There are vacations — and then there are special events at special places with your closest friends. Yes, I’m talking about a Maui wedding! In my case, that of my oldest and best friend, Alicia. Isn’t she the most beautiful bride? I’ve known her since since sixth grade, so I had a great time with her mom and younger siblings, who I’ve known since they were knee-high. Plus, my closest group of friends I’ve known for half my lifetime… Alicia is one of my most creative friends and had been working hard for a year during endless trips to Hawaii to create the most romantic Maui wedding with a touch of magic and fantasy. She dreamt up a tropical Alice and Wonderland theme with a fashionista bride as the star.
The grounds of the Makena Estate that Alicia chose as her Maui wedding locale were strewn with fun Tea Party-worthy details that would make the Mad Hatter proud. Later, us bridesmaids walked in carrying perfectly mismatched tea cups filled with flowers. For dinner, table numbers were attached to carnival-like lollipops. Loved it!
My “date” for the grand affair was my dear friend Jessica, who I met my junior year of college when we decided to live together, sight unseen, during a semester abroad in Spain. (Thank goodness she was there — my Spanish was AWFUL back then!) Jessica makes me laugh so much — we had an amazing time bonding over the weekend, which started with a luau (of course!) and included much time poolside, and then many, many hours of bridesmaids activities. We loved every minute!
Our favorite part of the weekend, of course, was helping our princess bride get ready for her big debut. I don’t think she could have picked a better dress, do you? Shown here with matron of honor, her sis, Angela.
After many weeks of charmingly going back and forth about what to have us wear, Alicia had her bridesmaids wear any monochromatic blue dress of her choice and neutral platforms for the grassy estate. It was fab — we all got to wear dresses that flatter us. I thought it was the best idea. I also got the biggest kick out the groomsmen’s outfits, white button-downs and beachy slacks. Her groom? A hot pink belt and socks! Alicia did a few costume changes — she stayed in her dress for awhile, but changed her shoes to stacked Christian Louboutins. During her hora chair dance for her Jewish husband, all you could see were layers and layers of white as they bounced her on a chair above our heads — and those famous red soles. It was stunning! Later, she changed into a cute little dress and blue shoes. Jake and Alicia (SHOWN HERE dancing at their reception) are definitely a fun couple!
Some photos of me:
I feel like this post is incomplete, so I might have to do a Part II. But for now, I’m going to leave you with some shameless Hawaii pics from our wonderful weekend for Alicia’s Maui wedding. Enjoy!!
The “adult” infinity pool at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, where all of the wedding guests stayed.
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