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FRIENDS FIRST They met while hanging out with friends, and discovered they had similar interests. “Eventually, we realized we had an undeniable connection, and became a couple,’’ Amy shared.

FIREWORKS July Fourth is one of Amy’s favorite holidays, and it was the first holiday that she and Paul had celebrated as a couple. So it was perfect for a 2016 proposal. “It was very intimate and sweet, which is exactly how I hoped the proposal would be,’’ Amy says.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN They wanted a destination wedding where they could celebrate with family and friends. They’d fallen in love with Maui’s beauty and atmosphere during a previous visit and wanted their friends and family to do the same. “They sure did,’’ Amy says.

BEACH BACKDROP Amy’s wedding vision was elegant, romantic and soft. The color theme of blush, ivory and gold included peonies and roses, a sparkling chandelier and elegant touches of gold. “An oceanfront backdrop was important to us,’’ Amy says. “Sugar Beach Events was the perfect venue. Having an intimate wedding allowed us to spend more time with our family and friends during our reception.’’

SWEETEST MOMENT They exchanged handwritten cards to each other before their first look. “We chose to do a private first look. It really helped calm our nerves and let us enjoy that special moment alone together.’’

WEDDING DETOUR The flower girls started down the wrong path during the procession, providing a cute and funny moment. “They eventually found their way.’’

FUN FOR BOTH The couple had guests take photos of themselves with an Instax camera and paste the prints into a guestbook with a special note. Amy designed the book with help from Etsy. The blush pink with gold foil lettering fit right in with their theme. “The guests had fun with it, and we enjoyed looking at the guestbook after the wedding,’’ Amy says.

THEIR WAY They decided to forgo some traditional elements like the bouquet/garter toss, multiple speeches and the dollar dance. It gave them more time with their guests.

HAWAIIAN TOUCHES  They took their photos on the beach. “The lighting and the sunset was amazing and made for great photos.’’ They chose a yellow cake with lilikoi/passion fruit filling, both unique and delicious. “I had fresh white dendrobium orchids in my hair, and I had fresh floral crowns made for the flower girls. It was fun to have a ukulele player for our ceremony and cocktail hour.’’

KITCHEN BUDDIES They love to try recipes and cook together after receiving a Le Creuset dutch oven.  Amy says it’s the start of many new culinary adventures.

PLAN AHEAD They talked about their must-haves and concentrated on making them happen. “Our wedding day advice is to step back, look around and take in the moment,’’ Amy says. “The day goes by really fast, so try to enjoy every moment.’’

ESSENTIAL DETAILS

THE COUPLE Amy Oum and Paul Kalaw

PHOTOGRAPHER Anna Kim Photography

WEDDING DATE July 11, 2017

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Sugar Beach Events, Kihei, Hawaii

VIDEOGRAPHER Driftwood Films

BRIDE’S ATTIRE Hayley Paige gown, Rhylan Lang; Sara Gabriel veil, Allure Bridals sash, Jimmy Choo shoes. Diamond earrings and bracelet, borrowed from her mother

HAIR & MAKEUP MeiLi Autumn Beauty

MEN’S ATTIRE Calvin Klein

RINGS 14 Karat

OFFICIANT The Rev. Valentine Tino Rosete Jr.

WEDDING COORDINATOR Bliss Wedding Design & Spectacular Events

FLORIST Petals

CATERER Sugar Beach Events

MUSIC DJ Benjamin Jay; Manutea Nui E, ukulele

RENTALS Hawaiian Style Event Rentals, Set Collections

CALLIGRAPHER Miss B Calligraphy

PAPER GOODS Etsy.com, Minted.com

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