Mahalo to Joanna Tano Photography (again) for such wonderful pictures!
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010
A Childhood Vacation Spot Turns Wedding Venue in This Real Hawaiian Wedding
Photos courtesy of Joanna Tano Photography
Gretchen and Justin hail from stormy Seattle, so when it came to planning their big day--they saw sunshine in their forecast. Luckily for Justin, he vacationed in Maui almost every year as a child and had ample oppotunity to scout out venues for his future "I Do's." So, when it came time to planning their destination wedding, the location was a no-brainer.
The couple knew there was no place else that would hold as much meaning as Maui, Hawaii. Justin and Gretchen, along with their closest friends and family, gathered at the groom's family condo at the Makena Surf. The ceremony was held on the condo's lush green grounds overlooking the ocean.
Gretchen took advantage of the local flora with colorful tropical flowers brightening up the entire ceremony and reception. The love birds also took the opportunity to frolic on the white-sand beach with the constantly changing sky as their backdrop. By keeping all the events on the same property, the newlyweds' guests were able to truely relax, have a great time and enjoy each other's company.
The reception occurred poolside and really set off a laid back, hip vibe. The wedding party was able to celebrate and party in close quarters. What would a Hawaiian wedding be without little drink umbrellas? Gretchen and Justin also took advantage of Hawaii's beautiful native flowers when it came to the decoration of their cake thanks to
It's apparent that this couple really wanted their guests to feel as though they could unwind and set free their inner-child. Perhaps the giant, flavored snow cones paid homage to Justin's own childhood. Either way, they're just plain fun! It's obvious from the couples photos that this childhood destination is now home to a whole new collection of fond memories. We hope that Gretchen and Justin approach married life with zeal and childlike enthusiasm.