Before we even get into just how magical this Maui wedding is, let me tell you a very important detail – it was planned in four months. Yes four. I can’t even get over the fact that all the gorgeous planned to perfection by Kara Byrne below was done so in such a short time. Because these images from Kaua Wedding Photography? They are just as pretty as they get. From the florals by Dellables to the stunning Honua Kai Lani setting – this gallery is perfection. See it all here.
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From The Bride and Groom…Being a San Francisco couple, with family on both the west and east coast we had lots of potential places to explore for our wedding. After lots of discussion we decided on a destination wedding in Maui, a place that Bria has visited for years and loves because it is so beautiful, peaceful and relaxing.
We knew that we wanted a ceremony outside, where our guests could enjoy the amazing Maui weather and scenery. We also knew that we wanted a relaxing setting for the event, where everyone could feel like they were on vacation. After some searching, we found Honua Kai Lani, the Sugarman Estate, a beautiful and secluded waterfront property in Makena.
When it came time to planning, we only had 4 months to pull everything together so we knew we wanted to work with a wedding planner. After one conversation with Kara Byrne we felt an instant connection and knew she would help us create the wedding day we wanted – one where we could relax, enjoy the island and focus on celebrating with each other and our loved ones. Looking back we can honestly say the entire day, from start to finish was all that we wanted and more.
Our vision for the wedding décor was modern rustic so Kara worked with us to find the vendors that would help us create that look and feel. With strung lights, large wooden tables, Moroccan lanterns and flowers in mason jars, the already beautiful property was transformed into a romantic wedding and reception venue.
Being that we are both foodies who love artisan cocktails, we wanted to have local organic Hawaiian fare with a customized cocktail menu for our guests to enjoy, along with cupcakes instead of cake, for dessert. We were blown away as all aspects of it, the food, beverage and service was exceptional.
We also wanted to work with a wedding photographer who would be as relaxed and at ease as we wanted to be on our wedding day and we were thrilled to work with Kaua. Not only was he so fun and easy to work with, his photos were stunning and captured every moment of the day beautifully.
One of the many highlights of the day for us was a momma and baby humpback whale that put on a little show for our guests, just off the shore of the Sugarman Estate during the cocktail hour. It was a rare and beautiful site and a treat for our guests to see.
All and all, we felt like our wedding day exceeded our hopes and expectations and we are so grateful to everyone that played a role in making it so special and memorable.
Photography: Kaua Wedding Photography | Videography: DMI Video | Floral Design: Dellables | Wedding Gown: Nicole Miller | Cupcakes: Maui Wedding Cakes | Wedding Stationery: Sarah Bria - Friend Of Bride | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Food For The Soul | DJ: Ace Beats | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Bride's Father | Bar Service: Garnish Events | Coordination And Event Design: Kara Byrne | Event Rentals: Island Rents | Hair & Make Up: Mira Carmen | Transportation: Akina Aloha | Vintage Decor: Opihi Love Boutique Rentals & Event Design | Wedding Venue: Honua Kai Lani