Today we’re headed to the islands! Read on for Nora and Julian’s beautiful and romantic Maui wedding at the Olowalu Plantation House…
Photography by Wendy Laurel.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We loved the idea of our closest friends and family having the opportunity to go on a tropical vacation, with our wedding as an added bonus event. We decided on Olowalu Plantation House for the location of our ceremony and reception site unseen! A family friend’s daughter got married there a few years before and had nothing but wonderful things to say about it. When we found out it was in our price range, we put the deposit down right away- and I am so glad we did.
Your ceremony in three words. Non-traditional, playful, quick.
Who officiated your ceremony? Our good friend Scott. We all met while in the dorms and remained good friends throughout our undergrad experience. He has known us as individuals and together as a couple. He has a sharp sense of humor, extremely eloquent, responsible and overall an amazing friend who knows us very well.
Ceremony music: Marvin Tevaga performed our ceremony music (vocals and ukulele). Processional: Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai. Recessional: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? We loved everything about it. I still cannot get over how beautiful the setting was. The weather, the ocean in the background, the greenery, and the smell of the tropical flowers – it was so special being able to get married in such a beautiful location with most of our closest friends and family there. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setting.
“Our reception was beautiful, fun, with great music! The sunset was perfect and the lighting at night was magical. It didn’t feel like real life.”
Signature Cocktails: “Pineapple Ginger Mojito” (White Rum, Pineapple Juice, Simple Syrup, Pineapple Puree, Ginger Ale, Garnish with a Lemon Wheel) // “Lahaina Lemonade” (Vodka, Fresh Lemonade, Float of Chambord, Fresh Mint, Garnished with Pineapple)
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had a 3-tiered wedding cake. Two tiers were white chocolate cake with guava filling and vanilla buttercream. The middle tier was tiramisu with white chocolate ganache.
What special songs did you dance to? Our first dance song was A Wink and a Smile by Harry Connick, Jr. I used to stand on my dad’s toes while we danced to Paul Simon, so we danced to Graceland at the wedding. Julian’s family is French and we wanted to incorporate a little piece of their culture in by dancing to a French song, so he and his mom danced to Je vole by Louane.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? I had several favorite moments! I loved the speeches – my childhood best friend’s speech was quirky, her words embodied our friendship while being exceptionally profound. It was really special and I will never forget it. The best man’s speech was special too. He is such an important person to my husband, like a brother, and I could see how much it meant for Julian to have Max be there. I also loved when my friends picked us up and threw us around in the chairs. I have never been surrounded by so much energy – I was laughing so hard I couldn’t even be terrified of falling. Overall, I loved seeing my family and friends getting to know one another and enjoying themselves. It made me realize that we have such a special group of friends that really love us.
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Did you include any special traditions in your wedding? When my paternal grandmother passed away, she gave my mother a diamond, which she then made into a necklace. I was able to wear the necklace for the wedding, which was very special to me.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Enjoy every moment of your special day because it goes by quickly. Don’t get bogged down by the details and don’t get annoyed at those trying to help- because they are only trying to help!
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Try to relax and enjoy the process. Hopefully it will only happen once – so try to savor the moments and make them fun.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? I had a vision of what I wanted for the wedding and I didn’t get too caught up in the details. I had all the faith in the world that Lorrie of Maui’s Angels to provide me with the best vendors that would take the best care of me. She took my vision and made it into reality. It was whimsical, rustic, and romantic. Everything went down without a hitch.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? I felt like everything was so perfect. I guess if I could do something differently I would consider doing more dancing lessons. Our first dance was not a masterpiece; rather it was playful and a fun disaster.