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Destination Glam Haiku Mill Wedding

There’s no denying this Haiku Mill wedding is something special. And while it’s got the kind of glamorous styling to make any wedding lover’s jaw drop, it also has a story that speaks to a family’s love and strength admits loss. Read on for the bride’s beautiful words, and don’t miss the stunning film by Love & You Video, along with the complete gallery from Bryce Covey Photography.

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From The Bride… Taylor and I met when we were young kids growing up in a small town of Washington. We were high school sweethearts who separated soon after leaving home for college and remained strangers for years thereafter. It wasn’t until a chance encounter that we reentered one another’s lives and embarked on the incredible journey of becoming husband and wife thirteen years later!

A few months prior to our engagement my father tragically passed away. Our wedding was scheduled on the one year anniversary of his passing and we wanted the week to be as much a celebration, as a symbolic rising from the brokenness we experienced just one year prior. We live thousands of miles away from most of our family and friends and desired a destination wedding which afforded our guests a vacation and us an extended period of time to celebrate with the people we love most. Taylor’s grandfather lives in Hawaii and we both spent a considerable amount of time vacationing there through the years. Selecting Maui was an easy decision.

We wanted the event to embody family, friendship and connectedness, culminating in a grand celebration. The week of our wedding would be spent with guests at a beautiful resort, but we wanted our wedding day to be something truly magical. With a background in interior design and architecture, and a deep passion for historic structures, it has been my dream to be married inside a ruin. The moment we stepped onto the Haiku Mill grounds I knew our search was over. It is one of the most special places I have ever experienced. The structure is overgrown with foliage and the owner has seamlessly integrated ancient artifacts she sourced in Europe throughout the grounds. Stepping inside the ruin brought me to tears and our decision was made.We would rent large tour buses and shuttle our guests from a beachside resort into the Maui countryside for our fairytale wedding.

The theme of our wedding was Hawaiian Versailles Garden Party, which was heavily influenced by the nature of our space and the bounty of parisian artifacts sprinkled throughout. We wanted sophisticated elegance with a casual attitude. Guests were encouraged to wear neutral attire and the wedding party followed suite. The groom wore a grey suit with tie and the groomsmen, bridesmen (I had two) and ushers all wore variations of a grey suit ensemble with white collar shirts and rolled sleeves. The bridesmaids wore full length nude sequin gowns, which had an incredible vintage deco feel. I chose to wear a form fitting lace mermaid dress and a long cathedral veil.

As the owner of an interior design firm, 30 Collins, I took great pleasure in bringing our vision to life. I designed and handcrafted every detail of our day down to the website, invitation suite, maps, programs and cards to inform guests of our special day. I used a handwritten cursive script for all text on heavy white watercolor paper and drew a whimsical map to include in the package. The collateral was a wonderful window into what guests could expect for our big day.

Although our wedding was not held on the beach, the ocean has significant meaning to Taylor and myself. Just prior to the ceremony we made the short drive to a remote outcropping and spent our last few moments together alone with the ocean before becoming husband and wife. Our photographer, Bryce Covey and Videographer, Love & You Video, followed us down to capture the very intimate moment. The experience and resulting photos still take my breathe away.

Our wedding day was one of the most magical of my life and an experience I will forever cherish. Taylor and I were incredibly blessed to be surrounded by so many family and friends who traveled so far in support of our love and celebration of the next chapter in our lives together. Of the innumerable magical moments which occurred that day, one of the most memorable was in the form of a giant rainbow which greeted us upon being pronounced husband and wife. I knew it was a special gift from my father to signal his joyful blessing and it will remain one of the most treasured memories of that once in a lifetime day.

From Love & You Video…We feel so lucky to have filmed Nicole & Taylor’s wedding. They chose to have a destination wedding in Maui, at Haiku Mill, one of the most unique and sought-after wedding venues in Hawaii. Once a real Sugar mill, now breathtakingly beautiful event venue. It’s like stepping back in the time and getting surrounded by elegance and beauty.

Video was very important to the couple, specially since brides grandmother was not able to be a part of their special day, we felt a big responsibility to capture every important moment as perfectly as their wedding was so the grandmother can feel like she was a part of it too.

Everyone can see how good looking the couple are, supermodel gorgeous! Not only that, just watch the video to see how strong the love is between them and how happy they are to be marrying each other.

Photography: Bryce Covey Photography | Videography: Love & You Video | Design: Nicole Heininger | Floral Design: Bella Bloom Floral Boutique | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Invitations: Nicole Heininger | Reception Venue: Haiku Mill | Bride's Shoes: Giorgio Armani | Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Grooms Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Bar Service: Bars Are Us | Bride's Clutch: Whiting & Davis | Bride's Earrings: Ben-Amun | Hotel: Grand Wailea Resort | Makeup: Jessica Waite Makeup Artistry | Rentals: Island Rents | Transportation: Poly Ad | Website: Nicole Heininger | Wedding Venue: Haiku Mill

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A single look at this couple and you know that they are one of the most beautiful pair we’ve ever had on SMP. But look a little closer. Could it be that they are also the most in love? The joy emanating out of these images completely defines what a wedding can and should be. With photographs from Tamiz Photography and stunning florals by Opihi Love, you have no choice but to pore over the entire wedding right here and of course in the beautiful film by Sunlit Films.


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From The Bride…When most people think of Maui, they think of beautiful beaches with white sand and sparkling blue waters of the Pacific, but what a lot of people don??t realize is that Maui has one of the most spectacular countryside??s I??ve ever seen.

We chose my husband??s rustic family farm in Kula, Maui to have our wedding ceremony. The lush rolling hills surrounded by spectacular views of Maui coastline below made for the perfect backdrop to say I do.

We had the great privilege and luck to work with Melissa Padilla of Opihi Love Boutique Rentals and Event design for our wedding. Our vision was one of rustic elegance with vintage touches. Cigar boxes, vintage teacups, dahlias, peonies, proteas, David Austin’s, runuculus, wax flowers, mason jars, candlelight and fire pits decorated the barn and cocktail area.

Our ceremony was an intimate affair with just our closest family members in attendance. Having lost both my parents (my mom very recently to cancer), I was apprehensive about having a big wedding knowing how emotional my sisters and I would be without our mom and dad there. It was Graham??s idea to have a small family only ceremony and dinner and follow it up with a big reception party at a later date and it was the best decision we ever made.

How wonderful it was to be able to get ready in the Monroe family farmhouse. Getting ready with my sisters was a bittersweet moment as my mother??s presence was everywhere, from the buttoning up of my lace Pronovias gown to the crowing of the haiku floral lei, I could hear her laughter and feel her love around all of us.

I had my three nieces as my flower girls, my two younger nephews as my ring bearers, and my two oldest nephews (both of which are named for their grandfathers whom they never got to meet) walk me down the aisle. I know my dad would have approved of having his grandsons step in to walk his last little girl down the aisle. It was magical to have all littlest family members involved and they kept us all smiling and laughing the entire day.

Graham picked our ceremony location to be in one of the upper pastures with beautiful views. Wooden benches, chaise lounges, and vintage chairs made up the seating for our small party and two garden chairs were placed in front for my parents so that Graham and I could lay flower leis over them in remembrance.

Taking photos while walking through the beautiful orchards with the talented husband and wife team that make up Tamiz photography, we were able to have a few quiet moments to ourselves while the afternoon sun kissed the coming dusk.

The Monroe??s working rustic barn was converted into a beautiful dinner theater with hanging floral arrangements on rustic wooden planks cascading down to vintage farm tables. Linen table runners decorated with flowers and candles made for the perfect table setting. Miss B Calligraphy created the rustic wooden signs, handmade seating cards and a unique picture menu to highlight the culinary delights of Maui Executive Catering. Pan Asian cuisine with fresh farm to table deliciousness was the perfect choice for our wedding dinner. Fresh ahi poke (a local favorite), sous vide wagyu beef, and homemade green tea ice green (the groom??s favorite) were just some of the dishes that were served to our guests.

A grownups only Scotch bar was found near the firepit and a s??more and hot chocolate bar was laid out for the kids to enjoy as the night wore on.

The evening ended by sending off wish lanterns to carry our beautiful memories, prayers and love to those who could not be there with us that day.

It was such a special day, filled with some of our most special people and we were so happy to share it with all of them.

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Catering: Maui Executive Catering | Hair & Makeup: Ry-n Shimabuku | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Lighting: Event Horizon | Coordination And Design: Opihi Love Boutique Rentals & Event Design | Florals: Opihi Love Boutique Rentals & Event Design | Rentals: Island Rents | Slow Motion Video Booth: Sunlit Films | Videography : Sunlit Films

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Glamorous Maui Destination Wedding

Let me set the scene: Lush florals from Teresa Sena Designs, glam design by Belle Destination Weddings And Events and tropical paradise at the Haiku Mill. It’s the makings of this Maui destination wedding, and I for one, can’t get enough. 30 guests joined in the celebration, and Tamiz Photography captured the love to a perfect T. Click here for so much more.

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From Belle Destination Weddings And EventsOh the romance! Jenni (an Orange County native) & Evan (from Kanasas City) first met each other when they both moved into the same building in Denver, CO in the summer of 2007. Introduced by the concierge the first week they lived in the building, the two became fast friends and it was only a matter of time before these two love birds became an item. Jenni describes it perfectly, “It was meant to be!” After dating for 5 years, Evan took Jenni on holiday to their favorite place, the gorgeous island of Maui, in November of 2012. During an early morning walk on a secluded beach, Evan got down (knee in the sand) and proposed. Jenni describes the moment as “intimate and romantic,” becoming the inspiration for their actual wedding event.

The planning then began almost immediately, being inspired by different elements of the island during their stay on Maui. While walking through the lobby of their hotel, they heard 2 different musicians performing, almost setting a soundtrack for these special moments. They later requested those same two musicians, Jamie Lawrence & Clay Mortenson, who were hired on to perform for their ceremony and reception. The music re-created those amazing memories for the couple.

Haiku Mill seemed like the obvious choice for Jenni and Evan. “It was the perfect venue for our small destination wedding of 30 guests. The Mill was more representative of Evan & I than a sandy beach wedding.” Jenni proclaimed. “Walking into the Mill (on the wedding day) for the first time literally took my breath away. Seeing our vision come to life was overwhelming. It exceeded all expectations.”

The Mill complimented the formal setting that the two was seeking. They wanted the relaxing element of a destination wedding without giving up the formality of this very special event. The week was full of enjoyable events for the couple and their guests, which included an adventurous snorkel cruise charter, as well as an intimate gathering for their rehearsal dinner at Merriman’s Kapalua. This time spent with their closest friends and family prior to the wedding allowed them to catch up with their guests and truly relax and enjoy each other on the day of the wedding.

The bride stunned her groom into silence when her first laid eyes on her walking down the aisle with her father. Fitted in a lace and ruffled Vera Wang gown, Jenni’s smile was one of joy as she walked towards her groom to be. Evan stood stunned, tears falling, as his beautiful bride approached him. It was a magical moment that we wedding planners live for! It was as if it was out of a movie.

From the bride… We could not have been luckier to work with the “best,” most talented vendors throughout our wedding planning process. With very high standards for our planning team, we were not disappointed. Jane Park led the way and ensured we were surrounded by a very honest, dependable wedding team (e.g. Maui Mira, Jamie Lawrence, Clay Mortensen, Teresa Sena Designs, Maui Executive Catering, Haiku Mill, Miss B Calligraphy, Tamiz Photography, Tino Rosete, and Signature Maui). The execution was flawless.

Our vision was a mix of soft romantic shades of crème and peach combined with the glamour of crystal and sparkly metallics. Hawaiian elements were intertwined throughout the ceremony from the traditional Hawaiian blessing to the sounds of Jaime Lawrence’s unforgettable voice. Personalization down to every detail was very important to Evan & I. Our stationary designer, Rachelle Schwartz (of Wiley Valentine), played such an important role in designing our wedding “palm theme.” Additionally, she designed our coordinating menus, take-home cake boxes, signage, guest book, napkins, restroom towels, straw flags, and passed appetizer signs. Teresa Sena Designs embraced our vision and set the stage for an evening of romance and intimacy for our guests. Surrounded by flawless beauty at the Haiku Mill, our guests were in awe!

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Florist: Teresa Sena Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Hair & Makeup: Maui Mira | Entertainment: Jamie Lawrence & Clay Mortenson | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Pastor Tino Rosete | Cake & Sweets: Maui Sweet Cakes | Custom Chalkboards: Miss B Calligraphy | Event Planning & Design: Belle Destination Weddings And Events | Lighting & Furniture: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Linen: Winters Events | Rentals & Furniture: PIR Maui | Stationary / Signage / Wedding Swag: Wiley Valentine | Wedding Venue: Haiku Mill

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