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Intimate Maui Wedding

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!

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Photography: Christie Graham Photography | Wedding Planning: Denise At Sugar Beach | 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

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Modern Maui Wedding in Pretty Pastel Hues

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!

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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

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Rustic Glam Maui Wedding

When the blushing Bride is one uber talented event planner herself, you know you’re in for a treat. With her stylish eye and creativity, and with the onsite support of Belle Destination Weddings & Events, she crafted one beautiful bash, full of stunning shades of lavender, purple and pink florals by Mandy Grace Design. AMERIS soaked it all up with their lens and this gallery is truly a feast for the eyes.

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From the beautiful Bride… As a wedding planner, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of countless beautiful weddings and have witnessed more than my fair share of the joy and love that occurs at them. Being on the other side of things, as the Bride, was an experience I couldn’t have prepared for though, and it was truly the time of my life!

Nick and I first met back in 2006, through a mutual friend, one night out at a local bar. Within weeks, we became inseparable, and have spent the last eight years together sharing in life’s big and small moments, creating a home, building our businesses together, enjoying mornings, soaking in sunshine, and oh yeah…traveling to Maui. We love Maui more than any other spot in the world. And after six straight years of traveling there together, it has become our home away from home.

When we first got engaged, the thought of planning our wedding locally was overwhelming to me, as I knew that it would just feel too much like work. I wanted the weeks leading up to our wedding to be fun and relaxing for both of us, and we both wanted the spot where we said our “I do’s” to be special to “us.” So, the decision to host our wedding in Maui was a no-brainer, and one that did not surprise any of our friends and family! We wanted to design a wedding that showcased what we love about Hawaii, create a relaxed atmosphere filled with high-end details for all our guests who traveled so far, and spend the day surrounded by our nearest and dearest. Nick and I love to host parties, and so infusing our personal laid-back, fun, and stylish style, came very naturally.

On our yearly trip to Maui, in 2013, we were able to meet up with the lovely ladies of Belle Destination, who I knew would be the perfect allies in planning our dream wedding. They helped us find the perfect venue, and shared with me all their top vendor recommendations. From their tips, I set to work building our A-team of vendors, and designing our perfect day! The best decision we made though was to bring the power duo, AMERIS, down from Victoria with us. I have had the pleasure of working alongside them many times, and the talent and instincts that they possess is ridiculous! And they are just as much fun as they are talented, and so having them a part of our day was so special. When we look through our photos, we know that we will forever remember not just how our day looked, but how we felt during those moments. And that is something that I will always be grateful for! So, to all you Brides out there… do NOT skimp on a photographer! The morning and afternoon, spent with our wedding party and photographers was a total blast, and one of my favorite memories is being carried over a fence by the groomsmen, to get to Nick for our First Look! Hilarious!

Our wedding ceremony, was special to us for so many reasons. It was such an intimate group of family and friends who were there with us, and getting to share that moment with them was amazing! We asked one of our best friends to perform our ceremony, and he made the whole experience incredible. He also managed to get ordained, and so was able to legally marry us, which was the cherry on top. My favorite moment of the ceremony would have to be split up into two: walking with my Dad towards everyone, and laughing as we stumbled through our vows.

Food and drink were really high on our priority list, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with the quality that both Aloha Events Catering and Garnish Events supplied. Our friends constantly make fun of us for being self-acclaimed “mixologists,” and so getting to work with Steph and her amazing team at Garnish, was a dream come true! Not only are their drinks so tasty, but the level of attention to detail that they put into everything, is a wedding planners dream! My favorite drink we served, the “Rose-jito”, literally had a pink garden rose garnished on each one! Amazing!

Trying to narrow down my other favorite details is near impossible, but I will try. The florals by Mandy Grace completely exceeded my expectations! She perfectly infused the jewel tones of our palette (navy, purples, pinks, and white), and I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect bouquet! The chair garlands, our ceremony archway, and the fact that she was able to find peonies in October…incredible! Being able to dine al fresco, was a big priority as well! Back home, it is near impossible to host a reception outside without a tent. We took a big risk not renting one for our own wedding, but the gamble totally paid off, and we were treated to the perfect Maui evening. With the lights strung between the trees, candles lit on the table, and the stars above, it was picture perfect.

Creating the perfect guest experience was also really important to us, as we were so appreciative that so many of our friends and family would travel so far for us! We organized a few outings for everyone (snorkel tour, picnic lunch etc.), which allowed us to spend time with everyone! And on the actual wedding day, all of our guests hopped on a bus and were whisked away to the “secret” wedding venue. This was one thing that we had SO much fun with while planning, and it really built up the excitement for our guests! We managed to keep our wedding venue a total secret to everyone, and so they were driven along a windy coast-line, and towards the lava fields of South Maui, with no idea of where they were going! Once they arrived at the spot, they were greeted with custom cocktails, acoustic guitar music provided by the seriously talented David Wolf, and a million dollar view. The rest of the day/evening, was filled with lots of music, drinks, food, and laughs! As the night came to a close, and Nick and I were whisked off to our ride, we could hear them chanting “Newlyweds! One more song! Newlyweds! One more song!” The perfect end, to the perfect day!

Photography: AMERIS | Event Planning: French Kiss Events | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Design | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Catering: Aloha Events Catering | Hair & Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry | Lighting: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Groom's Attire: Paul Smith | Wedding Venue: Sugarman Estate | Bar Service: Garnish Events | Bridal Jewelry: Haute Bride | Bridesmaid Dress Boutique : Blush Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Sophie Grace Maui | Day Of Coordination: Belle Destination Weddings And Events | Furniture Rentals: Opihi Love Wedding Coordination & Event Design | Musician: David Wolf | Paper Goods: French Kiss Events | Signage: Miss B Calligraphy

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