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A Sun-Kissed Island Celebration

Forget your average mainland celebration, because this sun-kissed ceremony in Hawaii is where it’s at. With the unbelievably talented Wendy Laurel behind the lens, it’s the ultimate wedding day that’s sure to have you setting sail. Complete with inviting yellow details and a seaside ceremony, we’ve got every bit of beauty waiting for you to favorite in The Vault!

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From the Bride…Josh and his father own Maui Olive Company so most of our décor came from tree clippings at the orchard. We also used olive oil from the harvest and some delicious lilikoi butter his father makes as our reception gifts. Josh and I brined olives a few months before the wedding and jarred them, leaving them on the tables for people to nosh on or take with them. Our sign (arrows pointing to ceremony, reception, babysitting, bar, restrooms etc) was made by Josh’s dad and painted by our brother and his wife.

Pick a reasonable day prior to the wedding and decide look…whatever isn’t finished isn’t finished – and let it go. No one will be the wiser. It isn’t worth stressing or running around finishing last minute errands once your friends and family arrive. We set up a couple group events people could opt to attend (private sunset sail and a luau). Gave us a chance to see people and also a chance for our guests to meet one another before the wedding.

Give yourself at least 10-15 minutes for some alone time before the ceremony begins. And of course…savor every minute of your big day because it is going to fly. Take time to slow down certain moments and soak them in. HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!

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Photography: Wendy Laurel | Event Planning: A WHITE ORCHID WEDDING, INC. | Floral Design: haawina farms | Catering: Soup To Nuts | Hair + Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty | Officiant: Kimokeo Kapahulehua | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Beverage Services: Bars Are Us | Photography - Assistance: Jeffrey Oltman | Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals | Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream | Singer: Jaime Lawrence

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The Sweetest Sunrise Engagement in Paradise

Intoducing the ideal engagement session captured by Wendy Laurel. It’s sunkissed, seaside, and totally stareworthy and thankfully we’ve got it all waiting for you to fall madly in love with via The Vault!

From Wendy LaurelLeah and Joey are in love, engaged and wanted to celebrate their engagement in photos somewhere unique. They both love this abandoned high school on Maui for its architecture and the gorgeous Royal Poinciana tree in front. We choose to shoot right at sunrise when the sun was coming up over the east side of Maui. On Maui, the sun comes up fast and is strong and has the most amazing light at sunrise. One of Leah’s bridesmaids custom made the amazing skirt she wore. Leah also made her bouquet herself as well with roses and orchids.

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Photography: Wendy Laurel | Hair + Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry | Photography - Assistance: Jeffrey Oltman

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Their Wedding Cake Doubled as a Baby Gender Reveal!

A new marriage is reason enough to celebrate, but for this couple, their wedding day joy was twofold.  In fact, they used the traditional cake cutting as an opportunity to reveal the gender of their baby. In the words of the bride, “The idea of a gender reveal/wedding cake came to mind when we realized that we were having our big ultrasound a couple weeks before the ceremony…The photos capture the surprise so well. It was a moment we will never forget!” Kudos to Anna Kim for photographing the sweet surprise they’ll treasure forever.

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From the Bride… We were both born and raised in Hawaii and our island home of Maui couldn’t be a better place to have a wedding. The majority of our closest family and friends also live in Maui so that helped to make the choice easier.

We were so lucky to have Carolee Higashino, owner of White Orchid Wedding, plan and design our wedding. She is actually one of my mother’s best friends and has been in my life since I was a baby. I was even her bridesmaid in her wedding when I was a little girl which is just so cool. Carolee is so talented and has an amazing crew at White Orchid Wedding so it was a no-brainer for us to work with her.

When we finally saw all the ideas and hard work put together on our wedding day I was blown away! It was more than I could have imagined and I cried many happy tears. It definitely felt like a fairytale to us.

One of the most special moments of our wedding was our cake cutting. We found out we were expecting a baby about 5 months after being engaged. It was a complete surprise and at first thought was a wrench thrown into our wedding plans. But we quickly became excited once we started planning the wedding and the thought of having our first child be a part of the celebration. The idea of a gender reveal/wedding cake came to mind when we realized that we were having our big ultrasound a couple weeks before the ceremony. So once we had the ultrasound results we met up with our pastry chef, Krystal-Lyn Cakes and Sweets, she was the only one who would know the results. We decided to not find out the gender until the wedding day and be just as surprised as our guests. It was definitely a highly anticipated moment at our wedding. For some weird reason many of us thought it was going to be boy, but to our surprise, it was a GIRL!! The photos capture the surprise so well. It was a moment we will never forget, that’s for sure!

We would say that once you are engaged to take at least a few months to just enjoy the excitement of being engaged and in love. Being engaged is so fun and exciting in itself and should be celebrated because once the wedding planning starts so does some of the stress that comes along with it. Also definitely get a wedding planner, we were so blessed to have White Orchid Wedding plan and coordinate ours. They made our dreamy wedding stress free and look effortless, we could not speak more highly of them!

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Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Cinematography: Wedding Movies Maui | Event Design: A WHITE ORCHID WEDDING, INC. | Floral Design: Dellables | Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal | Cake: Krystal-Lyn Cakes & Sweets | Catering: Cafe O'Lei | Hair + Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty | Calligraphy: Almie Lonzaga & Reina Villanueva | Lighting: Paul Engel | DJ: DJ Del Sol | Favors: Maui Succulent Designs | Venue: A WHITE ORCHID WEDDING, INC. | Beverage Services: Bars Are Us | Linen Rentals: Wildflower Linen | Rentals: Paradise Event Rentals

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