Usually when I think of Hawaii, I think of beaches, but Julie and Narendra’s stunning wedding was held on the Big Island of Hawaii at 3000 feet above sea level, at a private ranch. The venue, the colors, the intimate guest list of 60 – this truly was a wedding in paradise.

Julie embellished her dress with a diamond brooch that belonged to Narendra’s grandmother.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and refreshments at small tables. The space was decorated with turquoise umbrellas.

The bride and groom and their guests posed for photos in traditional Hawaiian leis.

Specialty cocktails included Mauna Lani Punch, Mai Tai the Knot, Lava Flow, Kohala Sunset, and a Turtle Tini.

The colors, flowers, and tropical fruits decorating the tables reflected the Hawaiian landscape.

Guests were served individual passion fruit cakes that matched the larger cutting cake.


Photographer: Meg Smith / Venue: Kahua Ranch in Kamuela, Hawaii / Event Planner: Kristi Amoroso / Floral Design: Ariella Chezar / Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo / Groom’s Suit: Kiton / Stationery: Janel Claire Designs / Calligraphy: Barbara Callow / Tent: Raj Tents / Catering: Amy Ferguson, 808-329-2777 / Cake: Kay Cabrera
  • Tropical Ranch Wedding in Hawaii

    7 June 2008
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    With beach weddings, it’s so easy to go overboard with seashells and sand dollars, and while those things have their place, you can have a perfectly beachy wedding without them. For this southern California-inspired wedding board, I imagined dressed-up surf style, and I think the colors and feel of it (along with the venue of course) convey that.

    Mood: elegantly relaxed
    Palette: pale aqua, pale yellow, touches of sea green, white

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    Top row from left: cake photo by Jude Mooney, bouquet by Artfool, photo by Karen Wise, photo by Claudia Cebrian
    Row 2: seating card from Brides, photo by Kimberlee Miller, Whimsy Press gift wrap via Ritzy Bee, photo by Mel Barlow
    Row 3: bamboo bar from Room Service Home, seating cards from Brides, invitation by Ceci NY, boutonniere from Brides
    Row 4: photo by Timothy Lee, bouquet from Brides, photo by Karyn Iserman, lemonade caipirinha from Martha Stewart

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    You may have picked up on this already, but when it comes to beach wedding boards, I tend to lean toward a natural look and neutral colors. This may have something to do with growing up in Northern California, where colors on the coast are muted and the weather is moody. To me, that type of beach is beautiful and familiar, low key and laid back. And so that’s the wedding board I’ve tried to create here.

    Mood: nature-inspired, low key
    Palette: neutrals

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    Top row from left: photo by Gertrude & Mabel, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, seating cards from Kathleen Deery, photo by Jude Mooney (thanks to Meg!)
    Row 2: stationery by Linda & Harriett, bread photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy via Style Me Pretty, torches from Brides, blankets via Black Eiffel
    Row 3: recycled vases via Ritzy Bee, photo from Brides, cake photo and favor box photo both by Union Photography
    Row 4: rustic table and menus from Lyndsey Hamilton, photo by Mel Barlow via The Bride’s Cafe, twine-wrapped mason jar, bouquet by Artfool

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    When I think tropical beach, I think lush greenery, rich dark woods, fruit and bright flowers. And of course, palm trees. This is one of those looks that can easily go casual and relaxed, with a short dress and tropical-weight wool, or more elegant and dressed up with ruffles and a tuxedo.

    Mood: lush, tropical
    Palette: dark green, red, fuchsia

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    Top row from left: potted arrangements by Sharla Flock, ceremony photo from Todd Events, centerpiece via Elizabeth Anne Designs
    Row 2: parasols from Jo Gartin, arrangement by Ariella Chezar, photo from Destination Wedding Style, poster via Bon Bon Oiseau
    Row 3: cymbidium bouquet by Artfool, ring bearer, ring bowl from Brides, bouquets by Ariella Chezar
    Row 4: centerpiece by Artfool, cymbidium nosegays from Martha Stewart Weddings, postcards from In Style, cake from Martha Stewart Weddings

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    A reader suggested that I focus on beach inspiration boards this week. Though the possibilities for beach weddings could easily take up more than a single week, I thought I’d go ahead with five days of beach inspiration boards showcasing some of the varied ways a couple can throw a beach wedding. Summer’s almost here, after all!

    Today’s board could take place in Mexico, or another equally warm beachy destination. Coral and cattleya orchids are the two major decorative elements here, and I think they allow the natural beauty of the location to shine through. If you do decide to use coral as part of your wedding decor, be sure to use faux or responsibly harvested coral. Pops of orange add depth and boldness, and contribute to the romantically modern look of the coral and orchids.

    Mood: warm, modern beach style
    Palette: orange, white, tan

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    Top row from left: Calvin Klein tan seersucker suit via Weddingbee, photo by Elizabeth Messina, cake from Beth Helmstetter, photo by Yvette Roman via Style Me Pretty
    Row 2: coral centerpieces from Brides, Jenna Hein calligraphed seating cards via Thoughtful Day, paloma cooler from Martha Stewart, cattleya orchid bouquet from Brides
    Row 3: table from Brides, tent from Oh How Charming!, coral photo by Adrian Briscoe
    Row 4: photo and coral boutonniere both from In Style, coral notecard by Invitation Consultants, photo by Jessica Claire


    It’s amazing to me how often this happens – I discover something perfect for a board on the day I post it! Check out this beautiful coral invitation by Alee and Press, via Brooklyn Bride.

    Update! Check out this gorgeous wedding shot by Leigh Miller.

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