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Hawaiian vow renewal in the rain


The majestic Waipio Valley in Hawaii proved the perfect romantic and intimate location for Vanessa and Adrian to celebrate ten years of marriage. REBECCA ARTHURS spent the day with this gorgeous couple who chose to include their adorable children in the special celebration. The rainy and fog added to the beauty of the day and ensured they got the most incredibly beautiful moody photos to remember their day by.

From the Bride: “I always knew that when ten years of marriage came along it would be a milestone to celebrate. A magical moment for the both of us. We both knew we wanted an intimate affair. Something completely different than our wedding. We decided to plan a destination vow-renewal. For some reason, we always knew it would be in Hawaii. The Big Island seemed like the perfect majestic place. Ten years ago all we knew is that we were in love and nothing else mattered as long as we were committed to each other. Little did we know how important that commitment would be when you are going through unexpected and difficult trying moments. Our gift to ourselves was a family vacation that would include our vow-renewal and our children as witnesses. Our simple celebration was just grand in the eyes of our children. Moments that make it all worth it. It was not an easy feat to not include our immediate family and close friends. They have been supportive through the fourteen years of our relationship. Yet, it was comforting to know they were mainly just happy for us.

I fall in love a bit more with Adrian when I see him interact with our kids. My two children were truly our guests of honor. The second time around felt just as special if not more than that first time. Having my children there was the ultimate representation of our love.”

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“I would describe my renewal as simple and romantic. A true winter’s romance. I was very meticulous about the details. I usually have a vision when planning and find it hard to execute all my desires. I really enjoyed designing the invitation suite for the kids and the save the date 3d view masters were their favorite. The most fun DIY was making my own buttons for my dress. I knew I needed help to bring everything together. Vintage & Lace helped bring my vision to fruition and executed my desires for the ceremony in such a stunning way. The weather was far from perfect but it was perfect for us. A reminder of the rain on our wedding ten years ago. A confirmation that we can smile under the most unpredictable circumstances. It was very foggy but it just added an extra flair seductiveness to the setting. The color palette really began with the dress. Blush was the perfect color that screamed romance to me. I also wanted bold metallic colors. I subtly mixed gold, silver and diamonds throughout the details. I know the dramatic colors would really come from the setting itself. The jungle tropical green and the black sand beach were just perfect and striking settings that showcased the beauty of Hawaii. To tie in the romance theme and my favorite hobbies I included literature and poetry. Pablo Neruda and his poetry is the epitome of romance. My husband loves photography and had input on the venue and in choosing a photographer that matched our style. There is not much you need to adorn a place already filled with beauty. Everything was very surreal once we were nestled in Waipio Valley. The magic of the setting took the romance to another level. The kids were in awe of the steep road, wild horses and the jungle setting we had to cross to get to the beach. When I saw Waipio Valley in photos and learned how sacred and significant it is for Hawaiians, I knew I had found the place. It is truly a majestic location that is dreamy to its core. My husband being a film enthusiast loved the Hollywood history. Our photographer Rebecca Arthurs was beyond amazing regardless of the weather limitations and really showcased the beauty of the day. I can’t imagine a more romantic place as intimate as Waipio Valley. It was truly a memorable day for us all.”

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Photography REBECCA ARTHURS / Coordinator VINTAGE & LACE / Location WAIPIO RIM B&B / Flowers PASSION FLOWERS BY NALANI / Cake BLEU CUPCAKERY / Hair & make-up LILIKOI HAIR STUDIO / Calligraphy DESIGNS GIRL / Envelope Liners LANA’S SHOP
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Elegant Spanish Wedding


Caterin & Alex wanted something really natural but elegant for their wedding and ended up having a gorgeous reception at CANALDA AGROTURISME which is in a rural mountain village in Spain.. Their planner and stylist MADERA & CHOCOLATE took care of the decor ensuring it suited the rural venue and KISS ME FRANK were behind the camera for these beautiful images. I adore the brides beautiful gown from SANTOS COSTURA – so chic and stylish with a beautiful back to it and a timeless silhouette.

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We wanted a romantic church with a lot of candles near the reception venue. Sant Llorenç de Morunys Church was the perfect location near Canalda, a countryside village in Serra del Cadí (a mountain range running north of Catalonia) where all our guests could stay for the entire weekend wedding. Walking into the church to the sound of a Spanish guitarist playing my favorite pop songs (a surprise from Alex!) and Alex at the end of the aisle looking at me. It was a mix of emotions, crying and laughing at the same time. When we walked out of the church it was really amazing to see all our friends and family congratulating us and throwing flower petals! It was a unique, unrepeatable moment!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RECEPTION: We had a lot of guests from other countries, so we wanted a beautiful venue that also included accommodations. We wanted a natural and “slow life” feeling. Canalda was perfect, a rural resort based in a loyal retrieval of historical sustainable and natural elements typical of high mountain.

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“We had a lot of guests from other countries, so we wanted a beautiful venue that also included accommodations. We wanted a natural and “slow life” feeling. Canalda was perfect, a rural resort based in a loyal retrieval of historical sustainable and natural elements typical of high mountain.”

WHAT INSPIRED YOU WHEN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING?  We are currently living in Senegal very far away from the wedding location, so we hired a local wedding planner and designer, Madera & Chocolate, to take care of all the details and decor. In our first meeting in Barcelona, they immediately picked up on the feeling I wanted for our wedding. Something simple but elegant that embodied the “slow life” movement. White and green were the principal colors.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT: The cocktail hour was a lovely part of the reception because it was a time to share conversations, kisses and hugs with all our important people, and a jazz band playing beautiful songs. And the first dance with my new husband was really romantic!

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Photographer KISS ME FRANK / Vidoegrapher THE LOVE STUDIO / Wedding Planner & stylist MADERA Y CHOCOLATEVenue POBLE RURAL CANALDA / Bride’s dress SANTOS COSTURA / Groom’s attire LA TRAJERÍA / Florals MADERA Y CHOCOLATE / Hair & make-up NOVIA IN LOVE / Bride’s shoes JIMMY CHOO / Catering & cake ART EN BUFF / Ceremony venue SANT LLORENÇ DE MORUNYS CHURCH / Reception venue CANALDA AGROTURISME / Tent VELEO
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Intimate Telluride mountain wedding


I really love a small intimate wedding, and this gorgeous Telluride celebration by BRUMLEY & WELLS is one of the loveliest I’ve seen. I mean just look at that incredible location!! Stylist CELESTE GREENE (yes these two also created our stunning cover shoot for ISSUE 8!) has put her magical touch to Stephanie & Kevin’s day.

Most brides like to take on a DIY project or two for their weddings, but for Stephanie O’Laughlin, it was the wedding dress itself that became a labour of love. Not letting a lack of sewing experience stand in her way, Stephanie created a romantic plunge lace top and soft silk skirt combo – a reflection of the classic yet whimsical style of her wedding to husband Kevin, which took place in the beautiful box canyon town of Telluride in Colorado. The couple, who met in their younger years working at a Chicago sports bar, took inspiration from their mountainside location, incorporating wild, natural flowers and a pastel palette with pops of bright berry. After a magical outdoor ceremony in the woods next to a waterfall, they took a gondola up the mountain with their guests to the reception at a local restaurant with exposed log beams, huge picture window views and a stone fireplace. Celeste transformed the cosy space with swags of greenery, lush blooms and candlelight, creating the perfect warm and inviting atmosphere. Stephanie and Kevin’s favourite moment? Their photo session in a meadow overlooking miles and miles of mountain terrain, where the setting sun cast a heavenly glow – the perfect place to take in the scene, and the incredible moment.

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We decided to elope, and only invite 25 close family and friends, and it allowed us to splurge in the areas that meant most to us and plan the wedding we really wanted. It was the best decision we ever made. Annie Brooks of THE WELLS MAKERY created all of our paper goods. She designed a beautiful wedding program that included a hand-drawn map of Telluride. It displayed the locations of all our wedding events that weekend, and also included a section where we could write each guest a personalised note. Her beautiful calligraphy and the wedding logo she created, along with the detailed map, made for such a beautiful presentation. Our guests absolutely loved it!

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Photography BRUMLEY & WELLS / Stylist CELESTE GREENE / Florist APRIL’S GARDEN / Stationery THE WELLS MAKERY / Ceremony venue TELLURIDE TOWN PARK / Reception venue ALLRED’S RESTAURANT / Bride’s gown STEPHANIE (SAPP) O’LAUGHLIN / Bride’s shoes NINA SHOES / Hair HEATHER CHAPMAN / Make-up KATA BARON OF THE PRETTY COMMITTEE / Groom’s attire TOMMY HILFIGER / Vintage rentals HEIRLOOMS / Music T.J. SAPP / Cocktail hour venue NEW SHERIDAN HOTEL
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