Beautiful Garden Wedding in Maui Overlooking the Ocean

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David and Alison tied the knot at a destination wedding in Maui, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Their intimate event was full of celebration, happy tears and big smiles, in addition to one magical Maui sunset! We asked the bride and groom to share a little bit about their big day with us.

David and I had spent a solid amount of time searching many places to get married. We decided on a destination wedding because we wanted to have a small and intimate event. We searched locations for Maui weddings and came across Simple Maui. Their website had many beautiful and intimate options for the ceremony site. We ultimately chose Gannon’s because of the beautiful views, as well as the great reviews for their dining. Having beautiful scenery, delicious food, as well as the convenience of having the restaurant at the same location seemed like a win-win to us. 

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We asked Alison and David about their favorite moments from the day.

Alison: My favorite moments from the day… that is a difficult question. The whole day went very smoothly, and we got lucky that the wind calmed down at the perfect time. My favorite moment has to be seeing David for the first time at the altar, and how special it was to see the emotion in his eyes. The entire day was amazing, sharing the whole experience with close family and friends.

David: My favorite moments of the day were: 1. The wedding itself as I was happy to finally be married and see everything we worked so long planning come together.  I also enjoyed taking pictures with everyone as those are photos that we’ll have forever.  My final favorite moment of the day was the dancing.  I’m not a big fan of dancing myself, but it was fun to get everyone up and dance for a couple hours.

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I am a fan of rustic decor, and though transporting items in my luggage kept decor at a minimum, I brought mercury glass votives, burlap, and rustic wood place settings. I enjoy that style at home, and it just translated to wedding decor. As far as colors, I liked dusty oranges and pinks, sent some sample images in, and the florist took care of the arch arrangements and bridal bouquet.

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Advice for other destination couples?

Alison: Picking a wedding planning service made our planning very simple. We couldn’t be there in person to arrange anything, so having someone that could be there in person to take care of the details was awesome. We planned the entire thing over e-mail and it was perfect. Our wedding coordinator, Emily, was alway so kind and answered any questions we had. She really took care of every aspect and made everything extremely simple. They handled the flowers, photography, setting up the venue, and even the reverend to marry us. 

 Some other advice is that we wanted to save a bit of money with flowers, so we went to Costco and bought a bunch of flowers, and made all of the bridesmaid bouquets the day before the wedding. The girls really enjoyed making their own bouquets; they put their own personal touches in each bouquet, and it was a great bonding experience.

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David: I would recommend you not look too hard at too many different places.  I think people get over stimulated when looking at so many venues that it is hard to pick one.  We looked at a few and it was so hard to decide but what you need to realize is that whatever you chose is going to be nice and work out.  Just pick a place because once that is done it feels like a large burden taken off of your shoulders and you can have a mini-celebration.  Regardless of the specific spot, you can always make it nice and exactly how you want.  Just remember that.  If you can’t choose between 2 spots, just pick one and move on and start figuring everything else out.  You’ll forget about any other spots rather quickly and you’ll start to feel accomplished with your planning.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Karma Hill Photography

Wedding Vendors: Floral Designer: Dellables Wedding Design & Florals, Restaurant: Gannons, Beauty: MeiLi Autumn Beauty, Officiant: Reverend Joe Miles, Event Planner: Simple Maui Wedding

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Glam Las Vegas Destination Wedding Shoot

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Today’s inspiration shoot comes to us from the wedding capital of the world – Las Vegas!  But this is no quickie I do, this is a look at what you really can do when you design a glam wedding worthy of the big lights of Las Vegas.

Wedding planner, Andrea Eppolito Events shared with us how this destination wedding inspiration shoot came together.

What I loved most about this experience was the massive amount of collaboration that took place.  Each and every element of this design was influenced by the others, creating a beautiful story, visually.

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With Paris fresh in our hearts and mind, we began to design a French blue hued wedding reception. My dear friends at Rivea, a French restaurant at the top of The Delano Hotel, offered us their private dining room, appropriately inspired by the French coastline.  The team at By Dzign meditated on the two Panetone Colors of the Year,  Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz.  We took that base to the next level, adding deeper tones and richer hues for winter…A combination that was both classic and dreamy, leading us down a rabbit hole of gorgeousness for our florals.  

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 Our bride’s gorgeous Olvi lace dress, gifted to us by Couture Bride, played an equally important part of the design on the invitation, with the lace pattern peaking through the laser cutting.  The invitations were build to be removed from the gatefold, revealing additional inserts along with a custom RSVP cards set with enough space for each guest to fill in their name and entree selection. 

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As a team, it was so important that each element of the wedding design served to highlight and enhance the others.  The striking v-neck and illusion back lines of our bride’s dress visually paired with the tall pillars of floral that set apart her ceremony site. These in turn paired with the dramatic windows of the Delano over looking the Las Vegas strip, creating the perfect backdrop for a destination wedding.

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If the room was inspired by the coast line, we wanted the ceremony to feel more rustic and provincial.  We kept the space elegant and clean, with only two large and wild floral sculptures at the front.  Long table had square, gold vases edged with an abstract design.  Each held an arrangement of hydrangeas along with peach, coral, and blush roses.  These blooms were accented with seeded eucalyptus and red hanging amaranthus, ideal for bringing in a touch of autumn.  Chunky candle holders with live pillar candles and long candlesticks with live flame dripping everywhere (literally all over the linen) were interspersed for a beautiful glow and added romance.  Round tables had a gold compote vase filled with ivory hydrangea along side the blush, peach, and coral roses.  Spray roses were added for texture and dimension, and the pieces were accented with seeded eucalyptus, red hypericum berries and red hanging amaranthus.  Gold candle sticks with live candles and a few gold mercury votives gave us a glow. 

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Each guest’s name was laser cut and placed at the tip of the place setting; both a gorgeous addition to the table and a personalized keepsake. 

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Transitioning into the reception, the blue linens played off the natural blue decor of the room creating the a comforting, relaxing environment that felt “just right”. The pops of color found in the centerpieces and bride’s evening bouquet added just the right amount of contrast without distracting from the beauty of the bride! 

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Photo Shoot Vendor Team: Photography: Rebecca Marie Photography,  for the beautiful photography, Design/Decor: By Dzign, Location: Rivea at The Delano, Beauty: Amelia C & CoInvitations + Paper Goods: Gourmet Invitations, Videography: Adam Trujillo, Bridal Fashion: Couture Bride, Planning + Design: Andrea Eppolito Events

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Bridal Shower Hot Spot in Los Angeles: Ciel Spa Beverly Hills

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More than half of all bachelorette parties take place out of town these days; so whether you’re having a destination wedding or not, chances are you might be having a destination girls weekend.  If you are, consider hitting up Hollywood, the perfect place to party, but also to relax, recover, and get ready for the big day.

For a beautiful location for a bridal shower, a spa-themed bachelorette party, or a swanky spot to get ready on your wedding day, look no further than Ciel Spa at the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel.  The all-white wonderland of beauty designed by Philippe Starck has a full service salon by IGK Hair to get you looking your best before your night out and ultra glam treatment rooms to help you recover the next day.

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Located in the heart of where all things in Los Angeles happen, you can walk to restaurants and shops or order in and walk up to your hotel room to retire when you’re done primping and pampering yourself.

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Ciel Spa is also a great gift idea for that bride-to-be getting ready for her big day.  ‘Tis the season for spa gift cards and this is one she’s sure to love.

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Ciel Spa is so pretty, the only downside is you won’t want to leave.  Even the locker room looks like a bridal paradise, complete with fresh flowers and all the spa amenities you could ask for.  And it’s boutique enough that if you want to celebrate with friends, you won’t get lost looking for one another to unwind with.

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A great place for private parties, Ciel Spa is a picture-perfect backdrop to celebrate one very lucky bride-to-be.  Whether you live in Los Angeles or are taking a trip for that once-in-a-lifetime bachelorette weekend, be sure to stop here and recover from all things wedding, before and after the big day!

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New Laguna Beach Wedding Location: The Ranch at Laguna Beach

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Tucked away just 350 yards from one of Southern California’s most pristine beaches is a hidden hideaway unlike anything else in the area. Laguna Beach may be know for its boutique surf hotels and mega luxury resorts but at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, we discovered something a little bit different.

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A brand new hotel, The Ranch was once a Girl Scout retreat before its current owners developed the canyon into a summer camp-like luxury resort fit for the kid in all of us and the grownup with ultra high standards. I got the chance to visit The Ranch recently and as a Southern Californian, this might be the best weekend getaway or staycation around.

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You’ll disconnect with little to no cell service as you unwind in a cabin-like building adorned with swanky suites and incredibly comfy beds. The rooms were designed by the local trending home store, Tuvalu Home Environment, and the result will make you want to move in.

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The food is outstanding, the ranch hands as they call them (the crew that will drive you from place to place via golf cart) couldn’t be more friendly, and the golf, if you partake is pretty special, complete with wild deer on the course.

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But it’s the wedding venues at The Ranch at Laguna Beach that are truly jaw-dropping. Imagine guests in a rally of golf carts out to a clearing deep in the forest where a wedding deck sits, surrounded by vast trees and beautiful gardens, with twinkle lights all around. It’s rustic glam at its finest, with all the amenities, service and cuisine you can expect from a five star hotel.

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Or say “I do” on the golf course, under trees lining the 1st and 9th fairways before moving into the ballroom to dance the night away.

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No matter where you wed at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, you’ll find total privacy, a rare connection with nature in the Orange County area and the best of both worlds on land and sea (your ranch hand can easily cart you out to the ocean for a welcome party, late night fire pit experience, or just a day at the beach).

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is brand new, so while it may be Southern California’s best kept secret for now, it’s too good to be for long.

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Yellow and Blue Destination Wedding Back Home in Iowa

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Caitlin and Brad held their destination wedding back home, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where they returned from Tennessee to tie the knot.  They selected a ceremony site very near and near to their hearts, the same place Caitlin’s parents, both sets of grandparents, and one set of great-grandparents wed. So this family tradition continued with a destination wedding this time around!

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The bride shared a bit about their big day details with us – which was all about family and only fitting for this darling couple. “We incorporated a lot of tradition and history throughout our day in different ways, making it even more meaningful for us and our families.”

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“We danced to ‘Forever Like That’ by Ben Rector – the acoustic version. We had both been taking lessons for a while and didn’t want anything too choreographed. Our dance instructor helped us with a styled intro and ending, and Brad led a waltz through the rest of it…impressing our guests, especially his mom!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Emily Crall Photography

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Reception Venue: The Celebration Farm, First Dance Choreography: Fred Astaire Dance Studio Memphis, DJ: Unique Events of Iowa, Florist, Cake Designer + Catering: Hy-Vee: Davenport Utica Ridge, Officiant: Msgr. Thomas Zinkula, Hair Stylist/MUA: Blaze Salon, Invitations: Zephyr Weddings

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