True story: about a month ago, my fiance and I ran off to get married… just the two of us and the sweetest ever justice of the peace. It was the best day ever, and one of the many reasons I am totally on board with this adorable duo’s decision to throw caution to the wind and say “I do” with a joint wedding/honeymoon on the breathtaking cliffs of Maui. It’s simple, sweet and captured by Wendy Laurel, which means it’s oh-so-pretty. See it all in the full gallery.
From Wendy Laurel… Kate and John escaped their busy lives in Atlanta for a dreamy romantic elopement and honeymoon. They knew if they had a wedding at home, their guest list would be miles long and that might mean missing out on a spectacular honeymoon. So they chose to run away and get hitched and honeymoon all in one. They choose Maui and the day couldn’t have been better. Bright blue skies, tradewinds, a sprinkling of rain, and loads of sunshine set on the cliffs at Kapalua was the setting for their ceremony. They booked plenty of time for wedding day portraits both at the cliff and the beach, then ended their special day with a romantic dinner for two right next to the beach. What could be simpler or more romantic?
Photography: Wendy Laurel | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Hair And Make Up: Ritz Carlton Kapalua | Dinner: Ritz Carlton Kapalua | Hotel: Ritz Carlton Kapalua | Silk Flowers: Etsy
This shoot is unexpected in all the right ways. Skipping the beach and heading for the Haiku Mill, we get eyefuls of ocean, old-world charm, and a different perspective on Hawaiian aesthetics. I’m also kind of infatuated with the Reem Acra and Monique Lhuillier gowns Pacific Weddings Magazine chose to feature. You can see more Hawaiian eye candy from Rebecca Arthurs Photography here.
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From Rebecca Arthurs Photography… The Haiku Mill is one of those places that when you leave, it feels like you woke up from a dream. We were blessed to shoot a bridal session there with styling by Pacific Weddings magazine. Tucked away in the hills of Maui, this beautiful old sugar mill is so peaceful and full of life. We wanted to capture the bride’s simple and natural beauty with nothing to distract from the setting. It was glorious to capture raw images without all the details and glitter that can sometimes overshadow the truth about beauty. The scenic images compliment our vision of raw beauty along Maui’s coast.
Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Styling: Pacific Weddings Magazine | Hair Pieces: Untamed Petals | Ivory Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Peach Gown: Reem Acra | Venue: Haiku Mill
Monique Lhuillier is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
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