Maui natives Nikki and Adam were married on the lush green grounds of the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center. "I chose the Hui because I wanted an open, green, scenic atmosphere," the bride tells us. "I loved the lush environment, nature everywhere, and overwhelming fresh feeling you get as you enter."
The couple shared their vows under a monkeypod tree adorned by strands of white orchids swaying in the soft Upcountry breeze.
Nikki first met Adam when she moved home to Maui after college. After just a few months of dating, Adam was sent to Basic Training in South Carolina for the US Army National Guard. He had no phone communication while he was away, so the couple consistently exchanged hand-written letters to each other to keep in touch. Seven years later, Nikki and Adam are now happily married with an adorable two year old son Riley.
"I found the perfect steel blue color and style for my bridesmaids dresses on Show Me Your Mumu. I then created custom Aloha Shirts for the boys from Kealopiko that are hand dyed and made on Moloka'i"
"I had a good friend, Britney Alejo-Fishell of Haku Maui, do my entire floral design, including centerpieces, leis, haku leis, bouquets, boutonni�res, and so much more! I wanted greenery everywhere with elegant white flowers mixed in between. Everything turned out exactly how we had planned it."
"The best part of our wedding day is that we had close friends to make it all happen for us! We had Melissa, Kristin and the rest of the Opihi Love team holding it all together. They helped us immensely with the prep work and planning. They were fabulous! And on the day of, I had some of my best friends set up my memory room and all the other little details that I got for reception d�cor."
"Stacey Smith from Bars Are Us helped me to create a wonderful bar atmosphere, with infused water dispensers that I particularly wanted guests to enjoy. She helped concoct delicious cocktails and bar ideas that turned out to be legendary that night! I made my own bar and custom cocktail signs. These little details along with a thick lush garland that Brit from Haku Maui made were absolutely everything I envisioned."
Nikki's dress perfectly completed the natural, romantic theme of her wedding. The statement open-back playfully complemented the subtle details of delicate lace. A crown of white flowers adorned her head as loose curls fell down the length of her back.
The bride shares how excited she was to incorporate the Japanese tradition of the Thousand Cranes on her wedding day: "An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods. I wanted to be original and unique in how I presented the cranes; so with the help of Opihi Love, I decided to make a hanging chandelier of the cranes inside the tent. We ended up hanging the elegant creation above the center of the dance floor, and the pictures that Anna Kim Photography captured were unbelievably gorgeous!"