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.
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
Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy
Ceremony Music: Marcia Sloan & Marcia Lotter
Hair: Kristin Lindsey
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!
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 –
Beautiful Bridal and Bridesmaids Robes
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Beautiful Maui Wedding For Zack and Joann
Talk about an amazing love story! These two were clearly crazy about each other form the moment we began planning their wedding, but it wasn’t until later in the wedding planning process when we found out their incredibly interesting love story! Here’s the short story, but see more on their fabulous Maui wedding at the Olowalu Plantation House in the Style Me Pretty Destination Blog.
So here is the short version. Joann and Zack met at a golf course…started dating…stopped dating…some time passes…Zack is in a terrible accident and goes into a coma! People, this is not made up, but yet does sort of sound like a crazy soap opera story…but we swear it is true! When she heard about the accident, Joann of course came immediately to his bedside, realizing that she loves this man. Then…he comes out of his coma, and although he had lost some of his memory, but remembers Joann right away! They fall back in love all over again, and then the story ends….happily ever after, getting married a the ocean’s edge in Maui!
Ahhh (sigh), romance!!!! I feel a Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks movie coming on! What a privilege it was to be a part of planning this special day for these two nostalgic love birds! It is obvious the two were meant to be, and we cannot wait to see what the future has in store for them. Congratulations Joann & Zack!
PS: Can we hashtag #bestlovestoryever on a blog?
Photos by the amazing Maui wedding photographers Tamiz Photography
Marysa & David’s Romantic Maui Wedding At the Haiku Mill
Marysa & David exchanged vows at the Haiku Mill – It was a perfectly small gathering between their closest family and friends. The festivities started with a Chinese Tea-Ceremony as the Bride and Groom wanted to incorporate some of David’s family traditions into the day. The Tea-Ceremony was followed by a beautiful traditional Western wedding ceremony & dinner reception. Marysa loves everything French so touches of Chinoiserie were infused into the wedding decor. Chinese tin-tins, pops of red, gold colors and geometric patterns made up the wedding decor. For more amazing photos Check out Style Me Pretty’s blog today where this gorgeous Maui wedding is featured!
Maui Wedding Vendors
Maui Wedding Design & Planning: Belle Destination Weddings & Events
Photography: Jana Morgan Photography
Flowers: Bella Bloom Floral Boutique
Location: Haiku Mill
Minister: Pia Aluli
Catering: Aloha Events Catering
Wedding Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes
Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy
Hair and Makeup: Mira Carman
DJ: DJ Del Sol
Rentals: Pacific Isle Rentals
Custom rentals: Opihi Love
Invitations: Erica Keuter Designs
Shoes: Kate Spade