A Tropical Wedding ceremony on the Bride’s Dwelling Island of Oahu

When Mai and Daniel first met in late 2007, they grew to become quick pals—and even determined to be roommates in a summer time home the next summer time. “We spent a number of time collectively, particularly as a result of our rooms have been subsequent door to at least one one other,” says Mai. “By the tip of the summer time, we have been courting.” The pair was collectively by their remaining faculty years, and in June of 2015, they determined they’d been collectively lengthy sufficient and will simply make it official. “As an alternative of a proposal, we invited 40 of our closest pals to our engagement social gathering, and that was that!” says the bride.

With household and pals unfold throughout Asia and the USA, selecting a central location for his or her Could 6, 2017 wedding ceremony was simple: Oahu! “I grew up on the island, and my household nonetheless lives there,” says Mai. “Daniel’s household is from California, so it was near them, as effectively.” As soon as they selected Oahu, they got down to give their 110 friends a really Hawaiian expertise. “Paliku Gardens at Kualoa Ranch had loads of house for a ceremony with ocean views, in addition to a reception subsequent to the mountains as the celebrities twinkled above,” the bride explains. They put a sublime twist on the tropical setting, utilizing rose and ivory tones paired with palm leaves and punches of Hawaiian coloration. They infused their Japanese and Korean heritages, native island specialties, and some “harmful” cocktails to create a marriage celebration that was actually their very own, deliberate by Moana Occasions and photographed by Kerry Jeanne Images.

Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images

The couple’s invitation suite featured a map of Oahu that identified the island’s hotspots, from Waimea Bay to Waikiki—and the marriage venue, in fact!

Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images
Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images

Mai discovered her ivory lace costume at BHLDN, and beloved the best way it match her physique. “I didn’t have a costume in thoughts as a lot as a sense,” says the bride “I wished one thing that might be good for an outside wedding ceremony in Hawaii, and this was it!” The sheer again and floral lace appliques gave a contemporary contact to the timeless fashion.

Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images
Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images

To suit the backyard setting, Mai put her ‘maids in lavender floral print clothes from Jenny Yoo. The ladies carried small bouquets of roses.

Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images
Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images

The bride herself carried a bouquet of roses, peonies, and inexperienced anthurium. She tucked blush and ivory rosebuds into her chignon earlier than topping them with a veil for the ceremony.

Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images
Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images

Indicators adorned with pink roses and greenery led friends to the waterfront ceremony. The altar was set in a grove of palm timber, with the Pacific Ocean within the background. Rows of darkish wood chairs led to an arch of blush roses, orchids, and fern leaves.

Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images

The bride and her mother and father took a dramatic stroll throughout the garden, with the mountains of Oahu towering within the background.

Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images
Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images

Mai and Daniel used conventional vows, and the officiant—Hawaii’s former lieutenant governor, Duke Aiona—supplied a Hawaiian prayer for a particular contact.

Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images
Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images
Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images
Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images

A transparent-top tent gave friends uninterrupted views of the property and the encircling surroundings. Whitewashed farm tables have been paired with winery chairs, and tables featured low preparations of ivory and pink roses in gold compotes. “We opted for gold-rimmed glass chargers, gold flatware, and nude napkins,” says Mai. “Every visitor’s identify was written in calligraphy on a chunk of agate.”

The Asian-fusion menu, catered by MW Restaurant, included unagi and butterfish arancini, pink wine and soy-braised quick ribs, and rooster lumpia. As friends sipped Mai’s Mai Tai and Daniel’s Previous Usual, they have been handled to made-to-order hand rolls from the sushi chef.

Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images

White and pink roses and ranunculus have been draped throughout the white cake. The three tiers featured chocolate and raspberry cake, lemon lilikoi (ardour fruit) cake, and strawberry shortcake.

Photograph by Kerry Jeanne Images

“As an alternative of a conventional first dance, I carried out a hula for Daniel,” says Mai. The couple additionally had a troupe of hula dancers carry out, full with hearth dancers and viewers participation.