Retro Hawaiian Wedding at the Art Gallery of Hamilton
As a bit of a backstory, when Natalie and Kyle first reached out and filled in their pre-meeting questionnaire, I did the biggest happy dance in my chair that you've ever seen. Mid-century modern design has my heart, and when they told me they got engaged at a retro hotel in Hawaii and wanted to bring that vibe home to Hamilton for their family and friends? Well, I was all about it!
We began fleshing out some ideas, and I pulled Leslie on board because she's the queen of rad furniture and decor. Then, when it came to invitations and signage...I referred Deandra and the rest is history! These incredible women giddily joined the Retro Hawaiian team with me to bring this sweet bride and groom's vision to life. And now, looking at these photos, I can't handle myself--haha! Reliving this special day through these images is almost as good as watching it unfold the first time.
Getting to put together awesome lounge areas for guests to relax after dinner? Welp, that was some extra icing on the cake. Lounge areas are so much fun and give guests another seating option when dinner is over. It encourages conversation and camaraderie with new and old friends alike.
Even the bar back and the marche stations got in on the tropical vibe. Give me all the leaves and bright coloured flowers, and I'll be the happiest girl. Everyone definitely was that day!
One of the must-have pieces from the very beginning was a tropical wall with an "aloha" laser-cut sign to greet guests as they arrived to the reception and to provide a fabulous photo backdrop. Not only was it so fun to watch it come together bit by perfect bit, it was neat to watch guests fall in love with it, too, and use it for their own photos! Even the grandparents family photos were taken in front of it!
So often, I get asked by clients what they should do for a guestbook. Guys, I've seen a lot, but the ones that are the coolest are the ones that match the couple's story. So, if you're travel bugs or have guests coming from all over the world, having them sign a map or a globe is perfect. If travelling isn't your thing, everyone will think it's weird that you have a globe to sign. Think about what's important to you or what your wedding theme is!
Natalie and Kyle chose a mini surfboard that they'll hang in their new home with the "Aloha" sign. Not only does it fit the tropical vibe, they also played The Endless Summer movie over the dancefloor after dinner. Perfect match, and everyone "oohed" and "ahhed" over it.
From the moment I first saw the stationery proofs to getting to style the suite during a few minutes of free time on the wedding day, I was absolutely smitten with the hula girl and her friends. Deandra blew us all away on this design, and it's a suite I'm going to keep forever!
Aren't they cute?! I'm still giddy, you guys...still.
Every wedding I'm privileged to be a part of is beautiful. Each couple's story is authentic and one-of-a-kind; I'm always happy when their wedding day reflects it. That being said, weddings follow trends, so I plan and design a lot of the same style. Natalie and Kyle's wedding day was not only a fascinating representation of their love for mid-century modern design and their Hawaiian engagement, it was designed to be a party for their friends and family as a thank-you for all their love and support. I love when clients really think of their guests' experience. As a bonus for the team that brought it together, it was such a treat to work outside of our typical realm of styling and planning and do something extra fun and unique!
So, if you're a bride looking to create something exceptional to celebrate your marriage, let's chat! If it involves Edison bulbs, fun furniture, a sweet couple, and a great party? Sign. Me. Up. *wink*