Flying halfway around the world for an unforgettable fairytale celebration? Uh yeah, sign us up right now. Alisha and Rob’s wedding was indeed a Hawaii fairytale come true, trading in the sandy beaches for an elegant, botanical garden event. The incredible team of Tamiz Photography, Mandy Grace Designs, and Haiku Mill worked true wonders here!
From the bride, Alisha: We decided on Hawaii because it made perfect geographical sense as it was half way between our friends and families in Canada and Australia. Neither of us were keen on beach weddings as we wanted a more formal affair that was romantic and elegant but also contemporary and unique. While searching online for wedding venues in Hawaii we stumbled across Haiku Mill in Maui and it was exactly what we were looking for. The majority of our guests were travelling very far distances and we wanted to find a venue where our guests could experience a fairytale celebration they would never forget.
Our colour scheme involved all soft colours – shades of pinks & grey, ivory & gold accents. We had 6 months to plan our wedding so we didn’t have a lot of time for DIY projects. One project we did do was create personalized escort cards. We bought envelopes that were used as escort cards and wrote individual hand written notes inside to all of our guests. This was a big hit as it showed our guests how much they all individually meant to us. Another resource we found really helpful was etsy. It allowed us to have hand crafted touches such as personalized luggage tags as place cards for our guests.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? If planning a destination wedding make sure you hire an event coordinator that knows the quality local vendors very well as you may not have a chance to meet with any of the vendors in person. Also, try your best to find a venue that can accommodate a wide range of guests as you often don’t know your final numbers until a month before. We thought we were going to have 25 guests but ended up with 90 in the end.
Bridal Party Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” IZ
Bride’s Processional: “Better Together,” Jack Johnson
First Dance: “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green
Wedding Location: Haiku, Maui, HI / Photographer: Tamiz Photography / Floral Design: Mandy Grace Designs / Venue and Coordination: Haiku Mill / Wedding Dress and Veil: Reem Acra / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Dan Sanchez / Makeup: Jessica Waite / Flower Girl Dress: frillyfairytales / Groom’s Suit: Tiger / Caterer: Maui Executive / Bar Rental and Cocktails: Garnish Events / Ukulele: Marvin Tevaga / Rentals: Island Rents / Chandeliers: Signature Events / Luggage Tags: lovetravelsfavors / Officiant: Keli’i Brown / Wedding Invitations: Paper & Poste / Calligraphy: Barbara Kua / Videographer: Cinemaui