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Migration Post: Wedding Recap 1: Venue and Invites

Migrated from my floral design blog, originally posted 2/17/12

I have been wanting so badly to blog our wedding for some time now, and I’m so excited to re-live our day through these posts. This may prove to be gratuitous images and lots of bubbly ramblings, but it makes me happy so I hope you will deal with it 🙂 All wedding photos by Sam Hassas 

OK, so jumping right in! A quick recap: THE VENUE: The Four Seasons Hualalai 

The four seasons hualalai

How we chose it: I did the floral decor components for a Nashville-based reception for a couple that wed in the same location. We saw it and fell in love.

Why we picked a destination wedding: In a nutshell: we wanted a small, intimate wedding where we could have everything we wanted without compromising on the details. Our destination wedding allowed us that luxury.

In a Nutshell: The Four Seasons was paradise. We are already planning our return trip, because it was the most beautiful place we have ever been.

THE INVITATIONS: I love paper 🙂 I also love Letterpress. I knew I wanted to make Letterpress happen for my day, and I knew I wanted a mixed-typography style invitation in yellow + grays. I also wanted a custom-drawn map for our guests to treasure long after our day. I commissioned Alicia Rohan of the then Seaside Invitations and now A+ P design Co to help. The finished product: amazing:

Our invites were printed on a cotton-based linen paper for the letterpress to beautifully permeate the paper. The envelopes: gray metallic paper lined with yellow + white washi paper. We used a wrap around label that I calligraphed, and our stamps were all vintage Hawaiian stamps. The finished package was bound in white and yellow baker’s twine.

THE ATTIRE: I had the hardest time dress shopping. Thankfully, the gals at The Bride Room put up with me and were super patient with me as  I tried on dress after dress. Finally, one beautiful day I met my dress: Mallorca by Melissa Sweet’s Reverie. She was perfect in every way. I will share more on her when I show off “wearing the dress” photos. I accessorized with some grayish taupe shoes accented with little yellow baubles found on Etsy, my wedding gift of a pearl bracelet with yellow + gray pearls, the “something borrowed” of my mother in law to be’s pearl earrings, a gray sash by TruLu Couture, and hung my dress on a “bride” hanger painted yellow.

My something blue? My grandmother-in-law to be’s own Wedding Garter. My something old was the vintage lace on my sash (shown later)

We both wrote each other notes, and that was part of our getting ready process:

A note on the Hub’s attire: We decided to buy him a suit since we’d be in Hawaii for nearly 2 weeks. It was a charcoal pinstripe three-piece from Calvin Klein that we found at Macy’s of all places. We found an awesome tie with our wedding colors (this took forever). I loved his put-together look that wasn’t too formal for a beach wedding.

I also sent over a special gift for my soon to be husband: a little black book of my boudoir session pre-wedding!


That’s the first installment (of many) from our wedding! Next, I’ll share our first look and snippets from the pre-nuptial photo session.

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