This Maui venue is literally what dreams are made of! The dripping crystal and chandeliers, hanging vines, lush greenery and white flowers, all set amongst gorgeous, golden Chiavari chairs and a romantic stone stairwell as the alter — it’s almost too much perfection to handle! With every unique moment captured in stunning photographs by Anna Kim Photography, this Haiku Mill wedding is definitely one to take note of if you’re seeking a glam, elegant, and dazzling affair.
And can we just take a moment to admire Jun’s gown and veil from C.H Wedding in Taiwan. The lace, the length, the way it drops off her shoulders, and the way they both create a streamline illusion is absolutely breathtaking.
Jun and Zhao wanted to be sure they weren’t only creating a day to remember for themselves, but for their guests as well. These fun-loving and thoughtful newlyweds chose Hawaii for their destination wedding in order to accommodate their guests, as well create a perfect holiday for them.
The venue of Haiku Mill in Maui has previously been named as one of the most romantic wedding venues in the world, and Anna Kim Photography notes that “this wedding was so unique and beautiful! From the tea ceremony, to the elegant ceremony, to the impressive first dance–this couple beautifully carved out every detail for their special day.”
From the bride:
I rented the dresses in Taipei, Taiwan (my home town) and my parents brought them to me when they flew to Maui. We bought Zhao’s groom outfit in Dior Homme. We chose dark blue for the colour because we thought black would be too dull for our island wedding. We bought our wedding bands from the Cartier Classic Trinity Collection. It has three types of gold — pink gold to symbolise love, yellow gold for fidelity, and white gold for friendship. I bought the bridesmaid’s dresses at David’s Bridal. I love the quality, affordability, and variety of styles they have to offer. For the groomsmen, we chose to customise their suits.
From the groom:
Jun and I met back in 2011, when we both studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The first time I saw her, I knew I had to ask her out. In February 2015, we planned a trip to Alaska and I popped the question while walking along the glacier hiking trail — and she said YES!
Jun and I love Hawaii, especially Maui. We knew it would be the perfect place for us to celebrate and say “I do.” We also chose Maui for our destination wedding because Hawaii is halfway from mainland U.S. and Asia, where most of our guests are coming from. Having the wedding in Hawaii made it more than just a wedding for us and our guests, it’s the whole island vacation experience.
What we had imagined for our wedding was natural, fresh and sophisticated. Our inspiration came from our venue and the location we chose. We wanted to incorporate the atmosphere of Maui and the Haiku Mill into our wedding, and utilised Pinterest to find the perfect colour palette to go along with the atmosphere. We decided on grass green, pure white and glamorous gold. We also provided a dress code for our guests from Pantone 2015 trend colours. The colours were aquamarine, dusk blue, titanium and glacier gray. We think the dress code also made the wedding tone look more consistent and hopefully made our guests feel special and an important part of the wedding.
This incredibly glam and romantic venue continues to leave us speechless. Not only is the venue itself flawless, but Jun also says that their experience was very personalised, and “Lindsay and Tara over at Haiku Mill did a wonderful job helping us pick vendors and every aspect/detail of the wedding. Big shout out to them.”
Although Jun rented the majority of her dresses for the big day, she says this short little number from L’elite Boston Bridal is one she just had to buy for keeps. With her Sergio Rossi heels as her wedding shoes, she knew the hollow and crystal design would flawlessly match her dresses, and especially this one she wore for their first dance.
For all of our La Bride readers who plan on a destination wedding, we leave you with this helpful piece of advice from Jun: When you’re planning a destination wedding, there are more things to account for, such as lodging, transportation, etc. Planning the wedding was very stressful for us, but our first piece of advice to newly engaged couples would be to not let the planning process overwhelm or stress you too much, always have a positive mindset and everything will be fine.
Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Bridal Shoes: Sergio Rossi | Bridal Party Attire: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Dior Homme | Wedding Dress: C.H Wedding | Coordinator: Lindsay Miller of Elements Luxury Events | Florals: Mandy Grace Designs | Bar: Garnish Events | Catering: Sugar Beach Events By Chef Lee | Officiant: Reverend Valentine Rosete | DJ: Clarity Entertainment | Videography: Sunlit Films