For a couple who wanted a gorgeous beach wedding, Maui proved to be just the right fit. They wanted nothing else than to celebrate their love amongst friends and family while overlooking the blue waters of the Pacific. And if the images by Sasha Gulish are any indication, they hit that destination wedding mark right on the head. Have a look at even more of this happy day right here in the full gallery.
From the Bride…Planning our dream was easy, the guest list was the biggest challenge. We knew if we left it up to our parents, we would have over 500 guests. To avoid a circus, we decided on a destination wedding. We envisioned a small and intimate gathering, with our closest friends and family. Maui was perfect it holds a special meaning to us, it represented our first trip together. We couldn’t think of a better place to take our vows and start this new chapter in our lives.
Our wedding was a dream come true. We wanted a beautiful beach wedding with the Pacific Ocean as backdrop, the Ritz Carlton provided the perfect setting. It was absolutely breathtaking. The ceremony was 15 feet away from the beach and the reception took place underneath a clear tent, the bright night stars provided a romantic ambiance. We wanted combine our individual personal style and creativity with the traditions of Maui. I’m very inspired by vintage 1920s while Tony is more classic with modern updates. The combination of the two netted a romantic vintage theme. My bridesmaids were draped in a beautiful mauve, vintage haltered dress with gold metallic sandals. For accessories, they were adorned with soft cream pearl necklaces, which complimented the hand boutiques of hydrangeas and peonies. Tony’s groomsmen looked amazing in their J Crew white linen shirts and fitted grey linen pants. To add a nice pop of color, we tied in the vintage look by adding a baby blue-polka dotted suspenders. My wedding gown was a vintage piece, which was surprisingly easy to find, I found it the day after our engagement. I’d like to think it was fate The birdcage was my favorite piece, it was created by a London- based designer, sprinkled with the vintage pearl necklace, I felt like I was taken back into the roaring 20s. Tony looked handsome in his light grey J Crew suit, with a black bowtie and suspenders perfectly paired with his black John Varvatos loafers. The wedding party was dressed to kill!
The reception was magical. Our guest sat underneath a clear tent, 50 yards from the ocean, we wanted to create a feeling of dancing under the stars. The tent was decorated with assorted pink pom poms and white lanterns. String lights across the tent added a warm romantic glow. A table of fresh pink lemonade and cucumber water greeted guest’s arrival. For personal touch, each table was named after places we traveled together over the last 6 years. I hand-crafted all of the mason jars with cream laces and vintage buttons. Our favorite moment of the night was during our first dance, surrounded by friends and family was when Tony and I had our first dance along with our parents. We danced to, The Way You Look Tonight, by Michael Buble.
Surrounded by family and friends, we celebrated deep into the night, cocktails in hands and spirits carefree surrounded us with love and joy; Wow, I thought could this be any better and it did. We get to spend few more nights with everyone and recapped the event over Mai Tai’s. To all the Engaged couples, if you want a small and intimate wedding, destination is the way to go. Good luck and we hope your wedding will be amazing and all you dream of.
Photography: Weddings by Sasha Gulish | Floral Design: Sunya’s Flowers | Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua | Tent + Lighting: Maui Rents | Entertainment: Envisions Entertainment | Hawaiian Guitarist: Liz Morales | DJ: DJ Del Sol | Linen: BBJ Linen | Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet | Necklace: Vintage | Birdcage Veil: Agnes Hart | Makeup: DIY | Hair: Dara Ung, Shampoo Doll