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Soft Blue Hawaii Wedding Table Inspiration

If ever there was a day to get completely swept away by the beauty of weddings, today would be the day. This little slice of inspiration heaven sent our way from photographer Wendy Laurel, designers Mandy Grace Designs and Couture Events Maui, is kind of like drifting away on a hammock without a care in the world. Perfectly sweet design elements, a sense of grace built into every detail and a gorgeous bride all wrapped up into inspiration for ANY wedding. And there is more here!

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From Wendy LaurelBlue is the color of Hawaii. We have blue oceans and blue skies so designers Mandy Grace (Mandy Grace Designs) and Erica Goldsmith (Couture Events Maui) dreamed up a soft blue wedding inspiration for a fresh take on a Hawaii destination wedding.

They chose an upcountry Maui venue for its wind, sun, fields, and trees. Using hand dyed silk ribbons from Adorn (a new passion of Mandy Grace Designs), blueberries, and loose blue florals, they styled a light airy blue table. Matching in various shades of blue and white Miss B Calligraphy hand-wrote lovely invitations and envelopes with vintage stamps. The classic Audrey Hepburn-style bridal gown and blue shoes added a touch of classic and fun. The pillows were handmade by Couture Events Maui.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Event Design: Couture Events Maui | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Designs | Hair And Makeup: Soleil Luna Salon - Nikki Guy | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Dessert: Maui Sweet Cakes | Hand Dyed Ribbons: Adorn From Mandy Grace Designs | Location: Ka Hale Olinda | Pillows: Couture Events Maui | Rentals: The Collection Maui | Table Top Rentals: Set

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Tropical Elegance at Sugarman Estate

From a karaoke meeting, to a flash mob proposal, to their fun tropical fete planned by Belle Destination Weddings And Events, I have a wedding crush on this gorgeous couple. They’ve got the kind of wedding day that’s layered with personality, style and a sweet elegance. Tamiz Photography tucked away so many captivating moments for us, like this one (looove), while Max + Molly Films captured the amazing film.

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From Jane at Belle Destination Weddings and EventsAfter speaking with Darryl & Deirdre for the first time, I got that inspiring feeling of giddiness that we wedding planners just live for. I immediately was taken with their chemistry and their love story, which seemed to exude those wonderful classic romantic characteristics – that same idea that continues to feed the souls of romantics (and wedding planners) time and time again.

Darryl, the classic, dashing charmer, and Deirdre, the quintessential Girl Next Door – the one who is so utterly beautiful, yet is still so incredibly approachable, funny and fun-loving, met in a far away land – Beijing – while Deirdre was working for CNBC as a business and financial news anchor. Darryl, a real estate developer, met Deirdre for the first time through mutual friends and found that they had something in common, they were both from Vancouver. It was at a Karaoke bar with those same mutual friends that the knew it was “meant to be” when they realized that they were both singing along to the same song at the tops of their lungs – “Say It Ain’t So” by Weezer – a song that was a mutual favorite from their childhoods. Thus began their love for each other and a life of sharing a mutual love for music.

It was back in Vancouver where Darryl decided to propose. He wanted to go big for the proposal and so Darryl enlisted the assistance of Kill The Lights Dance Crew to surprise Deirdre with a flash mob proposal in downtown Vancouver. As the couple strolled along on a gorgeous sunny day, they stopped to watch what seemed to be a couple of street performers grow into a large group of dancers. To Deirdre’s shock, Darryl hopped in towards the end of the performance, showing off his dancing skills to the song “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. At the end, Darryl got down on one knew and presented Deirdre with the ring. Her answer was a very enthusiastic “Yes, obviously!”

Because the two both come from large families. They dreamed of a large destination wedding on the island of Maui, where Darryl’s family spends a fair bit of time at their vacation home. We set out to plan a week full of amazing adventures and events that would resonate with couple and their guests for a lifetime. The concept was to build the design of the event around an “experience” and the couple had a vision of a wedding day filled with romance, love, and lots of laughter. These two bring about a feeling that you are witnessing one of those timeless and legendary love stories. You can see it in the way they look at each other, interact with each other, smile with admiration at the other, and how they always seems to be laughing together. It is intoxicating and beautiful to be around! They wanted their guests to share in their love story by creating not only one gorgeous event, but also a week-long special destination experience. We created a collection of small events leading up to the big day, including snorkel charters and a private welcome luau for everyone. The wedding itself took place at the Sugarman Estate in Makena, Maui and was a formal, yet relaxed event filled with the comfort and intimacy of a very close group of family and friends.

In terms of the design, it was important to create a soft romantic feel while keeping close to the surrounding beauty of the estate. We kept close to natural elements, incorporating lots of natural woods, neutral colors such as white, ivory, and blush, accompanied by soft grey greens such as eucalyptus, dusty miller and richer greenery from magnolia leaves. The idea was to create light and airy concept, which we did by adding sheer fabrics to the raw wood ceremony canopies, flowing fabrics in the tents, and natural fiber linens. Chandeliers hung from the tent canopies, adorned with cascading greens. The event was captured beautifully by none other than Tamiz Photography and Max & Molly Films.

From The Bride…We both have big families and dreamed of a big wedding but knew it would be tough to pull off as a destination wedding. Amazingly, 250 of our closest friends and family made the journey for an entire week.

While we didn’t have a clear vision of our wedding day, we knew exactly what was most important to us: our family and friends. And above all, we wanted to have fun. We both lived abroad for many years, and our wedding was a sort of homecoming, and a showcase of who Darryl and I are as a couple. While planning, we worked together and also left room for surprises. We were a little nervous by the number of children attending (50!), but they were among the most special parts of the wedding.

As for obstacles – there were no shortage! The week prior to our wedding, 2 hurricanes were due to pummel Maui – the first to hit the island chain in over 2 decades. There was also an earthquake. Our guests due to leave the weekend before the wedding had flights cancelled. In the end everything worked out and we had perfect weather for the entire week leading up to our wedding, and the wedding itself.

The actual (wedding) day…was the culmination of so much love and bonding over the week, and our lives together. We plan to do it all over again at our 50th wedding anniversary!

Our incredible planner, Jane, helped us achieve an understated elegance that felt familiar and special at the same time. Little touches, such as mementos in the shadowbox tables and personalized nickname name cards, helped our guests understand us as a couple and our lives abroad. It was Darryl’s idea to rent the vintage ’57 Porsche Speedster which everyone loved.

One of the most special touches was having my little brother Mookie, an amazing musician and performer, lead the band for our favorite songs. Another special moment was when Darryl’s nieces and nephews surprised us with an incredibly fun dance routine that echoed the flash mob of our engagement. Both acts had everyone on their feet.

The MCs and speeches by family were creative, heartfelt and hilarious. I have never laughed so hard as when my three brothers brought us up for a pantomime-style speech complete with music and costume changes. I’ve never had so much fun dancing as when Darryl surprised me by getting up on stage and singing “Runaround Sue” with his groomsmen. And we both have never felt so loved and so proud of the people in our lives as we did that entire week, culminating in the wedding.

Advice for future brides is to work together while planning, but leave a few surprises. As a bride, it’s easy to get caught up in all the little details and have a ton of expectations. If the groom plans a few details (and they can be small!), you’ll have no expectations and be better able to be in the moment. For example, Darryl took care of renting the car. While I knew we were getting one, it wasn’t my focus and I was pleasantly surprised by what a great piece it was for everyone at the wedding to enjoy taking photos with.

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Cinematography: Max + Molly Films | Event Design: Belle Destination Weddings And Events | Event Planning: Belle Destination Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Teresa Sena | Wedding Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Invitations: Kathryn MacNaughton | Invitations: Courtney Wotherspoon | Bride's Shoes: lanvin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Band: Ryan Robinson Bane | Groom's Shoes: Tom Ford | Wedding Venue: Sugarman Estate | After-Party Location: Mulligan's On The Blue | Bride's Dress - Ceremony: Vera Wang | Bride's Dress - Reception: CH Carolina Herrera | Bride's Headpiece: Beaufille by Parris Gordon | Canopies: Panache Decor | Ceremony Entertainment: Vance Koenig | Ceremony Entertainment: Don Lax | Cocktail Catering: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Cocktail Reception Entertainment: Joel Katz | Custom Lounge Furniture: Signature | Grooms' & Groomsmen Attire: Bespoke | Hair & Makeup - Bride: Jessica Waite Makeup Artistry | Hair & Makeup - Bridesmaids: Maui Mira | Lighting, tent lining, lighting, furniture: Pacific Isle Rentals | Linens, chairs, chargers: Winters Events | Proposal Dance Crew: Kill The Lights Dance Crew - KTL Co | Tenting and Staging: Maui Rents | Vintage Car Rental: Maui Roadsters

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Rustic Glam Maui Wedding

When the blushing Bride is one uber talented event planner herself, you know you’re in for a treat. With her stylish eye and creativity, and with the onsite support of Belle Destination Weddings & Events, she crafted one beautiful bash, full of stunning shades of lavender, purple and pink florals by Mandy Grace Design. AMERIS soaked it all up with their lens and this gallery is truly a feast for the eyes.

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From the beautiful Bride… As a wedding planner, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of countless beautiful weddings and have witnessed more than my fair share of the joy and love that occurs at them. Being on the other side of things, as the Bride, was an experience I couldn’t have prepared for though, and it was truly the time of my life!

Nick and I first met back in 2006, through a mutual friend, one night out at a local bar. Within weeks, we became inseparable, and have spent the last eight years together sharing in life’s big and small moments, creating a home, building our businesses together, enjoying mornings, soaking in sunshine, and oh yeah…traveling to Maui. We love Maui more than any other spot in the world. And after six straight years of traveling there together, it has become our home away from home.

When we first got engaged, the thought of planning our wedding locally was overwhelming to me, as I knew that it would just feel too much like work. I wanted the weeks leading up to our wedding to be fun and relaxing for both of us, and we both wanted the spot where we said our “I do’s” to be special to “us.” So, the decision to host our wedding in Maui was a no-brainer, and one that did not surprise any of our friends and family! We wanted to design a wedding that showcased what we love about Hawaii, create a relaxed atmosphere filled with high-end details for all our guests who traveled so far, and spend the day surrounded by our nearest and dearest. Nick and I love to host parties, and so infusing our personal laid-back, fun, and stylish style, came very naturally.

On our yearly trip to Maui, in 2013, we were able to meet up with the lovely ladies of Belle Destination, who I knew would be the perfect allies in planning our dream wedding. They helped us find the perfect venue, and shared with me all their top vendor recommendations. From their tips, I set to work building our A-team of vendors, and designing our perfect day! The best decision we made though was to bring the power duo, AMERIS, down from Victoria with us. I have had the pleasure of working alongside them many times, and the talent and instincts that they possess is ridiculous! And they are just as much fun as they are talented, and so having them a part of our day was so special. When we look through our photos, we know that we will forever remember not just how our day looked, but how we felt during those moments. And that is something that I will always be grateful for! So, to all you Brides out there… do NOT skimp on a photographer! The morning and afternoon, spent with our wedding party and photographers was a total blast, and one of my favorite memories is being carried over a fence by the groomsmen, to get to Nick for our First Look! Hilarious!

Our wedding ceremony, was special to us for so many reasons. It was such an intimate group of family and friends who were there with us, and getting to share that moment with them was amazing! We asked one of our best friends to perform our ceremony, and he made the whole experience incredible. He also managed to get ordained, and so was able to legally marry us, which was the cherry on top. My favorite moment of the ceremony would have to be split up into two: walking with my Dad towards everyone, and laughing as we stumbled through our vows.

Food and drink were really high on our priority list, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with the quality that both Aloha Events Catering and Garnish Events supplied. Our friends constantly make fun of us for being self-acclaimed “mixologists,” and so getting to work with Steph and her amazing team at Garnish, was a dream come true! Not only are their drinks so tasty, but the level of attention to detail that they put into everything, is a wedding planners dream! My favorite drink we served, the “Rose-jito”, literally had a pink garden rose garnished on each one! Amazing!

Trying to narrow down my other favorite details is near impossible, but I will try. The florals by Mandy Grace completely exceeded my expectations! She perfectly infused the jewel tones of our palette (navy, purples, pinks, and white), and I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect bouquet! The chair garlands, our ceremony archway, and the fact that she was able to find peonies in October…incredible! Being able to dine al fresco, was a big priority as well! Back home, it is near impossible to host a reception outside without a tent. We took a big risk not renting one for our own wedding, but the gamble totally paid off, and we were treated to the perfect Maui evening. With the lights strung between the trees, candles lit on the table, and the stars above, it was picture perfect.

Creating the perfect guest experience was also really important to us, as we were so appreciative that so many of our friends and family would travel so far for us! We organized a few outings for everyone (snorkel tour, picnic lunch etc.), which allowed us to spend time with everyone! And on the actual wedding day, all of our guests hopped on a bus and were whisked away to the “secret” wedding venue. This was one thing that we had SO much fun with while planning, and it really built up the excitement for our guests! We managed to keep our wedding venue a total secret to everyone, and so they were driven along a windy coast-line, and towards the lava fields of South Maui, with no idea of where they were going! Once they arrived at the spot, they were greeted with custom cocktails, acoustic guitar music provided by the seriously talented David Wolf, and a million dollar view. The rest of the day/evening, was filled with lots of music, drinks, food, and laughs! As the night came to a close, and Nick and I were whisked off to our ride, we could hear them chanting “Newlyweds! One more song! Newlyweds! One more song!” The perfect end, to the perfect day!

Photography: AMERIS | Event Planning: French Kiss Events | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Design | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Catering: Aloha Events Catering | Hair & Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry | Lighting: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Groom's Attire: Paul Smith | Wedding Venue: Sugarman Estate | Bar Service: Garnish Events | Bridal Jewelry: Haute Bride | Bridesmaid Dress Boutique : Blush Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Sophie Grace Maui | Day Of Coordination: Belle Destination Weddings And Events | Furniture Rentals: Opihi Love Wedding Coordination & Event Design | Musician: David Wolf | Paper Goods: French Kiss Events | Signage: Miss B Calligraphy

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Elegant Hawaii Summer Wedding

Whenever I’m staring at a wedding for the first time, I look at the people. At their faces. At the joy or the excitement or the nerves. And this bride had me completely at hello. She’s literally glowing and as you might have guessed, her wedding – with images from Ashley Goodwin and a delightful film from Pan + Tilt – most definitely followed suit… colors that won’t let you look away, details that feel they were meant to be and a sense of style that permeates every last corner. And there is so much more right here.

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From Ashley Goodwin Photography … An Italian boy + a beautiful surfer girl from Kauai fuse their energetic and lively romance into a romantic and fun event at the perfect “old world Italy” location, overlooking a Waikiki sunset. The perfect blend of classic Europe mixed with the relaxed vibe of the islands, down to the prosciutto wrapped melons and local hawaiian cuisine. Add in some champagne sprays and you’ve got one hell of a good time!

Photography: Ashley Goodwin Photography | Cinematography: Pan + Tilt | Coordination: Gourmet Events Hawaii | Floral Design: Creative Concepts By Jeff | Wedding Dress: Vows Bridal | Cake: A Baked Romance | Reception Venue: La Pietra | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Forever 21 | Hotel: Moana Surfrider | Desserts: La Gelataria | Hair + Makeup: Mahina Ho Boersma | Photo Booth: Photo Ops Hawaii | Pizza: Pizza Party Hawaii | Rentals: Pacific Party Rental

Elegant Maui Destination Wedding

Maui weddings are gorgeous. Plain and simple. But this elegant affair planned by Belle Destination Weddings & Events totally takes that gorgeous and raises it to the next level. Captured by Tamiz Photography with florals from Bella Bloom Floral Boutique, this gallery will have you oohing and awwing until the very last image.

From Belle Destination Weddings & EventsWhen one envisions getting married in Maui, there is usually a beachy/tropical idea that looms in the mind; however, there are those who long for the destination experience while not compromising on their ideal classic wedding affair. Enter Mike and Megan, an absolutely adorable and fun-loving couple from Calgary looking to swap the cold for the temperate weather of gorgeous Maui. From the Bride…“We met at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in an undergraduate physiology class. We had a mutual friend in the class, but since Mike sat in the front row, and I sat in the back row, we chatted only periodically. At the end of the year, we found out that we’d both been accepted into similar four-year programs at UBC. This prompted an increasing number of Facebook messages, and lots of flirting in class, but neither of us was brave enough to ask the other out. It took another year of this before we finally went out on a date!” Then came the proposal! Mike pulled out all the stops, setting up a penthouse suite at a ritzy hotel during one of their many mini-getaways to Banff. From the Bride… “I knew something was up! Later in the evening, Mike presented me with a large gift, which, when unwrapped, revealed a smaller gift inside. This “Russian doll” present contained six increasingly smaller gifts, one wrapped inside the next. Removing the last layer of wrapping paper revealed an engagement ring!” The couple chose Maui as their destination location of choice. Giving their guests a break from their norm up in Canada was important, thought they were not necessarily sold on the traditional Hawaiian-style affair. From the Bride…“Initially we wanted to get married on the beach, but we soon found out that there are many potential pitfalls to consider when planning a beach wedding. All of the beaches in Hawaii are public, so you can often end up with some uninvited guests! Inclement weather, such as rain and blowing sand, can also be a challenge to work around. We found Haiku Mill on the Style Me Pretty blog, and we knew that it would be the perfect wedding venue.” Haiku Mill proved to be the perfect venue for the classic elegance they sought. It was a small affair of just 25 guests, keeping with their idea of a low-key wedding event. From the Bride… “We envisioned an intimate, low-stress, wedding with close friends and family. Deciding on a destination wedding was difficult, because we knew that several friends and family members wouldn’t be able to attend. But in the end, a destination wedding allowed us to spend more time with our guests, because we got to see them over the course of the whole week, not just on our wedding day. By the time our wedding rolled around midweek, everyone was in “vacation mode”, thanks to some beach time and plenty of poolside drinks. This made for a really relaxed and enjoyable wedding day!” The couple entrusted in us to design an event that would not only compliment and enhance the gorgeous venue, but also encapsulate the romance and elegance that they wanted their guests to experience. With the assistance of Bella Bloom Floral Boutique, we kept an emphasis on loose structured florals in neutral and cool tones, blending in accents of driftwood, and tons of candlelight. We utilized natural elements such as wood furniture – tables, chairs, and lounges, and candlelight to create warmth and rusticity. No detail was left untouched. Set provided the gorgeous specialty china, glassware, and flatware that adorned the place settings. The place settings were accented with a single fragrant gardenia (the bride’s favorite flower) to add another scent element to the guests’ experience. The result was dripping in utter romance and simple rusticity, creating the most perfect backdrop for this intimate and love-inspired event! All of the beauty of the event, and most importantly, that of the couple, was captured by the incredible Tamiz Photography.

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Floral Design: Bella Bloom Floral Boutique | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Hair & Makeup: Mira Carman | Entertainment: Kelly Villaverde | DJ: DJ Del Sol | Officiant: Pastor Pia Aluli | Calligraphy & Stationery: Miss B Calligraphy | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Haiku Mill | China, Glassware, & Flatware Rentals: Set | Furniture & Lighting: Signature | Wedding Planning & Design: Belle Destination Weddings & Events

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Glamorous Industrial Bridal Inspiration

I would have never imagined glamour and an industrial style getting along, but after soaking up this shoot by Mikkel Paige, Moana Events and Burnett’s Boards, I’m pretty sure they’re a match made in heaven. Complimenting each other’s style, shown perfectly with this stationery suite by Bliss & Bone, these two aesthetics together just became a new favorite of mine. See why I’m so obsessed right here.

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From Burnett’s BoardsFor this wedding inspiration shoot, Mikkel Paige Photography, Moana Events, and Burnett’s Boards teamed up in Honolulu to conceptualize a decidedly atypical Hawaiian bridal design – one of industrial glamour with a heavy dose of uniquely utilitarian styling details. Shot in a un-occupied warehouse in the business district of Honolulu, Hawaii, the design was inspired by the barren space and exposed elements.

The table was constructed using flooring tiles, flipped on their reverse side to add texture to the tabletop and mimic the formal marble wedding invitations by Bliss & Bone. Black Louis ghost chairs wrapped in copper wire add a dark and glamorous tone, while stately pillar candles in vintage gold candleholders add a romantic bent with hand-calligraphied French love poems written on them. Each place setting was set with antique gold flatware, a formal black linen napkin and a beautiful calligraphy love poem garnished with a single blossom.

The industrial copper wire elements were carried throughout the shoot on the gold-dipped long-stem bouquet and again on the modern white cake. Florist Grand used a beautifully dramatic ‘pearl’ concept to create floral spheres spilling across the table from an over-sized gold urn.

Gold-leaf was applied by hand to a dramatic floor-length black tulle veil and added the ultimate gilded touch to model Meaghan’s glamorous hair and makeup and Oscar-worthy gold gown.

Photography: Mikkel Paige Photography | Floral Design : Florist Grand | Dress: Rent The Runway | Cake: Cake Works | Invitations : Bliss & Bone | Hair & Makeup : Whik'd Hawaii | Calligraphy: Hawaii Calligraphy | Venue: Ward Village Warehouse | Chairs: Curate Decor + Design | Event Styling, Coordination, & Design: Moana Events | Model: Meaghan Halford | Shoot Concept: Burnett's Boards | Tabletop Decor: Pier 1 | Veil: Burnett's Boards | Wholesale Flowers: FiftyFlowers

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