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Romantic Outdoor Wedding on the shores of Maui

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 PhotographyKelsey + 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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Sunshine Soaked Hawaiian Beach Wedding

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!

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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

Romantic Maui Wedding at the Olowalu Plantation House

When a charming, vintage wedding meets the stunning shoreline of Maui, we tend to pay attention. So when this beauty (planned to perfection by Lori Lawrence Of Tropical Maui Weddings and styled by Opihi Love) landed in our laps, we couldn’t help but put everything aside and devour all the sweet details snapped up by Kaua Wedding Photography. This gallery is pure pretty, and you can see it all here

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From the Bride…Maui was the perfect destination for us. The island is gorgeous, the weather is fabulous, and the spirit of the island and its people are exactly what we envisioned for our big day. We decided on our venue — the Olowalu Plantation House — the second we visited it. We had read about it online but when we saw it in person, we knew it would be our spot. Because it is such a naturally beautiful venue, we knew that we wanted to keep our decorations soft, rustic, and romantic, so that everything would blend seamlessly with the ocean, the vegetation, and the gorgeous plantation house on the property. We chose neutral tones for Mike and his brother’s suits and a soft buff color for the bridesmaids (and for the handmade ties worn by all the boys), and we combined rustic elements such as burlap runners and old wooden tables, with softer, more romantic touches such as lace, old books, and vintage vases. My stepmother made linen flower girl dresses and ring bearers’ shirts, along with an adorable linen ring pillow, which was adorned with lace, a handmade wooden heart with our initials and wedding date, and a buff fabric flower to match the ones on the bridesmaid hair clips, the flower girl headbands, and the flower girl belts (all of which made by my amazingly talented cousin). The gorgeous flowers on the tables and in the bouquets tied all of the colors and themes together and were absolutely stunning.

The most important thing to us, though, was that the wedding be as personal and meaningful as possible. We wrote every word of our ceremony and our vows, and we asked one of Mike’s childhood friends to officiate for us. It was such a special way for us to share with all of our family and friends exactly how we feel about each other – and also how we feel about all of them. It was a truly magical ceremony and we will never forget a moment of it.

We also wanted to incorporate personal touches throughout the wedding décor. We have two small dogs who we absolutely adore and, although we couldn’t fly them out to Hawaii, we wanted to make sure they were there in spirit. So, we had professional photos taken of them (wearing tuxedos, of course) and displayed the photos at both the welcome dinner and wedding. We also put a picture of the four of us on the back of our programs, along with an explanation that our “kiddos” had requested that we make a donation to the ASPCA on their behalf in lieu of a wedding favor. We also incorporated our love for travel with a vintage globe and suitcase, and placed books about knowledge and exploration on each of the tables. Our brilliant stylist, Melissa Padilla, also came up with the super creative idea of cutting out pages of old books and using those to wrap each of the napkins. She also individually potted succulents for each of our guests in lieu of escort cards, which turned out exactly as we had envisioned. (At the welcome dinner the night before, we used old pictures of us with each of our guests as escort cards, and although it was insanely time consuming to find pictures of us with each of our 100+ guests, they turned out great!).

A few other small personal touches that we loved: our save the dates looked like vintage Hawaii postcards (tying together our love of travel and our vintage theme); I hand wrapped each of our invitations in lace and ribbon to make each one slightly different and personal; we made super fun welcome bags for all of our guests and stuffed them with lots of goodies and a detailed itinerary for the week; my amazing sister had an adorable sign made for my nephew to carry down the aisle letting Mike know that his bride was on her way; Mike and I wrote and exchanged private, handwritten notes just before the ceremony (and we wrote them in awesome, handmade books that we’ll use each year to write notes to each other on our anniversary); we had a rubber stamp made with our initials and wedding date that we incorporated into various decorative elements, from the invitations to the welcome bags to the fans provided to the guests at the ceremony; we made “ring security” shirts for the ring bearers (which they wore very proudly!); we had a bananas foster station that was way more fun than a cake; and we served doughnuts as late night treats since doughnuts hold a special place in each of our hearts (my dad used to leave doughnuts for me and my sisters on Saturday mornings before he would head off to work, and then later on in life, during law school finals, Mike and I would often eat doughnuts from a shop right near our law school).

Honestly, we couldn’t have envisioned a more perfect wedding and are so thankful to all of our family and friends who joined us in Maui to celebrate, and to all of our incredible vendors who made the day as beautiful and as seamless as it was. We will cherish the memories from that day for the rest of our lives.

Photography: Kaua Wedding Photography | Videography: All Time Media | Event Stylist: Melissa Padilla Of Opihi Love | Wedding Planner: Lori Lawrence Of Tropical Maui Weddings | Floral Design: Lois Hiranaga Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaids Dresses: Wtoo | Catering: Cafe O'Lei | DJ: DJ Del Sol | Groom's Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Bar Service: Maui Bars Are Us | Musician: Jamie Lawrence | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House

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