Hawaii is an incredible wedding destination, especially for those who live on the west coast of America. Here is one truly incredible, tropcial boho wedding in Maui. This real wedding is packed full of stunning details, amazing florals, tropical prints and a beach setting to die for! Meet Joey and Marika, and their tropical boho wedding.
Joey and Marika are both from the San Francisco bay area. Joey lived on the Hawaiian island of Maui for 3 years as a child, and went to high school with my two of Marika’s best friends. They met shortly after college, when they were both starting their careers. After many group nights out, game nights in and weekends away, they realized they were more than just friends.
Marika loves that Joey is incredibly ambitious and extremely generous with his friends and family. He also has some seriously impressive dance moves!
Joey loves that Marika is very nurturing and supportive. She doesn’t take herself too seriously and always keeps him laughing. They are very similar in a lot of ways. “Some say opposites attract, but for us it’s our similarities that make us strong.” – Marika
Joey proposed in October 2015 in Kauai at the St. Regis. Marika woke up to the ocean breeze, Hawaiian music in the background, and Joey down on one knee. It was perfectly simple and intimate.
“As soon as we decided on doing a destination wedding in Maui, our vision was pretty clear,” says Marika. “We wanted our venue, décor and food to all be very natural to the island. We wanted lots of greenery, local flowers and pineapples. Lots of pineapples!” Even the music and signature cocktails tied into their island theme. The ceremony arch was adorned with tropical flowers, tuberose and proteas that smelled, and looked, divine.
Maui has always been a special place for both Joey and Marika. They had both vacationed there with their families when growing up. And later visited the island together as a couple. “We felt like the aloha spirit was exactly the kind of laid back vibe we wanted for our big day.” – Marika
Marika picked her bridesmaid dresses before she’d found her own dress. The bold, tropical print fitted perfectly with their island theme. Marika also loved that each bridesmaid could pick a dress style that was most flattering to their style and body shape.
Joey and Marika chose the Sugar Beach Events venue, without actually seeing it in person! However, after seeing pictures, and getting the stamp of approval from their wedding planner; they fell in love with the indoor-outdoor flow of the venue and the beautiful beach location. Palm trees, beach breezes and small waves set the stage for their tropical boho wedding day.
Marika wanted something small and intimate, and Joey wanted to invite his family and his entire fraternity! They invited 130 guests, and 90 people attended their stunning, tropical wedding. People came from the east coast of America, and as far as Dubai! For couples planning their wedding, that’s a drop-out rate of 30%. Check out this post to see why wedding guest drop-out rates are so important.
The venue had an amazing culinary team and guests were welcomed to the party with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to enjoy the sunset. Guests also enjoyed a dessert table with traditional Hawaiian-style ice cream.
Her Favourite Memory
“Our ceremony. My best friend served as our officiant and put so much thought and love into our ceremony. We each read out our own vows that made everyone cry and laugh, and my brother stood up to read an amazing quote from Bob Marley. It was just the best!”
Marika walked up the isle to Pachelbel Canon, but sticking to the island theme, it was played on the ukulele. The song for their first dance was Coming Home by Leon Bridges. “We loved the beat, the soul and the overall lyrics. After dating for nearly eight years, it truly felt like we were finally coming home to each other.”
His Favourite Memory
“A surprise performance! For weeks leading up to the wedding, Marika had been working with two of her close friends to perform a special song at the wedding. The surprise went off perfectly, with Marika’s friend Ashley, singing Sara Bareilles’ “I Choose You” accompanied by one of my groomsmen, Dan, on the ukulele.”
If you could change one thing, what would you do differently?
So many couples regret not hiring a videographer for their wedding, and Marika and Joey were no different. “Joey really wanted one, but I was adamant about the photos being enough and not wanting the additional expense. However, there are things I look back on that I wish we could have recorded. Everything is such a whirlwind, that it would have been nice to be able to re-watch some of the special moments.” Marika
Our Tips & Advice
“Before you do anything (like looking at venues or setting a date etc.) make your guest list. We did ours individually, then worked through them together to narrow them down. Head count is a big deciding factor when it comes to every other wedding choice you make. Don’t let it overcome your life! We had weekly planning dates. We tried to hold off on all wedding talk or planning until that one designated night a week.” Which was a piece of wedding advice Marika received from one of her friends.
Our best spent money
“Our wedding planner! Joey and I are both major planners, but even we couldn’t tackle all that needed to be booked and organized from California. So we relied on our wedding planner, Sandra Wagner from A Maui Wedding Day, to be our local feet on the ground, expert and vendor co-ordinator. She was also amazingly helpful during the day of our wedding and kept everything running smoothly. When our car didn’t show up to take us to our hotel after the wedding, she drove us there herself. Now that’s full service!”
Photographer: Natalie Brown Photography | Event Designer: A Maui Wedding Day | Floral Designer: Dellables Wedding Design & Florals | Specialty Foods: Honolulu Cookie Company | Musicians: Marvin Tevaga Music | Hair Stylist: Maui Makeup Artistry | Bridal Gown: Mikaella by Paloma Blanca | Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Groomsmen Outfits: Tommy Bahama | Reception Venue: Sugar Beach Events, Hawaii
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