Any wedding can be elegant, but what are the secrets to taking it to the next level? Belle Destination Weddings & Events knows the deal and it includes pretty pieces from Signature Event Rentals and blooms from Mandy Grace Designs. When these come together – and Mike Adrian and Ohana Films capture it all – we have one elegant, stylish affair like no other. See it all here in our Vault!
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From the Bride… Jeff and I met in law school at the University of San Diego. Go Toreros! Our roommates were dating (each other) and thought we would be a good match. We ignored them for a while but they finally won out. We started dating shortly after law school and never looked back. A couple of years later, we ended up walking down the aisle together as a bridesmaid/groomsman at their wedding.
The proposal was amazing! We had a romantic dinner planned on Christmas Eve before the typical holiday madness. We decided to exchange one present before heading to dinner. Jeff’s present was a box within a box within a box within a box, etc. The final small box was empty. When I looked up at Jeff in confusion, he was down on one knee with the ring in hand. Jeff said a few things (which nobody quite seems to remember) and I said yes, presumably.
Because it was a destination wedding, we went into the wedding blind. We hadn’t seen the venue in person and we hadn’t tasted the food or met the photographer or videographer. We left everything up to the recommendation of our amazing planner, Jane Park-Gonzales from Belle Destination Events. We wanted to make sure that our wedding was fun and carefree. We never wanted it to be too stuffy or tedious, just intimate and relaxing for everyone, especially us. We both love to travel and wanted to give all of our family and friends an excuse to take a vacation.
The wedding day was absolutely perfect, although it was a whirlwind of a day. Everything was a dream. The ambiance was relaxed and fun, highlighted by lots of wood and blush colors. We wanted to let the beauty of the venue and ocean background carry the day, which it certainly did. Everything went off without a hitch and the sunset was incredible, the best of the entire trip. Against all odds, even the groomsmen were relatively well-behaved. In the end, the highlight of our day was being able to let loose and enjoy the beautiful venue and atmosphere with our friends and family.
My advice to any future brides would be to plan the day that YOU want, not what other people want. Everyone you ask (and some that you don’t) will have a different opinion about how to plan your wedding day. Also, enjoy the day, it goes by quickly.
Photography: Mike Adrian Photography | Cinematography: Ohana Films | Event Planning: Belle Destination Weddings & Events, Inc. | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Floral & Event Design | Wedding Dress: Theia | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Catering: Three's Catering | Hair + Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty | DJ: Maui Wedding DJ | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Sugarman Estate | Desserts: Sugar Beach Cake Shop | Furniture Rentals: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Groom's Shoes: Johnston & Murphy | Hair Accessories: Camilla Christine | Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals | Signage: Miss B Calligraphy
Close your eyes and picture a wedding in Maui. White sand beaches, tall palm trees, fresh flower leis, tropical colors and hula dancing all should come to mind. Now open your eyes and look at this absolutely gorgeous day from LVL Weddings & Events. Head to The Vault for photos from Wendy Laurel, assisted by Jeffrey Oltman, for photos that will give you a taste of island life!
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From Wendy Laurel…Laura met Star at college at the University of Alabama where he was a quarterback on the football team. It was sneakers that brought them together — they both noticed and admired each other’s sneakers one day on campus.
Laura’s family has deep Hawaii connections so it was only natural for Laura to dream up a Hawaii wedding. The wedding design was filled with little sentimental and Hawaiian touches. Laura had both her Grandmother’s gorgeous blue ring as her “something blue” and her original wedding band on during her ceremony. The family’s bible was used as well. Palms and Hawaiian flowers and vivid colors were the mainstay of the weddings styling. The flowers and amazing table designs all reflected this theme. The highlight of the reception was the hula dancers. Not only did the hula dancers perform for the guests, they had all the guests, including the bride, up learning the hula and laughing and dancing.
From LVL Weddings & Events…Laura and Star were not ones to be center of attention so they choose a private estate with an amazing ocean front view. Laura grew up coming to Maui as a child and had many fond memories to include visiting Keawalaʻi Congregational Church on their trips. It was an easy decision to say their I Do’s on the island of Maui where so many memories were made and now the two of them could begin making memories together on the beautiful island.
Laura loved color and flowers so we came up with the idea to create 4 canopy structures and dangle color leis from the center pole along with a beautiful landscape floral runner across the wooden tables. We had custom calligraphy menus made with each guests names printed on them to offer a personal touch.
We also had a floral crown and ankle floral bracelets for the beautiful bride!
In addition as the guests arrived to the cocktail hour they were greeted with leis and were able to enjoy a authentic hula show while enjoying cocktails.
They finished up the night dancing under the stars!!
Photography: Wendy Laurel | Event Planning: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Wildheart | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Keawala'i Church | Reception Venue: Sugarman Estate | Catering: Cafe Olei Maui | Hair + Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | DJ: Maui DJ Services | Photography - Assistance: Jeffrey Oltman | Polynesian Dancers: Manutea Nui E | Rentals: Maui Rents
Maui is made for marrying, that goes without saying. But take a sweet, laid-back duo like these two cuties and pair them up with a dream team of vendors (think Christie Graham and Sugar Beach Events) and it’s a day made for the pages of SMP. From the beautiful blooms from Dellables to the stunning Grace Loves Lace gown to the breathtaking scenery. See it all in THE VAULT right this way.
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From Christie Graham Photography… Having spent plenty of time together on Maui, a destination wedding was an easy decision for Lauren and Stu. The couple decided bringing a photographer from Vancouver who they trusted to capture the joy and excitement of their day was the right choice.
Lauren and Stu were the most relaxed couple I have ever worked with. They always seemed at ease, not only on the wedding day, but on the days leading up to it as well. Always smiling. Always socializing. It’s clear they were in their element on Maui.
The ceremony and reception took place steps from the ocean, guests enjoyed amazing views throughout the day. A local musician played beautiful music as the bride walked down the aisle. Everyone ate, drank, laughed and danced under the sun, and then the stars. It truly was magical!
Photography: Christie Graham Photography | Wedding Planning: Sugar Beach Events | Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aritzia | Catering: Sugar Beach Events | Hair And Makeup: Jean Muldoon | Venue: Sugar Beach Events | Floral Design And Table Decor: Dellables | Groom's Pants: Lands' End | Groom's Shirt: H&M | Robes: Silk And More