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June 02, 2009

Reception Décor: The Ultimate Transformation

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When high school sweethearts Alaula and Wailani Artates set out to plan a hometown wedding in Upcountry, Maui the couple had no idea how grand their celebration would become. With a guest list of nearly 1,000 friends and family members, the couple welcomed the challenge of finding a reception venue to accommodate such a large guest list. The bride, a graphic designer and owner of design studio, Artistry8, truly enjoyed transforming the plain event space, Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center, into a festive party atmosphere. Check out the "before" and "after" photos after the jump!

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how did you come to pick the location?
Our ceremony was at a park in Waiohuli Hawaiian Homesteads. Alaula was actually helping the community build this park for about a year before we planned to get married. While we were deciding between a few places, Alaula's dad mentioned the park being the perfect place. It overlooks the whole island, it's so beautiful. Our wedding was actually the first event to ever happen there. We have hopes to live there someday and raise a family.

Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center was where we held our reception. It is a common place to host events and it's the largest center in Upcountry, Maui. Since size was the determining factor in our choice, it was perfect. I believe there were about 950 people in attendance in the end. We set-up a large white tent outside on the lawn to accommodate our guests, as well. Our goal was to transform the space, while keeping it simple with ohesive design elements and details.

what did you envision for your wedding day?
We really wanted it to feel like us. Not something you see in a fairytale that only lasts for one day, but a reflection of the people we have grown to be and will continue to be...meaningful, unique, fun and in love!

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What challenges did you face in transforming the space?
It really is a large space, which is always intimidating. I think for me, the challenge was to be appropriate— I tried not to over-design. So having strong, bold ideas that pop and some understated details that all tie-in to each other was key.

Did you have a certain budget in mind?
Of course there is always some sort of budget. I can honestly say that I didn't stick to mine, but there are always ways that you can get creative with it. For example, we gathered small branches for the centerpieces and large branches for the backdrop locally. The arrangements were all up lit and looked so beautiful. Our invitation bands also doubled as our vase bands. There are so many things you can do to cut costs!

Being a graphic designer, the décor was the most important detail for me. The two most important aspects for us as a couple were the food and entertainment. We have an amazing family that prepared and served all of our food, and people still talk about how good it was to this day. We had three groups of entertainers: the first group were friends of Alaula, Beenie Mahn and Family, the second were friends of mine who flew in from Oahu, Mailani, Jenn and Cody and lastly, Off Tomorrow, who I have a professional relationship with. They were all amazing! Because we have a large circle of friends and family, we had a lot of help in so many ways and we are so thankful.

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