“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell
When our bride’s organizational binder rivals our binder, we know we are in for a successful wedding. Such was the case when we met with Kelli & Chris a few days before their wedding at Five Palms Restaurant in Kihei, Maui. As Day of wedding coordinators for this fun couple, we were excited, because it meant our bride could hand us all of her thoughts, ideas and details, and be able to completely enjoy her wedding day!
Kelli & Chris came all the way from Massachusetts to celebrate their nuptials with almost 70 of their closest friends and family! The couple got ready at the Mana Kai Hotel, which adjoins Five Palms Restaurant. The bride and bridesmaids got ready in the honeymoon suite, which had the perfect view of the ceremony location below to spy on arriving guests.
The sweet and classic ceremony was held on the lawn outside of Five Palms, with a breathtaking backdrop of the ocean. Local officiant Ernest Puaa led the ceremony. Even a quick glance at the bride and groom showed the love these two shared for one another.
A cocktail hour promptly followed the processional, and guests enjoyed pupus and Mai Tais while the newlyweds and family had group photos taken.
Afterwards, guests headed inside the restaurant to find their seats. The tables were simply decorated with shell place card holders, vintage-style blue mason jars filled with purple orchids, and pineapple-shaped cookie favors for the guests from Honolulu Cookie Company. After the wedding party and bride and groom were announced, guests enjoyed plated dinners included mac nut crusted fresh island fish, chicken paillard, and vegetarian pasta. Each was paired with salad made with fresh Kula Farms veggies.
The rest of the night went by too fast, from the heartfelt toasts to the cake cutting, from the first dance to the bouquet and garter toss. In-between, the dance floor was in full effect. Even at the end of the night, many guests, including the bride and groom, lingered, definitely proof of a party well-planned.
Congratulations Kelli & Chris, we wish you a lifetime of happiness!
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Venue – Five Palms Restaurant
Caterer – Five Palms Restaurant
Cake – Cake Fanatics
Day of Wedding Coordination: Maui Event Planning
Rentals – Island Rents
Officiate – Ernest Puaa
Ceremony Music – Don Lax
DJ – Maui DJ Services
Florist – Teresa Sena Designs
Photographer – Behind the Lens Maui LLC
Hair – Bridal Hair on Maui