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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

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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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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.



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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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