Marla & Gary – unlocking the spirit of love
About 7 years ago, when I was just a getting into the wedding business, a wonderful girl named Marla took me under her wing and showed me the ropes of the wedding business on Maui. I have her to thank for the start of my career as a planner and she has taught me so much along the way. Unfortunately for the Maui wedding industry, Marla left the wedding business to open her own amazing boutique called Details.
Marla, gorgeous fashionista extraordinaire, met Gary, a boyishly handsome and humorous, at the roulette table in Las Vegas while Marla was visiting for a retail trade show. Gary was immediately enamored and asked Marla out on a date. The continued to talk over the phone after they returned to their homes. Marla, living on Maui, and Gary was living in Seattle. It took about a year before Gary announced that he was packing his bags and moving to Maui to be with Marla.
Since we as planners, know how important it is not to coordinate your own wedding (too much stress!), I had the pleasure of being Marla’s coordinator and was able to repay her for being such a huge part of my career. The planning process was so much fun, and actually very much stress-fee. Marla is one that knows exactly what she wanted form the very beginning which made the planning seamless.
Marla knew immediately that she wanted to hold the event at Haiku Mill, which is a reconstructed sugar mill. She envisioned a romantic, vintage theme with fall colors, and we decided on a rich chocolate brown, complimented by muted golds and olive greens. Because Haiku Mill is so rich in ambiance, we wanted to compliment the surroundings without going overboard. We complimented the venue and the color scheme with dark burgundy dahlias, ivory hydrangea, and wax flower used in the centerpieces and scattered small bud vases. We mixed in natural dark woods using Manzanita and succulents as well to give it a cooler complimenting tone.
For the décor, we played with strands of crystals underneath the canopy to compliment the existing crystal chandeliers. Place cards were tea stained by the bride herself and attached to an array of vintage skeleton keys. All of the table numbers were hand-painted by a wonderful artist from Etsy: Cheryl from My Primitive Boutique
Guests enjoyed simple, yet refined “pupus” by Maui Executive Catering (that’s Hawaiian for hours d’ vours), of Coconut Shrimp, refreshing Lump Crab & Rock Shrimp Summer Rolls, and Grilled Chicken Skewers with Thai Peanut Sauce. For dinner an incredible buffet of Szechuan Veggies, wok-fired at the buffet, along with Macadamia Nut Encrusted Fresh Mahi Mahi with a Miso Butter Sauce, Hoisin Braised Short Ribs (OMG amazing), with Wasabi Crème Fraiche, accompanied by Asparagus Risotto with White Truffle Oil and Shaved Parmesan Reggiano. Ah-maz-ing!
Congratulations Marla & Gary!!! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of these incredible moments in your lives! Love & Aloha – Jane