We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring you another wedding from one of our favorite venues, Hawaii’s Haiku Mill. This place is a tropical dream come true, as you’ll see from the images by Tamiz Photography. Throw in some flowers by Dellables Floral Wedding Design and the sweet romance between newlyweds Lisa and Matt, and you’ve got a surefire winner!
From the bride, Lisa: Matt and I met four years ago on a fortuitous (if not slightly cheesy) Contiki Tour through Southeast Asia. After two short weeks together, and an impromptu trip to Phuket, we knew we had something special. After parting ways, I returned to Canada and Matt to Australia thus beginning our year-long, long distance relationship. After many long hours spent chatting online and over the phone, we decided to take the next step in our relationship and I packed up and moved across the world to Australia. Four years, a couple of moves and a little shaggy fur-baby later and I’m happy to say that we are finally husband and wife.
For Matt and me, our wedding was all about bringing our family and friends together. We decided early on in our relationship that we would get married “somewhere in the middle” and Hawaii fit the bill nicely. Since this would likely be the one time in our lives when all of our loves ones would be in the same place, we wanted to make our wedding an unforgettable experience for everyone. We knew early on in the planning process that we did not want a typical beach wedding and wanted something a little bit more special and unique. After searching through endless wedding blogs and travel sites, I came across a wonderful write-up on unique wedding venues on each island. As soon as I came across Haiku Mill’s website, I knew we’d found “the one”. I immediately sent the link to Matt and my parents and luckily, they had the same reaction that I did. It was as if we had found the place that we didn’t even know that we’d been dreaming of.
Wanting to keep the vibe casual and fun, we decided on a “rustic garden party with hint of country charm” theme. Since Haiku Mill is magical and stunning to begin with, it provided the perfect backdrop for our dream wedding and we only needed a few personal touches to make it ours. As with any good garden party, we knew that flowers would be the most important part of making our theme come alive. After explaining to our planners at Haiku Mill what we wanted (peonies and garden flowers in pops of colour), they paired us up with Dellables. Once we started working with Della and her team, it became clear that they had a very similar aesthetic to what we were after and we were able to leave a lot of the specifics in their capable hands.
Throughout the whole planning process, the team at Haiku Mill were absolutely amazing. They were able to accommodate every request we had and the vendors they worked with were all lovely. We had a very clear vision of what we wanted and they were absolute mind-readers in making everything come together exactly as planned. The day itself was just as we’d imagined – full of love, laughter and fun. Once the sun set and the candles and fairy lights lit the space, everyone felt the magic that we had wanted from the beginning. It was more than we could have asked for and an experience that will not be soon forgotten.
Wedding Location: Maui, HI / Photographer: Tamiz Photography / Wedding Planning: Emily Machernis of the Haiku Mill / Florist: Dellables Floral Wedding Design / Venue: Haiku Mill / Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia / Wedding Shoes: Valentino / Hair and Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry / Bridesmaids’ Jewelery: Baublebar / Robes: Silkandmore / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: The Bespoke Tailor / Caterer: Maui Executive Catering / Wedding Cake: Designer Cakes / Bar Service: Garnish Events / DJ: Ace Beats / Furniture Hire: Island Rents and Signature Event Rentals / Table and Glassware Hire: Set / Save the Date Cards: Kate’s Paperie / Printed Menus: Love vs. Design