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

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!

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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

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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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

Island Style Weddings!

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

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Maui Wedding: Caroline & Phil

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

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

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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: 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: https://vimeo.com/112975090

Vendors //

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

Multicultural Destination Wedding at the Haiku Mill

Special Touches Make This Maui Wedding Special

This gorgeous Bride and Groom (who preferred to remain anonymous) had a very specific vision of what they wanted their guests to experience. Their vision was very much based on feeling and emotion as opposed to using tangible images as a source of inspiration.  Their wish was to create the perfect backdrop to their love story, by transforming the gorgeously rustic Haiku Mill into a haven of comfort.  They wanted very much for everything to feel natural, and to simply accent the already incredible natural brick, vine, weathered rock and wood of the Mill's interior.

In addition to their wish list of feelings that they wanted conveyed, the couple also wished to incorporate elements of the Groom's Indian heritage within the event as well, without too much of the amplified opulence of a traditional Indian wedding. Adding ceremonial Hindu rituals, such as the puja ritual (offerings), allowed for their closest friends and family to actively participate in the ceremony, adding a very important feeling of intimacy to their event.  Their hands were wrapped together with a red sash as they performed the Saptapadi (Sanskrit for seven steps) around the Holy Fire (Agni).  With each step, the groom's aunt called out a vow to establish aspects of a happy relationship and household for each other.

To create the setting they envisioned, we set up plush Turkish rugs, tons of accent pillows, coffee tables, varied vintage decor pieces, side tables, and nick knacks, giving the Mill's lounge areas the feel of an exotic living room.  The dining tables themselves were all unique and inviting, accenting different elements of glass, drift wood, overflowing arrangements of flowers and fruit, and candles, candles, candles!  Instead of mounting a temporary trellis, the oh-so talented Bella Bloom attached individual vines and blooms to the existing vines that crawled up the entry way to the Mill.  Instead of bringing in glassware for the accent arrangements, we utilized the weathered and moss-covered ceramic urns from the Mill itself, and filled them with an abundance of flowers, falling over the edges to add on over-grown affect.  Captured by the very-talented Rebecca & Jonathon Tamiz Photography.

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Maui Wedding Vendors

Wedding Planning & Design: Belle Destination Events Photography: Tamiz Photography Venue: Haiku Mill Flowers: Bella Bloom Officiant: Pia Aluli Catering: Aloha Events Catering Bar Services: Garnish Events Wedding Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes Vintage Rentals & Design:  Opihi Love Rentals/ Lighting: Pacific Isle Rentals Tents: Maui Rents Stationary: Miss B Calligraphy Hair & Makeup - Mira Carman  & Trisha Joseph

Belle Destination Weddings Featured on Snippet & Ink

Eunice and Larry - A Beautiful Kauai Wedding

Just a couple of days ago; we were pleased to see one of our  weddings featured on Snippet & Ink - a beautiful wedding blog showcasing real weddings, bridal inspirations & features for all to awe about!

Eunice & Larry tied the knot just last Spring on the beautiful island of Kauai, the Garden Isle; truly one of my favorite spots on earth.....sigh. The wedding festivities were flawlessly captured by Nancy Neil , who was so sweet to work with. The wedding ceremony took place at a private property in Kilauea, Kauai called Secrets Beach Hideaway overlooking Secrets Beach. If you are looking for absolute privacy and jaw-dropping incredible views, this is the place for you! Following the dramatic back-drop of the wedding ceremony venue, all guests made their way to the St Regis Resort in Hanalei Bay, an equally stunning location right on the water, where a beautiful reception was set up. It all came together so seamlessly. Have a look at the photos below.

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View their beautiful Kauai Wedding Portfolio.

Private Wedding Estate in Tahiti

Tahiti Bound!

Private Wedding Estate in Tahiti

Some family friends recently went for a 2-week stay in Tahiti…I know…completely jealous!  They went to visit another family friend of ours who just happens to own an amazing black pearl farming business on the island of Moorea.  They have an incredible home of which they rent out and it has become available for private Tahiti weddings as well!  Anyone interested?  We are dying to do an event in Tahiti… I mean come on..who isn’t?

The 3 bedroom, 220 sq. meter villa features a private office (just in case) and it’s own private gym!  The rates are incredibly reasonable, especially compared to what you find in Tahiti normally.  Imagine yourself beach-front, tropical drink in hand, soft island breeze, calm lagoons and far off waves crashing on the outer reefs!  There is also plenty of yard space for a party of any size, but knowing Tahiti, you will want to keep it small and intimate. A beautiful wedding adventure awaits!  Contact Belle Destination Weddings & Events if you would like to receive additional information for your very own private Tahiti wedding at this gorgeous locale!

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