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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.


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

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Kauai Destination Wedding at The Hukilau Lanai

A few years ago I came across one of Andria Lindquist’s beautiful images and I’ve been a fan ever since. Enter: this Hawaiian destination wedding from Andria. My fan status was just elevated to a crazy level because this, my loves? This is seriously what the prettiest dreams are made of.


From the beautiful bride… When my fiancé and I first started planning we struggled with settling on a venue that was “just right” for us. Many of the venues in our home town of Seattle were beautiful, but they lacked the intimacy we were looking for. We came close to booking two different venues, but couldn’t commit when it came time to sign the paperwork. With a little encouragement from our families, we settled on the one place that had been in front of us the entire time – Kauai.

My fiancé’s family has been travelling to the Garden Isle for years, and we took our first trip there together two years prior. Not only did the location have special meaning to his family, but it was without a doubt the place where we first realized that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.

Planning a destination wedding was a huge undertaking, but choosing our team of amazing vendors turned out to be my favorite part of the process. I could talk for ages about how amazing our vendors are and we were so lucky to have each one of them be a part of our day.

The most important part of our wedding was the photography. I researched hundreds of photographers before I found Andria Lindquist. When I saw her work, I was floored. After a few lively email exchanges I knew that I would sacrifice anything else in our budget to have her photograph our day. I’m in awe of the way Andria’s images tell beautiful stories and the way she captures emotion. Thanks to her we will be able to relive the story of our wedding day for years to come.

After choosing our photographer, everything else came together with ease. I love mid-century design and Hawaiian kitsch, so I was thrilled when I discovered that our favorite restaurant, the Hukilau Lanai, hosted weddings. My fiancé and I already knew that the food was amazing, but their grounds and banquet room were a perfect match for my style. Our on-site coordinator, Manda, and her staff exceeded our expectations and our wedding day went off without a hitch because of them.

Shipping décor provided an extra challenge and I knew that what I sent had to make an impact. I opted to ship floating candle holders to turn up the romance in the venue, and paired them with bright centerpieces made from local flowers. I also designed all of our paper goods and used them as an extra way to add character to the ceremony and reception.

I loved our leis, centerpieces, and bouquets. My grandmother was not able to make the trip to the island, so to make sure that she was “with” me I had her favorite flower added to my bouquet. I loved our flowers so much that after the ceremony I placed them throughout our hotel room and kept them until they had completely wilted.

Our rehearsal was definitely an emotional high point. After the rehearsal, our officiant Kelvin Ho performed such a beautiful and intimate ring blessing, that it left our friends and families asking, “did you just get married?” The blessing reminded all of us why we were on the island, and grounded all of us for the big day ahead.

At the last minute we decided to hire a musician. Paul treated our guests to the sounds of traditional Hawaiian slack-key guitar before the ceremony and during cocktail hour, providing the perfect soundtrack for the afternoon.

Our food was off the charts. During our cocktail hour our guests enjoyed ahi poke nachos and ribs, and during the reception they had the choice of filet minion or the catch of the day. As expected our wedding reception was hot, but our DJ, Mike, kept the jams pumping and despite the heat, our guests danced until they were dripping with sweat.

Asking our friends and family to travel such a great distance for our wedding was a difficult choice, but by doing so, we were able to have the wedding we wanted the way we wanted. Not only that, we were able to show our gratitude by treating them to great food and music in a place that is dear to our hearts.

Photographer: Andria Lindquist | Flowers: North Shore Buds and Blooms | Wedding Dress: Ivy and Aster | Ceremony Venue: The Kauai Coast Resort | Reception Venue: The Hukilau Lanai | Engagement Ring: Era Gem | Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Free People, Express | Hair and Makeup: Epic Hair Boutique | DJ: Kustom Sounds Kauai | Officiant: Kelvin Ho | Accomodations: The Outrigger Waipouli | Bride's Accessories: Alexis Bittar | Bridesmaid Robes: SunsetToSunrise | Cake Topper: Anthropologie | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Musician: Paul Togioka | Paper products: DIY by the bride (all from Paper Source) | Rehearsal Dress: Free People | Sandals: Corso Como

St. Regis Princeville Resort Wedding

This bride has some serious style.  I mean, what else can you say about a beauty who totally rocks a gorgeous blush-hued Monique Lhuillier on her wedding day?  She’s perfection… and her dapper groom? Well, judging from his face as she walked down the aisle, he thinks so, too.  See every last beautiful moment of their day captured by Sprout below… it’s awesome and then some.

From the Bride… Michael and I started dating in 2003, when we were college freshmen at the University of Pittsburgh. Eight years later, during a vacation in Hawaii, Michael proposed in front of the 360ft Manawaiopuna Falls (also known as the Jurassic Park falls). After years of long distance dating, I moved back to my hometown of Washington, D.C. and he stayed in Pittsburgh after graduation.  We finally settled in D.C. in 2009 with our two American Eskimo dogs, Casper and Stella. The wedding planning was done in between work and grad school schedules.

I had a great group of bridesmaids who helped me juggle all my commitments. As someone who has never been surprised in her life, they were able to pull together an amazing engagement party where Michael’s dear grandmother was able to make the trip all the way from Virginia Beach, VA. That turned out to be the last time she was able to join a family gathering in person. We decided to do a destination wedding because our families are spread across the country as well as overseas and it was a great way to bring everyone together. It also doesn’t hurt that it was going to be in paradise! We absolutely loved Kauai when we visited in 2011 and since Michael proposed there, it quickly became an important location. In terms of style, I was drawn to the modern vintage chic elements with personalized touches as well as honoring our cultural traditions (i.e. caketopper included our dogs and favorite sports teams – we also incorporated our favorite sports teams with the ring holder, the Stanley Cup trophy and the arrhae holder, a Super Bowl football!), we also made a wedding App to show our avid interest in the newest technology and used vendors from the Philippines, etc.). Incorporating our favorite colors, purple and green our wedding coordinator, Ashlee Librecht from the St. Regis Princeville Resort, and our floral and event designer, Martin Roberts, created our dream wedding.

It rained sporadically earlier in the week of our wedding but we knew that the north shore of the island has this type of climate resulting in lush greenery and breathtaking views of the Na Pali coast. Within 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, a mist of rain blessed our sacred ground. In Filipino culture, it means good luck and prosperity for your marriage. We also saw it as Michael’s grandmother blessing us with her presence. After a 10 minute delay to dry off the seats, the Hawaiian sun glowed beautifully during our solemn Hawaiian ceremony officiated by Reverend Kelvin Ho. We incorporated our customs by honoring our grandparents, blessing of the arrhae (The arrhae is a symbol of his “monetary gift” to the bride because it is composed of 13 pieces of gold, or silver, coins, a “pledge” that the groom is devoted to the welfare and well-being of his wife and future offspring), exchange of leis, water ritual and blessing of the wedding rings. Our cousins provided beautiful music and all of our 107 closest family and friends who traveled to Kauai were involved in some sort of way–just like how we envisioned it!

Our long weekend celebration started with a group hike at the famous Kalalau trail, a traditional luau at Smith’s Tropical Paradise for our rehearsal dinner and ended with a brunch at our vacation home. It was definitely a week to remember and even after 9 years of being together we are truly excited for this next phase of our journey.

Cinematography: Sprout | Flowers: Martin Roberts | Dress: Monique Lhuillier "Peony" Via Carine's Bridal Atelier | Ceremony Location: Kamani Cove At The St. Regis Princeville Resort | Reception Location: Astor Ballroom At The St. Regis Princeville Resort | Shoes: Aruna Seth "Lynn" | Hair And Makeup: Clairin Goodman | DJ: Kustom Sounds | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groom's Suit: Boss By Hugo Boss | Officiant: Reverend Kelvin Ho | Belt: Monique Lhuillier "Evita" | Caketopper: Mudcards | Casual Invitations: InvitaPaperStudio | Cocktail Location: Bay Terrace At The St. Regis Princeville Resort | Confetti: Rice Butterflies | Dance Lessons: Elegant Dancing | Engagement Photograhy: Natalie Bolea | Engagement Photography: Photoria | Engagement Photography: Maria Palermo | Engagement Ring And Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. | Event Planning & Design: Ashlee Libbrecht Of St. Regis Princeville Resort | Formal Invitations: Mary Marty (310.600.8960) | Groom's Shirt: Michael Kors | Groom, Groomsmen And Ringbearer Ties: Nordstrom | Groomsmen Shirts: Michael Kors | Groomsmen Suits: Calvin Klein | Hanger: Lori Lynn's Wedding Hangers | Misc. Jewelry: MAGENTADeVI | Photo Montage: Jason Magbanua | Photobooth: Kilohana Photography | Place Card Calligraphy: The Fozzy Book | Programs: The Type Tree Design | Ring Bearer Attire: H&M | Ring Bearer Attire: Janie & Jack | Ring Bearer Attire: Zara | Save The Dates: Three Concepts | Table Numbers: Paper Beauties | Veil: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Bags: Personalized By U (Cousin Of The Bride)

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