We’re big fans of the destination wedding here at SMP, and if you keep scrolling, you’ll see why. There’s the bluest ocean you could imagine reaching into the sunset, clean beaches with warm fair sand, surrounded by your closest family and friends. What’s not the love? And thanks to Wendy Laurel’s photographic handiwork, we get to relive the day in all its splendor.
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From Wendy Laurel Photography… Nothing screams summer like a wedding in Hawaii. Somer and Ryan came from chilly Canada to celebrate their love with their best family and friends. Luckily they had a gorgeous Hawaiian day for it. Their color palette of light blues and pinks went right with the pretty natural colors of palm trees, oceans, and blue sky.
Photography: Wendy Laurel | Flowers: Dellable | Photography Assistant: Jeffrey Michael | Restaurant: Merrimans Kapalua
Just this morning I was scheming up a tropical vacation with my hubs. Somewhere sunny with ocean views and lots of downtime. Somewhere like Maui. I’m pretty sure that vacation dream spawned from this very wedding. Captured by Braun Photography and Ohana Films with details by White Orchid Weddings and the prettiest classic blooms by Teresa Sena Designs, this is the true definition of tropical romance.
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From Braun Photography…Kelsey + Andrew’s wedding was nothing short of a good time and the Olowalu Plantation House was the perfect location. The entire weekend was full of family + friends traveling from all over to celebrate the love of these two. It was such a pleasure join along on the fun and we are so excited to share it with you! From The Bride… “Our vision for the wedding was for it to be intimate and special for all of our family and friends. We relied on the beautiful scenery of Maui to provide bright, vibrant colors for the back drop while using custom touches to make it unique for the two of us. We definitely had a group effort for all of the details of our wedding. The majority of the work was done by my amazing mom, Kathy. To start off, Andrew and I designed our save the dates, programs, unplugged wedding handouts and name cards. We also designed and handmade all of invitations with the help of my mom. Then we custom designed and stitched each of the beautiful table numbers and quotes used throughout the wedding. My mom hand sewed my belt for my wedding dress and all of the bunting that was strung across the venue. My mom hand sewed our names and wedding date into the bottom of my dress in blue for my “Something Blue.” She also sewed my parent’s wedding rings onto my garter for my “Something Borrowed.” We wanted a little bit of home incorporated into our wedding. All of the corks used for the name cards came from wineries in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, where Andrew is from. My aunt Jeannie and grandma collected pictures of our grandparent’s who had passed and put them in small frames that were attached to my bouquet.” What advice would you offer to someone planning their wedding now? From the Bride, “Start early, keep open communication and don’t stress the details. It will all come together eventually. Andrew and I tried to enjoy the planning process (as much as possible) and in the end we have fun memories of planning it together with our parents. Also, if you are planning a destination wedding, we would recommend getting all of your guests together at least once before the big day. We planned a snorkeling excursion which was great. We felt like it broke the ice and everyone was able to relax and enjoy the wedding ceremony and reception.”
Photography: Braun Photography | Videographer: Ohana Films | Wedding Planner: White Orchid Weddings | Flowers: Teresa Sena Designs | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Cupcakes: White Orchid Wedding | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Buzz's Warf | Groom's Attire: Jean Yves | Private House: Olowalu Plantation House | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Dress Shop: Bridal And Formal | Event Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals | Quilted Table Decor: Stash | Veil: Debra Moreland
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This wedding is my happy place. The sunshine, sand, surf, color and tropical loveliness all wrapped up into one pretty package from Wendy Laurel is all making me so very excited for our very own honeymoon in Hawaii. Needless to say, I’ll be spending some serious time in this radiant gallery and it’s all right here if you feel like joining me!
From Wendy Laurel Photography… Shannon and Pat had visions of a sunshiney and beachy wedding on Maui. Colors, sun, sand… that is what they wished for. And it is exactly what they got. They invited friends and family to Maui to witness their beach ceremony and then up to Gannons Wailea for a gorgeous and intimate wedding dinner.
Photography: Wendy Laurel | Wedding Planner: Maui's Angels | Florist: Sunya Flowers | Wedding Dress: Lena Medoyeff Bridal Studio | Cake: Gannons Wailea | Hair And Make Up: Maui Beauty Solutions | Officiant: Robert Alamodin | Design And Decor: Jes With Maui's Angels | Musician: Derick Sebastian | Photography Assistance: Jeffrey Oltman | Restaurant: Gannons Wailea