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Tropical Maui Wedding Fueled By Sunshine, Pineapples and Love

Fair warning, this post is sure to induce summertime nostalgia. It’s all sunshine and pineapples, glowing Bride and a head over heals Groom and the most charming of backdrops. To have a family property in Maui is like winning the wedding venue jackpot after all. Wendy Laurel captured all the Maui beauty and you can take a little tropical vacay courtesy of the vault right here.

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It’s not everyday a real Maui wedding happens. This wedding was between a girl (Olena) who grew up on Maui and her fiance (Billy) she met while at graduate school in New York City. It was held on her family’s land in the Iao Valley with all their family and friends. Her family owns and runs the Iao Valley Inn. The amazing backstory is that 2 months before the wedding date, there was a major storm on Maui and the Iao stream flooded Iao Valley causing major damage. Neighbors had to be rescued and the stream overflow caused alot of damage to her family’s land. Her brother and Dad pulled together with all the neighbors and friends to help everyone in the valley and got the land back into a place where the wedding could still be held there. Olena’s brother officiated the emotional ceremony which included a Hawaiian chant and prayer, lei exchange, special readings by friends and handwritten vows. Olena choose vintage hawaii aloha fabrics and prints for her wedding. The bridesmaids all had mismatching floral patterns and dresses which looked fabulous together. Instead of a bridal bouquet, the girls wore floral hakus made by the bride and her friends the day before the wedding using locally sourced flowers. The cake was topped with two small pineapples and the table decor was all locally sourced with pineapples, ti leaves, palm leaves and local flowers. Olena and Billy’s wedding will be featured on the local television channel here in Hawaii on Hot Hawaiian Weddings.

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Photography: Wendy Laurel | Videographer: hot hawaiian weddings | Dessert: Ululanis Hawaiian Shave Ice | Photography - Assistance: Jeffrey Oltman | inn: iao valley inn

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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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