Tropical Wedding Inspiration Shoot in Hawaii

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Today’s inspiration shoot is brought to us by the talented wedding planners and designers over at Taylor’d Events.  They, along with a with group of destination wedding experts put together a tropical wedding inspiration shoot on the beautiful coast of Maui to give Hawaii destination wedding couples a few great ideas for saying I do!

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Jen Taylor, of Taylor’d Events shared with us the ideas and idyllic inspiration behind this could-be big day!  “Maui’s tropical paradise served as the idyllic backdrop for this stylized shoot. Maui was an easy choice for me as it was one of the first places my husband and I considered for their own wedding.”

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Sugar Beach Events, a new property on the island of dreams, happened to be preparing for an intimate beachfront wedding – and who can resist that opportunity?”

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“Inspired by our surroundings as well as the creative ohana we were lucky to work with, we focused on vintage elements paired with a bit of glam. Favorite details included coral napkins accented with vintage lanterns, depression glasses and bamboo rattan chargers.”

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“We are self-proclaimed lovers of all things bright and sparkly, so we were quick to include the turquoise chargers, which complemented the vibrant red protea perfectly. A greenery garland added to the farm table to complete the look.”

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“As you’ll see from the images, we captured the set up during various stages of “dress” to demonstrate that a tablescape can be simple or elaborate (or somewhere in between!), and still equally lovely.”

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Photo Shoot Team: Design: Taylor’d Events, Venue: Sugar Beach Events, Photographer: Aubrey Hord Photography, Floral: Blossom Hawaii, Rentals: Signature Events (table, chairs and lounge), Set (dishes/glassware/silverware), Choice LinenBBJ Linen


Ways to Dress Up Your Dock Wedding or Bridge Location

If you’re saying I do above the water – perhaps on a bridge or dock, you’re standing on a beautiful piece of decor for your big day!  So dress it up, light up your pathway, and adorn a beautiful bridge for your destination wedding ceremony.  We’ve selected a few faves to inspire you to say I do to getting married over water on your wedding day!

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{Photos: Top Left: Vanity Fair, Right: Rachel A Clingen, Middle Left: Jonathan Young Photography, Right: DW&H Magazine, Bottom Left: Wedding Bee, Right: Mon Cheri}


Positano, Italy Honeymoon Shoot

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This darling honeymoon shoot was shared with us by Ryan & Denise Photography who captured the beautiful Nina and James, after their big day, on their Italian honeymoon. The photography duo shared their experience with us. John Steinbeck once said that Positano, Italy is “a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you are gone.” After having the opportunity to photograph a darling couple on their honeymoon there, we can’t help but agree.”

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“Nina and James were married in the fall in their home state of Rhode Island, but the romance was far from over. They headed to Italy for an unforgettable honeymoon adventure and that’s were we met them, on the final leg of their journey, in the enchanting Amalfi Coast region.” positano honeymoon honeymoon photographerideas for italy honeymoons positano honeymoonshoneymoon ideas italy italy honeymoon destinations honeymooning in europehoneymoon in italyhoneymoons in europe european honeymoon

“Each of the region’s four towns are literally built into a mountainside, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and offering splendid coastal views. Beautiful Positano, often referred to as “The Jewel of the Amalfi Coast” became the perfect setting for a portrait session to showcase the quiet chemistry of our two newlyweds who were very much in love.

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Other than one main road that weaves from one end of the city to the other, visitors to the town weave through an endless maze of picturesque corridors and narrow staircases. From the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea to the pink and terracotta colored buildings draped in vines and flowers – it’s an incredible place, unlike anywhere else on earth.”

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Honeymoon Photographer:  Ryan & Denise Photography

Location:Positano, Italy


Preppy Navy Blue + Gold Seabrook Island, South Carolina Destination Wedding

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Lizzie and Scott traveled for their destination wedding from Chicago to Seabrook Island, South Carolina, a place close to their hearts. Lizzie was sweet enough to share a bit about their very special wedding experience with us. “Scott’s parents have a home on Seabrook Island and when I first visited with Scott a couple of years ago, I fell in love.  Choosing Seabrook to have our wedding was easy, we had a connection to the island and it was absolutely beautiful.”  

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“Scott and I wanted a smaller wedding that would allow us to spend time with our friends and family.  We essentially wanted a wedding week, not just a wedding day, surrounded with the people we love, celebrating our love and the start of our lives together. With the help of a lot of family and friends, we were able to make that happen.”

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“Because the location and venue were already so breathtaking, we decided to keep the decor simple, yet elegant.”

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“We wanted a very classic wedding, which is why we chose Navy and Champagne/Gold.  The design ended up being a very nautical theme, which was great for a beach wedding.  Scott knew he wanted to wear a suit versus a tux, and he looks great in Navy.  Champagne/Gold was my choice for the bridesmaids and when I saw the bridesmaid’s dresses, I fell in love with them.  They were classic and feminine, and looked great on every single one of my bridesmaids. After deciding on the suits and dresses, we kind of just went with the theme and found things we loved within that color scheme.”  

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“It is hard to narrow down our favorite memories from the day because we loved every minute of it!  However, if we had to narrow it down, we would have to say sharing our vows with one another, seeing each other for the first time during our “first look”, and seeing all the planning we did for a year come to life and turn out amazing.  Between the open bar and the great music by Quiana Parlor, we had everyone partying on the dance floor all night, with foam glow sticks and sunglasses.  It was a wonderful day and night with all of the people we care about the most in the world – one that we will never forget!”

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“We had a very close friend officiate the ceremony for us, he wrote the whole ceremony and we wrote our own vows.  It made the ceremony very personal and unique for us.”

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“Most of the decorations and details came from my inspiration with the help of my mom and sister.  We didn’t use a wedding planner, so we had a really fun time picking out table runners, plate chargers, table numbers, signs, you name it!  We picked out most of the decorations and details in advance and shipped everything from Chicago to South Carolina.  That was the biggest pain when planning from afar.  I have to give all the credit of the sunglasses and foam glow sticks to my mom, she came up with the idea for the reception and they were a HUGE hit!”

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“Also, our cake was a huge hit!  It was made by a very close family friend, who came down for the wedding and made the cake in the house that we rented for the week.  It turned out phenomenal and tasted amazing!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Paige Winn Photo

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Venue: The Seabrook Island Club, Videographer: Anchor Films, Florist/Rentals: Ooh! Events, Transportation: Low Country Valet, Band: Quiana Parlor & Friends, Ceremony Music: Bob Williams Duo, Hair & Makeup: Paper Dolls, Bride’s Dress: Allure Couture, Brides Shoes: Kate Spade & Jack Rogers, Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Groom’s Suit: Custom Made by Alton Lane, Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse, Flower Girl Dresses: Nordstrom, Wedding Invitation: Watermark


Cliffside Destination Wedding in Pescadero, Baja, Mexico

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Mey and Jason said “I do” at their intimate destination wedding at the beautiful cliffside property of Arriba de la Roca, located in Pescadero, Mexico, about 45 minutes outside of Cabo.  Not long after the hurricane, 18 friends and family traveled with the Texas couple to a place very near and dear to their hearts.  And the bride and groom shared their wonderful story with us!

“We fell in love with Todos Santos, Mexico 3 years ago after trying a random Living Social coupon.  It is unspoiled beauty with unmatched hospitality  – minus the crowds and commercialization.”  

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“We specifically chose Arriba de la Roca because of the owners’ story.  Shelby and Maurico left corporate America and poured their life savings into building a boutique hotel. You can’t help but feel the love emanating from their property – and feel good about being a part of their dream. A testament to how we know we chose the right place? We had our wedding about a month and a half after the largest hurricane to ever make landfall in Baja California’s history devastated the area – and we owe our ability to be able to have our dream wedding in Todos Santos due to Shelby’s and Maurcio’s hard work.”

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Jason’s favorite moment:  “Our first look was absolutely my favorite moment.  The sensory overload was indescribable – from the sun setting on the Pacific on one side – the majestic Sierra Lagunas on the other side – and then Mey in her beautiful dress.  I hate to be clichéd but I lost it…masculinity aside, I couldn’t help but feel like the luckiest guy in the world because she picked me.”

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“Our inspiration was our relationship (and how it started unconventionally) and the location of the wedding.  We wanted to make sure that it was romantic and intimate and elegant but still laid back and unforced.  It was important that our wedding was not cookie-cutter and many of the details were very symbolic of who we are and what we enjoy. For example, our “sign-in” was a surfboard because Jason was a surfer. Our table numbers were framed photos of our guests, who were our closest friends and family. Our knot-tying ceremony was a nod to Jason’s time in the Navy. We opted for a bonfire with s’mores instead of dancing so we could enjoy time on the beach with our friends.”

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Mey’s favorite moment: “I loved surprising Jason with the Mariachi band.  While I hate Mariachi and already told him no – our wedding planner and I schemed to make it happen.  The pure joy on my husband’s face was unforgettable!  He was like a kid on Christmas morning.”

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“The best advice we can give is to have an amazing wedding planner!  While some may balk at the cost, it is absolutely worth it so you can enjoy the entire process.  Having a talented and patient wedding planner to coordinate with vendors who do not necessarily operate (or respond) to type-A expectations and to handle all the details so you can just enjoy the wedding was priceless.  From coordinating travel arrangements of guests to helping purchase/bring items and of course, running the show on the day of, our wedding planner took care of all the details so we could focus on the big picture.  Our wedding planner even presented us with a back-up to have a wedding in San Diego once we found out about the hurricane.  We owe our dream come true to our wedding planner, Sarah Kee.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Ana & Jerome  

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Arriba de la Roca, Planning + Design: Sarah Kee for Keestone Events, Florals: Florenta Flower Design, Rentals: Lazy Gourmet, Acoustic Guitar: DJ Mijares, Catering: Bistro Magico,  and Mayra´s Kitchen, Transportation: TS Private Transportation