We love this couple’s wedding venue. Hawaii is always a good idea. Not only is the tropical destination what dreams are made of, but the Pink House where the wedding was held has that perfect 70’s beachy style. With Palm Trees overhead and sand in their toes – Anna and Quang said their “I do”s. Their Hawaiian beach wedding was complete with dozens of family & friends and a beautiful view.
From the wedding planner, Mango Muse Events…
Anna and Quang (Q) live in New York, but had family and friends all over the country (and some outside the country), so they wanted a destination wedding that would allow everyone to come together in a place that they loved, Hawaii. They chose Hawaii not just for the beautiful scenery and culture, but because they also had a special connection to Hawaii as that was where Q’s parents had gotten married.
The couple wanted an intimate, personal, easy and relaxing wedding where they could get married barefoot on the beach and really share a piece of the local culture with their guests. So, they ended up choosing a private estate called the Pink House for it’s remote beachside location, ample gathering space and fun color.
Bringing in the local culture was important to the couple, so they hired a Kahu (Hawaiian Reverend) to perform the wedding that included a special chant, Hawaiian blessing, exchanging of leis and the powerful honihoni (traditional Hawaiian kiss). They also greeted their guests with a floral orchid lei as a welcome gift to their wedding and had a local musician play the ukulele and sing local Hawaiian songs. They served local Hawaii foods and flavors in a family style meal to keep it casual, fun and as a nod to their Vietnamese and Chinese backgrounds. To honor their heritage, they also had a tea ceremony prior to the wedding ceremony to honor their elders and family.
Unlike most couples, these two didn’t have colors in mind. They didn’t want to be cornered into picking set colors, so instead we kept it fun, vibrant, natural and tropical. The flowers were made lovingly by the groom’s Aunt and were in a variety of pinks, purples and oranges accented by local ferns to give it a wildflower look, which contrasted well with the aqua blue bridesmaids dresses. Centerpieces were made in monkeypod wood bowls that guests could keep.
Their invitations were also vibrant and fun using an old vintage postcard as the inspiration for their RSVP.
Other details included window pane signs, a polaroid photo guest book, seating cards that were drink umbrellas sitting in glasses of sand, a clear twinkle lit tent, and paper lanterns strung over the entryway and pool.
There were many things to love about this wedding from the local influences, fun atmosphere, cute details and happy couple, but my favorite part of the day was when the newly married couple finished their first dance and asked their guests to come up and dance with them and were spontaneously put on their shoulders. Everyone was up and dancing and it was such an unexpected and purely happy moment.
Wedding Planner: Mango Muse Events
Photographer: What a Day! Photography
Videographer: Fisheye Studio
Venue: Pink House
DJ: ND Mixx Productions
Florist: Brenda Wong (Aunt of the groom)
Rentals: Accel Rentals
Ceremony Musician: Akahi Productions
Officiate: Kahu Silva
Invitations: Parrot Design Studio