Maui Wedding at Haiku Mill: Cass + Ben

Maui bride and groom

We so love a good Hawaiian wedding and the fact that Cass + Ben’s amazing celebration took place at Haiku Mill (our fave) on the lush island of Maui makes it a total win already. With an abundance of insanely pretty peach + blush florals, several fun nods to true Hawaiian traditions, and one gorgeous vintage dress with a whole lot of meaning behind it, well, we just keep falling more + more in love by the minute! We really relate to what Cass had to say about their inspiration + why they decided to do things their way. It just might be exactly what some of you who are experiencing a little bit of wedding planning stress need to hear!

When we thought about our wedding we took the approach of planning a party we would want to go to. After all this is our ultimate celebration! When it came to catering we thought- what are our favorite foods? Music – what music do we like to listen to? We picked songs from playlists we listen to at home – when we cook dinner, bands we’ve seen live, and songs that have special meanings to us. When we thought about a venue we wanted a place that felt right, a place that had a history and beautiful on it’s own. As soon as we saw pictures of Haiku Mill we instantly knew it was perfect for us. We also never felt obligated to stick with traditions or customs. We just did what we wanted and what felt right to us. If you want to break with tradition do it, you make the rules for your wedding day!

Thanks so much to Tamiz Photography for these lovely photos of Cass + Ben’s day and cheers to the newlyweds!

bride getting ready

birdcage veil

dark stone ring

orange rose bouquet

Processional: It All Began with a Burst – Kishi Bashi

Recessional: Burning Love – Elvis Presley

First Dance: You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

Haiku Mill ceremony

Haiku Mill ceremony

Haiku Mill ceremony

Haiku Mill ceremony

Haiku Mill ceremony

Haiku Mill ceremony

The morning of the wedding there were terrible storms. The ceremony was set to start at 4pm and at 2pm it was still pouring with no sight of the sun coming out anytime soon. Thankfully at around 3 the rain stopped and the sun was shining. Right after we said our vows and were pronounced husband and wife there was a quick little shower, it couldn’t have lasted more than 3 or 4 seconds and it was magical. Everyone laughed and clapped, we couldn’t believe it. We’ll never forget that special moment.

Haiku Mill ceremony

Maui wedding

orange bouquet of roses

Maui bride and groom

Cass’ dress was re-worked from her mom’s original wedding gown and was tailored + sewn by her now mother-in-law! Isn’t it so, so lovely? And what a fun project for the ladies in the family to take on together!

Maui bride and groom

orange boutonniere

Maui bride and groom

signature cocktails

hanging flower garland

Maui reception

custom wedding fan

orange tablescapes

We could stare at these stunning floral arrangements ALL DAY LONG. Couldn’t you? Mandy Grace Designs crafted those lovelies from parrot tulips, ranunculus + garden roses.

bright orange centerpiece

dinner menu

orange tablescape

garden rose centerpieces

Maui wedding

custom cake topper names

Maui wedding

If you are thinking about not having a video of your wedding think again! I thought a videographer would be intrusive and distracting – I was dead wrong. The day will go by so fast and it’s all a wonderful blur! Ben and I barely remember what we said to each other during the ceremony, we were both so nervous and over come with emotion. I’m so glad at the last minute we decided to hire Sunlit Films.

I can’t imagine planning our wedding without Pinterest. It’s a great way to collect ideas and get inspiration. I shared my Wedding Board with the coordinators at Haiku Mill, vendors, and florist, This made it so much easier for everyone to get an idea of what we wanted.

photography: Tamiz Photography // venue: Haiku Mill Maui, Hawaii // event design: Bride along with Lindsay Miller at Haiku Mill // event planning: Lindsay Miller at Haiku Mill // florals: Mandy Grace Designs // wedding dress: Mom’s wedding dress redesigned by the bride and sewn by now mother-in-law // hairpieces: designed by bride // shoes: handmade Benelli shoes, designed by the bride // hair + makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry // groom suit: Roger David // videography: Sunlit Films // paper goods: Love vs. Design // catering: Maui Executive Catering and Garnish Events // rentals: Signature Event Rentals, Island Rents + Maui Rents // cake: Ghiselani Designer Wedding Cakes // music: Playlist created by Bride and Groom // officiant: Keli’i Brown

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Marry or Honeymoon in Venice at Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

When you think Italy, it’s natural that the one-of-a-kind city of Venice would come to mind. Romanticized for its opulent architecture surrounded by water + gondoliers serenading couples as they drift down narrow canals, this magical slice of Italian heaven is a popular destination for couples looking to fulfill their dreams of an unforgettable celebration abroad. Venice’s Belmond Hotel Cipriani orchestrates a beautiful beginning for newlyweds, with lush gardens (once host to Italian adventurer Casanova) + panoramic lagoon views as far as the eye can see. It’s a truly unique backdrop for your wedding.

The Belmond Hotel group has many amazing hotels, trains and cruises throughout the world. And since they have a a handful of absolutely stunning properties in Italy, we’ve been loving sharing them with you through our fun Belmond Hotel series! We hope this series will help those of you with dreams of marrying or honeymooning in Italy turn your ideas into a reality. Or if you’re already married, consider one of the Belmond properties for an anniversary trip.

Today, we thought it would be fun to chat with Belmond Hotel Cipriani’s banqueting supervisorMarco Dalla Via to learn more about this beautiful property:

GWS: What’s something unique to your property that you can offer to couples to make their wedding or honeymoon truly special? 

We like to surprise guests with romantic in room touches like scattering rose petals on their bed or lighting up the bathtub with candles and leaving pure scented oils for them to use for a long bubble bath. When they return to their room after a romantic dinner, it’s a nice way to end the evening.

Honeymooners love our tour of the lagoon with our private wooden boat escorted by Captain Fabio. Venice and its islands from the water offer a unique experience, especially if it’s the first time for the couple. What could be more romantic that a Venetian adventure around the islands and canals?

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

GWS: Where is your favorite location on property for a wedding ceremony and why? 

The most magical location for the ceremony has to be the Antique Gardens overlooking the lagoon. They’re so calm and romantic, guests do not expect such greenery in Venice and when the chairs and flowers are in place it’s very beautiful.

GWS: What is your must have dish at a restaurant on property? 

One dish we always suggest to guests at our lagoon-side restaurant the Cip’s Club is linguine with ham au gratin made with homemade pasta and prosciutto ham. It’s light but very tasty.

 Across at our more formal restaurant, Oro, foodies can enjoy Chef Davide Bisetto’s creative Venetian cuisine. One dish not to miss is the colour explosion of red prawns and spider crab, pink grapefruit aspic, essence of citrus, Sant’Erasmo cucumber foam on a sea of Bloody Mary water.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

GWS: Do you have a favorite wedding that was held at your property? If so, what made the wedding so special and memorable? 

Our favorite wedding was arranged two years ago in October for a Russian Couple. The ceremony was scheduled to take place in our Casanova Garden but unfortunately it was raining in the morning. We had the option for the ceremony to take place inside as an alternative, but the bride was insistent that they would marry in the Garden regardless of the rain. Bride’s prerogative is always right!

At the last minute we had to find 100 Cipriani umbrellas to keep the guests and the bridal party dry! It was a very atmospheric wedding, and the rain cleared towards the end of the ceremony and a rainbow came out over the lagoon. Afterwards guests celebrated with the happy couple in the Granaries of the Republic which sit on the ruins of Palazzo Dandolo. The high ceilings and views of the lagoon and St Mark’s Square create a sense of grandeur for a wedding.

Honeymoon in Venice

GWS: What activities offered by your property or locally do you recommend to your guests? 

There’s no better way to see a city on water than by boat, so our private Bacaro tour – Venetian wine bars, is a very unique experience for couples. They can discover Venetian life on a local boat, slowly sailing through hidden canals and stopping by a few bacaro and have a local glass of wine and a tasty cicchetto, the local “tapas”.

Honeymoon in Venice

GWS: What is one local destination, store or restaurant you recommend our readers experience during their stay to give them a true sense of the local culture?

A jewel in the Venetian calendar, the annual Redentore Festival which takes place in July is a spectacular event where the whole of Venice comes out to party. The evening culminates with an extravagant firework display and our guests can catch this spectacle from the best seats in Venice at the Cip’s Club. We finish the evening by dancing into the small hours.

And for those looking for the perfect spot to honeymoon, Venice is an amazing choice + the amenities found at Belmond Hotel Cipriani just can’t be beat. Enjoy a couples’ treatment at the Casanova Wellness Centre or a romantic dinner at the iconic Fortuny or Oro Restaurant. Or, if you’re looking for a little more of an adventurous experience, you can waterbike or kayak the canals, take a wine tour of the nearby Collio region, or discover the best and most unusual Venice wine bars aboard a vintage wooden boat. Sounds so fun, right? The options are endless, but one thing we do know is that Venice’s Belmond Hotel Cipriani would be an amazing backdrop for your destination wedding or make for an unforgettable honeymoon experience!

To learn more about the Belmond Hotel group’s amazing properties + the incredible events and special occasions that can be hosted at them, be sure to take a flip through their latest magazine, Celebrations.

* This post is sponsored by The Belmond Hotel Cipriani and is part of our series, Find Your Italian Honeymoon + Wedding Destination with Belmond. Be sure to check out all the other amazing properties. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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Erica Elizabeth Designs English Rose Collections 2015

bride on a swing

Inspired by the beauty of the classic English rose, the 2015 collection from Erica Elizabeth Designs, captured to perfection by Caroline Tran, is filled with the most beautiful + romantic veils and headpieces. For this latest collection, Erica has embraced the intense, time-consuming art of metal fabrication, seen in many of this season’s bridal crowns and tiaras. Each piece is crafted from the most gorgeous textiles + details. She loves to mix different silks – habatoi, tulle, organza – to create unique textures, which are then blended with soft French laces and touched with freshwater pearls to add richness and dimension. Her love of nature is apparent in her designs with gorgeous details like winding enamel leaves, hand detailed and finished with spots of pearl and rhinestone that sparkle and gleam with the play of light. Sounds so pretty, right? Let’s hear a bit more about the new collection, directly from Erica:

I was captivated anew by the seduction and mystery of the English rose while launching a venture into the world of scent (watch for the upcoming premier of my Eglantine parfum). As with my fragrance, each new headpiece stems from this floral inspiration, with this signature flower adorning crowns, halos, circlets and bandeaus. The art of flower making has origins that reach back through the centuries, when European artisans crafted sumptuous silk roses, custom constructed of silk and hand wrapped with wire. The time and craftsmanship involved eventually sent the process the way of mass production, but without the same stunning result.

For this season’s pieces, I’ve focused on recreating the luxury of a gorgeous blooming English rose, fashioning its Olde World appeal into a rich repertoire of timeless accessories for today’s bride.

bride with cathedral veil

lace edged veil

We’re in love with these light, ethereal veils! And the stunning dresses you’ll see throughout the shoot are by Sara Janks + Jenny Yoo.

bride with flower stem

bridal flower belt

bride getting ready

flower hair piece

The Blush English Rose Bridal Hairpins seen above are so beautiful, don’t you think? Erica’s inspiration + artistry is just so apparent throughout the whole collection…

fascinator inspired hair piece

fascinator inspired hair piece

flower hair pieces

silk flower crown

In major love with these three flower crowns! See more of Erica’s amazing flower crowns here.

silk flower crown

silk flower crown

silk flower crown and veil

silk flower crown and veil

jeweled hair pieces

And there is something so dreamy about a bride in a halo! We love are in love with these detailed beauties…

stand of gold head bands

star hair piece

gold boho head piece

jeweled hair pieces

silk flower crown

bride on a swing

garden roses

floor length veil

Thank you so much, Erica, for letting us debut your newest collection today – it’s absolutely stunning!

photography: Caroline Tran // gowns: Sara Janks + Jenny Yoo // hair + makeup: Theresa Huang // shoes: Hey Lady

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryTheresa Huang and Caroline Tran Photography are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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