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!

Maui Destination wedding

Lindsay, 30 & Rob, 33

Maui, Hawaii

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


Maui wedding map

bride getting ready

groom putting on cufflinks

Paloma's nest ring bowl

bride putting on shoes

silver Jimmy Choo wedding shoes

Maui bride with protea bouquet
Why did you have an intimate wedding?

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.

pastel bridesmaids dresses

skeleton key card

groom with aqua bow tie

bride with bridesmaids in pastel dresses

groom in grey suit and aqua bow tie


  bride with her bridesmaids in Maui

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!

Hawaiian soda at destination wedding

Hawaii wedding program

shell place cards

blue bottle flower arrangements

protea wedding arrangement


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.

Hawaii wedding portrait

outdoor Hawaii destination wedding

fabric tented reception tables with hanging chandeliers

bride with protea bouquet

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.

Hawaii destination wedding invitations

bride putting on her veil

bride in beaded bodice wedding dress

Tiffany monogram necklace

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.

outdoor Maui wedding ceremony

Outdoor Maui wedding ceremony

single protea wedding bouquet

Maui wedding ceremony by the ocean

protea wedding bouquet

oceanfront Maui wedding ceremony

bride and groom at sunset in Hawaii

 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.

  bride with bridesmaids in Hawaii

bridal party in Hawaii

wedding centerpiece in blue bottle

outdoor Hawaii wedding table

bride and groom first dance

outdoor Hawaii wedding reception lit with chandeliers

bride and groom at outdoor Hawaii wedding reception

pastel ombre wedding cake

bride and groom cutting the cake

wooden bride and groom topper on pastel wedding cake

Hawaii wedding reception

 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.

champagne toast

champagne toast

Maid of Honor speech

bride and groom at sunset in Hawaii


 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.

bride and groom portrait by the ocean


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

Catering: Maui Style Seafood

Stationery: Anna Hurley