Angela and D’Arcy have been traveling to Hawaii every year since they first met. In fact, Angela loves Hawaiian culture so much, she started the first Hawaiian poke restaurant group back home in Edmonton. Following their engagement in Santa Margherita in Italy, they knew they wanted to find a secret garden location that reminded them of Italy, yet infused the lush tropical feel of Hawaii. They both knew they wanted a magical secret garden themed wedding that reminded them of their proposal location. They found just that at Haiku Mill.
Bella Bloom did an amazing job with this classic and timeless floral design. The main focal flowers were roses, ranunculus and orchids. The bridal bouquet was a classic white and blush bouquet, while deeper berry tones were incorporated throughout the rest of the design. The bride is actually a Canadian based florist and Bella Bloom welcomed her with open arms. In true Aloha spirit, they invited her to their beautiful floral studio to design her own bridal bouquet and boutonniere. This was incredibly meaningful to Angela, and an experience she will treasure forever.
Angela had a custom 14 karat gold plated locket made by Haiku Lane Jewelry to honour her late father. While her father was not there physically to walk her down the aisle; he was in the palm of her hands as she grasped her locket and held her flowers close. She felt her fathers love as she walked herself down the aisle towards D’Arcy, ready to marry the man of her dreams. Marvin Tevaga provided the most beautiful live music, playing the ukulele and singing “can’t help falling in love with you” as the ceremony began.
The couple incorporated their beloved fur babies into their wedding by naming their signature cocktails after their cats! The bride’s signature drink was a Mochi – a refreshing pineapple mojito, while the groom’s signature drink was a Nori, a coconut Negroni. The bride also did all her own stationery and illustrations, including their adorable drink menu!
The ‘Angela’ dress, is an exquisite custom creation that both incorporated Angela’s love of Italian craftsmanship and infusing sentiment to her wedding. Her close family friend, Angela Valle, an Italian trained dressmaker, custom designed and hand sewn every detail of her dress. Using lace flown from Italy, the dress took several meetings and fittings over a year to complete. The beading is intricately done by hand, with every decision jointly made by Angela and her dressmaker. The journey to Angela was just as important as the final piece.
A mauve colored red velvet flavor? Yes please! Angela and D’Arcy’s custom two tiered cake features a Hawaiian guava tier and a mauve colored velvet chocolate tier to fit the wedding colors.
One of the couple’s joint passions is food, and having a culinary experience for their wedding was a top priority. It was important to the couple to use locally sourced ingredients to provide guests with a local experience. Chef Brian with Catering Edge freshly caught the fish for fresh catch and the Catering Edge team paid attention to every detail from plating to service. Hors d’Oeuvres were served during cocktail hour and featured local Hawaiian flavours.
The couple also changed things up by surprising their guests with their first dance as their grand entrance to the reception, with custom choreography to the song “Forever and ever, Amen”.
The couple never saw the venue prior to the wedding day. The element of surprise was very important to both of them. This wedding truly was an enchanted secret garden wedding, as none of the guests knew the location of the venue. Their wedding invitations read “secret venue in Maui, Hawaii.” 40 of their closest family and friends flew to Maui while having no idea where they would celebrate the couple. Angela and D’Arcy had all the guests shuttled to the venue, with a personalized “welcome video” for every person. As their guests stepped out of the shuttle they were greeted by the magic of Haiku Mill; where Old-World Europe meets natural Hawaii splendour. It was truly an unforgettable experience for their guests, and the couple had the most perfect day celebrating with their loved ones.
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