Well, it's January and if you are anything like us you are getting a bit of an itch to hit the beach somewhere. Not to worry, even if you are snowed in at the moment, Genevieve and Colin's Hawaiian wedding day will give you that much-needed dose of sun and sand! This sweet couple wanted to make sure their guests had the best time ever at their wedding so with that in mind they created this ultra-chic island-inspired day that we wish we could have crashed.
You won't want to miss out on the boho-inspired reception decor beautifully designed by Bliss in Bloom or the vintage VW bus photo booth! Keeps scrolling for more and don't forget to stop by the full gallery to see all of the photos taken by Fletch Photography.
During the year we spent planning our Kona wedding, I got a lot of questions about what our guests could expect. I was happy to answer since I was in design heaven during planning, but I'm sure my answers (which were usually phrased as questions) left something to be desired.
"What are your colors?"
Um, all of them?
"How would you describe your wedding theme?"
Um, no pineapples?
I have family roots in Hawaii that span generations, my fiance is a big wave surfer who comes from a lineage of professional surfers who live and breath chasing waves, and with stunning Kona as our wedding location, the "theme" of our wedding day seemed pretty turn-key to most. Tropical, right? Well, it was definitely going to be tropical by nature, and it was important to us to honor the Hawaiian and surf culture that individually impacted our lives and strengthened us together as a couple. But my initial convo with Allison at Bliss in Bloom went something like "I want to have a design-driven wedding in the tropics that isn't...well, obviously tropical." My request was vague, but the vision was strong - ha!
When it came to our theme-less wedding theme, I wanted the lush, tropical atmosphere to shine, but I was determined to create a design-driven experience that deviated from the obvious (i.e. no pineapples).
Making Your Vision A Reality
I had a strong vision for the overall design of the evening, but that vision wasn't linear and most of it lived in my head. The overall aesthetic was a kaleidoscope of colors, textures, and personalized touches that paid homage to our family and friends. You could say that nothing "matched" (our amber and blush vintage glassware sat next to gold flatware and a myriad of colored blooms) but every element went together while individually shining on their own. With pops of Shibori elements scattered throughout the design (including traditional hand-dyed shibori tea towels dipped and hand-painted with our guests' names on Oahu), we created a cohesive, but unexpected, design story.
Our guests' experience was of utmost importance to us, and we did our best to intertwine their presence into our wedding day. As a way to connect the joining of two ocean-dwelling families, we deviated from the standard table numbers and selected our guests' favorite, or home-town, surf spots as table names. Hand watercolored in the various shades of shibori indigo (Hawaii Calligraphy), the personalized 'surf spot' table cards spoke to the shibori tea towels that served as place cards (the tie-dye reminiscent shibori was the one 'must' when it came to decor). Mirroring the overall themeless-theme, the tablescape was filled with different textures, colors, and unexpected blooms in deep and vibrant hues, tall vases filled with minimalistic native foliage, and dinner were served Ohana style, creating an interactive and casual dining experience.
A repurposed VW bus (Aloha Splitty) turned photo booth offered an insane amount of fun for our guests and memories that still get us laughing when we revisit them. Complete with a curated outdoor "living room" (details included a kilim rug, a copper table, and accent decor, we wanted our guests to have moments of unique and fun experiences at every corner of the private estate venue and at any time during the evening.
I can honestly say that my haku was just as — if not more — important to me than my wedding dress. And I loved my wedding dress. But the haku created by local florist (White Pineapple Designs) was so epic that within 15 minutes into the tropical downpour, I swapped my dress for a one-piece and cut-offs...but kept the haku on and kept the dance party going!
Dinner music was selected by my father. Our DJ (DJ Coach) somehow transported us to Rome with my father's favorite Italian songs and then REALLY started the party by opening the dance floor to none other than Britney Spear's toxic. Classics followed and even a downpour of tropical rain couldn't get us off the dance floor with the Beastie Boys playing.
Our favorite kind of party is a house party (Hokukano Bayhouse). Our wedding venue offered an elevated version of a private house party that had us all feeling like we were on our own tropical island, surrounded by palm trees and the ocean.
You don't have to be traditional or follow Pinterest's latest trends to create the wedding of your — and your guests — dreams. Focus as much on how you want the experience to feel and the energy you want to cultivate as much as you do on your bouquet.