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Romantic Alfresco Maui Wedding

It almost goes without saying weddings in Hawaii are gorgeous, I mean it is paradise after all. Sprinkled with shades of pastel, Belle Destination Weddings designed next level pretty with Bella Bloom Floral Boutique bouquets and Opihi Love rentals. Every image in the Gina Meola captured gallery has oceanside heaven written ALL over it, see it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Our planning process was relatively easy, once we found Lena at Belle Destination Events, as she coordinated everything for us. We spent a lot of time talking with her about our likes/dislikes, which she used to create the perfect event.

Given that our family and friends were spread across the country and overseas, more than half of our guests would have to travel, regardless of where the wedding was held. We also considered venues in Napa and Sonoma, near where we live, but nothing struck us as “perfect”. When we realized we could afford a wedding in Hawaii, it became a natural choice. We really liked the idea of our wedding being a vacation for all of our guests, which insured they were all relaxed and truly enjoyed the event.

Without question, our wedding planner was our wedding’s MVP. She is a very classy person with strong attention to detail. Every one of her recommendations, including all of the vendors, was a success. We also are incredibly thankful for our photographers who are not only extremely talented but were also wonderful people to help us through the day. Finally, our venue was the perfect location – it was relaxed but elegant, with incredibly stunning scenery.

Our wedding planner took all the stress out of the event. While we were in constant communication regarding the details, she took care of all of the heavy lifting and ensured our wedding was a success. One disappointment that we did experience was that a number of our invited guests were unable to attend due to the time and expense associated with a destination wedding in Hawaii.

The “first look” was the most personal part of the day for us, as not only was it our first chance to see each other before the ceremony, but we also used the opportunity to share our personal vows with each other, prior to sharing them in front of all of our guests during the ceremony. As the sun was setting, just the two of us went off with our photographers, which ended up being a magical experience. Just the two of us, as husband and wife, under the palm trees and beside the ocean as the sun was setting over Lanai and Molokai – the photos are so incredible that it’s hard to believe they are real!

Finally, the entire evening went by so quickly that we hardly had a chance to enjoy the setting that the planner had put together. At the end of the night after all of the guests had left, just the two of us were able to sit on a beautiful Victorian sofa on the lawn and enjoy how stunning everything had been.

My advice to future brides is to take time to enjoy the entire wedding experience. It’s a truly special time and it goes by much too fast.

Photography: Gina Meola Photography | Videography: Cinemaui Studio | Florist: Bella Bloom Floral Boutique | Catering: Aloha Events Catering | Makeup: Jessica Waite Makeup Artistry | DJ: Maui DJ | Officiant: Laki Kaahumanu | Ceremony Musicians: Maui Harps | Cocktail And Reception Musicians: Marvin Tevaga | Fire Dancers: Manutea Nui E | Linens: La Tavola | Lounge Furniture: Signature Maui | Photobooth: Strike A Pose Maui | Planning: Belle Destination Weddings And Events | Rentals: Opihi Love Boutique Rentals & Event Design | Signage: Miss B Calligraphy | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House

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Vintage Elegance at Haiku Mill

My fiancé and I are getting hitched in the contiguous states, but dears, I’m highly considering just stopping by Haiku Mill for a pretty peek during our honeymoon to Hawaii. This wildly beautiful venue wows me every single time, and today is no different. I’ll let the amazing images from Jana Williams do all the talking, but trust me when I say you need to carve out a bit of your afternoon for this stunner.

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From the beautiful Bride… Jerry and I first met in San Francisco after being introduced by my best friend. We immediately started dating after the first day we met. Jerry flew back and forth every weekend to visit me in LA until he moved to LA from San Francisco 6 months later.

Last winter, during a visit to New York, is when Jerry popped the question! After a few days of touring the exciting city, there was one day left before our flight in the morning and Jerry suggested that we either visit the empire state building or the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. I was so excited when he suggested the gardens because we didn’t get a chance to go on our trip the previous year and I absolutely love flowers and any kind of garden. We took a cab from Manhattan, and upon arriving, it donned on us that it was probably the worst time of the year to visit the botanical gardens, being it was a warm 35-40 degrees. Smart couple, I know. To our surprise, it was open. We walked around from garden to garden only to see brown shrubs and flowerless plants, laughing at how silly we were to visit such a place in the middle of winter. As we walked from the bonsai museum, we entered the tropical pavilion. It was so beautiful! It was filled with tropical trees, plants, and flowers from the amazon basin, African rainforest, and tropical eastern Asia. As we crossed a little bridge that took us over a streaming waterfall, he asked me if it was my favorite part of the gardens, and I said yes. He trailed behind me crossing the bridge as I looked at the amazing habitat. When I got a few steps ahead of him, he called my name, and when I turned around, there he was, on the middle of the bridge on one knee. I cried before he could spit anything out, then he asked me, I said yes then cried some more! It was so romantic and a day we will never forget!! We celebrated that night over dinner and champagne on our last night in New York City.

The wedding planning process was so fun. There wasn’t much required on my part because the venue was so amazing already. I just added a few of my personal touches. I couldn’t have done it without my bridesmaids and my wedding coordinator. We had a destination wedding in Maui, so it was exciting planning a huge vacation for all of our closest friends and family.

The wedding day was truly stunning. The ambiance was of the wedding was magical, beautiful, elegant, and so much fun! Everyone looked so beautiful plus the decor had an elegant vintage garden feel to it. The beauty of the venue and the love of our friends and family overwhelmed us in the best way possible. We will always remember our wedding as a blessing because it could have easily been canceled since the Island was under national hurricane alert. Luckily, the day of my wedding was sunny and beautiful, we couldn’t be more grateful for such a gorgeous day. We have never had so much fun and it was truly the best day of our lives.

Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Videographer: Robert Seegar | Coordination: Lindsay Miller | Floral Design: Teresa Sena Designs | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Brides Shoes: Guiseppe Zanotti | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Hair And Makeup: Liz Javelosa | Bar: Garnish Events | Location: Haiku Mill

Colorful Spring Maui Wedding

I can’t even imagine the beauty of a Hawaiian wedding, let alone growing up on the island. Inspired by her childhood, this bride captured her love for the beach and nature perfectly. With Candice Benjamin behind the lens and Opihi Love’s florals and coordination, this celebration is picture perfect. Like a scene from a postcard, these pics have me longing for the sound of waves and floral leis.

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From The Bride… While planning the wedding and looking for some sort of theme I wanted to incorporate my love of the island/beach and Chris’ rustic/ natural side. I wanted to keep things simple and chic and let the beauty of Olowalu and Maui take the lead. I grew up on Maui so it was my dream to get married on the island and share it with all of our family and friends so that they could create the special memories that I have. While venue hunting I adamantly refused to even look at Olowalu because it is such a popular wedding venue and I felt as though every wedding was always set up the exact same way. After visiting with my parents, we fell in love with the feel of the property but were determined to do EVERYTHING differently! The ceremony was in a location it had never been in as well as our reception tables and although this made planning a bit tricky since we challenged ourselves as well as our vendors the results were magical. If there was one word that came to mind while planning this wedding it was ” unique.” From the hand stained table runners that my husband and I created, to the large lawn games that became a full family project to the hand sewn pillows made by my mom this wedding became a real team effort. It was so special to walk around and see all of the handmade touches and truly feel as though love from everyone of our family members and friends could been seen and felt in the details.

My favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle with my parents on either side of me and seeing Chris’ face as I made my way closer to him. I don’t remember seeing anything else except for his smile. I had two beautifully talented family friends who sang their own rendition of ” Somewhere over the Rainbow” and since I decided to charge down the aisle instead of leisurely walk the song ended up running longer than expected. I stood there being supported by my parents, looking ahead at my future husband, my amazing uncle who officiated and all of our bridal party and everyone spontaneously started clapping to the beat of the song.That moment shattered all of the nervous excitement that had built up in me and I remember looking around at everyone and thinking how lucky we were to be surrounded by such amazing people. It was such a fun moment and it really captured the spirit and enthusiasm of the day.

My advice to other couples would be to take a moment right after the ceremony for just you and your husband. As soon as we finished the ceremony we were able to take ten minutes to just relish finally being husband and wife. Our catering company had set out some appetizers and champagne for us and it was just a quiet moment before the party began to soak it all in! Everyone tells you to try and take it all in and slow down and once it starts that is impossible! You are so caught up in everything and time seems to speed forward faster than it ever has before. It is so special to have family and friends surrounding you on your big day but at the end of the day it truly is all about that moment when you become husband and wife.

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Coordination: Opihi Love Boutique Rentals & Event Design | Floral Design: Opihi Love Boutique Rentals & Event Design | Ceremony Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Catering: Sugar Beach Events By Chef Lee | Hair And Makeup: Jean Muldoon | DJ: Chris Gniffke Of Clarity Entertainment | Bridesmaids Hair: Liza Siminski | Bridesmaids Makeup: Cassandra Unciano | Cake Artist: Brianna Moore | Rentals: Pacific Isle Rentals | Shaved Ice Truck: Kona Shave Ice

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Elegant Oceanside Maui Wedding

Nothing says paradise quite like an oceanside affair, and this seaside celebration is all the more meaningful with a focus on family. Surrounded by blooming bougainvillea and a gentle sea breeze, a global guestbook united and the beauty that ensued is simply stare-worthy. One look at the snaps from Wendy Laurel Photography and you’ll be dreaming of an island celebration .

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From Wendy Laurel PhotographyLeanne and Richard wanted a really gorgeous wedding that all their friends and family could attend, but Leanne is from Canada and Richard is from Australia. So having the wedding at either one of their hometowns meant alot of traveling for the other family. They had the bright idea of meeting in the middle and planning a gorgeous destination wedding in Hawaii. That way both sides of the family could easily travel and who doesn’t want an excuse to visit Maui?

The focus was on family (the couple’s young son attended and was a ringbearer) and friends. The couple planned some activities for the guests to attend during the week and the bride had her bridal shower on Maui as well. They lucked out with gorgeous clear weather and a golden sunset at the point at Kapalua Bay.

Photography: Wendy Laurel Photography | Cake: Merrimans | Ceremony Venue: Merrimans | Reception Venue: Merrimans | Getting Ready: Westin Kaanapali | Photography - Assistance: Jeffrey Oltman

Maui Rainbow Wedding Inspiration

Sarah Janks gown and a barefoot Bride unite the colors of a rainbow in this chic inspiration. With Wendy Laurel behind the lens, every band of color within Sproullie Designs invitations were perfectly mirrored by Mauis Angels blooms on the sands of Maui. Not to mention every image in the gallery is even more delicious with one look at that Maui Sweet Cakes cake!

From Wendy LaurelHawaii is known for its rainbows and I wanted to showcase a beach wedding that used rainbow in a softer more sophisticated way. I started gathering items that I loved from my own home for use in a rainbow wedding and found others on Etsy that inspired me. Jes from Mauis Angels did a fantastic job bringing the rainbow into the florals in an elegant way and Heidi Cramer from Maui Sweet Cake created the perfect rainbow cake. Its no secret that I am a big fan of color — and love all things rainbow — so this shoot was so much fun and a dream to create. Lori from Mauis Angels helped bring the entire day together smoothly and scouted the perfect location.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Floral Design: Mauis Angels | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Wedding Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Invitations: Sproullie Designs | Hair & Makeup: I Am Ui | Cake Topper And Plate: The Knot | Furniture: Hawaiian Rents | Napkins: Anthropologie | Stylist: Mauis Angels | Veil & Hair Pieces: Hushed Commotion

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Maui Beach Engagement

Get ready to break open the bubbly loves, it’s Friday! And we’ve got one pretty day ahead of us, starting with this love sesh in Maui from Wendy Laurel. My favorite part (aside from this couple’s utter cuteness that pours from the images) is the lush coral floral crown from Mandy Grace Design that ties the whole thing together. Hop over to the sandy gallery for the rest!

From Wendy Laurel PhotographyKate and Chris have known each other forever. Growing up in Alaska they meet in school and were great friends. But it wasn’t until later that they fell in love. Chris went away to Annapolis for the Navy Academy. Kate is an artist and her and she and Chris feel lucky to be living in Hawaii while Chris is stationed here. Their wedding is next year and they wanted something pretty and very Hawaii and creative for their engagement photos.

Photography: Wendy Laurel Photography | Florals: Mandy Grace Design | Hair + Makeup: Susan Bortz Designs | Ironwoods Beach: Ironwoods Beach In Kapalua

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