If you thought Hawaii was just all tiki torches and luaus, you could not be more wrong. With a combination of adventure, relaxation, culture, history, luxury, and beauty that cannot be found elsewhere, there is something for everyone. Your honeymoon is all about celebrating your love and the start of a new chapter in your lives, and I can’t think of a better place to do that than Hawaii. With six islands, all with their own unique sites and personalities, exploring beyond the beaten path is when you will have the most fun and where the magic happens.
If you are lovers of history and food, Oahu is the island to head to. Pearl Harbor is an obvious stop for those WWII buffs to learn and see the place where it all began. The site includes the USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri, and the USS Bowfin Submarine along with the Pacific Aviation Museum. The area surrounding the state capitol of Honolulu also has some must see sites, like the Iolani Palace. Where Hawaii’s final monarchs resided, it is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Hawaii’s royal heritage. The Waikiki neighborhood is famed for it’s dining, shopping, and its iconic Waikiki Beach. If you are looking for that beach experience with a less touristy feel, head up to the North Shore. And don’t forget to stop at Matsumotos in Haleiwa for some delicious shave ice.
Commonly called The Big Island, Hawaii Island is the largest of all the islands in the Hawaiian archipelago and the place for exploration and adventure. Get up close and personal with an active volcano at Volcanoes National Park. Then head over to the historic seaside town of Kailua-Kona for snorkeling or scuba diving with manta rays. Be sure to try the Loco Moco, a traditional Hawaiian dish that is too delicious for words. The Big Island Grill in Kona is a great place for a taste! You won’t want to miss star-gazing at the mountaintop conservatory on Maunakea. As the tallest sea mountain in the world and one of the foremost astronomy sites, it is a do not miss!
If you are looking to take in the breath-taking island scenery, Kauai is your place. Explore the beautiful beach towns, hike in lush jungles, and swim in waterfall pools. Waimea Canyon is nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” and is a site to behold. The whole island is covered in gorgeous beaches, but Poipu Beach is a favorite with it’s calm waters and soft sands. The daily farmer’s markets all over the island are a great way to spend an afternoon taking in the culture.
Maui is a mixture of charming small towns and luxurious resorts that will have you immediately falling in love. The Road to Hana, one of the world’s most scenic drives, is a must. Take the time to really explore the island on this legendary drive, stopping at gorgeous waterfalls and beautiful tropical gardens along the way. The Iao Valley State Park also features the Iao Needle, one of Maui’s most recognizable landmarks.
Dreaming of seclusion and serenity? Lanai is the island for you. The Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay will have you living the life of luxury, but there is tons to explore on the island too. Here is your chance to swim with the dolphins and relax in the natural tide pools. Then try 4×4-ing to Keahiakawelo, known as the Garden of the Gods, for out of this world scenery in the rock gardens.
To really go off the beaten path and disconnect from the modern world, hop over to Molokai. This island is unspoiled and untouched, known for it’s cultural authenticity and commitment to a simpler life. Papohaku is one of the largest white sand beaches on Hawaii. At over 3 miles long, you will pretty much have a whole beach to yourself. The Halawa Valley has stunning vistas and waterfalls that will take you back in time to a Hawaii from long ago.
Which island sounds like your dream honeymoon? Or maybe a stop at all is in order? Either way, you can by sure that you will leave with a lifetime of unforgettable moments and memories.
Today I’m sharing this elegant Rhode Island manor wedding from Sarah Pudlo & Co. The venue has such a timeless feel, lending perfectly to a vintage vibe that this couple fell in love with.
I love Rhode Island because it’s the perfect mix of quaint and glamour. Our entire wedding was inspired by this perfect combination. We wanted people to feel they came to a glamorous, vintage-inspired event with the relaxed vibes of being on the water, sipping summer cocktails, dancing, and just having a good time together. The Glen Manor House was the perfect venue to make this dream come to life. The Glen has gorgeous architecture inspired by a French Chateau, but it at the same time has simplistic charm throughout its gardens and location.
I made sure to have my late grandmother’s antique hand mirror with me as I got ready. I also wore her favorite perfume, Chanel no. 5. It felt we were honoring her by capturing that moment.
I knew my bridesmaids had to wear a light, airy blush pink. It’s just a happy color that suited the overall theme we wanted; glamorous yet relaxed. I also knew I wanted the girls to pick their dress style, to go with the theme of relaxed, I wanted them to feel good and relaxed. In addition, I also had each bridesmaid pick an individual hairpiece from several options, all from Etsy. My bridesmaids and our friendships are each individual, so I wanted to capture that individuality while having them be coordinated. The end result felt whimsical while still somewhat uniform.
For the ceremony we wanted to do something to tie in the Sakonnet River, a popular fishing river the Glen Manor overlooks. So we decided to do the ‘tying of the fisherman knot’ in our ceremony. It made for a funny, meaningful personal touch and now we have a keepsake from that special moment. I can’t tie a knot very well, in the literal sense, and I was almost pulled over by pulling it tight. It lightened the mood to say the least!
Most of the details in our wedding were inspired by our relaxed-glam theme. From the lemonade stand as guests entered the ceremony to the his and her drinks, we really wanted people to soak in the day and just enjoy themselves. We didn’t want anything stuffy, we just wanted fun. People loved walking to the docks to take a photo at sunset, and signing our guest ‘book’ wine bottle when they had a moment.
The entire day was perfectly magical. It was happy, beautiful, emotional, fun, and crazy all at the same time! Sarah Pudlo captured the beauty that was the day so well. I remember saying to all of my friends, “I can’t believe this is my wedding.” It was an amazing day we will never forget.
Photography | Sarah Pudlo & Co | Venue | Glen Manor House | Florals | Golden Gate Studios | Cake | Patticakes | Caterer | Blackstone Caterers | Paper Goods | Minted | Gown | Alvina Valenta | Veil & Headpiece | Percy Handmade | Jewelry | Blue Nile | Hair & Makeup | Hair and Makeup Design by Lynda Williams | Bridesmaid Dresses | J.Crew | Groomswear | Vera Wang | Musicians | Allegro Chamber Players | DJ | Luke Renchan Entertainment | Transportation | Fisher Bus Inc.
Starting off this week with a sweet and southern wedding from Glint Events captured by Agha Photo. The ceremony location is so dreamy! The cross at the altar was hand carved by the groom’s uncle. I love the first look with dad and the couple’s adorable pup that joined in for most of the wedding. And of course, in southern tradition, the couple buried some bourbon that was dug up after the ceremony!
Andy and I both wanted to get married outside. Also, we wanted our ceremony and reception to be in the same place to minimize logistics. In Richmond, that leaves you with only a few options, however Tuckahoe Plantation could not have been more perfect for what we were looking for. We had been to a few parties out there before.
The ceremony site under the crepe myrtle trees is absolutely gorgeous. In fact, the entire grounds are beautiful between the gardens where your guests can have cocktails to the old historic plantation house where Thomas Jefferson lived as a boy.
Andy’s brother Clement surprised us by reading a letter I had written to Andy soon after we had started dating, detailing things I loved about him. He stepped up to read it during our ceremony, after we thought the readings were over. It was a very emotional moment, and looking back one of the best of our wedding day. It made our ceremony unique, and helped our guests to understand the special love and bond we have.
We chose a sea foam green and peony pink as our primary colors, with gold accents. Our wedding was over Labor Day weekend, so we went with a summer color scheme. We added the gold accents because even though our wedding was outside, we wanted an element of elegance.
The most important thing to us was that we wanted our guests to have a great time. That translated in terms of our priorities — we wanted a killer band to get people dancing and an open bar (of course).
Photography | Agha Photo | Venue | Tuckahoe Plantation | Planner | Glint Events | Florist | The Green Flamingo | Cake | Sugar and Spice LLC | Caterer | White House Catering | Rentals | Classic Party Rentals of VA | Invitations, Programs, and Signs | Dejlige Creative | Videographer | Mike Topham Photography | Lighting | Lighting Professors | String Quartet | Gallatin Canyon | Band | Horizon Band | Bride and Bridesmaid’s Dresses | Bella Rosa Richmond | Hair | JD Gigi Hobbs and Shine Blowdry Bar | Makeup | Stephanie Parker Makeup | Groomsmen Jackets | Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. | Transportation | Winn Transportation