We’re happy to see signs of fall popping up all over the place (pumpkin lattes!), but today’s wedding from Wendy Laurel is making us miss summer just a tad — how could you not look at this beautiful day and wish you were in the warmth of Hawaii’s sands? Add on some chevron table runners, ombre napkins, and some amazing pinks and corals and we’re counting down the days until next summer!
From the bride, Krista: We decided on Maui because we both really wanted to do a destination wedding, and Hawaii seemed like the dream spot to do it in! I had fond memories of a childhood vacation to Oahu and my fiancee had never been, plus we avoided any worries of hurricane season in the Caribbean. The best thing we did once we decided on a location was to find a wedding planner. I knew I wanted someone who would be organized and knowledgeable about the location-since I certainly had no idea about locations or vendors.
For the bridal party, I did my best to keep things simple. I had each of my bridesmaids pick one shade of the pinks/oranges I had chosen from paint swatches, and asked them to find a knee length dress that they liked in that color. It was the simplest way to wrangle dress selections since everyone was scattered across the country, and everyone loved the dresses they wore! We also made sure to rent a beach house for the week before the wedding where our entire bridal party (and us!) could stay to really hang out. Some people we hadn’t seen in years, so it was a really great vacation in addition to a wedding.
The one thing I did to make my destination wedding feel more real to me was to have an active hand in finding the decor for the ceremony and reception. I ordered the table runners, drink straws, and origami drink stirrers off of Etsy, and had them delivered to my house so I could see them before the day of the wedding. I also really liked the ombre dinner napkins I had seen on Pinterest, so decided to DIY them myself. It was awesome to go into my wedding day not really knowing how all the details would come together. I tried to leave as much as possible to the wedding planner. It really cut down on any stress I might have felt about little details being wrong — I had no idea what “right” would have looked like!
Wedding Location: Makena, Maui, HI / Wedding Photorapher: Wendy Laurel / Wedding Venue: Kukahiko Estate / Event Design and Coordination: Belle Destination Events / Wedding Flowers: Bella Bloom / Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo / Hair and Makeup: Mira Carman / Caterer: Aloha Events Catering / Wedding Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes / Cake Topper: Lisa Leonard / Place Card Holders, Cake Stand, Vintage Rentals: Opihi Love / Rentals: Island Rents / Tables and Chargers: Pacific Event Group / Table Runner: Chiqui & Ita / Drink Stirrers: Nikki POP Arts / Paper Goods: Paper Source / Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy / DJ: DJ Scotty D / Officiant: Ron Winkler