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A Lovely Big Island Wedding

Words by Kinsley Brown
Photos courtesy of Mirelle Carmichael Photography

Most couples who choose to marry away pick a location with emotional ties or sentimental memories. Hee Sun and Simon took a practical approach in opting to say “I do” on Hawaii’s Big Island. With their loved ones split between New Zealand and South Korea, the New Yorkers had a tough decision to make.

“We felt hosting a destination wedding in Hawaii sounded like a good way to ensure the wedding was at a closer distance to our families,” says the couple. Not surprisingly, the couple soon discovered that Hawaii had much more to offer than just convenience. “We had decided on Hawaii for a few reasons: location, scenery and weather.”

The couple was so confident in their choice that they decided on both Hawaii and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kailua-Kona without ever visiting. The couple catered to their families when it came to location, so it’s no surprise they also kept their loved ones in mind when it came to the guest list.

“We decided to limit our wedding guests to close family only,” says Hee Sun. “Simon’s family was happy because it was a chance for the whole family to be together since they all live throughout the world.” The couple’s strategy of keeping their wedding simple, intimate and elegant paid off in spades. In the end, the couple treated their nine guests to a meaningful ceremony next to the sea and a refined dinner beneath a crisp, white canopy. 

When we asked the bride to describe the ceremony, it’s clear it was a scene she will forever cherish. “The altar was located between two tall palm trees and was covered with white orchids, lilies and roses. During the ceremony we exchanged a white rose as a symbol of love. It was a sunny day, the wind was blowing slightly and we could smell the sea.”

VendorS: Photographer: Mirelle Carmichael Photography, Wedding Planning & Ceremony/Reception Site: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Florist: Flowers by Heidi, Gown Designer: Theia Couture, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Freemans Sporting Club

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