Destination Wedding MauiWords by Alicia Clark
Photos courtesy of Kate Harrison
Hawaii is a dream wedding location for couples all over the World, so it’s only natural that Jun and Miki, from Tokyo, were overjoyed to hold their nuptials on the island paradise of Maui.
In an effort to avoid the stress of creating a huge guest list, this couple wanted to keep their wedding small and intimate, inviting only their closest friends and family. By cutting down on the guest list, Jun and Miki felt that those who came would have a more enjoyable and relaxing time.
While a wedding in Hawaii was an easy choice, Jun and Miki were at a bit of a loss as to how they would be able to select their ideal venue and vendors without being in Maui for the whole planning process. But, after a short trip to Maui, collaborating with a wedding planner via e-mail and lots of research on the Internet, the couple felt confident with the choices they made.
Miki and Jun opted to hold both their ceremony and reception at a private home. Because their guests were traveling such long distances, the couple wanted to reduce the amount of traveling their guests would have to do once on the island. A courtesy I'm sure their guests appreciated.
The couple recommends following your instincts when it comes to selecting vendors and venues from abroad. For the most part, guests coming from Japan and as far away as New York, were able to book their flights themselves with ease. The only transportation the couple provided was a chartered mini-bus to bring guests to the wedding location.
Having a destination wedding could not have a better decision for the couple, who say that even six months later, their guests are still talking about how much fun they had.
Vendors: Photography: Kate Harrison, Ceremony/Reception Site: Hale Ko'olani, Gown Designer: Romona Keveza, Bridesmaids' Clothing Designer: J. Crew
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