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Stella and Jerome had a beautiful destination wedding on the Oahu North Shore at this amazing Balinese style estate – the Mahakea Estate. Their photographers, Evonne and Darren Wong at U Me Us Studios captured the vibrant purple colors of the décor and the spectacular nature of the estate effortlessly!  And this location wasn’t just any venue, but special to the bride and groom.  Stella shared with us how Hawaii became home to their wedding.  “Oahu was the site of our first vacation together as a couple 9 years ago. It was both our first trips to Hawaii and we fell in love with the beauty of the islands when we were there. In selecting Oahu as our wedding location, we hoped share the magic of Hawaii with our friends and family. We wanted to pick a unique locale for our wedding and we searched high and low until we discovered the beautiful Mahakea Estate on North Shore. Oahu is beautiful all-around but North Shore beaches are particularly stunning (and less crowded).  We thought Mahakea would be the perfect blend of elegance and intimacy for our nuptials. We loved the idea of staying at a private estate with its own beach in the backyard. In a ways, it was like hosting a wedding at our own home! ” 

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“We stayed at the estate with some of our family members, which made the experience feel more personal, like we were at a home away from home, instead of a foreign locale. We also decorated the space with some pictures of us with friends and family to make it feel more homey.”

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“Taking pictures with my bridesmaids all dolled up was a treat because we rarely see each other all dressed up anymore. And dancing with everyone was a blast – some of our guests have serious moves on the dance floor!”

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“The wedding was beautiful from beginning to end. The First Look was very emotional for the both of us – and we’re glad we opted for it because otherwise we would have been bawling at the altar. The ceremony went smoothly – it was so wonderful to see all our family and friends together in one place. That rarely happens because we have friends that span the nation and the globe, and for once, we were all together in one place. We had great food, romantic ambiance, good music – what more could one ask for? It was a super special night for the both of us.”

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“A few months before the wedding, we met a local artist named Genevieve Santos. We fell in love with one of her hand-drawn illustrations, Clink, and asked her to personalize it with our names. We brought the drawing with us to Hawaii and it served as our bride & groom portrait.”

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“Our colors were purple (the bride’s favorite color) and green (the groom’s favorite color). To that end, the flowers were a blend of purple orchids and green hydrangeas, we used personalized purple and green napkins, the cake was topped with purple and green orchids, and the lanterns were a blend of purple, green, and white. We used what made sense but didn’t go overboard with our color scheme.”

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“Our goal was to create an event that was fun and had a familial intimate flavor yet still be a structured (and not stuffy) and we think we achieved that with our wedding.”

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 Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Evonne & Darren Wong of U Me Us Studios

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Mahakea Estate, Wedding Planner: Maile Hawaii Weddings, Wedding dress designer: Oleg Cassini, Wedding shoes designer: Nina, Jewelry: Derco, Bridesmaid’s dress designer: David’s Bridal, Groom’s + Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Black by Vera Wang Collection, Invitations/Stationery designer: Minted, Hair/Makeup Stylist: Dorys Foltin of Maleana, Florist: Shilhi Seibel of Passion Roots, Wedding Day Caterer: Chef Peter Foster of Memoirs, Baker: Kristin Kato of A Cake Life, Officiant: Rev. Elias Parker, Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals, iPod DJ: Just Press Play Productions, Wedding Favors: Honolulu Cookie Company



Destination Wedding in Waikiki, Hawaii

destination weddings in waikikiJames and Weiwei wed on Oct. 15th in Waikiki on Oahu, a perfect beach for some spectacular photos of the lovely bride and groom.  The happy couple selected the spot for their destination wedding because it was the halfway point for their guests – coming from California (where they live now) and from Taiwan (where they are from).  Hawaii was just the right meeting place!waikiki wedding locationsIncorporating traditions from Taiwan, they married their heritage with their modern California lifestyle through a few fun, and even funny, customary family activities. Hawaii destination weddingsThe stunning ceremony was held at a beautifully bright and airy church, Ko Olina Chapel Place of Joy on Oahu.  The florals blended seamlessly with their backdrop, adding an elegant layer of texture, as James and Weiwei wed among 40 friends and family.  With lots of light and an abundance of orchids nearby, we just love these idyllic images!  And needless to say, the intimate ceremony was very special to this couple; it was no small feat getting all their guests from several countries to bear witness to their big day!Waikiki church weddingsThe chapel setting was spectacular!  Right on the beach, this magnificent and modern white design may not be a typical Hawaiian ceremony site, but that’s one of the reasons we love it so much.destination wedding Hawaii

Waikiki church weddingsShortly after “I do,” the newlyweds were showered with vibrant rose petals from loved ones before they jetted down to the sand for some extra special photo ops.Hawaii wedding photographersPink details peppered throughout the day, especially those of roses and hydrangeas, made the event feel a bit more formal than the typical beach wedding.weddings in HawaiiAnd James’ crisp white suit looked just right paired with his blushing bride, in a classic bridal look and her white wedding dress, on the beaches of Waikiki.  destination weddings in Hawaii The reception took place at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki where the couple adorned the room with pink, peach, and white wedding details.  Most notable was the sweets bar, complete with an array of everyone’s favorite candies coordinated in their color scheme.  Perfect for the kid in everyone!pink and peach weddingsIn contrast to the nostalgic and youthful candy bar, a regal white wedding cake embellished with pretty pink roses stole the dessert spot light and completed the abundance of sweets as the grand finale of the festivities! wedding cakes pink and white

Congratulations James & Weiwei!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Jeremy Chou Photoworks

Wedding Vendors: Getting Ready Location: Waikiki Sheraton, Ceremony Location: Ko Olina Chapel Place of Joy, Reception Location: Halekulani Hotel Waikiki, Ceremony: Watabe Wedding Corporation, Associate Photographer: Nathan Nowack, Videography: Kai Media Hawaii, Linens & Chair Covers: Les Saisons, Candy Buffet & Flowers: Spinning W.E.B. Florist, Wedding Cake: Halekulani, Hair & Makeup: Shirleen Bridal Makeup Studio, Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal, Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew, Wedding Band: Tiffany & Co


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