This week we are featuring Kristy and Joseph, and their elegant island wedding on Maui. From the beautiful tropical setting at Merriman’s of Kapalua, to the gorgeous florals by Asa Flowers, this couple’s wedding defined beachy chic! Prepare to swoon over each and every photograph by the amazing talent of Rich Lander at Chard Photo.bridal gown and shoes GettingReady-052

Kristy and her bridesmaids wore Love Ophelia the morning of her wedding. “The robes were a huge hit as a gifts for my girls, and it’s awesome to see that we all still wear them to date. Most bridesmaid gifts just get shoved in a drawer, but not Love Ophelia!”

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“My dress is by Morilee (style 5108) and from the moment I slipped into it-I knew it was the one! When people used to say that-I would roll my eyes! My advice to future brides would be, never settle until you get that smile and feeling that no other dress will ever compare. You won’t want to take it off! All my other wedding accessories came from Styled by TC.

1st look

“My favorite part about the big day was doing our first look. I battled with doing it because I love everything about the idea of an old school marriage. I didn’t even go ring shopping with my husband, and I really wanted to wait to see him as I walked down the aisle. But after talking a lot to my photographer, we ended up making the decision to do the first look. It was everything and then some. The emotions we had for each other, to see him tear up, and having that time with just him alone was unlike anything else. To also have that moment captured through the lens is something you will have forever and remember that special moment. There was a close runner up though! When our videographer and photographer took us outside during dinner and did a private shoot with just my husband and I was definitely another favorite moment! At the end, our videographer told us to turn around towards all our guests, and to take that moment in. We were left alone, and it was a great time of reflection to see that it had all come together. To hear the laughter and see the joy from our guests having a truly amazing time was amazing!”


Kristy met her husband in Newport Beach, California through a girlfriend. “At the time I was not looking for anything and was completely content on being single. When I met Joseph, we hit it off right away talking and getting to know each other. We started hanging out more and more, and thought nothing of it. My girlfriend had to point it out to me that he liked me-I was completely clueless to it. At that point, I then realized that I was completely into him, and we have been glued to each other ever since! My husband is the most dedicated and loyal person you will ever meet. His work ethic and desire to make everyone around him happy is something that isn’t found easily. He is loved unconditionally by his family, his friends, friends of family, co-workers, and any other stranger he sparks up a conversation with. I couldn’t be more blessed he chose me to be his partner for life!”

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“My advice to future brides is don’t forget through all the planning to remind yourself why you got engaged in the first place. It is very stressful planning a wedding, and you can easily loose site of the actual meaning behind getting married. Make some deadlines and try to have everything done two weeks before the date so you can breathe and enjoy the moment. Less is more! Think of all the weddings you went to and what you remembered the most about that day. Focus on that and don’t ever forget that this is YOUR day, and do what you want!”

the view

Bride & Groom: Kristy & Joseph Banuelos

Coordination/Design: Tracy Flanagan with a Dream Wedding; Maui Style, LLC

Photography: Rich Lander of Chard Photo

Wedding Gown: Morilee

Bridesmaid Gowns: Watters WToo

Accessories: Styled by TC

Makeup/Hair: MeiLi Autumn Beauty

Florals: Asa Flowers

Wedding robes: Love Ophelia

Thank you Kristy for sharing your amazing day with us! If you or a bride you know would like to be featured on our blog, please email 

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