Well, we are several months into planning this wedding now (or should I say thinking and talking about this wedding up till now). But now we’ve finally got some official things decided.
The first thing was to get the wedding planner hired, since they would be instrumental in getting everything else in order. We have decided to go with Lori Lawrence of Tropical Maui Weddings, and I’m excited to work with her! Her talented musical husband Jamie will do some of the music for the ceremony and reception as well. The pictures of the weddings she’s done look amazing, and there are plenty of good reviews out there for her.
I already had a pretty good idea of the venues available on Maui since I’ve done a lot of internet research on the subject, but once we had Lori on board she did inquiries for us at the 3 private estates I was considering. 2 of them had openings and the other was already booked. So we have now decided on Kukahiko Estate in Makena, Hawaii. It is a smaller venue, which will be fine for us and looks absolutely stunning in all the photos (but then all 3 locations looked stunning, so I’m sure we would have been happy with any of them). We will have both the ceremony and reception at Kukahiko. It has the nice green lawn I wanted for the ceremony, and yet is right on the ocean, so we can still feel like we are at the beach (and it does have a little beach there to use for photos, etc.) and I love the dramatic black lava rock in front! And it is close to “Turtle Town” so there’s a possibility that some of the Green Sea Turtles may show up. Plus they say that during Humpback whale season (December – April) the whales are often right out in front of the estate. Those turtles and whales had better make an appearance on March 14, 2014!
We’ve also got our photographer booked already, though that was an easy decision, my talented aunt NancyAngermeyer, who just so happens to be a wedding photographer offered to do it for us! I know she will do a fantastic job and can’t wait to see the images she captures of our special day! She took this great shot of Chris and I the last time we visited her on Saturna Island, BC.
Next up in the decision making timeline will be the caterer, officiant, cake baker, florist, hair and makeup person. And then I guess it will start to be the more detailed decisions for everything.
We’ve also booked a condo at Kamaole Sands, which is the same complex we’ve stayed at during all of our 3 trips there. Unfortunately when we picked the date, we weren’t exactly thinking about the fact that it is smack in the middle of spring break, so it is a very busy time on Maui (or at least I wasn’t thinking about it, I was just thinking that it was a special date since it was our engagement anniversary). We’ll post more on accommodation recommendations in the near future for those of you who are planning on attending and want to get a jump on getting organized.