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Blue-Themed Maui Wedding of Katie and Chad

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On This Day We Two Shall Wed…
On July 7th, 2014 we celebrated the marriage of Katie and Chad

According to the popular wedding tradition, brides are supposed to have “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (and a sixpence in their shoe)” for good luck. The something blue represents fidelity and purity. As the color of the sky and ocean, blue often has a tranquil, calming feel that is especially fitting for island weddings. It’s a wedding color we love, and we are so happy Katie and Chad felt the same way.

Big mahalo to PhotoHawaii, Inc. for the lovely photos.

Maui bride Katie at Sugar Beach Events

Maui bride putting garter on


sign in table

ukulele wedding ceremony musician Louise Alborano

bride walking down the aisle

Maui oceanside wedding venue

blue wedding flowers by Maui Floral

Maui wedding of Katie and Chad

Just Maui'd

Maui wedding guests

Just Maui'd

blue themed Maui wedding bouquet and bridal foot jewelry

We get excited when familiar elements are used in unexpected ways. Mini blue lanterns acted as vases on the tables, holding a tea light and beautiful flower provided by Maui Floral.

blue wedding decor, flowers by Maui Floral

blue themed Maui wedding decor

sweetheart table

Sugar Beach Events Maui wedding menu

Appetizer: Baked Brie in Puff Pastry
Seasonal Grapes, pears and Kula strawberries with truffle honey

Salad: Spinach and Kula greens ~ strawberries, hearts of palm, feta cheese, walnuts and poppy seed dressing

Entrée: Duo of Filet Mignon and Shrimp
Armagnac Reduction, Tangerine Buerre Blanc
Chef’s Choice of Starch and Vegetables

Maui wedding reception at Sugar Beach Events

Maui wedding reception

Towards the end of the evening, Chad surprised Katie with an amazing guitar serenade of “I Want To Grow Old With You.” He had been practicing guitar without Katie knowing so she was completely surprised when he busted it out.

happily ever after Maui wedding

Congratulations Katie and Chad! Thank you for choosing Sugar Beach Events to be part of your Maui wedding!

Special thanks to all the vendors involved:
Photographer: PhotoHawaii, Inc.
Wedding Coordinator: Jessica Clark of Sugar Beach Events
Florist: Maui Floral
Rentals: Island Rents
Officiant: Rev. Alapaki
Ceremony Musician: Louise Alborano
Photo Booth: Bamboo Shootz Photo Booth

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To Cake or To Cupcake?

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Chocolate Cupcakes

We caught up with Natalie O’Brien, Sugar Beach Events’ Pastry Chef, about the recent trend in wedding cupcakes.

“I can remember making cupcakes as a little girl, and they always went over well. With everyone! It was always a treat to unwrap your own little cake to enjoy. One huge weakness of mine is a funfetti cupcake with funfetti frosting. I think they put something in the sprinkles to make them so addicting!

Wedding Cupcake TowerI think that cupcakes have always been a fun way to celebrate any occasion. The little beauties can be sophisticated, colorful, or even covered in edible lace! Cupcakes can be what ever you need them to be…different flavors offer guests options and sometimes it can even help you dance longer. Having a dessert bar featuring cupcakes (or even other desserts!) could potentially give your guests more time to party instead of sitting at their table to eat a piece of wedding cake. Cupcakes are also typically less expensive than a traditional wedding cake.

For someone who would want to have pictures of a cake cut but still use cupcakes, you could always have a small one-tier cake to cut and take photos with.

Brides and coordinators are so creative with wedding themes. Cupcakes can be a wonderful way to tie the idea all together. Cupcakes allow for many options, but the choice is yours.

To cake or to cupcake? I always cupcake. :)”

“I love my job. I’m constantly challenged in the best ways, and what I love more than that is the variety of what I get to do! Every bride wants a different cake, with different designs, decor, colors, and flowers. I love waking up and not making the same cake over and over. And it’s an amazing feeling to see the happy couples’ reaction when they first see the cake in person. It’s so sweet!” – Natalie

Natalie O'Brien

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Tender Ceremony Moments of Chef Lee and Carl

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The tables were turned when our beloved Chef Lee walked down the aisle at Sugar Beach Events to marry her sweetheart, Carl Anderson, on Saturday, June 7. Something about that walk down the aisle that brings chills to your skin…and the intimate moments of the ceremony where love is professed and commitments made.

Watch this beautiful video and see how it makes you feel!

Filmmaker Mike Waltze joined us with his RED EPIC camera and caught these moments brilliantly on film. The RED EPIC camera is a cinema quality camera that is unique to Maui. Mike captures weddings and other events with his camera and edits them into keepsakes. You can find him at

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Top 5 Pre-Wedding Tips From Chef Lee

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Chef/Owner Lee McBride walks the aisle today at Sugar Beach Events, and here is what she had to say 24 hours before the big “I DO”. She offers her top 5 Pre-Wedding Day tips to help all brides and their fiancés stay nice and calm right before the big day.

We love being in the wedding business and throwing and catering amazing weddings here on Maui! It’s always so fun and effortless for us to work with brides and help them create the most stress free event possible. But when the tables are turned and it’s our own big day… we know exactly how you feel!

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Maui Wedding of Erin and Mark

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wedding sign for Erin & Mark's Maui wedding

On This Day We Two Shall Wed…
On May 16th, 2014 we celebrated the marriage of Erin and Mark

As soon as we saw the color palette, we knew that Erin and Mark’s wedding was going to be both elegant and fun. Every last detail is Pinterest-worthy, from the flowers and calligraphy to the lanterns and lounge furniture. Yet, above all the pretty details, this was a celebration of love that we feel so honored to have been a part of. Special thanks to Ken Kato Imagery for the gorgeous photos!

Getting ready at Sugar Beach Events

Maui bride getting ready

Bridal flats

Maui bride and bouquet

Erin and Mark's wedding ceremony at Sugar Beach Events

Hawaiian lei exchange tradition

Hawaiian lei exchange tradition

Erin and Mark share a laugh during their Maui ceremony

The couple flew in a family friend who was a minister to perform the ceremony. It was truly a heartwarming experience to hear him describe the couple as he knew them on a personal level. It became a much more intimate ceremony in that way.

All smiles after the wedding ceremony

Kiss for the camera

The bride and groom share a private moment

Mark and Erin stroll along Sugar Beach after their ceremony

Erin and Mark enjoying a quiet beach moment after their ceremony

Maui bride and bridesmaids

Maui groom and groomsmen

Maui groom and groomsmen jump for joy

Kiss in front of Sugar Beach venue

Seating chart and custom koozie favors

Sign the letter as a guest book alternative

Lanterns and lounge furniture added a special touch

Having couches, ottomans, coffee table, candles and lanterns gave a very warm and inviting feeling. People could dance their hearts out (which they did) or they could hangout comfortably and enjoy their surroundings.

Wedding ottoman and lanterns

Lanterns and lounge furniture added a special touch

Sugar Beach venue outside

Maui reception decor

Maui reception decor

The couple get ready to enjoy their Maui reception

A favorite moment would be when Mark’s Mom preformed a hula dance for the happy couple and their guests. She owned her own dance studio where she taught Polynesian dancing and even Mark used to dance with her.

The mother of the groom dances hula for the couple

Mr. chair sign

Mrs. chair sign

wedding drink

Salad: Spinach and kula greens, strawberry, hearts of palm, feta, walnuts, poppy seed dressing

Entrée: Duo entrée of macadamia nut crusted fresh catch with citrus glaze and Asian style braised short ribs with Molokai purple potato puree and carrots

Dessert: Specialty cookies were flown in by the couple from Gunther’s in California. Guests also enjoyed a gourmet coffee bar.

Salad: spinach and kula greens, strawberry, hearts of palm, feta, walnuts, poppy seed dressing; Specialty cookies from Gunther’s

Duo Entrée of Macadamia nut crusted fresh catch-citrus glaze & Asian style braised short ribs with Molokai purple potato puree and carrots

Gourmet coffee bar

Maui wedding reception

Erin and Mark's First Dance

First Dance Dip

Dancing with gobo lights

You knew it was going to be a good time the minute the gobos (the lightsaber looking wands) were turned on. The dance floor was never empty thanks to the tunes provided by Adrian from Maui Beats.

Fun with gobo lights

Sugar Beach Events venue at night

Erin and Mark dancing

Congratulations Erin and Mark from all of us here at Sugar Beach Events. What a beautiful way to begin your marriage!

Thanks again to Ken Kato Imagery for sharing the gorgeous images!

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