Do I have something special for you today! Shot beautifully by Carly Brown Photography & impeccably planned and styled by Moana Events, this big day is by far one of the most beautifully elegant & chic island weddings I have ever seen.
Morgan of Moana Events was kind enough to share her experience planning celebrity couple Blair McDonough & Kristi’s wedding – enjoy!
From Morgan of Moana Events – “Blair McDonough (of Australia’s Neighbours, Big Brother, & Dancing with the Stars) and his beautiful bride, Kristi, were planning their wedding in Australia, closely watched by the paparazzi and celebrity magazines.
During the planning process they realized that the wedding they were planning just wasn’t ‘them.’ Instead, they decided to have a smaller and more intimate destination wedding in Hawaii!”
Moana Events – “Blair and Kristi wanted a planner who understood their style and their need to have an elegantly simple and most of all fun wedding day.
This joyful and adventurous couple met 10 years ago through work and were close friends until 2 years ago when they finally realized that they were meant to be together.
The most important thing for them was the celebration with close friends and family and having lots of time together to laugh, eat, and dance. They love entertaining friends, traveling, cooking, and spending time with their much talked about adopted dog Chief. In fact, instead of traditional favors and gifts, they made a donation to the rescue foundation where they got him.
Kristi fell in love with the estate the moment she saw it and decided that she had to have her wedding there. We designed canopies on each side of the lawn and set the ceremony between two gorgeous pedestals of flowers facing the ocean.”
Moana Events – “As soon as the ceremony was over guests were invited to cocktail hour in the front lawn with live music created on the spot by musician Kelly James.
While guests were enjoying the entertainment, we transformed the ceremony space into two long kings tables in the center of the lawn and set it with lanterns and gorgeous white flowers under café lights.
Blair and Kristi wanted to do long tables and serve the food family style because their favorite times together are long holiday dinners – the kind where the conversation is so great that no one wants to leave the tables.”
Moana Events – “There was a light sprinkle just as dinner ended and guests gamely put up their white umbrellas and continued the conversation as a double rainbow peeked out of the sky.
After the sun set the party continued on the open-air lanai where Blair and Kristi danced their hearts out along with their guests.”
Wasn’t that wedding gorgeous!? I just LOVE those canopies. If you’re thinking about a destination wedding be sure to check out these tips!
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Photography: Carly Brown Photography // Planning & Styling: Moana Events // Venue: Private Estate, Diamond Head, Oahu // Flowers & Decor: Steven Boyle Designs // Catering: Giniberries // Officiant: Lt. Governor Duke Aiona // Hair & Makeup: Leslie Fair // Wedding Dress: Designed by the bride’s best friend // Live Entertainment: Kelley James // DJ: Anna Lunoe