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Friday, October 25, 2013

Happily Ever After in Hawaii

Words by Taylor Wilson
Photos courtesy of Meg Courtney Photography

While Tiffany and Dave had a feeling their loved ones would have preffered a wedding closer to their home in Canada, they rolled the dice and chose to say "I do" in Maui, Hawaii. Thankfully, and not surprisingly, Tiffany and Dave’s families ended up loving their tropical getaway. A destination wedding in Maui provided their guests with a change of scenery from their everyday gorgeous view of rocky mountains and majestic prairies. “It was everything we imagined, and more than what our families and guests anticipated,” remarked Tiffany.

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A calm, relaxing, stunning and safe environment that was kid friendly too made Maui the ideal location for the couple to host their wedding. Using a wedding planner made the entire process a breeze and Tiffany realized early on that having a destination wedding meant giving up control and trusting in her planner to fulfill their vision. This relieved stress and anxiety that she otherwise would have had. Tiffany created pages on her Pinterest account so her planner could see her visions and she started a plastic bin that the couple filled with odds and ends like party gifts, stationery and welcome bags that needed to go with them. This was a huge help! 

Personalization was important to Tiffany because after all, “It's your wedding, not someone else’s!” With that said, the bride strived to personalize the event as much as possible. Tiffany is quite the crafter so she coaxed Dave into making the stationery themselves, which included everything from the save-the-dates to the wedding programs. Tiffany made hand-painted welcome bags with a list of fun group events, local activities, and things to do and see in Maui. Their friend Tyler also created a canvas painting for them, which their guests signed. Dave and Tiffany had the canvas framed, providing them with a special memento from their trip.

The couple ended up spending less money than they would have if they had hosted it at home in Canada. However, Tiffany urges her choice to host a destination wedding was not about spending less money, but about spending more quality time in a beautiful location their guests could enjoy and remember forever. 

Tiffany reminds other brides, “At the end of the day, it’s about the two of you. We wish we could go back and re-live the day so we could take it in more, see all the little details, remember more and make the day last longer. It all goes incredibly fast so its important to enjoy every little moment!”

Vendors: Photographer: Meg Courtney Photography, Wedding Planner: Lena Sebag from Belle Destination Wedding & Events Inc., Ceremony/Reception Site: Plantation Golf Course Kapalua Resort/Plantation House Restaurant, Gown Designer: Galina Signature by David’s Bridal, Florist: Bella Bloom Floral Boutique, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Watch by Vestal, Shirts by Calvin Klein, Pants by Mexx, Shoes by Converse, Belts by Nixon, Bridesmaids' Clothing Designer: Alfred Angelo, Groomsmen's Clothing Designer: Shirts by Calvin Klein, Pants by Mexx, Shoes by Converse, Belts by Nixon, Hair & Make up: Adiel Sneary at Salon 253, Brides Jewelry: Stella & Dot, Music: Ryan Robinson & DJ Scott Doran

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