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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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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Laguna Beach Wedding Ideas at the Pacific Edge Hotel

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Looking for some great summer wedding inspiration?  We are obsessed with today’s event – an industry event actually, not a real wedding but a real party!  Hosted by the relaxed yet chic Laguna Beach property, the Pacific Edge Hotel, today’s beach wedding ideas come from the locals down south who know how to produce a swanky oceanside I do in Southern California!

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The Tangled Vine decked out the oceanfront deck  with bright pops of pink and blue glass with a slightly vintage vibe.

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A creative idea for your family photos – a wall and shadowbox of photos of your parents, your courtship, or perhaps those you’ve lost along the way and couldn’t celebrate with you on your big day.

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When you get married overlooking the ocean, consider low or small ceremony decor to avoid taking away from the beautiful setting behind you.

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And of course match your cocktails to your color palette!

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For this dinner reception, one long table was set with a striped pattern linen and bold florals to really scream what a celebration this was!

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Notice the coral-like place card holders to keep the beach theme sprinkled throughout the event.

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And of course the food at the Pacific Edge Hotel is delish – and summertime perfect for a destination wedding in Southern California.

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And for the end of the evening?  Consider cookies that reflect the setting – in this case, surfboards!

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Stay tuned for more beach wedding ideas on the blog tomorrow from this fabulous fete!

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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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Summer Weddings in Aspen, CO

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It’s our third and final day from Aspen, CO where summer is the perfect time for a mountain destination wedding with all Mother Nature has to offer (including perfect weather to say I do in the outdoors).  Last month with a visit to  The Little Nell, Aspen’s only five star, five diamond and ski-in and ski-out property, we were lucky enough to take some time to explore the region and get our feet wet – literally.

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 The Little Nell has an on-site adventure center to plan excursions and activities for your wedding group – everything from guided hikes to horseback rides and even fly fishing which we partook in!  They treated us like royalty, whisking us from one beautifully tucked away spot to the next.  If you’re hosting a mountain wedding, half the fun is exploring the mountains so be sure to pack an itinerary that shows off your location!  Or at the very least, share all the sites and ideas in your welcome materials for guests to enjoy on their own downtime.

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Surprisingly, learning to fly fish wasn’t as frustrating as I expected – we had great guides and the stocked ponds certainly helped!  A fun team bonding experience for new families coming together if you’re looking to break the ice with a group of all ages!

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Another, more fast-paced adventure that Aspen offers is white water rafting.  Now this is a rush!  Perhaps better suited for your younger wedding guests, this is one of those activities you’ll remember for a lifetime!

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Blazing Adventures took us down the river before finishing our day with lunch.  With the late snow fall this year, the river is especially high and fast for all your thrill seeking groomsmen out there!

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If you need a great off property activity after the great outdoors, check out Woody Creek Distillers – with a bar/restaurant and distillery on-site, you’ll learn about how they make their vodka, while you get to enjoy it!  A fun and casual place for a post-wedding brunch or even welcome reception before the big day for an intimate group.

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From great indoor entertaining to outdoor adventure activities, five star hotel accommodations, fabulous food and entertainment, and of course sun and snow – Aspen really has it all for your destination I do!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Scott Clark Photo

Wedding Professionals: Special Event Location + Cocktails: Woody Creek Distillery, Lunch Catering: The Little Nell, Fly Fishing Tour: The Little Nell Adventure Center, Rafting Tour Company: Blazing Adventures, Flowers: Aspen Branch

 

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