Tropical secret garden, flowers by Ariella Chezar, lavender gray wedding dress… the inspiration from Serena and Matthew’s wedding is endless!

Instead of a traditional guest book, guests were invited to get creative with watercolors, markers, and colored pencils. A friend of the couple created a 3D stereoscopic camera that was used for guest photos.

Serena shares the story behind their tattoos: “Matthew and I have been contemplating tattoos for a long time, and after ten years together and in honor of our love and forthcoming nuptials we took the leap (both with the tattoos and marriage). We chose keys – to our hearts, life, love.”

Says Serena, “We loved the meaning of folding 1000 cranes for our wedding, both the bringing of good luck and that it is an exercise in all of the things it takes to make a marriage work. Our invitations included instructions for folding origami cranes, an explanation of the meaning of the 1000 cranes, origami paper and return envelopes. It was especially meaningful to have those blessings from those who could not join us. Matthew is an artist and came up with the gorgeous installation for hanging the cranes at our reception – it really was so stunning in the space!”

Serena kindly answered some questions for us about the wedding…

Why did you choose this place for your wedding? I grew up on Maui and we have a wonderful community of family and friends there. We wanted to share the Maui we know with all of our dearest friends and planned a week together to explore and celebrate.

What was your favorite part of the day? What I hold most dear is how connected and present Matthew and I were, and the ceremony was incredibly moving for both of us. We wrote our own vows and worked closely with our officiant, my stepfather, to create the ceremony. It was important for us to create a community of witnesses to our vows, so we made time for our closest friends and family to offer something as part of the ceremony, including my sister and stepfather who sang a song written by my father who passed away.

What advice do you have for other brides? As much as I love how much we did ourselves, the days leading up to the wedding were incredibly busy and hectic. Don’t leave too much till the last minute! And don’t be afraid to delegate as much as you possibly can – magic happens in trusting others to contribute and it becomes a true labor of love. Also, remember to come back to what it is all about. I was overwhelmed with love and gratitude for my husband and for our friends and family who were there to share it with us. It’s all about the love.

Can you tell us more about the flowers? Ariella is one of my childhood friends, so we were lucky to have her share her talents. Some cut flowers were flown in from California, but mostly we brought orchids straight from a farm on the big island, and we were able to harvest a lot of local tropical goodies from friends’ farms and estates on Maui. I was absolutely blown away with the bouquet that Ariella made for me: white catteleya orchids, vintage French ribbon, fine gray feathers, and even a piece of ribbon from Ariella’s own bridal bouquet.



Drinks: Mango Lemonade, Tropical Iced Tea with Starfruit, Pineapple-Infused Ice Water, Guava Mojito, Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail // Passed Pupus: Lemon-Pepper Seared Ahi on a Fried Wonton topped with Wasabi Cream and Sprouts, Caramelized Maui Onion & Goat Cheese Tartlet topped with a Candied Pecan, Pan Fried Garlic Chicken Dumplings with Spiced Shoyu // Dinner: Mixed Greens with Bleu Cheese and Mandarin Oranges, Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi topped with a Mango-Papaya Salsa and Ginger-Lilikoi Cream, Pumpkin and Chard Ravioli with Gran Padana Sage Butter, Roasted Pineapple and Apricot Molokai Sweet Potatoes, Big Island Vanilla Bean Steamed Jasmine Rice, Warm Asparagus with Mango Dressing // Dessert: Genoise Cake with Passion Fruit Mousse and Italian Buttercream



Photography: Anna Kim Photography / Venue: Haiku Mill on Maui, Hawaii / Floral design: Ariella Chezar / Bride’s dress: Morgane Le Fay / Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Catering: Catering From Soup to Nuts / Cocktail catering: Garnish Events / Cake: Ghiselani Designer Cakes / Rentals: Maui Rents, La Tavola Linen


Thank you to Serena and Matthew, and to Ariella and Anna! You can see more of this wedding on Anna’s blog, and on Ariella’s website.


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  1. Candace

    You feature some of the most amazing weddings on your blog!

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  2. Candace

    This is an amazing wedding!

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  3. Heidi@TrulyEngaging

    Beautiful couple and so many pretty details to savor. I really love the variety of flowers: from anemones and orchids to air-plants …wow. And then the hanging cranes- incredible!

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  4. Danielle | Studio Fleurette

    Beautiful! I love Ariella Chezar’s design work — so stunning.

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  5. Janet

    Just beautiful! I love the color palette.

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  6. Jessica [Shimmer+Silk]

    This is absolutely stunning! I love the color palette, the cranes and the flowers. Beautiful wedding!

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  7. Melissa at Wayne Foster Entertainment

    This is just gorgeous!

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  8. Kellee

    Just totally in love with this wedding. Love the groom’s suit!!!

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  9. Kelli at à deux

    This is lovely. I wish someone had taken (abd posted) a photo of their stationery.

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  10. Sarah

    This is just beautiful. So many wonderful touches!

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  11. Anna Kim Photography

    This just made my day! Mahalo, Kathryn!

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  12. The Perfect Palette

    lovely wedding! great details! xo, chrissy.

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  13. lydia {ever ours}

    love love the bride’s gown! so so pretty!

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  14. Bella Ink

    I’ve seen this venue before and though it was stunning already, but these pictures and their color scheme just made it even more lovely.

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  15. Michele – Smitten Owl Letterpress

    This is one of the most gorgeous weddings I’ve ever seen. I can’t get over the crane instillation. I just adore how personal and beautiful all of their special touches were. Amazing work!

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  16. Cocroft & Delbridge

    I am loving the super organic feel of this wedding! The venue is absolutely incredible!

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  17. Laura Preshong

    what a beautiful feel to this wedding!

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  18. Beau

    This is great, i love it all !!!!

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  19. Aileen@LoveandLavender

    What a gorgeous wedding!! Love the fact that she went for a colored dress.

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  20. Kirby {Colors of Honey}

    such a beautiful and meaningful wedding. I have to admit that I am a sucker for reading every last word of brides advice. time and time again I hear them say to not leave things for the last minute. I hope I can pull that off! xo Kirby

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  21. Lauren Elizabeth

    This wedding makes me crave warm summer nights (which we have not had enough of yet this summer). Beautiful!

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  22. sharon

    I was lucky enough to attend this wedding of my amazing friends, Serena and Matt. They worked SOOOOO hard on it and it was stunning. The most beautiful wedding I’ve seen. Magical evening and amazing week together. I’m so glad you’re sharing it.

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  23. Wedding Photographer – Santa Barbara

    BEAUTIFUL shots!!! Very creative and unique! The decorations are to die for as well! Love the hanging yellow mobiles!

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  24. Kate Holt

    Ariella is such an inspiration.

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  25. chelsea

    Oh Kathryn! This wedding is spectacular. Ariella can do no wrong in my book. I especially love the photo of the bride looking in the mirror. That is so, so special.

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  26. vencanice

    Details are beautiful,flowers and cake are amazing.Thanks for sharing this photos with us.

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