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!


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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Vendors //

Floral Design: Mandy Grace Designs | Photography: Tamiz Photography | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House  | Rentals: Signature Maui + Hawaiian Rents | Cinematography: Cine Maui | 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!

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From our vendor partner, Max & Molly Films:

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


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.



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!


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!


  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!

Jane & Tristan's Wine Country Wedding in Mendocino Valley

When Jane broke the news to me that she & Tristan decided to have their wedding in Mendocino Valley, I was absolutely thrilled!  Knowing Jane, I knew it was going to be an amazing celebration that we would all remember for a long time. Lucky for her, all the tools and resources to plan a fabulous wedding were right at her finger-tips; I mean, this girl could have planned it all in her sleep. Jane is so used to handling all of the details for other couples that she insisted on doing it all herself - but who can blame her? She is after-all, one of the most sought-after wedding planners on Maui. A handful of us came early and kicked off the celebration with a night out in The City for a bachelor/bachelorette party - Naturally, we started at a 1920's era speakeasy bar called Bourbon and Branch where we sipped on delightful concoctions, buzzing with excitement with the festivities of the nuptials to come. We continued to the financial district to Tropisueno - a charming authentic Mexican restaurant with an urban touch, amazing food and ambiance. We ate to our hearts content,  toasted to the Bride and Groom to-be, and enjoyed each other's company; it was a good time : )

A small intimate group of Jane & Tristan's closest family and friends gathered for a weekend of fun in the Anderson Valley; everyone was from out of town.The weekend wedding adventure officially began the day before the ceremony. We all gradually made our way along the beautiful drive towards Mendocino. The 1st rendezvous took place at Toulouse Vineyards  for our start to some wine-tasting fun - All wedding guests slowly trickled onto the outdoor patio of the wine tasting room. Once everyone had arrived and before everyone had a chance to get comfortable, we were all off caravaning to the next winery of our tasting extravaganza - GoldenEye Winery.  We were all graciously greeted with a beautiful picnic-lunch hosted by Jane & Tristan under a large oak tree. No cute DIY picnic detail was spared. Feeling relaxed and slightly satiated we made our way to the last winery of our wine tasting tour: Esterlina Vineyards. This boutique,  family owned winery is the exact location where Tristan proposed to Jane some months before. The winery sits high on a hill top overlooking the Anderson Valley, definitely one of the most romantic views I have seen.

We eventually all made it to the boutique Mendocino Valley hotel that we called home for a couple of days. It was perfect. Quaint, quiet, small town vibe with little to no cell reception. We quickly checked in and re-assembled for a festive Southern BBQ rehearsal dinner where we indulged in "low & slow " Carolina BBQ pork butt, baked potatoes and corn muffins with butter and  honey. The night was memorable ending in a game of Celebrity - (I like to call it charades on steroids) in our very own private hotel lobby.

The wedding day arrived and the weather was exceptionally nice. The locals in the area said that it was so unusual for it be that warm and sunny without any fog at that time of year - It was a perfect day to get married. Jane & Tristan are a no-frills couple; they both enjoy the finer simplicities in life which definitely projected on their wedding day. Good food and excellent wine was a must with a few simple decor details. A soft -hues color palate of pastels and golds combining beautiful minimalistic decor set the tone for the special day. The girls and I made sure all details were in place before relaxing with Jane sipping on champagne as the final getting ready touches were done. It was so fun being on the other side of the fence, enjoying the anticipation and excitement of what was to come. Everything flowed so nicely and flawlessly sans cell phone or clip-board (the essentials we are so used to having for a wedding day)- it all unfolded organically and before you know it, Jane was walking down the aisle with each parent at her side, smiling from cheek to cheek as she joined her soul mate Tristan at the alter. Tristan's father Dario performed a heart-felt ceremony. Jane and Tristan exchanged their personal vows to each other and declared their unconditional love in front of their family and friends. The late afternoon cocktail reception progressed into the most amazing California sunset which graced us with the perfect Golden Light that seemed to last forever. Rebecca and Jonathan from Tamiz Photography captured it all so flawlessly - It was so fun to have them there. After-all they are one of our all time favorite wedding photographers.

We were all escorted into the cozy dinning room for dinner at the Inn at Cobler's Walk. Delicious food smells of goat cheese encrusted rack of lamb and beef bourguignon wafted in the room while the wine was being generously poured. It really was a delightful evening. At the end of dinner, as everyone enjoyed more delicious wine and affogato for dessert, Jane and Tristan stood in front of their 40 guests and individually thanked each one  for coming and told them why they mean so much to the both of them. It was a cheerful, heartfelt and loving gesture, clearly the perfect way to start a life time of happiness together.


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Wedding Vendors:

Venue & Catering:  The Inn at Cobbler's Walk 

Photographer: Tamiz Photography 

Flowers: Dandelion Flowers

Rentals: Wine Country Party 

Event Design: Jane Park/ Belle Destination Events 

Stationary: B.T. Elements & Union Street Paperie

Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy

Ceremony Music:  Marcia Sloan  & Marcia Lotter 

Hair: Kristin Lindsey

Styled Engagement Shoot on Style Me Pretty

We are all so excited  to see our "Pin-Up Picnic" inspired engagement photo shoot featured on Style Me Pretty Destination yesterday!  This was an extremely fun shoot for a number of reasons ... As the newest member of the Belle team, I am thrilled to have been a part of this.  What made this shoot so special, is that we asked my younger brother JD and his girlfriend (at the time) Nicole, if they would like to participate.  I knew Nicole would enjoy getting her hair and makeup done and that JD would do whatever she wanted, so we had them booked.  The most exciting part is that JD really proposed to Nicole less than a week prior to the shoot, so their true emotions of excitement, love and joy were showing!  I am so thrilled to see these pictures by U Me Us Studios and to know we have captured an amazing moment for my family personally has been a great perk! The best part has begun; we have started planning their Maui wedding for September of 2014.  They struggled a bit choosing their location with so many beautiful venues on island, but in the end Merriman's Restaurant in Kapalua won!  We look forward to sharing more of their story with you! Jessie

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Event Planners & Stylists:  Lena Sebag and  Jessie Ellis of Belle Destination Weddings & Events - Photographers:  Evonne & Darren Wong of U Me Us Studios - Hair & Makeup & Wardrobe:  Katherine Day of Island Girl Pin Ups - Florals:  Nicole Bonanno of Bella Bloom Floral Boutique - Props:  Melissa Padilla of Opihi Love Boutique Rentals - Desserts:  Amy Alexander of Baked by Amy - Paper goods:  Barbara Lewis Vanderpool of Miss B Calligraphy - Venue:  Enchanting Floral Gardens -


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