Here at Morgan Events, we LOVE a destination wedding. There’s something extra special about gathering your friends and family and jetting off for a weekend (or more!) to celebrate love. That’s what it’s all about, right? So, this blog entry is dedicated to our clients, Kristin and Zach, who dreamed of a destination wedding at the Four Seasons Hualalai on Hawaii’s Big Island. We’re using this wedding to give you a glimpse as to what it’s like to host a destination wedding. You can read our short summary of the events below but rest assured, our actual ‘notes’ (read: playbook!) is quite a bit larger for a wedding of this scope! But space is limited and a photo is worth 1000 words so read, browse and DREAM about your very own destination wedding.

Destination Wedding Design

Let’s start with the color palette. Gone are the days of one or two colors dominating the artistic vision. Today’s couples are creatives in their own right and envision a myriad of hues working together. Our color palette for the wedding included coral, bright pink, peach, cream, white, green and gold. Each weekend event, from the Aloha Cocktail Gathering on the Beach Tree Lawn to the Mahalo Brunch at the Beach House, featured this color combo in a seamless design. The aesthetics played a role in evoking ambiance for each event- from festive and lively during pre-wedding events to romantic and elegant during the formal celebrations.

Pre-Wedding Events

If you’ve read our blog before, you know we’re all about creating a warm welcome for guests during destination events. In this case, guests were traveling to the Big Island for Kristin and Zach’s wedding. It was important to the couple that guests make new friends but also reconnect with old friends and thoroughly relaxed and enjoyed all the delights of the island. The kickstart to the weekend was the Aloha Cocktail Gathering. We set the festive Hawaiian scene for two hours of a meet and greet with passed canapés and cocktails. The following evening, a more formal Seaside Welcome Dinner was set where guests were treated to live music and an unforgettable seaside feast.  The Ulu Ocean Grill was the perfect spot for outdoor dining and catching the sunset.

Wedding Day

At last the wedding day arrived and the spacious Ke’ Olu Green at the Four Seasons Hualalai was transformed into an intimate ceremony location. The ceremony aisle began with two large urn arrangements on pedestals while floral planters continued down the aisle through to a custom 16′ wide staircase to a second ceremony level.  The altar floral structure featured asymmetrical cascading florals.  Lush florals of David Austin roses, peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, and hydrangeas kept the color scheme in tact and on point. After the ceremony, guests were escorted to an elegant cocktail reception and seated dinner in the Ke’ Olu Clubhouse Garden. Tables were set in more vibrant colors with tall centerpieces surrounded by satellite floral arrangements.  A sea of candles were added to a create a warm romantic glow. Place cards were held in stunning sea urchin shells and gold flatware framed each place setting. There was cake cutting and dancing, music and moonlight and even a sparkler send-off for the newlyweds.

Post-Wedding Events

As a final thank you and farewell to guests, a Mahalo Brunch was catered at the Four Seasons Residence’s Beach House on Sunday morning. Lasting three hours to accommodate even the late night partygoers who may be oversleeping, the brunch was a casual flow of guests reminiscing about the weekend events and bidding farewell before catching flights to the mainland. This last event is always a crowd pleaser as our couples get one more chance to connect with their guests.

If you’ve just started dreaming about your very own destination wedding, congratulations! The fun is just beginning. If we can be of help, please get in touch with our team and let us guide you every step of the way. Mahalo!

Wedding Design & Planning: Morgan Events | Photographer: Sylvie Gil Photography | Venue & Catering: Four Seasons Hualalai  Floral Design: Flowers by Heidi | Invitation & Stationery: Lettered Olive | Calligraphy: Papineau Calligraphy | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Lux Salon | Linens: La Tavola | Lighting/Rentals & Lounge: Hawaii Island Events, Inc. | Band: Hip Service Band | Hawaiian Music Entertainment: Kevin Kealoha Trio | String Quartet: Magic Strings | Audio Visual: PSAV | Videographer: Techy3 Studios

*Updated February 2019: This wedding has been featured on Carats & Cake. Click here to view.

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