Unforgettably romantic and dreamy, with a rustic, beach-themed wedding. Real bride Cat shares her wedding story with us…
How did Ben propose?
“On 8th August 2015, Ben took me on a hot-air balloon ride in Sedona, Arizona, for sunrise. He had co-ordinated with the pilot and even warned some of the passengers so they could help capture the moment. As we were floating high above the red rocks, Ben got down on one knee and proposed. I could not have dreamed of a more romantic way for us to start our long engagement.”
What dress did you wear?
“I purchased my dress from Lillian Lottie Boutique in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was a big Allure Bridals dress that had a low back and long train. Only two months before the wedding, I decided I was in love with another Allure dress (Style 2709). I was so fortunate that the boutique was so accommodating, they made it their mission to find me the dress I loved and even swapped it out free of charge and it was ready within a month! I’m so happy I made the switch, the dress was absolutely perfect!”
What did Ben wear?
“Ben wore a baby-blue Bar III suit with a polka dot navy blue bow tie. He also wore Cole Haan shoes, a Hugo Boss shirt, and a Skagen watch.”
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“Ben and I actually had our first look in a palm tree grove at Olowalu Plantation House. This was one of the most emotional parts of the day. As I walked towards him, I could tell he was so nervous, so I gave him a good smack on the butt to help him relax as soon as we were in touching distance! It was one of very few moments that were alone together the whole day.”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“I had two bridesmaids – my sister, Julie, and my best friend, Veronica. They wore White by Vera Wang dresses in blush to fit their own style.”
What was your theme?
“We had a rustic beach theme and our colours were blue and pink. Our wedding planner, Ali from Maui’s Angels, made our Pinterest board come to life. It was so easy and better than we could have ever imagined.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“There were a lot! Taking a moment during cocktail hour to watch our friends and family and see how happy they all were to be together. Watching the kids play on the swing overlooking the ocean; our friends playing cornhole and giant Jenga; listening to the ukulele player sing… It was all magical. Ben’s family is from Australia, so it had been ten years since all of them were in one place at the same time. It was amazing to see how relaxed and care-free everyone was on the day! The dance floor was not empty the whole night!”
Date: 28th April 2017
Venue: Olowalu Plantation House, Maui, Hawaii olowaluplantationhouse.com
Photographer: Chris J Evans chrisjevans.com
Cat’s dress: Allure Bridals allurebridals.com
Ben’s attire: Bar III, Cole Haan colehaan.com & Hugo Boss
Bridesmaid dresses: White by Vera Wang verawang.com