Posts Tagged ‘destination weddings’

Oct
01
Linda + Hugh: Intimate Gray and Yellow Hawaii Oceanside Wedding by Stephen Ludwig Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Stephen Ludwig Photography; Venue: Lanikuhonua; Coordinator: Michelle Garibay; Flowers: Marie Blooms;  Bride’s Gown: Essense of Australia; Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic; Caterer: Memoirs; Cake: A Baked Romance;  Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan purchased at Bloomingdale’s; Groomsmen Attire: H&M and Nike; Jewelry: Tiffany and Mimi’s Jewelry; Prop/Furniture Rentals: Accel Rentals and Event Essentials; Makeup: Kim Duong;  Ceremony musicians/DJ: Paul Head, Hai Nguyen, Daniel Jung;  Invitations: Hannah Cherry; Videographer: Bao Thai; Photo Booth: TVS Booth

Linda and Hugh were married at Lanikuhonua in Oahu, Hawaii on November 12. The bride looked radiant in a strapless mermaid gown with a ruffled skirt and bejweled belt. She wore her hair in a side swept curly ponytail and accessorized with a birdcage veil. She carried a bright bouquet of roses, mums, kale, craspedia, and silver brunia balls. Her ‘maids donned gray strapless dresses with yellow belts. The groom looked handsome in navy dress pants, a gray vest, and a navy blue bow tie. His men wore the same but swapped out the gray vest for some stylish suspenders. “To determine colors, we decided to each pick one color that describes our personalities,” Hugh said. “The end result was a color combo we both loved and found meaningful.” The couple tied the knot in front of a wooden structure decorated with flowers overlooking the ocean. Nearly 100 guests looked on as they sipped Mai Tai cocktails out of personalized jars. A reception followed outside at long banquet tables and chiavari chairs. Guests found their seats from paper post cards. The pair even offered a custom coffee bar and had the paper cups made with their names and wedding date on them. Each guest received a bag of kona coffee beans as a wedding favor. Linda and Hugh also held a traditional tea ceremony. “Our tea ceremony was an ode to our Asian culture,” Hugh explained. “We poured tea for the elders and our moms as sign of gratitude in exchange for traditional red Chinese envelopes. Linda wore a traditional Chinese dress for this portion of the day.” Family and friends indulged in a three-tier cake adorned with succulents and danced the night away on the outdoor dance floor. “Everyone present was family to us,” Hugh said. See the full board here.

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Sep
08
Phyllis + Tony: Tropical Beachside Spring Hawaii Wedding by Rachel Robertson Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photo by Rachel Robertson PhotographyWedding Planning:Diana of Oahu WeddingVenue: Paiko Estate; Floral Design:  Flowergirls Hawaii Floral DesignJewelry: Martin & MacArthurDress: White by Vera Wang from David’s Bridal; Shoes:  Stuart Weitzman; Bridesmaids Dresses: Tori RichardGroom’s Attire: Hugo Boss; Hair and Makeup: Maleana Cosmetics; Catering: Island Fushion Catering; Invitations: Etsy; Rentals: Les Saisons & Royal Party Rentals; Cake: A Cake Life

Phyllis and Tony were married at Paiko Estate in Hawaii Kai, Hi. on April 9. The bride stunned in a strapless fitted dress and wore her hair in an intricate updo adorned with a pink flower. She carried a colorful bouquet of pink peonies, succulents, dusty miller, and viburnum. Her maids wore blue patterned maxi dresses and carried colored roses, white ranunculus, light pink lisianthus, dahlias, succulents, and dusty miller. The groom and his men opted for casual suits and wore leis around their necks. The couple was married beside the ocean, while their intimate group of 30 guests looked on. The weather was ideal, according to Phyllis. “Not too hot, not cold. Clear blue perfect Hawaiian day.” At the reception, guests dined at tables with chevron linens and their chairs were decorated with seeded eucalyptus. The couple hoped to make the wedding as care-free as possible. “We are both foodies and wanted the food to be the focus along with the unbelievable Hawaiian scenery,” Phyllis said. “We wanted to have little fussiness and make it informal and comfortable.” After dinner, the guests indulged in cakes with fun flavors such as cookie & cream with red velvet and guava filling with yellow cake. Guests took home personalized matchboxes as a momento from the day. The bride’s best advice? “Be patient, open to ideas, trust your gut and really prioritize what is most important to you and your mate,” Phyllis advised. See the full board here.

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Aug
07
Andrea + Stuart: An Intimate Colorful Destination Winter Mexico Hotel Wedding By Jorge Santiago Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Jorge Santiago PhotographyCeremony Venue: Hotel Boutique Casa OaxacaReception Venue: Hotel Azul Oaxaca

Andrea and Stuart’s ceremony and reception was held at two different locations – Hotel Boutique Casa Oaxaca and Hotel Azul Oaxaca – in Oaxaca, Mexico on December 18. ”We met at a friend’s party,” Andrea said. “We had spoken on the phone prior to that about arranging Spanish lessons [since I was a teacher], but he was so busy; it wasn’t possible. Ironically, he still hasn’t had one.” The bride wore an nontraditional red lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with long sleeves, accessorized with a braided crown updo, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. “I wanted the wedding to be unconventional, bright and colorful, encompassing Mexican traditions but still including non-traditional aspects,” Andrea said. “I also wanted it to be small and intimate with not too many guests.” Following the handwritten vows and exchanging of rings, the newlyweds processed down the city streets amongst a calenda, or parade. Notice the chinas oazaquenas? Women dancing and carrying baskets of floral arrangements on top of their heads. Plus, monos del calenda too, or giant puppets. The outdoor terrace was hung with papel picados, tables were decorated fringe ended runners, and antique stained glass centerpieces filled with roses, mums, and a hint of greenery. The main dinner dish was mole, and “the chocolate cake was delicious,” she said. In addition to a DJ, there was also a marimba band performance, which is a percusion instrument consisting of wooden bars struck with mallets. The most important lesson they learned? “Listen to what people have to say and be considerate of them but only follow it if it agrees what with is in your heart,” Andrea said.”Following a set way of doing things doesn’t have to necessarily agree with how you would like them or dream them to be on your big day either.” See the full board here.

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May
19
Anna + Mike: A DIY Boho Chic Summer Idaho Ranch Wedding By Erin Leigh
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Erin LeighVenue: Fall River RanchFloral Designer: The Peripatetic SunflowerDress Designer: WattersGroom’s Attire: Leone CollectionOfficiant: John Prim; Ceremony Musician: Jordan Meine; Caterer: The CellarCake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Anna and Mike were married at Fall River Ranch in Ashton, Idaho last summer. The couple first met 10 years ago, when she frequented the snow-cone shack where he worked. “Finally, one day I had the guts to write my number down on a napkin and give it to him,” Anna said.  After deciding on a destination wedding four hours away from their home in Salt Lake City, they officially had all 40 acres of the property to themselves for the weekend, including no cell service. “Mike and I decided to have a getaway wedding because we only wanted the people there who wanted to be,” she said. The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown with a tiered ruffled skirt, accessorized with a floral wreath in her updo, while the groom wore tan suit, accessorized with a blue tie. ”It was very important for me to buy my bridesmaids dresses for them,” Anna said. “So, I shopped with each of them to find the perfect style. No one’s body is the same, and I wanted them to feel the best they could and comfortable.” Bouquets were freshly-picked wildflowers wrapped in lace around the stems. Guests were greeted with a welcome sign that encouraged them to hashtag “mike+anna” on their Instagram pictures. ”When it came to the wedding decor, we did it all ourselves,” she said. “We used all of my Depression-era glassware, my grandparents collected vintage medicine bottles for me and after many trips to vintage markers and estate sales I had a large selection of vintage items to use as vessels.” Following the evening nuptials, the newlyweds performed their first dance to ”Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts, but due to a sound system snafu, they ended up dancing to “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran, dinner was served on vintage china, and in lieu of a traditional tiered cake, a red velvet bundt cake was served. See the full board here.

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