DIY Wedding In Hawaii

After this next wedding, Hawaii will be on the top of your list for your destination wedding. So many activities, to-die-for weather, sandy beaches and the list goes on and on. The exact reason why Kalin and Matt chose Maui for their Hawaiian destination wedding.

These two California locals aimed for a  carefree, laid back wedding with a vintage feel. Letting the serenity of the island speak for itself. They accomplished that and more. This DIY Wedding In Hawaii was beautifully captured by San Diego wedding photographer Katrina Louise.  See all the pretty images in the full gallery by clicking here.

From The Bride:
My best friend’s parents (second parents to me) moved to Maui several years ago. I have been lucky enough to visit frequently over the last few years, and have always loved the Paia property where they lived. Last November we spent Thanksgiving with them in Maui, and my boyfriend of 10 years popped the question at Twin Falls (one of our favorite hiking spots a few miles down the road, on your way to Hana). It only seemed right to get married at one of our favorite spots, where we have shared some amazing memories.

My bridesmaids and I made all the flower arrangements. We picked native Hawaiian flowers from the property for the mother’s bouquets. We also went to the local farmers market in Kahului for all the tuberose, eucalyptus, wild ginger, and orchids. My best friend and I started, The Vintage Alley right before I got engaged (great timing!) We designed the save-the-dates, wedding invitations and thank you’s.

One thing you must know about us is that we love coffee, so these kona coffee wedding favors are right up our alley. Kalin found  pre-sewn burlap bags on Uline, trimmed them down, hand stenciled Café, filled with local Kona coffee, and tied with twine and a die cut tag. This is a definite steal worthy idea, especially for coffee lovers.

Their guest books were vintage style Hawaiian postcards. Kalin burned the edges to give them a rustic feel. Guests wrote  sweet messages or words of advice, which Kalin and Matt will bind into a book later. The escort cards were a large frame with brass skeleton keys that were collected on ebay. Each tarnished and rusted by hand to give them that extra vintage feel, then tied to die cut tags, and attached to a framed board.

Each of the vases were hand painted in grey and turquoise and filled with Hawaiian flowers. The napkins were handmade by a friend and the table numbers are old wood with antique door knobs and address numbers from home depot. Stay tuned because we will show you exactly how to make these later today.

Wait.. there is more. Stay tuned to find out how Kalin crafted some of these spectacular do-it-yourself projects.

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Photographer: Katrina Louise
Makeup: Dwell by Erin
Hair: Angela Lew with Salon HG
Cake: Aloha Events Catering
Caterer: Aloha Events Catering
DJ: Billy Arbour of Soundwave Recording
Dress Designer: Acapulco by Watters
Flowers: DIY by bride & bridesmaids (purchased at Maui Swap Meet)
Groom’s Attire: Volcom Gray Slacks, Alfoni Linen Shirt, Reef Sandals
Jewelry: Kendra Scott ‘Nyla’ Teardrop Earrings
Officiant: Marty Milligan
Shoe Designer: Dolce Vita Queen Wedge in blush suede
Stationery: The Vintage Alley
Custom Wooden Coffee Sign: Shabby Shoe Signs
PhotoBooth: Katrina Louise
Venue: private residence

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  1. -100. Yoleine says:

    so adorable! Love the doorknob table numbers!

  2. -100. Christine says:

    Where is that gorgeous ring from??

  3. Be still my heart! I am in love with this wedding, couple, Hawaii, decor. Pretty much everything.

  4. thanks for the feature ladies! kalin and matt’s wedding was absolutely lovely and i was happy to go to maui from san diego to photograph it! xo.

  5. -100. Ashley says:

    I love DIY weddings! The doorknob table numbers and kona coffee wedding favors are absolutely adorable. Next time you know of individuals interested in having a DIY wedding let me know- I work for Tablevogue (the only table cover designed to provide a secure, tailored fit for tables that doesn’t flap in the wind) and we would love to be a part of something like this!

  6. -100. Kalin Sparks says:

    Thanks Katie for the beautiful photos, and all the wonderful Maui memories I will cherish forever.

    @Christine – the ring is from Single Stone Jewelry in downtown LA.

    Also, please visit our facebook page –!/pages/The-Vintage-Alley/201631513207903 – for our latest design projects.

  7. -100. maiko says:

    love the black and white photo :)

  8. Love all the personal touches, every little detail make this wedding so unique and memorable! Thanks for sharing!

  9. -100. Wedding Photography says:

    Really great playful shoot. The mustache shot is so hilarious!!!!!!!

  10. -100. Tim Duncan says:

    That Love is Brewing sign is way adorable! That cake tower is so cute!! I’m so in love with it!

  11. -100. Chantal says:

    Keep the beach inspiration coming! The simplicity and class presented in this wedding is exactly what I envision for my own day.

  12. -100. marie-eve says:

    I love Paia, since I’m a kitesurfer. My boyfriend just proposed during our 10 years anniversary last week. I want a simple wedding and I am considering Hawai since we can mix our love for kitesurfing during our wedding trip.

    These pictures are exactly the kind of wedding I am having in mind for next year. Can I rent your parents place? :) Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. -100. Stacey says:

    I love the bags for “love is brewing-where do I get these from??

  14. -100. Emily says:

    I am looking for skeleton keys just like the ones you have! Where did you find them?

  15. -100. Jewel says:

    Beautiful wedding… Kalin’s bouquet is simply stunning!
    Can anyone tell me what the big white fluffy flowers are??? Were they were guilded in gold?

  16. -100. seo adelaide says:

    Hi there, constantly i used to check blog posts here in the early hours in the dawn,
    for the reason that i love to find out more and more.

  17. -100. Melissa W says:

    I love the vintage/hawaiian theme! My finace and I are from San Diego and we’ll be getting married on Kauai in April. I was curious where that cute grey/coral tablecloth is from? Thanks!!!

  18. -100. First Class Weddings says:

    This is an amazing wedding! It looks so similar to a location in Maui where we planned a wedding! I wonder if its the same place… Take a look at the wedding we did – they look like the same location!

  19. -100. Zee says:

    Congrats on the wedding! Loved all the DIY additions to the wedding, it really brought out a unique flair :)

    – Z

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