Now that temperatures have dropped, we can’t help but dream of a beach vacation on the sunny island of Oahu. Luckily we have weddings like this one to hold us over. Elise and Giovanni’s blush and beige Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko’olina wedding was the perfect combination of tropical and romantic.
With the help of Eventures Hawaii, the couple turned the seaside ceremony space into an elegant reception using pink linens, rose centerpieces put together by Yvonne Design, gold cutlery, and sparkling chandeliers. Ready to take a tropical trip virtually? Then keep scrolling to see the stunning photos captured by Derek Wong Photography.
Elise and Giovanni
Four Seasons Resort O’ahu and Ko’olina, Oahu, Hawaii
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Congratulations again to Elise and Giovanni on their blush and beige Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko’olina wedding! Thank you to Derek Wong Photography for capturing every romantic detail. If you’re planning your own island “I do’s,” then check out these six island-inspired tropical wedding color palettes.
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There’s nothing quite as magical as a tropical wedding under the Hawaiian sun while overlooking the Pacific’s translucent teal waters. Denice and Bryan’s island-chic garden wedding at Kualoa Ranch was a beach lover’s dream come true. With the help of Finishing Touch Hawaii, the couple’s day had the perfect touches of decor and color that didn’t distract from the island’s natural beauty. We love how Denice’s Allison Webb floral jacquard ballgown matches the white and green florals from Yvonne Design. Not to mention her second mermaid silhouette gown from Martina Liana made her look as if she had just jumped right out of the sea and into the photos.
With rentals from Pacific Party Rentals and Aloha Artisans, the pair transformed the outdoor ceremony space into a beautifully simple reception space. It was complete with airy linens, flowers galore, twinkle lights, and a personalized marquee sign from Designed with Aloha. Bryan’s niece, Allison Slater–who’s a well-established wedding photographer in Phoenix–beautifully captured every special detail and candid moment. If you’ve dreamed of a tropical affair, we can’t wait for you to see these breathtaking images!
Denice and Bryan
Kualoa Ranch Paliku Gardens, Oahu, Hawaii
Why Kualoa Ranch
Hawai’i was always my dream–without a doubt. So I felt so blessed to be able to actually plan for it. I love all the islands but once I came across Kualoa on Instagram, I was sold. The incredible ocean view with the ‘Chinaman’s Hat’ island–Mokoli’i–coupled with the steep Jurassic-looking mountains all in one location, was perfect for me.
Personalizing Their Ceremony with a Unity Candle Lighting
We had a lighting of the unity candle ceremony. Each child of ours read individual scripture readings that our officiant chose, and then we all met around a table set next to our ceremony riser to light the unity candle all at once. Bryan’s nephew, Matthew Slater, was also our officiant. He was exceptional, and it made our ceremony that much more personal.
The Neutral Color Palette
Our colors were neutrals that were complementary to the destination. I wanted everyone to wear colors within our ‘island chic’ palette for pictures as we were a small group. We had both fathers wear the same thing–head to toe–and the mothers wore the same color dresses. Bryan wore the only dark suit.
An Unforgettable Rain Shower
One unforgettable memory was witnessing everyone I love dancing until the very end of the night–even after a typical short-lived rain shower later in the evening. The locals told us that this type of short, light, misty rain is a blessing on your wedding day.
Congratulations again to Denice and Bryan on their special day at Kualoa Ranch! Big thank you to Allison Slater Photography for sharing the gorgeous photos with Junebug. To see more tropical wedding goodness, check out Kerina and Ivan’s Elegant Hawaii Wedding at Four Seasons Resort Oahu!
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Aloha! Raeanne and Jesse’s rustic chic Maui wedding at Montage Kapalua Bay has us wishing we were on the shores of the Pacific with a mai tai in hands right now! The couple always knew they wanted a destination wedding and they quickly fell in love with the Montage in Lahaina. That is until they saw the price tag anyways. After picking a budget-friendly venue, they were met with unforeseen issues and had to switch venues a month before the wedding. With the help of their expert planner, Platinum Weddings & Events, they ended up back at the Montage Kapalua Bay—the original venue of their dreams. Funny how life works out sometimes.
Though it’s untraditional, Raeanne wanted autumnal colors for her beach wedding and it turns out the deep jewel colors contrasted against the light blues and greens of the surrounding nature brilliantly. We hope to see more of this daring spirit in coming weddings. We haven’t even mentioned their black volcanic-inspired cake by Sugar Beach Events! The photos captured by SASs Photography are easily some of our favorites so grab a beachy drink and get ready to melt.
Maui Social Media’s Nicole Sanchez on the Day
“Raeann and Jesse were married on a grass cape outstretched over the beautiful Pacific Ocean with gorgeous decor in rich hues of red, orange, and crimson to mimic the amazing shades of the sunset in Maui. Guest seating was set in a circular fashion with the bride and groom at the center, surrounded by their family and friends. They said “I Do” under a half-circle arch dripping in luxurious floral decor that was absolutely stunning!
Personal details that were incorporated into their day included the bride’s late grandmother’s wedding ring, the bride’s diamond earrings which were gifted to her by her father when she was a little girl, the groom’s firefighter badge attached to the bride’s bouquet, and the groom’s grandmother singing and playing the ukulele during the reception.“
Raeanna and Jesse
Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui, Hawaii
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Wedding Day Vibes
When Jesse and I got engaged, we decided that we wanted to host a destination wedding in the fall. Although it may be non-traditional, due to Maui being gorgeously sunny year-round, I still wanted to incorporate autumnal vibes into our wedding vision. That’s when Taryn (our amazing wedding planner) stepped in and took the reins! I gave her small snippets of my lifestyle vibes and she transformed them into stunning wedding vibes!
The Couple’s Most Memorable Part of Their Wedding Day
For us, it was our first moments together as a newly married couple taking pictures. After the ceremony, we made way to the Cliff House at the Montage. It is a quaint and secluded building that offers panoramic views of the ocean while below, a rock peninsula outstretching over the beautiful ocean with rich hues of red, orange, and crimson created by the sun and all its glory filled in the background. Jesse and I were accompanied by Taryn, SASs photography, and Sunlit films. However, in that moment, it felt like we were alone—like we had a moment to just be, to love each other, and to enjoy the first moments married. The logical part of me knows we were in the company of others but it is a testament to how comfortable our vendors made us feel, and how they allowed us to just “be married” in that moment.
Wedding Day Fashion
I tend to gravitate toward flowy, bohemian styles but also wanted a look that would stand the test of time. My dress, Carmen—as she was named—with all of her timeless ornate lace and her delicate long sleeves and stunning open back came to life the first time I put her on. Family heirlooms like my late grandmother’s wedding ring, my diamond earrings gifted to me by my father when I was young, and my diamond necklace given to me by Jesse after he surprised me during our long-distance times added further personal touches.
Wedding Day Surprise
Jesse’s grandmother, a Maui native, sang and played the ukulele for us during our reception. We were anticipating that she would sing and she is a renowned established ukulele player, but her voice and talent are just something you have to see and hear to believe. Her performance served as a tribute to his Hawaiian culture and is a memory that will serve us a lifetime.
Congratulations again to Raeanne and Jesse on their extremely romantic and rustic-chic wedding at Montage Kapalua Bay! Thank you to SASs Photography for capturing the magic of the day. If you’re anything like us and you want to drool over Hawaii destination weddings all day, check out Kerina and Ivan’s Elegant Hawaiian Wedding at Four Seasons Resort Oahu!
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