Destination Wedding in Kihei, Hawaii

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Whitney and Chris wed in Kihei on Maui in a Hawaiian and English ceremony (Chris is British).  The pair met while on location working for a church.  After a year of friendship they began dating and later found out Chris would have to return to England as his visa was expiring.  They managed their long distance relationship until on a visit with Whitney, Chris proposed at the top of the London Eye.  And that is what brings us to this big day.

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The bride and groom chose to incorporate a theme that reflected not only their current location but Chris’ home country as well.  “Chris is from England, and we were on Maui, so we wanted to do a sort of “marriage” between English elegance and island paradise.  We chose a simple palette of grey suit wear for the groomsmen (flown all the way from England, groomsmen and attire!), with Chris wearing a traditional English morning suit.”

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When selecting the location, this couple knew exactly what they were looking for.  “We wanted an outdoor ceremony location with a fantastic view!  We chose Molokini Lookout because we had this gorgeous bird’s eye view of the ocean and the surrounding islands.  It was also quiet and intimate up there on top of the golf course.  Both our families are from the other side of the world (Texas and England), so we wanted to give our guests a view to remember!   Our guests had to go on an adventure, as we had to have 4 charter buses take our guests from the Gannon’s parking lot up to our wedding site.  They had no idea what awaited them!”

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What a beautiful place for a wedding!

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During the ceremony, Whitney and Chris welcomed close friends to join in.  “Four of our friends (2 bridesmaids, and a mother-daughter pair) danced a beautiful hula to “You’re Beautiful”, a song about how beautiful our God is, and how beautiful what Jesus did on the cross for us was.  It was so special to worship the Lord in His beautiful creation on the day we made a life-long covenant before Him!”

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When we asked Whitney about her most memorable moments, here’s what she said.  “I had a spectacular time taking photos between our ceremony and reception.  As guests were making their way to our reception site, we had a bit of “James Bond” mission to get our photos done as fast as we could by the ocean before all the light from the sun was gone!  We used a golf cart, and so Chris, our photographer, my sister, and our reception coordinator drove at treacherous speeds down to the ocean location!  My flowers in my hair whipped off, and I had to apply makeup and fix my hair while riding on a bumpy golf cart in a wedding dress!”  

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Then it was off to the reception where their grand entrance was greeted with bubbles!

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“We chose grey, white, and black to make a formal affair.  However, we wanted to include the island beauty with our palette, and so we chose color for anything organic, which was mostly our flowers!  We wanted to embrace both the English culture and the island lifestyle, and I believe it turned out beautifully!”

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After dinner, a photo studio kept the guests highly entertained!

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And for dessert?  An array of pies and sweets and a wedding cake!

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Then the newlyweds headed to Kauai for a honeymoon at the St. Regis Princeville and some R&R in Poipu.  Congratulations Whitney and Chris!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Nate and Jenna Photography

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Location: Gannon’s Restaurant Molokini Lookout, Reception Location: Makena Beach and Golf Resort, Flowers: Leah Robb at Maui Floral Design

This wedding was submitted via Two Bright Lights

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  • Nate & Jenna Photography

    Thank you for the feature! Chris & Whitney were AMAZING and it was such a blessing to be a part of their beautiful day!