A Mellow Maui WeddingWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Kristen Booth
Yvette and Richard have a love story which spans the globe, so when it came time to decide where to say “I do,” a lot of thought went into picking the perfect destination. Yvette is from Southern California and Richard is originally from New Zealand, meaning their families were, literally, an ocean apart. “Despite the fact that we had been together for three years, our families had never met,” says the bride. “We didn’t feel that it was fair to have either family make the 12-hour journey. Instead, we decided to find a beautiful (and neutral) location in between the two!”
In terms of beautiful islands located between Southern California and New Zealand, there are certainly plenty! Ultimately, however, the couple decided on Maui, Hawaii as they had pleasant memories there and knew it would be ideal for a relaxed atmosphere. It was also the perfect vacation spot for their guests who were traveling so far.
The couple did hit a minor speed bump in that some of their family wasn’t thrilled with the idea of a destination wedding. Both coming from big families, nuptials in Hawaii meant that a lot of their family wouldn’t be able to make the trek. However, ultimately everyone came around and Yvette and Richard got the beautiful, low-key wedding they always wanted.
“Once the stress of getting everyone on board with our decision was gone, [planning] was fun and pretty painless!” says the bride. “There is a certain freedom that comes with knowing you cannot micromanage every little aspect. In my experience, having a destination wedding really diminished the stress of planning a wedding.”
The only area where Yvette feels like she had to make a sacrifice in getting married so far from home was in the number of DIY projects. “With a destination wedding, you have to worry about the logistics of getting things there, as well as the additional cost.” However, she still managed a number of cute, personalized projects. For the seating chart, Yvette created a large map with paper airplanes for each guest. Each table was also named after a destination which meant something to the couple, i.e. South Africa where they met, Joshua Tree where they got engaged and Namibia where they had their first kiss.
Overall, these two achieved the small, travel-themed destination wedding they envisioned from the start. While opting for a destination wedding can have its challenges, Yvette is certain it was the right decision for her and her husband. “You really have to go with the flow when planning a destination wedding,” she says. “You can only control so much from thousands of miles away and as long as you’re OK with that, it really lessens the stress and anxiety.”
Vendors: Photographer: Kristen Booth, Ceremony/Reception Site: Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, Florist: Bella Bloom, Stationery: Etsy & DIY, Hair: Ashley Kakugawa of Maui Bridal Stylist, Gown Designer: Blue by Enzoani, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Al Weiss, Groomsmens’ Clothing Designer: Hallensteins, DJ: Felipe Delgado, Officiant: Laki Kaahumanu
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