Get Married on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Four Seasons Hualalai

Four Seasons Hualalai Wedding

We LOVE the Four Seasons Hualalai (you can check out our recap from our visit last year here). In fact, we loved it so much, that we had to visit again this year to celebrate our 5 year anniversary + Jason’s Birthday. I can’t think of a better place to celebrate!

Obviously Four Seasons Hualalai is an amazing destination for a honeymoon or anniversary trip –  even a trip with a little one (seriously such a great resort when traveling with a baby!), but it’s an absolutely magical setting for a wedding. :) During our trip last month, we spent some time talking with Brittany Arndt, one of the wedding planners at the Four Seasons Hualalai. We loved hearing about how much attention is paid to each wedding and thought it would be great to share a bit more about having a wedding at the Four Seasons Hualalai for those of you considering a Hawaiian wedding.

Julie Harmsen captured this gorgeous wedding at Hualalai just a few days after we visited, so I asked if we could share a few photos to show off how stunning the property can be as a wedding venue! Good news for those of you planning a wedding in Hawaii, Julie spends half the year in Hawaii (the other half in Seattle) and would love to capture your wedding! Even better, her husband Andy is a videographer, so they are a great duo to hire since they will capture your wedding on film + video! :)

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Upon arriving at Hualalai, you quickly notice that the property is perfectly positioned on the beach to offer just gorgeous sunsets for all of their guests each night from almost anywhere on property.  The proximity to the beach coupled with the beautiful light of each days sunset adds a sense of peace + romance to the many locations on site at which you can choose to exchange vows. We took a stroll throughout the property to visit the popular wedding sites and the one pictured above stands out as a favorite for me. This spot sits at the far end of the property, so it’s quiet and it offers a great beach setting for cocktail hour before your reception. For a ceremony with an incredible backdrop of a lovely Hawaiian sunset, I think the spot below (photo by us from our trip) would also make for a magical spot – especially if you are eloping or have a small guest list!

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Love all the turtles around the resort… :)

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If you decide to marry here, you and your guests will be in for a treat foodwise….everything is delicious. They have three restaurants that offering very different dining experiences. While on site you can choose to dine on Italian, a steakhouse, and ‘ULU….each with a tasty Hawaiian twist.

Beach Tree offers Italian food in a setting that feels like a Hawaiian beach house. You can’t beat great Italian food with a warm Hawaiian breeze. While dining there, we learned that Chef Nick Mastrascusa lived and worked in Tuscany before his residency at Hualalai, which makes sense once you taste the delicious pasta made from scratch each day! If you’re a foodie or an aspiring chef, you can partake in some great interactive experiences at Beach Tree. You can either take a private gnocchi making class with chef (his specialty), or you can dine in the scratch kitchen and make your own dinner (and enjoy some great wines) with the chefs of Beach Tree. We ran out of time on this trip, but on our next visit we’ll be taking them up on making our own dinner in the scratch kitchen….fun + tasty! I think either of these interactive experiences would be great for you or guests of your wedding on the Big Island.

‘ULU Ocean Grill offers delicious seafood adhering to their philosophy of serving only regional, seasonal and artisanal cuisine. Last time we visited I was pregnant, so we didn’t have any of the fish….but this time we had a lot of it and loved it all! One of our favorite dishes from ‘ULU was the table side ahi poke. It was so fresh + loved the ingredients they use. This venue would be my choice for a post ceremony cocktail hour. :)

Obviously we love great food experiences when we travel. However, if you or your guests aren’t really foodies, there are tons of other fun activities on site. Take a trip to the spa, pool + beach hop to soak up the sun, play 18 holes on a course manicured against black lava and the coast, paddle board, snorkel or take a hike! No time to get bored here!

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Four Seasons Hualalai Wedding


After seeing all of that, it’s not hard to imagine a lovely wedding at Hualalai, right?

After our conversation with Brittany, I love how much she emphasized that she and the team at Hualalai work hard to provide the full Four Seasons experience and ensure that each couple gets a wedding full of personal touches that satisfy their dreams of their wedding day! However, if you’re looking for something a bit easier, they also offer great elopement packages too. :) So, if you are thinking Hawaii for your wedding, check out Four Seasons Hualalai – they will take care of you! You can see more photos from weddings they’ve hosted on their Pinterest page.

If you already have your wedding location picked out, but are thinking of Hawaii for your honeymoon or next anniversary, I can’t recommend Hualalai enough! And if you book your trip through Katie of Ever After Honeymoons, all her clients receive complimentary breakfast daily, a $100 spa credit, and a room upgrade if available at check in! Can’t beat that!! Thanks again to Katie for helping us book our stay here again! We loved it and can’t wait to return.

All photos by Julie Harmsen with the exception of the wedding tree taken by GWS

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Italian-Inspired Virginia Wedding: Maddison + Mac

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Maddison + Mac’s elegant, Italian-inspired Virginia wedding, photographed by Gabe Aceves, was a gorgeous blend of all of their favorite things. Held at a beautiful, historical estate overlooking the Potomac River in Leesburg, Virginia, this wedding is proof that rustic + classic styles can truly go together hand-in-hand. Maddison wore the most lovely dress, which was handmade by a friend using pieces of both Mac’s + her mother’s wedding dresses. Seriously love that. And don’t the guys look super sharp in their timeless, black tuxes? We definitely think so! Here’s a bit more from Maddison about how she + Mac made their day special:

After our engagement, Mac + I made a list of things we love: Italy, cocktails with sugared rims, pocket squares, wood-fired pizza, bluegrass music, our little cat Bruni, al fresco dinners, and more. Using this “love list,” we planned our wedding day. Everything we included in our wedding had to be meaningful to both of us and while this meant many a long conversation over what would or would not be included (a gold piñata with confetti didn’t make Mac’s cut!), we really were able to create a day that was incredibly special for both of us. And once we discovered Murray Hill, we happily began to envision our wedding as a big Italian dinner party with all our closest family and friends in the midst of the Virginia countryside…

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Majorly love the back of Maddison’s dress! She looks amazing.

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And how pretty do the bridesmaid’s look in their varying shades of pink? Such a fun ombrè effect!

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After Mac + I were announced and entered the party, the fiddler led us on a little parade through the woods to the barn. It was such fun to look behind us as we made our way to the reception — so many people that we love following along, laughing and smiling.

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All of the paper goods were designed + hand-painted by Maddison, including the lovely wine bottle table numbers and the gorgeous menus. So, so pretty!

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Congratulations to Maddison + Mac on a beautiful day + best wishes from GWS!

photography: Gabe Aceves // venue: Murray Hill Leesburg, Virginia // day of coordinator: Kim Wensel of Waverly Road Events // bride’s dress: dress handmade by friend, Nicki Barr, using the groom’s mother’s dress and the bride’s mother’s dress // veil: made by the bride // bridesmaid dresses: each bridesmaid chose her own dress from Weddington Way // hair + makeup: Lori Nansi of Le Mairee // groom + groomsman attire: their own tuxes, groom’s velvet slippers from Del Toro // florals: Creations in Bloom // catering: Pizzeria Moto // servers: Peaks Party // cakes: cake and cupcakes made by bridesmaid, Allison Parish // music: Tim and Savannah Finch and the Eastman String Band // invitations + paperie: hand-painted and designed by the bride

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Fair Trade Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

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Today’s beautiful styled shoot – photographed by Loveridge Photography, with styling + graphics by Hello Friday Event Design – is filled with so much beauty + significance. With a major focus on local + fair trade florals, fare and design elements, the team staged a beautiful boho-inspired celebration, held within the verdant gardens of the lovely Dana Powers House. So many talented artists + vendors came together to bring this idea to life! HumanKind (who provided some of the textiles + decor) is a fair trade shop who supports artisans all over the world by paying them a fair price for their work. It Takes a Bakery (who furnished the yummy cupcakes) is a bakery with the goal of providing jobs to at-risk teens. And that simply stunning lace dress? It was provided by Marcelia of Celia Grace and was handmade in Cambodia by a women’s cooperative. It’s always an honor to feature the work of such creative + generous people. Here’s more about the term “fair trade”, as told by Marcelia:

Fair trade uses the power commerce – your ability to vote with your dollars – to ensure safe, fair, and empowering work conditions and trade relationships with groups in developing countries. Fair trade strengthens social justice, economic development, and environmental protection. And Tina from Loveridge Photography adds, We hope this shoot will inspire brides to tie in a few elements that are not only beautiful, but empower others.

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All of the flowers incorporated into the design were of local varietals. Lori Boe Floral Design used a diverse mix of colors + textures to create a fun, whimsical vibe.

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Fair Trade Bohemian Inspired Shoot

Fair Trade Bohemian Inspired Shoot


The bride’s jewelry is from Lisa Leonard’s fair trade line and each piece was sustainably made by Ecuadorian women. Every time someone buys a necklace or bracelet, Lisa donates a portion to Jungle Kids, which enables kids to attend school in Ecuador.

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Fair Trade Bohemian Inspired Shoot

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I just love the layered lace fabrics draped over the reception table…such a pretty look. And the old, rusty bistro chairs, provided by Embellish Vintage Rentals, add an extra dose of charm!

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Fair Trade Bohemian Inspired Shoot

Fair Trade Bohemian Inspired Shoot


Big thanks to the following creatives for sharing their talents (and benevolence!) with us today. Are any of you planning on incorporating any fair trade or local elements into your wedding day?

photography: Loveridge Photography // design + invitations: Hello Friday Event Design // venue: Dana Powers House Nipomo, California // dress: Celia Grace // sandals: Sseko Design // florals: Lori Boe Floral Design // hair + make up: Sammy Williams Hair and Makeup // jewelry: Lisa Leonard Designs // decor: Humankind Fair Trade // vintage rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals // cupcakes: It Takes a Bakery // truffles: Mama Ganache

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