Tropical Picnic Wedding in Maui: Marina & Phil

Wendy Laurel

September 16, 2013

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Marina & Phil wanted a small and intimate destination wedding in Maui. They love to travel and adore the water so a ceremony at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm followed by an after dinner boat cruise was perfect! “We love the outdoors”, Marina wrote. “In particular, we love picnics with a great view. That’s what we ended up doing – a wonderful picnic on a mountain on a tropical island. We laugh that we could not decide whether to get married on a mountain or on a tropical island, so did both. We also decided to have our wedding on the 4th of July because we wanted fireworks!”

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The ceremony was officiated by Phil’s grandpa Jim, a retired navy captain and still an avid world traveller. “This man does not like Hawaii because it’s ‘too damn hot’ and asking him to officiate was the a way to get him to attend to the wedding!” Marina laughed. “His ceremony was simple and entertaining. We are so blessed that he could attend.”

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“We spent the most money on our photography, hands down”, the bride concluded. “It was literally half of our budget but it was important to us because after the wedding, that’s what you’ve got left. We saved a lot of money on our outfits. I went to a wedding boutique and was instantly annoyed that they kept bringing me dresses that were not my size and telling me that I should pay to alter them. It also never made sense to me why renting a tux can cost so much, given that you are not actually keeping it! In the end we ordered custom-made clothes from a website called DH Gate and they did not need alterations. We also ended up with unique outfits that got plenty of compliments!”

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