Intimate Purple + White Wedding in Hawaii

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Alison and Jason selected the Kukahiko Estate on Maui for their Hawaiian destination wedding with friends and family. The couple’s wedding photographer, Anna Kim Photography, shared with us their story.

“They hand-picked this beautiful venue based on location, proximity to the beach, view, amenities, and privacy.”

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“Alison was the epitome of an elegant beach bride in her strapless, lace gown and sequined sandals. Her adorable daughters trailed behind her in little white dresses and matching headbands.”

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“Jason waited on the pristine, oceanfront lawn for his bride–looking sophisticated in his charcoal gray suit. I still can’t help but smile looking back through these photographs– everyone beamed with excitement and overflowed with elation.” 

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“We absolutely adore witnessing the beautiful and pure love that bonds a family. The celebration of Alison and Jason was such a joy to be a part of. Witnessing the amazement reflected in the eyes of the two little girls as the day unfolded and to be able to capture all of the beautiful moments was such a touching and rewarding reminder of why we chose this profession.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Ajja and Alyssa of Anna Kim Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Coordination: Bliss Wedding Design & Spectacular Events, Floral Design: Petals, Wedding Venue: Kukahiko Estate, Catering: Maui Catering Services, Hair + Makeup: Salon 253, Musician: Derick Sebastian, Officiant: Kahu Kekoa Yap, Rentals: Rio Event Design

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Blush Pink + Grey Seaside Wedding in Maui, Hawaii

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Vanessa and Drew held their destination wedding in Maui, a place where the couple had first vacationed together. Their wedding planner, Lilian of Just Merried Events, shared a bit of the behind the scenes from this big day with us: Vanessa and Drew knew exactly where they wanted to get married – they had vacationed in Maui together before and fell in love with the island. They even seriously considered moving to Hawaii after their trip. The couple knew they wanted their closest friends and family to experience beautiful Maui the way they did, so a destination wedding was in the works!

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Being the foodies that they were, the couple discovered Sugar Beach Events, owned and operated by an accomplished chef, because they knew the food would be the most important factor here. And in fact, the food was impeccable, taste, presentation, and all! And on top of all that, the venue is situated steps from the sand on Sugar Beach – the guests had an ocean view during the ceremony & cocktail hour and got a front row viewing of the gorgeous Maui sunset.

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Vanessa is a bride with incredible style! She knew exactly what she wanted, and the traditional white gown was not for her. She selected a gorgeous Maggie Sottero blush colored gown to follow her wedding color palette (pinks and greys). The embroidered bodice was beaded with Swarovski crystals and the trumpet silhouette was completed with a draped organza flared skirt – completely luxe! She definitely made the right choice because she looked STUNNING and groom Drew could not stop saying “WOW!” during their first look.

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Yes, this was a beach wedding, but bride Vanessa did not want to sacrifice style and class with the usual laid back beach theme. Vanessa’s glamorous gown really embodies the look and feel of the whole wedding. The couple incorporated elements such as hanging chandeliers, mercury glass vases, and silver rosette and pink sequin linens to keep things glamorous. Their wedding invitations were printed on delicate scalloped handkerchiefs and tied in silver ribbon. Even their wedding cake was an elegant work of art, carefully designed with beautiful ruffled tiers.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Jovanni Photography

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony/Reception Location, Lighting, and Caterer: Sugar Beach Events, Cake: Maui Cake Fanatics, Wedding Planner: Just Merried Events, Floral Design: Dellables Wedding Design & Florals, Entertainment (Band): Marvin Tevaga Music, Entertainment (DJ/MC): Maui DJ Services, Invitations & Paper Goods: Etsy – The Busy Bee, Hair & Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry, Officiant: Rev. Valentine G. Rosete Jr., Videographer: Amari Productions, Photo Booth: Bamboo Shootz

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Miami Wedding Location: Mondrian South Beach

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Today we’re showing you a swanky property perfect for a destination wedding in Florida, or better yet, a bachelorette weekend in Miami! Enter the Mondrian South Beach. If you’ve ever been, there’s a chance it had a familiar feeling to it. That’s because the design was actually inspired by Sleeping Beauty’s Castle! What could be a more perfect place for a fairy tale wedding than that?!

The Mondrian South Beach was designed by Marcel Wanders, a Dutch architectural designer, who created a look that’s a modern interpretation on the castle. The property is surrounded by tall hedges a la historic European site, and he added whimsical touches like a dramatic black staircase that almost mimics the look of lace! The hotel is dressed with oversized bell-shaped candelabras, and the stark white and black (with pops of gold) contrast to the décor gives it a very modern vibe that meets the romance and femininity of the castle inspiration.

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If you’re considering a destination wedding at Mondrian South Beach, it’s perfect for about 70 guests, though if your group is larger, they can get creative to design the day around your size. You can wed by the pool in a special lounge area overlooking the waters or opt for inside in the restaurant, La Savina, or the Sunset Lounge too. But my favorite has to be the lush North Kissing Garden, even appropriately named for the occasion!

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The property isn’t huge, just 209 rooms and suites, perfect for a domestic destination wedding with no passport required so just enough loved ones can attend. And if you and your guy or gal pals are looking for a hip place to call home during your bachelor or bachelorette weekend, this spot in Miami just might be perfect for you. Close to the nightlife scene, right on the water, and a scene all its own, Mondrian South Beach is ideal to celebrate your last single nights!

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For more information on Mondrian South Beach, check out their site here.

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Disney Wedding Ideas from Engage!15

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It’s our final day of coverage from the luxury wedding industry summit, Engage!15, where we got to spend a week learning, engaging, and getting inspired by some of our favorite industry friends.  And two of our favorite friends are the hosts – the incredible duo – Kathryn Arce and Rebecca Grinnals of Engaging Concepts (pictured above).  This year the event had a nod to all things magical, because it took place at Walt Disney World; the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort that is.  So befitting of the location, Kathryn and Rebecca filled our days with so many moments of magic and surprises, including a trip to Walt Disney World!  We got to experience it all!  Did you know that you can get married at Disney World and Disneyland?  Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons takes care of it all for you!  And today we’ve got a few fun ideas inspired by Disney, that we got to see firsthand, should your big day be inspired by magic too!

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Thank you Kath and Rebecca for making my dreams come true, over and over and over again, with true Disney magic.  I’m so lucky to be a part of Engage!

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Photographers: Love Life Images, Garrett Nudd, Laura DeCarlo, C10 Studios, Carla Ten Eyck

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Modern Ideas for a Formal Destination Wedding: Engage!15

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We’re almost to the end of our mega Engage!15 recap and today we’re highlighting one amazing gala, perfect for a formal destination wedding, modern wedding, or all white (or even yellow) wedding.  The event took place at the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, where 350 of the top wedding professionals around the world gathered to share their expertise and celebrate together.  The result?  This stunning reception filled with fabulous ideas for your big day!  Starting with modern arrangements of individual yellow roses atop an ice bar!

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We’ve got one more day of ideas for you from Engage!15 tomorrow – we’ll see you then!

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Photographers: Love Life Images, Garrett Nudd, Laura DeCarlo, C10 Studios, Carla Ten Eyck

Event Vendors: Event Design, Floral + Decor: Jose Graterol Designs, Mixology: The Grand Bevy, Location: Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Specialty Chairs: Luxe Event Rentals, Lighting + Production Stage, Dance Floor and Banner: PSID Group, Escort Cards, Menus + Table Numbers: Lehr & Black, Entertainment: West Coast Music, Highlight Film: Cloudless Weddings, Sound: DesignSound, AV Support: PSAV, Ice Bars + Tables: Wizard Connection, Bar, Custom Furniture, Lounge Seating + Tables, Escort Card Table: M&J Custom Events Furniture Rental, Floral Support: Virgin Farms, Floraology Market, Table + Glassware: A Chair Affair, Backline: Red Rocket Studios, Custom Linens: Nuage Designs

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