We recently planned and designed a romantic all-white wedding held in Big Island, Hawaii for Ellen & Joseph. Today, we are really excited to share video and images from their wedding that we had a few obstacles in our way, such as hurricanes landing on a matter of days prior to the big day.

Ellen and Joseph were thrilled with the outcome of their wedding. As Ellen and Joseph were living in Canada, it was very hard for them to plan a Hawaii wedding by themselves in 30 days. We started sourcing venue and vendors immediately after they found us. Our hardworking team ensured that even hurricanes could not stop us from designing a beautiful backdrop for their vow exchanging process!

For the wedding theme color(s), choosing a color palette can be overwhelming for the clients, so why not go with a simple approach? We know Ellen and Joseph like simple yet elegant style. Based on our recommendation, Ellen and Joseph decided to have an all-white wedding that turned out spectacular against the lush island botanicals.

We focused on creating texture throughout the decorating process for this wedding. The flowers were a mixture of white orchids, white roses, and white hydrangeas. An all-white party is brought to life by the bursting flower arrangements. Their all-white seven-tiered cake was gracefully placed on top of a table with long cascading white roses. A highlight of this wedding was the ceremony arch which was covered in pure white orchids.

And we can’t forget our favorite element; the simple yet elegant details in menu, ceremony program, name tags, and dancing floor decal accented with gold calligraphy were the perfect finishing touch.

Some more elements that we included for this all-white affair were:

– Reflective objects such as mirrored boxes on each table

– Silver candles

– Touches of metallic gold on the plates

– A combination of hanging crystals and white flowers floating down from the tent

Being Chinese, it was important to both sides of the family to have a tea ceremony to honor the elderlies. We coordinated this in Ellen and Joseph’s suite at the hotel.

Planning a destination wedding takes time, patience, and a lot of planning. If you only limit yourself to 30 days, then it will most definitely feel overwhelming. Ellen and Joseph’s gorgeous beach wedding was planned in just one month, too. Even though we had our fair share of uncontrollable difficulties, we persisted in our goal to hold an all-white wedding. How did we do it all? Keep reading to find out how we planned an extravagant destination party in a short amount of time!

1. Secure a wedding location and date 

One of the first steps in planning a destination wedding is to secure the location, time and date. Call several different venues to compare prices as soon as possible. A lot of people will book their venues months in advance, so you have some competition if you plan on getting married around wedding season, which happens to be in the summer.

If you want to secure a location that you love, consider making the date on a Friday or a Sunday. These days are usually less busy. Getting married on an off-day can also save you at least 10% on your total budget because it happens to be a cheaper alternative than Saturday nights.

2. Devise a budget 

It’s important to think about the financial side of your wedding. You may have to dole out some extra cash when it comes to last minute details, so saving as much money as you can be beneficial. A smaller guest list will allow you to cut down on food costs. Fewer people means more money to spend on your location, wedding dress, DJ, and photographer.

3. Hire and book your team

You need to book these important people for your wedding at least 20 days before: Photographer, Cake Baker, DJ, Florist, Makeup artist, Officiant.

Thanks to our extraordinary vendor partners, we successfully transformed a temporary outdoor tent to make it intimate, gorgeous and romantic. We appreciate to the awesome team below for their hard work and great partnership in producing this wonderful day for our clients!

Venue & Catering: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai || Photography: Johnson Wee and Fletch Photography || Videography: Mayad Studios ||Florist: White Lilac Inc. || Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rental and luxe linen || Lighting: PSAV

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