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Marla + Gary

— Vintage Inspired Romance

Date

1 October 2010

Guests

70 people

Photographer

Scott Drexler

Marla + Gary
Marla + Gary

WHERE:  Haiku Mill, Maui, Hawaii

THEME/STYLE:  Vintage-inspired, romantic and simple!  Our venue’s appearance was like Greek ruins that had been overgrown with vines…GORGEOUS!  We played off of the natural beauty and feel and created a theme that flowed with the space.

BRIDE’S DRESS:  Alfred Angelo.  I really, really struggled here.  In the end, it was the beautiful Seashell color and crystal embellishments that made it perfect for me.

BRIDE’S SHOES:  A. Marinelli…these shoes were the perfect complement to my dress!

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES:  Dark chocolate brown strapless dress with an above-the-knee hemline.  It took hours of online shopping to find a dress.  Maui is limited with options and I didn’t want my Maid of Honor to look like she was attending prom!

BRIDESMAID’S SHOES:  Adorable matching dark chocolate brown peep-toe pumps.  My Maid of Honor found these on her own.

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FLOWERGIRLS/PAGEBOYS:  My darling nephews were ring bearers for our special day.  They wore matching long sleeve brown Lacoste shirts tucked into khaki pants.  We honored them with brown Kukui Nut leis as they walked in with a custom-made ring pillow made with vintage fabrics.

JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES:  Diamonds, diamonds, and more diamonds!  I was so lucky to have a friend lend me all of my jewelry.  I wore a single carat diamond set in platinum on a thin, delicate chain around my neck.  My earrings were 2+ carats each of pear-shaped diamonds in a drop style.  I felt like a princess!  One of my favorite things was the vintage feather hair accessory that I found online by an artist on Etsy.  My maid-of-honor wore a custom handmade necklace from a local Maui designer.

WEDDING RINGS:  My wedding band is as simple as it gets.  A solid band of white gold to compliment my 2 carat emerald-cut diamond solitaire engagement ring.  Gary’s band is a mimic of mine…solid band of white gold.

GROOM/GROOMSMEN:  Gary wore a classic black single-breasted tuxedo with a notch lapel.  His ivory vest and straight tie were worn over a white shirt.  The Best Man (Gary’s younger brother) also wore a classic black tuxedo with dark chocolate brown vest and straight tie to complement the Maid of Honor.

HAIR:  I kept it simple.  My hair was mostly down with large, natural-looking curls.  My stylist, Mira Carman, pulled up the sides around my face and left sweeping bangs across my forehead. 

MAKEUP:  Natural and sun-kissed!  Mira did a fantastic job making me look like I had a natural glow.  I couldn’t believe how great I looked when she was finished!  I really gave her the freedom to do whatever she thought would look best on me, and she really delivered!

STATIONERY/INVITATIONS:  Both our save-the-date cards and wedding invitations came from the fabulous Paper Garden, here on Maui.  Save-the-date cards were necessary since most of our guests were coming from out of town.  We really got to show our personalities here…we had an airplane ticket-looking card with our names, date, and location printed.  Our wedding invitations were absolutely beautiful!  We chose dark brown stationery with a metallic copper sheen and cottage white lettering.  The font was a perfect match to the feel of our wedding venue.

WEDDING FAVORS/BONBONNIERE:  Our friend Kristine was thoughtful enough to make us delicious dark chocolate-covered pretzel rods with white chocolate drizzle.  We opted to put them out on the dessert buffet instead of the individual place settings, and they were all gone by the time the dancing started!

FLOWERS:  Nicole of Bella Bloom Floral Boutique did an exquisite job on all of our flowers.  I told her that I wanted a vintage-inspired hand-tied bouquet with different textures of whites and succulents.   The stems were wrapped in dark brown satin with an ivory lace overlay.   The end result was better than I imagined!  The Maid of Honor had a similar bouquet with the addition of burgundy Dahlias.  Gary’s boutonniere was a single ivory Rose with Waxflower tied with gold metallic wire.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  When Gary and I got engaged, we knew right away who would be capturing our special day.  Scott Drexler is a dear friend of ours who just happens to be the best photographer on Maui.  He captured moments that we were unable to see ourselves and brought life to every photograph.  Looking back at the photos, we can get a real sense of the feeling and emotion that took place that day.  It is amazing what he can do…and he has the best personality!

VIDEOGRAPHER:  Hawaii Video Memories.  What can we say, these guys win awards!!  There really is something to be said about looking back and seeing the movement that took place that day.  So artistic and personal.  We were able to share our wedding movie with family and friends that were unable to attend.  It was very special for them to feel as though they were right there with us.

CEREMONY DÉCOR DETAILS:  We didn’t need to do much!  Our venue was amazing with nothing in it.  We chose dark fruit wood chivari chairs and long strands of crystals in varying lengths hanging from above the ceremony.  The crystals were the perfect accessory to the falling vines that were everywhere.  White Orchid heads were scattered down the aisle.

RECEPTION DÉCOR DETAILS:  Our cocktail reception was held just outside of the entrance to the Mill.  We had two large lounge cubes set-up with pillows so that guests could relax before dinner.  We also had traditional cocktail rounds with linens, flowers, and candles. 

Haiku tends to get a lot of rain (hence the lush setting), so we opted to have a clear-top tent inside of the Mill, just in case.  Our tent legs were covered in long drapes of fabric to soften the look and chandeliers hung from above to continue the vintage feel.  We chose square tables and our coordinator moved the chivari chairs from the ceremony to use at dinner.  We selected unusual floral centerpieces that matched the bouquets and included Manzanita branches, Kale, succulents, and other fabulous things.  Our table numbers were hand-crafted by an artist and followed the shabby-chic feel of the Mill.  And the décor wouldn’t be complete without lots and lots of romantic candles in vases of various shapes and sizes. 

One of my favorite ideas were the old jelly jars that we used to put pictures of both of our fathers that have passed.  They were placed in front of us at our dinner table.  That was such a personal touch, and we felt like our fathers were right there with us.

WEDDING PLANNER:  Jane Park of Belle Destination Weddings and Events.  Jane was great at helping me with inspiration for the wedding.  I knew what I liked and didn’t like, but had a hard time bringing that to the wedding.  Jane spent hours looking for ideas that would spark for me.  Don’t know how I could have done it without her!

WEDDING STYLIST:  Jane Park and the Bride

CAKE:  The cake was definitely not the most important thing to us.  I wasn’t even sure that I wanted one at all.  In the end, we decided on a small 8-inch cake that we could use for cutting.  Oh, and it was delicious!

ENTERTAINMENT:  DJ Dan Viola.  He was great!  He kept the night flowing and the people dancing.

FOOD & DRINKS:  Maui Executive Catering catered our buffet-style wedding.  We really thought that our guests would appreciate a buffet over a plated sit-down dinner.  I was worried that it would appear a little tacky, but I was wrong!  I think the key is to have the buffet feel like high-end food stations.  In a last-minute decision, the caterers served the mixed veggies in a hot wok.  It was wonderful and the food was delicious.

TRANSPORT:  After lots of back and forth decisions, wedecided not to have a limo.  We spent the money on more important things.

HONEYMOON:  Since we live in Hawaii, we chose Whistler, Canada!

ANY EXTRA DETAILS:  Another favorite of mine is the custom wooden sign that I had made.  We placed it at the entrance to the Mill and everyone thought it was the perfect touch. 

A MEMORABLE MOMENT:  Our first dance.  In those few minutes I felt like there were no other people in the world.  It was just the two of us, so in love.

IF I COULD CHANGE/IMPROVE ANY WEDDING-RELATED PLANS IT WOULD HAVE BEEN:  I would have purchased my wedding dress after I decided on a wedding theme.  I bought it about 8 months before the wedding and had no idea I was going to plan a vintage-style wedding.  I wasn’t even thinking about it at the time.  I feel like my dress could have been a lot more vintage in it’s style.

BEST ADVICE FOR PLANNING A WEDDING/TO BRIDES:  Don’t let other people’s opinions influence your wedding.  If I planned it the way that everyone else wanted it to be, I would look back with lots of regret.  It’s your special day, not theirs.  Be original and plan a wedding that makes you and your guy happy.

YOUR CONTACTS:

PHOTOGRAPHY: Scott Drexler, Photos on Maui

BRIDE'S DRESS:  Alfred Angelo, The Bridal Boutique Honolulu

BRIDE’S SHOES:  A. Marinelli

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES:  David’s Bridal

PAGEBOYS:  Lacoste

GROOMS FORMAL WEAR:  Rental, Myndi’s Finer Things

WEDDING RINGS:  Fred Meyer Jewelers

JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES:  Borrowed/Custom Made

HAIR & MAKEUP:  Mira Carman

STATIONERY/INVITATIONS:  Paper Garden, Maui

FLORIST:  Bella Bloom Floral Boutique

CAKE:  Maui Wedding Cakes

CATERING:  Maui Executive Catering

WEDDING STYLIST:  Jane Park and Bride

WEDDING PLANNER: Jane Park, Belle Destination Weddings and Events

WEDDING VENUE:  Haiku Mill, Maui

HONEYMOON DESTINATION:  Whistler, Canada

ENTERTAINMENT:  DJ Dan Viola

VIDEOGRAPHER:  Hawaii Video Memories

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