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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

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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

A Wedding with a Pop of Color

Like a little black dress with a fabulous pink shoe, this wedding is the pop of color that every bride loves. And when we say color, we mean COLOR! Bright, pretty pinks and reds and hues that make you want to sip a rum punch and dance the night away. Held at the Haiku Mill with photographs from Anna Kim and florals by Mandy Grace, this little gem is all about the pretty. And there is more here!

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Winter
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Garden
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Romantic

From the Bride… Coming from two very different backgrounds, and with family and friends in Asia, Europe, Australia and the USA, we decided to hold the wedding in a location that was on “neutral” ground! We just so happened to pick one of the world’s best wedding venues and that was apparent from the moment we started planning the day with the amazing team at Haiku Mill.

Favorite moments…
THE BAND. Erin and the band were amazing! Having David Wolf playing with them was a special treat which we really weren’t expecting. For me, that made the evening, especially as we are music lovers.

THE PHOTOGRAPHERS. Having the photographer who took the photos which helped us to choose Haiku Mill as our venue take our photos on the day! Anna Kim and her assistant were amazing.

THE FLORAL DESIGNERS. Mandy Grace turned the Mill into a beautiful dream with her floral designs. It was breath-taking to say the least!

THE VENUE. The concern that the Haiku Mill had for our happiness and the happiness of our guests. From bringing in extra generators to ensure an electricity supply (after the power got knocked out the night before in an epic storm) through to producing extra bottles of whiskey when our guests finished the bottles we had on hand, the sheer care and attention we received from Lindsay, Silvia and the rest of the team ensured that we had a truly magical day.

THE FOOD. Maui Executive Catering outdid themselves! And I will always remember that steak as one of the best I’ve ever had!

Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Videography: Cinemaui | Coordination: Lindsay Miller | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Design | Cake: Cake Fanatics | Ceremony Venue: Haiku Mill | Reception Venue: Haiku Mill | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Hair And Makeup: Liz Javelosa | Cocktail Catering: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Musician: David Wolf Weddings | Rentals: Island Rents

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Luxe Wedding at The Haiku Mill

The Haiku Mill is one of the world’s most spectacular venues. Bottom line is that every wedding held in this special space is beautiful. But when you layer in a drop dead gorgeous bride, a style that is as luxe and chic as it is romantic and little details that incorporate a sense of home, The Haiku Mill becomes all the more lovely. With photos from Anna Kim Photography, a design by Mandy Grace and rentals from Ophie Love, this is a wedding for the books!

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From the Bride… Everyone dreams of the perfect wedding, but Haiku Mill managed to meld a flawless night with our unique style as a couple. When Peter proposed on a North Shore Oahu beach in February 2013, we knew we wanted to return to Hawaii for our wedding. The Haiku Mill offered the perfect mixture of elegance and Hawaiian traditions. With our wedding coordinator’s help, our guests were treated to white orchid leis that indicated their table numbers, signature tropical drinks mixed with fresh lilikoi juice, and a wedding cake made with mangoes picked from the grounds of the Haiku Mill.

Our wedding was more than a tropical getaway for 70 of our closest friends and family. It perfectly captured our love for one another in a fairytale setting. There are many beautiful places to get married in Hawaii, but standing under the stars inside the Haiku Mill is a sight unlike any other. Aloha!

Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Coordination: Lindsay Miller | Floral Design: Mandy Grace | Cake: Designer Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Haiku Mill | Reception Venue: Haiku Mill | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Hair And Makeup: Ry-n Shimabuku | Officiant: Keli'i Brown | Bar Service: Bars Are Us | Music: Marvin Tevaga | Rentals: Signature | Rentals: Maui Rents | Rentals: Island Rents | Rentals: Opihi Love

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Soft Blue Hawaii Wedding Table Inspiration

If ever there was a day to get completely swept away by the beauty of weddings, today would be the day. This little slice of inspiration heaven sent our way from photographer Wendy Laurel, designers Mandy Grace Designs and Couture Events Maui, is kind of like drifting away on a hammock without a care in the world. Perfectly sweet design elements, a sense of grace built into every detail and a gorgeous bride all wrapped up into inspiration for ANY wedding. And there is more here!

Mandy Grace Designs

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Al Fresco

From Wendy LaurelBlue is the color of Hawaii. We have blue oceans and blue skies so designers Mandy Grace (Mandy Grace Designs) and Erica Goldsmith (Couture Events Maui) dreamed up a soft blue wedding inspiration for a fresh take on a Hawaii destination wedding.

They chose an upcountry Maui venue for its wind, sun, fields, and trees. Using hand dyed silk ribbons from Adorn (a new passion of Mandy Grace Designs), blueberries, and loose blue florals, they styled a light airy blue table. Matching in various shades of blue and white Miss B Calligraphy hand-wrote lovely invitations and envelopes with vintage stamps. The classic Audrey Hepburn-style bridal gown and blue shoes added a touch of classic and fun. The pillows were handmade by Couture Events Maui.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Event Design: Couture Events Maui | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Designs | Hair And Makeup: Soleil Luna Salon - Nikki Guy | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Dessert: Maui Sweet Cakes | Hand Dyed Ribbons: Adorn From Mandy Grace Designs | Location: Ka Hale Olinda | Pillows: Couture Events Maui | Rentals: The Collection Maui | Table Top Rentals: Set

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