A Formal Destination Wedding at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

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Like two Hollywood A-listers intent on keeping their relationship a secret, Tiffany and Josh kept their office relationship under wraps for an impressive 11 months. "No one at the office new about it," she says. "They were shocked when I came into work wearing an engagement ring!" Josh had surprised Tiffany with a trip to the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, proposing at sunset with rosé champagne on ice and an arrangement of her favorite flowers at the ready. "I should have known when I saw the champagne, but he totally caught me off-guard," Tiffany remembers.

Once the secret was out, there was no need to wait. The couple planned their Hawaiian destination wedding in just eight months, with help from the wedding team at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. "We didn't want Hawaiian shirts and flip flops," says Tiffany. "The vision was beach elegant, with a black tie vibe." Lush, all-white flowers and a champagne bar created a formal, yet comfortable, atmosphere, and on March 2nd, 2013, the couple said "I do" in the Hawaiian sunshine.

Swirling calligraphy set the tone on the couple's classic invitation, while splits of champagne in the welcome bags invited guests to a nightclub-inspired after party.

"I tried on so many wedding gowns in several different salons, but my experience at Vera Wang was the best," says Tiffany. "I fell in love with the swirling ruffles of this ball gown!" She worked with the salon to customize a veil and sash to top her gown.

Tiffany had her initials sewn into the bodice of her gown for her 'something blue.' White satin pumps and a lace-edged veil, both by Vera Wang, completed her ensemble.

The bride carried an all-white bouquet of lisianthus, roses, and orchids, tied with a white ribbon. Tiffany loved the petal-inspired look of her gown, which was formal but airy enough for an outdoor Hawaiian wedding. "I had a 'first look' with my aunts and female cousins. We drank champagne and took family photos, and it's a memory I'll always cherish," she says.

Josh paired his classic Brooks Brothers tuxedo with monogrammed cufflinks from Tiffany & Co., which were a gift from the bride.

Each guest's chair featured a white orchid lei, giving a lush garden feel to the simple outdoor ceremony space.

The aisle was covered with a thick layer of white blooms. The altar, overlooking the ocean, was draped with orchids, roses, and hydrangeas.

The flower girls wore white organza dresses and floral crowns, and tossed white orchids as they made their way down the aisle. The ring bearers were island-formal in navy blazers, khaki pants, and cobalt blue ties.

The couple's ceremony was a combination of traditional and Hawaiian wedding ceremonies. They had no bridesmaids or groomsmen. "I've been a bridesmaid 14 times," says Tiffany. "I'm not sure how I would have picked!"

After the ceremony, guests sipped Mint Mango Mojitos, Big Island Mai Tais, and Hualalai Lemonade. Guests were also treated to a champagne bar set with Hawaiian juices for a tropical take on the Bellini. Mr. and Mrs. signs designated Tiffany and Joshua's seats at the sunset dinner reception.

Low all-white arrangements of orchids, roses, tulips, Calla lilies, and roses decorated the tables. Each guest's place was topped with a monogrammed napkin and a single white and pink cymbidium orchid. The trees around the reception area, which was set up in the property's amphitheater, were strung with paper lanterns and white orchid garlands.

The garlands and lanterns created a magical atmosphere on the resort's grounds.

Tiffany and Josh kept the flavor of their wedding cake island-appropriate. "We served guava chiffon cake layered with lilikoi cream and buttercream icing," she says. The cascading sugar flower was a dramatic finishing touch.

"We had a costume change before the after-party," says Tiffany. The couple entered through an explosion of confetti cannons as they were announced as Mr. and Mrs. Woods. Lounge-style seating and bottle service created a nightclub vibe, with magnums of champagne on ice.

After the wedding, the couple spent a few more days in Hawaii, at the Four Seasons Resort Maui. Then, in June, they were off to Europe for a three-week trip through Switzerland and Italy.

Tiffany's advice is to hire an amazing photographer and videographer. "There are so many little details and moments you might miss, and having them there to capture it is worth the investment!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
|| Wedding Planner: Brittany Arndt and Carly Clement of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai || Bride's Wedding Dress, Veil, & Shoes: Vera Wang || Reception Dress: Sue Wong || Jewelry: The Bride's Mother || Hair & Makeup: Ja'Nice Ramos & Becky Eaton of Rebé Belle Salon de Colour || Groom's Tuxedo: Brooks Brothers || Wedding Rings: Bride's Engagement Ring and Band - George Thompson Diamond Company, Groom's Band - Tiffany & Co. || Florist: Flowers by Heidi || Invitations: Sugar Paper || Paper Goods: William Arthur || Music: Ceremony & Cocktail Hour - Magic Strings, Reception - DJ Lucky of Hawaii Sound & Vision, After-Party - DJ Tiger of Tiger Jones Productions || Catering & Cake: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai || Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental, Hawaii Island Events || Favors: Teuscher || Photobooth: Aloha Photobooth || Photography & Videography: Toby Hoogs Photography


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