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Maui Elopement at Makena Cove from Wendy Laurel

Can you possibly think of anything more romantic than eloping to Maui with your love? This laid back couple decided they wanted nothing to do with planning a big wedding so they hopped on a plane and spent their wedding day with one another. Lucky for us they invited Wendy Laurel along to capture their intimate and oh-so-pretty day, and you ca see it all unfold right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Syed and I wanted a destination wedding because we really wanted to stay away from planning and having a big wedding. We wanted something very intimate, informal, and relaxed. Living in Pennsylvania, we look for any excuse to plan a beach vacation. We decided on getting married in Maui because this particular island seemed to offer exactly what we wanted…beautiful beaches; quite, small towns; great sunrises and sunsets. We were very happy with how our wedding day went. It stopped raining for that day and Makena Cove was completely empty except for us…making it perfectly intimate and relaxed.

Wedding Photography: Wendy Laurel / Wedding Location: Makena Cove in Maui, Hawaii / Floral Design + Leis: Bella Bloom Floral Boutique / Wedding Dress + Headpiece: Alfred Angelo / Bride’s Earrings: Clarissa Bridal / Bride’s Bracelet: Nordstrom / Bride’s Shoes: CL by Laundry / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew

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Maui Wedding Luana Kai Resort by Erin Wallis Photography

Maui seems like the most magical place to say I do. The light, the gorgeous backdrops, the island feeling – it’s no wonder we crush hard over soirees from the pretty island. Today we have Erin Wallis Photography to thank for our dose of Maui goodness. With all the lovely you expect from a destination beauty topped off with the love of this gorgeous family, it is the perfect recipe for a gallery full of gorgeous!

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From the Bride… It had always been our dream to get married in Maui. Having both visited the island when we were younger, it was a special place to both of us. We knew we wanted a small, intimate, laid-back, “island style” wedding. By researching the internet and communicating with past Maui brides I was able to find great vendors that I was very excited to work with. We decided on coral and orange for our wedding colours — bright and fun and perfect with our beautiful Maui backdrop. I used the colours as a guide, which helped make decisions easier (I am not a good decision maker!). I was able to find a great coral-coloured dress for my sister, who was my maid of honour, and I found ties in a matching colour for my husband and my son. Can I just say that I loved that my 10-month-old son had a tie and suit to match his dad’s — that was one of my favourite parts of the whole wedding. I thought I was the luckiest girl alive to be spending the rest of my life with those two handsome guys! I gave my florist free rein and just said I wanted something with a bit of coral and orange and a “natural rustic” feel to it. What she came up with was so perfect, I loved the bouquets and the centrepieces. Instead of going overboard on the decor, I really just left it simple. When you have such a stunning location like Maui, you don’t need much more. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our special day — our son and our cute flower girl riding down the aisle in a wagon covered with a re-purposed hula skirt and tropical flowers, the beautiful live music during our cocktail hour, watching the amazing sunset while enjoying delicious food and drinks, and later dancing under the stars with our closest family and friends. It really was the best day ever, and I am so grateful to my brilliant photographer Erin Wallis for capturing all the love, joy and beauty of that day — our photos are perfection.

Wedding Photography: Erin Wallis Photography / Wedding Venue: Luana Kai Resort in Kihei, Maui / Wedding Planning: Lori Lawrence of Tropical Maui Weddings / Floral Design: Bella Grace Flowers /Catering + Event Rentals: Food for the Soul / Wedding Cake: Cakes by JoAnn / Bartending: Maui Bars Are Us / Wedding Favors: Honolulu Cookie Company / Music: Jamie Lawrence of Tropical Maui Weddings / Wedding Dress: Ella Bridals via Blush Bridal Boutique / Hair: Dan Sanchez / Makeup: Jessica Waite / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Bridal Party Shoes: Aldo / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein / Groomsmen’s Attire: Banana Republic / Ring Bearer’s (Son’s) Suit: Baby Gap / Flower Girl Dress: Squirrelly Bird Baby Co.

Maui Wedding by Anna Kim Photography

It’s Valentine’s Day which means we have romance on the brain even more than usual.  Our craving for a little extra dose of fairy tale magic is satiated by this Maui wedding from Anna Kim Photography.  It is overflowing with romance and dazzling beachside details.  Lush and creamy garden roses create a perfect duet with the glowing Hawaii sunset as does the mix of traditional and non-traditional elements.  See it all in the full gallery!

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From the bride… John and I knew each other through mutual friends in college. A few months after meeting, all our friends decided to take a trip for New Year’s Eve. We started talking, hit it off and have been inseparable since. We went out later that night for New Year’s Eve, danced a lot, talked some more, and he gave me a New Years kiss on the forehead! That’s our first kiss! When we were leaving the bar, he gave me a piggyback through the snow but slipped on the ice and we both fell to the ground — we joke that he dropped me on our first “date.” Later that night, I noticed the scrape on my knee was in the shape of a heart (seriously!) so we say it was meant to be!

I wanted our wedding to be about us and the things we love.  It was important to us to incorporate a mix of traditional and non-traditional elements into our wedding. Good food and music were very important in order to insure our guests had an amazing experience. The vision I had for our wedding was rustic and beachy in shades of peach. I found a lot of inspiration through Etsy and was able to get many special details handmade through different Etsy vendors. We had so many beautiful, rustic details incorporated into our ceremony and reception, and I wanted to keep to our wedding theme throughout every aspect of our event. I was so touched that so many of our friends and family made it to Maui for our special day, so I made welcome bags for all guests that I filled with Hawaiian snacks and goodies. I hand wrote a special note to each guest thanking them for traveling all the way to Hawaii for our wedding. Because many of the rustic flowers that I loved were unavailable on Maui, I ordered peach David Austin garden roses and peach hydrangeas that were shipped to us from Ecuador. The ring bearers ties were hand made from fabric I bought online and I had custom ring pillows and flower girl baskets made to add to the rustic look to our bridal party and ceremony.

 One very important element to our reception décor was our peach Glassybaby votive holders. There really is nothing quite like Glassybabies — each one has its own amazing light and feel. I knew there was no substitute, and they really were the perfect beautiful candle light for our dinner. The tables were lined with burlap table runners that I made, and each chair was wrapped with a light peach tulle chair tie that I made as well. On each table, were natural shell place card holders that held the rustic palm tree place cards that were hand-calligraphed. I also loved the rustic bride and groom signs for our chairs that I found on Fran’s Chocolates is a Seattle classic, and I had to have their amazing salted caramels for wedding favors. I made the favor boxes myself with a large “love” stamp and tied a peach ribbon around it. As a second favor, I ordered plastic tubes with wine corks that said “Love is Sweet” and filled them with chocolate-covered macadamia nuts. Both were delicious, and it was nice to be able to incorporate a bit of Seattle into our wedding.

Wedding Photography: Anna Kim Photography / Wedding Venue: Sarento’s On the Beach in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii / Flowers: Kihei-Waliea Flowers by Cora + Fifty Flowers / Wedding Gown: Blue by Enzoani “Denmark” / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale (Long Dress) + Donna Morgan (Short Dresses) via Nordstrom / Clutch: Lulu Townsend via DSW / Hair + Makeup: Grand Wailea Resort / Violin: Cambria Moss / Guitar: Tom Conway / Wedding Cake: Maui Wedding Cakes / Votive Candle Holders: Glassybaby / Welcome Bags, Table Runners, Chair Ties + Favor Boxes: DIY by the Bride / Salted Caramels: Fran’s Chocolates / Bride’s Shoes: TOMS + Stuart Weitzman

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