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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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Romantic Island Elopement in Kauai at Kilohana Plantations

When it comes to themes, we’ve seen it all on SMP, but this Bride and Groom’s theme of “enjoying our day and just going with the flow” might just be my favorite. They created a romantic elopement that highlighted their love, and thanks to the talented  Blenda Montoro we get to enjoy the results right here.

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From The Bride…A romantic island elopement was the perfect way for us to celebrate our love. We live in Seattle now but met over 13 years ago through a mutual friend in our hometown of Ellensburg, Washington. Sparks flew instantly and as they say, the rest is history. Our first trip together was to the island of Kauai. We fell in love with the stunning beauty of the island and the laid back island life. When Louis proposed at the summit of one of our favorite hikes in our hometown we knew without a doubt Kauai was the perfect fusion of a secluded outdoor island destination for our wedding.

Now, to pick the date…The most important part of our planning was to find an amazing photographer. We were blown away by Blenda Montoro Miller and her artistic eye for capturing love. Before we even contacted her we knew we would just pick our date around her availability. When she said June 28th was available that is when we set our date for our elopement! Our vision for our secret wedding was a romantic island elopement where elegance meets simplicity. I found my dress through the J Crew wedding collection. I had two pairs of shoes, a flowery sandal for walking on the beach and for my something blue, a fun pair of blue heels from Badgley Mishka. I had “borrowed” my moms pearl necklace and Louis gave me pearl earrings as a wedding gift. Kristy at The LAB Salon did a beautiful job with my hair and makeup. She hit it spot on with a beachy romantic hairstyle and a statement peony on the side. The talented designers at Martin Roberts Design created the beautiful soft romantic peony bouquet. Louis dressed the part looking sharp in his blue suit with custom made cuff links reading “lucky me”. Even though our vision for our wedding was simple and laid back, these small details made it really special to us.

Keeping with the theme of just enjoying our day and going with the flow, we weren’t exactly sure where we were going to have the ceremony. At the time of our wedding we met our photographer Blenda and officiant, Kelvin Ho in front of the resort we were staying at. We were thinking of having the ceremony right there on Shipwrecks beach but with the advice of Blenda and Kelvin we decided to take a little walk up to the cliffs above the beach where we found the most dramatic, intimate and perfect spot to say “I DO!” The skies were blue, the wind was cleansing and the love between us was undeniable. Our officiant Kelvin spoke such beautiful, heartfelt words during the ceremony rituals. We could not have asked for a better officiant to share this special moment with as we start our lives together as husband and wife. It took our breath away. After the ceremony Blenda, her husband Raymond, Louis and I went to a second location at The Kilohana Plantation to celebrate with champagne and take some fun photos. We couldn’t have asked for a better day and we have the most amazing photographs that captured these moments to share with family and friends.

Photography: Blenda Montoro Photography | Floral Design: Martin Roberts Design Floral And Event Decor | Ceremony Venue: Shipwrecks Beach Kauai | Reception Venue: Kilohana Plantations | Hair And Make Up: Kristy Love (The LAB Salon) | Bride Dress: J. Crew Weddings | Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Wedding Officiant: Kelvin Ho

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Intimate Kauai Wedding

Every time a Kauai wedding makes it’s way across my desk, my heart skips a beat. Maybe it’s because my fiancé and I are scouting the area for our honeymoon, maybe it’s the breathtaking beaches or maybe it’s because they’re gorgeously orchestrated by a fabulous team of vendors like this one from Moana Events and Sea Light Studios. Either way, getting lost in the gallery is an easy fete.

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From the beautiful Bride…Given our courtship, which spanned years and continents, our wedding could be anything but typical. From the day we got engaged, we were torn between eloping and having a stereotypically grandiose Indian ceremony, between having something local and accessible rather than something remote and intimate – these are, of course, decisions we never had to make in full, instead indulging ourselves with our favorite parts of each.

We settled on Kauai for our reception because, despite our constantly connected careers and lives, we wanted somewhere completely cut off from technology. Somewhere you don’t really need GPS because there’s only one road, and where you aren’t worried about your bandwidth affecting Netflix streaming quality because you can hardly stay indoors. With endless beaches surrounding lush tropical forests, Kauai seemed like the most remote yet visually rich landscape within several thousand miles of home. It also incorporated my husband’s love of the outdoors as well as the preternatural comfort I take in flora and natural beauty.

In Dallas, we wanted to make sure to incorporate all the things we couldn’t bring with us to Kauai – in addition to bridal mendhi from my sister-in-law Kiran Meghani of KM Henna Artistry, we had the nikkah ceremony in our local mosque (where we coincidentally met for the first time fifteen years earlier), and celebrated both events with some authentic, spicy indian cuisine. We were told to prepare for some interesting and unpredictable weather in Kauai, supposedly the wettest island, but nothing could have prepared us for snow and freezing rain in Dallas – it certainly made us feel loved that our guests braved that weather to celebrate with us.

Once we escaped the Texas frost to sunny Kauai, we were in the able hands of our wedding planner, Morgan Childs, of Moana Events. She really helped us articulate a vision that brought together our eclectic styles and taste into something truly one-of-a-kind. The residence at Na Aina Kai’s botanical gardens proved to be the perfect backdrop for our welcome dinner, providing ample space for Bollywood dancing and East African barbecue.

Despite ample rain the entire week, the clouds parted at 3pm, giving way to the sun just minutes before our afternoon ceremony. The style and decor provided by Martin Roberts, in the elegant tent from Kauai tents, were beyond compare – capturing every aesthetic we had both imagined. The dancing and festivities were broken up by an incredible dinner from Contemporary Flavors as well as breathtaking Tahitian and Fire Knife dance performances from Urahutia Productions.

After the wedding, the things we remember fondest are the things that went against plan – the rain, the mud, the groom losing his ring (don’t ask). We can scarcely remember the sublime, captivating moments and scenes that Fawne and Sebastian of Sea Light Studios captured so perfectly. Every detail from place settings to floral arrangements to beverage stations reflected our vision perfectly, and the time Morgan took to really understand us before executing really made a difference – the entire affair was perfectly reflective of us.

We’re now left with a special attachment to Kauai unlike any other place, as this remote tropical paradise, for one weekend, became ‘ours’ – and thanks to the memories, it will forever remain that way.

Photography: Sea Light Studios | Videography: Zest Kauai Videography | Floral Design: Martin Roberts Design | Ceremony Venue: Private Beach, Kauai | Reception Venue: Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens | Catering: Contemporary Flavors | Entertainment: Urahutia Productions | DJ: Kustom Sounds Kauai | Tent Rental: Kauai Tent | Coordination & Event Design: Moana Events | Hair & Makeup Artists: Mia Moriguchi | Henna Artistry: KM Henna Artistry

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