How to Host a Lu'au Style Welcome Dinner

When Clara and Elbert contacted us to plan their destination wedding in Hawaii, we had two short months to pull it off. Their wish list was simple: they wanted a remote and private venue to host over 100 guests traveling from South Korea. With most destination weddings, we like to take-on the events that surround the wedding day from rehearsal dinners to the post-wedding brunch. For Clara and Elbert, we planned a bright and tropical lu'au style welcome dinner for the night before their big day. 

Find An Epic Location


We suggested the Four Seasons Resort Lanai for its exclusive 5-star service and sense of utter privacy. Clara and Elbert heard that the resort was recently renovated and that motivated their decision. The newly designed FSR Lanai is gaining wonderful press and recognition for its Polynesian art, indigenous landscaping, and technologically tricked-out rooms. Clara and Elbert had never been there before but trusted the Four Seasons Resort brand. 

Design with Color + Tropical Fruit  


Hawaii is one of the most vibrant and colorful natural backdrops you could ask for in a locale. In designing a dinner party outside, it's all about using that color to create an effortless, festive scene. For the tabletop design, we started with a neutral linen paired with dark wooden chairs. Floral designer Mandy Grace selected wooden dough bowls as her vessel of choice in designing the arrangements. She created gorgeous centerpiece arrangements with a less-is-more approach, using tropical fruit (think rambutan, bananas, pineapples and mango) and greenery. Mandy even found mini pink pineapples that she artfully placed in the mix. Something to note, incorporating fruit in your arrangements is cost-effective, especially if you use seasonal produce. 

For every event that she has her hands in, Mandy Grace Designs dreams up an inspiration board for a visual guide, pictured above. 

Embrace the Aloha Spirit

It's important to us that partygoers have a sense of place when they enter the welcome dinner. Hawaii is such a special and unique destination, we like to pay tribute to the Aloha spirit when possible. Beyond the expected Aloha prints and tropical, tiki cocktails, the island cuisine and presentation is a nod to the beautiful Hawaiian culture. For the dinner menu, we served a favorite lu'au dish, kalua pork cooked in an underground oven called an imu. Guests also dined on fresh ahi poke, a local island delicacy. 
 

Encourage a Relaxed Vibe with Hammocks + Music
 

Most importantly, you want your guests to enjoy themselves and feel completely at ease. The warm weather and resort vibes will set this feeling in motion but we like to encourage lots of lounging with hammocks strung between palm trees and comfy seating for partygoers. The perfect playlist helps and even better is a DJ to set the mood.  

Vendors //

Photographer: Ashley Goodwin | Event Designer: Belle Destination Weddings & Events | Venue: Four Seasons Resort Lanai | Floral Designer: Mandy Grace Designs

Real Wedding: Marla + Justin

Marla and Justin’s wedding day was full of adventure and love, from a helicopter tour with the wedding party to an intimate backyard ceremony. Their unique destination wedding incorporated two different color palettes for the ceremony and reception, and guests were surprised with Polynesian dancers as entertainment during dinner!

For the ceremony, the use of a neutral color palette of whites, creams and greenery complemented the natural beauty of the island, whereas a vibrant color palette using pinks, oranges, purples and yellows really showcased the tropical elegance of Hawaii for their festive reception.

For Marla and Justin, celebrating their love in Maui was a no-brainer. They met on Spring break with their children at the Grand Wailea hotel, and it was love at first sight. Coming back to this very special place to exchange vows and make their love for one another official was nothing short of magical!

We absolutely loved being a part of this gorgeous celebration and even more excited to have their day featured on Artfully Wed! Take a look below at all of the beautifully intimate details.

Vendors //

Photographer: Anna Kim Photography | Event Designer: Belle Destination Weddings & Events | Ceremony Venue: Piiholo Ranch | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Maui | Floral Designer: Teresa Sena Design | Dress Designer: Cache Couture | Music: Marvin Tevaga & Matagi Trio | Cinematography: Sunlit Films | Helicopter: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters | Clergy: Rev. Pia Aluli | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Entertainment: Manutea Nui E

Maui Wedding Hair and Makeup Tips

We all know that weather can wreak havoc on our hair and makeup; from smudged foundation to turning wavy locks into full-on frizz. That’s why when it comes to a destination wedding, it’s more important than ever to not only choose a look that suits the Maui vibe, but one that can also withstand a day in the sun.

To ensure you remain as stunning as your island surroundings, we’ve put together a list of our favorite tips and advice to help you perfect the Maui wedding hair and makeup look. Achieving the Maui Wedding Hair and Makeup Look

Hair: The Maui bridal look is all about those gorgeous beach waves! Consider loose curls gathered into a low swept up-do to achieve a soft style that remains pinned into place. This will create a romantic natural elegance that’s guaranteed to endure a night in humidity. If your hair holds curls well, simply wearing it down tasseled in light curls is a timeless classic on the island of Maui.

Fresh flowers are also a stunning addition to any hairstyle masterpiece. Speak to your florist to tack on additional flower buds in your chosen wedding bouquet delivery. Your hairdresser can gently push pins into the flower bases and create the perfect accessory to complete your overall look.

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Makeup: While it’s true makeup should have enough color to compensate for the whiteness of the dress, a more subtle and natural look pairs best with a Maui wedding. For some, this could mean a no-makeup makeup look and for others it just means choosing colors that compliment your skin tone. Keep the makeup similar to what you’d wear on a day-to- day basis, just taken up a notch. Here are some helpful tips to achieve this look:

Lashes: For natural, but lengthened lashes, choose a mascara that lifts and separates each lash.

Skin: Perfect the base by minimizing the appearance of pores and fine lines using a face primer to create a smoothing effect on the skin.

Brows: You’ll want your brows to mimic an enhanced version of your current set. Use a pencil to easily fill in and shape them down to the last stroke.

Cheeks/Lips: Color to your cheeks and lips give you that extra “glow”. For your cheeks, choose a color closest to the shade you naturally flush. Lips are your chance to experiment a little; whether you choose a nude everyday shade or a vibrant hue, you really can’t go wrong.

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Tips to Keep in Mind:

1. Book in salon for a conditioning cut and blow dry the week before you fly. This will help reduce frizz by focusing on tidying up dry and wispy ends.

2. Purchase moisture-based shampoos and conditioners; these are essential to combat the heat!

3. Exfoliate face and lips a few days leading up to the wedding to make skin smooth for foundation and extend the longevity of your lip color.

4. Drink lots of water before your wedding so that you minimize dehydration and excessive water loss from the skin.

5. Don’t fight your natural hair type/texture. If your hair is super fine and straight, the beachy wave may not work for you. Play around with similar styles leading up to your wedding to find what works best for you.

6. Consider using a hot spray on hair before using a flat or curling iron. This will protect your hair from the heat and give it a little extra strength to hold up in certain elements.

7. Opt for a matte blush and bronzer for a more natural look.

8. Use a translucent powder to help avoid shine.

Real Wedding: Stephanie + Adam

Stephanie and Adam’s picturesque wedding day was beautifully different than what you would expect from a Hawaiian wedding. This American and Aussie couple choose Hawaii for it’s perfect meeting point for their family and friends to come from all over the world! However, they didn’t choose Hawaii for its white sandy beaches, but rather The Villa at the Calasa Gulch Olive Tree Farm located on its stunning mountainside!

This romantic vineyard style location was perfect for their intimate wedding celebration, of 46 guests, to watch the couple walk down the aisle in a clearing amongst rows of olive trees! The celebration continued with a cozy food focused reception, with a family-style Italian meal, craft cocktails, and oven fired pizzas!

It was a joyful celebration with friends and family and we were so thrilled to be a part of creating their magical day! Take a look below at all of the gorgeous details from Stephanie and Adam’s Hawaiian mountainside wedding!

Vendors //

Photographer: Tamiz Photography | Wedding Planner: Jessie Ellis with Belle Destination Weddings and Events | Ceremony/Reception Site: The Villa at Calasa Gulch Olive Tree Farm | Florist: Mandy Grace Designs | Stationery: The Distillery | Calligraphy: Miss B. Calligraphy | Rentals: Signature Event Rentals | Linens: Winters Events | Gown Designer: Pallas Couture | Groom’s Clothing Designer: Armani | Bridesmaids Clothing Designer: “Willow” by Jenny Yoo Collection | Makeup and Hair: Liz and Anna with Maui Makeup Artistry | Catering: Sugar Beach Events | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Craft Cocktails: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Tableware: Set Maui | Officiant: Pia Aluli | DJ: Scott Doran with Maui DJ Services

Maui Botanical Garden Wedding Ideas

Hawaii is the mecca of voluminous blooms, lush greenery, horticultural illustrations and an abundance of stunningly natural details. Specifically, the island of Maui.

Close your eyes and picture a wedding on Maui. White sand beaches, tall palm trees, fresh flower leis, vibrant colors; the uncompromised beauty of botanical details is ever-present in this exquisite one of a kind location. The island offers a gorgeous array of tropical gardens that are beautiful and tranquil places to house your upcoming Maui destination wedding.

Layered with texture, prints and plenty of free-spirited beauty, no other style quite compares. So today, we are painting our page with plant-inspired textures and ideas to help you execute the vision of your own Maui botanical garden wedding.

Set the Mood with Botanical Print Stationery

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Mike Adrian

Photography: Mike Adrian

Transform the Venue  with Lavish Florals and Greenery

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Dress Your Bridesmaids to Play the Part

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Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Mike Adrian

Photography: Mike Adrian

Cover Your Cake in Fresh Florals

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Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Our Labor Of Love

Photography: Our Labor Of Love

Go For Stunning Blooms and Unique Greenery in Centerpieces

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Emily Blake Photography

Photography: Emily Blake Photography

Photography: Our Labor Of Love

Photography: Our Labor Of Love

Real Wedding: Olivia + Michael

Reflecting back on Olivia and Michael’s magical day - brings us much inspiration for future oceanfront celebrations! From the incredible white sand beaches where the couple first met to the tropical inspired reception decor, this was an absolutely unforgettable day!

It was important to the couple to incorporate locally sourced flowers. Olivia, wore a beautiful, multiple strand Pikake flower lei which gracefully adorned her open back wedding  dress. The Pikake flower is from the jasmine family and is an incredibly delicate and heavenly fragrant flower. This flower lei was a favorite of Hawaiian princess Kaiulani and is believed to be a part of the old courtship ritual. The flower crown, and the couple's stunning floral arch, were all locally sourced flowers as well. The many mini pineapples  used for the groom and groomsmen boutonnieres as well as the reception décor was the perfect tropical touch!

One of the most special moments of the day had to be the hula dances performed by Olivia, her mother, cousins, and niece in honor of her late father - surprising Michael for a tear jerking reception! This beautifully heartwarming couple and family were a joy to work with and we at Belle Destination Events are so thrilled to have Olivia and Michael’s ocean front celebration featured on 100 Layer Cake, spreading their beautiful Hawaiian love story for all to be inspired by!  

Take a peek below at all of the gorgeous love filled details!

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Vendors //

Photographer: Emily Blake / Cinematographer: Cotton Love Studios / Venue: Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute in Oahu, Hawaii / Coordination & Design: Jane of Belle Destination Weddings & Events / Floral Design: Passion Roots / Hair & Makeup: Jasmine Mullins / Calligraphy: Hawaii Calligraphy / Stationery: Spark Letterpress / Cake: A Cake Life / Bar Services: Stir / Shaved Ice: Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha / Caterer: Memoirs Catering / Lighting & Rentals: Accel Party Rentals, Event Essentials and Event Accents / Custom Linens: The Wedding Linen Company / Sound: Twilight Audio / DJ: DJ Sir Edgar / Officiant: Auntie Nettie / Bride’s Ceremony Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Reception Dress: Stone Cold Fox / Shoes: Gianvito Rossi / Flower Crown, Haku Lei, & Jasmine Back Lei: Passion Roots / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein / Shoes: Florsheim

Belle's Favorite Beach Wedding Hairstyles

Picturesque landscapes with exotic trees towering over your ceremony space. Waves in foamy perfection crashing down in the background. The magnificence of mountains standing tall with flowing streams of tropical bliss. Blooming flowers sparkling in the sunny glow of their natural habitat. This is the kind of stuff wedding dreams are made of! However, when it comes to a destination wedding, beach wedding hairstyles can be a bit tricky. Heat, wind and humidity can alter your hairdo and leave you displeased with your look and pictures – and you didn’t come all this way to look anything less than amazing!

Whether you are eloping to an exotic tropical locale or having a formal affair at an ocean front hotel, beach weddings never go out of style. Belle Destination has compiled some of our favorite beach wedding hairstyles from past clients that are as romantic and spontaneous as the atmosphere themselves.

Check out these hairstyles that helped brides withstand a day in the sun.

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Mike Adrian

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: KT Merry 

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Tamiz Photography

Photography: Ameris

Real Wedding: Kari & Fede

Reflecting back on Kari and Fede’s wedding at the Sugarman Estate, where bold and bright colors set the tone for their fun filled day. It was important to both the Bride and Groom to have lots of bright color which was a perfect palette for the ocean front estate! We love it when our clients step out of the box and want something a little different. They incorporated some personal touches through bright teal embroidered runners from Anthropology, which was a start to building the bold color scheme. Seed Floral Design created a bright color palette predominately using tones of bright pinks and fuchsia colors but also incorporating purples, oranges and yellows.  The bougainvillea adorned driftwood arch was a lovely ceremony centerpiece, as was the ombree floral petal path leading up to it.  The bright toned ombree theme was also brought into the overall color scheme with the escort card installation and the wedding cake design, which was a great way to tie it all together.  This evening was as festive as it was full of love and left a lasting impression and was such a joy to be apart of.

Enjoy some of our favorite shots from this sensational day!

Vendors //

Venue: Sugarman Estate | Officiant: Pia Aluli | Photography: Gordon Nash | DJ: Maui DJ Services | Flowers: Seed Florals & Bella Bloom Floral Boutique | Rentals: Panache Decor, Signature Rentals, SET, RIO, Hawaiian Style Rentals, Winters, Island Rents | Photo-booth: Keepsake photo-booth | Signage: Miss B Calligraphy | Wedding Cake: Cake Fanatics | Catering & Bar: Celebrations Catering

Pantone Color of the Year: How We Love Incorporating Greenery

Let’s welcome in the new year with a salute to green. The global authority on color, Pantone, has released their 2017 color of the year, a refreshing and stimulating yellow-green shade called, Greenery. Following 2016’s double color of Serenity and Rose Quartz, which expressed the need for harmony in a chaotic world, it seems like we will be continuing this theme of reminders to start fresh and to just breathe.

Lush tropical Greenery is such an abundant backdrop in Hawaii, favored with an extensive variety of foliage at every corner; including the monstera leaf, palms, banana leaf and so much more. Always eager to inspire, this growing “color of the year” trend is something we look forward to each year because it challenges us to find new ways to incorporate the color into our clients’ events. Hawaii has a natural magnificence that allows our design team to use raw materials to provide you a number of natural, on-theme décor ideas.

If you’re getting ready to plan your destination wedding in Hawaii, here are some diverse ways to incorporate Greenery into your overall aesthetic.

  • Floral: Floral is the most obvious way to showcase the Pantone color of the year, whether through bridal bouquets, table arrangements, backdrops or even a bar strewn with lush, trailing foliage. Mums, Dianthus and Orchids are a few of our top green floral choices, while various grasses and leaves can be used for a calming outdoorsy look. Add a unique touch by incorporating fresh herbs to your décor like rosemary, sage or eucalyptus. Consider scattering loose green orchid blossoms woven in and out casually along the buffet or dining tables. Loose orchid blossoms may also be used to adorn the edge of your cocktails, bride’s pathway, on the grass or simply scattered everywhere for effect.

  • Furniture: When designing your wedding with a strong color theme in mind, it’s important to have pops of the color tastefully displayed throughout the space to create the best overall look. One of the best ways achieve this is through your furniture rentals. Choose custom fabric sofas, versatile steel stools, or grass chairs. These little touches will do all the talking.

  • Linens: As a color that welcomes the calm, it makes sense that Greenery would abound in linens, creating an ideal feeling for guests sitting down, about to indulge in a meal or cocktail. Try choosing a bold patterned linen and pairing it with a solid, non-patterned linen to keep things balanced.

  • Food: Get creative by using actual greenery to accentuate your food dishes or have your baker/caterer cook up some delicious, naturally green meals or drinks to add to the menu. Either way, they will both add the perfect finishing touch to pull your trendy theme together.

    Marrying the luscious greens of the rainforest with the beach flora, Hawaii’s awe-inspiring scenery is the ideal backdrop for a couple looking to have a Greenery-inspired destination wedding. The beauty of Hawaii’s intimate and natural landscape is only enhanced when you pair it with your own unique style and vision.

Photography: Aaron Delesie | Venue: Haiku Mill | Florals: Bella Bloom Florals | Bar: Garnish Events | Rentals: Winters Events and Signature Maui

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Venue: Haiku Mill | Florist: Teresa Sena | Specialty Furniture Rentals: Signature Boutique Rentals

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Florals: Bella Bloom | Table settings: Set Maui

Photography: Mike Adrian Photography | Venue: Sugarman Estate | Florals: Mandy Grace Designs

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Venue: Haiku Mill | Florist: Teresa Sena | Specialty Furniture Rentals: Signature Boutique Rentals

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Florals: Bella Bloom

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Venue: Bride's Mother’s Private Home, Kula, Hawaii | Florals: Dellables

Photography: Our Labor of Love | Venue: Four Seasons Resort-Hualalai

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Florals: Bella Bloom

Ready to plan your Pantone color of the year inspired destination wedding in Hawaii? Contact us today!

Belle’s Best Bridal Bouquets!

With floral inspiration all around us, it can definitely be a challenge narrowing down floral design when it comes to your wedding day. With the onslaught of social media and Pinterest and the ubiquitous accessibility of content available to us, there really is seemingly endless possibility. So, while we may not be florists ourselves, we’ve seen it all from monochromatic florals to fun and festive tropical floral design, and are here to walk you through the design process—starting with all things floral!

With some guidance, we are here to help you pinpoint your floral aesthetic, allowing you to design the perfect bridal bouquet, complimenting floral arrangements for your wedding party, your ceremony arch, and your reception florals. Your bouquet style should remain consistent with the personality and overall aesthetic of your event. If your flowers are over the top, your bouquet should be dramatic and complementary to that grand style. Or, if your style is more of an earthy, organic vibe, style your bouquet to be wild and textured. Sizing is also an important factor to consider. Be sure to take your personal size into account when designing your perfect bouquet. If you are a petite build, don’t create something too large—the bouquet will be heavy and uncomfortable to carry for a long period of time, which is the last thing you’d want on your special day!

One last note, don’t forget to personalize your stems! This is a perfect place to get sentimental and add a personal item to your day. Add your grandmother’s locket or a family member’s handkerchief or brooch to the stems. This way you can carry a remembrance or heirloom throughout the day with the comfort that your loved ones are close by and are a part of your celebration, even if they are no longer with you.

Take a look below at some of our favorite bridal bouquet styles, and hopefully get some inspiration for your special day!

Photography: Jana Dillon Photography | Florals: Bella Bloom  

Photography: KT Merry | Florals: Bella Bloom

Photography: Gina Meola Photography | Florals: Bella Bloom

Photography: Mike Adrian | Florals: Mandy Grace Designs

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Florals: Bella Bloom

Photography: Gina Meola Photography | Florals: Bella Bloom

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Florals:  Mandy Grace Designs 

Photography: Rachel Solomon | Florals: Mandy Grace Designs

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Florals: Teresa Sena

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Florals: Teresa Sena

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Florals: Bella Bloom

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Florals: Dellables

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Florals: Bella Bloom

Photography: Mike Adrian | Florals: Mandy Grace Designs

Photography: KT Merry | Florals: Bella Bloom 

Photography: AMERIS | Florals: Mandy Grace Designs 

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Florals: Mandy Grace Designs

Photography: AMERIS | Florals:  Mandy Grace Designs 

 

 

Maui Wedding: Randi & Dylan

Randi and Dylan’s Maui wedding is a favorite of ours to look back on, from the beautiful, rich berry tone flowers by Mandy Grace Designs, to the décor, to the amazing images captured by the one and only Tamiz Photography. Randi’s bridal style was a focal point for this bohemian-inspired Hawaiian wedding day, her long sleeve, open-back wedding dress from One Day Bridal just looked stunning on her. The talented team at MeiLi Autumn Beauty created such a lovely look for our beautiful bride with romantic soft curls and magenta lips! We love how Randi’s floral headpiece added a fun bohemian touch! Her rich color palate of raspberry, magenta and blush with added greenery for texture created such bold statement for both ceremony and reception décor. With Maui as a backdrop, the floral and greenery-adorned arch was the perfect addition to the beautiful landscape for Randi and Dylan’s “I Do’s.” Dylan’s ocean blue suit turned out to be a great compliment to the overall décor as well. This wedding party exuded style and sophistication, which could not be more fitting for this amazing group of Australian and Americans. Maui was indeed the perfect middle ground for guests to travel from the US and Australia to celebrate the couple's LOVE. This stunning day truly was one for the record books—we love looking back at these great photos, take a peak below at a few of our favorites from their Maui wedding below!

Vendors //

Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Photography: Tamiz Photography | Florals: Mandy Grace Designs | Hair and Makeup: MeiLi Autumn Beauty | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Cinematography: Sunlit Films |  Bar: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Catering: Sugar Beach Events | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Table Settings: Set | Rentals: Signature Event Rentals, Winters EventsHawaiian Style Rentals | DJ Service: Maui Wedding DJ | Stationery: Ink Hearts Paper | Wedding Dress: One Day Bridal

 

 

 

Maui Wedding: Laura & Marco

Laura and Marco’s stunning Maui wedding day was nothing short of spectacular. Located at a private estate on Maui’s South shore, the venue provided the perfect backdrop to their intimate ceremony and love-filled reception. Surrounded by their closest friends and family, Laura and Marco basked in the incredible emotion of this amazing moment and the joy was captured so perfectly in their gorgeous smiles. It takes just one look at these amazing photos to see how truly happy they are together.

We had so much fun with this overall design blending Laura’s aesthetic concepts – classic backdrops adorned with modern elements. Her floral style was very unique, as she loved compositions of modern groupings of florals, long stemmed callalilies, mirrors, and tons of glass. The color scheme was white with dramatic shades of pink – the spectrum swinging from blush to burgundy, complimented by green. Their gorgeous archway complimented with a unique assortment of greenery and composed blooms, rose petal carpets aisle, and the elegant chair backings were the perfect additions to the ceremony space. The staircase, accompanied by the dramatic tiered waterfall, was the most incredible entrance for the bridal processional and set the stage for an emotional ceremony. Bella Bloom created great depth and compositions with their florals for an overall sophisticated aesthetic. The brilliant Maui Maka Photography, who did an incredible job immortalizing this special occasion, captured every last detail and every last smile! Take a peak below at some of our favorite shots from this one of a kind Maui wedding.

Vendors //

Floral Design: Bella Bloom Maui | Photography: Maui Maka Photography | Rentals: Winters Events

Island Style Weddings!

When it comes to your wedding day, it’s all about your vision as a couple and the merging of two to become one. But, when it comes to your bridal style, it really is all about you! Island bridal style is a great opportunity to make a statement for your groom, and your guests. From bohemian-inspired dresses to couture gowns to everything in between, your island style wedding should epitomize your taste and personality. We love seeing a bride on her big day, and watching the months of build up culminate in the final look. Take a peak below at some of our favorite island style weddings, and hopefully draw some inspiration for your own island wedding day!

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Maui Wedding: Caroline & Phil

Caroline and Phil’s Maui wedding day is such a highlight in our event planning experience—for so many reasons! It’s always incredible designing a wedding based around a couple’s unique needs, but Phil and Caroline exceeded all our expectations when it comes to a couple in love. Their appreciation for tradition really resonated with us, and the St. Benedicts “The Painted Church” served the perfect venue for their love-filled ceremony. The colorful church was such a vibrant focal point to set the tone for their overall aesthetic. The wedding reception, as well as the events leading up to the big day, were held at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort, Hualalai on the Big Island of Hawaii. This served as the perfect mix of diverse locations for them to hold their events. The weekend festivities began with the Welcome Lobster Bake on the beach. With our toes in the sand, guests casually dined on lobster and finished with a bonfire as well as Hawaiian storyteller, who gave their guests an intimate and authentic Hawaiian cultural experience by sharing Hawaiian legends and stories. Their Farmer’s Market Rehearsal Dinner was a relaxing event that highlighted the incredible local produce that the Big Island has to offer and allowed guests to sip mojitos and enjoy live folk music. The culmination of the weekend was the elegant wedding reception. The bright blooms at the reception as well as the charming tabletop décor and place settings created a memorable night that wrapped up their amazing adventure. We are so grateful to have been a part of such a joyous occasion, and wish these two a lifetime of happiness!

Enjoy some of our favorite shots from their Maui wedding below!

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Vendors //

Venue (Ceremony): St. Benedicts Church “The Painted Church” | Venue (Welcome Events & Reception): Four Seasons Resort, Hualalai | Photography: Our Labor of Love | Harpist: Bonnie Mitchell | Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist: LT Smooth (Leon Toomata) | Florals: Bella Bloom

Real Wedding: Ashley & Paul

Ashley and Paul’s wedding centered on timeless Hawaiian tradition, blended with modern elegance. As with any wedding, creating a design aesthetic is one of our favorite parts of the planning process. And when you’re saying “I Do” under tropical palms next to the rolling waves, a simplistic white linen ceremony arch did just the trick! From the beachside ceremony to the rustic seating vignettes, their big day was perfectly tailored to them as a couple. We loved the bright blooms that enveloped the space—from the bouquets, to the aisle, to the beautiful tables, the florals were a true focal point from day to night. Tray-passed appetizers started off cocktail hour, leading into a magical reception full of toasts and dancing. Paul’s toast to Ashley was one of our all-time favorite moments from this incredible day. Enjoy some of our favorite shots below!

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Bride, Bouquet, Floral Design
Bride, Mother of the Bride, Bouquet
Groom, Groom Style, Wedding
Groom, Groom Style, Wedding
Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, First Look, Hawaii, Maui
Ceremony, Ceremony Space, Ceremony Design, Maui, Hawaii
Ceremony, Ceremony Space, Ceremony Design, Wedding, Wedding Day, Bride, Groom
Wedding, Wedding Day, Ceremony, Bride, Groom, Bride and Groom
Wedding, Wedding Day, Ceremony, Maui, Hawaii
Wedding, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom
Floral Design, Fresh Florals
Seating Vignette, Floral Design, Hawaii, Maui
Floral Design, Fresh Florals, Flowers, Maui, Hawaii
Reception, Reception Design, Reception Space, Wedding, Floral Design
Bride, Wedding, Wedding Dress
Bride, Bridesmaids, Bridal Party, Wedding, Hawaii, Maui
Wedding, Wedding Party, Bride, Groom, Bride and Groom
Wedding, Reception, Wedding Reception, Appetizer, Appetizers
Wedding, Reception, Wedding Reception, Appetizer, Appetizers
Wedding, Reception, Wedding Reception, Tablescape, Table Design
Wedding, Wedding Day, Bride, Groom, Bride and Groom, Maui, Hawaii
Wedding, Wedding Day, Bride, Groom, Bride and Groom, Maui, Hawaii

Vendors //

Floral Design: Mandy Grace Designs | Photography: Tamiz Photography | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House  | Rentals: Signature Maui + Hawaiian Rents | Cinematography: Cine Maui http://cinemaui.com/ | Officiant: Tino Rosete| DJ: Del Sol| Hair + Makeup: Mira Carmen| Bar: Garnish Events Cocktail Catering| Catering: Aloha Events Catering| Wedding Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Stationary: Erica Keuter Designs| Table Settings: Set Maui | Silk Dyed Ribbon: Adorn Company

Real Wedding: Deirdre & Darryl

When it comes to your wedding day, it’s all about bringing your unique vision to life. Whether you gravitate towards a bold, colorful aesthetic, or a relaxed, rustic design, you can be sure that the Hawaiian coast is the perfect canvas ready to be transformed. Deirdre and Darryl’s romantic Hawaiian nuptials were nothing short of spectacular—and definitely a personal favorite in our book! From the floral arch draped in sheer white linens to the outdoor tent with suspended chandeliers, their décor and design epitomizes the perfect island wedding. The ceremony was quite simply picturesque, and full of romance. We adore weddings that transition into the night, and Deirdre and Darryl's reception was no exception. The couple danced the night away with friends and family, soaking up every last minute of their special day. Even though you just can’t beat the Hawaiian sunset, at the end of the day, it’s all about love and laughter. We couldn’t be happier for these two. Enjoy!

Wedding Ring, Hawaii, Photography
Wedding, Wedding Day, Bride
Bridesmaid, Bridesmaids, Palm Tree, Hawaii
Bride, Hawaii, Destination Wedding
Bride, Hawaii, Destination Wedding
Bride, Bridesmaids, Bridal Party, Wedding Day
Floral, Floral Design, Blooms, Wedding, Wedding Day
Floral, Floral Design, Blooms, Wedding, Wedding Day, Floral Arch
Floral, Floral Design, Blooms, Wedding, Wedding Day, Wedding Ceremony, Ceremony
Floral, Floral Design, Blooms, Wedding, Wedding Day, Wedding Ceremony, Ceremony
Wedding, Wedding Day, Ceremony, Wedding Party
Bride, Bridesmaids, Bridal Party, Wedding, Wedding Day
Groom, Groomsmen, Wedding Party, Wedding Day, Inspo
Groom, Groomsmen, Wedding Party, Wedding Day, Goals
Wedding, Wedding Day, Polaroids
Ceremony, Bride and Groom, Wedding, Wedding Day
Wedding, Wedding Day, Reception
Wedding, Wedding Day, Reception, Cocktails, Craft Cocktails
Bride, Groom, Bride and Groom, Wedding, Wedding Day, Wedding Reception
Wedding, Wedding Reception, Reception
Bride, Groom, Bride and Groom, Wedding, Wedding Day
Wedding, Wedding Day, Reception
Bride, Groom, Bride and Groom, Wedding, Wedding Day
Bride, Groom, Bride and Groom, Wedding, Wedding Day, Hawaii
Wedding Cake, Wedding, Wedding Reception, Wedding Day
Bride, Groom, Bride and Groom, Wedding, Wedding Day, Hawaii
Bride, Groom, Bride and Groom, Wedding, Wedding Day, Hawaii
Wedding, Wedding Day, Wedding Reception
Bride, Groom, Bride and Groom, Wedding, Wedding Day, Hawaii
Bride, Groom, Bride and Groom, Wedding, Wedding Day, Hawaii

From our vendor partner, Max & Molly Films: https://vimeo.com/112975090

Vendors //

Venue: Sugarman Estate | Photography: Tamiz Photography | Cinematography: Max & Molly Films | Photo Booth: Bamboo Shootz | Ceremony Entertainment: Dan Lax & Vance Koenig | Cocktail Entertainment: Joel Katz | Band: The Ryan Robinson Band & special guest Mookie Morris | Florist: Teresa Sena | Beauty Services for Bride: Jessica Waite | Beauty Services for bridesmaids: Mira Carman | Vintage Car Rentals: Maui Roadsters | Tent Rentals: Maui Rents | Specialty Furniture Rentals: Signature Boutique Rentals | Calligraphy & Signage: Miss B Calligraphy | Bar Services: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Wedding Cake – Maui Sweet Cakes | After-Party Venue: Mulligan’s on the Blue | Canopies: Panache Decor

Cozy Thanksgiving Day Fete

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While we delight in designing wedding tablescapes for our clients, we couldn't resist throwing an early Thanksgiving dinner with our closest friends here in Maui. We are so incredibly grateful for the growth and change that this year brought our way and we wanted to celebrate with our first friendsgiving! We called upon some of our favorite wedding creatives to help dress the poolside patio.

The inspiration for the evening was autumnal, effortless Wine Country meets sunny Hawaii Thanksgiving – a bit lush with loose, rich florals and traditional dining elements. We often work with the ladies over at Bella Bloom and we were happy to bring them on to design the gorgeous centerpieces. They harvested local greens to make a garland runner that spanned the length of the ivory farm tables by Signature Events.

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One of our favorite details from our Thanksgiving table were the tiny painted pumpkins that we sat at each guest plate. We tend to bring in a little glitter and shine whenever possible so we opted for a matte gold metallic shade to paint the baby pumpkins. Miss B. Calligraphy hand-lettered each name card upon kraft paper for our guests. Beginning with a natural linen runner to ground the table, we mixed tall, ornate wooden and rustic silver pillar candle holders into the scene. And for the place settings, we opted for Set's mirrored gold flatware and traditional wine glasses for the most important aspect of the evening - the wine!

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We will leave you with one of our favorite Thanksgiving Day dessert recipe's by Food & Wine: pear and cranberry hand pies. These flaky little pies are the perfect guest favor or sweet treat at the end of the meal!

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  1. In a medium bowl, toss the diced pears with 1/3 cup of the sugar, 1 tablespoon of the flour and the cranberries, ground cloves, cinnamon and salt.
  2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the puff pastry to a 14 1/2-inch square, about 1/8 inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut the pastry into 8 squares. Spoon the pear filling onto a corner of each square, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Fold the pastry over the filling to make a triangle and firmly press the edges to seal. Crimp the edges with a fork. Prick the top of each triangle once with the fork to allow steam to escape during baking. Transfer the hand pies to a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, until chilled.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°. Brush the chilled hand pies with the beaten egg and sprinkle them with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar. Bake the pies for about 30 minutes, until they are golden brown. Let the hand pies cool for at least 5 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Happy Holidays from the Belle girls!