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


Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, Maui Engagement Party

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Emma and Jaan planned a destination wedding in Maui, but things don’t always go according to plan.  Jaan is from Belgium and they had a bit of unexpected visa trouble before the intended “I do’s.”  But the plans had been made, the flights booked and guests excited to attend the big day so instead, the couple turned their would-be wedding into a fabulous destination engagement party!  With just a few good friends and family members in attendance, the pair celebrated their upcoming wedding with a dinner overlooking the ocean at the Kapalua Bay Cliff House.

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We asked Emma about their experience and what it was like having an engagement party instead of the wedding they had expected.  “I thought we were going to feel really disappointed on the day of, but it was so relaxing and the party was so much fun we couldn’t be sad about not getting married that day.”

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Luckily, these love birds didn’t have to wait much long to actually tie the knot.  “We got married a week after my husband’s visa came through. In other words, we had a week to plan a wedding and decided to piggy back on a 3rd cousin’s wedding (she was okay with it!)”

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We often ask couples for advice for you and here’s what this pair had to say.  “Don’t get too wrapped up in planning. We planned for months only to have to cancel our wedding. But in the end, we were able to plan our actual wedding in a week and it turned out just as ideal as we’d imagined.” 

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“In the end I was happy we didn’t get married in Hawaii. There were so many competing weddings happening on the beach we had planned to get married on, I’m glad things turned out the way they did. But of course, everything else about Hawaii was beautiful and amazing.” 

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One of their favorite moments from the festivities?  “Trying to light lanterns on a very windy night and then having the hotel sprinklers go on and getting totally soaked.”  Sometimes the unexpected and unplanned are the best of memories from the big day!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Audra Wrisley Photography + Design 

Wedding Vendors: Location: Ritz Carlton, Kapalua Bay, Dinner Venue:  Kapalua Bay Cliff House Wedding Cake: Maui Cake Store, Bride’s Dress: Urban Outfitters


A Vintage, Rustic Wedding with a Tropical Twist in Lahaina, Maui

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We’re clearly loving Hawaii this week with another wonderful wedding from Maui!  Clarice and Omair wed in beautiful Lahaina, on the island of Maui in Hawaii.  The couple traveled from San Francisco to do say I do at the Hyatt Regency Maui.  This destination wedding wasn’t all travelers though – the bride is originally from Maui so friends and loved ones came from both near and far to celebrate together.

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We asked the bride what is was like returning home for her wedding.  “Actually, I initially didn’t want to have the wedding on Maui. We recently moved to San Francisco after many years of living in Southern California, and most of our friends live there, too. So I really wanted to have the wedding there – I was worried no one would want to travel all the way to Maui! And I wasn’t sure I could pull off planning a destination wedding. Having the wedding on Maui was actually my husband’s idea. He had been a few times with me and absolutely loves it, and told me it would be the perfect place. And of course, he was right. I’m so glad we got married on Maui because it’s where I grew up and where all my family is. It just felt very comfortable and familiar to be back. I’ve been living away from Maui for 12 years now, but I still consider it to be my home, and I’m always happiest when I’m there. It was also nice because we got married at the Hyatt because I have memories of going there when I was little, so it just felt right to have the wedding there as well.”

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“I really enjoyed the whole process of getting ready with my mom and sister. It was just hours of relaxing, having our make up and hair done and drinking champagne. It was awesome!”

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One of my favorite moments of the day was when we were exchanging vows. We had decided early on that we were going to write our own…but had both not written them until the very last minute. My husband is totally not the type to spill his guts (especially in public), but his vows were so heart felt and sincere that it totally caught me off guard. I was completely speechless after he read them!”

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We asked the couple if they were glad they had a high tech wedding with Instagram and the answer was a big yes!  “Yes, totally! Instagram has turned everyone into a photographer (myself included!), and so it was nice (and easy) to see everyone’s pictures in one place.”

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“The reception was amazing because we got to have all our friends and family in one place! It’s never happened before, and it was seriously the best time.”

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And this one-of-a-kind cake topper?  “These lego people were supposed to represent us as a couple. We used these little guys for our save-the-dates because we felt weird about our pictures being on people’s refrigerators. I know that sounds weird, but it’s totally true. So we scoured the internet for wedding lego people. We found the bride pretty easily, but had a hard time with the groom. We actually had to order his head and hands separately, but it was worth all the work! We love them! We plan on taking them with us on our honeymoon to Italy in May.” 

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For favors, the couple went with a local theme!  “We gave away Big Island Candies chocolate dipped macadamia nut shortbread cookies. And they really are as good as they sound! Maybe even better! They are my husband’s favorite cookies. My mom, sister and I stamped and embossed cards with a “thank you” stamp, and put the cards and cookies in little cellophane bags.” 

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Joanna Tano Photography

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Hyatt Maui, Dress: Amy Kuschel, Flowers: Bella Bloom, Big Island Candies, DJ: DJ Boomshot, Officiant: Pia Aluli, Photo Booth: Strike a Pose, Invitations: Paper Source 


A Sweet Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Destination Wedding

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Jayme and Corey wed at the beautiful Fairmont Kea Lani Maui where they hosted an intimate group of loved ones for their destination wedding.  The bride shared with us their sweet story.  “Corey asked me to marry him while I was enjoying the emerald city views of Seattle, just before the clock hit 12:00 am on New Years Eve of 2011! From there, the planning began. We wanted a small, intimate wedding where everyone could relax and have fun so we figured there’d be no better way to celebrate than on the sunny island of Maui with 45 of our closest family and friends! We chose Maui as this was the destination of Corey and my first vacation together.”

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 “The journey of a lifetime began with a fun-filled flight from YVR to OGG. To start the celebration off we hosted a sunset sail catamaran cruise enjoying the views of Maui’s west coast – we wanted the guests to get to know each other before the big celebration. On the day of the wedding, the bridesmaids wore beautiful yellow dresses from David’s Bridal that were airy and moved with the warm breeze. Corey and the groomsmen were outfitted in grey custom tailored suits from Indochino paired with white shirts and wood cuff links. I absolutely fell in love with a Venice laced dress detailed with beads and crystals, the best feature being the v-neckline and back, which complemented the long train nicely.”

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 “The wedding was held at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea as the hotel enabled us to have both the ceremony and reception on the hotel grounds. I walked down the aisle while the cello artist strummed Clocks by Coldplay, my favourite song! Shepherd hooks with hanging mason jars lined the aisle and these were filled with white hydrangeas and bright yellow billy balls; the ribbons on the jars moved just like my bridesmaids’ dresses – softly as we walked by. The ceremony took place in the afternoon along a terraced edge where we spoke our vows and said our “I do’s” overlooking the ocean.” 

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 “The reception was held in an open air venue within the hotel which provided picturesque views of the sunset during the scrumptious seafood dinner. We cut the two-tiered red velvet and pineapple cake blanketed with butter cream icing just after the speeches. Finally, the night ended with lots of dancing, singing, and good laughs!”

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 “We are definitely still enjoying each other and the memories!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Tomasz Wagner

Wedding Vendors: Venue, Catering, Cake: Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals, Flowers: Bella Bloom Floral Boutique, Invitations + Ceremony Cards: Design By Dainty, Shoes: Lauren Conrad, Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal – Canary Yellow Long Sheer Chiffon Dress, Make Up & Hair: Juvenal’s Hair Salon at Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, Groom Suit: Custom made at Indochino, Groom Shoes: Ferragamo, Officiant: Reverend Al Terry, Ceremony Music: Silvina Samuel, Reception Music: DJ Scott, Wedding Favors: Coffee from Maui Coffee Company, Guestbook & Frame: Etsy, Ribbon Wands: Etsy, Table Numbers & Seating Cards: Paper Girl Studios


A Romantic Wedding at the Four Seasons Maui

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Lisa and Bradford wed at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, a place that was near and dear to this bride’s heart.  The groom had popped the question in Hawaii (Kauai) and their mutual love of islands meant it was meant to be.  Lisa shared with us their special story.  “Getting married in paradise was our ultimate goal! I knew that Brad and I had to tie the knot in Maui. My family spent many Christmases at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. I grew up dreaming of getting married here since I was very little. I wanted to share the magic with Brad. The hotel is a true gem.”

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“The tomboy in me picked Tiffany blue as our wedding color. Brad was very surprised and happy that I did not say pink! The gorgeous shade also reminds us of the moment when Brad proposed to me by the blue ocean holding a little blue box in his hand! The decor was kept simple with white roses and white candles to bring out the subtle Tiffany blue accents. The evening reception was intimate, serene and sophisticated.” 

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While the darling flower girls also wore white, and plumeria head leis to match!

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Even white doves made an appearance at this ceremony!

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After Lisa and Bradford said “I do,” the celebrating began!

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This brave couple even got wet in the ocean in an impromptu trash the (base of the) dress session after the ceremony.

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Biggest advice for future destination couples is to be insanely organized except on the actual day. Wedding day is when you relax and let it roll.”

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We ask couples what their favorite moments from the day was.  For this bride?  The cake reveal!  “Favorite moment of the day was when we saw our wedding cake. It was huge! We couldn’t wait to cut the cake and dig in with our family and friends.” 

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Joanna Tano Photography

Wedding Location + Cake: Four Seasons Maui, Reception: Spago at Four Seasons Maui, Wedding Dress: Custom designed and tailored, Flowers: Country Bouquets Maui