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Hawaii Oceanside Elegance

Wendy Laurel always seems to know just went I need a good ‘ol dose of Hawaiian pretty, because when she delivers these gems my heart skips a beat. Designed by Mandy Grace and Couture Events Maui with sweet stationery from A & P Designs and cocktails from Garnish Cocktails, this gallery is honestly something to behold. And you can see it all here.

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From Wendy LaurelKim and Phil love Hawaii, so they wanted an elegant destination wedding that took full advantage of the sun and sea in Maui. They chose Olowalu Plantation House because of its unique historic plantation home and the chance to have a backyard type wedding and reception right at the oceanside.

The details of the wedding were filled with personal mementos — such as the sea fans as a nod to their time spent living in Grenada. The sea fans had calligraphy on them and were placed on the back of their dinner chairs with a “Dr.” and a “Mrs.” for the groom and bride. A glass bottle was filled with personal notes from the guests. She used custom embroidered handkerchiefs for personal messages for her mom, dad and her Groom. All wedding attendees received an Aloha canvas tote bag filled with Hawaiian goodies and a handwritten vintage postcard with Kim and Phils’ name and wedding date printed inside as a memento. The cake servers were handed down from Phil’s grandmother for a special cake cut. And of course, the custom cocktails served by Garnish were a hit.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Videographer: Sunlit Films | Event Design: Couture Events Maui | Invitations: A & P Designs | Catering : Cater 2 U | Hair And Make Up: Nikki Guy At Soleil Luna Salon | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Dj: Dj Boomshot | Officiant: Pia Aluli | Transportation: Maui Executive Transportation | Bar: Garnish Cocktails | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier - Bliss | Cake And Cupcakes: Maui Sweet Cakes | Floral: Mandy Grace | Musician: Ernest Pua'a | Photography Assist: Jeffrey Oltman | Rentals: Hawaii Style Events Rentals | Seaside Home: Olowalu Plantation House | Table Top Rentals: Set Maui

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Destination Maui Plantation Wedding

This adorable couple not only held their Big Day in gorgeous Hawaii, but their beautiful nuptials were also filled with intimate and personal touches, like sealing their scroll-scribed vows in an empty wine bottle after reading, only to be taken out and re-read on their one year anniversary. So cute! Jasmine Lee Photography captured all the love on this special day in the gallery here, and we can’t get enough!

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From The Bride… My vision of our wedding was to have a romantic space with natural beauty, and Olowalu Plantation House was the perfect setting for that. We fell in love with Olowalu the moment we saw the venue online. The house itself was very cute with its own bridal suite, and the views were spectacular. Our friends asked if we’ve ever visited the venue before booking, and the answer was no. The first time we saw the venue was during our rehearsal, and we were blown away by the beauty of the plantation the moment we stepped foot on the property. It far exceeded our expectations.

We both knew we wanted our wedding to be small, intimate and laid back. I chose blush pink and gold as our wedding colors for a romantic look. Our top priority was to have good food, music, and drinks with the people we love. Our intimate wedding was consumed with our love for each other and the love we have for our friends and family. The day was incredibly special for us.

In additional to our vows, we wanted to incorporated something special during our ceremony. The night before our wedding, we wrote personal vows to each other in which we rolled up and tied like a scroll. During the ceremony, we sealed our vows to each other in an empty wine bottle to be read on our 1 year anniversary. We loved this idea as we can display this bottle in our house to remind us of our wedding day. I cannot wait for our anniversary to come so we can read our vows to each other!

The two best decisions we made were to hire Jasmine Lee as our photographer and Susanne Brunsch as our day-of coordinator. We asked Jasmine to photograph our wedding after seeing her incredible work, and we are so glad that we did. Jasmine was very helpful in giving ideas and being patient with us. She captured our wedding day beautifully and we will cherish her images forever. Hiring a day-of coordinator was definitely key in helping us keep our sanity throughout the planning process, as well as the wedding day. Susanne was very attentive and made sure everything was set up beautifully and that we were comfortable. Both Jasmine and Susanne were very sweet, organized, and responsive to emails. They went above and beyond to meet our expectations, and we would not hesitate to hire them again.

Getting married in paradise was a surreal feeling and a moment we’ll never forget. Having someone I’m in love with to call my husband, is absolutely magical. Hawaii will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Floral Design: Valerie Spalding Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Cake: Food For The Soul | Invitations: DIY With Travel Passport Inspiration | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Catering: Food For The Soul | Hair And Makeup: Susan Bortz | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | MC/DJ: DJ Zenn | Wedding Coordination: Susanne Brunsch Of Food For The Soul

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Whimsical + Elegant Backyard Wedding Inspiration

Surrounded by salty air and oh-so-beautiful scenery, this next piece of paradise is sure to ignite some wanderlust. Not only does it include one cute as can be puppy, it also has some of the most beautiful organic touches a la Mauis Angels Weddings. Every capture from Wendy Laurel is more beautiful than the last and you can see it all here!

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From Wendy Laurel… Mauis Angels designed this updated Hawaii take on the backyard wedding. Backyard weddings have grown up and can be as elegant as any wedding. On Maui, backyards often come with golden sunshine, palm trees, and a spectacular ocean view.

With The Olowalu Planation Estate as our backdrop and a picture perfect Maui day, we designed a set up that embraced a modern backyard elegance with a few entertaining details. Hues of grey and blush, accompanied by ivory and white undertones were intricately placed throughout which undeniably brought out the very best of the custom designed Joelle Perry gown. The Geronimo balloons were simply for fun, as was our model dog Tyrone who enjoyed his very own bite sized peanut butter cake that Cake Fanatics carefully created to accompany the other bite sized desserts.

Jes with Maui’s Angels dreamed up the beautiful hand tied bouquet along with the gorgeously placed accents of david austin garden roses, silver dollar eucalyptus, dusty miller and white peonies. And a big thanks to Amber with Schyne Designs who carefully crafted the lovely invitations and dessert frills and also our dear friend Sunya who helped us build and execute the details on our handmade dining canopy. All in all, the day was just as any other perfect Maui day, magical and with these amazing vendors, one that we will hold close to our heart.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Event Design: Mauis Angels Weddings | Floral Design: Mauis Angels Weddings (jes) | Wedding Dress: Joelle Perry | Calligraphy: Schyne Designs | Desserts: Cake Fanatics | Private Home: Olowalu Plantation House | Rentals: The Collection Maui | Suit And Hairpiece: Ellys Formalwear | Tableware: Set Maui

10 Ways to Plan an Eco-Friendly Wedding

While planning a bepsoke, style centric celebration is at the heart of SMP, so is crafting a wedding that makes the world a better place. Over the years we’ve been inspired by brides who put sustainability at the forefront of their festivities (see some of our faves here + here) and in honor of Earth Day we have Allison Beal of StyleSaint, and Rebekah Carey of A&B Creative here to share their tips for an eco-friendly “I do” from start to finish. Ashley Kelemen captured the bridal beach shoot they crafted with this very sentiment in mind, and there’s more moments to pin in the gallery.

1. FORAGE FLOWERS/GREENS + BUY LOCAL AND IN-SEASON

Foraging for greens to supplement your bouquet and centerpieces is a great way to be sustainable as well as save money. Fields, abandoned lots, and sides of roads are great places to go foraging. Try not to take more than 25% of any particular plant. If you’re buying flowers, farmer’s markets and local flower farms are great places to start. Try to always use what’s local and in season.

2. USE SILK SCRAPS AS FLOWER RIBBON

There is nothing more beautiful or personal that taking the scraps from your dress hem and adding it to your beautiful bouquet. Not only is the quality of fabric the best you could find, but it also adds a personal touch.

3. CHOOSE A REHEARSAL AND SHOWER DRESS YOU’LL WEAR AGAIN

Reserving your “wear once” purchase to only your wedding dress not only reduces wasteful spending but also ups your closet game. 

4. PICK DECOR ITEMS YOU’LL REUSE IN YOUR HOME OR GIFT TO OTHERS

If you aren’t renting, try to purchase used (i.e. vintage candle sticks) or ones that you can use again or give away. If you were to make your napkins for example, a great idea is to give them to friends and family as holiday gifts in packs along with a loaf of bread and jam.

5. CONSIDER LIVING CENTERPIECES THAT CAN BE PLANTED POST-WEDDING

Planted flowers and plants make beautiful centerpieces! In addition to being “green” they can double as favors for your guests and you can even plant some at home after to remember the special day.

6. SERVE LOCALLY SOURCED FOOD

As farm-to-table becomes more and more prominent, catering companies are more likely to have relationships with farms and vendors who can help them create a local, in-season menu for you.

7. ASK YOUR CATERING COMPANY TO COMPOST AND RECYLE

Feeding a group of people at a single time creates a lot of waste, simply having compost and recycling for your catering company can make a big difference.

8. PROVIDE HAND TOWELS IN YOUR BATHROOMS INSTEAD OF PAPER TOWELS

Providing beautiful hand towels for your guests in the bathrooms instead of paper towels not only reduces waste but feels more luxe. 

9. REDUCE PAPER IMPACT

We’re so lucky that today there are beautiful paper options that are also 100% post-consumer recycled. You can use less paper by having your maps, registry information, etc. available on your website as opposed to printed out and included with your invitation. Having a large program at your ceremony and a large menu at your reception also allows your guests to know what’s going on, but eliminates the need to have individual pieces for each of your guests.

10. RENT INSTEAD OF BUY WHEN IT COMES TO DECOR

Vintage rental companies and other niche rental outfits are such an amazing resource for decor. It limits last minute impulse buys and also frees up time that would otherwise be spent scouring Craigslist.

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Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Styling, Coordination And Floral Design: A&B Creative | Brides Dress: StyleSaint – Saint Celine | Bridesmaid Look: StyleSaint – Seafoam Lace | Model – Bride: Brooke Larson | Model – Bridesmaid: Joy Shivers  | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab

Lahaina Animal Farm Ranch Wedding

At the center of this Lahaina fete is a love so sweet that it’s almost palpable. A love that radiates from Corinne Krogh‘s imagery of this darling duo and jumps right off the page. It lives in the happy little smiles, the eskimo kisses and of course, the four-legged friends, too. Soak it all up right here.

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From Corinne KroghThis sweet couple fell in love with the Lahaina Animal Farm and Guest Ranch all the way from the other side of the Pacific Ocean. Vintage, romance and elegance were at the top of Emily’s wish list, all of which set the tone for an intimate celebration to her long time love. The ivory, blush pink and navy color palette, with flower choices of peonies, anemones and greenery, along with the rustic farm elements provided by the venue set the perfect stage for her vision.

Photography: Corinne Krogh | Floral And Event Design: Maui’s Angels | Coordination: Maui’s Angels | Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini For Davids Bridal | Cake: Cake Fanatics | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: Soup To Nuts | Hair And Makeup: I Am U’i | Venue: Lahaina Animal Farm And Guest Ranch | Bouquets And Personals: Sunya’s Flowers | Entertainement: KCK Entertainment | Musician: Marvin Tevaga | Officiate: Tino Rosete | Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals | Vintage Rentals And Decor: The Collection | Wedding Sash: Vera Wang

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