ku’u lei: vintage inspired wedding in hawaii

After almost a year in the making the Ku’u Lei (My Beloved) Shoots are finally here! Conceptualized, styled, and photographed by Chelsea of Bit of Ivory Photography and Orchestrated Stylized Shoots, today’s wedding inspiration editorial melds Downton Abbey glamour with the Hawaiian Islands to create a flawless vintage tropics look.

Vintage inspired #wedding centerpiece | Bit of Ivory Photography, floral design by Passion Roots | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Butter yellow #wedding cake | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Juliet cap veil from Danani Handmade | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Emerald green and ivory wedding invitations with gold pineapples from Peter Loves Jane | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/

To bring our vision to life a soft palette of butter yellow, blush pinks, ivory, gold, emerald-green, and tea was used along with lots of vintage details to represent Downton Abbey – and a pineapple motif to pull in Hawaii.

The Hawaii State Art Museum served as the venue and it brought that touch of Old World glamour and is a wonderful alternative to the typical Hawaii beach wedding.

One of the things I admire most about Bit of Ivory Photography is her insistence on using real couples for her shoots.  It was such a treat to not only help plan this shoot but also model for it with some of my friends!

Detail at the Hawaii State Art Museum | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Unique boutonnière designed by Passion Roots | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Chaviano Couture wedding dress and Juliet cap veil | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Emerald green and ivory wedding invitations with gold pineapples from Peter Loves Jane | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Bridesmaid bouquet from Passion Roots with a pink peony | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Glamorous bridesmaid | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ White and green boutonniere from Passion Roots | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Downton Abbey style bridesmaid with a vintage lace parasol | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Bridesmaid bouquet from Passion Roots | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Light pink and khaki groomsmen style | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Details at the Hawaii State Art Museum | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Bride and bridesmaid | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/

The bridal gown from Chaviano Couture was an absolute dream to wear along with Danani Handmade’s Juliet cap veil. The khaki color of the wedding dress underneath the exquisite lace reminded me of a light tea stain hue, which couldn’t have been more perfect for the theme.

Passion Roots designed the most incredible bouquets and centerpiece seamlessly blending a chic tropical style with English glamour and the groom’s boutonniere (which mimics a Hawaiian lei) is one of the most unique things I’ve ever seen!

Chaviano Couture #wedding dress and bouquet from Passion Roots | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Vintage tropic bridal bouquet design from Passion Roots | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Vintage style bride in Hawaii | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Romantic moment | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Hawaii State Art Museum wedding | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Vintage style bouquet with ribbons from Passion Roots | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Unique Boutonniere from Passion Roots | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Juliet cap #veil from Danani Handmade | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/

A Cake Life absolutely nailed the vintage tropics look with an amazing pale yellow cake. The detailing on it spoke to a long-time Hawaiian tradition of quilting and it looked incredible next to the invitation suite and tabletop paper goods designed by Peter Loves Jane. The little pineapple motifs are so cute!

An ivory tablecloth, gold chargers, and cracked green glassware pulled together the reception table along with gold Chiavari chairs from Accel Party Rentals that were used around the table and in the ceremony.

Pale yellow pineapple wedding cake from A Cake Life | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ White, butter yellow, and green centerpiece design from Passion Roots | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Hawaii bride and groom | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Emerald green and gold #wedding menu designed by Peter Loves Jane | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Hawaii bride and groom| Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Blush pink floral design from Passion Roots | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Butter yellow, blush, white, and green vintage style #wedding centerpiece from Passion Roots | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Pineapple themed gold and emerald #wedding invitations | Bit of Ivory Photography, designed by Peter Loves Jane | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Pale yellow wedding cake | Bit of Ivory Photography, designed by A Cake Life | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Downton Abbey themed wedding | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/ Butter yellow and light green #wedding cake | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-vintage-inspired-wedding-hawaii/

I’d like to give a big mahalo to all of the incredible vendors who made this dream come to life. Your creativity and style never ceases to amaze me!

Be sure to tune in all week for more from the Ku’u Lei shoots.

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Bit of Ivory Photography, Moana Events, Passion Roots, Chaviano Couture, Peter Loves Jane, and Danani Handmade are Burnett’s Boards Vendors.

Concept Design & Photography: Chelsea LaVere of Bit of Ivory Photography // Local & Publication Partner: Burnett’s Boards // Event Coordination: Moana Events // Logistics Coordination: Orchestrated Stylized Shoots // Venue: Hawai’i State Art Museum // Floral Design: Passion Roots // Stationary: Peter Loves Jane // Cake: A Cake Life // Bridal Gown: Chaviano Couture // Lace Bolero: Pure English Couture Bridal // Rentals: Accel Party Rentals // Makeup: Heather Bell Makeup Artistry (hsaffery(at)hotmail.com) // Hair: Star Allison // Bridal Veil & Bridesmaid Necklace: Danani Handmade // Groomswear: Celebrity Tuxedos // Topiaries: Curate // Model:  Sara Burnett, Bridesmaid – Melanie.

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About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.

Comments

  1. Beautiful in every way! Love the concept of a ‘vintage tropics’ shoot and can definitely appreciate the Downtown Abbey influence. Sara you are a stunner, that veil and lace dress combo is just beyond. Congratulations to all the team involved! xx

  2. O.M.G. This is ah-mazing! The concept was executed perfectly. The colors and details are exactly right. I just love Chelsea’s photographs. They are distinctly hers — the mark of a true artist! And you look beyond GORGEOUS in that stunning dress and veil. Mr. Burnett is pretty cute too. 🙂 Love it all!!!

  3. Love this photo shoot, everything about it from the lovely vintage lace to the scrumptious cake and exquisite florals. The lei of roses around the grooms neck is something I have not seen before and looks so much more rich with roses. If I were getting married again I would do it this way!

  4. Congratulations! What a darling shoot and you look amazing! I love the pic of you two laughing together, it really captures the love you share. The gown and the veil are superb, the bouquet breathtaking and the cake is divine!

  5. The flowers on the first image…. stunning!!!!

  6. I love that cake! This inspiration is amazing and the dress is gorgeous. You look great!

  7. Heather says:

    All of the flowers are very beautiful. I agree with you on the khaki layer of the dress, it’s awesome! This post is beautiful and thorough and I’m very proud of you- your hard work for the shoot REALLY paid off. This is super pretty!

  8. nikkolc says:

    Well done! You look so lovely. That dress is beautiful, and I love the lei. All of the details came together so perfectly!

  9. You look so beautiful in that stunning dress! The veil is heavenly and I adore the color palette with the emerald green! And that just may be the prettiest lei I have ever seen, gorgeous florals!

  10. This shoot is just gorgeous! I’m trying to pick out a favorite image, but they’re ALL perfect. Wonderful job ladies!!!

  11. Woohoo, how exciting to finally see all of the details! I love the romantic, warm palette. You and your husband look incredible!

  12. Beautiful Sara! You look amazing. Gorgeously styled and orchestrated, well done to all involved!

  13. Stunning! I love the veil. And the gown. Okay, pretty much everything! So many great details. Off to pin!

  14. After seeing all the sneak peeks on Facebook, I’m so excited to see the whole thing. Incredible job, ladies! 🙂

  15. What a stunning shoot!

  16. LOVE!

  17. This is so wonderful! I love seeing how all the details came together! You and Mr. Burnett did wonderfully in front of the camera – I’m hoping it was like a fun little mini re-wedding event for you! The florals are amazing, and the pineapple touches are great too! You and Bit of Ivory did an fantastic job capturing + creating this!

  18. Melanie says:

    Already knew you were gorgeous, but these shots of you and the mister are just stunning! You and Chelsea are an indomitable team for pulling this together so seamlessly – kudos! 🙂

  19. I can’t even begin to thank everyone for their comments! It really was such an amazing community effort of kick-tail talent and creativity! So grateful for everyone involved! And huge mahalo to Sara for the perfect feature of everyone’s work! Totally know this had to be the hardest feature to put together because of the huge emotional connection to it. Total justice done. <3

  20. OMG! OMG! Everything is so amazingly gorgeous. Including stunning you! And I just want to give a shout out to supportive husbands 🙂

  21. Gorgeous…all of it!!! And you look stunning Sara!!

  22. So very lovely!!! And YAY for you modeling!!! You look amazing, and I love seeing you and your hubby!!!! 🙂 The best!!

  23. At the risk of being redundant, you look absolutely gorgeous! Actually, gorgeous doesn’t even begin cover it. And your man looks pretty sharp, too! I am so impressed with this shoot. At first glance it’s a really stunning spread but then you notice all the amazing details and it takes it to the next level. Wonderfully executed!

  24. I love seeing a real couple in a style shoot! Not only is the design gorgeous, you two completed it with true romance:)

  25. Absolutely gorgeous! We enjoy every bit of detail in this styled shoot. So much pretty inspiration!

    xo

    http://www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

  26. I am honored to be a part of this BEAUTIFUL shoot! Thank you Thank you!

  27. I could do Downton Abbey meets Hawaiian Island any day, it’s fabulous! And, the cap veil… gorgeous!

  28. Thank you everyone for your sweet comments and amazing support! xx

  29. I love the Downton Abbey influence; that veil is stunning.

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