A new marriage is reason enough to celebrate, but for this couple, their wedding day joy was twofold. In fact, they used the traditional cake cutting as an opportunity to reveal the gender of their baby. In the words of the bride, “The idea of a gender reveal/wedding cake came to mind when we realized that we were having our big ultrasound a couple weeks before the ceremony…The photos capture the surprise so well. It was a moment we will never forget!” Kudos to Anna Kim for photographing the sweet surprise they’ll treasure forever.
From the Bride… We were both born and raised in Hawaii and our island home of Maui couldn’t be a better place to have a wedding. The majority of our closest family and friends also live in Maui so that helped to make the choice easier.
We were so lucky to have Carolee Higashino, owner of White Orchid Wedding, plan and design our wedding. She is actually one of my mother’s best friends and has been in my life since I was a baby. I was even her bridesmaid in her wedding when I was a little girl which is just so cool. Carolee is so talented and has an amazing crew at White Orchid Wedding so it was a no-brainer for us to work with her.
When we finally saw all the ideas and hard work put together on our wedding day I was blown away! It was more than I could have imagined and I cried many happy tears. It definitely felt like a fairytale to us.
One of the most special moments of our wedding was our cake cutting. We found out we were expecting a baby about 5 months after being engaged. It was a complete surprise and at first thought was a wrench thrown into our wedding plans. But we quickly became excited once we started planning the wedding and the thought of having our first child be a part of the celebration. The idea of a gender reveal/wedding cake came to mind when we realized that we were having our big ultrasound a couple weeks before the ceremony. So once we had the ultrasound results we met up with our pastry chef, Krystal-Lyn Cakes and Sweets, she was the only one who would know the results. We decided to not find out the gender until the wedding day and be just as surprised as our guests. It was definitely a highly anticipated moment at our wedding. For some weird reason many of us thought it was going to be boy, but to our surprise, it was a GIRL!! The photos capture the surprise so well. It was a moment we will never forget, that’s for sure!
We would say that once you are engaged to take at least a few months to just enjoy the excitement of being engaged and in love. Being engaged is so fun and exciting in itself and should be celebrated because once the wedding planning starts so does some of the stress that comes along with it. Also definitely get a wedding planner, we were so blessed to have White Orchid Wedding plan and coordinate ours. They made our dreamy wedding stress free and look effortless, we could not speak more highly of them!
Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Cinematography: Wedding Movies Maui | Event Design: A WHITE ORCHID WEDDING, INC. | Floral Design: Dellables | Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal | Cake: Krystal-Lyn Cakes & Sweets | Catering: Cafe O'Lei | Hair + Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty | Calligraphy: Almie Lonzaga & Reina Villanueva | Lighting: Paul Engel | DJ: DJ Del Sol | Favors: Maui Succulent Designs | Venue: A WHITE ORCHID WEDDING, INC. | Beverage Services: Bars Are Us | Linen Rentals: Wildflower Linen | Rentals: Paradise Event Rentals