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If you guys are like us and suffer from some major wanderlust, then today’s post is for you! For those of you who love to travel, you can attest to the fact that often times, some of the best memories are those unplanned moments along the journey. When I think back on my honeymoon, our go with the flow attitude created some of our sweetest moments–whether it was swimming in the middle of a sudden rainstorm, playing table tennis over a round of martinis, or stumbling on the best afternoon tea served on the beach–it was all about letting ourselves wander off the path and onto the memories of a lifetime.

We think the same goes for any honeymoon, but particularly for today’s featured destination: Hawaii. For many of us, this gorgeous crop of Pacific islands is all too familiar, so today, we thought we’d spark some unexpected ways to let yourself wander away from the typical expectations of a Hawaiian getaway. Let your imagination venture a little further than the typical visitor because we think you’ll discover the best there is to offer when you just Let Hawaii Happen.

With six major Hawaiian Islands, each with their own personality, today’s mini tour will guide us through our favorite three of those islands. Are you ready? Jet, set, go!

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First stop is Kauai, which is known for the gorgeous Napali Coast. With plenty of opportunity to relax, this is the perfect first honeymoon spot, where you’ll have a chance to unwind and rejuvenate on the most lush of all the islands. While there, your journey can take you anywhere from helicopter tours of waterfalls and jungles to sailing along the green coastline and horseback rides destined for secluded beaches. Talk about romance!

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Next up is Oahu, the perfect place for honeymooners ready for some amazing food, nightlife, art, culture, and shopping! There’s something to suit every taste bud–whether it’s the Vietnamese Cuisine at The Pig & The Lady in Chinatown (with a Pho French Dip that we hear is a must have!), Cornflake French Toast for brunch from Koko Head Cafe, or a farm-to-table tour at Kahumana Organic Farms (overlooking the mountain range of Lualualei Valley no less), you certainly will not leave feeling disappointed–or hungry!

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Our final stop is Maui. While laid back and leisurely, Maui also features an intriguing mix of luxe resorts, adventurous activities, and charming small towns. It’s the perfect way to end your stay with a last minute adventure before you head home! Just imagine starting your day with a drive to the famous Haleakala Summit to catch a breathtaking sunrise from 10,000 feet. After a heavy dose of caffeine and breakfast, why not try your hand at rappelling down 100-foot jungle walls for an adrenaline rush like no other!? With a long list of lookouts, breathtaking beaches, vistas, and waterfalls, there’s no way you’ll head home without an incredible bucketful of memories to last a lifetime.

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If you can’t tell, today’s post has us packing our bags already! Who’s ready to go with us and Let Hawaii Happen?

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We’re loving the mix of styles in Patti and Thomas’s North Carolina barn wedding celebration at WinMock at Kinderton. Planned and designed by Grey Collective member Rebecca Rose Events, the event details included a cheerful palette of coral, pinks, crisp white and buttery yellow. We’re especially loving the preppy, bold navy and white stripe details against the rustic, barn venue and we are beyond obsessed with the giant, pink florals also by Rebecca Rose Events. Lucky for us  photographers Jake + Heather were behind the lens capture all the stunning moment of the day along with some great shots of the couple’s scene-stealing pups.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The best part of our wedding was to see all the people from the different aspects of our lives coming together under one roof to celebrate our love, mingle and have fun.

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

My gown was an Essence of Australia ball gown wedding dress in ivory soft organza over moscato gown with blossom sash. I found it shopping together with my mother and two triplet sisters, Martha and Ellie, over Christmas break at a small boutique, Southern Bride in Yadkinville, NC.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our wedding cake had our two dogs, Olive and Dexter, made of fondant poking their heads out of the bottom layer. It was important to both of us that the dogs be incorporated in the wedding. We also had personalized corn hole boards purchased by my (one of 2) matrons of honor and her husband.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Walking down the aisle to see my husband’s beaming face as he stood waiting to marry me.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

When we met, Thomas was a freshman at North Carolina State Univ. and I was a junior at Wake Forest Univ. I was good friends with his sister, also a student at Wake Forest.  We met at a Martin Luther King Day party his sister threw at Wake Forest. We spent the remaining of our college years driving between Winston-Salem and Raleigh on weekends to see one another. We took long distance to another level when I moved to Gainesville, FL to pursue my doctor of veterinary medicine, and Thomas stayed in North Carolina to work for a healthcare software company. Our engagement was approximately 7 years later after meeting when I was returning to NC from a weekend trip away with my sisters. Airports and travel having such an important role in our relationship, Thomas surprised me at the Piedmont Triad International Airport on my return with flowers, a ring and a proposal!

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Planning, Event and Floral Design, and Production: Rebecca Rose Events // Photography: Jake + Heather // Graphic Design, Stationery & Gift Boxes: Rebecca Rose Creative // Envelope Calligraphy: Carole Murray // Venue: WinMock at Kinderton // Catering: Holly Tate Fine Catering // Lighting: Sound Illusions // Cake: Maxie B’s // Entertainment: Bunn DJ // Linen Rentals: La Tavola and Nuage Designs  // Chairs, China, Glassware, Flatware: Classic Event Rental // Hair & Makeup: UpDo’s Studio // Bridal Gown: Essence of Australia

 

When photographer Cassi Claire inherited her late-grandmother’s china, she recalls her “14 year-old self thinking it was old lady china.” But when she pulled the set out of the garage over 10 years later it was like seeing it for the first time with new eyes—she was in LOVE. Cassie was so inspired by the red, depression glass china that she envisioned this gorgeous styled elopement around it. It’s filled with deep red florals and surrounded by lush greens and a woodlands setting with a touch of the past in details like the caped, vintage bridal gown and the calligraphy invitations by Bonne Nouvelle Design.  The florals by Wild Floral Designs are spectacular—a great twist on a traditional winter color palette. And of course Cassi Claire captured all the beautiful details and some really breathtaking woodlands scenery for our eternal enjoyment!

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Photography: Cassi Claire // Floral Design: Wild Floral Designs // Invitation: Bonne Nouvelle Design // Calligraphy: Hendricks Handwritten // Rentals: UltraPom Event Rental // Bridal Hairpiece: January Rose Bridal // Adventure Sign: DarlingAdorned // Wood Mr. & Mrs. Sign: LH Calligraphy // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Models: Dan + Lauren Wysocki // Dress: Vintage (was mother of the groom’s wedding dress!) // Red Dishware: Avon’s 1876 Cape Cod Collection (belonged to the photographer’s grandmother) // Cake & Other Dessert: Wegmans // Turquoise Settee: Target

 

We’re kicking off the holiday season with a gorgeous Carmel Valley winter wedding. Kylee and Kieran were married at Holman Ranch in a day filled with sophisticated, cozy details all planned by Heidi Hughett of Coastside Couture, Guests were greeted with hot apple cider and dined in a tented reception under romantic, custom light features by Seascape Flowers. We’re loving the pops of red including the seasonally appropriate pomegranate tablescape decor and the absolutely mesmerizing, all-red bouquet. Lucky for us, the couple enlisted Carlie Statsky to capture all the details of their absolutely stunning day.

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From the bride: Every December, Kieran and I celebrate our anniversary in Carmel, which is also where he planned a beach proposal under a gorgeous full winter moon. It’s such a special place for us, that it was only fitting we have a December wedding in Carmel. And, even though it downpoured during our rehearsal the night before, Carmel Valley gave us gorgeous weather with an evening under another full moon. Holman Ranch was perfect for our style, rustic with vintage class and sophistication. We embraced the season and loved the idea of a winter wedding, with lots of white and sparkle for the holidays. It was important that every aspect of the day be genuine, memorable, and truly represent ‘us’. Frankly, we wanted to use our budget on items that we knew would make us smile and leave a lasting image in ours, and our guests’, minds. The amazing lighting, bonfires with s’mores and cozy blankets, live music, and ditching a big cake to instead opt for freshly made donuts, accomplished that goal. But, ultimately it was the elements our friends and family contributed that made our day especially amazing. The bouquets and boutonnieres were made with love by my very first babysitter; our dog, Eddie, was the ring bearer; our friend, Nate, married us; my best friend baked her famous red velvet in a mini cake to cut; and the fresh honey from our friend’s farm to gift as favors. It was stunning and spectacular, and filled our hearts completely.

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From Heidi, the Planner: Kylee and Kieran were married on a crisp December day at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley. Guests were greeted with warm apple cider as they arrived at the lovely vineyard ceremony lawn. The Ceremony included the Monterey String duo and was witnessed by family and friends and their beloved dog Eddie. Wine and cheese was served following the ceremony on the stone terrace. Dinner took place under a clear tent highlighted by a custom lighting feature created by Seascape Flowers, guests seated at long wooden tables. A pomegranate amuse bouche at each plate added a pop of color to the white decor. A dinner of grilled salmon and braised short-ribs followed. After the feast, guests moved to the Carriage House for dancing to the Steve Ezzo band, a dessert of made-to-order donuts by Harvey’s, and a hot chocolate bar.

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Photography: Carlie Statsky // Planner: Heidi Hughett, Coastside Couture // Ceremony and Reception Florist: Seascape Flowers // Invites and Placecards: Minted // Venue: Holman Ranch // Hair: Karla Fenton, Umbrella Salon // Makeup: The Hair and Makeup Company // Bouquets and Boutonnieres: The Vu Family Friends // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Band: Steve Ezzo Entertainment // Ceremony Musicians: Monterey Strings // Caterer: Paradise Catering // Donuts: Harvey’s Donuts // Booze: Bottles N’ Bins // Cake: Gigi Achanzar Sy, Friend & Bridesmaid // Dress: Berta Bridal (significantly altered by Ericka Engleman) // Seamstress: Ericka Engelman Couture // Bride’s Shoes: SJP // Earrings: Ippolita //Groom’s Suit: Custom //Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds //Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Aidan Mattox //Groomsmen Suits: Hugo Boss // Room Block: Quail Lodge // Transportation: Main Event

 

Andrea and Tanner’s wedding day at Rancho Dos Pueblos  is filled with relaxed, rustic white details and a whole lot of super-fun portraits by Grey Collective member Woodnote Photography. The couple enlisted Donna Romani to plan a lovely outdoor affair including the ceremony under a humongous old tree and the candlelit lawn reception under graphic paper lanterns. We’re totally loving all the adorable images from the day and we know you will too!

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How did you meet?

We met on a study abroad program in Greece. Our flirtation sparked over the discovery of our mutual appreciation for Disney songs, which our officiant highlighted during our wedding ceremony by integrating a ‘magic carpet ride’ theme into the program.

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If you had to sum up your wedding in a sentence, how would you describe it?

Our wedding was a bigger version of one of our favorite activities – gathering family and friends and sharing great food and drinks in a beautiful setting, creating fun moments and fond memories.

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Any DIY projects you were especially proud of?

We collected some of our photos from our years together and also asked our parents for some of their wedding photos and displayed them all within large floating wooden frames during the cocktail hour.

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Do you have any stories to share from the day?

The entire day truly felt like a dream, and flew by way too fast, as many others had warned us it would. But one of our favorite impromptu moments was when a favorite song of Tanner’s Dad was played towards the end of the evening. Somehow our immediate family all ended up on the dance floor, linking arms and jumping around in a circle to the rhythm of the song. It was such a silly display, but an authentic expression of the excitement felt by both families throughout the celebration.

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Any advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding?

Invest a substantial amount of your time and effort to find vendors you trust. Being able to work with vendors that you can establish as partners makes the planning process so much more fun and creates a higher probability for an effortless day of event.

Photographer: Caroline + Jayden of  Woodnote Photography // Wedding planner: Donna Romani // Flowers: Rhonda Fauci at Command Performance Catering // Stationery & Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas // Ceremony/Reception Venue: Casa Grande at Rancho Dos Pueblos // Videographer: James Tull // Rentals: A Rental Connection // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bride’s Jewelry: Headband by Jennifer Behr // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Camille La Vie // Groom’s Suit: Balani // Groom’s Shoes: Bruno Magli // Groomsmen’s Suits: The Black Tux // Hair + Makeup: Mar at Team Hair & Makeup // Caterers: Command Performance Catering // Reception Music: DJ Shammy Dee