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Jen and Tommy’s wedding day at Olowalu Plantation House was a vibrant destination celebration. Having been in the wedding industry for more than 15 year, it’s assumed that bride-to-be Jen would have had her whole day mapped out. But as it turns out, she leaned heavily on friends, family and trusted vendors like La Fleur Weddings & Events to help influence her big day. The result is a bright and colorful beach wedding punctuated by amazing arrangements by Teresa Sena FloralMichael & Anna Costa captured it all and we could’t love the happy images any more Enjoy!

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From the bride: Tommy and I met about 10 years ago through mutual friends while camping in the desert. At the time we were both in other relationships but maintained our friendship through time. About 5 years ago we met up again on another camping trip and had both found ourselves single again and interested in each other. It took 9 months for us to have a real first date but we were both hooked from that point on.

Tommy and I are both fairly old fashioned and both of us are pretty stubborn.  He told me he would marry me any time I asked him to and I would retort that I would marry him as soon as he asked. I’m pretty sure I win the stubborn award because I held out until one night when we closed down a restaurant on the beach and he got down on one knee to ask me to be his wife with the ring of my dreams in hand.

After the engagement we both agreed that a small, intimate wedding was the way we both wanted to go.  The island of Maui was a natural choice for us, having vacationed there we fell in love with the island and all that it offers.

Having been in the wedding and special events business for upwards of 15 years you would think this bride had her ideal day mapped out and “pinned” to the most minute detail. Nope. I was a lost little bird who had to be bullied to pin things and ended up leaning on close friends in the wedding industry to pick linens, figure out my florals and other touches that added to the day. The only things I knew that I needed and wasn’t willing to compromise on were having a coordinator and photographer that I knew and loved since these are the folks that make the day happen and document all of the details.
Dress shopping was interesting for me as I am not, and never have been, a tiny girl. With most dress shops topping out at a size 6 for samples it was almost comical trying to find “my style” at the first few shops. Fortunately I found Sara, the “dress whisperer”, at Della Curva in the San Fernando Valley who pulled out one dress after a quick chat and “get to know you” session and I was done. The strapless sweetheart bodice was a deep cream colored Chantilly lace and the skirt was layers and layers of ivory chiffon. The dress was finished off with a simple dusky rose ribbon. I was able to design earrings to match with another close friend who is a jewelry designer; she found pink freshwater pearls the size of grapes and paired them with rose gold and Herkimer diamonds.

Given our busy work and life schedules we knew we weren’t going to be able to make it to the island for any site planning, tastings or any of the other “normal” pre-wedding meetings that typically happen when you plan a year in advance. Fortunately we had access to a wedding and event planner that was not only intimately involved with weddings all over the island, but also happened to be a close trusted friend who “got” us. Jill LaFleur of LaFleur weddings was instrumental in matching us with the right vendors and orchestrating the wedding day so that I didn’t ever feel like I had to lift a finger.

One of my revelations in regard to the design and look of our wedding was that there was no one color scheme or design in anything I chose. I love color, and lots of it and was thrilled with the whimsical and colorful bouquet, ceremony decor and centerpieces that my florist, Theresa Sena, created. They paired perfectly with the fun linens from La Tavola as well as with the venue that was set on an old plantation on the beach in Olowalu. Dark wicker couches and white ottomans were placed around the dance floor and bar area for our guests to lounge and watch the festivities throughout the night. Theresa also provided the most adorable vintage mailbox for our guestbook table. Instead of a traditional guest book we opted for vintage postcards from the Hawaiian islands for our friends and family to write notes on.

Food and beverage were at the top of my list and our food caterer and beverage caterer both knocked it out of the park. Small bites and casual stations were our choice as neither of us wanted a stuffy sit down dinner. The signature cocktails were absolutely glorious, garnished with tropical flowers and made with fresh squeezed juices and local Hawaiian rum and vodka.

 

One of my very favorite moments from the wedding was the end of the night where the DJ played “Don’t Stop Believing”, the entire crowd was on the dance floor minus my sweet husband who then proceeded to rip off his wedding shirt and join the crowd. I look at the photos that Michael and Anna Costa captured of this moment and all the rest through the night and am so happy that this incredibly silly, sweet man chose me to spend his life with!

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa // Wedding Planner: Jill La Fleur La Fleur Weddings & Events // Florist: Teresa Sena Floral // Venue: Olowalu Plantation House // Music: DJ Boomshot // Catering: Mill House // Hair & Makeup: Hair & Makeup by Heather // Transportation: Akina Aloha Tours // Rentals & Lighting: Island Rents // Craft Cocktails: Garnish // Linen Rental: La Tavola Linen

 

 

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A truly international celebration; Sarah who is Australian-Chinese and Piers from the UK, decided to get married on a beautiful winery estate in Tuscany called Conti San Bonifacio. The celebration embraced a fusion of cultures starting with the traditional Chinese tea ceremony followed by an outdoor ceremony overlooking the beautiful rolling Tuscan hills. Vendor Funkbird Firenze stole the show with playful and punchy coral, pink and magenta florals all over the place—a lovely ceremony arbor, chair florals, and gorgeous centerpieces on the family-style tables. We’re loving the light-hearted spirit of the couple the shines in the mustache and pink lip place cards and their coordinating magenta accessories—Manolo Blahniks for her and bowtie for him. Check out these beyond-stunning images by Kylee Yee Photography!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was intimate, carefree and a celebration of love and friendship. The day was perfect (my husband did so well planning it all!) and was full of fun and laughter for my nearest and dearest!

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

This was the most difficult choice for me for the whole wedding; I had been indecisive and liked most wedding dresses I tried on. Having decided that I wanted a backless dress, I was looking everywhere around London, but came across Zahavit’s dresses in the shop just next to my office (Les Trois Soeurs in Canary Wharf) and I was in love! I was lucky enough to sign up for her trunk show at the store and met Zahavit in person! She listened to the styles I like, the venue and destination and in the end she chose this dress for me. When I tried it on, I knew I had to get it!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My father-in-law acted as the celebrant to the ceremony (as we had registered the marriage at our local registry in the UK a few days before) and it was quite special for us; we are pleased to have him play such a key role on our big day! Also, we decided a wedding cake was not needed as the venue already provided plenty of delicious Italian desserts (and sponge cake isn’t very Italian!).

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Every moment of it, but particularly special moments include: our vows in front of friends, speeches from my dad and sister (both live in Australia!), drinking wine in the vineyard with friends while doing our photo shoots, jumping on the bed with my bridesmaids, and dancing the night away to the best music!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at work in Autumn 2010 and got on very well! We started going out a couple of months later and everything else just fell into place. He proposed when we were on a trip to New York 3 1/2 years later; it was on top of the Rockefeller Center and very much unexpected! I said “Yes!” when he pulled out the box (before he even had the chance to ask!).

Photography: Kylee Yee Photography // Florals: Funkbird Firenze // Invitations: Peach and White Wedding // Venue: Conti San Bonifacio // Assistant Photographer: Tanja Kibogo // Videographer: Gattotigre Video // Dress: Zahavi Ttshuba // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters wtoo // Groom’s suit: Jaeger // Groom’s details: Austin Reed // Hair & Makeup: Giulia Makeup // Band: Audiodress

 

Jesica and Alex’s wedding was a dream come true. Coordinated by Amy Abbott Events and set in the idyllic beachfront of Cabo, the wedding celebration lasted 3 days with different events exploring the natural beauty and food of the area. The ceremony was held on the beach front of the Cabo Surf hotel, married by one of their best friends while their family and closest friends witnessed their personal vows. The reception was held in garden of the hotel and filled with elegant, romantic details and covered in pale pinks, neutrals, and natural green colors of the florals by Pina. The gorgeous images of the event by Ana & Jeromeare sure to delight all you destination brides.

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how they met: Jes and Alex met at work when they were working on a project together for major release. Alex was still new to the city, and Jes started inviting him to local bars and nights out with her friends where they started to hang out more and more. One magical night, Alex, Jes, and their friends stayed up all night and watched Lilo and Stitch, Aladdin, and Lion King; that’s when sparks started to fly. A few weeks later, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, and in the midst of celebrating in champagne showers in the street, they had their first kiss. And they have been inseparable ever since!

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Photography: Ana & Jerome // Coordination: Martha Lomeli with Amy Abbott Events // Flowers: Pina // DJ: Teeven // Venue: Cabo Surf // Makeup and Hair: Enrique Meza // Wedding Dress: Marisa // Suit: Samuel Sohn // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August

photography @anaandjerome // coordination @amyabbottevents // flowers @pinacate0202 // venue @cabosurfhotel

makeup and hair @enriquemezaro // groom’s suit @samuelsohn // bridesmaids’ dresses @joannaaugust/

You guys! This wedding is SO gorgeous. Hand-down, the most stunning flowers we’ve seen so far this year. Sarah and Brad were married at the urban Excelsior Lancaster in historic Lancaster, Pennsylvania where the bride grew up. Stylist Prema aided the couple in creating a lush, look filled top-to-bottom with HUGE pink peonies and coral garden roses in bouquets and centerpieces by Wildflowers by Design. Sara’s THEIA dress adds a modern vibe while Brad’s bright bow-tie and bold boutonniere are fresh and playful. And the icing on the cake? It’s definitely the cake by Rosie’s Creative Cakes with it’s climbing florals. Lucky for us Justin Tearney was on had to capture all the beauty.

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Our wedding was held on June 25, 2016 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a small city in the south-central part of the state where I was born and raised. Although my husband and I met in North Carolina, we returned to Lancaster for a year at the beginning of our relationship before moving to California to start the next chapter of our lives; as a result, it is a place that always evokes for us both nostalgia for the past and excitement about new beginnings.

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Many of the guests at our wedding had met us before we started dating. Knowing this, we wanted the ceremony and reception to give them a clear picture of us as a couple. We worked with our parents and vendors to make sure that each detail felt personal: from the menu of our favorite foods to the historic downtown venue to the bluegrass band that kept us dancing into the night, every element was authentically us. Perhaps most important, my husband and I are both incredibly good friends and very much in love; our ceremony and reception captured both the fun and serious sides of relationship in ways that I believe were visible to everyone in attendance. When I think back on our wedding, I am aware that, in deliberately sharing who we were with our guests, we were also expressing who we hoped to be in married life. I love what we chose to say. To me, this sense of our past and present becoming our future is what made our wedding so special. I will remember what that felt like forever.

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Photography: Justin Tearney // Styling: Prema // Florals: Wildflowers by Design // Invitation Suite: byBrydon // Day of Coordinating: Planned Perfection // Venue: Excelsior Lancaster // Dress: THEIA // Bridesmaid Dress: J.Crew // Bride & Maid of Honor Shoes: Charles David // Bridal Shop: a&bé bridal shop // Groom’s Suit: Bonobos // Hair: Styles on Mulberry // Table cards: Minted // Cake: Rosie’s Creative Cakes // Film lab: The Find Lab // Camera Rental: Contax Rental

 

Lanikuhonua was a natural choice for Jamie and Trey’s destination wedding for a bride who grew up in the Hawaiian islands. The tropical affair, designed by Grey Collective member Moana Events is one for the books. We can not peel our eyes away from the tablescapes at the tented reception—runners consisting purely of roses! Passion Roots florist continued to create magic at every turn with the pink and deep coral palette included a stunning floral arbor and centerpieces. June Cochran Photography was on had to capture all the rose-colored happiness of Jamie and Trey’s big day—your’e going to love it!

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From the Wedding Planner:  This stylish and fun wedding took place at Lanikuhonua with a beautiful beachfront backdrop surrounded by Hawaii’s most elegant foliage. Jamie and Trey’s inspiration came from the bright pinks, oranges, and corals of a sunset. Jamie wanted to incorporate her love of flowers into her wedding day and worked with her wedding planners to drape the tables and altar with ferns, peonies, dahlias, and roses. Trey, along with Moana Events continued the wow-factor and surprised his new bride with signage displaying sweet sentiments as she entered the property. The couple also chose Laurenish Designs to create custom hand painted watercolor stationery that matched their invitations to display items such as the dinner menu and cocktail selection for the evening. During the reception, accents of gold complimented the customized place setting of ferns and fuchsia pink place card napkin wraps.

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The bride grew up in the Hawaiian islands and wanted to share some of her favorite things with her destination guests, so the reception also featured local elements; a poké bar for dinner, malasadas – a Portuguese doughnut for dessert, and a live Hawaiian band.

Photographer: June Cochran Photography // Event Coordination & Design: Moana Events // Flowers: Passion Roots // Invitation & Stationery: Laurenish Designs // Custom Wedding Signage: Hawaii Calligraphy // Cake: Cake Hawaii // Ceremony Entertainment: Ikaika Rawlins, Hawaiian Trio // Cocktail & Reception Entertainment: Jeremy Cheng / Francis Delfino (DJ) // Catering: Chef Elmer Guzman’s Island Cuisine // Officiant: Matthew R. Weiss (Friend of the Couple) // Tent & Rentals: Accel Rentals // Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals // Rentals: Event Accents // Hair & Makeup: Blush Hawaii