When Nancy Wong, 29, and Eric Matsumura, 31, got engaged in California in December of 2012, they immediately set their sights west. "We knew we wanted to have a destination wedding," says Nancy, "and Hawaii was an easy choice." They invited just over 50 guests to Haiku Mill in Maui. "It was love at first sight," Nancy says. "We loved the magical look of ivy climbing the walls and moss between the bricks." So on March 2, 2014, the pair exchanged vows in their little slice of paradise. The ever-talented Jana Morgan was there to photograph all the garden-inspired details.
Nancy was immediately drawn to her mermaid-style Modeca gown. "I loved the sweetheart neckline, sheer panels, and keyhole back," she says. "It was the perfect amount of coverage." Nancy didn't actually see her dress in ivory until it came in for her fittings. "The salon only had the dress in black, but I loved it so much that I went for it. Thank goodness I loved it in ivory just as much!"
The bride wore a pearl necklace wrapped around her wrist as a bracelet, and accented her twisted updo with a gold mesh flower.
Eric chose a medium grey suit and light grey shirt, which he brightened up with a purple tie and polka-dot socks. During the ceremony he donned a leaf lei to honor Hawaiian ritual. Both his boutonniere and Nancy's bouquet featured a mix of lavender, blush lisianthus, ivory garden and spray roses, and ferns wrapped in grey ribbon.
Bridesmaids were given free reign over their dresses with one requirement: to choose a shade of purple, Nancy's favorite color. Eric's groomsmen wore grey suits and paired them with violet patterned ties and argyle socks.
To show off the natural beauty of the space, the couple kept the ceremony décor simple, with floating candles inside clear hurricane vases and soft pink rose petals along the stone steps, and strands of crystals tucked between the ivy hanging from the trellis above. "We loved being outdoors, surrounded by trees and lush greenery," Nancy says.
Crystal chandeliers hung over each table, casting a warm glow over the open-air space as the sun set.
Classic silver Chiavari chairs and framed table numbers added elegance to the rustic outdoor space while garden-bloom arrangements of hydrangea and freesia made each centerpiece feel hand-picked and unique.
The simple, two-tiered cake was frosted with buttercream icing and garnished with roses and lisianthus. The bottom tier of coconut cake was filled with raspberry while the top round's rose petal cake was layered with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
A ukulele player serenaded guests during cocktail hour, then '90s pop and R&B played during dinner. For their first dance, the new Mr. and Mrs. took a spin to "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.
After their Hawaiian celebration, the couple honeymooned to India and the Maldive Islands. Her parting words for brides-to-be? "Be ready for a fast wedding day," she says. "Treasure the small moments that buzz by in a flash!"
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Haiku Mill || Wedding Coordinator: Lindsay Miller || Bride's Wedding Dress: Modeca || Shoes: Etsy || Hair & Makeup: Liz Javelosa || Wedding Bands: Royal Designs at San Francisco Gift Center || Florist: Bella Grace Flowers || Catering: Maui Executive Catering || Cake: Ghiselani Designer Wedding Cakes || Photography: Jana Morgan