Succulent & Lilac Maui Wedding

Laura and Chris hosted a simply pretty destination wedding at Ponomakena Sanctuary on Maui. Nestled on the island’s Southern most shoreline, the 3-acre private estate is as oceanfront as you can get! A natural ceremony arch adorned in lush purple roses and foliage marked the wedding site. For the reception guests dined in the open air on farm tables dressed in Adorn silk runners, Set crystal glassware and earthy succulent and floral centerpieces. Film photographer Jana Dillon was on hand to capture the magical evening! Laura and Chris, thank you for being such an amazing couple to work with— your wedding was a complete joy.

Photography: Jana Dillon | Ceremony Venue: Ponomakena  | Event Designer: Belle Destination Weddings & Events | Flowers: Mandy Grace Designs | Rentals: Signature Boutique Event Rentals , Rio Event Design, Adorn ,  Set | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Cocktail Catering: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering

Romantic Maui Olive Farm Wedding

Shalan and LeBraun are childhood sweethearts. They grew up attending the same private school in Nashville and their families were dear friends. Shalan says, “We started-and-still-do call ourselves “The Best Friend Club.” As we continued to grow up, we especially bonded over a love a travel and decided in 2015 to spend a year living, working and playing in Australia. He is my rock, my comfort and the love of my life. Sometimes you just know and even though it wasn’t a love-at-first-sight-lightning moment that brought us together, it was electric from the first moment we held hands when he picked me up in his black Mustang and drove me to the movies!”

If that isn’t romantic enough, LeBraun asked Shalan to marry him on bended knee outside of the Louvre in Paris! They set out to plan an intimate destination wedding in Maui, Hawaii and a hometown reception upon return to Nashville. The outdoor ceremony was held in the grass in the middle of an olive grove in Upcountry, Maui. The Villa at Calasa Olive Farm is an exceptional setting at an elevation of 2200 feet. It boasts incredible bi-coastal views of Maui, enveloping silvery olive trees and grapevines in the cool upcountry mist. The bride, a graphic designer and all around creative runs, a journal devoted to adventures, creativity, recipes, and travel. She had a clear vision for the day with a color story of blush, ivory and natural greenery. A long farmhouse table was set by the wood-burning stove for a relaxed ambiance.

Happy New Year!

It was such an honor to be photographed by KT Merry to celebrate the new addition to our family, baby boy Rev. We took her to our favorite beach and surf spot by our home on Maui's north shore, Ho'okipa. Navigating the new world of motherhood while producing events alongside my best friend and business partner Jane has been a balancing act to say the least. We are so grateful for our amazing clients and industry friends that made this year one of the best ever! Sending warm wishes of peace and love in the new year. xo Lena + Jane

Photography by KT Merry

Four Seasons Lana'i Wedding in Martha Stewart Weddings

We were thrilled to see Michelle and Yu’s destination wedding featured on Martha Stewart Weddings this month! Mahalo for the beautiful feature, MSW.

When Yu, a real estate investor, knew he was going to propose to Michelle, his girlfriend of two years (and friend for six!), he wanted everything to go exactly as planned at a private dining room in New York City, where the pair lived. Two attempts later, when the timing didn't work out, he finally proposed at home with a Harry Winston engagement ring while the two were in their pajamas. "He cried his eyes out," says Michelle of the sentimental moment. The couple loved Harry Winston because the company's initials H.W. are like "husband" and "wife," and because they're based in the place they fell in love (Manhattan). As a further way of personalizing the dazzling ring, Yu chose a 2.20 carat diamond because the pair began dating on February 20.

 For their wedding, the now California-based couple personalized their day with just as many sweet touches. First, there was the location, the Four Seasons Lanai in Hawaii, which they chose because it was halfway between the United States and China, where many of their family and friends live. Because Michelle loves dusty pink, the shade set the tone for the day's décor and fashion choices. But more than anything, they wanted to throw an energetic bash for the 50 guests that attended. "We didn't want anything too serious or traditional," Michelle says. "So the focus was just to have a great time with our friends from all over the world—and to drink lots." And the three-day party, which included Chinese door games, a tea ceremony, and, on October 5, 2017, a romantic, outdoor wedding, accomplished just that.

Photography, KT Merry | Location, Catering, Cake, and Transportation, Four Seasons Resort Lanai | Event planning, Belle Destination | Flowers, Mandy Grace Designs | Videography, Hi Focused Cinematography | Stationery, Jenny Sanders | Calligraphy, Miss B Calligraphy | Rentals, Inspiration Events HawaiiLa Tavola Fine Linen RentalSet | Bride's gown, Reem Acra (ceremony); Herve Leger (reception) | Bride's accessories, Manolo Blahnik shoes; Bergdorf Goodman veil; Twigs and Honey headpiece; Graff jewelry | Hair and Makeup, Ting | Bridesmaids' dresses, Jenny Yoo | Groom's suit, Dolce & Gabbana | Menswear, Suitsupply | Groom's accessories, Santonishoes; Dolce & Gabbana shirt; Tom Ford bow tie | Lighting, Inspiration Events Hawaii | Silk Ribbon, Adorn

Bright & Fun Welcome Party at Andaz Resort, Maui

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!

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Photographer: Valorie Darling | Event Producer + Designer: Belle Destination Weddings & Events | Floral Designer: Bella Bloom | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental + Rio Event Design | Signage : Miss B Calligraphy | Shave Ice Bar: Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice

A Modern Tropical Lu'au in Hawaii

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! 

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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 Wedding

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." 

Maui's Newest Oceanfront Wedding Venue

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! 


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Photographer: Melia Lucida Photography | Event Producer + Designer: Belle Destination Weddings & Events | Stylist: Shaunna Nygren |  Floral Designer: Mandy Grace Designs | Hair + Makeup Styling: Meili Autumn Beauty | Jewelry: Solo Oro

Real Wedding: Natasha & Zach

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!" 

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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

Real Wedding: Wanda & Julian

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!

Vendors //

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 

The Year in Review: Our Top Wedding Trends of 2017

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!

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. 

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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. 

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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!

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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). 

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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. 

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A Wedding Registry that Gives Back

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

Real Wedding: Anna + Tyler

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." 

Vendors //

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 

An Engagement Session at Traavasa Hana, Maui

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 wore a Jen's Pirate Booty dress from Pink by Nature in Makawao. Her nude one piece swimsuit is by Acacia.

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!"

Vendors //

Photographer: Maui Maka | Location: Travaasa Hana | Dress: Jen's Pirate Booty | Swimsuit: Acacia

This Wedding Inspiration Is All Things Beachy + Bright

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.


Vendors //

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

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.

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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