By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
Photos by Couple Cups Photography
We’re jetting off to Hawaii for Kyndall and Konner’s gorgeous tropical week-long Hawaii wedding. Their celebrations were held at Ohana Retreat in glorious boho style.
There were tropical-style florals which included lashings of pampas grass. Plus there were the most divine outfits and sweet nods to their pets’ fur prints in the decor. What a lovely idea! Such a memorable and special affair indeed.
Couple Cups Photography, thanks so much for sharing these sensational images with us. A feast for the eyes.
The proposal took place in Leavenworth Washington December 2020. We took a family wagon ride pulled by Clydesdale horses through the snow and woods and stopped in a picturesque field with mountains in the background.
This is where I was told we were going to take pictures and Konner and I were to go first. After taking our picture I turned to go back to the wagon and left Konner down on one knee in the snow. It was a total surprise to me, I had no idea he had the ring!
It was a magical day and I’m so glad my family was able to be a part of it as Konner knows my family is very important to me. Leavenworth is a Bavarian-styled village and around Christmas time they decorate with Christmas lights so we were able to go celebrate in the village with all lights making it even more magical!
Destination wedding with all of our close family and friends. Simple and outdoor. Let the outdoor scenery of the plantation be the decoration and set the vibe.
Lots of greenery with monstera leaves, white pampas grass, and white simple flowers.
Around $30,000. We saved by not using a wedding planner and having the venue of the wedding also being the accommodation of wedding parties and families.
Ohana Retreat at the Kona Plantation in Kona, Hawaii. It has two houses that could accommodate our immediate families and both wedding parties. It has a private pool between the houses, two yards, a tennis court, and a botanical garden/orchard with over 100 different tropical fruits and cacao.
Upon arrival, we received a tour of the property and orchard and tasted the ripe fruits, homemade dark chocolate, and Kona coffee. We were welcome to go into the orchard anytime and pick our own fruits for the day.
We wanted to make the ceremony personal and different from other ceremonies. Family walked down to Young and Beautiful DH Orchestral Version by Lana Del Ray, wedding party walked down to Butterflies by MAX and Ali Gatie, Bride walked down to Anyone Acoustic cover from Justin Beiber’s song by Jonah Baker and Celine.
Officiant was Konner’s Uncle Steve Girkout. Konner and I read our own vows. My Grandfather Warren Bingham wrote and recited a personal poem he wrote about our relationship. Konner’s Mother Karena Fritz recited a poem she thought reflected our relationship.
To seal the deal, we decided to go out of the box and unite via beer. Konner and I have lived in the three states that are most known for beer: Oregon, Washington, and Colorado. We have had many beers together throughout our relationship and love the Kona Big Wave beer. So why not incorporate it into the wedding ceremony sine were getting married in Kona Hawaii!
To “unite” we each poured a Kona Big Wave into a pitcher. Then we made it official by cheersing the officiant and each taking a drink of a cold Big Wave. Now we can call it “our beer” and everyone at the wedding will be reminded of our special day when they have a Kona Big Wave.
The exit song was Big Love by Louis The Child. We wanted an upbeat song to be able to dance down the aisle to and insinuate it was now time to celebrate (aka party).
Cake: We wanted to incorporate our fur babies into our wedding. We have a Bengal cat which is leopard print and a Dalmatian which is spotted. Marty the cake maker gladly took on the challenge to create a two-tiered cake with spots like our Dalmatian on the bottom and leopard print like our cat on the top tier. Then we placed a picture of the two cuddling next to the cake.
Colours: Black, white, and green.
Flowers: White pampas grass, monstera leaves. Simple greenery and white flowers. The florist created an amazing chandelier of greenery and pampas grass for the reception gazebo.
Theme: Tropical boho.
Sign: A sign I was excited about was made on Etsy for our bar that said “Let’s make some pour decisions”.
Decorations: Leaves in small various vases as table top decorations. String lights. Black and white checkered dance floor (that was on my list of musts!), and tiki torches surrounding the dance floor. Kept it simple since the grounds of the venue was so lush.
The backdrop of the ceremony was palm trees and a wall of greenery so the arch was contrasted with white pampas grass and white flowers.
Konner, the Groom’s tux was made in Thailand. In 2019 as a Graduation trip from graduating as an Audiologist (Kyndall the Bride) we went to Thailand. When we were in Bangkok, Konner had custom suits made for him as it is a popular thing to do while in Bangkok and done at a reasonable price and within 24 hours.
We were told we could order a tux in the future because they saved all of Konner’s measurements. While we were looking for tuxes to rent or buy for the wedding we couldn’t find one that was exactly what we were imagining. Then Konner remembered he could order a custom tux from Thailand and it would fit exactly right. It was a no brainer!
Konner was able to embroider the wedding date on the inside pocket and even pick the pattern for the jackets inside lining. Of course he chose leopard print to match our cat Ringo who is a Bengal.
Konner’s pocket square was made from the tank top I was wearing the day I met him. Konner did not know I still had the tank top and had kept it for the 9 years we were dating. I gave him a card with the pocket square in it the morning of the wedding.
Kyndall, the Bride’s dress was from Lovely Bridal Denver. I knew I wanted to be comfortable in my wedding dress and something a little flashier since we were keeping the wedding decorations simple. I wanted a dress with sparkle so in the Hawaiian sun it would be sparkling down the aisle.
I went with a lace A-line dress that had a pattern of flowers and the train had sparkles on it. The dress was made by Louvienne. It was a dress that I felt comfortable and beautiful in. What I received a lot of compliments on and people found to be “me” because I love to be unique was my shoes.
I knew I wanted platform white thick heels. I endlessly searched Google for the shoes I had imagined and could not find the ideal ones. Then I searched on Amazon and found the perfect pair that happened to be around $30, score! They were perfect for what I had envisioned and not what you would think a “typical” bride would wear.
We have not yet been on our honeymoon. We wanted to wait since our wedding was essentially a week in Kona Hawaii.
Jumping into the pool after the send-off!
A wedding planner is not necessary for a smaller wedding. I would recommend a day of wedding planner to help with the set up and flow of the timeline. I did not have a planner at all and all of the stress and weight was put onto my parents. Although they took on the challenge and succeeded I wouldn’t wish the stress on them again.
Do your research before talking to a wedding planner. As a bride, you have visions and dreams of what you want. One of the wedding planners I was going to hire told me most of what I wanted could not be done and when researching on my own time, I found it could in fact be done.
Kyndall and Konner, thank you both so much for sharing your amazing tropical Hawaii wedding story.
Credit where credit is due
Photographer Couple Cups Photography
Filmmaker Sea The Light Imagery
Venue Ohana Retreat
Florist Flower Me Pretty
Cake Marty’s Cakes
Outfit Bride Louvienne
Dress Shop Lovely Bride
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