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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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Summer
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al fresco 2
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Casual

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

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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