Lisa and Drew first met in youth group in high school, where Drew recalls Lisa being “incredibly beautiful, a little goofy, and too cool for me.” The latter wasn’t the case, though: The two rekindled after college and started dating while both living in Seattle.
Nearly ten years after meeting as teens, Drew staged a day-long extravaganza to propose to Lisa—who is admittedly not one for surprises and "knew it was coming." His packed agenda involved manicures with her mom, sister, best friend, and future mother-in-law, followed by a dim sum lunch while Drew organized a scavenger hunt at Lisa’s parents’ home. The final clue led to a flower-filled dock in her backyard, which is where Drew popped the question.
When it came to their nuptials, the couple first considered a September wedding in the same location but eventually threw out the idea, deciding an at-home wedding would be too large of an undertaking. With Seattle out of the question, they began to explore venues where they could marry outdoors at a time that fit their schedule. More ideas and dates were thrown out—but one eventually stuck, and Lisa and Drew decided to host a destination wedding at The Steeple House in Maui, Hawaii on March 25, 2019.
All in all, Lisa and Drew's destination wedding was meant to feel like a relaxed get-together, which translated to a five-day event and an overall laid-back look with greens, whites, and tropical foliage throughout. Keep reading to see more of this island wedding celebration, as planned by Valley & Company and photographed by O'Malley Photographers.
In addition to finding a new location, Lisa and Drew had to plan their wedding around Lisa's graduate school calendar, Drew's new job, and a move to a new city—and that was just their schedule! "We also planned around immediate family members to ensure they could attend," Drew says. "There was a lot of back-and-forth on that but, in the end, we realized we had to do what was best for us and we couldn’t plan around everyone and make them all happy."
Ultimately, this meant marrying in Maui in March rather than Seattle in September. In Maui, their scenic venue had the indoor and outdoor space that they craved, as well as a unique and modern allure that still felt quintessentially Hawaiian. It also seamlessly married their own personal styles: he’s more traditional, while she favors minimalism. “It captured what we wanted most: a religious chapel and beautiful scenery," Drew says.
When planning a destination wedding, consider choosing a central location (with activities within walking distance!) and encourage guests to stay there.
Paying homage to the setting, Drew paired his charcoal gray suit with a printed bow tie and matching pocket square from Show Me Your Mumu. “It was a huge hit and fit my personality really well,” he says.
For her dress, Lisa says she knew she wanted something nontraditional that was also light enough for comfortable wear in Hawaii. And, on top of it all, the gown needed a stamp of approval—from her mother! "It was really important to me that my mom also love the dress," she says.
Inside the intimate ceremony chapel, local spring-centric blooms beautifully offset the white-washed chairs. Lush, colorful centerpieces lined the aisle, monstera leaf and protea arrangements adorned each row's seating, and the subtly striking altar focal point came to life with draped island smilax and voluminous flowers.
Our pastor personalized every detail of the ceremony to us, our relationship, and our faith.
"The whole ceremony was super meaningful," the pair says of the vow exchange. "Most importantly, it felt like it embodied our faith." They largely wanted the event to feel religious, but not overbearing, and their female pastor (a must-have for the bride!) helped make this possible. "Our pastor personalized every detail of the ceremony to us, our relationship, and our faith," adds Lisa.
Speaking of personalized, the next event—cocktail hour—showcased two customized beverages, named after Lisa and Drew's first date spot and the park where they initially said, "I love you." Guests also enjoyed a Hawaiian staple and huge favorite of the bride's parents...shaved ice!
A long dining table was set on the venue's lawn, which overlooks the ocean. Framed in billowing white fabric and chandeliers, the table was designed to "demonstrate we are all one family," explains the groom. "Everything was edited and clean and we let the surroundings speak for themselves," adds Lisa.
Not only did the reception exude tasteful Hawaiian vibes with tropical centerpieces that mirrored the ceremony arrangements, but the menu also followed suit with a sampling of fresh Maui cuisine. The pair's nearest and dearest—who were invited to take home local fruit from the table place settings—dined on a fresh catch of the day, romanesco cauliflower with pan-seared gnocchi, herb-crusted filet mignon with mushroom whiskey sauce, and vegetable tofu strudel.
After their first dance to John Mayer's "New Light," Drew and Lisa put the music selections in the hands of their guests—a decision that proved to be surprisingly successful. "We weren’t sure if our guests would want to dance," admits the bride. "It was so fun to look out at all our friends and family having such a great time."
When all was said and done, the newlyweds had a few lessons to share from their planning journey. Drew's number-one takeaway? Spread out the festivities! “We had five days together, which made it all that more special and made the wedding day feel like I could focus on Lisa instead of focusing on saying hi to everyone who showed up,” he says. For Lisa, maintaining authenticity was key. “I never wear heels and hate wearing my hair up so I wasn’t about to start changing up my look on the wedding day,” she says. “Also, Drew and I are usually pretty casual so decided not to have a black-tie event. Being authentic meant the day really ‘felt’ like us.”
Wedding Venue: The Steeple House | Wedding Planner & Floral Design: Valley & Company | Bride's Dress: BHLDN | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair & Makeup: MeiLi Autumn Beauty Team | Groomsmen's Attire: J. Crew | Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Seattle Diamonds | Invitations & Guest Book: Momental Designs | Music: David Wolf, DJ Maui | Catering & Cake: Sugar Beach Catering | Rentals: Rio Event Design | Videography: Sunlit Films | Photography: O'Malley Photographers