You know what really gets my heart a’beating? A simple, fuss-free yet wildly romantic elopement made for two. Just sand between your toes, ocean air in your lungs and the amazing Wendy Laurel by your side. It’s exactly what these two Maui sweeties opted for, and if you ask me, it couldn’t have turned out ANY better.
From the Bride… Jason and I have been together for five years when I accepted a job in Santa Monica and he had one more semester to go in San Jose. We were in a long distance relationship from LA to SF and it was not easy! We visited each other almost every month and in February of this year, he proposed to me in Napa the day before my birthday. We were planning on a vacation to Maui this summer and jokingly talked about getting married there until we realized it was a perfect idea! We decided because it was six months away we were going to keep it an intimate and simple wedding, between just the two of us.
A few things were necessary, a ceremony on the beach and an amazing photographer. After some time researching online, it was decided Makena Cove was just the place we envisioned and Wendy Laurel was the photographer we were looking for. Wedding planning was relatively easy from there, I found my dress the first day I started looking from BCBGMaxazaria and put together Jason’s attire from Bloomingdale’s. My sandals were by DolceVita.
I’m a DIY kind-of-person and decided I would make my own bouquet, using proteas, a common flower in Hawaii. I ordered flowers from Maui Floral and chose the other types of flowers when we arrived. The night before the wedding, Jason and I made the arrangement together. I did my own hair and makeup with a mimosa in hand that morning, while Facetiming with my mom. She bought me the beautiful necklace designed by Anna Beck. The entire experience felt like a dream, from our Hawaiian minister, Laki, singing to us while playing his ukulele to the gorgeous morning waves crashing into the cove, the ceremony could not have been anymore perfect!
Photography: Wendy Laurel | Flowers: Maui Florals - DIY | Wedding Gown: BCBG Max Azria | Officiant: Reverand Laki
If there’s one thing we love, it’s a bridal session from the lens of Wendy Laurel. She knows precisely how to get our heart a’beating and this Maui sesh is certainly no different. Complete with stationery pretties by Wedding Paper Divas and floral perfection from Simply by Jes, the pink-on-pink gallery is one you simply can’t miss.
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From Wendy Laurel… This wedding inspiration was inspired by the overgrown pineapple fields on the West Side of Maui. The fields haven’t been farmed in over 5 years now and they are overgrown and wild and beautiful. We wanted to incorporate that wildness into Simply by Jes’s floral bouquet and the feel of the shoot. The sun coming up over the West Maui Mountains is gorgeous in the morning. We wanted a feel of spring time renewal, fresh sunshine, wild fields and the joy that comes from that setting.
Photography: Wendy Laurel | Floral Design: Simply By Jes | Wedding Dress: LeRu Boutique | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Dripping in chandeliers and sprinkled with rose petals, this Haiku Mill wedding is just beyond. Beyond beyond, actually. It’s elegant yet approachable, dreamy yet doable – it’s destination wedding perfection. Captured beautifully by You Look Nice Today Photography, every image sitting in this gallery is like a virtual vacation, and you can see them all right here.
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From the Bride…As avid travelers, Peter and I thought that a destination wedding with our closest friends and family would be the perfect way to get married. We chose Maui for its natural beauty, laid back vibe and ease of travel for our family. From the moment we stepped into Haiku Mill, we knew it was the perfect place to start the first day of our lives together. There was something so effortlessly romantic and beautiful about its ivy covered walls and twinkling chandeliers. Even without any flowers or decoration, the place was magical.
On the morning of the wedding, although we received a short blessing of rain, the sun soon started to shine, and the Mill looked absolutely stunning. From the garden roses and orchids arranged by Teresa Sena to the striking rustic chandeliers – the day promised to be more than we could have ever expected. Getting ready in the bridal suite with Jessica and my mom was a wonderful treat on the morning of the wedding. Ryan and Ryan, our stylish photographers, were just as excited to be at the Mill with us and captured our special moments throughout the day. Stephanie from Garnish, welcomed us with our delicious signature drink, the Braveheart; and our favorite music serenaded us throughout the night. Being foodies, we were also impressed by Maui Executive Catering and their impeccable service. Peter and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day and we reveled in every moment. It was all this bride could have ever asked for – marrying my one true love surrounded by everyone who loved and cared about us.
Photography: You Look Nice Today Photography | Floral Design: Teresa Sena Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Angela Stewart Of Ladybug Press | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Calligraphy: Angelique Phillips | DJ: Skinny Guy Randy | Bar: Garnish Events | Officiant : Rev Keli’i Brown | Venue: Haiku Mill
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