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Maui Wedding Trends for 2015 – Decor & Desserts!

This is the first of a multi-part series of wedding posts, featuring interviews with a pair of Maui wedding professionals, to see what’s trending for the fall and into 2015!   Wanna be featured?  Scroll to the bottom for more info… 

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Flowers by Opihi Love, Photography by Jenna Michelle

In this post:  Melissa Padilla, owner and stylist at Opihi Love Wedding and Event Design & Amy Alexander of Baked by Amy.

Opihi Love‘s Melissa shared that “we love that we’ve been seeing requests for more rich, luxurious colors – red, purples and greens!   We also love a fun theme that keeps popping up – upscale hipster with a bit of glam!”

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miss b calligraphy maui sign wedding Melissa continued that “right now it’s all about the wedding customization, pulling from Pinterest or Refinery 29– but putting a spin on it to make it your own. Everything from the invitations to the table numbers to the dessert bars have to be one of a kind- and we are not seeing the DIY as much now. Brides are back to hiring the professionals to create events of a lifetime.  Another great option for entertainment is a photo booth, and the new generation photo booth is a slo-mo video booth!”  Click here to view a sample video.

Opihi Love Wedding & Event Design is a boutique wedding planning & design studio. Opihi Love offers clients full service planning, coordination, design and styling, and a one-of-a-kind collection of boutique rentals. 

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beet cupcakes natural maui veganAmy of Baked by Amy, which specializes in vegan desserts, states that “Minis are IN! Miniature cupcakes and tarts are rapidly growing in popularity at weddings and other celebrations because they are hand held and bite size giving each guest a few options rather than just a slice of cake.  Also, it seems there is a lot of interest in desserts besides just cake and cupcakes.  I get requests for lemon bars, brownies, cookies, small pies and tarts.”

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According to Amy, she loves it that “there are so many brides and grooms opting for vegan and gluten free options!  They figure that it will cover all of their bases for guests with sensitivities and allergies, plus it’s a little lighter on the waistline because who wants to feel too full when there’s dancing to be done?”

Baked by Amy specializes is delicious and creative vegan sweets, made with high quality local and organic ingredients. Besides special orders, Baked by Amy treats are available at Choice Health Bar, Aina Gourmet Market, Wailuku Coffee Co. and Honokowai Farmers Market.

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Want to submit YOUR pictures and trend notes?  Find a buddy (or two! a trio is OK too!) and send me a couple great shots for consideration! Current email is mauiliz77 (at) yahoo (dot) com! 

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What to Wear for a Wedding in Hawaii – The Maui Made Edition

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Our last blog post on weddings was all the unique venues that Maui has to offer.  Today’s post is about trends in bridal attire, and if you thought there were lots of choices for venues- there are even more for bridal gowns- because since we are in Hawaii, the sky is the limit!  And as usual, the below offerings are designed or made right here on the island of Maui!

Maui Made checked in with our go-to stylist, MeiLi Autumn, to see what’s trending with Hawaiian bridal gown styles in 2014:  “Maui brides run the gamut of adhering to a traditional style to having a unique style that is more beachy and casual,” MeiLi shared.  

(Above dresses by Maui-based clothing designer Tamara Catz, hair and makeup by MeiLi Autumn.  Photography by Maui Creative Photography)

“Instead of the fluffy, lacy merengue dresses, I am seeing more elegant and streamline dresses that could almost pass as a simple sun dress. Of course there are special embellishments when you look closely like a perfectly placed crystal, or shell detail. I think Maui is special in that brides can really experiment with their style whether its an all-out Victorian extravaganza at the Haiku Mill or a bohemian beachy soiree on the sand.”

Where to find these beautiful gowns? Tamara Catz offers several different wedding gowns, available online and in their flagship store in Paia.

Beach Wedding Attire Tips: If you are having a beach wedding, there are a few things to keep in mind as you plan your attire.  “Maui tends to be pretty windy, and on an exposed beach, veils and layers of fabric can tend to get caught up in our cooling trade winds,” explained Melissa Padilla of Opihi Love Wedding and Event Design.  “And if you are on the beach, stiletto heals aren’t going to work, so stick with wedges, or some brides will go with slippers (flip-flops) or even barefoot!” she continued.  (Melissa is the designer of some of Maui’s dreamiest weddings, check out her brand-new website here

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Bridal Gown by Tamara Catz

And for the bride who is looking to do something completely out of the box, with just a nod to the traditional, Maui Girl has just unveiled its line of Bridal Bikinis– handmade here on Maui!  According to Debbie Wilson, owner and designer of Maui Girl, “we’ve been looking to create a line of bridal inspired suits for a while, it just seems so fitting with all the destination weddings that come to Maui.  We were looking for an alternative to a white t-shirt with lifesavers and puffy paints for a beach or pool-side bachelorette party, plus we loved the idea of doing a bridal inspired photo-shoot!  Now we are just waiting for that island-hip bride to have all her bridesmaids in bikinis, and her in a full gown. How awesome would that be!?”

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(Above Maui Girl Bridal Bikinis are modeled by Jazmin Repollo, photography by Ben Pigao of Empire Green)

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