Michael & Vone traveled from Portland, OR to Maui, Hawaii with 63 of their closest friends and family for their destination wedding. This was actually a larger wedding than they had anticipated, but of course they were thrilled when twice as many guests rsvp’d than expected.
The wedding was full of color and personal style. Vone shared with us the inspiration for the day. “If you take a look in my closet, anyone can tell that my favorite color is teal. All my friends and family knew that color would be the dominant color in my wedding. The fuchsia/hot pink is also another one of my favorite colors, and added a nice complement to the teal.”
As for the location, the couple knew exactly what they were looking for. “We had decided on a private estate from the beginning, since we wanted to have the option of picking and choosing different vendors and have a bit more leeway with planning than we would have had if we had chosen a hotel venue.” The group settled in on a beautiful private estate, the Honua Kai Lani/Sugarman Estate, place where the bride and groom “fell in love with their view and seclusion on the island.”
To announce the wedding in true traditional Hawaiian style, a conch shell was blown to kick off the ceremony.
When we asked the bride about her most memorable moments, she shared an emotion one. “My husband’s not a very emotional man at all. So, seeing him tear up a bit as I joined him under the arch and throughout the ceremony as he gazed at me made all the stress of the wedding planning worth it.”
After the ceremony, the couple took some time out for a few shots around the island.
Then a sunset reception overlooking the ocean commenced!
The decor continued to weave in Vone’s favorite colors, but also included several tropical touches too!
As night fell, dancing, speeches, laughs (and sweets) were enjoyed by all!
Advice for future destination wedding couples? Plan to leave the location for your honeymoon! “Although we loved having our friends and family all there and spending time with them, we didn’t get much time to ourselves at all. We were in Maui for 10 days, figuring our honeymoon would be spent on the island after the wedding, and we’d get at least a day or two to ourselves. It never happened, because we were trying to make time to do an activity with each set of friends/family. Fortunately, we were able to plan a quick “mini-honeymoon” to Vegas two months ago as a belated honeymoon trip, with no schedules or stress. So, my advice: take at least a full day to yourselves and celebrate the beginning of your lives together if you plan to stay on the island. It’s a MUST for newlyweds!”
Congratulations Michael and Vone!
Destination Wedding Photographer: Nate and Jenna Photography