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Romantic, Al fresco Hawaii Wedding

The beautiful Bride of this stunning Hawaii soiree said it’s hard to put into words the love and joy they felt on their wedding day, but I swear you can almost feel that joy in all of the gorgeous images from James Moes. Their breathtaking day was nothing short of magical, and you can soak up all the sweetness here.


From The Bride…It is hard to put into words the love and joy we felt on our wedding day but every time we look back at our photos from James, we are immediately transported back to the emotions of that day. Hawaii has always held a special place in our hearts. I was lucky enough to be raised on island of Oahu and Doug is an avid surfer and ocean enthusiast. We knew Hawaii would be the perfect setting for our dream wedding – personal, relaxed, and most importantly fun! Our inspiration was an intimate outdoor party with lawn games, good food, dancing, and plenty to drink.

We kept the ceremony short but meaningful to allow more time for cocktail hour and the reception. Our dear friend and Doug’s roommate throughout college wrote a beautiful ceremony and officiated the wedding. Doug and I selected readings on love and marriage for each of his four sisters to read. We wanted to highlight the natural beauty of our venue by keeping the décor simple and organic. We also tried to minimize the stress of planning a wedding by hiring our wonderful planner Lauren to guide up through the process and edit down our details to a few select projects. Instead of rented drinking glasses, we hand etched mason jars with the help of my mom and auntie, which also doubled as escort cards and keepsake favors for our guests to take home. Doug made all the wooden signs from old pallets. He also sourced a wooden bench from a local furniture maker to use for guests to sign-in and then engraved our initials into the bench.

My bridesmaids and I arranged the flower centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres. A group of our family and friends gathered the night before and morning of the wedding to assist with the set-up and break down. The fact that so many of our loved ones played such a huge role in our wedding made the day all the more special for us and we are forever grateful for their support.

Aside from becoming husband and wife, the best part of the day was being able to celebrate love and friendship with all our closest family and friends in one setting. We could not have asked for a more perfect day!

Photography: James Moes | Flowers: L-4-Love | Catering: Chef Elmer Guzman's Island Cuisine | Hair & Make-up: Sarah La Glam | Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals | Transportation: Gomes School Bus | Venue: Sunset Ranch | Wedding Planning & Coordination: L-4-Love

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Parisian Glamour on the beaches of Waikiki

What’s more romantic than Paris? A Paris themed wedding in Hawaii? Correct! Prepare yourselves for this one, readers. Jasmine Star Photography was there to capture this gorgeous ceremony in Oahu. While the couple is based there, we think the elegant details (matched to the perfectly pink venue), manages to nod at both influences flawlessly. See what we mean below.


From the bride…

Theme: Jeremy proposed to me in Paris, where we first fell in love five years before. We briefly toyed with the ideas of having a destination wedding in Paris, but our ultimate goal was to throw an unforgettable party celebrating both our love for each other and for our closest friends and family, too. Since we couldn’t afford to send all 200 guests to France for the weekend, this meant trying to bring a little Parisian romance and glamour to our island home.

Venue: My middle name, Hime, means “princess” in Japanese. So naturally, the Royal Hawaiian (nicknamed the “Pink Palace of the Pacific”) was the only place I could imagine for our celebration. We held the ceremony and cocktail hour on the lawn fronting Waikiki beach and moved indoors into the ballroom for the reception. It was perfection.

Colors: Our wedding colors were blush and gold. I picked blush pink because it is pretty and romantic and gold because it is glamorous and fun. Luckily, we found a stationer (Bella Figura) that was capable of doing shiny gold foil stamping with pink letterpress for our invitations. We picked a design that looked like confetti and champagne bubbles that really set the tone for our celebration.

Flowers: I wanted our flowers to be romantic and whimsical. We chose four types of vintage garden roses, pink hydrangeas, ivory and pink astilbe, ranunculus, and white veronica. Although most ballroom weddings nowadays seem to have big, tall centerpieces, I think they make it a little difficult for guests to converse. Our talented florist, Michelle Maeda of Flowergirls Hawaii, proposed a great solution: half the tables would have round, cakestand centerpieces and half would have mason jars. They turned out so beautiful, and they weren’t so obtrusive that they got in the way of socializing!

DIY: We had lots of DIY elements. My mom handmade our lovely little ring pillow and helped me make our gold and pink escort cards. I handmade all the balloon streamers and the bar signs decorating the cocktail hour space, the table numbers (using gold glitter paper on pink stock in white Ikea frames), the display frame for the photo booth pictures, and the flower crowns for our five adorable nieces/flower girls. Jeremy and I dined on beautiful heirloom china from his Grandma Bessie. After planning and creating for two years, it was magical to see everything come together on our wedding day. Lauren of L4Love was instrumental in making our dreams become reality: Lauren and her team set up and executed everything flawlessly.

Bridesmaids: I had ten gorgeous bridesmaids and picking out their dresses was one of the most fun parts of the planning process. I wanted a mixture of hues and textures, so I worked with my bridesmaids so that everyone would look great together. Whenever I found a dress that I thought would be a good match, I would email all the girls (or pin it on a pinboard) and see if anyone wanted me to order it for them. It really worked out well: they got dresses that they loved and felt comfortable in, and they looked stunning both individually and as a group. Some people were incredulous that I had ten bridesmaids, but I was so happy to be able to spend that quiet time on the morning of the wedding surrounded by my best friends.

Advice for Future Brides:
Relax, breathe, smile, sip on some champagne… enjoy your day! What really helps is to hire good vendors that you like and trust. On that note, pick a photographer who does beautiful work and whose company you enjoy. We picked Jasmine Star both because of her timeless, ethereal photographs and because she is just so easy and fun to be around: I knew we would be able to relax and be ourselves in front of the camera with her behind the lens. Our coordinator, Lauren was also amazing: organized, efficient, and dependable. And hire a videographer! My husband was skeptical, but he really is so grateful that we hired Fisheye. The day you have been planning for months or years really does go by so quickly, and you will want as many memories captured on film as possible.

Favorite Moment: I truly loved each moment of the day, but my favorite part had to be the ceremony. Listening to my sister Kelike sing “At Last” with the string quartet; seeing all our friends’ and family members’ faces radiating with love as my mom, brother, and I walked down the aisle; listening to my favorite person in the world saying the vows we wrote together… all of it just makes my heart fill with joy.

Photography: Jasmine Star | Cinematography: Fisheye Studio | Floral Design: Flowergirls | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Invitations: Bella Figura | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair And Makeup: Flaunt | DJ: Soundscape Hawaii | Bridal Belt: Augusta Jones | Bridal Hairpiece: BHLDN | Cake Topper: Lollipop Workshop | Confetti: BHLDN | Coordination: L4 Love | Linens: Les Saisons | Mochi Truffles: Choco Lea | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Wedding Venue: Royal Hawaiian Hotel

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Colorful Banana Orchard Wedding Inspiration

Darlings, if anything is going to brighten your Monday, this gem from Jonathan Canlas is it. It’s a magical little escape filled with deliciously colorful details… florals from Green Honolulu in every corner, sweet stationery from Bradley & Lily to top of that insane tablescape and sooo much more. With creative direction from Avery Solmssen and coordinated by Nichole Weddings & Events, it’s bursting with pretty.

From Jonathan CanlasThis photo shoot is a realization of years of day dreaming about an imaginary party at Kahuku Farms. When I first toured the property with my family it reminded me of home. I grew up on farm in California. So the tractors and the dust where second nature to me. The beauty of the fruit and flowers in the natural environment was so inspiring. And as the day went on I found myself drawn to the banana orchards.

Walking down the road through the banana orchard you are enveloped by the fronds of the large banana trees. The tunnel of fronds hug the road leaving a dappled dance of light on the red dirt. From the first moment I walked this road I imagined a party; bright with color, rich with texture, and loud with laughter. The bananas trees create this long hall that feels like a beautiful indoor space almost like living wallpaper. I knew this could be something magical.

The creative confluence of the flowers, the lighting, the materials, the beautiful models brought to life the images in my mind. Every vendor brought their unique gifts to this party in the banana patch and made it come to life. It is a beautiful moment of time that harvested the very best that everyone has to offer.

Photography: Jonathan Canlas | Floral Design: Green Honolulu | Stationery: Bradley & Lily | Hair & Makeup: Dorys Foltin / Maleana Cosmetics | Banana Orchard: Kahuku Farms | Coordination: Nichole Weddings & Events | Creative Director: Avery Solmssen | Dresses: Rebecca Beach | Dresses: Handmade Dresses By Burgundy Cassiday | Rentals & Linens: Accel Rentals

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