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Say “Happy Halloween” with a pineapple!

Would you ever paint your house black? Kind of awesome.

How to make cotton candy by hand.

This “suffocated by flowers” embroidery is beyond.

Make your own wallpaper.

What a sweet little bud vase.

Pumpkin pecan cobbler… yummmm…

Would love to see some bridesmaids in this blue floral chiffon number.

Airbnb’s passive aggressive bus stop ads.

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A 1920’s vintage basketball court isn’t usually the first location that comes to mind while planning a wedding. But for Julia and Rich, who celebrated at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, it was the perfect fit for their beautiful celebration. We love this unique venue flooded with natural light, string lights, and the simple and elegant decor.

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? No one else will know how it was “supposed” to turn out except for you.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I don’t think there were any traditions that we followed other than something old (shoes), something new (dress), something borrowed (necklace from my mother-in-law), and something blue (bracelet from my mother).

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Just think of it as a party and don’t get lost in the details. We knew we had 3 big ticket things we wanted to spend our money on; everything else we kept simple as possible.

 

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Julia carried a sweet and simple bouquet filled with blush roses and soft textural greenery.

 

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Julia added removable cap sleeves to her strapless dress during the ceremony. We love how the addition leaves a beautiful open back.

 

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 The Ceremony

“We tried to approach our planning by putting our guests first. We wanted a venue that was easy to get to, we wanted them to be able to get around easily—our venue, hotel, and tons of restaurants were all walking distance from each other. The beach was only 2 miles away! We just wanted them to have a good time. Our ceremony was very lighthearted. As long as we were married at the end of the day and all our of guests had plenty to eat and drink; we were happy. Everything else was just icing on the cake.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Fun, relaxed, light

How did you go about planning your ceremony? Our coordinator, Teresa, and our officiant, Cynthia were huge helps. We weren’t too stressed about the details.

What was your ceremony music? 
Bridal Party: “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” by Rachmaninov
Processional: “Canon in D” by Pachelbel
Recessional: “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Cynthia Cappacio. We chose her because we clicked with her right away. She was very personable and wanted to make our ceremony special and customize it to us.

What were your ceremony readings?  Cynthia closed the ceremony by reading an excerpt from All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.

 

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What were your vows like? Cynthia gave a little background on our relationship and how we met. We exchanged traditional vows.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Seeing all the people who came to support us as I was walking down the aisle.

 

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The Reception

“We both fell in love with The Delray Beach Center immediately. The venue was totally different than anything we’d seen and it had a lot of history. My husband especially loved the 1920’s basketball hoops.”

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail?  A basil and ginger vodka lemonade was the welcome drink. We had a special drink menu that included lots of classic drinks like Manhattans, Old Fashioned’s, mojitos, French 75 and more.

 

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How would you describe your reception?  Easy going.

What was your wedding menu?  Our menu was phenomenal in my humble opinion. We tried to do a combination of southern soul food and low country-style food. I’m originally from the south and Rich and I are both very fond of Charleston, South Carolina so we wanted to have food that would reflect those two influences.

Hors d’oeuvres: Seared Diver Scallop and Jumbo Shrimp on a Rosemary Skewer with Cilantro Aioli / She Crab Soup with Oyster Crackers / Truffle Deviled Eggs with Garlic Chives / Miniature Jalapeño Corn Muffin Stuffed with Shredded Barbecue Pork // Buffet: Kale Salad with Roasted Baby Carrots, Corn Bread Croutons, Smoked Maple Bacon Crumble, and Mustard Vinaigrette / Double Breaded Southern Fried Chicken / Cajun Shrimp & Cheddar Cheese Grits / Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Aged Balsamic / Homestyle Baked Mac n’ Cheese with Bread Crumb Topping

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We just wanted it to feel like a party and make sure everyone was comfortable and having a good time.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We served three small cakes: hummingbird with cream cheese frosting, vanilla with raspberry filling, and a carrot cake.

 

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What was your first dance song? Other special songs?
First dance: “Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison
Father/daughter: “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
Mother/son: “In My Life” by The Beatles

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  When everyone got into a circle and started having dance-offs.

 

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Photography: Chelsey Boatwright / Ceremony Venue: Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square in Delray Beach, Florida / Reception Venue: Vintage Gymnasium at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square / Event Planning & Design: Simply Couture Weddings / Floral Design: Botanical Bliss / Flower Donation: Petals with Purpose / Dress: Pronovias / Shoes: Jessica Simpson / Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way / Suit, Shirt, Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang / Stationery: Minted / Hair & Makeup: GS Makeup Artistry and Hairstyling / Officiant: Ceremonies with Cynthia / DJ: Vibe DJ’s / Catering: Bill Hansen Catering / Cake, Dessert: Johnson’s Custom Cakes / Photo Booth: Sideshow Booth Co.

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Today’s tropical Mini-Moon takes us back to Maui, where Select vendor and photographer Wendy Laurel shows us around the North Shore, famous for its natural beauty and top surfing spots.

On all the Hawaiian islands, the North Shore is always a little bit more wild — in ocean, scenery, and surroundings. Maui is no different. The North Shore is where the big waves are in the winter, where the wind blows for the windsurfers, where you can find waterfalls and sugar cane fields, and its a world removed from golf courses and resort living.

 

Where to Stay

There are no resorts on the North Shore of Maui but there are plenty of places to stay.

1. Paia Inn. This is hip boutique hotel right in the middle of Paia town and right on the beach. It is the only hotel on the North Shore and fills up fast, so make your reservation early. You can walk to yoga and dinner and the beach.

2. Airbnb or VBRO. Check out the vacation rentals online for a wide selection of places to stay on the North Shore. Anything from a room on the beach, to houses in the jungle, or condos with windsurfing right outside your front door.

Where to Eat

1. Mamas Fish House — If you are feeling fancy or want some pampering, Mamas serves a 5 star meal by the beach. Great fish and seafood and always a favorite.

 

2. Mambo Cafe is a fun little place for breakfast or lunch in Paia and a great place to get a boxed lunch to take to Hana.

3. Mana Foods is my favorite place. Its a small well stocked organic health food store with big prepared food sections, great produce and my favorite — the pies! Everything from locally grown fruit to prepared organic hamburgers with a salad bar, hot and cold prepared food bars and anything you could want from a grocery store.

 

4. Flat Bread Pizza – Flat Bread is a fun place to eat with fantastic and healthy food. It serves organic pizza and yummy salads and is very popular. Expect a wait in the evenings and its a fun place to hang out too.
What to Do

1. Hookipa Beach— Hookipa Beach is right past Paia up the coast a little bit. People go there to surf, stand up paddle, windsurf, or just hang out on the beach. Its a beautiful beach and a great place to hang out and watch the surf.

2. Twin Falls hike – This is a short easy hike into big waterfall. Its gets crowded so best to go early or later in the day. There is a fruit stand that serves smoothies at the beginning of the trail. Just past Paia on the road to Hana — you won’t be able to miss the lot and sign.

3. Yoga. Paia has an assortment of yoga studios including my two favorites: Infusion Barre Studio and Maui Yoga and Dance.

4. Hana – Driving the road to Hana is a day trip so get prepared. Its a winding road along the coastline that ends up in the town of Hana on the east side of Maui. Along the way, you pass and can stop at fruitstands, waterfalls, Venus Pools, a black sand beach and Hana Ranch.

3. Sunrise or Sunset on Haleakala – Paia is a shorter drive to the top of Haleakala (the volcano on Maui) than staying in other resort areas. Get up early to catch sunrise at Haleakala. Be prepared for very cold temperatures (like ski jacket worthy) but but be stunned by beauty. Or you can experience this with one of the many bike tours that start at the top of Haleakala and ride down the mountain.

4. Jaws. In the winter months when a big swell hits the North Shore, big wave surfers can be seen surfing at Jaws (a famous surf spot). Tow in surfers will surf 30 feet and up waves there. Its down a cane road through some field in Haiku off the Hana Highway.

Where to Shop

Paia Town is a fun little (I am talking just a few blocks) town right along the Hana Highway on the North Shore. Its a beachy, hippie sort of town reminiscent of Santa Cruz or Berkeley. Surf shops, organic food, smoothies, shave ice, as well as higher priced boutique shops line up and down the few blocks of Paia. Personally, its my favorite town on Maui and I love shopping and eating there. Some of my favorite spots in Paia to shop are:

1. Biasa Rose — a small boutique filled with the latest designer tees, jeans, sweatshirts. Think James Perse, Splendid, type clothing alongside some Maui designers. Great jewelry and a hidden treasure is the fun little used clothes boutique in the back with gently used designer clothes.

2. Le Tarte Swimwear – A favorite Maui swimwear designer, Lisa Le Tart’s suits appear in Sports Illustrated swimwear issue every year. The store has the cutest swimwear and coverups.

3. Hi Tech Surf – a small surf store with surf clothing like Billabong and Roxy and a great selection of new and used surfboards.

4. Sophie Grace Designs— My hands down favorite place to buy jewelry. You can pick from already designed necklaces, bracelets and earrings or design your own picking from a selection of gorgeous and colorful stones and chains. My favorite is a necklace with circular tags you can have engraved with your names or places you like to surf or just about anything.

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