Maybe it’s the tropical trend or the bohemian one, but we love a Hawaiian island wedding! This intimate Oahu wedding takes on both styles and does so SO well. The bride and bridesmaids don flower crowns and go barefoot for the sandy ceremony – what’s more boho than that?! The local island couple knew a thing our two about keeping in theme with their tropical destination. So, they chose palm leaves, pineapple accents, and incorporated plenty of DIY elements thanks to their own specialty business, Aloha Artisans. The bride describes in detail everything that went into making this day so special (and beautiful!) here below.
Jeff and I currently live on the island of Oahu with our 2 year old son. We have been planning this wedding since shortly after he was born. Our wedding was so special to us because every piece of signage, drink stirrer, tote bag for the bridesmaids – the list goes on – was created by Jeff and I. We are currently beginning to build our small business, Aloha Artisans, and have truly fell in love with making handmade signs and specialty decor.
We took our wedding day as a chance to create decor that we love and share this passion with the ones we love the most. Some of the items we created include: A hand-cut sign that says “Treat Yo Self” for the dessert bar, pineapple and “Mr & Mrs Harwood” drink stirrers, table numbers, and signage throughout. Plus, every place setting had a calligraphy cut-out of the name. We also up-cycled and refurbished our beautiful peacock chairs so that we could have bold statement chairs for our sweetheart table. Jeff also created our altar all by himself, along with all of our hairpin tables. I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive spouse that always is “okay” with my crazy dreams and ideas. Everything I wanted for the wedding, he made happen and I am so lucky for that.
The venue was absolutely perfect. It was a private beach house on the North Shore of Oahu, that my wedding coordinator, Cortney Crane Events, and I decorated from head to toe. I wanted to be married on the beach, I wanted to be able to stay at the venue for the week of, I wanted it to be as intimate as possible (no peeping toms through the ballroom windows), and it had to be on our home island of Oahu. What we found was just that.
Our inspiration behind our special day was our 2 year old son Broxtyn. He is everything to us. He was truly the star of the show. Originally we had planned for him to sit with my niece, so mom and dad could enjoy the ceremony fully. But this kid just couldn’t stay away and thankfully he didn’t! He truly made the ceremony that much more special.
My favorite moment of the wedding was the weather. I had been stressing for weeks leading up to the big day. The weather forecast showed 80% chance of pouring rain. No one in the wedding party wouldn’t talk about the weather; we all acted like it was going to be just fine. Considering the wedding was entirely outdoors, there really wasn’t a plan B. The day of came and it was truly spectacular. Not only was it beautiful and sunny, but during the ceremony we were given the Hawaiian Blessing. The Hawaiian blessing is when there is a sprinkle of rain that comes and goes during your ceremony and then clears up. It was unbelievable and so refreshing, and to top it off, we were given a gorgeous rainbow as a backdrop.