This wedding is loaded with laughter and love. A full two days, starting with a tiki inspired ceremony and reception in Lahaina and ending the journey with a cruise through Hana. Katie and Erik were married at a private home in the Launiupoko Estates on Maui’s west side. A rainbow, Hula, tiki shots and shave ice gave this party some island flavor. Of course, a trip to Maui’s east side could only make life better. Post wedding day craziness, Katie and Erik relaxed and enjoyed the old Hawaiian charm of Hana. World famous beaches, waterfalls right off the road, and a surprise visit from local dog Little Buddy. Just another day in paradise.
Venue: Hale Pilialoha through Exotic Estates
Coordinator: Lori Lawrence at Tropical Maui Weddings
Officiant: Jens Halse (brother of the groom)
Flowers: Maui Floral
Stylist: Beauty by Trisha
Catering: Maui Catering Services
Hula: Manutea Nui E
Wedding dress: Nicole Miller
Shoes: B Brian Atwood
From the Bride:
“(When deciding on where to marry) Maui was a no-brainer for us! We both visited Maui on family vacations growing up. Erik and I knew we wanted a destination wedding so we could spend the week celebrating with family and friends. We didn’t want a “traditional” wedding at a church or at a wedding venue, but something more intimate and casual. I worked with a vacation rental broker who found us the PERFECT estate overlooking Lahaina and the beach… everything after that just fell into place. Our wedding coordinator highly recommended Kaua. For me, I didn’t want a formal photography session — I wanted our wedding photography to reflect our celebratory spirit, the intimacy of a small wedding, and the beauty of Maui. After reading Kaua’s background and seeing the picture with his pup, I knew that he would capture just the right sentiments: compassion, love and spontinaity! My favorite highlight of our wedding were the vows that Erik and I wrote for each other — and the sentimental nature of our ceremony performed by Erik’s brother, Jens. Erik and I also incorporated a Scandinavian tradition of encouraging our guests to toast to us with aquavit (rather than champagne). Between the hula hooping courtesy of my dad’s lovely toast, shots of aquavit and the mai tai’s in the scorpian bowl, Erik and I were completely drunk with love. Skål!! We had not anticipated an intense wind storm blowing through on our wedding day, thankfully all the buildings had great impact doors and windows! Chairs blowing over, hair in faces, and crabcakes flying through the air. Even the wind made for some highlights — like me almost falling into the pool during our vows (the 4 1/2″ high heels may have contributed!). Looking back, Erik and I are so thankful that a destination wedding with 40 guests allowed us to spend more time with one another and our family/friends. My best advice is to make your wedding personal and reflect your own spirit. Celebrate old traditions and create new ones that will last a lifetime and can be passed down to other generations. I’d also say that having the wedding at the same location as where we were staying was amazingly helpful! It was the best five days of our life!!”
Beautiful wedding, beautiful couple, beautiful setting, beautiful time!