Kristina and Will were married at the White Orchid Beach House in Wailea-Makena, Hawaii on October 14 — all the way from Australia. The bride wore a sweetheart ruched a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a headband in her loose curls, while the groom wore a gray vest and pants, accessorized with argyle socks. Bridesmaids looked oh-so lovely in navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of all-white roses, orchids, and calla lilies. As intimate as the ceremony was overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the reception was even more so lit with a crystal chandelier, paper lanterns, and candles. Not to mention the palm trees! Each place setting featured a “thank you” tin for guests to take home with them. Can you guess what was inside? Well, it’s a secret.
If you want to give your centerpieces that “wow” factor as your guests are being seated at the reception, consider adding texture amongst flowers in mason jars with cotton, thistle, billy balls, wheat, lotus pods, or fern curls. Complement the relaxed, natural vibe with a burlap table runner or even wooden crates. Check out these rustic centerpiece ideas for more inspiration here.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
When I chose to get married in the Florida Keys, I scoured the Upper and Central Keys for a vacation home where my closest friends could stay and where I could hold the wedding. The majority of vacation home rentals, however, prohibit wedding ceremonies over 20 people due to zoning and noise ordinances. I was familiar with Pierre’s Restaurant, a venue famous for its sunset weddings. When I went to Pierre’s to scope it out, hip Greek techno music was playing on Pierre’s beach and after my exasperating search to that point, I took it as a sign that this was my venue!
2. Which two details from your wedding were your favorites?
I adored my wedding dress and flowers. When people told me, “You will know your dress when you see it,” I thought, “Do they know how many ugly wedding dresses are out there?” Truth be told, I literally lost my breath the moment I saw my dress. To all disheartened brides out there, I urge you to keep looking. I am living testament that there is a dress for everyone! Given the overwhelming expense of a wedding, it is tempting for a bride to skimp out on the flowers. But flowers are the only creation on Earth, aside from human beings, that create light. Next time you see a bouquet of flowers or a field of wildflowers, notice how your heart center expands.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
My favorite part of the wedding day was having the Greek Orthodox ceremony on the beach. The Orthodox Church, much like the Catholic, rarely approves requests to marry outdoors. We were extremely lucky and never will forget the beauty and significance of our ceremony as we overlooked the vast and beautiful ocean, caressed by the wind and kissed by the sun.
If you’re planning a summer wedding, you know that with all the goodness warm weather brings, heat and humidity can become an issue—especially when it comes to your hair. Don’t fret! Stay smooth & sleek on your big day with these ‘dos that will keep you clear of frizzy tresses.
Accessorize - Need to tame those pesky fly-aways? Hide them under a gorgeous floral wreath or tuck a piece of hair behind your ear and finish it off with a fresh flower. If you’re going for a more vintage-glam look try feathers or an art deco hair pin. Pinning your hair back will smooth it away from your face and keep you frizz free. Don’t forget the hairspray!
Apply Product - Serums and mousse are essential to sleek shiny hair. To get coveted lush curls that will last all day apply serum to damp hair and mousse before styling. This will help prevent your hair from absorbing the moisture in the air typical of a hot summer day. But don’t go overboard – you still want your hair to have a natural look.
Braids & Updos - If updos are more your style, opt for a braided look to tame those tresses. Organizing your hair in a braid or fishtail before pinning it up keeps it safe from the summer breeze and gives you an effortlessly chic bridal look for your wedding day. A romantic chignon or a top knot bun are also both excellent style options to keep hair smooth and sleek.
Choosing a favor for your summer wedding can be difficult. Why? Because of rising temperatures. Chocolates, caramels, popsicles and ice cream will all melt, but there are a few that won’t. Here’s what can withstand the heat (as long as they’re properly packaged):
Rosemary-Infused Olive Oil - An Italian specialty that’s easy to make. Gather fresh rosemary, let the herbs sit out until they’re bone dry, add to empty bottles, pour olive oil in and seal with a cork.
Canned Strawberry Preserves - Say you love them “berry” much with a jar of strawberry jam.
Sunflower Seeds - If you’re having a seasonal summer bouquet, it’s only suitable to pass out salted sunflower seeds to match. Or in preparation for fall, give guests pumpkin seeds to plant and watch grow.
Saltwater Taffy - Perfect for a beach wedding, local saltwater taffy will add pops of color to your dessert display.
BBQ Sauce – Help add some grilling flavor to your guests’ backyard bites.