There’s so much to adore about Katrina & Adonis’ wedding in Maui, Hawaii, captured beautifully by Anna Kim Photography and coordinated by Sugar Beach Events. They considered each and every detail and as you’ll see, their wedding was a gorgeous one! Guest comfort and fun from the kids to the adults was a big consideration of theirs and this real wedding is filled with ideas to do the same for your loved ones. Plus, it’s Maui! It really doesn’t get much prettier than Hawaii as a backdrop for I do!
From the bride, Katrina – “We are Hawaiians at heart, and can definitely pass as locals when in the islands. It’s our home away from home. It’s our favorite place and we have so many memories there so it wasn’t hard for us to choose Hawaii for our destination wedding. Our house may be in Seattle but we live aloha!
The original vision was a beach wedding, but when we found out how many people is actually allowed for a ceremony on the beach we changed plans but still wanted to get as close to the beach as possible. We wanted everything to be authentically tropical and we love the bold bright colors the islands had to offer. All the tropical flowers and all the big monstera leaves is what I adore!”
From the bride, Katrina – “It’s funny where our inspiration came from, we started with Hawaiian tribal designs from my husband’s tattoos. Both of his arms and legs are covered with a mix of Hawaiian and Filipino tribal designs. That’s where it began when we started working with Stacey the owner of Emi Ink for our customized save the dates. She incorporated Hawaiian tribal designs into our save the dates and invitations and we just worked off of that.
In taking the sun and sand into consideration we wanted to pick a palette that wouldn’t get washed out in pictures. And since the tribal design was so bold, we went for a softer girly color palette to contrast it. Then we incorporated a lot of the big monstera leaves everywhere!”
“My wedding dress was from Maggie Sottero. I thought I would find my dream dress right away but man that was not the case on this one. I went to 5 different stores and all of them didn’t have what I was looking for. So I was searching online and saw this beauty in blush! Unfortunately it was from the season a year before so it wasn’t in any stores. However, I contacted a store that made it happen via a loaner program and it was in my exact size and color I wanted, it was made for me! I bought it right there with no hesitation. My show-stopping heels are from Bagley Mischka – they were my something blue. I got my jewelry from Swarovski, since my dress also had Swarovski crystals all over it. I wanted to shine on my wedding day! My something old was my mom’s ring that was passed down to me and it was tied around my bouquet. And I was also wearing a bracelet that was my mother-in-laws for my something borrowed.
My bridesmaids wore Alfred Angelo. I gave them a lot of freedom with picking dresses. They all have different body shapes so they picked the dress that they loved the most and ordered all in the same color!”
As for the groom and groomsmen they decided on traditional Filipino formal attire for men which are called barongs paired with Tommy Bahama linen pants so they can be comfortable under the Hawaiian sun and nice leather flip-flops.”
“I am super into details. During the planning process I would run through the whole wedding in my head a million times and think of what I would appreciate if I were a guest at a wedding. Since we did have plenty of kids at the wedding we had to keep them entertained. We provided little coloring packets that the ushers passed out to the littles to keep them busy during the ceremony. They also had their own “cool kids” table with favor boxes full of goodies. During the toast they passed out little milk and cookie shots for them to toast too!
Entertainment was a big thing for us. We wanted to keep our guests happy and in awe. Even though we were already lucky to be in paradise, we wanted to keep everyone entertained. We had Marvin stay for the cocktail hour with 2 hula dancers, we had 2 Tahitian dancers during dessert, and a 3 man show of fire knife dancers right after. Not to mention a photobooth that opened up after dinner. We wanted to give the Aloha spirit to our guests!”
All my stationery was done by Stacey from Emi Ink, based in Oahu. She started our whole vision when she created our custom invitations. The actual invitation was etched on wood, hence all the woodwork in the wedding. The woodwork for all the signs, favors, and guestbook was done by Jeremy from Shop Toast, also based in Oahu.
We went to the Wedding Cafe in Honolulu to check out some stuff and both of their work was there. We loved these little ornaments from Shop Toast that we saw at a store, so we went to visit him one day and he custom designed everything for us. Including the little place-card holders. The two actually worked together just for our place cards! He also made me cutout monstera leaves for the chairs and I gorilla glued pins on the back to pin on the back of the chairs.
It was so hard to find things I was trying to envision, so most of it was custom-made. Our guestbook is actually a huge version of our favors. We wanted something we could display afterwards instead of a book that I would just put away and never see again. So he put two hooks on the back for us so we can hang it up in our living room.”
“Our flower girls were our two daughters and we had a sign made by Shop Toast that our eldest carried down the aisle that said “Daddy, here comes Mommy.” Our ring bearer was our nephew, he was more like ring security. We got him a briefcase that he wouldn’t let go of, sunglasses, and a sheriff’s badge!
We provided puka shell leis for each guest that was handed out by our ushers when the guests arrived. We also had fans for them to use since it was warm in August, and they had bubble wands tied to them. All the ribbon we used had our names and date printed on them. We also had custom cocktail napkins to add a little flair during cocktail hour.
All the chalk signs were made by FromKellyWithLove. I sent her a design and she incorporated all the flowers on the signs. The welcome sandwich board sign actually doubled as an appetizer menu on the back!”
“We fed our guests very well. Since we were a smaller party we didn’t want to go overboard, so we added late night snacks, which were mini sliders and fries. Since we’re from Seattle we have to represent so we had a coffee station. Both of us are heavy coffee drinkers!
My biggest piece of advice to newly-engaged couples embarking on their own wedding-planning-journey would be time! Give yourself ample time to plan, there’s so many details that go into a wedding that I think require a lot of your time. I was on email everyday back and forth with my coordinator or vendors.
Also, get yourself a coordinator so you won’t be pulling your hair out at the end. Planning was a breeze with Denise of Sugar Beach Events.
Finally, don’t forget about memories. Splurge on the photography and videography. The wedding day goes by so fast you won’t remember half the things that happen. Luckily for us we got the best photographer in Hawaii to keep our memories for a lifetime!”
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Photography: Anna Kim Photography // Coordination: Denise Black of Sugar Beach Events // Floral Design: Country Bouquets Maui // Catering: Chef Lee of Sugar Beach Events // Hair & Makeup: Maui Mira // DJ: DJ Del Sol // Videography: Ohana Films // Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Photobooth: Bamboo Shootz // Entertainment: Manutea Nui E // Linens: Winters Events and Weddings Linens // Calligraphy Signs: FromKelly with Love // Favors, Signs, Aloha Guestbook: Shop Toast // Stationery: Emi Ink // Ceremony + Reception Location: Sugar Beach Events in Maui, Hawaii.