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Maui Wedding from Anna Kim Photography

I happened to grow up next door to a couple that took a week-long vacation to Maui every year.  A week-long vacation that included everything from sunning on the pristine beaches to snorkeling in the crystal blue waters.  They loved it… and still do.  So, to say I’ve had Maui on my mind since I was a young pre-teen would NOT be an exaggeration.  In fact, since my days here at SMP, my love of this enchanted wonderland has only gotten stronger.  I mean, take a look at this gorgeous affair captured beautifully by Anna Kim Photography.  Planned to perfection by White Orchid Wedding, it’s a laid back elegance meets sweet sophistication meets an all-out dance party.  See it all in the full gallery.


From the Bride… We met at school in 2010 and were engaged a year later. Brian surprised me by flying me to New York City and proposing at the John Lennon Memorial in Central Park. It was perfect.

We wanted a very small wedding with our best friends and family. Food, drinks and music were a priority and we wanted to ensure we had our say every step of the way. We rented an amazing house up in the hills in Lahaina with an incredible view of the ocean. We chose our menu based on our favorite foods. Appetizers featuring tuna tartare, sliders, tomato & bocconcini skewers, crab cakes and satay. For dinner there were many stations set up throughout the back yard with sushi, a raw bar, taco bar, salad bar and sauteed shrimp and roast beef. Drinks included our favorite Hawaiian beers (from Kona Brewery Co.), wines and champagnes selected by my father and a selection of island-inspired cocktails.

We picked all of our favorites songs and organized them into playlists for our iPod. Our ceremony music included The Beatles, Rolling Stones, U2 and Mumford & Sons. We walked up to Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe” and exited to Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II.” We had one of our best friends marry us and we wrote our own vows. It was such a laid-back, fun wedding with the dancing starting immediately, a photo-booth, a fire pit and most guests ending up in the pool at the end of the night.

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening.

Wedding Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Wedding Venue: Private Estate, Maui | Event Planning: White Orchid Wedding | Cinematography: All Time Media | Caterer: Bev Gannon’s Celebrations Catering | Wedding Desserts: Maui Sweet Cakes | Bar: Maui Bars Are Us | Hair + Makeup: Maui MiRa | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Ralph Lauren + Chanel | Headpiece: BHLDN | Bride’s Necklace + Bridesmaid’s Gifts: Kate Spade | Groom’s Suit: Theory | Tie: Hugo Boss | Floral Design: Della from Dellables Event and Floral Design

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Backyard Maui Wedding from Wendy Laurel + Couture Events Maui

A first birthday party turned gorgeous Maui wedding? That’s sounds like one fabulous way to ring in a Wednesday on SMP Destination. Well, when I tell you this little surprise party was planned by Couture Events Maui and captured the seriously talented Wendy Laurel, I think you’ll agree that the fabulous level measures off the charts. Which we just happen to love. So be sure to set aside some time to get lost in all the lovely right here.

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From Wendy… Michelle and Ian decided to pull a surprise wedding. The couple has been together for a while and already had two children. They invited all their family out for their babies First Birthday party. Everyone arrived on a Saturday night for a gorgeous catered family dinner before the party the next day. To their surprise, Michelle and Ian came out in wedding clothes and got married on the lawn before their closest family and friends.

Wedding Photography: Wendy Laurel assisted by Ajja DeShayne | Wedding Venue: Private Estate in Laniopoko, Maui | Wedding Planner: Erica Goldsmith from Couture Events Maui | Wedding Cinematography: Hawaii Video Memories | Officiant: Jennifer Leah (a friend) | Floral Design: Bella Grace Flowers Wedding & Event Design | Catering: Cater 2 U Maui | Music: Howard Ahia + Ryan Robinson Band | Decor: Pacific Event Group | Lighting: Pacific Isle Rentals | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Shoes: TOMS | Hair + Makeup: Soleil Luna Salon

Maui Wedding at Olowalu Plantation House from Sarina Love Photography

Swooping up your nearest and dearest to tie the knot in Hawaii? Genius. I think it would be filed nicely in your “best decisions ever” category. It most certainly did for this couple (who tucked away another fabulous decision by tying the knot to each other), and their oh-so-adorable suspender-wearing son. With perfect Maui backdrops, images from Sarina Love Photography, perfectly placed details from White Orchid Wedding, Inc, and love so obvious it seeps through the screen – this gallery can’t be missed.

And there is also a gorgeous film from Kai Media that you should be sure to watch!

And since you probably love this little family as much as we do at this point, we just couldn’t help but share their little day-after shoot snapped up again by Sarina Love Photography. I mean who doesn’t love another excuse to put on that gorgeous gown? Mostly when you get photos like these as a result…

From Sarina Love PhotographyThe wedding was located in the heart of Maui, and the weather was perfect, of course! Nice breezes all day long! It was an intimate affair of only around 20 guests, but as soon as Melisa walked down that aisle to “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, the sweet party had begun with laughter, smiles and a few tears. The ceremony was unique, and their officiant was even previously featured on “Modern Family.” The couple and their guests ate a beautiful Hawaiian buffet with drinks on hand and danced the night away. It was a beautiful day!

From the Bride & Groom… Robert and Melisa met nine years ago while working at Disneyland, and they have an adorable 2-year-old son named Sawyer. Robert works as a software developer, and Melisa is an ER nurse. They truly believe that opposites attract! He’s neat and organized, and she’s well … not! He’s always warm, she’s always cold. He always has a plan, and she’s a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl. Combine these characteristics, and you have a perfect match!

The bride’s fondest wedding moment was dancing to our song, “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones with the gorgeous Maui sun shining through the trees, the cool gentle breeze, and the subtle sounds of the ocean waves. It was exactly how she always imagined it would be. The groom’s favorite moment was the first look. In his words, “I will never forget how nervous I felt when she tapped me on the shoulder. As I turned to look, I was amazed at how beautiful and elegant she looked. She was absolutely stunning and took my breath away.”

Wedding Photography: Sarina Love Photography / Wedding Venue: Olowalu Plantation House in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii / Wedding Coordination: Steven of A White Orchid Wedding, Inc. / Floral Design: Janna Hoen / Officiant: Rev. Laki Pomaikai Ka’ahumanu / Wedding Cinematography: Kai Media / Catering: Maui Style Seafood / Bartending: Maui Bars Are Us / Wedding Stationery: Mavora Art and Design / DJ: KC Sound Productions / Wedding Dress: Martina Liana via Blush Bridal Couture / Bride’s + Bridesmaids’ Hair + Makeup: Heather Ellison of Beach Brides by Heather

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Maui Engagement Session from Wendy Laurel

There’s no doubt about it, when you’re newly engaged, there’s nothing better than taking a little pre-wedding vacation. Except of course, going to Maui and meeting up with Wendy Laurel. Now that’s fabulous! She snapped up some pretties of this adorable couple and you can see the whole thing right here.

From Wendy LaurelJun and Peter came to Maui from New York City for a much deserved vacation away from it all. They just wanted some beach, sun and sand.  The couple was recently engaged, so they decided to have their engagement photos done while on vacation. We met at a beach right in Lahaina town and had fun with the photographs.

Photography: Wendy Laurel / Location: Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii / Bride’s Red Dress: Halston Heritage / Bride’s Blue Wrap: Serendipity / Groom’s Shorts: Quicksilver

Maui Wedding at Olowalu Plantation House from Kaua Wedding Photography

I swear Hawaii must have been crafted specifically to be the best wedding location ever. How else can you explain the grassy land and swaying palm trees that just so happen to rest atop a cliff that overlooks the ocean like at the Olowalu Plantation House? Coincidence? I think not. And the romantic love story behind these nuptials is a sure sign that everything leading up to these two tying the knot has been pure fate. Kaua Wedding Photography has captured every moment and you can find it all in the gallery right here.

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From the Bride… Bryan and I met as teenagers in 1997 in the hallways of Burlingame High School. We were high school sweethearts for two years (we have the prom pictures to prove it!) before Bryan graduated in 1999 and we went our separate ways. Fast forward a decade to 2009, and thanks to a message on Facebook, Bryan and I reconnected over dinner. Sparks flew, and two years later he popped the question, surprising me during a friend’s photo shoot with a proposal and an impromptu engagement party with our close family and friends. (He knows how to make a girl happy!) We always knew we’d have a smaller destination wedding in Hawaii. Bryan basically said, “Will you marry me… in Hawaii?” I am only half kidding! Bryan has family there, and my family has vacationed on the island for many summers. With my father’s passing in 2010, we wanted a place that he loved and where we both had a connection — Maui!

When I first drove up to Olowalu, I knew it was the place. There was no other place I could see us getting married. A fun fact is that my now-husband was actually not on that trip to Maui, so he didn’t see Olowalu until he drove up to get married! If that doesn’t say love, I don’t know what does. He trusted me, and we agreed that it was by far the most beautiful wedding site we had ever seen. And lucky us, it was ours. Once we found Olowalu Plantation House, the wedding planning fell into place with the fantastic recommendation of Lori and Jamie Lawrence and Jackie Tanaka of Tropical Maui Weddings. I knew very early on that I wanted a rustic, Hawaiian, garden party type of wedding. Bryan and I both like a clean palette and didn’t want to take away from the gorgeous Maui Olowalu setting with overly tropical decor – greens, tans, and lots of white and cream were central when conceptualizing the look and feel of the wedding. Once I connected with Lori, Jamie and Jackie, they knew just the photographer who would capture our day with grace – Kaua! After I was introduced to his website and we chatted over email, I just had a feeling it would be a great match, and we were right! I think the photos speak for themselves.

So many wonderful moments! Getting ready with my best friends, my sister and my mom. Holding my beautiful bridal bouquet wrapped in my late father’s tie. Walking across the grass with my mom and looking up to see the very first love of my life, my high school sweetheart and now my soon-to-be husband, standing at the end of the aisle waiting to marry me. Listening to Bryan’s touching vows. Our first dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” and just dancing, dancing, dancing with everyone until the last call. And finally, holding hands and running through the sparklers held by our amazing friends and family! My advice to other brides is to trust who you are working with when planning, and let go of the small things. Be present in your planning, and be present at the wedding, too! Having a destination wedding allows you to spend real time with your guests, and it’s an incredibly overwhelming feeling to know that your closest friends and family flew over an ocean to be with you to celebrate such a special occasion. We will always look back on our wedding day and wedding weekend with deep love and gratitude. Aloha and mahalo to everyone who celebrated with us!

Wedding Photography: Kaua Wedding Photography / Wedding Venue: Olowalu Plantation House in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii / Wedding Planning + Coordination: Tropical Maui Weddings / Floral Design + Table Decor: Lois Hiranaga Floral Design / Wedding Cinematography: Maui Wedding Videography by Outer Island Productions / Catering: Cafe O’Lei / Wedding Cake + Desserts: Cakes by JoAnn / Bar Staffing: Maui Bars Are Us / Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Jamie Lawrence / DJ: DJ Del Sol of Maui Wedding DJ / Wedding Dress: Blue By Enzoani “Casablanca” (2010 Collection) / Bride’s Veil: Her Mother’s from Her 1974 Wedding / Bride’s Hair + Makeup: Pam Jensen / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy “2832″ Color: Apple Slice) / Bridesmaids’ Hair: Martie Balmer

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Maui Wedding at Olowalu Plantation House from Joanna Tano Photography

I have a real soft spot in my heart for the magnificent tropical flower that is the calla lily. They are so uniquely beautiful that they completely capture me heart and soul every time I get a glimpse of their lustrous petals. And when they’re amidst the palm trees and ocean shore of the Olowalu Plantation House in Maui? Pure, unadulterated magic. See all of the impossibly gorgeous images from Joanna Tano Photography in our gallery right here.

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From Joanna Tano PhotographyStephanie and Jasper’s wedding was simply stunning! Family and friends traveled from the mainland and Taiwan to celebrate their special day. With a combination of the breathtaking beauty at Olowalu Plantation House, watermelon and pistachio wedding colors, and White Orchid Wedding orchestrating the event, their wedding was perfection! Many thanks to Jenna Strubhar for shooting with me.

Wedding Photography: Joanna Tano Photography / Second Photographer: Jenna Strubhar / Wedding Venue: Olowalu Plantation House in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii / Coordination: A White Orchid Wedding, Inc. / Catering: Catering from Soup to Nuts / Wedding Dress: Wtoo “Jemma” / Bride’s Shoes: Glint “Radiance” / Hair + Makeup: Regina Campisi