The best weddings are all about the moments, and this Maui fête is full of pretty ones. From the Bride’s custom lace wedding dress and the video of well wishes from family unable to travel from Korea to the playful Instagram guest book, this couple couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, especially with Anna Kim Photography to capture all the magic at Sugar Beach Events. See it all in THE VAULT!
From The Bride… Alex and I decided that instead of having two weddings in both VA and South Korea to accommodate both sides of the family, we would just have everyone meet in the middle in Hawaii! It was the best decision we could have made.
My main recommendation for couples who are planning their weddings, other than picking an amazing location, would be to research… a lot! Photography & Videography are the most important things! If you find someone you really like, make sure to book in advance.. at least 6 month before! I had to change my wedding date because I love Anna Kim’s style so much and it was totally worth it!
I’m a graphic/web designer and I love simple, clean, modern design, so that became my wedding theme. We chose pastel colors (mainly peach, pink, and baby blue) and added a little bit of gold to give it a modern and classic look.
It was impossible to find my wedding dress, so I decided to just design my own dress. I bought the simple lacy wedding dress and worked with a local dress maker who did an incredible job. My maid of honor added the final touch, a beautiful jeweled belt sewn on to the front–it completed the dress so perfectly and meant so much to have my maid of honor be a part of the wedding dress creation. I accented the wedding dress with gold shoes by Jimmy Choo to match the wedding theme. My bridesmaids wore pastel dresses of peach and baby blue while Alex’s groomsmen wore gray and baby blue.
Our main goal was for our guests to have fun at the wedding. Since we wanted to have an outdoor wedding as well as a modern and classic indoor reception, Sugar Beach Events was the perfect location! Our guests did not have to travel to different locations from t he ceremony to the reception, plus it offered us an amazing ocean-view as well as Chef Lee’s insanely delicious cuisine!
There were so many touching moments and fun surprises on our wedding day. My little brother made a video clip of all of my family & friends in Korea who could not fly to the wedding. I was crying so much when I saw my grandmother from the screen. It really meant a lot to me.
We found an amazing Hawaiian dance performance group, so we were all able to learn some hula, which was really fun. After our first dance, we surprised our guests with a choreographed K-POP dance–they loved it! My husband also performed a surprise dance later while we were going to do the garter toss. I was speechless!
We also had Eddo Lee, Alex’s cousin, as our MC. He is the most famous wedding MC in the Washington DC area and really brightened up our wedding and made it so much fun!
I really wanted our wedding to have a lot of personal touches. Since we were having a destination wedding, I decided to create passport and boarding pass invitations and save the dates. It was time consuming but totally worth it!
I also made us Mr. and Mrs. chair signs and champagne glasses–both ideas I got from Pinterest of course! The guest book and custom Instagram photo booth prop was fun and easy to make, but definitely a challenge carrying it all the way to Maui and back home! Because we were having an outdoor wedding, I thought it would be a good idea to have our wedding programs be printed on fans, I spent a lot of time picking out the right texture paper and color for the programs.
Finally, I created the sunglasses sign and custom sunglasses for our guests. I made my own labels with different words to put on the sunglasses- the guests loved them! I definitely put a lot of time and energy into the wedding- but it was all worth it! Between all of the fun DIY projects and the amazing vendors, it was perfect!
Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Cinematography: Sunlit Films | Coordination: Hawaii Weddings By Tori Rogers | Floral Design: Dellables | Catering: Sugar Beach Events By Chef Lee | Hair And Makeup: Maui Mira | Officiant: Tino Rosete | Venue: Sugar Beach Events | Flask For Groomsmen: Amazon | Photography - Assistance: Jeannine Of Anna Kim Photography | Place Cards: Kate Aspen