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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.

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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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