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Romantic Hawaiian Elopement in Waipio Valley

I just returned from a week in Kauai and have been missing the magical paradise daily. But Rebecca Arthurs‘ gorgeous photos of this Big Island elopement are bringing me right back. With breathtaking 360-degree views, a bouquet of tropical blooms and balloon release honoring family & friends, this sweet couple’s elopement is the perfect start to happily ever after. Fall in love here.

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From the beautiful Bride… Kristopher and I met in high school when we were 15. We both grew up in a small town outside of Austin, Tx and share a love for the country and outdoors. Kristopher is the most caring, handsome, lovable man I’ve ever met. We share the same love for soccer and the same aspirations for the future. There’s never been a doubt in my mind about Kris and on Christmas Day 2014 he proposed! That following January Kris was drafted into Major League Soccer to play for Chivas USA and our wedding planning was put on hold while I was still finishing my degree at University of Texas at Austin. Planning a wedding became overwhelming and we were toying with the idea of a big wedding, small wedding, elopement, anything and everything in between. We finally decided on an elopement on the beautiful island of Hawaii.

While searching for a venue, we came across The Cliff House. Gorgeous views near Waipio Valley overlooking the ocean, we were hooked! After looking at Rebecca Arthur’s blog, we knew we had to have her as our photographer. These were by far the best two decisions we made for our wedding. Richard from the Cliff House was the sweetest man and welcomed us into his home with open arms. The house was very quiet & peaceful. He referred us to a farmer’s market in Hilo where I was able to get my bouquet! I couldn’t have had a prettier bouquet for our special day. Rebecca and her husband, Nick, were super sweet and so much fun! Kris and I are normally very shy, but Rebecca & Nick helped us calm down and prepare for the ceremony and relax. Our day was more than perfect thanks to Richard, Rebecca & Nick.

We wanted our day to be very laid back and casual, which is exactly how it was! On our big balloon we wrote letters to our loved ones back home, our loved ones in heaven, and our best friend Titan (our German Shepherd). At the end of a day we were both ecstatic to finally be married after 7 long years and wouldn’t have changed anything. It rained on our wedding day, but we consider that good luck! After all: “Life is not so much about waiting for the storms to pass as it is about learning to dance in the rain.”

Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Hair & Makeup: DIY By The Bride | Officiant: Brian Boshard | Accomodations And Ceremony Venue: Cliff House | Announcement: Evane Corder | Hair Pin: BHLDN

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Colorful Bohemian Same-Sex Wedding Inspiration in Maui

You already knew we have a weakness for bridal flower crowns and gorgeous destination weddings, here at SMP, but when they’re combined? Irresistible — especially when  Opihi Love Wedding Coordination & Event Design and Wendy Laurel Photography are making the magic happen, just like this stunning same-sex wedding inspiration shoot done in Maui. Swoon. Check out every ounce of pretty in the gallery right here!

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From Wendy LaurelThis editorial shoot was inspired by my love of the florals and the very feminine. I was inspired to create a wedding dress using flowers and Della from Dellables Flowers was able to fulfill my dream. I envisioned a very feminine shoot and thought about the rarity of a two bride wedding shown.

I was also inspired by my sister, who recently graduated from college and came out as a gay woman. She has always been very feminine as have the women she has dated! She has also always been a big fan of wedding blogs, but when she came out she knew she needed to find images that represented the ideal wedding she was looking for – but it has been hard for her to find. For my sister, I was inspired to show the two dress lesbian wedding in a very feminine way.

Della from Dellables Florals handmade a flower wedding gown in bright spring colors. She used the crinoline skirt from under an old wedding dress and glued flowers and flower petals over it and a separate white bustier. We paired the floral gown with Claire Pettibone wedding gowns that were also very feminine and lovely from her Romantique collection. Dellables made the floral crowns and the florals for the table. The hand drawn wedding invitations, the table design and cake and cookies were are all inspired by the feminine and spring feel of the dresses and florals. Opihi Love’s talent for design pulled all the elements together in a gorgeous way.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Event Design: Opihi Love Wedding Coordination & Event Design | Floral Design: Dellables | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Wedding Dress: Dellables | Cake: Cake Fanatics Maui | Invitations: More Than Words By Me | Hair And Makeup: Chrissy Swink At Makeup Maui And Hair | Cookies: Maui Sweet Cakes | Photography - Assistance: Jeffrey Oltman

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Surprise Maui Proposal for Morgan from Survivor + Kevin

When photographer Wendy Laurel got a call from Morgan to do a couple’s shoot for her and her boyfriend, Kevin, neither of them knew yet what was in store for that special day… A surprise proposal! Luckily, Wendy was there to capture the adorable couple in all their newly-engaged bliss, and was sweet enough to share all the snaps with us in the gallery here!

From Wendy LaurelIf you ever watched Survivor — the Beauty vs. Brains series, you might not expect that Morgan is as sweet and soft spoken as she is. We all knew she was beautiful though. Morgan and her boyfriend, Kevin, headed out to Maui for a little vacation. She called me up and scheduled a fun couple’s shoot. Little did she knew that Kevin was going to propose on that same day. She said YES of course!

The wind was blowing, the sun was in and out of the clouds, the surf was loud… all in all, a pretty typical beach day on the upper west side of Maui. Morgan and Kevin are so in love and so sweet with each other. It was such a fun time shooting them together.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Location: Kapalua Beach, Maui

Destination Maui Plantation Wedding

This adorable couple not only held their Big Day in gorgeous Hawaii, but their beautiful nuptials were also filled with intimate and personal touches, like sealing their scroll-scribed vows in an empty wine bottle after reading, only to be taken out and re-read on their one year anniversary. So cute! Jasmine Lee Photography captured all the love on this special day in the gallery here, and we can’t get enough!

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From The Bride… My vision of our wedding was to have a romantic space with natural beauty, and Olowalu Plantation House was the perfect setting for that. We fell in love with Olowalu the moment we saw the venue online. The house itself was very cute with its own bridal suite, and the views were spectacular. Our friends asked if we’ve ever visited the venue before booking, and the answer was no. The first time we saw the venue was during our rehearsal, and we were blown away by the beauty of the plantation the moment we stepped foot on the property. It far exceeded our expectations.

We both knew we wanted our wedding to be small, intimate and laid back. I chose blush pink and gold as our wedding colors for a romantic look. Our top priority was to have good food, music, and drinks with the people we love. Our intimate wedding was consumed with our love for each other and the love we have for our friends and family. The day was incredibly special for us.

In additional to our vows, we wanted to incorporated something special during our ceremony. The night before our wedding, we wrote personal vows to each other in which we rolled up and tied like a scroll. During the ceremony, we sealed our vows to each other in an empty wine bottle to be read on our 1 year anniversary. We loved this idea as we can display this bottle in our house to remind us of our wedding day. I cannot wait for our anniversary to come so we can read our vows to each other!

The two best decisions we made were to hire Jasmine Lee as our photographer and Susanne Brunsch as our day-of coordinator. We asked Jasmine to photograph our wedding after seeing her incredible work, and we are so glad that we did. Jasmine was very helpful in giving ideas and being patient with us. She captured our wedding day beautifully and we will cherish her images forever. Hiring a day-of coordinator was definitely key in helping us keep our sanity throughout the planning process, as well as the wedding day. Susanne was very attentive and made sure everything was set up beautifully and that we were comfortable. Both Jasmine and Susanne were very sweet, organized, and responsive to emails. They went above and beyond to meet our expectations, and we would not hesitate to hire them again.

Getting married in paradise was a surreal feeling and a moment we’ll never forget. Having someone I’m in love with to call my husband, is absolutely magical. Hawaii will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Floral Design: Valerie Spalding Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Cake: Food For The Soul | Invitations: DIY With Travel Passport Inspiration | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Catering: Food For The Soul | Hair And Makeup: Susan Bortz | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | MC/DJ: DJ Zenn | Wedding Coordination: Susanne Brunsch Of Food For The Soul

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Golden Hour Hawaiian Plantation Wedding

With a picturesque plantation and the stunning shoreline of Hawaii as their backdrop, this perfect pair wed in true island style. Graced with a beautiful blush gown and flowers plaited into the Bride’s braided hair, ARIA Studios was behind the lens snapping up every golden hour second. From the sun soaked country roads, to the sunrise session the next morning, it’s all waiting for you here!

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From ARIA StudiosKea and Francis’ wedding took place at the picturesque Pahala Plantation House on the Big Island of Hawaii. Warm as the Hawaiian sun, Kea and Francis are the kind of people who make you feel like you’ve known them for ages from the moment you meet them. Kea was breathtaking in a beautiful blush gown and flowers plaited into her braided hair. Francis and his body building self wore a perfectly complementing light suit. We headed out for golden hour to shoot around several of the wonderful features the Big Island has to offer; everything from sun soaked country roads, macadamia nut and coffee trees, and toppled over plumeria trees. The next morning we met at dawn for a sunrise post shoot amongst the rich black sand and lava rock of Punalu’u Beach. Kea wore a flower crown made from her wedding flowers that was a perfect way to add another life to her florals.

Photography: ARIA Studios | Cinematography: ARIA Studios | Coordination: Allison Bennet Of Bliss In Bloom | Floral Design: Annie Sundseth Of Bliss In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Watters Wtoo | Venue: Pahala Plantation House

Whimsical + Elegant Backyard Wedding Inspiration

Surrounded by salty air and oh-so-beautiful scenery, this next piece of paradise is sure to ignite some wanderlust. Not only does it include one cute as can be puppy, it also has some of the most beautiful organic touches a la Mauis Angels Weddings. Every capture from Wendy Laurel is more beautiful than the last and you can see it all here!

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From Wendy Laurel… Mauis Angels designed this updated Hawaii take on the backyard wedding. Backyard weddings have grown up and can be as elegant as any wedding. On Maui, backyards often come with golden sunshine, palm trees, and a spectacular ocean view.

With The Olowalu Planation Estate as our backdrop and a picture perfect Maui day, we designed a set up that embraced a modern backyard elegance with a few entertaining details. Hues of grey and blush, accompanied by ivory and white undertones were intricately placed throughout which undeniably brought out the very best of the custom designed Joelle Perry gown. The Geronimo balloons were simply for fun, as was our model dog Tyrone who enjoyed his very own bite sized peanut butter cake that Cake Fanatics carefully created to accompany the other bite sized desserts.

Jes with Maui’s Angels dreamed up the beautiful hand tied bouquet along with the gorgeously placed accents of david austin garden roses, silver dollar eucalyptus, dusty miller and white peonies. And a big thanks to Amber with Schyne Designs who carefully crafted the lovely invitations and dessert frills and also our dear friend Sunya who helped us build and execute the details on our handmade dining canopy. All in all, the day was just as any other perfect Maui day, magical and with these amazing vendors, one that we will hold close to our heart.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Event Design: Mauis Angels Weddings | Floral Design: Mauis Angels Weddings (jes) | Wedding Dress: Joelle Perry | Calligraphy: Schyne Designs | Desserts: Cake Fanatics | Private Home: Olowalu Plantation House | Rentals: The Collection Maui | Suit And Hairpiece: Ellys Formalwear | Tableware: Set Maui