Maui, Hawaii Intimate Destination Wedding

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Beth and Matt traveled from Chicago to Maui with fifteen of their closest loved ones for an intimate destination wedding on the island overlooking the gorgeous waters of Hawaii.  The couple spent a few weeks in the beautiful locale for not just their wedding but their honeymoon too!

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We asked the couple how they came to land on such a special place for their big day.  We wanted to honeymoon on Maui, so then we just decided to have a small wedding there. We spent two weeks there in all, and we wouldn’t change a thing. It was absolutely perfect for us.”

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We love the idea of leis for all the guests!  A great way to welcome everyone and include all in the ceremony.

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We asked both Beth and Matt about their most memorable moments throughout the day.  Matt said: “Watching my bride walking down the aisle.”

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Beth said: “When we said our vows to each other, and the lei exchange. I loved having a mix of a Hawaii and Traditional ceremony.” 

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When asked what advice they would give our readers planning a destination wedding they said, “trust the coordinator, let them handle all the details!”

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To put some personal touches in the reception, the couple looked to Etsy.  “We ordered a map of Hawaii with a heart located on Maui, with our names and our wedding date written on it. It was what our guests signed, and is now framed and hanging in our home.” 

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And when the day was all said and done, the newlyweds went to the water!

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Other words of wisdom included “book a photographer you are comfortable with. Don’t just hire one at the destination location, sometimes bringing one with you from home works out better!” 

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Thomas Slack – Slack Photography

Bride Dress: Nicole Miller sold by Jenny Yoo Collection in Chicago, Groom Suit & Groomsmen Vest and slacks:  JCrew, Maid of Honor dress: Davids Bridal, Wedding & Reception (provided all food, drinks, decorations, wedding coordinator-Laura Creider): Gannon’s Restaurant, Guest Book: Shape of Love, Officiant: Rev.Valentine Tino Rosete Rev. Tino Rosete, Hair & Makeup: MiRa Carman Maui MiRa

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A Rustic Destination Wedding in Austin, TX

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Bobbie and Davie hosted a destination wedding in Austin, Texas at a unique wedding location – Stubbs BBQ!  But this wedding, like most, didn’t go exactly as planned and this venue was actually a last minute surprise for all involved!  We were supposed to get married in my sister’s backyard which is like a botanical garden, but Austin had massive historic flooding the week prior to the wedding.  So, we had to find a last minute option that was available.  My sister has connections at Stubbs BBQ and Live Music Venue and knew that they had just finished building a special events room at the back of the concert space, so we jumped on it site unseen.  It didn’t even have windows installed until the day before the wedding.  Haha. We weren’t concerned…we had the people we loved most coming into town, we had amazing food and drinks lined up, and we had hired an amazing duo to sing for our guests (Dawn & Hawkes).  We knew it would be wonderful no matter where we were.”

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“As fate would have it, David and I had been to many shows together a Stubbs and the very first concert we attended together happened to be to see the band that was actually scheduled to perform later on our wedding night at Stubbs.  It was personal because we had shared so many happy memories there listening to great live music.”

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What was one of this blushing bride’s most cherished moments from the day?  “Walking down the aisle to Dawn & Hawkes beautiful music and being able to treat our guests to an amazing concert that was taking place there at Stubbs during our reception.”

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Another highlight?  “Our amazing photographers…I didn’t know it was possible to capture the absolute essence of a point in time the way they did at our wedding.  Unbelievable!”

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“Our vision was to host a small, intimate, casually elegant gathering that was comfortable for all guests to thoroughly enjoy themselves while still honoring the sweetness of our wedding day.  We wanted it to feel like a fantastic dinner party at our home in honor of our relationship with each other.  We served food, and cocktails that we would serve guest at our home and enjoyed great music which is such an enjoyment for both of us.”

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Long tables and family-style dinner service really infused that intimate personal vibe the couple wanted to create – without all the fuss!

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This couple also opted to skip some of those traditional wedding rituals of a reception so we had to ask!  We really wanted to enjoy the day with each other and our closest friends and family.  We felt that running around to perform “wedding rituals” would have taken away from that for us.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Shaun Menary Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location: Stubbs BBQ, Wedding Planner: Your Wedding, Your Way, Caterer: Austin’s Catering, Cake: Blue Note Bakery, Floral: Westbank Floral, Vintage Rentals: Vintique Rentals, Entertainment: Dawn & Hawkes

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A Beach Destination Wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico

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Charlie and Celine wed at a private villa in Los Cabos, Mexico where they welcomed friends and family for several days for their destination wedding.  Be sure to check out their colorful beach welcome BBQ on the blog from yesterday!  They wove the color theme throughout the events – focusing on yellow and gold hues to blend nicely with the sand.

We asked the couple to share a bit about their experience with us.  To start – how did they select such a stunning location?  “It it close to TX and easy for our guests to join us.  We wanted to spend a few days by the beach with our guests and have beautiful beach views for pictures.”

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To keep with the color palette, the bridesmaids wore bright yellow!

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“Think of the weeding pics and how the back ground/colors will compliment the couple and everybody in the wedding party when you pick the hotel/villa. Plan on a couple of trips the months before the wedding to plan all arrangements and make sure that you are on the same page with your wedding planner (make those few trips fun and only arrange for wedding plans/meeting/discussion for 1/2 the day and spend the other half enjoying each other. It will everything go smoother ;-)”

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The ceremony overlooked the ocean but was held on the pool deck so no issues of sand on the aisle!

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One of the unique elements?  “The glass colons holding flowers at halter. We didn’t want to hide the beautiful beach/sea/plan trees in the background.”

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“The kiss and walking out of as a married couple was the best moment!” 

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The dinner reception was designed with one long table for guests.  “I wanted the table to be elegant with all white and gold and all the pictures of us 2, to keep that outdoor, breezy romantic feel…”

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The bride is French so the food had a french influence to represent her heritage and infuse it into the event.

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The bride and groom’s first dance was another highlight for the two of them to remember fondly!

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“A little advise for the couple: Take mental brakes every new moments of the wedding day: getting ready, walking in, arriving as a married couple, the cake…etc.  We heard so much that it all seems like a blur the day after if you just go through the motion of the time ceremony. We did talked to each other through out the day/night and enjoyed each other and our guests:-)  We would not have done it another way!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Dino Gomez Photography

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Private Villa, Event Planner: Amy Abbott Events, Event Designer: ELENA DAMY Floral & Event Design, Caterer: Lazy Gourmet Catering – Desert Spice Event Rental and Design, Videography: Cinematic Touch, Makeup Artist: Suzanne Morel Face and Body Care, Cake Designer: SWEET DREAMS CABO Special Occasion Cakes

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Beach Wedding Rehearsal Dinner + Welcome Party

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Celine and Charlie had a weekend full of wedding festivities for their destination wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico.  To kick it off, a welcome party on the beach was held beneath the stars.  The group had the run of a private villa for the week so they decided to take advantage of that time and use it as much as they could!

The bride and groom shared a bit about their decision making process with us.  “It was a difficult make the decision to choose a villa over a hotel but we (as well as our guests) felt that it was the best decision. We were able to spend some good quality time during those few days prior the wedding with our friends/family.  We did enjoy the privacy and were able to make any request for the decor since it was our house for the week.”

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And that quality time kicked off with a colorful welcome BBQ!  “I wanted flowers and I picked yellow & orange to contrast with the color of the sea and sky. We used those 2 colors through out the weeding scene.”

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ELENA DAMY Floral & Event Design created the colorful tablescapes that popped off the sand, just as the couple had imagined!

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Guests were then serenaded by local musicians to set the mood!

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Celine wore a beautiful blue dress, perhaps her “something blue” as she got ready for the big day!

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Guests dined under the stars and beautiful canopy of lights before early to bed (well, maybe) as a wedding day was what lay ahead!

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Stay tuned for more from Celine and Charlie’s wedding weekend tomorrow when we share their big day!

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Congratulations to the bride and groom!  Stay tuned for their wedding day on the blog tomorrow!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Dino Gomez Photography

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Private Villa, Event Planner: Amy Abbott Events, Event Designer: ELENA DAMY Floral & Event Design, Caterer: Lazy Gourmet Catering – Desert Spice Event Rental and Design, Videography: Cinematic Touch, Makeup Artist: Suzanne Morel Face and Body Care, Cake Designer: SWEET DREAMS CABO Special Occasion Cakes

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Modern Beach Wedding Ideas at the Pacific Edge Hotel

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We’re back with more beach wedding inspiration from a recent event at the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach, CA.  Today we’re taking a look at what an indoor beachfront wedding could look like if you want to bring the ocean inside for a little event inspiration.

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This shabby chic yet oh-so modern white table by The Tangled Vine makes for not only a great reception table but post-wedding brunch look too.  The casual and relaxed vibe works well for just about any of the events surrounding your destination I do!

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Table runners and minimalistic yet natural napkin treatments go a long way in creating decor that feels fresh and finished.

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If you’re on the hunt for more of an evening look, consider darker linens and even pops of metallic like what these gold vases bring into the space.

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But these centerpieces didn’t stop at the base of the vase – they even peppered live product throughout the tables!

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For more modern beach wedding ideas, check out the Pacific Edge Hotel for your big day!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Snapmotive

Event Vendors: Location: Pacific Edge Hotel, Staging + Paper Goods: Pacific Edge Hotel’s on-site events concierge, Melinda Parker, Rentals: Signature Party Rentals, Florals: The Tangled Vine, Desserts: Plumeria Cake Studio, Too Sweet (candy apple station)

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