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Intimate + Colorful Hawaiian Wedding

Filled with coral peonies and cascading amaranth, sprinkled with gilded sequins and touches of glam (hello, sparkling hair brooch!), and nestled amongst the tropical cliffs of gorgeous Honolulu, these intimate nuptials, captured by Kylie Martin and Schyne Design, are bursting with prettiness. Take a peek below, then check out the full gallery for more!

 

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From Kylie MartinErin and Warren curated a beautiful, intimate ceremony in the hills of Hawaii surrounded by their closes friends and family. When Erin initially reached out to me she described the feeling she desired for her wedding day. I am always moved by brides that focus on the emotion and experience conveyed throughout their day over the “look.” Erin explained that she wanted her day to feel intimate and relaxed but have an elegant touch. Elegant it was. By choosing classic elements this wedding evoked a timeless grace. Soft shades of pink and ivory, champagne and an intimate gathering of guests were the perfect setting for Erin and Warren. Not only did they provide gorgeous details but they focused on the most important portion of their day, which was joining their lives together and celebrating with loved ones. Their joy and love was contagious and it was an honor to document. In staying true to the feelings they wanted to evoke on their day they were able to create a wedding that reflected themselves as a couple and a gorgeous palette of inspiration for future brides and grooms planning their weddings.

Photography: Kylie Martin | Coordination: Blake Entertainment Hawaii | Floral Design: Blake Entertainment Hawaii | Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal | Reception Venue: Halekulani | Hair and Makeup: Leslie Fair | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Photography - Assistance: Schyne Design | Ring box: The Mrs. Box | Wedding Ring: Cartier

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Tropical + Elegant Mexico Beach Wedding

What better reason to escape the bitter cold of winter than with a destination wedding south of the border in sunny Cancun? With a gorgeous Katie May wedding dress from Lovely Bride, a dreamy ceremony on the beach and close family and friends, this wedding wasn’t just a beautiful day—it was a beautiful beginning to happily ever after. Escape to Mexico with Meg Miller Photography here.

 

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From The Bride…Shortly after our incredible engagement in Central Park, Justin and I both agreed that we wanted to have a destination wedding. What better place to get married in February than under the Mexican sun surrounded by our closest family and friends?! We are both from different states, so we loved the idea of having our families and friends all able to meet and spend a weekend together.

Shortly after, we chose our destination – the Excellence Playa Mujeres resort just north of Cancun. The Excellence was fabulous and really exceeded our expectations. Not only was the resort beautiful and fun, the staff was also stellar. Andrea Munguia made the wedding planning process effortless and really enjoyable.

Choosing our photographer was an easy choice for us. We are in love with Meg of Meg Miller Photography’s work, for us, it was a no-brainer to ask her to take our wedding photos! Not only is Meg a lot of fun and wonderful to work with, she is also such a talented photographer. She did a fantastic job and we’re so happy that we will forever have these photos to cherish.

Ultimately, we were very pleased with our decision to have a destination wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect time.

Photography: Meg Miller Photography | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Excellence Playa Mujeres | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride Tribeca | Bride's Veil: BHLDN

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Tropical + Colorful Wedding in Kauai Botanical Garden

Like a tropical vacation married with meaning, Heather Cook Elliott Photography captured this wildly rural celebration. A botanical garden fête complete with unbelievably turquoise waters, hula dancers and even Hawaiian Shaved Ice, the gallery is refreshing as it is romantic. It’s the ultimate island evening and you can see it all in The Vault!

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From Heather Cook Elliott PhotographyKauai is a wild and rural place, constantly changing but in many ways age old and always the same. Lush green peaks tower over unbelievably turquoise water and beaches jagged with black volcanic rock. Horses and goats and trucks are everywhere the tourists aren’t and surfboards are tied to any four wheeled thing that moves. There is very little “architecture” to write about as what is there has an odd wild west-saloon quality to it, but the sleek palms, incredibly varied plants and rock formations give form and structure to all the outdoor places anyone might care to visit. Brooke & Steve have called Kauai home for nearly two years now, two Haoles who have done an amazing and genuine job of immersing themselves in the culture, the place, the food, the sense of being that is Kauai. Their wedding was a destination one for their families and childhood and college friends, but for scores of other guests and for themselves it was really a wedding at home. Catered by their local favorite places with entertainment by an expert and acclaimed hula dance and music group, they invited everyone to explore the botanical gardens and enjoy Hawaiian Shave Ice, to dance and to lounge in the sun, to take photos in a converted VW bus, to pray with them in the oldest Catholic church on the island. In the span of just a few hours I felt that I came to know them both as old friends and I have to share some of who they are here. I loved how everything felt distinctly Hawaiian, but also unarguably Brooke & Steve and I think that’s because whatever Brook & Steve do they do all in. From shipping his truck thousands of miles from Wisconsin to Kauai because that truck is his baby to them getting matching spam musubi tattoos because they love those things, Brooke and Steve are all about love and passion and awesomeness – living it day by day and always together.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Floral Design: JC Flowers | Floral Design: Martin Roberts Design | Wedding Dress: Joelle Perry | Reception Venue: Allerton National Tropical Botanical Garden | Bride's Shoes: Seychelles | Hair And Makeup: DT Style Team | DJ: Mike Lopez | Hotel: Koa Kea | Aloha Shirts: Kealopiko | Hula Dance Group: Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina’ala | Leis: Lin's Lei's | Photo Booth: Hawaiian Photo Bus | Purses: Mermaid At Heart Hawaii By Kapua Kaneakua | Shave Ice Truck: Wailua Shave Ice | Styling & Coordination: Kawaii Designs Hawaii | Tattoo: Ms. Billie At Blue Tiki Tattoo

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Romantic Riviera Maya Wedding at Silversands Resorts

One part stunning wedding, one part totally awesome vacation, this darling duo knew exactly what they were doing when they whisked their friends and family off to the Secrets Silversands in the Riviera Maya to say “I do.”  Think a breathtaking seaside ceremony meets awe-inspiring details (read: dancing under the stars) meets a whole lot of pampering, Silversands style.  Head to The Vault for every last moment captured by Darling Photography.

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From the Bride… When Dave and I first got engaged we knew immediately that we wanted to have a destination wedding. Neither of us wanted a “traditional” wedding, and since traveling together has been a huge part of our relationship from the start, a destination wedding just fit. We both grew up spending most of our summers on the coast, so of course getting married on the beach would be perfect!

We told our travel agent that we wanted a place with a beautiful beach, high ratings, but still affordable for us to travel to (coming from the Northeast USA) and she immediately recommended the Riviera Maya area. We looked through all of the resorts available there, and quickly settled on Secrets Silversands because it was gorgeous, 18+, all-inclusive, and had great wedding options. We basically wanted to plan a vacation with our closest family and friends, and have our wedding be the pinnacle of the vacation.

Since we wanted our wedding to be simple the planning was really easy. The most important things to me were to have a great beach setting, and to be able to bring our photographer (Darling Photo)! The resort really took care of the rest of the details and I was able to focus on choosing my dress, the girls’ dresses, and finding great bouquets we could bring with us.

Our wedding day was perfect. I have relived it a million times and still wouldn’t change a thing. The resort spa nailed my hair, the weather turned out beautiful, and our wedding planner (and photographer, thank God for her) kept everything exactly on schedule. We had a great little ceremony on the beach, and then a fantastic cocktail hour beside the beach. If I could do it all over again I’d do it exactly the same!

Photography: Darling Photography | Floral Design: K & A Artistic Events | Venue: Secrets Silversands, Riviera Maya | Bridal Boutique: Marry & Tux

Romantic Italian Cliffside Elopement

Remember how I was dreaming about an e-sesh re-do? Well, I’m about to make that wish-list a little longer because that same couple eloped in Italy with Renee Hollingshead along their side. Tucked away in the steep Amalfi Coast cliffs every moment is complete with stunning views that are guaranteed to ignite the romantic in us all.

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From Renee HollingsheadTucked away in the steep Amalfi Coast cliffs is the beautiful and romantic city of Ravello. Filled with charm, incredible history, winding roads, and stunning views, this destination wedding swept us off our feet and kept us begging for more. Rachael and Josh, Maryland realtors, met a few years back at work. Fast forward to a few months ago and they are planning their dream wedding– an Italian Elopement! They chose the ever-so incredible Palazzo Avino as recommended by their travel agent Jim. Known for their impeccable service, amazing views of the coast, and one of the top restaurants in the city, this resort was everything they dreamed of and more.

Josh and Rachael spent the most of the day at the beach club, relaxing and soaking up some some mediterranean rays. From there they got ready together in their suite before meeting each other down the aisle. Laid-back, care free, and fun would be the best way to describe the afternoon. With stunning paper details from Poppy & Scooter, a amazing dress, and a sharp Italian tailored suit, these two were ready to tie the knot in style! The Italian Mariachi strummed away popular loves songs, their guests held hands, and the officiant spoke the most beautiful words. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was one of the most romantic ceremonies I have ever witnessed. After a champagne toast and cake cutting, we strolled around the five-star resort taking in all of Ravello’s old charm. Their love is so effortless and true. They ended the night with an intimate dinner for four at the resort’s five-star restaurant overlooking the cliffs and sea. I am forever grateful for this opportunity to capture such a beautiful love story in such magical place. Congratulations Rachael + Josh!

Photography: Renee Hollingshead | Coordination: Emmanuela Apicello | Wedding Dress: Jovani | Jewelry: Royale Jewelers | Calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Palazzo Avino | Bridal Boutique: Synchronicity Boutique | Groom's Attire Retailer: Nordstroms | Travel Agent: Perfect Honeymoons And Holidays