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Magical Destination Wedding at Haiku Mill

A Maui destination wedding is like a romantic, sunny vacation wrapped inside a beautiful celebration. And that, my friends, is a thing of beauty. Of, course, Haiku Mill takes island romance to a whole new level of magic with chandeliers strung from palm trees and old stone walls covered in lush greenery made even more beautiful at the hands of Teresa Sena Designs and Anna Kim Photography. Click here for more!

From The Bride…You never know where love will find you, and for us, that statement rang true. Love found us hard at work. Through break-room conversations we grew to be friends, had e-mail exchanges about our love of travel and fine dining. It was our mutual interest of such things that caused our friendship to blossom into something more. For our first date, Dave asked if I would accompany him to try out a new restaurant in town, since we both have an appreciation for good food. After a three-hour dinner with wonderful conversation, the evening flew by and we were the last ones to leave the restaurant that night. We dated for nearly five years before tying the knot, and though I haven’t worked with Dave for 3 years, I will always be grateful for that job. It taught me much more than spreadsheets, marketing, project management, and work life; it brought me to love. With our shared love of traveling, having a destination wedding was an important component in planning our wedding day. One of our favorite places to visit is the south of France for its architecture and lifestyle. Since traveling to Europe wasn’t realistic for our families, Hawaii was the destination of choice to celebrate our nuptials and provide a vacation for all. To our delight, we found Haiku Mill, so very reminiscent of the distant and exotic places we adore, nestled along the winding road to Hana in the hills overlooking the glimmering blue sea on the island of Maui’s north shore. Lush and exotic flora create a hidden paradise amidst the ruins of a sugar cane plantation from the 1800’s. Haiku Mill’s ambience using French-inspired sculptures, antiques and treasures collected from around the world, exudes old world elegance within the rustic endearing charm of the sugar mill ruins. There is almost a palpable feeling of magic radiating from those old walls. After selecting Haiku Mill as the venue, we chose Brandi for paper suite and branding design, owner of Alexis June Creative, to develop branding for our wedding design. She designed the B&D logo, beautiful ‘B’ and ‘D’ initials, fused together in stylish script. We incorporated our logo into every aspect of our wedding from the save the dates and wedding invitations to leather matchboxes, cocktail napkins, cups and welcome bags. Brandi helped us solidify our style in a branding that was all our own. Our wedding brand led us to reflect our style of minimalist elegance by choosing an overall design with simple, clean lines using a white color palette with gold accents for our wedding. To complement the natural beauty of the Mill, we chose soft petal florals in shades of white and ivory, including ranunculus, freesia, roses, lisianthus, white dendrobium orchids and peonies with touches of fresh greens, in gold vases for a natural design with an organic feel. The vine-covered stonewalls of the Mill provided a dreamy background and so perfectly complimented our choice of a simple yet elegant décor. Crystals and white orchid leis were suspended from the glass ceiling and lighting was achieved by hanging chandeliers and interspersing candlelight in gold candleholders on the table to achieve a glamorous, yet understated, glow. The gold chargers with white plating and the uniformity of the tablescape provided a clean, sleek look, which matched our style as a couple. Details were the heartbeat of our wedding. From mailing our guests a Maui guide book and wedding weekend itinerary a month before, to welcoming our guests to the island of Maui with custom “Aloha” tote bags filled with local island goodies and welcome notes, to heartfelt thank you notes tucked into each guest’s dinner napkin, and finally sending our guests off after our wedding with custom “Mahalo” bags filled with heart shaped sugar cookies made by my grandmother. These special touches of hospitality were very important to us in conveying our gratitude to our guests, who had traveled thousands of miles to be there. We also included tangible elements of our wedding design vision in our save the dates and invitations. For the save the dates, we sent a custom watercolor postcard in a clear envelope, with gold flakes sprinkled in the envelope. The gold leaf flakes gave the save the date a fun and exciting feel about the upcoming event, and we followed up that fun by incorporating edible gold leaf flakes in one of the signature drinks that was served at the wedding. The wedding invitations included a piece of lace from my wedding gown that adorned each invitation. It was a sneak peak of what was to come, and it also provided a keepsake for our guests. I fell in love with my Ulla-Maija couture gown, and wanted to share the beautiful handmade French lace with all. Our favorite element was displaying our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photos, side by side, in elegant gold frames, which were part of my grandmother’s cherished frame collection that she shipped to Maui for us. This priceless display helped us celebrate and honor them with love for paving our way. After all, we are but a reflection of those who have come before us. Call it a coincidence, or call it fate, but we ended up with 28 of our nearest and dearest to celebrate with us on the 28th of December. It was the perfect number to celebrate our wedding over dinner with king style seating. For us, having an intimate dinner party with delicious local farm to table organic food (from Maui Executive Catering), flowing wine and great conversation was the part of our wedding celebration that we will always remember and cherish. We danced under the moonlight elegantly enhanced by chandeliers, the glimmer of hanging crystals and white orchid leis, creating just what the venue is known for, an incredibly romantic ambience. The toasts given to us were thoughtful and heartwarming and we relished the company of our favorite people sharing our wedding day with us. Sparklers lit up the night paving the way for our departure that evening as we began our life as Mr. and Mrs.; symbolism that perfectly displayed how we felt in that moment. Our overall intention in celebrating our wedding was to stay true to ourselves in the process so the day would reflect our authentic love. We succeeded in our vision, as we are still floating on air from that beautiful and magical day.

Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Floral Design: Teresa Sena Designs | Cake: Ghiselani Designer Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Haiku Mill | Reception Venue: Haiku Mill | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Hair: Jessica Waite Makeup Artistry | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | DJ: Ace Beats | Bar Service: Garnish Events | Makeup : Jessica Waite Makeup Artistry | Paper Suite & Brandig Design: Alexis June Creative | Rentals: Signature Maui | Rentals: Island Rents | Videography : Cine Maui Studio

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Destination Elopement at Haiku Mill

For their Hawaiian wedding, this Italian couple brought along their adorable daughter, a translator, and their chic European fashion sense. It’s an intimate and elegant family affair beyond words. So I’ll stop talking and let the images from Chris J. Evans do the speaking. Don’t worry, there’s more where this came from right here in the gallery.

This is Giordana and Paulo. They are from Italy and decided they wanted to elope and have the Haiku Mill all to themselves. They brought along their daughter Virginia as well as their Italian planner/translator.

These dashing Italians spoke just about zero English, and I speak zero Italian. I needed to find a way to communicate my fashion vibe and after a few awkward body movements and modeling by me, I said, “Dolce & Gabana” and BOOM they got it!!!

The Bride wore Dolce & Gabanna.
The groom was styled out in an Italian tapered suit complete with wooden bow-tie.

Photography: Chris J. Evans | Coordinator: Emily Machernis | Cake: Ghiselani Designer Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Haiku Mill | Shoes: Dolce And Gabbana | Flowers : Dellables | Makeup And Hair: Liz Javelosa

Coastal Maui Engagement Session

No matter how many times I flip through these engagement images from Jessica Burke, I can’t get enough. Set on the stunning cliffs Maui, it’s what happens with A&B Creative styles an e-sesh to perfection and lucky for us, this is only the beginning. So much more waiting right here.

From Jessica BurkeSuper excited to share this engagement session with you! Nicole and Bryan had me join them in Hawaii to photograph their engagement session. We battled the weather a bit (including the rain!) but the photos are beautiful. It was such a fun session, complete with our own private cliffs overlooking the Pacific. Couldn’t have asked for anything better, especially with Rebekah from a&b creative at the styling helm!

From A&b CreativeI was elated when Jessica Burke virtually introduced me to Nicole and found out I would be joining them to style her and her fiancé’s engagement session on Maui. As Nicole and I started gathering images that inspired her, I was thoroughly impressed with the classic and romantic looks she was continuously adding. Frothy gowns and vintage inspired holiday looks were our favorites. I scouted locations in Maui (which Nicole’s family had been vacationing on for years, a special place!) that matched the epically romantic look they were going for. Ho’okipa was the perfect match to the smart look of Bryan’s more formal ensemble and was completely jaw-dropping next to the crimson Sarah Seven gown that Nicole wore perfectly. I also loved N & B’s vintage inspired beach look complete with perfect oversized hat. We ended the day as the sun was setting on Maui with surfers in the background and sea turtles bobbing in the waves.

Photography: Jessica Burke | Dress: Sarah Seven | Styling + Wardrobe: A&B Creative

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