The Island of Kauai is the Perfect Spot for This Chic, Tropical Celebration

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more gorgeous destination than Kauai and this insanely chic celebration designed by Moana Events (yes, Moana!!) along with all white florals by Steven Boyle Designs fits right in with all that tropical beauty. Sneak a peek at the beautiful images by O’Malley Photographers where you’ll find everything from island seascapes to the perfect twirling embrace.

From Planner, Moana Events… Chase and Devon first met at the Coachella Valley Music Festival attending with mutual friends. Sparks flew immediately, but Chase was living in New York and Devon in San Francisco. Their time together at Coachella quickly came to an end but Chase had a fortuitously planned business trip in San Francisco the following week. After 15 months of spontaneous trips and late-night phone calls, Devon took a leap of faith and made the move to New York. Chase had known he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Devon from the moment he met her. So, on her 28th birthday Chase took Devon to a romantic dinner at one of their favorite restaurants One if by Land, Two if by Sea. Walking home under a city-lit sky, the couple detoured through Washington Square Park. Stopping under the Washington Square arch and inspired by Hollywood romance, Chase got down on one knee and asked Devon to spend the rest of her life with him.

The picturesque couple envisioned a tropical, romantic, and elegant wedding for their special day. Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens on the island of Kauai perfectly embodied these elements on their special day. Na Aina Kai’s unique teak tree forest and serene waterscape best captured the couple’s vision. Kauai also holds a special place in the couple’s heart, being Devon’s hometown. Devon worked closely with Moana Events to create an elegant and naturalistic atmosphere. For the ceremony, Moana Events designed a romantic garden look with an arbor decorated with an assortment of greenery such as camellia leaf, Italian ruscus, fern spears, rosemary lemon leaf, and eucalyptus. A touch of white and deep pink roses, spray roses, Juliet protea, white astilbe, anemones, and ranunculus were added to the arch to create a soft romantic feel. The reception took place under an elegant clear-top tent with hanging twinkle and bistro lights. Moana Events opted for reception tables of white wood draped with grey linen runners. The tables were adorned with centerpieces of wooden boxes filled with fresh greenery, roses, and protea, and surrounded by candles. Elements such as the photo bus and a live band were added to keep the night fun and reminiscent.

Photography: O’Malley Photographers | Videography: Brinton Film Making Co. | Event Design: Moana Events | Event Planning: Moana Events | Floral Design: Steven Boyle Design | Wedding Dress: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Ceremony: Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens | Reception: Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens | Catering: Contemporary Flavors | Lighting: Blaze Entertainment | DJ: Kustom Sounds Kauai | Officiant: Josh Shipman | Transportation: North Shore Transportation, Kauai | Transportation: Grayline | Ceremony Chanter: Sandra Quinsaat | Ceremony Musician: Shipwrecks Beach Kauai | Getting Ready: Wilcox Estate | Hair & Make-Up: Lulu Lush | Hair & Make-up: Kauai Wedding Hair & Makeup (Meghan Daul) | Photo Booth: Hawaiian Photo Bus | Reception Entertainment: Urahutia Productions | Reception Music: Pavlos the Flower Workshop | Reception Music: Pancho Graham | Reception Music: Kustom Sounds Kauai | Rentals: Babylicious | Rentals: Ibaan Rentals | Rentals: Ibaan Rentals

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Avoid the Wedding Mama Drama With This Advice

It’s a universal truth every bride realizes at some point: everyone’s got an opinion! And there are few opinions that matter more than a mother’s, whether that be your own or your partner’s.

We know there can be a lot of emotions (your own and otherwise) to juggle as a bride, and there can be a lot of pressure to please others. Read on for some advice on how to avoid any and all potential drama in the wedding planning process!


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Your Mother

Start out by keeping everything in perspective. Your mother has also been dreaming of this day since you were very small, probably even longer than you have. Yes, she already had her day but it’s important not to rob her of the experience of being the MOB completely. Ensure that she feels heard and special: let her know the verdict of key decisions first, delegate tasks you think she could really nail, and above all, let her know her careful input is appreciated.


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That being said, it’s important to establish boundaries early, but not aggressively. Try not to jump into defense mode right away. Lay out clear expectations and discuss decisions you’d like her to be involved in before they happen to avoid conflict later.

For example, if you’re worried about bringing your slightly abrasive mother dress shopping, go on your own or with a trusted friend first. Then, bring your mother to a second appointment, clarifying that you’d like her opinion on the gowns you’ve already tried. This way she knows that what she’s seeing are all gowns you like. This is side-stepping any clash of style preference and still including her in the final decision!

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Your Mother-In-Law

A MIL relationship can vary according to your situation; you may have already known this person for 10+ years or you may have only met them a handful of times. This is where communicating with your partner is key, as they may have some first-hand knowledge that could be really useful when navigating this new relationship! Gauge how involved your future MIL would like to be in the process, and see if you can find some moments to include them in or tasks to delegate!

If you find that you’re fielding calls at all hours and trying to find a polite way to ask her to back off, enlist the help of your fiancé. It is both of your weddings after all, and your fiancé can act as a mediator, guiding your MIL to aspects of the wedding you don’t mind her input on, and distracting her from the parts you’d rather not share.

 


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At the end of the day, everyone involved needs to agree on one thing: let’s make this wedding fun and special for everyone. Just remember that for this one event, you have the last word. Stay in control, don’t get bogged down by strong opinions, and ask for help from your better half if you need it. Good luck!

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Goli Parvinian is a bridal enthusiast and masters student living in Melbourne, Australia. Over the past few years, she has worked for bridal brands in her hometown of Chicago, New Zealand and New York City. You can typically find her in a cafe, face-timing her nieces or out on a long run.

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DIY Silk Floral Macramé Backdrop

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Macramé is coming back into vogue and in a BIG way! We’re sure you’ve seen many creative designs, from plant hangers and table runners, to wall hangs, and more… We certainly have + each time we find ourselves oohing + awwing, and wistfully wishing we could create something like that. Well today, we’re doing just that! We teamed up with crafty gal + macramé guru, Ashliiz Marie, for this fun DIY macramé backdrop, using florals from our pals over at Afloral!


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This At-Home Wedding Will Never Go Out Of Style

If you ask me, Charlie and Jon had just the right approach when it came to planning their dream Southern wedding. They chose the bride’s family home as their setting and kept the design purely classic for a look that will stand the test of time. Of course, they opted for equally timeless photography by Ashley Seawell and these images are ones they’ll treasure for years and years to come.

From Ashley Seawell… Charlie and Jon invited guests to celebrate at the bride’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina. WED Events used a neutral color palette of green and white to blend with the surroundings. The ceremony took place under majestic oaks overlooking the river.

After a cocktail hour, guests were invited to dine and dance under a tent. The couple chose several of their favorite cakes in lieu of a traditional wedding cake.

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Photography: Ashley Seawell Photography | Event Design + Planning: WED | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza Legends | Catering: Salthouse Catering

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Summer Lovin’ Wedding, Complete With a Ferris Wheel!

Festival Farm Wedding

There’s nothing quite like summer love. The exhilaration of long days and late nights, new adventures and plenty of shared ice cream cones…we’re ALL about it!! Those carefree yet momentous moments are exactly what Courtney + Andrew hoped to recreate on their wedding day, and with the help of their incredible team of venders, like So Eventful, plus a few sweet surprises, they TOTALLY pulled it off.

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