If you are lucky enough to land on the island of Maui, you must visit the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, known for incredible local design, food and hospitality. For Melissa and Sam’s welcome party on the night before their destination wedding, we hosted a bright and fun outdoor gathering. Think tropical floral arrangements, a shave ice bar, spectacular ocean views and farm to table cuisine that Andaz is famous for. Mahalo for the beautiful photos, Valorie Darling!
We recently had the honor of producing a modern tropical lu'au with Kari Cosentino Events at the four seasons resort lana'i. Floral Designer Teresa Sena has mastered the art of arranging local foliage with bright, tropical blooms in unexpected ways. We couldn't wait to share this fun mix of design elements with you!
Photographer: Mike Adrian | Event Planner: Kari Cosentino Events | Event Designer: Belle Destination Weddings & Events | Floral Designer: Teresa Sena Design | Event Rentals + Lighting: Inspiration Events Hawaii | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen den Lando Glassware: Set | Entertainment: Manutea Nui E | Entertainment: Matagi Trio | Live Artist: Bryden Lando | Coconuts: Catered Coconut | Silent Disco Djs: DJ Del Sol & Bryden Lando | Venue: Four Seasons Resort Lana'i
Travaasa Hana is hands-down one of our favorite places in the world. As a wedding venue, it is private and breathtakingly beautiful. We are so excited to share Bri and Webb's wedding that we recently planned and designed at the remote resort in Hana, Maui.
The bride, Bri, is originally from Upcountry Maui so she spent a lot of time in Hana growing up. "Hana has been my favorite place for as long as I can remember," she says. "My dad has some land out there, so it was a big part of my childhood, from camping, hiking and swimming, to hanging at the beach, it's the best!"
"The first time Webb came to Maui with me, I was so excited to take him to Hana. He fell in love with it right away and said to me during that first trip, "Don't you think this would be a really cool place to get married?" When we got engaged on Christmas Eve, I was surprised because I thought it would happen in Hana! The tears came for me when Webb told me that we had a meeting with the events manager at the hotel scheduled for two days later. It really is a dream come true."
Located just minutes outside of the bohemian surfer outpost of Paia on Maui's north shore, this oceanfront private estate is a dream locale for intimate weddings and parties surrounding the main event. The Balinese-inspired home and lush, tropical setting are a harmonious blend of nature and luxury. There is an expansive grass lawn that fronts the ocean and a luxurious stand-alone pool provides a perfect zone for cocktails and dancing. The location is off-the-beaten path, guaranteeing guests an authentic experience with a true sense of place. Contact us for all the details!
When Natasha and Zach got engaged they were certain about one thing— they wanted to host a small destination wedding in a warm and tropical locale. The Midwest residents also wanted to escape winter and treat their friends and family to the ultimate vacation. Natasha says, "The thought of traveling out of the United States seemed complicated for our guests with the hassle of customs, language barriers and currency exchange. Hawaii offered so many things that met our wants and desires and we had never been! We narrowed down the islands based on the weather at the time and fell in love with Maui. It was absolutely gorgeous with breathtaking landscape, beautiful sunsets and great outdoor activities."
We planned Natasha and Zach's wedding keeping the words intimate, tropical and laid-back in mind. With a guest list of under forty attendees, finding a location was a breeze. "Zach and I were captivated by the gorgeous landscape at the Olowalu Plantation House and envisioned having our ceremony under the giant tree overlooking the ocean. To add an element of romance, eight beautiful leis were strung from the tree and served as a picturesque backdrop for the big day," says the bride.
Natasha fell in love with the Hawaiian haku lei and floral designer Teresa Sena used local greenery and white orchids to create the delicate headpiece. The bride's custom graduated white crown flower lei draped down her back for a dramatic look. "For my bouquet I pictured something different, not a traditional bouquet. I love the look of the monstera leaf, so I knew this had to be the focal point. The bold leaf was layered with a simple cascading orchid and accompanying greens."
Natasha continues, "The long family-style table table decor was stunning—our planner at Belle and florist Teresa Sena nailed it! Bold, tropical greens and palms were placed in tall cylinder vases, flanked with simple flowers in shades of white. Ambient lighting was essential, so candles of various sizes, along with tea lights in geometric terrariums, lined the center of the table. Overall the look was very modern, classic and clean. Our wedding day was stress-free and full of Maui's beautiful nature. Plus we had amazing drinks, delicious food, groovy music, entertaining games and wonderful company!"
Photographer: Maui Maka Photography | Event Designer: Belle Destination Weddings & Events | Ceremony Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Floral Designer: Teresa Sena Designs | Hair + Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Entertainment: DJ Chris with Clarity Entertainment | Officiant: Kahu Ka’alekahi | Bar Service: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Custom Rentals: Rio Event Design & Signature Events | Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals | Linens: Winters Events | Catering: Sugar Beach Events | Dress: Leanne Marshall | Headpiece: Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge | Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Cinematography: Sunlit Films
Not only are Wanda and Julian the sweetest, most down to earth couple, but their wedding day was perfectly stress-free and beautiful. Above all, they wanted a ceremony and reception location that was private and represented everything they love about Hawaii. The Sugarman Estate is tucked away on Maui's Southern most tip, surrounded by striking lava rock and rugged coastline. Not only is the landscape jaw-dropping, but it was the perfect place for Wanda and Julian to celebrate their love.
We kept the decor simple and elegant and let nature guide the colors of the day. Wanda's bridesmaids opted for bold color! Mandy Grace Designs adorned a dark wooden arch in gorgeous pink and coral blooms. Bright flower petals lined the grass aisle. The reception was marked by long family-style tables with a natural runner of foliage. It was a beautifully intimate celebration of love, family and friends!
Photographer: Dmitri & Sandra | Event Designer: Belle Destination Weddings & Events | Ceremony Venue: The Sugarman Estate | Floral Designer: Mandy Grace Design | Hair + Makeup: Jessica Waite + Meili Autumn Beauty | Clergy: Rev. Pia Aluli | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Entertainment: Maui DJ Services | Bar Service: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Tabletop: Set | Ribbon: Adorn | Linens: Winters Events | Furniture Rentals: Paradise Event Rentals + Rio Event Design | Catering: Sugar Beach Events
What a fantastic year 2017 has been—full of beautiful events and amazing moments. Thank you for being a part of it! Now that engagement season has officially begun, more and more brides (and grooms!) are starting to plan for 2018. Before we jump full swing ahead into another year of gorgeous weddings, we'd like to reflect on our favorite wedding details of 2017. We hesitate to use the word "trend" as we hope these elements stick around through 2018 so we will call them stand-out design moments!
THE OVER-THE-TOP FLORAL CEREMONY ARCH
From tight and compact flowers in abundance to loose and natural blooms, our brides wanted a ceremony focal point with some serious wow factor. Clara and Elbert's semi-circle arch of romantic blooms by Mandy Grace Designs at the Four Seasons Lanai was stunning.
WHITE BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES
Typically, in days past, wedding guests (especially bridesmaids!) would try to avoid wearing the color white. It was a major style fopaux. But this year we noticed at least a handful of bridal parties wore matching white dresses and we actually love the look! It's such a refreshing, monochromatic color palette.
CALLIGRAPHY SIGNAGE & ESCORT CARD DISPLAYS
When it comes to wedding signage and escort card displays, simplicity rules. Calligraphy has proven to be a classic with varying font styles to express different personalities and themes. We especially love the look on clear surfaces!
MODERN TROPICAL DECOR DETAILS
Since most of the weddings that we plan and design take place in Hawaii, it's only natural that our clients want to incorporate tropical details into their decor. Lately, we have been adding fun and modern touches to the scene (think indigo linens, brass candle holders and cool lounge furniture).
DRAMATIC BRIDAL VEILS
There is something so classic and breathtaking about a bride in a veil. A long, cathedral veil is a sure way to add drama to your entrance! Our brides this year proved that you can be barefoot and bohemian and very glamorous too.
While we have our hands in almost every detail of the wedding planning process, we very rarely chime in on gift registries. We'd like to change that. Since it is the season of giving, the idea of contributing to a charity or a humanitarian effort or something greater than oneself is even more poignant for us. What better opportunity to give back to the world than with your wedding registry. Our fellow wedding colleague and friend Beth Helmstetter of Beth Helmstetter Events, a boutique studio specializing in intimate events, is the founder of The Good Beginning, an online registry for donating to charitable causes throughout the world. It is a truly beautiful and noble concept— a place where couples begin their marriage by doing good.
Beth noticed a glaring gap in the wedding registry market for a specialized charitable platform designed to suit the needs of the soon-to-be married couples and their wedding guests. Having volunteered with various local organizations in her home city of Los Angeles and on mission trips internationally, Beth knows the work and heart that goes into giving back.
The Good Beginning has over 300 charities accessible through the site! Beth says, "The ‘popularity’ of charities really follows what’s happening in the world around us—right now, many couples are choosing to support organizations that provide services for refugees and protect women’s rights, for example. The number of organizations we support grows daily, and we are so thankful to be broadening the impact of this program."
So how does it work? Couples upload a photo of themselves on The Good Beginning, and a bit about themselves and the charity or charities they have chosen to support. This personal story will help guests understand why the charity is meaningful to you as a couple. This special profile can be searched and accessed through the homepage of The Good Beginning. Just as you could add a Crate & Barrel link to your registry section on your wedding website, your personal Good Beginning registry profile can be shared just as easily.
This is a concept we will gladly share with our clients in an effort to spread the good in the world.
Photo of Beth courtesy of Steve Steinhardt
Anna + Tyler's Maui destination wedding mixed the bride's Sicilian roots with the beauty of an olive farm making it one of our favorite celebrations to date. The autumnal and vibrant florals by Mandy Grace Designs were stunning. When it came to selecting the wedding location, the bride says, "Maui is gorgeous and it has so much history for Tyler and his family. I found pictures of an upcountry wedding and immediately knew that was what we would do. When our event planner, Lena of Belle Destination Events, shared her personal wedding venue of Calasa Olive Farm in Kula we fell in love. I have Sicilian heritage so it was a perfect representation of the two of us."
The couple's vision for the day was for it to be outdoor, romantic, and colorful. Sicilian tiles, the color of the venue and the natural beauty of Maui were the big inspirations. Anna says, "I wanted the colors to be saturated to capture the heat of the summer and the lush surroundings. We wanted the furniture materials to be organic--a lot of wood, stone and metal because that’s what Tyler works with everyday.
Mandy from Mandy Grace Designs did a wonderful job of bringing our vision of flowers to life. We were married during Dahlia season and I told her to go wild with the Dahlias - they’re my favorite flower. The deep red flowers are a particular favorite and were the inspiration for the accent color throughout the floral and table arrangements. I was especially enamored with the hanging installation over our dance floor, which was something I wanted from day one."
Photographer: Dmitri & Sandra | Event Designer: Belle Destination Weddings & Events | Ceremony Venue: Calasa Olive Farm | Floral Designer: Mandy Grace Design | Dress Designer: Yolan Cris | Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Hair + Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry | Clergy: Rev. Pia Aluli | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Entertainment: DJ Sol | Bar Service: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Tabletop: Set | Ribbon + Linens: Adorn | Furniture Rentals: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Pies: Sugar Beach Cake Shop | Catering: Sugar Beach Events
We are gearing up for Bri and Webb's incredible springtime destination wedding at Travaasa Hana, which is hands-down one of Hawaii's most spectacular venues. On a recent trip to Hawaii from their hometown of Colorado, the couple adventured to Hana with their wedding photography team at Maui Maka to capture an engagement session set against the beauty of the rugged countryside and famous red sand beach. The bride, Bri, is originally from Upcountry Maui so she spent a lot of time in Hana growing up. "Hana has been my favorite place for as long as I can remember," she says. "My dad has some land out there, so it was a big part of my childhood, from camping, hiking and swimming, to hanging at the beach, it's the best!"
Bri tells us "The first time Webb came to Maui with me, I was so excited to take him to Hana. He fell in love with it right away and said to me during that first trip, "Don't you think this would be a really cool place to get married?" When we got engaged on Christmas Eve, I was surprised because I thought it would happen in Hana! The tears came for me when Webb told me that we had a meeting with the events manager at Travaasa Hana scheduled for two days later. It really is a dream come true."
Bri's ring is a fancy light yellow diamond in a radiant cut with white diamond trapezoids on each side. Webb found it at a little shop in Denver, Colorado called Williams Jewelers. Bri says, "In elementary school, I loved the color yellow. One of my friends bet me that I couldn't go a day without wearing yellow and she won. All of my clothes were yellow and I even had yellow overalls! Webb didn't know this about me but it was so fun to show my friend my yellow diamond ring!"
We recently collaborated with Melia Lucida Photography on a styled to shoot on the North Shore of Maui, Hawaii. We set out to capture a bright and tropical reception at a gorgeous oceanfront wedding venue which features an amazing lagoon for poolside entertaining (more on that soon)! The story was featured on Style Me Pretty's destination blog here. Enjoy!
Although we come from the land of eternal summer here in Hawaii, we still love to celebrate the season with bright, cheerful blooms and pops of fun, unexpected color. When it came to designing a tabletop for this gorgeous oceanfront venue on Maui's north shore, we collaborated with floral designer Mandy Grace. We dressed the long table in hand-dyed linen in the prettiest shade of pink by Adorn. A pale pink silk gossamer runner gives soft movement to the table. Mandy composed three whimsical floral arrangements of Japanese ranunculus, poppies, and acacia housed in rustic terra cotta vessels. Copper candelabras by Anthropologie add a touch of shine.
For the Bride's bohemian look, we couldn't resist Rue De Seine's Love Spell collection of gorgeous lace gowns. The coin veil was our absolute favorite for a beach Bride. We marked the oceanfront ceremony site on the lawn with a row of hot pink bougainvillea blossoms. The property features a really spectacular lagoon, the perfect spot for a cocktail party poolside. We hope you are inspired to jet to the Hawaiian Islands for a bright soiree in nature! Aloha.
Photographer: Melia Lucida Photography | Event Producer + Designer: Belle Destination Weddings & Events | Stylist: Shaunna Nygren | Floral Designer: Mandy Grace Designs | Dress + Veil Designer: Rue De Seine | Hair + Makeup Styling: Meili Autumn Beauty | Invitations: Paperless Post | Calligraphy: Alannah Rae | Silk Ribbon + Ring Pillow: Adorn | Beverage Services: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Tabletop Rentals: Set | Furniture Rentals: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Jewelry: Solo Oro
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Destination weddings are woven from a complex fabric of families, emotions, circumstances and travel. In trying to juggle these elements, it’s vital to keep a clear head, and equally important, keep the process enjoyable for both you and your guests. The best way of achieving this is by simply being thoughtful and learning what is and isn’t expected.
When you plan a destination wedding, you’re playing on an entirely different field, bringing forth an avalanche of complicated questions and situations during the process. Should we register for gifts? Who pays for what? When should we send save-the-dates?
Don’t let logistics stand in the way of your dream destination wedding. We’re here to weigh in on a few destination wedding etiquette tips.
Who pays for what?
Similar to a traditional wedding, couples are only expected to pay for the ceremony and reception – including location, catering, entertainment and décor. Guests are expected to pay for their own travel and accommodations. However, many destination wedding couples will choose to host a welcome cocktail party or a goodbye brunch the morning after as a special “thank you” to their guests for making the trip to a special locale.
Understanding the importance of save-the-dates, invitations and wedding websites
You’ll want to provide your guests ample time to plan, save and coordinate their schedules to be in attendance on your big day. We suggest sending save-the-dates anywhere from 9-11 months in advance. At the time of sending, be sure to have your wedding website complete with details of the wedding, suggested accommodations, activities and information on any pre-or post wedding events. Formal invitations should follow suit 3-4 months prior to the destination wedding.
Should the couple provide welcome gifts at the destination?
While not required, it is a gracious offering to provide your guests a warm welcome! They have made the long journey to celebrate your big day with you, so you may want to consider a little something to be waiting for them at the front desk or in their hotel room when they arrive. No need to go over the top, choose something that’s unique to the destination, practical items like sunscreen and snacks, or even a bottle of wine. It’s also helpful to include or reiterate wedding information and schedules for your guests’ convenience.
What is the gift etiquette for guests?
It is standard for couples to register for wedding gifts, whether the wedding is a destination or not. If the idea of asking guests for a gift seems uncomfortable to you, mention on your wedding website or on an enclosure card that you’ve chosen to forgo a registry, and that your guests’ presence is a gift in itself. If you do choose to create a registry, include a variety of items in multiple price ranges, or provide guests the option to contribute to your honeymoon.
Should the couple's host pre/post wedding events during their destination wedding?
While there are no set rules that couples should host additional events beyond the actual wedding, your guests will definitely appreciate spending extra time with the happy couple. Whether you host a welcome dinner or a send-off brunch with mimosas, all your guests will feel extremely grateful for the thoughtful gesture.
Additional Tips, Tricks and Advice
1. Just to be safe, you should carry your wedding gown in a garment bag with you on the airplane. There’s usually hanging space in first class, or ask your flight attendant about securing some overhead space in coach.
2. While you’re not obliged to take care of your bridal party’s expenses, you could consider covering the cost of their hotel as courtesy if possible.
3. Consider a few pre-planning options that could lighten the load, such as researching airline group rates, securing hotel room rates, choosing off-season if possible, and recommending great travel options in your chosen area to show guests they can turn their trip into a vacation.
4. If everyone’s planning to stay at your destination for a few days after the ceremony, you may want to make a reservation for you and your new spouse at a separate restaurant to get some post-wedding alone time.
5. If gifts arrive with guests at your destination, plan to have your wedding planner or a family member help accommodate the items.
6. Hire a wedding planner to make things easier on yourselves, as well as your guests by working with someone who is familiar with the area, can recommend reputable vendors and will make sure all gets executed flawlessly!
Photographer: Emily Blake
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!
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
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
Transform the Venue with Lavish Florals and Greenery
Dress Your Bridesmaids to Play the Part
Cover Your Cake in Fresh Florals
Go For Stunning Blooms and Unique Greenery in Centerpieces
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!
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
From its striking natural backdrops to its ideal climate and elegant venues, Hawaii has been a widespread wedding destination for decades. The options are truly endless, ranging from the modern luxury of the big city of Oahu to the cloud-shrouded mountains of Maui. Regardless of which breathtaking locale you choose to tie the knot in, you’ll need a detailed checklist to help make the process of planning your destination wedding that much smoother. Belle’s Destination Wedding Checklist will see you through every step of wedding planning from the day you get engaged to hoping on the plane to say “I do.”
1 Year Out
 Determine your budget: include costs that accompany the number of guests, as well as the costs of accommodations, flights and ceremony.
 Research and decide on a destination
 Choose your bridal party
 Develop your guest list or decide on an elopement
 Research the marriage requirements in your location
 Begin the search for your wedding gown
 Contract a photographer and/or videographer
 Book your wedding planner
 Optional: plan a visit to your destination to test the waters
10 – 11 Months Out
 Order and send Save-the- Dates
 Research group hotel accommodations
 Build out a wedding website with as much travel and wedding information as possible (Be sure to include the link to your website with your enclosure cards)
 Purchase plane tickets
 Apply for passport, if needed
7-9 Months Out
 Shop for and order bridesmaids dresses
 Arrange travel insurance
 Order wedding gown
 Shop for, order and send destination wedding invitations
 Work with wedding planner to book entertainment, food, florist, etc.
 Start thinking about a wedding theme or color scheme; get advice from your wedding planner regarding local customs and traditions, in-season florals, cuisine, etc.
5-6 Months Out
 Groom begins shopping for his attire and groomsmen’s’
 Register for gifts
 Purchase wedding bands
 Shop for honeymoon wardrobe while it’s in season
 Book a hair appointment for a cut or color touch up
3-4 Months Out
 Research and order welcome bags, if necessary
 Research and order wedding favors
 Mail wedding invitations
 Confirm all reservations
 Confirm the entire bridal parties attire
 Choose shoes and jewelry for your wedding outfit
 If doing your own hair and makeup, make an appointment to visit a cosmetics counter f or a makeup trial.
1-2 Months Out
 Confirm program of events and communicate with guests via wedding website
 Check for outstanding RSVP’s and follow up
 Make a list of everything you need to pack
 Designate family and friends for transporting any items for you, such as welcome bags and favors
 Try on wedding gown and arrange for any final alterations
 Arrange a meeting point with all vendors at the destination
 Arrange transportation from airport to your accommodations for guests
1-2 Weeks Out
 Confirm final guest count with your venue
 Map out seating chart
 Get engagement ring cleaned
 Schedule a manicure/pedicure
 Double and triple check you have originals and copies of all required legal documents
 Contact cell phone carrier and purchase an international data plan
 Start packing!
 Meet with your wedding planner to confirm any last minute details, hand over favors, etc.
 Meet with officiant if required
 Attend makeup and hair trial if hiring someone
 Meet with photographer to discuss potential photo opportunities
 Take time to enjoy your surroundings, grab a drink and relax!
*Important tip: In the unfortunate occasion that your bags get lost during travel, you’ll want to be sure that your most important items are packed in your carry-on bag. Include your passport, plane tickets, credit card/cash, wedding rings, wedding dress, veil, tux/suit and wedding shoes.
At Belle Destination, we make design and destination planning simple. By reflecting the heartbeat of the local culture, we harness the energy of emotion and the power of paradise to help you create your own personal paradise with less stress and more joy. Contact us today to learn about our destination wedding planning services!
Photography: Dmitri Photography | Florals: Mandy Grace Designs
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: Mike Adrian
Photography: KT Merry
Photography: Aaron Delesie Photography