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Hawaiian Beach Wedding Inspiration at White Orchid House

If you’re planning your honeymoon to anywhere but Maui, drop everything and look at Wendy Laurel’s images. As if the beach wasn’t enough to convince you to change your plans, Mandy Grace Designs has pulled together a floral design that is so beautifully indicative of Hawaii I could cry.


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From Wendy Laurel… Pacific Weddings magazine put together an amazing workshop in Makena, Maui for wedding professionals. Part of the workshop involved a styled shoot with some amazing dresses and florals. It was held at a private beachfront plantation cottage and lawn called the White Orchid House which is available for weddings.

Robyn I’aea and Shaunna Nygren of Pacific Weddings dreamed up the shoot and workshop which highlighted the natural beauty of Maui and weddings.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Floral Design: Teresa Sena | Floral Design: Dellables | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Designs | Floral Design: Fong At Floral Inspiration Hawaii | Hair And Make Up: Chrissy Swink At Make Up Maui And Hair | Headpieces: Untamed Petals | Private Beachfront House: White Orchid Weddings

Monique Lhuillier and Untamed Petals are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Mandy Grace Floral & Event Design is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Maui Destination Wedding at the Sugarman Estate

It’s no question, a man in uniform leaves us all weak in the knees. But when handsome man does it as a surprise for his Bride as she walks down the aisle (because she really wanted him to), well, that’s when we enter total swoon territory. Best part? It only gets better from there, so take some serious time to get lost in all the lovely from Jana Morgan Photography right here in the full gallery.

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From Jana Morgan PhotographyShelbie and Jake met at the world famous local bar, Duke’s Bar and Grill in Waikiki on a Sunday evening. They have known each other for 2 years before they got engaged in February 2013.

When recalling the story of their proposal, Shelbie happily shares, “Jake picked me up after work under the premise that he wanted to watch a sunset with me before he headed out to sea the next day. We drove to spitting caves on the south-east side of Oahu and hiked half way down the cliffs and stared out at the setting sun. Jake, standing behind me pointed at a kayaker in the ocean, when I turned to him to make a comment about the man (who was going crazy fast, against current) I foundJake on one knee with a smile from ear to ear! Just as he pulled this blue box from his jacket pocket and started to open it a whale breached in the background. He told me how much he loved me, how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, and that I was his best friend. Then asked me if I would make him the happiest man on earth and marry him. I couldn’t stop smiling, speechless for a moment, half jumping up and down as he was trying to put the ring on, I finally said yes and fell into his arms as we kissed. Enjoying the moment together, wrapped in his arms we looked out to sea and at the falling sun, when in the corner of my eye, that same kayaker… yelling applauding cheering and throwing his hands up in cheerful screams… it was perfect. The proposal was private, personal, and in nature. A plus, someone else witnessed it so I know it wasn’t a dream!!!”

When it came to selecting Maui for their destination wedding location, Shelbie explains, “Our life is here in Hawaii. We met here, we live here, we vacation in the islands, so we wanted to get married in a beautiful place we call home. We wanted our guest to experience the islands and aloha we live in.  I always wanted to have a very personal wedding… think old world weddings where it was less about how much money was spent and what trinkets were passed out and more about the couple that was getting married and the two families that are coming together. Maui is beautiful, natural and raw! I love the gardens, beautiful ocean and that calm feeling that overcomes me every time i arrive from Oahu.”

Jake is a naval officer on the USS Charlotte stationed out of Pearl Harbor. When I met with both Jake and Shelbie to talk about their wedding day, I fondly recall Shelbie and Jake asking whether or not Jake should wear his Navy full dress white uniform or a regular grey suit. It was a really hard decision because we were unsure of whether or not the whites would match between his white uniform and her wedding dress.

Come the wedding day, Shelbie explained that the decision was made that Jake would wear his grey suit. She was being so nice and polite about it, but you could tell that she was quietly sad that she would not be walking down the aisle to her fiancé in uniform – she, like many young girls, has always dreamed of getting married to the man of her dreams in a dashing uniform.

After I was done taking pictures of Shelbie getting ready, we were setting Jake up for the First Look where we could capture them seeing each other for the first time. When meeting with Jake under a secluded tree at the resort before the wedding ceremony, Jake pulls me to the side and excitedly announces that he is surprising Shelbie at the wedding ceremony by wearing his formal Navy all white uniform. He knew how excited and happy it would make her. For the First Look, he was wearing his grey suit to help conceal his surprise for later. When the two saw each other for the first time, they were surrounded by their parents and bridal party, and there was not a dry eye as we all watched them together before departing for the wedding ceremony location.

When preparing for the wedding ceremony, Shelbie hid in the estate from all of the arriving guests, while Jake welcomed and greeted all of the wedding guests in his grey suit. Just before the wedding ceremony, we actually had to hide Jake and find a spot for him to change. He slipped away in the moments leading the ceremony to quickly change into his Navy all white uniform, then snuck back to the front of the wedding ceremony site without Shelbie seeing. When Shelbie walked out with her father, she saw him anxiously awaiting her with the biggest smile. The surprise was met with delighted tears of joy.

Shelbie and Jake lived together in Hawaii and will be moving to Naples, Italy, after the wedding for Jake’s next station with the US Navy. We all congratulate the beautiful couple on not only a wildly beautiful wedding day, but on their incredible journey together as husband and wife. May there be many more years of love and delightful surprises.

Wedding Cake: Maui Wedding Cakes | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Coordinator: Hawaii Weddings by Tori Rogers, LLC | Audio and Lighting: Village Audio | Bar and Drinks: Garnish Events | Ceremony Musician: Ricardo Dioso | Flowers : Dellables | Furniture Rental: Pacific Isle Rentals | Hotel: Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa | Private Estate Venue: Sugarman Estate | Reception Live Music: Shea Derrick & Full Flavor | Wedding Photography: Jana Morgan Photography

Maui Wedding from U Me Us Studios

M’dears, we’re back this afternoon with more sweet love from Evonne and Darren of U Me Us Studios and we’re starting to see why they work so well together—they’re surrounded by the utmost love. Linda and Truong have captured my heart because after reading their story, I’m convinced that if you stay true to yourselves, laughter and the best kind of happiness will follow. Head to the gallery for so much more!

From the Bride and Groom… Hawaii was the agreed upon “neutral” state to have our wedding since he’s from Texas and I’m from California….what could be better?! One of the unique experiences we had while in Hawaii was Tropical Storm “Flossie” (that name cracks me up) shortly after our wedding. Thanks to Flossie, we got to stay in Hawaii an additional 2 days, did I mention the storm blew over in only 2 hours? Best tropical storm EVER.

One of my good friends also got married in Maui, 2 days prior to our own wedding! They had already booked tickets to go to Maui for our wedding when she got engaged a month after us! I suggested we get married together! Her wedding was right ON the beach in Makena with only 10 people. Completely different feel from our wedding but same amount of love. Hawaii was special to me because my first trip was only a year prior to our wedding (Oahu) with Truong while we were dating. Ironically, the Texan had been several times, the SoCal girl had never been.

One way that we kept it personal was having our close friend Gerren officiate the wedding. We gave him free range and did he ever take it and run with it. I never would’ve never guessed that we would’ve been saying our vows over a couple beers. For my something “blue”, I wore the first pair of shoes that Truong ever bought me while we were dating… they were blue suede Jimmy Choo’s.

Our morning started with breakfast with friends visiting all the way from Taiwan, followed by some relaxation at the pool with childhood friends and family from near and far. It wasn’t until the afternoon that it really dawned on us that we were getting married in this fantastic location surrounded by our loved ones. To us, the gathering of friends and family was the “event”.

(Linda) The First Look was pretty memorable for me, Truong actually shed a tear!!! I went from goof ball to blubbering mess in a matter of seconds. (Truong) I would say the first look as well. As soon as I turned around, I saw Linda standing there beaming in her wedding dress and I admit it was a little emotional.

I am the most unbridal of brides. If you look at our wedding invitation (theme there was travel) to what we ended with (Great Gatsby), it was a hot mess. I’m so happy it’s over, never AGAIN. Did I mention that we were writing our vows on the plane ride over to Maui? Truong said, he wouldn’t want it any other way… it’s very “US”. Wedding planning was worse than shopping for the perfect pair of jeans, but everything came together in the end and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. It was building memories at our wedding amongst family and friends that made it that much more special. Everything far exceeded our expectations.

A couple of fun tips for future brides—have a fire extinguisher on hand in case your s’mores gets out of control! Oh, and have a back-up ring bearer in case the original decides to have a melt down minutes before show time.

Photographer: U Me Us Studios | Wedding Dress: Angelina Faccenda | Florist: Country Bouquets Maui | Ceremony Venue: Four Seasons Resort Maui | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Resort Maui | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Mori Lee | Caterer: Four Seasons Resort Maui | Wedding Planner: Four Seasons Resort Maui | DJ: Ron Tolbert | Wedding Favors: Honolulu Cookie Company | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Groom's Shoes: Prada | Groomsmen's Attire: J. Crew | Ceremony Music: Tatyana Shapiro-Leiste | Bride's Ceremony Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride's Reception Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bride's Wedding Ring: Tiffany & Co. | Desserts: Four Seasons Resort Maui | Groom's Ring: Tiffany & Co. | Hair & Makeup Stylist: MiRa | Rentals: Opihi Love Boutique Rentals & Event Design | S'Mores: Plush Puffs

Badgley Mischka and J.Crew are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. U Me Us Studios and Opihi Love Wedding & Event Design are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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