Catholic Tradition & Blushing Romance in Paradise

Catholic Tradition & Blushing Romance in Paradise

Congratulations to the darling Cristina and Peter from Seattle who wed with the help of VOWS Maui this February at Maria Lanakila Parish and Punakea Palms! It was a sweet and intimate Catholic ceremony with Filipino traditions to start in Lahaina Town then up the hill to the Launiopoko neighborhood of Maui for an elegant and fun reception. Guests were wow’d by the sweeping ocean views and the big smiles on our clients’ faces. Many Mahalos to our hardworking and creative vendor partners: Jana Dillon Photography, Café O’Lei Catering, Aloha Bars, Maui DJ Services, Bella Bloom, Cake Fanatics, Miss B Calligraphy, Hawaiian Style Event Rentals, Mei’Li Autumn Beauty, Catered Coconut, Creative Coverings, Pacific Portables, and Travel Plaza...

Andaz Maui Wedding Honored on Style Me Pretty

Here at VOWS, we were so thrilled to be featured not only on the Style Me Pretty Destination Wedding Page, but as the blog’s cover story on October 29th! The truly unique jewel tone palette made this wedding one of a kind and an inspiration. It was a fabulous team effort to bring the clients’ vision to life. I can’t get over the talents that came together so beautifully on this special day in paradise. VOWS recruited the best Maui wedding vendors, including:  Andaz Maui, Erich McVey Photography, Mandy Grace Designs, Set Maui, Signature Maui, Adorn, La Happy and Rio Event Rentals. Here are my top 12 (I couldn’t pick just 10), breathtaking images from the...

12 Years Later…Still Love Being a Wedding Coordinator

I need to be Madonna in this business. I’ve always admired her talent of evolving her craft and look with the times. As a wedding coordinator being up on the trends is key to making each season of our brides (and now grooms) happy. Pinterest and other social media sites have brought the word “trend” to a new level. When I started in 2003, it was still about tearing pictures out of magazines. Every bride had a stack they brought to meetings and my office was full of them for reference on colors, flowers, linens and even vendors that were doing the recent and fabulous.  Boy, have times changed. Evolution of the Trends I love the color palettes that come back around. Crazy to think I’ve been in this business long enough for that to happen. Purple, for example, was HUGE when I started then became the “what? you can’t have purple!” decade and now, of course, it’s back but has to be paired with its new trend buddy “gray” to be considered stylish. Gown trends, now this is something I love to watch. Yes, Miss Kate Middleton was the source of a major shift bringing back “the sleeve” from our moms’ closets. Thank goodness for variety! I’ve seen enough years of the strapless gown. Don’t get me wrong, this style universally looks good on every body type, but it’s refreshing to see some variation with lace, even half and cap sleeves. Color is also a trend I love to see! Blushes, golds, if you dare! Your grandma may wince, but remember it’s your day. More Understanding as a Wedding Coordinator My personal maturity has brought more understanding and patience for my clients. This is key for my wedding coordinator career of many hats, including the...

Style Shoot at Maui’s Hui N’oeau Visual Arts Center

I teamed up with the talented Karma Hill to bring some of the most gifted Maui vendors together to create a romantic, fashion forward, and unique combination of the popular blush and gold wedding color palette. As a Maui wedding designer, I am honored to have the inspiration of this amazing island’s culture to pull from. You can see this influence in the Maile lei look alike runner for the table and with the show-stopping tropical backdrops we chose. Our hope was the scheme would be romantic, ethereal, with a touch of Hawaiian flavor. I believe we succeeded! A favorite unique element was the tulle overlay on both tables. It was as if this cake was floating on a cloud! Gorgeous vintage glassware in ambers and pinks gave that touch of class. Watercolor table numbers and wrap around place cards complimented our ethereal theme. They stuck together on the back. A perfect solution for the wind gusts ocean side here on Maui! Our models Abby and Neil were a perfect addition. They had just wed a few days earlier on our special island. We swooned over her ombre gold vintage-esque gown by Marchesa.          Wedding Design/Styling: Katy Roberts of VOWS Wedding & Event Planning Photography: Karma of Karma Hill Photography Venue: Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center Floral Design: Della of Dellables Hair and Make up: Sarah and Lauren of Salon 253 Calligraphy/Paper: Miss B Calligraphy Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes Event Rentals (table, chairs, chandelier): Island Rents Tableware: Set Maui Linens: Creative Coverings Bride’s Dress: Marchesa Notte from Rent the...

Maui Wedding Venues – The Hui

Private Wedding Venue in Upcountry Maui Brings History and Artistic Charm to Island Weddings If you’re researching endless listings of Maui wedding venues you’ve come to the right blog. VOWS Wedding & Event Planning loves what locals call: “The Hui”. Steeped in Hawaiian history, natural and man-made artistry and elegance, a vast private property with views and endless photo opportunities, a venue with capacity for any size wedding you dream, all located in a temperate location on the island no matter the season, you have found it in The Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. Maui wedding planner Settled just below Makawao Town and in site of extraordinary views of the West Maui Mountains and Maui’s North Shore, the spacious Mediterranean-style home wows upon your approach. It was designed in 1917 by famous Honolulu architect, C.W. Dickey, for Harry Baldwin and his wife Ethel, founder of Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center. The Hui has been a gathering place for some of the greatest artistic minds contributing to Maui arts and culture. The Baldwin’s daughter even married on the property, so it was meant to be. Maui wedding The great thing about The Hui being a recent addition to our Maui wedding venues list is their flexibility for any shape, size or personality celebration. Each is custom to you (which aligns with our planning philosophy); no cookie cutting must do’s and don’ts. You bring in your own catering and bartenders; giving you maximum control on taste and spend. There is ample parking – no shuttles or valet needed which is a luxury on Maui. The Hui is open to the public until 4pm, but wedding set-up and photos can start anytime and you have access to the quaint guest cottage for getting ready as early as you’d like. Maui wedding planner Choose...