Spring Hawaii Wedding
I'm finally sharing my Hawaii wedding! Since there are so many details to cover and so many beautiful images to share, I'm breaking this up into a three part series — Part I: The Attire // Part II: The Venue // Part III: The Decor. In part 1, we're talking all about the attire, let's dive in and see what everyone was wearing.
We'll talk more about the style when we get to the venue & decor, but while we had a beautiful Oahu setting, we didn't want our wedding to feel too tropical. It was beach-inspired, but we went light on the tropical elements. Our ceremony was initially planned for the beach, but we went a little more traditional with floor-length gowns in pinky-coral tones. I wanted the girls to be able to choose a fit that they felt comfortable in, and not be stick with just one color choice. I love the look we achieved by having everyone coordinate while still letting some of their personality and style show through. The variety made for gorgeous photos and a laid back but elegant feel.
The color choices were a darker pink poppy and a lighter pink papaya. Thankfully we were about 50/50/ on the color choices so we didn't have an uneven mix of the two hues. The tones initially looked fairly pink, but with the golden island sunshine, they came across a little more coral-toned — especially in photos — which I was really happy with.
They also got to pick from a variety of styles and necklines to find the one that was most flattering for them. We actually used Union Station as the dress shop, and it was a pretty seamless experience. I was able to set up an account and pick my color and style options, then the girls could log in to order. They had the option to rent or buy, and were sent two sizes to ensure a perfect fit. Since my babes were located all over the US, this online process was a super simple way to get everyone on the same page. PS if you want a peak into our wedding day getting ready party, hop over to this post.
R ich went with a beachy but upscale look for the groomsmen with a khaki and white color palette. We opted for just pants and a vest without a jacket since lighter layers was more ideal for the tropical weather. Not only that, it helped distinguish Rich as the groom since he was in a jacket.
We went with Men's warehouse and had a great experience. Everyone was able to be fitted for their attire a the closest location then pick up prior to the wedding. There was a location on the island for drop off as well. We went back and forth on the shoe choice, but ended up going with a package that included some brown dress shoes for everyone.
R ich chose a khaki suit with a light blue button up - which is his best color to bring out his baby blues. Not only that, he wanted to make sure his look was different from his groomsmen, so the light blue was a great contrast to the white shirts the guys wore.
He's not really a tie guy, so he went without for a more laid back look. He wore the jacket for the ceremony and most of our photos, but when things heated up at the reception he was able to shed the jacket to be more comfortable.
I initially thought I'd go with a light and breezy dress that had no train and was less formal, but when I found this lace fit and flair, I immediately fell in love. It had a dark cream fabric base with gorgeous white lace overlay, an elegant button up back, and a perfect shape to hug my curves. I was in love with the strapless sweetheart neckline for a beachy wedding and of course, had to add a little bling with the belt.
I went with a low, American (over) bustle to keep the strong silhouette and because I wasn't in love with the way a french bustle looked on my dress. I got my dress from Blue Bridal here in Denver, and everything about the experience was wonderful. I (of course) went dress shopping too late to get anything custom. After my mother-in-law spotted a perfect gown on the mannequin in the window, they pulled it for me to try on, with no assurance it would be available. After I immediately fell in love and a few phone calls, it was all mine. My seamstress was wonderful as well.
Since it was a destination wedding, I ended up carrying on my dress and having it hung in the coat closet for the flight. I was worried about being dressless in the case of lost baggage, but I had to remind myself quite a few times not to leave it on the plane. Luckily our United flight attendants were gems and helped me remember - even sending us home with a bottle of champagne to toast our big day.
The Happy Couple
O ur wedding was seriously better than I imagined and felt like an absolute dream. I can't wait to share part II and III of this series with you! If you haven't been around here very long and are in to sappy love stories, you can read the humorous and unexpected account of how I met my man in THIS POST. He's seriously the best possible human and I'm so lucky to have him.
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