A Keepsake Kaua'i WeddingWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Adi Nevo Photographs
Laurel and Zach knew from the get-go what they wanted for their destination wedding: an event in Kaua’i with lots of one-on-one time with their guests. “We really wanted to spend as much time with our friends and family as possible, so the thought of renting a large estate which could not only sleep a lot of people, but could also serve as a ‘home base’ for everyone to come and hangout really appealed to us,” says the couple. “We chose the people in our lives who have kids to stay at the home with us. We did this not only because we love kids, but we also knew that the kids would be a magnet for everyone else to come over.”
Luckily for the couple, not only were their guests on board with a destination wedding, they were ecstatic. “We got a great response from everyone and we were really fortunate that almost everyone we invited ended up coming,” say the newlyweds. “It was a very humbling experience to have people travel so far to be there for you.”
While getting guests to make the trek was easy, planning the actual event wasn’t without hiccups. The couple had a hard time narrowing down their vendor options and getting people to call them back. However, once they found one really helpful person, the manager of the Hale Mana Estate, he was able to refer them to another helpful person. Then the vendor recommendations snowballed from there and the couple was ultimately pleased with everyone they worked with!
Another issue the couple ran into was that most vendors on the island are extremely specialized. Where they might have found one company to handle everything in California, they had to find three in Kaua’i. The couple was able to rent a tent like the one they wanted for their reception, but couldn’t find anyone to drape, it so they got their hands dirty and did it themselves the day of the wedding.
Another instance where the couple had to get inventive was when it came to their table settings. “It was super windy on the wedding day and our napkins kept blowing away,” says Laurel. “So, some friends went down to the beach and gather a lot of coral to hold each [napkin] down. The look was not something which was planned, but it looked beautiful!”
This happily married destination wedding couple have some final words of advice for other couples planning a destination wedding. “Your wedding day will be over in a blink, so if you can extend the time you spend celebrating with your favorite people, then go for it. We had some sort of party each day we were on the island, even if it was only a group breakfast or a simple happy hour hosted at the Hale Mana Estate.”
Vendors: Photographer: Adi Nevo Photographs, Day-of Coordinator: Lola Cooper, Ceremony/Reception Site: Hale Mana Estate, Florist: Martin Roberts Design, Gown Designer: Kenneth Pool, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Theory, Bridesmaids/Groomsmens’ Clothing Designer: Nordstrom Wedding Suite, DJ: Kustom Sounds, Rentals: Kaua’i Dinnerware Etc. and Kaua’i Tent & Party Rental, Catering: Contemporary Flavors, Hair & Makeup: Mia Moriguchi, Rehearsal Dinner: Hukilau, Décor: BHLDN
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