Lindsay and Rob, who live in New York, always knew Maui would be the perfect place to get married. Lindsay wanted to have “elegance without fussiness”. She stuck to a ‘beachy’ color palette with touches of metallic.
Although they planned their small wedding from three different time zones, they were amazed at how it all came together so beautifully.
Thanks to Tamiz Photography for sharing this gorgeous destination wedding!
Lindsay, 30 & Rob, 33
Wedding Date: Sept 1, 2012
Number of Guests: 44
Wedding Cost: $30,000
Wedding Ceremony Location:Honua Kai Lani Estate
Wedding Reception Location:Honua Kai Lani Estate
We wanted to be able to spend quality time with our closest friends and family — and not just limited to one day, but a few days of wedding festivities! We’ve also been to our fair share of large weddings (hundreds of people!) and we always knew that a smaller, destination wedding was more up our alley.
What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
We wanted our personalities to come through in the details and for each guest to have a great experience in Maui. That meant a lot of time with handmade place cards, programs, etc. — plus, we were planning a Hawaiian wedding all the way from New York!
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
It was definitely challenging since both Rob and I have fairly large extended families but we were able to invite our closest friends, coworkers and of course our immediate families. We’ve also been fortunate enough to have a few other celebrations, including a lovely engagement party, with those who were unable to make it out to Maui.
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?
Thankfully, our families were very understanding and knew that we wanted to have approximately 50 guests.
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
Being able to share the vows we wrote for each other was so special. They also got a lot of laughs! I will also never forget how it felt to have my dad walk me down the aisle — a moment I had been anticipating my whole life.
What were the highlights of the reception?
The toasts from our maid of honor (my sister), best man (Rob’s brother) and my dad were all so heartfelt and special. My dad brought down the house with his sentiments — he even made the DJ cry! Our friend Mark also wrote an original poem for us that he recited. And did I mention how much everyone loved the Hawaiian food? As an added touch, we also had a shave ice machine and Maui onion chips to keep everyone going on the dance floor.
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
Seeing our friends and family talking, laughing and truly getting to know each other. They were able to bond in a different way than if they just met for the first time at our wedding ceremony. We had arranged a welcome happy hour and other activities during the days prior and you could tell that everyone was having a great time together.
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
Think about the details! Take the opportunity to infuse your personalities as much as possible. Also remember that your save the dates and invitations will set the tone for the whole event — with a smaller guest list, you could perhaps explore some more creative options.
Photographer: Tamiz Photography
Wedding Coordinator: Jackie Ishikawa (White Orchid Weddings)
Florist: Teresa Sena
Makeup Artist: Liz Javelosa of Maui Makeup Artistry
Hair Stylist: Anna (from Maui Makeup Artistry)
Videographer: Surefire Productions
DJ: KC Sound
Musicians: Kawika Regidor
Cake: Cakes by Joann