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.