Lucky in Love

September 5, 2011

Pacific Weddings

There is an enchanting, dreamlike quality to the Hawaiian Islands—the stretch of fine white sandy beaches and undulating ocean waves, the abundant vivid flora and fauna, the serene pace of daily life and the gracious aloha spirit of the Hawaiian people. It’s no wonder that Kayla Miller long dreamt of marrying her first love Kenny VanSickle along the shores of Maui. “I always pictured myself barefoot on the beach in a simple ceremony,” says the bride. “I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful place.”

After hearing the news of Kayla and Kenny’s engagement, Kayla’s sister gifted the couple with the latest edition of Pacific Weddings magazine to inspire a destination wedding. Kayla opened the pages to find a call to enter the magazine’s “Escape to Maui Wedding Contest”. The grand prize? A ceremony and reception at Maui’s beachfront lounge, Timba, replete with a dream roster of wedding talent and a honeymoon stay at the Hyatt Regency Maui. “I thought it would be fun to share our love story, but never imagined that anything would come of it,” recalls Kayla.

Minimalist is often a design style that is synonymous with weddings in Hawaii. After all, Mother Nature does most of the decorating. The bride simply advised wedding planner Robin Williams of Event Masters to adorn the casual soiree in a cheerful palette of hot pink and lime green. Stacey Nomura, lead designer of Bradley & Lily Fine Stationery, created a letterpress invitation suite to announce the island nuptials. On April 3, an intimate circle of friends and family gathered on a beautiful crescent-shaped Lahaina beach at sunset.

Kayla walked down an aisle of shimmering sand in a strapless chiffon Jasmine Couture dress, carrying a vibrant bouquet of lime green cymbidium orchids. Groomsmen wore pale green Tommy Bahama silk shirts with Hawaiian ti leaf lei. In a touching ceremony, the bride and groom recited vows from the heart, inviting family members to join them in a group blessing.


Celebrants adjourned to a reception in Timba’s private lounge overlooking the Pacific Ocean off Lahaina’s historic Front Street. Talented florist Della Peacock of Dellables adorned the long tables with lush arrangements of bright green tropical orchids with white ceramic sea urchin vases and starfish tucked among the flowers.