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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Colorful Tropical Destination Wedding in Maui

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Julie and Todd said “I do” at a tropical destination wedding in Maui, a place the two had experienced together. Julie tells us, “We went there together for the first time. All of our experiences on that island were ours!”

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The couple had met back in high school, but it wasn’t that first connection that sealed the deal. They met once at a tailgate party during school, but it was another tailgate party three years later that connected the couple for life. Clearly this union was meant to be!

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And then it was time to plan their picture-perfect destination wedding in Hawaii! Jennifer Taylor, the couple’s destination wedding planner from Taylor’d Events, explains how this idyllic location came to be for the couple. “There was just something about the waves crashing on the black rock and the view of Lanai and Molokai that solidified that the ceremony spot was ‘the one.’ In fact, the area we selected at the hotel felt like a private lawn with a dramatic backdrop for guests to enjoy.”

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Jennifer also shared how the bride’s beautiful bouquet came to be. “When Julie came to me she wanted help with floral, we had gone through photos and she found one that was very vivid, like what you see, but she wanted her bouquet to be very soft and romantic, so quite the difference, but I think it totally speaks to what she is, very vibrant and fun, but soft and romantic at the same time.”

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The event had lots of location specific and Hawaiian wedding details too. The bride even surprised her groom with a hula dance after secretly taking lessons before the big day!

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 For favors, the groom made the boxes, which were each filled with Hawaiian phrases in both Hawaiian and English. We love it when a groom gets involved and this is certainly an amazingly hands-on guy!

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The couple’s favorite moments from the day? It was all a very memorable day. I think we both remember ever single person who attended because we were able to interact with everyone.

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After all the planning was said and done, the bride learned a lot along the way. Her advice? To select a destination wedding planner in your own time zone who is versed in your destination, versus selecting one in the destination you’ll be traveling to. She also suggests considering lots of options when selecting that perfect place to wed around the globe!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Luna Bella

Wedding Vendors: Planner: Jennifer Taylor, Taylor’d Events, Flowers: Blossoms Hawaii Floral, Ceremony/Reception: Sheraton Maui, DJ: KCK Entertainment, Officiant: Carlton Ching

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Destination Wedding in Hawaii Photo Shoot

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Today’s wedding ideas don’t come from a real wedding, but a beautiful inspiration shoot in Hawaii, brought to us by Melany Coyne of Golden Light Weddings & Events.  These beautiful purple and gold destination wedding ideas came to life with all the sparkle and celebration one would expect when saying I do on the Big Island!  And Melany shared with us their story and inspiration for the big day.  “The King’s Knoll at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott provided the main inspiration for this shoot. Located on the north west side of the Big Island of Hawaii overlooking the fish ponds at Anaeho’omalu bay. The Ali’i, Hawaiian royals, built the ponds to raise fish for themselves and their families. Along the path to King’s Knoll you will see ancient stone-walled structures.” 

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“With this location and the theme ‘plum + gold, royal elegance’ in mind I contacted some incredibly talented and creative vendors on Hawaii for assistance bringing the dream to reality. Hannah and John at Hawaii Island Events can make anything, the tables and arch were created at their Kona workshop. They also provided all of the luxurious fabrics and elegant table settings. Erin at Passionflowers by Nalani designed all of our florals including that gorgeous floral sash with jasmine vine, braided plumosus, dendrobium orchids, and lisianthus for our Polynesian princess bride.” 

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“Of course none of this would be possible without the innovative and extremely talented photographer Mykle Coyne on our team. He took all of the pieces and transformed them into such a beautiful representation of our theme. Truly capturing the essence of this tropical paradise wedding location. This inspiration shoot is for all of those brides who dream of a royal castle wedding, but envision sun-kissed afternoons with warm salty breezes and rays of golden light from the sunset for their wedding day.”

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“The Big Island is well known for its coffee plantations, most coffee lovers have heard of Kona coffee and know of its richness and bold flavor. I created the favors with local Kona coffee for guests to take a piece of island paradise home. Bradley & Lily created the elegant and timeless letterpress stationary and menus.” 

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And for more, check out the video by Mykle Coyne:


Wedding Photo Shoot Vendors: Planning, Coordination + Favors: Golden Light Weddings & Events, Location: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Photography + Videography: Mykle Coyne, Rentals: Hawaii Island Events, Florals: Passion Flowers by Nalani, Invitations: Bradley & Lily, Delectables: Sweets Galore, Hair + Makeup: Big Island Hair, Model: Lani

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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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