Since we're all freezing in Seattle right now, I thought I'd warm us up with a destination wedding blog entry. A BIG congratulations to my dear friend and assistant Miss Channy Sea and her fun-loving husband Taz Sivisay who tied the knot with the help of VOWS on August 26, 2011. We were honored to be able to travel with them to my most favorite place on earth: the island of Maui, Hawaii.
The setting of the Honoa Kai Lani (a.k.a. Sugarman Estate), on the south end of the island in Makena, couldn't have been more pristine and picturesque. On a beautifully manicured lawn between two palm trees, Channy & Taz stood at the edge of the ocean to become husband and wife.
The wedding theme was tropical with a twist. The stylish combo of lucky red and aqua were seen in their shell cake design, exotic floral centerpieces and bouquets, welcoming paper items, and more. Taz even completed the island bridal party look with Kakui Nut Leis for his guys.
The food and photography were the true stars of the evening. Cafe O' Lei Catering knocked it out of the park with their food and service. (Which wasn't a surprise since their restaurant in Kihei is a local favorite and packed no matter what day of the week. Take note: the Macadamia Crusted Mahimahi is to die for!)
Next, Kim Aihara and her assistant were a talented and patient photography team that made the clients' experience that much more special. I can't thank Kim enough for working with such grace and flexibility on the day and for the stunning images that I know Channy and Taz will cherish for years to come.
The dazzling Maui sunset served as a back-drop for their white reception tent where dinner, toasts, games, dancing and much fun was had!
Regardless of the details of the event, it's always about the people. Channy & Taz were lucky to be surrounded by 50 wonderful family and friends who flew all the way from Seattle just for them. Their wedding was a wonderful family reunion, vacation and celebration all wrapped up into one...and they couldn't have been more appreciative!
So my freezing Northwest friends, enjoy these images and get inspired for a trip, or dare I say a wedding of your own, on the magical island of Maui.
Vendors who helped Channy and Taz realize their Hawaii Wedding Dream:
Lead photographer: Kim Aihara
2nd Photographer: Sasha Prince
Flowers: Maui Blooms
Officiant: Pia Aluli
Videographer: Jordan, Hi Focused Videography
DJ: Del Sol
Cocktails: Maui Bars are Us
Caterer: Cafe O’Lei
Cake: Cake Fanatics!
Rental Company: Pacific Isle Rentals
Transportation: Akina Tours