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!

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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.

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fuchsia hair flowers

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groomsmen gray suitsbridesmaids with parasols

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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.

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newlyweds first kiss

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wedding guest portraits

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!

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bride and groom portraits

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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


Comments (17):

  • Taylor Heist on October 7, 2013

    This is a fabulous wedding! Our company loves destination weddings on the island of Maui too! Your location is simply gorgeous. Take a look at this wedding we did on Maui - have you heard of Haiku Mill? Its beautiful! - http://afirstclasswedding.com/2013/09/11/haiku-mill/
  • eileen on November 30, 2012

    Im planning on getting married and I would like to have a Hawaiian Theme.
  • Andrea Bellagala Intern on October 31, 2012

    We love the vibrant color scheme of this wedding! Very appropriate for Hawaii and just all around fun. What a lucky couple to be married in such a gorgeous place! The subtle use of the flowers in the bride's hair was the perfect way to pull some of the wedding colors into her attire. The ombre colored wedding cake is to die for and very in style. Congratulations to the happy couple!
  • Mercedes Denham on October 19, 2012

    Simple beautiful , I love the photos with the ocean in the background.
  • Carrie on October 8, 2012

    Everything about this wedding is just AWESOME! Perfect
  • A Day in May Design on October 7, 2012

    LOVE the colors of this wedding! And the fact that the bride allowed her bridesmaids to choose dresses that they would love and show their own unique style.
  • Jen O. on October 2, 2012

    Love these. The colors are fantastic and the couple looks so happy!
  • Lena Sebag on October 1, 2012

    Thank you so much for featuring this beautiful wedding. Krista was a joy to work with and it couldn't have been captured more beautifully - Wendy you are the Queen of color!!
  • Kati Decker on October 1, 2012

    Wendy, these are fabulous! I love the portraits (but then I love portraits :) ). Congrats on the feature and photographing this beautiful couple! Amazing images.
  • Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} on October 1, 2012

    Simply gorgeous! I'm loving everything, especially the sweet detail of 3 bright pink roses tucked into her hair.
  • D'Arcy Benincosa on October 1, 2012

    Wendy these are stunning! I want to come out to Hawaii and have you photograph me. You are truly an artist who sees color like no one else I know. What a lovely couple and wedding! Great job all around.
  • Virgil Bunao on October 1, 2012

    these are so beautiful Wendy!!!! LOVE!
  • Tania on October 1, 2012

    Congratulations on your beautiful wedding and the love you both share on those pictures! I love all the wedding decoration. Thank you for displaying the beautiful table runners you bought from my shop...all the pictures are breathtaking.
  • lydia {ever ours} on October 1, 2012

    love the use of chevron..and is that an ombre cake i spy?
  • Lisa O'Dwyer on October 1, 2012

    Stunning photography! A truly gorgeous wedding!
  • wendy laurel on October 1, 2012

    Thank you so much for sharing this wedding. It looks wonderful up here. Mahalo!
  • A Wedding Less Ordinary - Wedding Favours on October 1, 2012

    Gorgeous wedding! Love the hot pink and silver/grey combination. The retro striped straws are fab too - these are so popular to add a little splash of colour to your wedding favours right now! Congrats!!


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