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

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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

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Oregon Wedding Inspiration

Avoid the rain while you can in the jaw-dropping locations of Oregon for your destination wedding. There are spectacular views for your ceremony, consider having your ceremony in the woodland areas that have a gorgeous background of Mt. Hood or any other beautiful terrain in the sunshine. Walk down the aisle with flowers that pop in color and stand out among all of the greenery. Consider some creative ways to incorporate logs such as your  bridesmaid’s flower holders or inserting candles into the logs to decorate your reception tables. Have your guest get cozy on some couches for your ceremony, cocktail hour or reception! Dress up your bridal party in soft tones while the groomsman rock the brown leather shoes with some trendy socks. Add one-of-a-kind touches to your wedding day by having your guests write to you on postcards instead of the traditional guest book. The pacific northwest is a top-notch destination for a summer wedding in the sun.

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{Photos: Ceremony: Michael Radford via SMP, Plant Stand: Aaron Courter via June Bug Weddings, Bridesmaids: Erich McVey via Wedding Chicks, Pink Bouquet: Brittany Lauren via SMP, Groomsman Shoes: Erich McVey via Wedding Chicks, Blue Bouquet: Aaron Courter via June Bug Weddings, Post Card Guest Book: Erich McVey via Wedding Chicks, Log Candle: Erich McVey via Mod Wedding, Couches: Tony Poitevint via Mod Wedding}

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Beach Wedding Shoot at Night

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Today’s destination wedding is actually a photo shoot designed by wedding planner and designer, Kelly McWilliams, and an amazing team of Florida wedding vendors who wanted to show off a different side to destination weddings – a beach wedding at night! We asked Kelly all about their inspiration and the details from this big day and here’s what she had to say!

JF: Why did you decide to do a shoot at night?

Kelly: We wanted to do a shoot at night for a few reasons.  Mostly, because it is so rare that anyone produces evening styled shoots and inspirational images are hard to find.  We do so many Jewish wedding ceremonies on the beach and it’s hard to “imagine” what they can look like with great lighting.  Finally, we like the idea that if you’re having a destination wedding that you can take advantage of the entire day and night!  Maybe yoga & golf in the morning, a beach or poolside bbq lunch, free time for all the wedding guests to enjoy the island…all before the ceremony & reception.  The best part about a destination wedding is that it is unrushed time with all your guests…days, not 4-5 hours.

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JF: What do couples need to know about the unique elements of planning an evening event outside?

Kelly: By far the most unique part is how you have so many more options with lighting!  You truly can have a candle lit ceremony. You can incorporate chandeliers, or lanterns or strung lights.  Evening weddings are the epitome of romantic. Logistical things to consider are limitations with power and inclement weather.  No matter what, a back up plan (with a location) needs to be set well in advance in case there are instances of rain, lightning or strong winds. 

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JF: Why did you select the location you did?

Kelly: We chose The Sundial Resort because it has several outdoor locations available for ceremony, cocktail and reception.  Also, they have newly renovated indoor locations that would be equally as wonderful if the weather made a turn for the worst.

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JF: What was the inspiration for the decor?

Kelly: My inspiration for this concept was the full moon & open sky of stars.  Sanibel Island is dreamy at night and I wish more people had the opportunity to celebrate under them!  I also wanted to focus on having a contemporary, glamorous and formal design for the ceremony and dinner.  

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JF: How did you see that design through?

Kelly: The first things on my prop list were candelabras and chandeliers.  Lighting was for sure the key component.  To highlight them I wanted everything to sparkle and shine.  So we stuck with all white flowers, focusing on Phalaenopsis Orchids.  We also used sequin pillows & tablecloths, and centerpieces in mirrored vessels.  Even the ceremony programs were in a mirrored box.  To make sure that there was a little note of the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the chargers, menus & place cards, and the cake had a sea blue accent and the pillows on the pews had some sea creatures. Finally, to keep with the intention of the shine, I used ghost chairs so that any hint of sparkle could have the opportunity to show up.

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To see the finished product on video and a behind the scenes look at making this feature come to life, check out the films by Matt Steeves Wedding Films.

Destination Wedding Photographer: Hunter Ryan Photo

Destination Wedding Photo Shoot Team: Shoot Production, Art Direction & Styling: Kelly McWilliams – Celebrations, Weddings & Parties, Venue: Sundial Beach Resort, Floral Design: Floral Artistry, Props & Tabletop: The Prop Closet via Kelly McWilliams’ Celebrations, Weddings & Parties, Linens: Nuage, Chairs/Pews/Lighting: Island Event Rentals, Cake Artist: SweetSlices Cake Design, Fashion: Tie the Knot, Hair & Makeup Styling: Salon Tease, Talent: Clint Wiley & Dawn Kelly, Video Produced & Directed by: Matt Steeves Wedding Films

 

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A Burlap-Clad Destination Wedding in Maui

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Audrey and Matt hosted a truly global affair for their destination wedding in Maui. Each from different parts of the world, it was important to them that they find a place that worked for all of their loved ones. And today they share their special story with us! “We selected Maui because the Hawaiian Islands are almost exactly halfway between our two hometowns in Florida and Australia.  We only wanted to have one wedding- so we needed to make it as fair as possible for friends and family on both sides!  We wanted our wedding to be fun, non-stuffy, and reflect our unique styles and personalities.  We envisioned everyone laughing, drinking, and dancing- on holiday in one the most beautiful locations in the world.  Since travel has been a huge part of our lives and relationship, and always will be, it made sense to do a travel themed wedding, which inspired our guests and the décor.”

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 “My dress was a simple, sweetheart-neckline, strapless tulle dress with Swiss dot overlay, a crossover bodice, and medium train. It fit like a glove, but I could still easily eat and dance in it, which was crucial to me. I loved how soft and light it felt- perfect for a breezy beach wedding. I also wore a birdcage veil, large dangling blue crystal vintage style earrings, and sandals. Matt wore grey suit trousers & vest, white button down, and leather flip-flops. It actually looked great and was exactly his style! No closed toes shoes at the beach! And just under the surface, the groom’s party had personalized undergarments (groom, best man, and more!).”

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“Held outside on a grassy lawn adjacent to a long, white, sandy beach, attendees looked out over the water and islands off Maui.  The ceremony was a very intimate, special, family affair, with every family member involved.”  

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“Our flower girl was Matt’s Japanese step-grandmother, Yoshie, who designed and made her own hot pink dress.  Yoshie, the 3 groomsmen, 3 bridesmaids, Matt and his parents all walked out to Vitamin String Quartet’s version of God Only Knows.  I walked out with both of my parents to Vitamin String Quartet’s version of Hallelujah, the first song Matt ever heard me sing.” 

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“My grandfather performed my parents’ wedding, and my father wanted to follow by creating a new family tradition.  He got certified online and served as our officiant, which was a real treat.  My younger brother Vince wrote and sang an original song for us, while Matt’s brother James accompanied him on the keyboard.  His sister read the Hands Ceremony, and we gave each other our own, personalized vows.”

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Destination weddings are not always predictable, but luckily for these two, weather proved not to be a problem. “The weather forecasted a hurricane that day, but fortunately it never arrived and you would never know about the forecast from looking at the photos.” 

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“Vintage suitcases decorated the space, and our ‘guest book’ was an antique globe. Everyone wrote messages to us over their home country and state- something we will keep forever!”

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“We went with a vintage travel theme, with the main colors of mint and peach which gently reflected the colors of the tropics.  Family and tradition are very important for Matt and I, and we had antique picture frames with old pictures (one on each dinner table) of the weddings of our family members.  The large crystal chandelier hanging over our dinner table just glowed as the sun set over the Pacific.” 

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“We went in for the first dances and Matt and I danced to Meiko’s Stuck on You, while my dad and I danced to Free Fallin, our favorite song when I was little. We heard some hilarious speeches from our very international bridal party and everyone hit the dance floor. There were ‘shout out’ songs from the DJ for lots of our guests- music we picked specifically for them. Another funny thing was the groomsmen dropped their trousers just enough to show their printed “groomsmen” boxers, linking arms and backing it up across the dance floor! We also had a surprise video that our friend put together, with little video messages from friends and family abroad who couldn’t make it. Then we had cake, more dancing, and a big sparkler exit.”

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“The day itself was absolutely perfect- clear, blue and sunny- a huge relief since a hurricane had been forecast for that day!  I just remember being so completely happy and excited, I couldn’t stop laughing or smiling long enough for the makeup artist to do my lipstick.  Everything ended up being exactly as we had hoped, and it felt so amazing to be marrying Matt and to know that we have so many wonderful friends and family who would travel around the world to be there for us!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Aubrey Hord Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location, Wedding Coordinator, Catering + Cake: Sugar Beach Events, Videographer: IMF Visions, Florist: Maui Floral, Hair: Amanda Nigbur of Maui Modern Hair, Makeup: Dacia Waller of Spa Lotus, Officiant: Bride’s father, Larry Schueren, Ceremony Musicians: Brother of the Bride, Vince Schueren and Brother of the Groom, James Edwards, Rentals: Hawaiian Style Events RentalsRio Event Design, Signature Event Rentals, DJ: Liam Grist

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