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This Hawaiian Wedding is What Destination Wedding Dreams Are Made Of

Close your eyes and picture a wedding in Maui. White sand beaches, tall palm trees, fresh flower leis, tropical colors and hula dancing all should come to mind. Now open your eyes and look at this absolutely gorgeous day from LVL Weddings & Events. Head to The Vault for photos from Wendy Laurel, assisted by Jeffrey Oltman, for photos that will give you a taste of island life!

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From Wendy LaurelLaura met Star at college at the University of Alabama where he was a quarterback on the football team.  It was sneakers that brought them together — they both noticed and admired each other’s sneakers one day on campus.

Laura’s family has deep Hawaii connections so it was only natural for Laura to dream up a Hawaii wedding.  The wedding design was filled with little sentimental and Hawaiian touches.  Laura had both her Grandmother’s gorgeous blue ring as her “something blue” and her original wedding band on during her ceremony.  The family’s bible was used as well. Palms and Hawaiian flowers and vivid colors were the mainstay of the weddings styling.  The flowers and amazing table designs all reflected this theme.  The highlight of the reception was the hula dancers.  Not only did the hula dancers perform for the guests, they had all the guests, including the bride, up learning the hula and laughing and dancing.

From LVL Weddings & EventsLaura and Star were not ones to be center of attention so they choose a private estate with an amazing ocean front view.  Laura grew up coming to Maui as a child and had many fond memories to include visiting Keawalaʻi Congregational Church on their trips.  It was an easy decision to say their I Do’s on the island of Maui where so many memories were made and now the two of them could begin making memories together on the beautiful island.

Laura loved color and flowers so we came up with the idea to create 4 canopy structures and dangle color leis from the center pole along with a beautiful landscape floral runner across the wooden tables.  We had custom calligraphy menus made with each guests names printed on them to offer a personal touch.

We also had a floral crown and ankle floral bracelets for the beautiful bride!

In addition as the guests arrived to the cocktail hour they were greeted with leis and were able to enjoy a authentic hula show while enjoying cocktails.

They finished up the night dancing under the stars!!

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Photography: Wendy Laurel | Event Planning: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Wildheart | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Keawala'i Church | Reception Venue: Sugarman Estate | Catering: Cafe Olei Maui | Hair + Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | DJ: Maui DJ Services | Photography - Assistance: Jeffrey Oltman | Polynesian Dancers: Manutea Nui E | Rentals: Maui Rents

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Intimate Maui Wedding

Maui is made for marrying, that goes without saying.  But take a sweet, laid-back duo like these two cuties and pair them up with a dream team of vendors (think Christie Graham and Sugar Beach Events) and it’s a day made for the pages of SMP.  From the beautiful blooms from Dellables to the stunning Grace Loves Lace gown to the breathtaking scenery.  See it all in THE VAULT right this way.

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Al Fresco

From Christie Graham Photography… Having spent plenty of time together on Maui, a destination wedding was an easy decision for Lauren and Stu. The couple decided bringing a photographer from Vancouver who they trusted to capture the joy and excitement of their day was the right choice.

Lauren and Stu were the most relaxed couple I have ever worked with. They always seemed at ease, not only on the wedding day, but on the days leading up to it as well. Always smiling. Always socializing. It’s clear they were in their element on Maui.

The ceremony and reception took place steps from the ocean, guests enjoyed amazing views throughout the day. A local musician played beautiful music as the bride walked down the aisle. Everyone ate, drank, laughed and danced under the sun, and then the stars. It truly was magical!

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Photography: Christie Graham Photography | Wedding Planning: Sugar Beach Events | Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aritzia | Catering: Sugar Beach Events | Hair And Makeup: Jean Muldoon | Venue: Sugar Beach Events | Floral Design And Table Decor: Dellables | Groom's Pants: Lands' End | Groom's Shirt: H&M | Robes: Silk And More

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Modern Maui Wedding in Pretty Pastel Hues

The best weddings are all about the moments, and this Maui fête is full of pretty ones. From the Bride’s custom lace wedding dress and the video of well wishes from family unable to travel from Korea to the playful Instagram guest book, this couple couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, especially with Anna Kim Photography to capture all the magic at Sugar Beach Events. See it all in THE VAULT!

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Summer
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From The Bride… Alex and I decided that instead of having two weddings in both VA and South Korea to accommodate both sides of the family, we would just have everyone meet in the middle in Hawaii! It was the best decision we could have made.

My main recommendation for couples who are planning their weddings, other than picking an amazing location, would be to research… a lot!  Photography & Videography are the most important things! If you find someone you really like, make sure to book in advance.. at least 6 month before! I had to change my wedding date because I love Anna Kim’s style so much and it was totally worth it!

I’m a graphic/web designer and I love simple, clean, modern design, so that became my wedding theme. We chose pastel colors (mainly peach, pink, and baby blue) and added a little bit of gold to give it a modern and classic look.

It was impossible to find my wedding dress, so I decided to just design my own dress. I bought the simple lacy wedding dress and worked with a local dress maker who did an incredible job. My maid of honor added the final touch, a beautiful jeweled belt sewn on to the front–it completed the dress so perfectly and meant so much to have my maid of honor be a part of the wedding dress creation. I accented the wedding dress with gold shoes by Jimmy Choo to match the wedding theme. My bridesmaids wore pastel dresses of peach and baby blue while Alex’s groomsmen wore gray and baby blue.

Our main goal was for our guests to have fun at the wedding. Since we wanted to have an outdoor wedding as well as a modern and classic indoor reception, Sugar Beach Events was the perfect location! Our guests did not have to travel to different locations from t he ceremony to the reception, plus it offered us an amazing ocean-view as well as Chef Lee’s insanely delicious cuisine!

There were so many touching moments and fun surprises on our wedding day. My little brother made a video clip of all of my family & friends in Korea who could not fly to the wedding. I was crying so much when I saw my grandmother from the screen. It really meant a lot to me.

We found an amazing Hawaiian dance performance group, so we were all able to learn some hula, which was really fun. After our first dance, we surprised our guests with a choreographed K-POP dance–they loved it! My husband also performed a surprise dance later while we were going to do the garter toss. I was speechless!

We also had Eddo Lee, Alex’s cousin, as our MC. He is the most famous wedding MC in the Washington DC area and really brightened up our wedding and made it so much fun!

I really wanted our wedding to have a lot of personal touches. Since we were having a destination wedding, I decided to create passport and boarding pass invitations and save the dates. It was time consuming but totally worth it!

I also made us Mr. and Mrs. chair signs and champagne glasses–both ideas I got from Pinterest of course! The guest book and custom Instagram photo booth prop was fun and easy to make, but definitely a challenge carrying it all the way to Maui and back home! Because we were having an outdoor wedding, I thought it would be a good idea to have our wedding programs be printed on fans, I spent a lot of time picking out the right texture paper and color for the programs.

Finally, I created the sunglasses sign and custom sunglasses for our guests. I made my own labels with different words to put on the sunglasses- the guests loved them! I definitely put a lot of time and energy into the wedding- but it was all worth it! Between all of the fun DIY projects and the amazing vendors, it was perfect!

Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Cinematography: Sunlit Films | Coordination: Hawaii Weddings By Tori Rogers | Floral Design: Dellables | Catering: Sugar Beach Events | Hair And Makeup: Maui Mira | Officiant: Reverend Valentine Tino Rosette | Venue: Sugar Beach Events | Flask For Groomsmen: Amazon | Photography - Assistance: Anna Kim Photography | Place Cards: Kate Aspen

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