A pop of color, a splash of blue mountains! This Maui wedding has all the views and all the joy, and we’re in love with it!
Kristie and Myles were going for a romantic tropical vibe. It was important that all their guests had a great time and got to experience the laid back vibe of Maui, Kristie’s hometown, as well as share their love of food and drinks with those closest to them. It was important to Kristie that the ceremony and reception be in Wailuku as many guests traveled to the wedding from the mainland, she wanted to show off the charm of one of Maui’s oldest towns.
Proposal story written by the bride: “Looking back at how Myles proposed, I laugh at myself for not catching onto him. Our day started with a sunrise walk on the Wailea Beach Trail before heading back home to Wailuku to get ready for lunch with some friends at Mama’s Fish House. We had one of the best tables in the house and our friends were adamant that we started lunch with a bottle of champagne and that is never something I pass up! After spending a few hours laughing and talking story at lunch, we were planning on meeting a few more friends upcountry to catch the sunset at Poli Poli. We found our spot and set up for a sunset picnic and we pulled out a volleyball and started playing. Little did I know that Myles and my hanai cousin, Cole, who is a photographer, were analyzing the clouds to get the perfect shot. Myles told Cole, “Let’s relax for a little. I’ll give you a sign and we can do it in about 45 minutes.” Then Myles proceeded to sit down with the group as far away as possible from me! After about 5 minutes, Myles noticed that the clouds were coming in from the east side very quickly so he gave Cole the sign that we were starting now. Cole’s sister, Britt, then stood up and said, “Okay time for couple pics! Me and Justin are first!” I again had zero idea what was happening! Then Britt insisted that it was me and Myles’ turn. “Give me your beer, you don’t need that for the picture.” Britt told me and I handed it to her without any question. “Oh right, right, this pic will probably go to Grandma, she doesn’t want to see that” I joked back. We took a few photos and then I started to walk away for the next couples’ turn. Myles grabbed my hand and as I turned around, he was done on one knee. I was so in shock I kept asking him “are you for real? Is this for real?”. That sunset was one we will both never forget and the 4th of July party at my parents house the next day, was a front for an engagement party. We got married exactly 1 year from the date he proposed.
For the ceremony, Kristie wore a beautiful gown by Sarah Seven which she found at Lovely Bride in Cincinnati with her mom and 91 year old grandma. She wanted something classy and timeless. As for bridesmaids, their dresses were all different! She didn’t have any official maid or matron of honor but her closest friends were dressed in floral. The brands were various including Show Me Your Mumu, and the color palette were different shades of soft pink. Kristie wanted the bridesmaids to wear a dress they really loved and that they felt most comfortable in. Myles’ attire was from Natty Adams, a custom tailor based in New Orleans. Inside his jacket, Kristie surprised him, with an embroidered note ‘Love you – Kris’ in her handwriting. For his groomsmen, he chose white button ups and khaki pants from Lululemon and Olu’kai sandals to stay true to the laid back vibes in Hawaii. It was important that their ceremony involved their family and friends. Kristie’s cousin sang all the music during the ceremony while her dad played the guitar. As guests arrived, she played “Sunday morning” by Maroon Five, “At my Worst” by Pink Sweat$ and “Thinking out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. She walked down the aisle to the most beautiful acoustic version of “Latch” by Disclosure ft. Sam Smith. Their officiant was their old roommate, Mary Kate, who shared their story and naturally included a Drake quote (Kristie’s favorite artist). We then started the party heading to the reception with “Anything Could Happen” by Elle Goulding coming live through the speakers.
Our “Romantic Tropical” vision all originated in the flowers by Maui Palm Tree Floral. Our color schemes included shades of blush, pink, green, mauve, and amber and Kristie’s favorite flower is a protea so each of the bouquets had one with anthuriums and white roses that really made the protea pop. Instead of a traditional wedding altar arch, we used a modern element with podiums and arrangements. Myles wore a traditional Hawaiian Maile lei and their parents wore pikake leis. We wanted to highlight the farm to table options that Cafe O’Lei at the Mill House is known for as well as their favorite foods. This included ahi poke with taro chips, Prime Rib and Garlic Shrimp, Ulu and Sweet Potato Enchiladas and Kula Greens. Myles is a bourbon fan so he had a few bottles be brought from the mainland. Myles is from New Orleans, where we currently live today, so it was very important to provide their guests with an open bar to keep the party going. Kristie and Myles started off the reception with a traditional New Orleans Second Line. On the back of each dinner menu, a family friend wrote a description of what a Second Line celebrates and it was a great way to start the reception. Kristie and Myles led a march with black and white umbrellas through the restaurant while everyone followed behind waving handkerchiefs. It was a great way to start the party and get everyone to the dance floor. Kristie’s cousins, Huakai and Iokua, also danced hula during dinner. One special hula was to “ulupalakua” which is where Kristie’s brother is currently laid to rest. Their wedding day was also her brother’s birthday. Their first dance was to a fun and upbeat song by New Orleans’ artist, Anders Osborne “Ho-Di-Ko-Di-Ya-La-Ma-La”. Kristie danced to “Hawaiian Eyes” with her Dad by Jon Osorio & Randy and Myles danced to “What a Wonderful World” by New Orleans Native, Louis Armstrong, with his mom. Cafe O’Lei served a small, chocolate on chocolate on chocolate cake created by Maui Wedding Cakes but the main dessert by Cafe O’Lei at the Mill House was a New Orleans original, Bananas Foster. They ended the night with the original version of Latch by Disclosure and Sam Smith and slowed things down with “What makes my world spin around” by Jordan Davis, a friend of Myles.
Planning & Coordination: A White Orchid Wedding
Photography: Bre Jane Photography
Cinematography: Zeb Films
Photography & Videography Team: Zeb and Jane
Florals: Maui Palmtree Floral
Rentals: Accel Rentals Maui
Tabletop Rentals: Set Maui
Linens: Nuage Designs
Calligraphy: The Writing Desk Hawaii
Calligraphy: Trudi Galera
DJ: DJ Del Sol
Catering: Cafe O’Lei
Hair & Beauty: Maui Makeup Artistry
Gown: Sarah Seven
Groom’s Attire: Natty Adams
Transportation: Maui Tours and Transport