It’s all in the details for this creative and tropical island themed wedding. With a group of close friends to provide their warmth and blessings for the ceremonial music and officiant service, Angela and Andrew declared their love at the site of the Olowalu Plantation House. This celebration, with all of its beachy and tropical touches, tells the story of a fun loving, happy feasting, boogie into the evening, most memorable event. With a sunset stroll on Maui’s western shore, jaw dropping spread of sushi on the plate and collected memories on Polaroids in the pocket, this day is one for the books. A day this couple surely will keep close to their hearts.
Venue: Olowalu Plantation House
Coordinator: Lori Lawrence at Tropical Maui Weddings
Floral Arrangement: Maui Elegance Florals
Cocktail Musician: Jamie Lawrence
Catering: Cafe O’ Lei
Cake: Ghiselani Designer Wedding Cakes
Q and A with the Bride and Groom:
Q. How and/or why did you decide on Maui, and your venue, for your wedding?
A. We were fortunate in that Andy had to go Hawaii for work in November 2009 and Angie tagged along. We both knew it was a place that would always be special to us. We were immediately drawn to the energy of the people, culture, food, and land. While we enjoyed many experiences during our first trip, there was so much more we were unable to do. At the time of our trip Angie had literally finished her first round of cancer treatment and was extremely sick. Simple tasks like walking across the beach were too much for her low energy level. Our taste of Maui was enjoyable, but the trip did not satisfy our need for adventuire and fun with Angie’s limitations. When we first began discussing potential locations for our wedding, we immediately both agreed that Maui was for us. Olowalu was the perfect setting because we wanted an oceanfront wedding that provided a killer sunset, but also the flexibility to select our own vendors and do things our way.
Q. How and/or why did you decide on Kaua Wedding Photography for your wedding?
A. We selected Kaua because of his artistic and photo-journalistic approach to wedding photography. He has a great eye for detail and clearly captures key moments. One of the first things we noticed when reviewing his portfolio was how well he composes and frames his shots. And it sealed the deal when a Flaming Lips song was playing on his site! His style was clearly what we were looking for to tell the story of our wedding.
Q. What were some of the highlights of your wedding?
A. Where to begin?! Everything was a highlight to us. Most notably we enjoyed the whales frolicking in the background. We booked our wedding in February to escape the Chicago winter and didn’t realize it would be in the middle of whale season. We were hoping for a sighting but had no idea about the show that we were about to receive. Kaua even captured a great picture of us with a whale in the background! We had several of our best friends performing a variety of music and that was very special to hear. A special surprise was when Angie joined them after the ceremony and sang to Andy as her wedding gift. We had amazing food, including a sushi bar, that people are still raving about. There was a picture perfect sunset and we got to see our first green flash. Overall, the biggest highlight was the wonderful people that traveled so far to be with us on our wedding day.
Q. What would be your advice to those who are planning their destination wedding right now?
A. Get a coordinator or planner. We would have been lost without our wedding coordinator, Lori. She knew the venue, the vendors, and all the secrets to pulling off a very complicated event. By having someone local to deal with all of the details and behind the scenes execution, it made planning our wedding a dream, even from 4,000 miles away!