Laid-back & intimate, tropical scenes & pastel-colored skies – this relaxed Hawaiian beach wedding is a stunner. But what makes this destination wedding even sweeter is that Bride Zoe is a friend of Bridal Musings! (Cue the happy tears!)
Zoe is well versed in the wedding industry. Now the founder of Canadian retail brand Finding July, in the past has represented many of our favorite bridal designers such as Rime Arodaky, Alexandra Grecco, Watters & Laure de Sagazan. So it’s no surprise she was able to pull off this flawless Hawaiian destination wedding in just two months. Taking advantage of her beau Ziad’s family’s trip to Maui, the stylish couple called on a number of Hawaiian venues to see if they could make some beach wedding magic happen – and they absolutely did!
While we may not all be wedding pros like Zoe, she thankfully offers quite a fair amount of sage advice for anyone planning on a tight schedule. Knowing that all of their twenty-six guests would be making a vacation out of their wedding, the couple were flexible about which day of the week their wedding took place – giving them plentiful venue options with midweek availability even on such a short notice.
And what if you don’t have the budget for a destination planner? Zoe says, “Ask your vendors.” If you’ve found anyone local you already love – photographer, florist, venue, etc – chances are they’ll have suggestions of other vendors they love to work with.
The Wedding Vibes & Planning
Our wedding was an intimate destination wedding. We had twenty-six guests attend the wedding in Maui – only close family and friends. We planned the entire thing in under two months. We decided to have this wedding on a bit of a whim as Ziad’s family was traveling to Maui for vacation and we had been engaged for three years, with no exact wedding date or plan in sight. I knew I wanted a destination wedding and we also knew we wanted something small with just our close family and friends, so we decided right there on the spot this was the perfect option for us.
With only two months to plan a destination wedding, we had to call a lot of venues and gather package details quite quickly. We chose a mid-week date, so we would have more options to choose from. I first started looking at photographers on Instagram and quickly found The Ferns Photography. Jessica was amazing and recommended so many vendors and venues to work with on the island. This was actually how I found my florist, make-up artist and videography team.
For the decor I wanted it to be very minimal, with lots of white and greens giving that elegant tropical feeling.
I think my favorite moment of the wedding was the first dance. Being surrounded by our friends and family and really feeling their love. It was an unforgettable moment.