgeous details but they focused on the most important portion of their day, which was joining their lives together and celebrating with loved ones. Their joy and love was contagious and it was an honor to document. In staying true to the feelings they wanted to evoke on their day they were able to create a wedding that reflected themselves as a couple and a gorgeous palette of inspiration for future brides and grooms planning their weddings.

Photography: Kylie Martin | Coordination: Blake Entertainment Hawaii | Floral Design: Blake Entertainment Hawaii | Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal | Reception Venue: Halekulani | Hair and Makeup: Leslie Fair | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Photography - Assistance: Schyne Design | Ring box: The Mrs. Box | Wedding Ring: Cartier

Tropical + Colorful Wedding in Kauai Botanical Garden

Like a tropical vacation married with meaning, Heather Cook Elliott Photography captured this wildly rural celebration. A botanical garden fête complete with unbelievably turquoise waters, hula dancers and even Hawaiian Shaved Ice, the gallery is refreshing as it is romantic. It’s the ultimate island evening and you can see it all in The Vault!

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From Heather Cook Elliott PhotographyKauai is a wild and rural place, constantly changing but in many ways age old and always the same. Lush green peaks tower over unbelievably turquoise water and beaches jagged with black volcanic rock. Horses and goats and trucks are everywhere the tourists aren’t and surfboards are tied to any four wheeled thing that moves. There is very little “architecture” to write about as what is there has an odd wild west-saloon quality to it, but the sleek palms, incredibly varied plants and rock formations give form and structure to all the outdoor places anyone might care to visit. Brooke & Steve have called Kauai home for nearly two years now, two Haoles who have done an amazing and genuine job of immersing themselves in the culture, the place, the food, the sense of being that is Kauai. Their wedding was a destination one for their families and childhood and college friends, but for scores of other guests and for themselves it was really a wedding at home. Catered by their local favorite places with entertainment by an expert and acclaimed hula dance and music group, they invited everyone to explore the botanical gardens and enjoy Hawaiian Shave Ice, to dance and to lounge in the sun, to take photos in a converted VW bus, to pray with them in the oldest Catholic church on the island. In the span of just a few hours I felt that I came to know them both as old friends and I have to share some of who they are here. I loved how everything felt distinctly Hawaiian, but also unarguably Brooke & Steve and I think that’s because whatever Brook & Steve do they do all in. From shipping his truck thousands of miles from Wisconsin to Kauai because that truck is his baby to them getting matching spam musubi tattoos because they love those things, Brooke and Steve are all about love and passion and awesomeness – living it day by day and always together.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Floral Design: JC Flowers | Floral Design: Martin Roberts Design | Wedding Dress: Joelle Perry | Reception Venue: Allerton National Tropical Botanical Garden | Bride's Shoes: Seychelles | Hair And Makeup: DT Style Team | DJ: Mike Lopez | Hotel: Koa Kea | Aloha Shirts: Kealopiko | Hula Dance Group: Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina’ala | Leis: Lin's Lei's | Photo Booth: Hawaiian Photo Bus | Purses: Mermaid At Heart Hawaii By Kapua Kaneakua | Shave Ice Truck: Wailua Shave Ice | Styling & Coordination: Kawaii Designs Hawaii | Tattoo: Ms. Billie At Blue Tiki Tattoo

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Glamorous + Romantic Haiku Mill Wedding

I remember when I first saw pictures of a wedding at Haiku Mill, I thought it looked too pretty to be real. This glam wedding from Anna Kim Photography is stirring up those same feelings of awe. With stunning florals from Mandy Grace Designs, chic ghost chairs and elegant draping, and delicious cocktails from Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering, this Hawaiian fête is almost too good to be true. See it all here.

 

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From The Bride…Brad and I met through a mutual friend on a blind date. Our first date was at the beautiful Broadmoor hotel and resort. There was definitely something unique and special about Brad. We hit it off right away. We both thought we were comedians, so laughter and fun banter filled our entire date. It’s truly been that way ever since. 

Brad proposed to me Thanksgiving weekend when we had both sides of our families in town for the holiday. The day after Thanksgiving, we thought it would be a great idea to pick up breakfast Cronuts for our guests, and the only place that makes them in town was the Broadmoor. Brad thoughtfully planned the proposal at the place that we had our first date. It was such a sweet and heartfelt proposal and it was so exciting to come back and share the news with both of our families. 

I was captivated by the Haiku Mill and all it’s beauty and knew that was where I wanted to have our wedding. We always envisioned a small and intimate ceremony, which the Haiku Mill was perfect for. We also selected Maui Hawaii to allow for our guests to have a great excuse to visit the beautiful island and to have a fun week filled with celebrations. 

Our vision for the wedding was to have a dreamy, beautiful  and glamorous event. I love Hollywood style weddings, and designed  a celebrity worthy wedding. The wedding venue was kept under wraps and revealed the day of. We rented a private charter bus to take our 60 guests to the secret location. The colors were blush, rose gold and nude to compliment the natural beauty of the mill. The elements of glamour were the crystal chandeliers placed throughout the venue, lots of candles, varying floral arrangements, and a mirrored table runner to reflect the chandeliers at night. We had kings tables and ghosts chairs for a romantic and glamorous look. The bridesmaids were free to pick any dress to fit their personal style in any of the blush, rosegold or nude hues. It all came together beautifully. Food and cocktails were important to us as well, our menu was an organic farm to table menu and the food was sourced within 7 miles of the venue. We had signature cocktails that utilized fruits from the venue. We wanted our guest to experience a well thought out and memorable evening. 

Oh and the dress!! Going with glamour and nothing less, the dress is from Pnina Tornai’s New York City runway show. I also wore a Pnina Tornai cathedral length veil. The dress was handmade with lace detail throughout, a deep plunging neckline mermaid cut gown with Swarovski crystals delicately places throughout. It was definitely a show stopper. 

We put a lot of effort into every details to make the wedding unique and special. We made our welcome signs and hand painted them in our garage. We stained the wood to compliment the fruit trees on the property. We also used a vintage window pane and hired a calligrapher to write our guests names on the panes for our seating chart which was hung on a tree. We had welcome bags for our guests filled with sunblock, local Maui beer, local Maui coffee, Advil, & a itinerary door hanger to go over the weeks activities. We hired a ukelele singer, who we still get rave reviews about to this day. He sang over the rainbow as I walked down the aisle and performed throughout our cocktail hour which created a serene and magical ambiance. We also surprised our guests by chartering a  private sunset dinner cruise over the coast of Maui the night before the wedding for a fun night out. 

Wedding planning was such a fun and enjoyable experience. There was no glitches on our wedding day, and honestly it could not have gone any smoother. Best advice is to be extremely organized, have a well thought out plan and concise vision and hire a wedding planner that you trust and connect with to help execute your vision. We were fortunate to have one of the best planners that ensured our vision and day was flawless. 

From Anna Kim PhotographyGlamour and romance elegantly color every moment captured of this destination wedding. Beautiful shades of ivory, blush, nude, and rose gold perfectly compliment the old world, natural beauty of the Haiku Mill and accentuate the countless, enchanting details of this truly stunning event.

Our cameras were in heaven, inhaling an intoxicating, dreamy concoction of florals, candles, and mirrored table runners that reflected the chandeliers up above, and exhaling soft tendrils of timeless images illuminating the hours of thoughtful planning that went in to this beautiful wedding.

And then, of course, there is the bride. Phuong looked like she had just stepped off Pnina Tornai’s New York City runway show in her mermaid bridal gown and cascading cathedral length veil. The deep, plunging neckline, details of handmade lace and delicately placed Swarovski crystals were truly a work of art and added to our bride’s already breathtaking beauty.

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Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Coordination: Lindsay Miller Of Haiku Mill | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Designs | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Catering: Maui Executive Catering | Hair And Makeup: Ry-n Shimabuku | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | DJ: Randy Of Ace Beats | Officiant: Reverend Valentine Tino Rosete | Venue: Haiku Mill | Bar: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Photography - Assistance: Jessica Of Anna Kim Photography | Ukulele Musician: Marvin Tevaga | Veil: Pnina Tornai

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Romantic Sunset Bridal Portraits in Hawaii

I frequently find myself dreaming of paradise, and in those moments where I need a visual I’ll quickly scroll to this inspo from Kylie Martin. Complete with salty air and sun-kissed skin, every detail proves that Hawaii is the ultimate canvas for romance. The cool rush of the ocean paired with Passion Roots blooms, it’s an inspiration that has me dreaming of an endless summer, and you can see it all here!

From Kylie Martin“But these are the days we dream about when the sunlight paints us gold”

The inspiration for this session was drawn from natural textures and light located on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii. During the late winter months the sea casts large swells that release a salty spray throughout the air, as the sun begins to sink into the horizon a rush of gold light pours out over the ocean and reflects into the hazy air creating a serene, romantic canvas. We chose a gown that was modern but feminine, the natural textures found throughout the gown were complimentary to the location we shot in. We wanted our Bride’s hair to feel effortless but still maintain a chic quality. Kendra was able to create two stunning original looks out of one, this helped create a “day to night” or “ceremony to reception” hairstyle. A lush, overgrown bouquet completed the look by incorporating neutral colors and a unique arrangement. The concept was to create an effortlessly chic look that can appeal to any bride who wants to remain classic but allow for some modern touches.

Photography: Kylie Martin | Floral Design: Passion Roots | Wedding Dress: Houghton NYC | Venue: North Shore | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Hair + Makeup: Kendra Hittinger | Model: Kaleo Woods | Photo Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Stylist: Kylie Martin

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