Although Kate Helligso (25 and freelance artist/graphic designer) and Chris Paulson (25 and a US Navy submarine officer) had their destination wedding for loved ones on the island of Maui, Hawaii, they didn't want the typical Hawaiian theme. Instead, they treated guests to an authentic island wedding with a nautical, rustic style at the beautiful Olowalu Plantation House. "As soon as we saw the venue, visions of happiness exchanged between our family and friends flashed through my mind and I knew it was the place," Kate says. They combined the tropical environment with nautical details that reflected Chris's love for sailing and his profession with the Navy—from the blueprint wedding invitations designed by Kate to the sword they cut the cake with. Even the palette, filled with shades of blue, reflected their love for the sea. It was seen throughout day's details, designed by the Mandy Grace Design team. Wooden dining tables draped with blue linens had decorative elements of fresh fruit, antlers on top of hand-dyed fabrics and antique dinnerware, inspired by still-life painters that brought an artistic twist to the display. To sum it up, we loved that this island wedding truly reflected Kate and Chris as both a pair and as individuals. "The best advice I can give for the day of the wedding is to relax and let go of control and expectations," Kate says. "It’s about love, communion and the joining of friendship and family."
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Photography by Wendy Laurel
Maui is a land of rain, sun, clouds, wild ocean, sometimes all within a few minutes. Set at Cliff House in Kapalua, the natural surroundings of dramatic cliffs and deep blue ocean provide a gorgeous backdrop away from the landscaped resorts and bring us back to the real Maui.
We created a tropical haku lei (floral crown) of magenta Bougainvillea blossoms, a wildly tropical bouquet and garland of greenery to add vivid pops of color to the natural scene.
Photography by Wendy Laurel
When two busy doctors from Seattle tie the knot, a relaxed celebration is the name of the game. And that’s where a tropical destination wedding came in. Kat and Aaron brought on the always fun and talented Vows Wedding & Event Planning to omit any stress from the equation for their Andaz Maui destination wedding. The look of the day? Whimsical jewel tones and wild floral arrangements. Love the fig and berries my team added to the centerpieces!
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Photography by Erich McVey
Once wedding planning begins in earnest, the color palette is a first on the checklist. From bridesmaids to bouquets, wedding colors lead the look of the celebration. In our latest issue, a bright, citrus inspired shoot citrus yellow theme.
The unpretentious scene of Tuscan life is perfect for a destination wedding, and The Villa at Calasa Olive Farm offers the best of both worlds—European elegance with Maui's mesmerizing ocean vistas. Inspired by the abundance of natural foliage growing around the property, our team created an arch of lush garden roses and white hydrangea mixed with olive branch and pepper berry greens. The Villa lawn is a sublime setting of Mediterranean elegance under the graceful olive trees.
For their hometown affair in Maui, Hawaii, Alexa and Sal preferred a setting that was a little bit rustic and a little bit glamorous. A Tuscan-inspired villa in earthy shades of terra-cotta and tawny yellow perched on a 20-acre olive farm in upcountry Kula was perfect. The Villa is a functioning olive far with gorgeous vineyards that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Above all else, the tree-shaded ceremony lawn was its finest feature. We adorned the ceremony site with a wrought-iron arch in foliage, herbs and olive branches. Florals in the hues of white, ivory and blush created a beautiful, classic and lush garden setting. Alexa carried a romantic hand-tied bouquet composed of blush garden roses, soft pale porcelina spray roses and peonies.
Revelers took to long family-style wooden farm tables for a lively dinner reception. The al fresco scene was quintessentially Italian in look and feel. We wanted to showcase and support the nature around us. Weathered stone vessels housed rosemary and blush and ivory dahlias, David Austin garden roses, spray roses, cobra lilly, and olive branches. Large custom wreathes of olive branches and foliage with soft mini lights hung above the dinner tables for an elegant and effortless scene.
The evening ended with a delicious seasonal meal by Maui Executive Catering with the feeling of a Tuscan dinner party.
Photographer Brandon Kidd captured the ethereal movement, strength and grace of a ballerina amid the hidden gardens of Maui's Haiku Sugar Mill.
We gathered ranunculus, champagne roses, fringed tulips hellebores, snapdragons and local foliage in this wildly romantic bouquet.
Pacific Weddings magazine invited us into their studio to adorn the white walls in ferns and greenery. We presented a delightfully charming farm fresh bouquet composed of late-summer offerings: champagne sahara roses, majolica and porcelina spray roses, purple Bullet Allium, hanging Amaranthus, cherry tomatoes, honeysuckle vine and purple ornamental cabbage for a natural and organic look.
Photography by Ashley Camper
The White Orchid Beach House on Maui’s most breathtaking shore is a heavenly oasis with “Old Hawaii” charm. The private estate, with its expansive oceanfront lawn framed by black lava, is a fitting scene for a wedding reception inspired by the curiosities of the sea. The element of surprise in the tropical setting of yesteryear is velvet, a wintery and sophisticated fabric selected for its wonderful sheen and depth of color. As timeless as the wedding itself, bespoke velvets were once a royal status symbol worn centuries ago by nobility and high society. During the renaissance, the luxurious woven silk textile was an expression of power, wealth and taste, subtly hinting at one’s family history.
Making wedding decor comparable in beauty to a destination like that of the gorgeous Hawaiian islands can be a feat. But Belle Destination Weddings & Events delivered something just as stunning as the setting with this classic affair perfect for a tropical summer wedding! The beautiful bright overflowing floral arrangements soften the space and add even more beauty to the scenic reception.
Photography by Trish Barker
Lindsay and Matt came from a very cold Canada for a fun destination wedding. They wanted a wedding where just their closet family and friends attended and where they could really have a week of fun with their guests. They started off with a bridesmaid surfing session and then a gorgeous Olowalu Plantation House wedding. It rained on the wedding day so the couple opted to do a casual but fun couples shoot after the wedding on a very sunny day for some of that Maui sunshine. The wedding day was gorgeous and everyone had fun despite the rain. Rain on your wedding day means good luck.
Lindsay’s inspiration for her wedding planning was her love of the color purple and her and Matt’s destination wedding and loads of fun. The globe and map to show where they were for their wedding. The fun polaroid photos of their friends and family with cute captions to include their guests. The wedding sparklers at the first dance were a big hit with the guests. Who doesn’t love a sparkler?
Photography by Wendy Laurel
In Hawaii, rain drops on your wedding day are a blessing. Katie and Jason hosted a simply pretty destination wedding at Maui's Haiku Sugar Mill. We worked with a classic color story of blush and ivory. A little bit of rain fall and flickering candlelight made for an intimate and genuine celebration.
Photography by Beloved
The wedding planning team at Belle Destination Weddings & Events and floral designer Mandy Grace refashioned the beachfront destination wedding taking an exotic, glamorous and utterly colorful turn. For Rajdeep and Lael's dual celebrations, Belle and Mandy created two vivid outdoor scenes in Maui, Hawaii. The first, a traditional Hindu ceremony honored the groom's heritage and the second, a classic American ceremony and reception on the grass overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Hale Honu, an exclusive private estate. The stunning bride says, "We wanted our wedding to be small and intimate with just our closest friends and family and we thought we could take our wedding as an opportunity to vacation for a week with our closest friends who are spread throughout the country."
Photography by Rachel Solomon
We couldn't resist sharing Alexandra and Ignacio's classic and elegant destination wedding at Maui, Hawaii's beachfront venue, Sugar Beach Events. Photographers Callaway Gable captured the beautiful light and love of the day. In seaching for the perfect wedding locale, the couple knew Maui was the place. Their criteria in selecting a wedding venue: private, oceanfront and delicious food.
For the decor, they selected a neutral color palatte of whites to let nature stand-out. The intimate party commenced outside on the grass for an outdoor dinner party feel with an open-air dining canopy covered in chiffon. We designed a floral installation with industrial cafe string lights for a touch of modern.
Photography by Callaway Gable
Tall trees and a gorgeous ocean view was the setting for this rustic, vintage wedding at Olowalu Planation House in Maui, Hawaii. Bride Katherine chose gold and blush with lace and wood which were incorporated into all the fine details from the venue space to the the tabletops adorned with rose centerpieces and lace table runners in ivory.
Katharine and Ryan have a love of traveling, which was reflected throughout the day. Their guests signed a letterpress map of Maui instead of a traditional guest book. Guests were also invited to write messages to the newlyweds on Hawaii postcards which will make a nice keepsake for the years to come.
Photography by Ashley Camper with wedding coordination by Belle Destination Weddings & Events
Mod furnishings, colorful pattern play, cheery flowers and cool resort wear hinted at the glamour of another era in this styled wedding shoot captured by photographer Anna Kim for Pacific Weddings magazine. We crafted a swanky sparkle of a setting inspired by designer Jonathon Adler's midcentury modern vibe.
The sleek surroundings of Hale Honu, a private estate tucked away on Maui’s southernmost coast, provided just the setting for a poolside reception inspired by the midcentury modern design ethos of Palm Springs, California. The styling cues—and hues—of the day were dictated by renowned interior designer and décor guru Jonathan Adler, known for his refreshing mix of wit and whimsy in everything from pottery and furniture to bedding, stationery and hotel design. Over the years, his name has become ubiquitous with the Old Hollywood-meets-new-bohemia vibe of Palm Springs, where he famously lent his worldly aesthetic to the Parker Palm Springs Hotel. In redesigning the former Givenchy resort in a town that’s serious about luxury, Adler's mantra was to unite happiness and chic. He says, “I believe design should always be chic, always glamorous and always colorful.”
Photography by Anna Kim | Featured in the pages of Pacific Weddings magazine