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Elegant Oceanside Maui Wedding

Nothing says paradise quite like an oceanside affair, and this seaside celebration is all the more meaningful with a focus on family. Surrounded by blooming bougainvillea and a gentle sea breeze, a global guestbook united and the beauty that ensued is simply stare-worthy. One look at the snaps from Wendy Laurel Photography and you’ll be dreaming of an island celebration .

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From Wendy Laurel PhotographyLeanne and Richard wanted a really gorgeous wedding that all their friends and family could attend, but Leanne is from Canada and Richard is from Australia. So having the wedding at either one of their hometowns meant alot of traveling for the other family. They had the bright idea of meeting in the middle and planning a gorgeous destination wedding in Hawaii. That way both sides of the family could easily travel and who doesn’t want an excuse to visit Maui?

The focus was on family (the couple’s young son attended and was a ringbearer) and friends. The couple planned some activities for the guests to attend during the week and the bride had her bridal shower on Maui as well. They lucked out with gorgeous clear weather and a golden sunset at the point at Kapalua Bay.

Photography: Wendy Laurel Photography | Cake: Merrimans | Ceremony Venue: Merrimans | Reception Venue: Merrimans | Getting Ready: Westin Kaanapali | Photography - Assistance: Jeffrey Oltman

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Bohemian Hawaii Bridal Inspiration

I am downright obsessed with this vintage Gossamer gown. I not only want to wear it for my own wedding, but for every occasion all summer long. Between the dress and the natural beauty of Hawaii in every shot by Kylie Martin, I can’t stop pinning image after image from this shoot. Flowers by Passion Roots are the icing on the cake and this gallery has my full attention until I return to reality.

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From Kylie Martin Photography… Organic, lush and effortless are the words that came to mind when the concept of this session was created. I wanted to step back and style something that wasn’t over the top. Finding beauty in simplicity is sometimes forgotten when planning a wedding but it can be done. This is a fresh take on a Hawaii wedding, no beaches, no sand, no leis, just green lush backdrops, gorgeous golden sunlight and a timeless dress.

Leslie did a beautiful job modeling our Gossamer 1950′s wedding dress and Passion Root’s bohemian bouquet was the perfect addition to the lush backdrops of Hawaii. We wanted to create an elegant, simple tablescape to help contribute to the organic feel of the session. Our purpose was to keep the beauty in the natural details and let our “bride” shine. Of course, film captured the beauty of Hawaii like only film can. All in all we hope to inspire brides to focus on the importance of their day and remind them that less really can be more.

Photography: Kylie Martin Photography | Styling: Kylie Martin | Floral Design: Passion Roots | Wedding Gown: Gossamer | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Ring: Tiffany & Co | Hair And Makeup: Kendra Hittinger | Calligraphy: Schyne Design | Assistant: Leah Watson | Dinnerware: Pier 1 Imports | Film: Fuji 400H | Flatware: Target | Photo Lab: PhotoVision | Ribbon: Silk And Willow

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Berry Colored Oahu Wedding

If I could predict one trend for the 2015, it’s the shift to richly layered, wildly statement color palettes like this berry-hued affair from The Great Romance Photo. Set against the lush island scenery of Oahu, the day planned by A Good Affair is every wedding lover’s dream brought to life. Get to pinning those Passion Roots florals in the gallery plus don’t miss Chris Tran Media’s film below!

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From The Bride… Justin and I met in Hawaii in 2006 – he was born and raised there, and I was there for a semester “almost” abroad at the University of Hawaii. After a whirlwind 4 months of dating, we had fallen in love, but it was time for me to head back to San Diego to finish my degree. Over the next 12 months, we dated long distance, making trips to and from Hawaii and San Diego to see each other. In 2007, Justin packed his bags and moved to San Diego to peruse our relationship further. Navigating through our 20′s together (and sometimes apart) tested our relationship in many ways, but we came out on the other side stronger and more in love than ever. In January of 2013, Justin proposed on a snowy slope in Park City, Utah.

With so many ties to the island, when it came time to pick a wedding location, Hawaii was at the top of the list . Justin grew up witnessing frequent public beach wedding ceremonies and knew he didn’t want that for his own wedding. My vision was a rustic, enchanted space with natural beauty, and Kualoa Ranch fit the bill perfectly for both of us.

Planning a Hawaii wedding from Iowa (where Justin attends med school) proved to be a challenge with the timezone difference, so we enlisted the help of Natalie Good from A Good Affair to help bring our vision to life. We wanted an intimate party that didn’t feel “wedding-y” or forced – just a laid back atmosphere, good food, music, drinks with the people we love.

We chose berry tones as our pallet to contrast the natural greenery in Hawaii, and incorporated geodes and crystals into the table decor for a whimsical but elegant look. For the place settings, we hand-died napkins for an ombre/watercolor look (even grandpa helped!), and included a piece of rose quartz — the stone of love — with each place card. We also collected vintage silverware, and goblets that our florist used to create overflowing arrangements for the tables.

Hawaii is a special place for both of us, so including Hawaiian tradition was important. During the ceremony, one of Justin’s cousins led a lei exchange as a reflection of our love and Aloha for each other and our families. During the reception, another family member performed a beautiful Hula dance. We also adopted a Hawaiian saying into our wedding theme, which we included on our invitations and favor bags: No Keia La, No Keia Po, A Mau Loa, which means From this day, From this night, Forevermore.

Our wedding week was incredible – being able to share the place that Justin calls home with our family and friends was unforgettable. We hiked in the mud, played at the beach, and made sure to share our favorite shaved ice and Hawaiian food with everyone. The weather was amazing the entire week, except (of course) the day of the wedding. I’ll never forget standing under an umbrella in the rain, waiting to see my Groom for our “first look.”

Following a slightly misty ceremony, guests were served farm-to-table fare from Camilles on Wheels food truck, and craft cocktails created and prepped by the Groom. After dinner, guests were treated to Tats Shaved Ice and cakes from Diamond Head Grill to incorporate the Groom’s favorite Lemon Crunch Cake.

Photography: The Great Romance Photo | Videography: Chris Tran Media | Event Planning: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production | Floral Design: Passion Roots | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Diamond Head Grill | Wedding Shoes: Coach | Catering: Camille's On Wheels | Calligraphy: Ink And Honey | Linens: Luxe Linen | Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals | Shaved Ice: Tat's Shave Ice | Wedding Venue: Kualoa Ranch

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