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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

Bohemian Hawaii Bridal Inspiration

I am downright obsessed with this vintage Gossamer gown. I not only want to wear it for my own wedding, but for every occasion all summer long. Between the dress and the natural beauty of Hawaii in every shot by Kylie Martin, I can’t stop pinning image after image from this shoot. Flowers by Passion Roots are the icing on the cake and this gallery has my full attention until I return to reality.

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From Kylie Martin Photography… Organic, lush and effortless are the words that came to mind when the concept of this session was created. I wanted to step back and style something that wasn’t over the top. Finding beauty in simplicity is sometimes forgotten when planning a wedding but it can be done. This is a fresh take on a Hawaii wedding, no beaches, no sand, no leis, just green lush backdrops, gorgeous golden sunlight and a timeless dress.

Leslie did a beautiful job modeling our Gossamer 1950′s wedding dress and Passion Root’s bohemian bouquet was the perfect addition to the lush backdrops of Hawaii. We wanted to create an elegant, simple tablescape to help contribute to the organic feel of the session. Our purpose was to keep the beauty in the natural details and let our “bride” shine. Of course, film captured the beauty of Hawaii like only film can. All in all we hope to inspire brides to focus on the importance of their day and remind them that less really can be more.

Photography: Kylie Martin Photography | Styling: Kylie Martin | Floral Design: Passion Roots | Wedding Gown: Gossamer | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Ring: Tiffany & Co | Hair And Makeup: Kendra Hittinger | Calligraphy: Schyne Design | Assistant: Leah Watson | Dinnerware: Pier 1 Imports | Film: Fuji 400H | Flatware: Target | Photo Lab: PhotoVision | Ribbon: Silk And Willow

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Berry Colored Oahu Wedding

If I could predict one trend for the 2015, it’s the shift to richly layered, wildly statement color palettes like this berry-hued affair from The Great Romance Photo. Set against the lush island scenery of Oahu, the day planned by A Good Affair is every wedding lover’s dream brought to life. Get to pinning those Passion Roots florals in the gallery plus don’t miss Chris Tran Media’s film below!

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From The Bride… Justin and I met in Hawaii in 2006 – he was born and raised there, and I was there for a semester “almost” abroad at the University of Hawaii. After a whirlwind 4 months of dating, we had fallen in love, but it was time for me to head back to San Diego to finish my degree. Over the next 12 months, we dated long distance, making trips to and from Hawaii and San Diego to see each other. In 2007, Justin packed his bags and moved to San Diego to peruse our relationship further. Navigating through our 20′s together (and sometimes apart) tested our relationship in many ways, but we came out on the other side stronger and more in love than ever. In January of 2013, Justin proposed on a snowy slope in Park City, Utah.

With so many ties to the island, when it came time to pick a wedding location, Hawaii was at the top of the list . Justin grew up witnessing frequent public beach wedding ceremonies and knew he didn’t want that for his own wedding. My vision was a rustic, enchanted space with natural beauty, and Kualoa Ranch fit the bill perfectly for both of us.

Planning a Hawaii wedding from Iowa (where Justin attends med school) proved to be a challenge with the timezone difference, so we enlisted the help of Natalie Good from A Good Affair to help bring our vision to life. We wanted an intimate party that didn’t feel “wedding-y” or forced – just a laid back atmosphere, good food, music, drinks with the people we love.

We chose berry tones as our pallet to contrast the natural greenery in Hawaii, and incorporated geodes and crystals into the table decor for a whimsical but elegant look. For the place settings, we hand-died napkins for an ombre/watercolor look (even grandpa helped!), and included a piece of rose quartz — the stone of love — with each place card. We also collected vintage silverware, and goblets that our florist used to create overflowing arrangements for the tables.

Hawaii is a special place for both of us, so including Hawaiian tradition was important. During the ceremony, one of Justin’s cousins led a lei exchange as a reflection of our love and Aloha for each other and our families. During the reception, another family member performed a beautiful Hula dance. We also adopted a Hawaiian saying into our wedding theme, which we included on our invitations and favor bags: No Keia La, No Keia Po, A Mau Loa, which means From this day, From this night, Forevermore.

Our wedding week was incredible – being able to share the place that Justin calls home with our family and friends was unforgettable. We hiked in the mud, played at the beach, and made sure to share our favorite shaved ice and Hawaiian food with everyone. The weather was amazing the entire week, except (of course) the day of the wedding. I’ll never forget standing under an umbrella in the rain, waiting to see my Groom for our “first look.”

Following a slightly misty ceremony, guests were served farm-to-table fare from Camilles on Wheels food truck, and craft cocktails created and prepped by the Groom. After dinner, guests were treated to Tats Shaved Ice and cakes from Diamond Head Grill to incorporate the Groom’s favorite Lemon Crunch Cake.

Photography: The Great Romance Photo | Videography: Chris Tran Media | Event Planning: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production | Floral Design: Passion Roots | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Diamond Head Grill | Wedding Shoes: Coach | Catering: Camille's On Wheels | Calligraphy: Ink And Honey | Linens: Luxe Linen | Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals | Shaved Ice: Tat's Shave Ice | Wedding Venue: Kualoa Ranch

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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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Romantic Island Elopement in Kauai at Kilohana Plantations

When it comes to themes, we’ve seen it all on SMP, but this Bride and Groom’s theme of “enjoying our day and just going with the flow” might just be my favorite. They created a romantic elopement that highlighted their love, and thanks to the talented  Blenda Montoro we get to enjoy the results right here.

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From The Bride…A romantic island elopement was the perfect way for us to celebrate our love. We live in Seattle now but met over 13 years ago through a mutual friend in our hometown of Ellensburg, Washington. Sparks flew instantly and as they say, the rest is history. Our first trip together was to the island of Kauai. We fell in love with the stunning beauty of the island and the laid back island life. When Louis proposed at the summit of one of our favorite hikes in our hometown we knew without a doubt Kauai was the perfect fusion of a secluded outdoor island destination for our wedding.

Now, to pick the date…The most important part of our planning was to find an amazing photographer. We were blown away by Blenda Montoro Miller and her artistic eye for capturing love. Before we even contacted her we knew we would just pick our date around her availability. When she said June 28th was available that is when we set our date for our elopement! Our vision for our secret wedding was a romantic island elopement where elegance meets simplicity. I found my dress through the J Crew wedding collection. I had two pairs of shoes, a flowery sandal for walking on the beach and for my something blue, a fun pair of blue heels from Badgley Mishka. I had “borrowed” my moms pearl necklace and Louis gave me pearl earrings as a wedding gift. Kristy at The LAB Salon did a beautiful job with my hair and makeup. She hit it spot on with a beachy romantic hairstyle and a statement peony on the side. The talented designers at Martin Roberts Design created the beautiful soft romantic peony bouquet. Louis dressed the part looking sharp in his blue suit with custom made cuff links reading “lucky me”. Even though our vision for our wedding was simple and laid back, these small details made it really special to us.

Keeping with the theme of just enjoying our day and going with the flow, we weren’t exactly sure where we were going to have the ceremony. At the time of our wedding we met our photographer Blenda and officiant, Kelvin Ho in front of the resort we were staying at. We were thinking of having the ceremony right there on Shipwrecks beach but with the advice of Blenda and Kelvin we decided to take a little walk up to the cliffs above the beach where we found the most dramatic, intimate and perfect spot to say “I DO!” The skies were blue, the wind was cleansing and the love between us was undeniable. Our officiant Kelvin spoke such beautiful, heartfelt words during the ceremony rituals. We could not have asked for a better officiant to share this special moment with as we start our lives together as husband and wife. It took our breath away. After the ceremony Blenda, her husband Raymond, Louis and I went to a second location at The Kilohana Plantation to celebrate with champagne and take some fun photos. We couldn’t have asked for a better day and we have the most amazing photographs that captured these moments to share with family and friends.

Photography: Blenda Montoro Photography | Floral Design: Martin Roberts Design Floral And Event Decor | Ceremony Venue: Shipwrecks Beach Kauai | Reception Venue: Kilohana Plantations | Hair And Make Up: Kristy Love (The LAB Salon) | Bride Dress: J. Crew Weddings | Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Wedding Officiant: Kelvin Ho

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