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Hair + Makeup Artist + Shoe Designer: Ry-n of Ry-n Shimabuku-Makeup Artist
Wedding Gown: Koa of Kojo Couture
Model: Moana
Photographers: Anna and Jessica of Anna Kim Photography
Florals: Darren and Shane of Bliss Flower Design
Videography: Yukio, Ryota of Driftwood Films and Chelsie Machado
Cake: Danae of
Written by: Nicole Brooke Rosen

The word opulence barely scratches the surface when reminiscing about the stylized wedding photo shoot at the gorgeous Lona Ridge Estate. The beautiful estate sits regally among the lush mountains above Wailuku Heights. With its pristine grounds and astonishing bi-coastal view of Maui, Lona Ridge is a unique and stunning wedding venue and a gift to the Maui wedding community.

Lona Ridge inspired the insanely talented designer, Koa of Kojo Couture, so much so that he flew to New York City to bring back equally majestic material for his couture creation. Ry-n Shimabuku not only matched Koa’s excellence with his killer hair and makeup expertise, but he also was the mastermind behind the intricately detailed shoes as well.

Working with so much creative talent is such an inspiring process-the energy is both dazzling and infectious. Everyone involved in this day put their heart, soul, and passion for innovation and beauty into the event. The Bliss Boys were no exception. Darren and Shane of Bliss Flower Design (and Bliss Wedding Design) brought their floral prowess to the photo shoot. The bouquet showcased both spectrums of female energy–natural wildness and delicate gentleness. The Bliss Boys coaxed cream and blush peonies, orchids, and roses up the antique sign post along with rich greenery and curly willow. The chandelier (courtesy of Pacific Aisle Rentals) and chaise lounge they brought added another element of luxuriousness to an already impressive compilation of glamor and grace.

During the photo shoot, Koa played a song the lyrics to which the camera had no trouble adhering to— “better recognize opulence.” Opulence, and so much more, was recognized, documented, and is here for visual enjoyment.

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Wedding Ceremony + Brunch: White Orchid Beach House
Wedding Coordinator: Kendall Higashino of White Orchid Wedding
Florals: Dellables
Officiant: Reverend Valentino Rosete
Wedding Caterer: Catering From Soup to Nuts
Written by: Nicole Brooke Rosen

Looking back on the photographs of Susan and Jordie’s Maui wedding, I am struck with a deeper understanding about the heart of a long-lasting love. After all, this couple has spent the last twelve years developing their relationship and yet still manage to have that new-love sparkle in their eyes when they look at one another. A love like that is worth exploring.

Island inspiration blended with an organic, rustic flair at the talented and creative hands of Kendall Higashino of White Orchid Wedding. The wedding was beautiful and intimate, with the bride and groom as the only two there. Susan wore a long-sleeved, lace, A-line wedding dress that gently flowed just past her knees. She walked arm in arm with her stylish groom who donned a sleek, gray, three-piece suit. A cluster of King Protea served as a simple and stunning bouquet, echoing the majesty of the protea table decor and succulent surrounded cake topper situated regally on the naked wedding cake.

There was no fluff, no excess, just two people embodying the pure and steady heartbeat of a lasting love. Susan and Jordie showed me that what keeps a relationship’s heart pulsating is simple and pure. Treasure that romantic spark. Foster that new-love adoration. Allow that long-time friendship to course through and serve as the heartbeat’s metronome. Live simply and simply love.

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Brittany and Brandon always pictured themselves having a wedding in the forest. They fell in love with the rainbow eucalyptus forest on Maui. It was the perfect setting for their sweet wedding with family being the only guests.
Maui Officiant and musican: Ernest Puaa
Wedding hair + makeup: Jessica Waite Make-up Artistry
Wedding bouquet: Dellables

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We snuck away before sunset to take photos of Jennifer and her husband and her daughter followed. Here is a sweet moment the two of them shared…
Olowalu Planation House



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Wedding Venue: Haiku Mill
Wedding Coordinator: Lindsay Miller of Haiku Mill
Second Photographer: Jessica of Anna Kim Photography
Hair + Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry
Music: David Wolf
Band: Erin Smith and the Throwdowns
Catering: Maui Executive Catering
Bar: Garnish Events
Florals: Mandy Grace Designs
Wedding Cake: Cake Fanatics Maui
Entertainment: Manutea Nui E

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Hair, make-up and styling by the talented Jessica Waite Makeup Artistry.

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