Sara and Sarah wanted to let the picturesque beauty of Hawaii’s breathtaking landscape speak for itself. A Jewish ceremony (filled with original and modernized traditions) was followed by a casual but elegant reception styled by Bliss Events, with twinkling edison lights and bare farmhouse tables topped with succulents, moss and craspedia. Their Alice + Olivia gowns looked carefree and chic, particularly against the dramatic backdrops that Amity Mason Photography guided them to.
“We had a ceremony that honored our Jewish heritage but was personalized to us. A Rabbi friend of ours came from Los Angeles to conduct the ceremony and she guided us through all of the traditional Jewish wedding customs, some of which we kept — breaking the glass, of course — but many of which we omitted or translated into something that felt more personal for us,” says the brides. “For instance, it’s traditional to recite the seven blessings at a wedding; we instead chose a favorite Wallace Stevens poem that we felt embodied the same sentiments. Another amazing thing about our wedding ceremony was that it happened to fall on the same weekend that the Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage was issued, so we had even more to celebrate.”
Their 20 guests dined underneath towering trees on a menu that took advantage of the local sea fare. Each place setting was composed of custom ceramic plates that doubled as favors. They were engraved with S+S 2015, wrapped in burlap and twine and placed with an individualized love poem notecard and air plant.
Afterwards, everyone danced to tunes curated by Sara. “We all sweated through our beautiful dresses and we looked a total mess by the end of the night, but had a fabulous time,” says Sarah. “At the end of the night we and our friends jumped in the ocean to cool off with a midnight swim.”