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Colorful Surprise Beach Proposal Caught on Camera!

A simple beach photo shoot turned into so much more for these cuties when her handsome man dropped to one knee and said words that made my heart skip a beat: “Love is like life. Every corner is not easy, every corner doesn’t bring happiness but when we don’t leave life alone then why should we leave love alone. Will you marry me?” Jessica of Anna Kim Photography was ready and waiting and captured it all right in the moment – see the surprise and sweet kisses in our Vault right this way!

From the Bride-to-be… Anket and I met at a party for our mutual friend. We started talking and he asked me out the next day for a date. I felt connected with him on that date. He lived in Chicago when we met and I was in San Francisco. We were long distance so we thought we’d start getting to know each other by having conversations over the phone and Facetime. We really liked each other so planned to see each other again. I visited Chicago for the weekend and we had wonderful moments. We were in love. Our visits to each other became more frequent and eventually he moved to San Francisco to be with me.

We always try to do one trip together every three months, so that’s how we visited Maui. I threw the idea of having a couple photo shoot. We were having fun during the photo shoot – funny jokes, giggles, kisses and then what do I see, he is on his knees and asking me “Love is like life. Every corner is not easy, every corner doesn’t bring happiness but when we don’t leave life alone then why should we leave love alone. Will you marry me?” I was surprised, it felt so special and right at the moment and we had it captured.

We are planning to get married early next year! We both were born in India and have all our family living back home so the wedding will take place there!

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Photography: Anna Kim Photography

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Elegant Outdoor Hawaiian Wedding Complete with Smiles + Style

Any wedding can be elegant, but what are the secrets to taking it to the next level? Belle Destination Weddings & Events knows the deal and it includes pretty pieces from Signature Event Rentals and blooms from Mandy Grace Designs. When these come together – and Mike Adrian and Ohana Films capture it all – we have one elegant, stylish affair like no other. See it all here in our Vault!

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From the Bride… Jeff and I met in law school at the University of San Diego. Go Toreros! Our roommates were dating (each other) and thought we would be a good match. We ignored them for a while but they finally won out. We started dating shortly after law school and never looked back. A couple of years later, we ended up walking down the aisle together as a bridesmaid/groomsman at their wedding.

The proposal was amazing! We had a romantic dinner planned on Christmas Eve before the typical holiday madness. We decided to exchange one present before heading to dinner. Jeff’s present was a box within a box within a box within a box, etc. The final small box was empty. When I looked up at Jeff in confusion, he was down on one knee with the ring in hand. Jeff said a few things (which nobody quite seems to remember) and I said yes, presumably.

Because it was a destination wedding, we went into the wedding blind. We hadn’t seen the venue in person and we hadn’t tasted the food or met the photographer or videographer. We left everything up to the recommendation of our amazing planner, Jane Park-Gonzales from Belle Destination Events. We wanted to make sure that our wedding was fun and carefree. We never wanted it to be too stuffy or tedious, just intimate and relaxing for everyone, especially us. We both love to travel and wanted to give all of our family and friends an excuse to take a vacation.

The wedding day was absolutely perfect, although it was a whirlwind of a day. Everything was a dream. The ambiance was relaxed and fun, highlighted by lots of wood and blush colors. We wanted to let the beauty of the venue and ocean background carry the day, which it certainly did. Everything went off without a hitch and the sunset was incredible, the best of the entire trip. Against all odds, even the groomsmen were relatively well-behaved. In the end, the highlight of our day was being able to let loose and enjoy the beautiful venue and atmosphere with our friends and family.

My advice to any future brides would be to plan the day that YOU want, not what other people want. Everyone you ask (and some that you don’t) will have a different opinion about how to plan your wedding day. Also, enjoy the day, it goes by quickly.

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Photography: Mike Adrian Photography | Cinematography: Ohana Films | Event Planning: Belle Destination Weddings & Events, Inc. | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Floral & Event Design | Wedding Dress: Theia | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Catering: Three's Catering | Hair + Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty | DJ: Maui Wedding DJ | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Venue: Sugarman Estate | Desserts: Sugar Beach Cake Shop | Furniture Rentals: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Groom's Shoes: Johnston & Murphy | Hair Accessories: Camilla Christine | Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals | Signage: Miss B Calligraphy

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Nautical + Art Inspired Oceanside Wedding

Whenever we hear the words ‘Hawaii wedding’, we know we’re in for a real stunner of a celebration. Add in a dream vendor team and well, stunning doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. Complete with the prettiest petals from Mandy Grace Designs and yummiest signature cocktails from Garnish Craft Cocktail CateringUnveiled Hawaii designed a day that is beyond delightful. With captivating images from Wendy Laurel, see Kate + Chris’ special day in The Vault!

“From the blue sky and ocean, to the golden sun

and vibrant palm trees, Hawaii was everywhere

The Photographer, Wendy Laurel.

Rich hues of blue reflect the Groom’s career

in the Navy and their shared love of the sea

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From Wendy LaurelThe bride and groom are Kate and Chris who are both originally from Alaska. Chris is in the Navy and the couple lives here on Oahu now. Chris has a love of naval architecture and Kate is a talented artist. Their wedding details and style reflected all these elements.

Kate chose rich blues for the color of her wedding to reflect the Navy and their shared love of the sea. Bright and deep colored florals accented the hand dyed muslim blue tablecloths. Chris’s love for naval architecture was shown off in the naval blue prints included in the invitation suite and hung at the reception. Kate’s artistic talents created the hand drawn invitations, table favors, table numbering, and signs throughout the reception. Touches of Alaska were included as well such as Kate’s Dad’s antlers from hunting in Alaska. And of course Hawaii was everywhere from the blue sky and ocean to the golden sun and the vibrant palm trees.

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Photography: Wendy Laurel | Cinematography: Ohana Films | Event Design: Unveiled Hawaii | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Floral & Event Design | Cake: Cake Fanatics | Invitations: kate paulson | Catering: Aloha Events Catering | Hair + Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry | Band: Barefoot Minded | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Beverage Services: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Children's Favors: kate paulson | Minister: Aunt | Paper Goods: kate paulson | Rentals: The Collection Maui | Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals | Rentals: Set | Ribbon: Adorn Company | Signs: kate paulson

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