An Elegant Maui WeddingWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Callaway Gable Photography
NYC couple Summer and Steve have family and friends all over the globe, so a destination wedding was the perfect compromise. “Since Summer’s family is Australian and Steve’s is American, a destination wedding made the most sense for our celebration as we wanted as many of our loved ones to join us as possible,” says the couple. Luckily for them, one of the most beautiful spots on earth was in just the right spot. “In addition to the romance of Maui, the island was somewhat halfway for our friends and family to travel to.”
The couple always envisioned themselves saying “I do” by the beach and their guests were eager to travel to paradise. Unfortunately, not everyone could attend, but the couple expected this when making their decision and understood their loved ones missing the party. “We both love the beach – in fact, we met on the beach in Thailand,” recalls the couple. “Maui was the ideal destination for its beautiful beaches and amazing summertime weather.”
Summer and Steve made the sound decision to hire a wedding planner and know it was a great investment. “We had the help of our amazing wedding coordinator Brittany McIntyre,” say the newlyweds. “She really understood our vision and made our big day possible.” When it came to the planning process, these lovebirds took things in stride.
“It was a great experience! There were times we were concerned about not knowing all of the details. For example, we didn’t see the venue in-person before our special day. However, being surprised on the day of our wedding made the experience that much more incredible. We were so lucky that everything went smoothly, the venue at Hyatt Regency Maui was beautiful and the food was delicious. It truly was the best day of our lives.”
Thankfully, modern technology eased any of the couple’s concerns as they stayed in touch via email and Skype. Their wedding planner was also a huge help in recommending local vendors. While the couple knows they could have had a larger wedding closer to home, they have no doubt they made the right decision in opting for a destination wedding in Maui.
Summer and Steve got the elegant, beach wedding they had always envisioned and have some simple words of advice for other couples planning a destination wedding. “It’s easy to get caught up in the preparation, but enjoy every second of your special day!”
Vendors: Photographer: Callaway Gable Photography, Wedding Planner: Brittany McIntyre, Ceremony/Reception Site: Hyatt Regency Maui, Florist: Country Bouquets Maui, Stationery: Etsy, Cake: Maui Wedding Cakes, Hair & Makeup: Maui Mira, Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Black Lapel, Bridesmaids’ Clothing Designer: Lynn Bridal, DJ: DJ Boomshot, Lighting/Dance Floor: Pacific Island Rentals, Videographer: Paper Cranes Productions
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