When the Best Get Together for a Wedding...

The new venue on Maui's Southshore, "Sugar Beach Events" hosted a fantastic wedding just days after opening.  Every one of Maui's best wedding vendors contributed.  Take a look at the vendor list first...then the fabulous Anna Kim Photography images over at Pacific Weddings Magazine. Photography by Anna Kim 2nd Shooter: Jessica of Anna Kim Photography Wedding Ceremony + Reception: Sugar Beach Events Event Design + Coordination: Bliss Wedding Design & Spectacular Events Floral DesignDella of Dellables *** Catering: Chef Lee, Sugar Beach Events Makeup: Liz Javelrosa DJ: DJ Del Sol Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy Polynesian Entertainment: Manutea Nui E

 

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Slate Grey + Silver Oceanfront Maui Wedding

After a close-call on a site visit to Maui before their destination wedding, Katelyn and Eric almost didn’t have a venue lined up. They came across the new Sugar Beach Events and their coordinators at Bliss Wedding Design & Spectacular Events pulled off a gorgeous and elegant oceanfront celebration. The bride shares every precious detail (and challenge) below…

Tell us about the look you were going for on your wedding day. As for the style of our wedding, I was going for elegant.  Our color story was grey and silver with pops of color in the flowers. I basically told my wedding planners, Darren and Shane of Bliss Wedding Design & Spectacular Events, the few things I absolutely didn’t want and a bit of my vision and let them run with it.  They are awesome at what they do and I completely trusted their expertise!

How did you come across your location at Sugar Beach Events? I’ll tell you a funny thing about Sugar Beach. When we visited Maui before the wedding to meet with our vendors and get things lined up, the venue we booked wasn’t available for the dates that had been agreed upon so we were forced to look elsewhere. We met with Chef Lee at Sugar Beach Events when it was still under construction. Thankfully I was able to see her vision and everything turned out to be more amazing then I could have imagined!

What about your gorgeous dress? My  good friend owns a wedding salon in Cincinnati.  I found my dress there with her help! My bolero was part of another dress that I came across in Dallas, Texas.

Pacific Weddings Magazine & Dellables

We are always thrilled to be included in the beautiful creations they call Pacific Weddings Magazine!  Here is a story they featured recently with our floral masterpieces and Maui's spectacular scenery!
(the Bride's thank you note is below!)

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Hi Della,

Just a quick (and overdue!) message to say a MASSIVE thank you again for all the amazing flowers you did for our wedding. I can not believe you were able to track down the coral peonies - what a feat! - but I'm so glad you did as they looked just stunning. And I really just can't describe how much we loved our centrepieces - definitely my favourite element from the wedding and so many guests came up to me to tell me the same. They were out-of-this-world incredible! 

Also, just wanted to send you a quick message as Joanna submitted our wedding to Pacific Weddings and I believe they will be featuring it in their upcoming issue (released sometime this summer, July I think?). Anyway thought I'd mention it so you can look out for it! 

Thanks again - we were completely blown away by your work!

Cheers,
Chanel

Barbara & Robin @ Haiku Mill with Joanna Tano Photography

Fantastic photography by Joanna Tano

Haiku Mill Wedding | Barbara + Robin

Monday, October 24, 2011
I first met Barbara when I started advertising with Pacific Weddings Magazine. She has been so supportive of my photography career and has also become a wonderful friend!  When she asked me to photograph her wedding, I was beyond flattered.  Barbara and Robin, I am so happy for the two of you. Thank you for having me photograph your wedding!  Much thanks to Ajja for assisting
Venue: Haiku Mill
Hair: Dan Sanchez
Makeup: Jessica Waite 
Flowers: Dellables
Officiant: Pia
Wedding Design: Pacific Weddings & Haiku Mill

Pacific Weddings Magazine & Dellables

Pacific Weddings Magazine (online)

Real Wedding: A Seaside Celebration on Maui

A Dream Realized

Three years after Taylor Cohen met Clayton Jerome, the couple became engaged by summer 2008 and began to plan their wedding at the Seawatch Restaurant in Wailea, on the island of Maui. Taylor was delighted in the planning process, taking on all of the myriad details of their celebration herself. The down-to-earth couple had a distinct vision for their ideal wedding venue. “Although we both love Oahu, we really wanted a simple setting that was naturally beautiful,” she says. They found their dream location on the neighboring island of Maui at the Seawatch Restaurant in Wailea. “The moment we stepped onto the property and took in the views we were sold!” the bride says. “I liked the fact that we could host the ceremony and reception at the same location and the staff at the Seawatch took care of everything from catering to set-up.”

With fewer than thirty people in attendance, the emphasis was on family and friends. “It was important to us that our wedding day be a reflection of our relationship as a couple and our extended family, too. “We really wanted our wedding to feel like an intimate dinner party with our loved ones!” Taylor says. The festivities began on a sun-filled afternoon in May on Wailea’s famous Emerald Golf Course which offers spectacular ocean views. Taylor stood arm-in-arm with her father as Hawaiian musician Ernest Puaa played a sweet love song. “Walking in with my dad to see Clayton waiting for me was a moment that became so real and special to me...I wanted to capture it in my mind forever,” the bride recalls. “I was in tears the whole time. I couldn’t contain my happiness!”

With the islands of Molokini and Kahoolawe in the distance, Taylor and Clayton pledged their commitment to each other. The bride carried an all-white bouquet of calla lilies, roses and orchids designed by Della Peacock of Dellables. Her bridesmaids wore strapless dresses in a summery shade of lemon yellow and held delicate bouquets of white calla lillies. Clayton was a handsome groom in a Banana Republic linen suit and a maile lei. As the sun began to set, guests traversed the lawn to the open-air patio for cocktail hour. The bride says, “It felt totally secluded and private, as if we were the only ones on the island." Taylor and Clayton collaborated with Susan Jencks at the Seawatch to create an exotic wedding menu inspired by the Pacific Rim. After a champagne toast, the jubilant couple mingled with their guests and danced under the moonlight. In a sign of gratitude, each attendant was gifted a batch of freshly-baked cookies from Honolulu Cookie Co., neatly packaged in a green organza bag. The beaming newlyweds continued their celebration of love on Maui with a "mini moon" as it came to be called— three more days of sun and relaxation at the Grand Wailea Resort. 

Pacific Weddings Magazine & Dellables

big mahalos to Robyn Iaea and Pacific Weddings Magazine for the great write up!


Nathan and Rothtida’s summer wedding took place on the breezy southern shores of Kihei, Maui. The pair rented a beach house near a not-so-secret local surf spot known as “The Cove.” Rothtida was such a pretty bride in an elegant birdcage veil, Christian Louboutin shoes and fabulous jewelry fit for a princess. A ring bearer’s bowl by Paloma’s Nest held their Bvlgari wedding bands, and Della Peacock of Dellablesworked her floral magic on the bouquet and flower arrangements for the day. Don’t you love Kim Aihara’sfresh perspective and vibrant images? She really captured the joy and energy of the day in all its beautiful detail. Thank you for sharing your stunning photos with us, Kim! xo ~robyn
The table was set with delicate pink roses and orchids with tiny handmade thank you notes created by the bride herself. The finishing touch was dinner at Spago in the Four Seasons Resort—it doesn’t get any better than that.
Wedding Location at My Wai’i Beach Cottages; Flowers by Dellables; Coordination by Gwen of Blue Ocean Weddings; Hair & Makeup: Karine of Bridal Hair on Maui; Cake by Maui Wedding Cakes

Thinking Outside the Sandbox: A Gathering at Haiku Mill

Love the Pacific Weddings mention!

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On March 24th, we joined forces with the fabulous Sylvia Hamilton-Kerr, owner of the Haiku Mill, to invite Maui’s top wedding professionals to join us for cocktails and a bit of inspiration. Our theme was “Think Outside the Sandbox”, and I shared my personal insights on how we can all work together to stand out among an international class of wedding designers and vendors. Maui florist, Della Peacock of Dellables, worked her magic with the colorful centerpieces, a reception table idea featured in a previous story of Pacific Weddings®. The grounds of the Haiku Mill added to the vibrant display with orange vines exploding in full bloom all around the party.  Chefs from Tommy Bahama were perhaps the highlight of the evening, serving up a scrumptious array of appetizers and my favorite dessert— the chocolate butterscotch pudding—seriously one of the most divine things I have ever tasted!  Maui photographer, Kim Aihara, was there to capture these beautiful images–thank you so much Kim, Della, Sylvia and the Tommy crew!

Wailani @ Pacific Wedding Magazine

Such a beautiful wedding that we wanted to post a write up about it....enjoy!

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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Pacific Weddings Magazine

We received a great email from Joanna Tano Photography about being featured in Pacific Weddings Magazine recently.   Wow!  Mahalo Plenty!

Taylor and Clayton's wedding was an exquisite event that absolutely everyone enjoyed.

Here is the article for your reading enjoyment!

Real Wedding: A Dream Realized

A Seaside Celebration in Wailea

Photography by Joanna Tano Photography
When Taylor Cohen was a little girl growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, she dreamt of a white wedding in Hawaii. Years later, when she was a freshman at TCU, she met Clayton Jerome, a baseball player from Dallas, who felt a similar pull to the Hawaiian islands throughout his life. The pair spent their first date immersed in conversation about what it would be like to live by the beach in paradise. After they said goodnight, Taylor remembers calling her mother to tell her that she had just spent a lovely evening with the man that she would one day marry. “There was an immediate connection between us,” Taylor says. “We fell in love quickly!” Three years later, the couple was engaged and by summer, 2008, they had packed up all of their belongings to make the move to Oahu together.
Once settled into their new home, Taylor delighted in the planning process, taking on all of the myriad details of their celebration herself. The down-to-earth couple had a distinct vision for their ideal wedding venue. “Although we both love Oahu, we really wanted a simple setting that was naturally beautiful,” she says. They found their dream location on the neighboring island of Maui at the Seawatch Restaurant in Wailea. “The moment we stepped onto the property and took in the views we were sold!” the bride says. “I liked the fact that we could host the ceremony and reception at the same location and the staff at the Seawatch took care of everything from catering to set-up.”
With fewer than thirty people in attendance, the emphasis was on family and friends. “It was important to us that our wedding day be a reflection of our relationship as a couple and our extended family, too. “We really wanted our wedding to feel like an intimate dinner party with our loved ones!” Taylor says. The festivities began on a sun-filled afternoon in May on Wailea’s famous Emerald Golf Course which offers spectacular ocean views. Taylor stood arm-in-arm with her father as Hawaiian musician Ernest Puaa played a sweet love song. “Walking in with my dad to see Clayton waiting for me was a moment that became so real and special to me...I wanted to capture it in my mind forever,” the bride recalls. “I was in tears the whole time. I couldn’t contain my happiness!”

With the islands of Molokini and Kahoolawe in the distance, Taylor and Clayton pledged their commitment to each other. The bride carried an all-white bouquet of calla lilies, roses and orchids designed by Della Peacock of Dellables. Her bridesmaids wore strapless dresses in a summery shade of lemon yellow and held delicate bouquets of white calla lillies. Clayton was a handsome groom in a Banana Republic linen suit and a maile lei. As the sun began to set, guests traversed the lawn to the open-air patio for cocktail hour. The bride says, “It felt totally secluded and private, as if we were the only ones on the island." Taylor and Clayton collaborated with Susan Jencks at the Seawatch to create an exotic wedding menu inspired by the Pacific Rim. After a champagne toast, the jubilant couple mingled with their guests and danced under the moonlight. In a sign of gratitude, each attendant was gifted a batch of freshly-baked cookies from Honolulu Cookie Co., neatly packaged in a green organza bag. The beaming newlyweds continued their celebration of love on Maui with a "mini moon" as it came to be called— three more days of sun and relaxation at the Grand Wailea Resort.
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