Zasey Photography and Dellables

Love this blog post over at Groom Sold Separately.  Texas photography sensation, Zasey Photography, captured a lot of Hawaiian magic for this gorgeous event on Maui.  Enjoy!  Tables, Arch, Florals by Dellables.


GSS Featured Wedding :: Jeanne & Chris’s Intimate Hawaiian Wedding :: Zasey Photography

May 23, 2012 By  2 Comments
Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! You’re all in for a treat today!!! Man, our submissions just keep getting better and better!!! Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Amber Strickler of Zasey Photography, a Houston, Texas based photographer. Amber has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.
Jeanne and Chris were married on April 15, 2012 at Sugarman Estate in MAUI, HAWAII!!  Wow, what an location! Jeanne was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:
Note from Jeanne about her beautiful brooch bouquet (Seen above):  I made my brooch bouquet from scratch. I took me about six months and is a mixture of brooches that have been in my family for a long time as well as new ones. I wrapped stem in silk ribbon topped with a pearl strand and two diamond letters “J” for Jeanne and “C” for Chris. I love this bouquet because I will have it forever because it will never die.
How did you and Chris meet? We met in a small town named Danbury, Texas. I was visiting my sister (she married a man from Danbury also) and Chris was good friends with him. Chris is also from Danbury.  Anyways, we were just hanging out and riding four-wheelers playing in the mud.  We’ve been together ever since. :)
How long have you been together? 5 years
How did your husband propose? I came home after a long 12 hour shift at the hospital (I am a nurse), and he surprised me when I got home.  It was totally unexpected.
Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? It is a Paloma Blanca dress I  purchased at a store in River Oaks called Mia Bridal Couture.  I LOVE my dress.  I knew it was the one because I didn’t want to take it off. 
What persuaded you to have a destination wedding? Chris did not want a huge wedding here at home. Next best thing…..Hawaii!!!!
What sold you on your wedding venue? My wedding coordinator, Tori Rogers, gave me so many options. Sugarman Estate akaHonua Kai Lani was the one we chose and immediately we could tell there was something different about this location. It was very private and basically was a blank canvas for us to plan our perfect wedding.
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? I had family brooches in my bouquet that I made as well as new ones. I borrowed a handkerchief from my mom because I knew I was going to cry when I was about to walk aisle and my garter was blue. (I didn’t really put much thought into this tradition.) 
What song did you dance to for your first dance? We love Texas country and one of our favorite songs is by Wade Bowencalled “Who I am” the acoustic version. 
How did you choose your wedding color palette? I originally had chosen pastel colors, but everything was looking so monotone and we were having a sunset wedding outside in Hawaii so we decided that a brighter color was needed. Tangerine is the color of the year it seems.
Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process?  Having a wedding coordinator is key. Especially a destination wedding-  It is already stressful enough and a good one is essential. I don’t think my wedding would have turned out as great without mine. 
What was your favorite part of your big day? Everything. Not a single thing went wrong. If I had to pick one thing, it would be our private Polynesian Revue. It really ended things perfectly for the night. 
Floral: Dellables
DJ/Band: We had a Hawaiian trio
Ceremony Music:  Maui Harps
Videographer: Surefire Production
Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Memories of Today 
Thank you so much, Amber, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by her website and her blog and show her some love! And thank you, Jeanne, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you and Chris a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!
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Elegance by the Sea

We had the great pleasure to again work with Events By Evonne and grace the grounds of the Honua Kai Lani Estate with our fabric draped bamboo Dining Canopies.

Situated on the south facing shoreline of our beautiful island, we placed the Canopies about 20 feet from the slightly elevated edge of the famous La Perouse Bay.  The ocean was it's usual calm and inviting self, but this late in the afternoon, only a few turtles were enjoying the warm waters.

The theme colors were bronze and crimson, which were highlighted quite dramatically by the red table linens.  Once Della added her multitude of table arrangements it was just what a Bride would expect for her special day!

Mosaic candle holders were specially ordered from Asia along with red tea light holders from New York. 

The larger square vases were anchored with crystal marbles and half filled with Maui rain water.  There, the Ecuadorian roses, Big Island orchids and ginger, California dahlias rested comfortably awaiting their admirers.

The caterers then set a fine setting and with a perfectly timed sunset and a specially ordered Full Moon, the wedding party settled into a very enjoyable evening indeed.

 Inside the Dining Canopies we suspended thin bamboo poles to support customized silk Chinese lanterns with a low wattage ambient bulb.  Very nice touch.  
Beyond the canopies, and not in these pictures we had a 100 foot string of nylon "moon lights" with sufficient lighting for the small dance floor and the outdoor furniture.  
The weather, as usual, cooperated fully saving the blessed rain for after midnight, when all the guests had long since departed.  
The wedding party, from the San Francisco area, commented that despite many trips to the Islands in the past, this particular evening, with it's special ambience and decorations, did indeed make a most lasting impression on one and all.
We couldn't agree more!

Seaside Dining Delight

As evening approached on the south Maui coastline, on this multi-acre private estate in Makena, Honua Kai Lani, the elegant Bamboo Dining Canopies were waiting patiently for their inhabitants.

Paper lanterns swung lightly in the fragrant air moving ever so slightly out toward the reef and the dozens of playful turtles. The afternoon tourist snorkelers were all gone, leaving the stillness to a very fortunate Wedding party.

This 11 acre ocean side estate has many great locations to setup either dining canopies or arches or large dancing floors! Dellables situated their dining location mere steps from the ocean on a small point framed by a nice jungle and a small sandy cove. Lovely only begins to describe what you feel, not just see. Put a couple of Hawaiian islands (Lanai, Molokini and Kohoolawe) on the near horizon and you have nothing short of Magic.

Now add some enhancements and you are there!
Check out this custom ordered, custom designed head table arrangement that met the Bride's unique idea of "going green"! We constructed the bamboo lined container from recycled wood and filled it with fine Maui soil and her favorite miniature bear grass.

This grass is now planted, and thriving, at the Nursery on the tropical north shore of Maui.

Finally, you must take a look at the tall black bamboo chuppa! Here, the couple exchanged their vows on yet another outcropping of land in this spectacular location. It borders the first cove ever anchored by European explorers way back when, La Perouse Bay.

This is one of our favorite locations to setup!