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Boho Style Hawaiian Engagement Inspiration

Without fail, Wendy Laurel puts a smile on my face every time she sends a bit of pretty our way. And when colorful blooms from Opihi Love are included in the package? My grin grows even wider. Every bit of this boho-style engagement inspiration from the Photo Coterie workshop is the reason why. Feast your eyes on all the goodness here in the full gallery.

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From Wendy LaurelThis Hawaii wedding inspiration focused on the natural environment and amazing light of the location. The couples elegant bohemian style goes perfectly with the rugged cliffs, wild ocean, and golden sunlight from this Honolua Cliff location. Images are from the wedding shoot at the Photo Coterie Workshop Maui, which focused on using the natural environment and showing the real emotion between the couple. The workshop was held at my home in Maui. Melissa Padilla from Opihi Love did a fabulous job styling the real couple in a bohemian but elegant style. Melissa also hand crafted the floral bouquet with local tropical flowers. The amazing headband worn by the bride was borrowed from Hushed Commotion and was perfect for the organic style. The wedding dress (skirt/top) is from local Maui designer, Brooke Larson of Salt of the Rocks. She hand creates one of a kind beach wedding dresses and has a store full of amazing vintage finds as well.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Floral Design: Opihi Love Boutique Rentals & Event Design | Wedding Dress: Salt On The Rocks | Hair And Make Up Artist: Ry-n Shimabuku | Hair Piece: Hushed Commotion | Jewelry & Necklace: Stephanie Kim Designs | Stylist: Opihi Love Boutique Rentals & Event Design | Workshop: Photo Coterie | Workshop Teachers: Sara + Dylan

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Lahaina Animal Farm Ranch Wedding

At the center of this Lahaina fete is a love so sweet that it’s almost palpable. A love that radiates from Corinne Krogh‘s imagery of this darling duo and jumps right off the page. It lives in the happy little smiles, the eskimo kisses and of course, the four-legged friends, too. Soak it all up right here.

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From Corinne KroghThis sweet couple fell in love with the Lahaina Animal Farm and Guest Ranch all the way from the other side of the Pacific Ocean. Vintage, romance and elegance were at the top of Emily’s wish list, all of which set the tone for an intimate celebration to her long time love. The ivory, blush pink and navy color palette, with flower choices of peonies, anemones and greenery, along with the rustic farm elements provided by the venue set the perfect stage for her vision.

Photography: Corinne Krogh | Floral And Event Design: Maui’s Angels | Coordination: Maui’s Angels | Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini For Davids Bridal | Cake: Cake Fanatics | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: Soup To Nuts | Hair And Makeup: I Am U’i | Bouquets And Personals: Sunya’s Flowers | Entertainement: KCK Entertainment | Musician: Marvin Tevaga | Officiate: Tino Rosete | Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals | Venue: Lahaina Animal Farm And Guest Ranch | Vintage Rentals And Decor: The Collection | Wedding Sash: Vera Wang

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DIY Maui Wedding at Olowalu Plantation House

I hope you are all sitting down, SMPers, because this beauty from Wendy Laurel is about to blow your mind with its beauty. It’s absolutely perfection, and when you find out that the ridiculously stunning florals are all from…wait for it…Whole Foods, you might just fall out of your chair. It was a family affair filled with love, and the gallery proves that is the very best combo.


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From Wendy LaurelRyan and Mikel brought their love, their family, and their creativity to Maui for a wonderful destination wedding. The made many of the wedding decoration themselves – from their aloha and love fans, to the table floral arrangements, and table place cards. Their wedding had the stamp of them written all over it. The most touching part was the ceremony. Not only did the couple write their own vows (which always gets me), but the officiant also read notes from close family members and friends about the couple which brought tears to everyone’s eyes and laughter as well. Easily one of the most memorable ceremonies I have ever witnessed.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Flowers: Whole Foods | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Aloha Events Catering | Hair And Make Up: Leslie Hainsworth (plush Beauty) | Dj: Clarity Entertainment | Photographer Assistance: Jeffrey Oltman | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House

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Elegant Haiku Mill Wedding

After fourteen years of dating, these lifelong sweethearts wanted a wedding celebration that was worth waiting for. The decision? A sunny romantic Maui destination wedding surrounded by lush Mandy Grace Design greenery, vintage stonewalls, and elegant chandeliers. There’s no denying that Haiku Mill is something out of a fairytale, and it’s made even more beautiful at the hands of Anna Kim, right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… The story of Mark and I begins with our parents, who have been close friends since before we were even born. In fact, our first encounter was probably while we were in the womb. We grew up together, were close friends, and eventually became high school sweethearts. After dating for fourteen years, we wanted to have a wedding celebration that was worth waiting for. Maui was the perfect setting, as it is not only a beautiful location, but has also been one of our favorite places to vacation together. As we began our search for venues, Haiku Mill immediately caught our attention. The more pictures and videos we saw of the Mill’s lush greenery, vintage stonewalls, and elegant chandeliers, the more we fell in love with the venue. But no matter how much we admired the venue as we planned our wedding from home, nothing could compare to how beautiful Haiku Mill is in person.

In high school and college, I took photography classes where I spent hours in the dark room developing pictures. As a result, I have an obsession with black and white; I love how the contrast makes for a sleek, sophisticated base color palette. We decided to compliment black and white with various shades of purple. Our colors made it easy to play with patterns, textures, and pops of color in an ombre effect. We had fun incorporating patterns of stripes, polka dots, chevron and gingham into multiple details, including our invitations, signage, napkins, menus, favors and even the bubble wands. Each groomsmen had a different black and white patterned tie, and received custom shoes with purple accents and a touch of gingham to wear to the reception. The purple bridesmaids dresses and flowers stood out against the black and white patterns perfectly. We choose to DIY the majority of our projects so we could personalize each detail and make our theme cohesive. From the design and construction of the invitations, programs, signage, place cards, and welcome bags, we made every detail perfect during multiple craft nights. We collected pillowcases, picture frames, and even props to use in our photo booth. We also wanted to make sure that our golden retriever, Lovie, was not forgotten, as he could not make the trip to Maui. We included him in many of our small details; the ring bearer carried Lovie’s stunt double with the rings in his collar. He was also on our cake topper, program, and in our photos.

I loved that Mandy Grace used Mark’s proposal as an inspiration for our florals. She incorporated the tulip theme as a nod to our engagement, as Mark proposed to me in a field of tulips while we were vacationing near Seattle. The bar service from Garnish was exceptional, with impeccable presentation, and signature cocktails that had our guests raving long after the night was over. This was also true for our menu, provided by Maui Executive, whose Shiitake encrusted Wagyu Beef garnered the highest compliments from Mark’s parents. Maui Sweet Cakes provided the most delicious coconut, lilikoi and pineapple coconut cupcakes we have ever had. Our photographers, Jessica and Ajja from Anna Kim Photography so sweet and easy to work with, and had the artistic eye to capture some of our most intricate details. Nate, our videographer from Sunlit Films, was genuinely enthusiastic, and so relaxed and fun. The staff at the Mill was so pleasant and accommodating; Lindsay and her assistants were calm, organized and professional. The owner, Sylvia, was so charming. When we first arrived at the Mill, she pointed out that the bricks that made up the floor of the Mill were from our hometown of Chicago. One of the biggest surprises about the property was the abundance of exotic fruit trees, which guests were free to pick from throughout the wedding week. The music theme of the night was 90s hip-hop and R&B, which was perfectly executed by DJ Randy of Ace Beats.

My favorite moment of the night was Mark surprising me with a performance of “Grow Old With You” from The Wedding Singer. It was the perfect song choice, as it was the one song I would have wanted to hear. He later told me that he actually wanted to sing that song to me since our first dates. I’m so lucky that he is the man I will grow old with. His song was a perfect way to end the best day of our lives. We couldn’t have chosen a better venue than Haiku Mill, a beautiful canvas that we were able to make our own for one amazing day.

Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Videography: Sunlit Films | Coordination: Lindsay Miller | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Maui Sweet Cake | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Hair & Makeup: Liz Javelosa, Maui Makeup Artistry | DJ: Ace Beats | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Bar Service: Garnish Events | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Island Rents | Rentals: Maui Rents | Rentals: Signature Event Rentals | Rentals: Pacific Isle Rentals | Wedding Venue: Haiku Mill

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Rainy Maui Summer Wedding

I’m hoping this couple’s positive spirit rubs off, because they sure know how to deal with an unexpected wedding day surprise. As torrential rain crashed their ceremony, umbrellas and smiles opened up, and improvisations were made, including a spontaneous beach photo shoot during a quick rain break. Emily Magers captured every moment, rain and shine, and these pics have me no longer fearing a few clouds.

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From Emily Magers Photography… Ashley & Michael are two of the most incredible souls I have ever encountered. Everything about their big day was beyond perfect, including the surprise torrential downpour! None the less, Maui was still perfect and everything about these two lovebirds was as well. Ashley got ready at The Andaz hotel on the beach and they got married on the Makenna Property near Big Beach in Maui, HI with the most beautiful outdoor ceremony and reception, all DIY by the bridal party. The area was filled with twinkle lights, mason jars, flowers, wood signs, and more, until the rain started. The ceremony was held at the venue site and even amongst pouring rain and soaking wet outfits, everyone had smiles on their faces and looked flawless! Due to the rain, after the ceremony we picked up and moved to a family friend’s house near by for the reception which was not the original plan, but still turned out perfect. On the drive to the house, Michael, Ashley, and I stopped the car and ran to the beach to catch the most incredible sunset!! There truly is a calm after the storm. It was the perfect touch for romantics after a rainy ceremony. I cannot get over how perfect everything about this destination wedding was or how passionately in love these two stunners are.

Photography: Emily Magers Photography | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Urban Outfitters | Location: The Andaz Maui