When Makella Diaz decided she wanted to elope on a black sand beach in Maui she set out to create a timeless but daring bridal look. In a dream fitting with Jenny Packham, Makella found her classic, vintage-inspired gown. "I went there with stars in my eyes and she knew," says the bride. "The first thing she said to me was 'Ah, you look like an Esme!'" Makella had already been eyeing the open-back, delicately embellished dress. It was the one.

A free spirit with elegant taste, she decided to take charge of her own hair and makeup: clean, cascading waves paired with a striking purple lip. The statement color matched her wedding haku (a Hawaiian flower head lei arranged by the Ohana Lei and Flower Company in Hana, Maui), and made this look one of our favorites.