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Destination Wedding Dreams Are Made Of These

LVL Weddings & Events took natural inspiration from this gorgeous Maui locale and amped up the glam factor. The finished results (as captured here by The Grovers) are elegant, organic and simply, oh so lovely. Fish Eye Studio filmed the action live, and with their clip and all the pics in our Vault gallery, Hawaiian weddings just got a whole lot chicer. Don’t you agree!?

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From the Bride… When we got engaged last year, we wanted to enjoy the moment, so we held off making wedding plans to soak in all the emotions and happiness. It was an opportune decision because the next month, we travelled to Maui to celebrate Houston’s 30th birthday with close friends. Maui was already a special place to us since we have vacationed there every year since we started dating. In fact, it was the place we said “I love you” to each other for the first time.

It was on that particular trip in September that we decided that the Montage Kapalua Bay was the place we wanted to exchange our wedding vows. A small, intimate wedding was always our vision as opposed to having a wedding in either of our hometowns of Dallas or Savannah.

We wanted to make the focus of our wedding around the experience for our family and close friends. Houston and I wanted to share our love for the island and “Ho’I hou ke aloha” (“make them fall in love all over again”). We especially wanted them to be a part of our wedding weekend love story by including them in special activities leading up to the wedding such as taking everyone to the Feast at Lele Luau, having a golf tournament for all the guys at Kapalua Plantation Course, and inviting all of our guests to our rehearsal dinner at Merriman’s, where they got to enjoy hula and fire dancing.

We do admit that the hardest part about having a destination wedding so far away was that many special people in our lives were unable to attend. Therefore, we wanted to make sure we captured every moment through our photographers, Troy Grover Photography and videographer, Fisheye Studio. Our favorite images and shots were on the rocks off the Point during sunset.

Our incredible planner, Lindsay at LVL Weddings & Events, helped us achieve the wedding of our dreams. For the design, it was important to mesh the picturesque views off the Point with everything from table linens to flowers to china, incorporating neutral colors such as gold, blush, peach, and white, accompanied by soft tropical greens and natural wood elements. It resulted in a natural, but romantic aura. To make our guests feel as though they were eating and dancing under the stars, the lighting in and outside of the tent was significant. We had twinkle lights lining the ceiling of the clear-top tent along with chandeliers, and bistro lights above our dance floor, which was located just outside the tent.

Having both grown up in the Episcopal Church, we knew having an Episcopal Reverend was important to us. Additionally, we had developed a close bond with Silla, the Cultural Ambassador at the Montage Kapalua Bay, and wanted to incorporate Hawaiian wedding traditions during our ceremony as a tribute to the sacred grounds that we would be married upon. Silla and her sister, Dee and their friend, Wilmont performed the Pu Kani and Oli’s, and it was an incredibly special part of our wedding.

For our food and drink, we wanted to continue with the “Maui experience” theme by serving Hawaiian inspired food and beverages. Our signature cocktail was a traditional Mai Tai, and two of the crowd favorites were the Kauai shrimp with burnt lime and papaya and Huli Huli chicken. Even our wedding cake was a vanilla sponge cake with lilikoi filling and stenciled Monstera plant leaves on the fondant.

When it came down to it, the most memorable moment of our wedding was our “first look.” The reason being it was our last time to see each other before becoming husband and wife, and provided a serene moment for us to recite our personal vows to each other. We will cherish those personal and private moments between us always.

Lastly, the speeches given by our family, wedding party and friends were heartfelt and touching. Some of the stories told made us realize how important we are to our family and friends as they are to us. My mom’s speech right before our first look still makes me tear up to this day!

Our wedding weekend was everything we had imagined and more, and Houston and I have never felt more loved by the most important people in our lives.

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Photography: The Grovers | Cinematography: Fisheye Studio | Event Planning: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Wildheart | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Invitations: Paper Affair | Ceremony Venue: Namalu Lawn at Montage Kapalua Bay | Reception Venue: The Point at Montage Kapalua Bay | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Jewelry: Eisman Jewels | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Montage Kapalua Bay | Hair + Makeup: Ry-n Shimabuku | DJ: Maui DJ Services | Groomsmen's Attire: Suitsupply | Officiant: Reverend Amy Crowe, Holy Innocents Episcopal Church | Ceremony Music: Ben and Maila | Bar Rentals: Set | Ceremony Canopy: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals | Cocktail Hour: Namalu Lawn at Montage Kapalua Bay | Rentals: Maui Rents | Rentals: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Rentals: Paradise Event Rentals | Signage: Miss B Calligraphy

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Best Wedding Backdrop EVER!

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that it’s often a bride’s fashion choices, or the delightful reception details that grab my attention more than others. Well, not here. Simply put, this ceremony rocks. Our creative Groom and his future father-in-law created one amazing backdrop that his beautiful Bride didn’t see until she took that walk down the aisle. Aria Studios captured every bit – all in our Vault this way!

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From the Bride… George and I first met in Los Angeles in 2010. George is a typographer and I’m a photographer. After many years of seeing each other’s imagery, we finally put together our first art show, “Passage”, in 2013. It was within the process of creating together, that our love grew. Collaborating is still very much a part of our relationship, so planning a wedding together was something I knew we would both enjoy!

When my parents asked us what we wanted our wedding day to be like, we told them we wanted to bring our family and closest friends to enjoy the beauty of Maui. I used to live on Maui when I was a young girl, so it has, and always will be, a second home to our family. Once we set the beautiful location at the Royal Lahaina, our entire family got to creating! Another great part of planning was finding my wedding dress with my mom in Colorado. The amazing staff at Emma & Grace Bridal put together all my wedding dress wish list items with their in-house designer! From start to finish, it was one of the most unique and memorable experiences for a bride to have! It was truly my dream dress.

Planning a wedding can be a very daunting task. There are so many essential items (Save-The-Dates, invitations, RSVP cards, ceremony/reception decor, favors, etc). In browsing endless websites, we gathered as much inspiration as we could and decided to make everything we needed instead! Invitations, Save-The-Date postcards, RSVP’s, ceremony programs, reception signs, wedding favors, etc. All were conceptualized and created by George and I.

One of the most special pieces created at our wedding was our ceremony backdrop. George and my father worked on this for several months in secret, and the first time I saw it was when I was walking down the aisle. George drew the canvas and my dad built the entire structure and stand. It was a breathtaking moment. To have that as a backdrop to our entire wedding, is something we will remember forever.

Our incredibly talented friends also lent their crafts to making our day a true celebration. Sorah Yang is a dear friend and the first time we ever heard her sing was when she graciously volunteered to perform at “Passage”. We were immediately moved to tears. Having her sing our wedding entrance and first dances was a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Also, present at “Passage” was our MC, Amanda Suk. Sukie is one of my best friends and having her MC our wedding was such a natural fit. Pukalani Hula Hale (the group I danced for as a young girl) performed. The Company (Daly City, CA), a dance crew George was apart of for nine years also performed. DJ Druskee, a dear friend to both of us, brought our reception to life. Adam Vida also blessed us with a surprise performance.

Capturing all the handmade details, performances, and moments in between was no easy task. A family friend recommended Aria Studios and we couldn’t be more happy with the imagery taken by their remarkable team. Holly and Jonas are a dream team. They moved seamlessly through a few schedule changes and truly captured the feeling of our day. As a photographer, I know weddings can be stressful and difficult, but I am so blown away with their team’s talent!

We can confidently say that we made our wedding a true celebration of who we are as individuals and together. Nothing at our wedding was pre-packaged for us. We enjoyed having a hand in creating art pieces for all aspects. So much of our union is a testament to the support of our friends and family, and we were honored to have them there to celebrate with us!

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Photography: Aria Studios | Floral Design: A Special Touch | Wedding Dress: Emma & Grace Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | DJ: DJ Druskee | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: 7 Diamonds | Ceremony Music: Sorah Yang | Venue: Royal Lahaina Resort | Ceremony Backdrop: George Anzaldo Productions | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Invitations, Programs + Signage: George Anzaldo Productions | MC: Amanda Suk

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Say Hello To The Tropical Wedding of Your Dreams

What’s better than a destination wedding in Hawaii? How about a destination wedding in Hawaii straight from the talented lens of photographer Mirelle Carmichael. Graced with a crazy elegant seaside ceremony, lush landscaping, and of course a few tropical details (hello pineapple!). Sounds dreamy, right? Well you’re in luck because we’ve got all that and more waiting for you to favorite in The Vault!

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From The Bride…On paper, a destination wedding would probably be the last thing that Gareth would ever choose to do to celebrate a marriage, much less a destination wedding in a place that he had never been to until 8 months before the actual wedding. Gareth is someone who very much likes his routines — he is the guy, according to his best man, who will “go into an ice cream shop with 31 flavors and come out with a double scoop of chocolate ice cream.” He is the simple, steady one in our relationship and doesn’t venture out of the norm very often.

And yet, as fate would have it, Gareth found himself miles from home on the beautiful island of Maui to celebrate one of the biggest days of his life. A destination wedding ended up to be perfectly fitting for Gareth & I. Gareth…born in Australia, raised in Singapore, and now living in the SF Bay Area…has spent countless hours traveling back and forth between Asia, Australia and the US… usually to attend weddings, visit family and catch up with old friends. So while he does prefer the homebody life, he also loves taking trips to visit family and friends. Maui seemed like a logical choice for Gareth because he thought many of his family and friends abroad would love to have an excuse to visit paradise. As for me, I grew up going on summer vacations to Maui with my family, and I know this definitely helped me develop a love for traveling that grew as I got older. Maui was an easy choice for us… for me, it was sentimental and reflected my love for travel…and for Gareth, it was a perfect intersection for his 3 different worlds.

My vision for the wedding was for it to be simple, sweet and romantic. I hope I achieved this, as most people know how you can get caught up in details, especially considering how easy it is to spend an entire evening pinning every little thing on Pinterest. Olowalu was amazing, and provided a perfect setting for our guests to watch a beautiful Hawaiian sunset while enjoying some cocktails. We loved the privacy of the estate too; it was like we were in our own little paradise wedding world! Our main colors were soft blues and greens with some pink and peach mixed in to add a little feminine touch. The table decorations consisted of white linens with a simple but elegant silk dupioni table runner. The centerpieces were made of white and pink roses with seashells and starfish throughout to give a subtle beach feel; they were nothing short of amazing and really added to the sweet and romantic feel I was hoping for.

Despite the endless months of planning and emails leading up to the wedding, Gareth and I look back on our wedding day with the fondest of memories. Of all of them, I would have to say my favorite memory would probably be during dinner…I remember looking out at our guests at their tables – friends and family from all parts of our lives, and thinking how they had set aside so much to be with us…I was truly touched. Both Gareth and I really wanted the wedding to reflect how grateful we were for everything in our lives. While we were excited to celebrate our marriage with our dearest friends and family, we also wanted the wedding to be our gift back to those who have supported us along the way, and who had traveled so far to be with us. Maui really ended up being the perfect place for Gareth & I and our guests. The general nature of weddings can often bring about feelings of chaos and stress, but there is just something different about the islands. During the ceremony, our dear officiant, Reverend Pia, reminded us of the spirit of aloha and that on the islands, love is reflected in all the beauty surrounding us. What a wonderful and true reminder that is!

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Photography: Mirelle Carmichael | Cinematography: Mirelle Carmichael | Coordination: Cherise Shulman of The Perfect Wedding Maui | Floral Design: Sunya Flowers | Wedding Dress: Marisa Bridals | Cake: Cake Fanatics | Rings: Classic Rock | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Cafe O'Lei | Hair + Makeup: Kalani Style | DJ: DJ Boomshot | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Pia Aluli | Ceremony Music: David Wolf | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House

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