Modern Maui Romance at Olowalu Plantation
August 17, 2018
By: eddye
RomanticOutdoor WeddingsSpring Weddings
As a wedding planner, my approach to being 'The Bride' was less formal than most. My fiancé and I knew that we wanted a venue that was intimate, romantic and exclusive. We had designed so many wonderful events in San Diego over the past five years, we thought a destination wedding would be refreshing!  In order to blend both of our styles, we decided "Modern Romance" was fitting for our design aesthetic. ~ from Alyssa of Aly Ann Events
Crazy enough, we did not see the venue or meet any of our vendors (minus our photographer and officiant who we flew to Hawaii) in person before the big day!
On the morning of our wedding, my mother gifted me a book "Letters to my Daughters on the Art of Being a Wife". Wow, what a special and loving gift! I have treasured the heartfelt notes presented inside over the last few months.
While finalizing our day-of details, there were two events that we included in the program that were special to our story. First, was the rose ceremony. Once the officiant pronounced us man and wife, he gave us each a rose. This was the first gift we officially gave to one other and a symbol of the commitment we had just made. He encouraged us to celebrate our love with a single rose on each anniversary and to bring one home when things were rocky. We thought this was a beautiful way to not only remember our day, but begin this next chapter together.
I adore the little things, especially delicate details, so it was a true joy working with a lilac/ivory color palette. This combination is subtle, yet sophisticated. We hoped to create a lush garden feel in paradise. The lilac/lavender duo was a gorgeous compliment to all of the greenery on the island.
The second special event was to set aside time after the formal dances to surprise my parents with their "first dance". When they were married 26 years ago, they did not have the opportunity to have this special moment. My husband was kind enough to grace them with this time to the song they had originally planned to dance to many years ago, Chances Are by Johnny Mathis. I will never forget those few minutes of pure bliss. They were so happy.
After four months of marriage, my husband and I are still so happy with our wedding in Maui. It was so fun seeing guests (total of 70) all over the island the week before the big day and celebrating together. The smaller guest count allowed us to spend more money on specialty items, like the velvet rose linen that many of the guests loved! 

Now ~ please enjoy this heartwarming short film of Adam and Alyssa's wedding day from Sunlit Films!!
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