by Amy Serrago
Before Stella and Mike planned the perfect island sunset wedding, they met online. And after talking for while, shared their first date at Urth Caffe in Pasadena, CA. They’ve been together ever since! Mike’s proposal took place at the Griffith Observatory in LA because they both simply adore the movie, “La La Land”. So, with the help of a friendly park ranger, they got into the observatory after hours. And as an homage to a famous scene from the film, they shared a dance. During their spin around the observatory, Mike asked Stella to be his wife and she said yes!
Their wedding took place on the island of Maui at the Olowalu Plantation House. Because it was an intimate gathering of only 65 guests, Stella and Mike wanted everyone present to know just how much they mean to them.
So, they chose a simple theme based on the resort’s lush monkeypod trees and stunning island sunsets. Moreover, the trees symbolized the roots Stella and Mike are establishing as a family. Stella was radiant in her custom gown with its lacy deep-V neckline and organza skirting. Meanwhile, Mike was handsome in his blue suit and dark red tie. And a watercolorist captured the ceremony on canvas.
After that first kiss as husband and wife, Mike and Stella posed for portraits by the ocean as the sun set behind them and waves crashed all around. The reception decor featured an “island sunset” color palette and the florals blended pale tones and pops of burgundy. Gold accents completed the decor and the dinner tables were made of gorgeous reclaimed beach wood. After dinner, everyone danced the night away, Hawaiian style. Congratulations Stella and Mike!