A Retro, Hawaii-Themed Wedding at National Tropical Botanical Garden in Poipu, Hawaii

When Ashlee Domann (31 and in finance) and Bryan Wheeler (39 and a hot rod builder) opted for a Hawaiian wedding, one thing became more important to t

When Ashlee Domann (31 and in finance) and Bryan Wheeler (39 and a hot rod builder) opted for a Hawaiian wedding, one thing became more important to them than any color scheme or theme. “Throughout the planning process, we kept two things sacred: Our wedding had to be fun, and it needed to reflect the real 'aloha' that makes Hawaii so special,” Ashlee says. The two married in the meadow of the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Poipu, Hawaii, with an ocean view, under a canopy of banyan trees. Freshly picked pineapples from the planners' garden, a famous Hawaiian ice brand and even a vintage Volkswagen bus (complete with a surfboard) brought the real side of Hawaii to life on Ashlee and Bryan’s big day. “The Hawaiian phrase, ‘O Ke Aloha Ka 'Iu,’ which translates to ‘love is paradise,’ became the mantra of our wedding and was printed on all stationery—and tattooed on my arm,” Ashlee says. “It reflects who we are as a couple, the spirit of our wedding and what we wanted our loved ones to feel when the night was over.” —Ginger Harris

Bryan and his groomsmen donned slate blue J.Crew suits, Sperry boat shoes and traditional Hawaiian lei for the big day.
"All our stationery and paper goods were custom watercolor by Mospens Studio and were gorgeous," Ashlee says.
"Our theme was Hawaiian," specifically boho with a 1970s flair, Ashlee says. "We had no specific palette, though everything was grounded in a tropical motif but a bit more muted." That included the robes Ashlee and her bridesmaids wore before getting ready.
"I wore a dress by Grace Loves Lace that I ordered online from Australia, having never tried it on," Ashlee says. It featured an open back and a hi-lo hemline and was made of a single piece of French lace. In keeping with the theme, she wore Manolo Blahnik shoes with heels made of cork.
"We wrote our own vows, and probably the most special part of our ceremony was that my little brother officiated our wedding. It was perfect," Ashlee says. "Our ceremony music was played by the talented Tommy Tokioka, on the Hawaiian ukulele, and it was gorgeous."
"Our centerpieces were built around pineapples and tropical greenery that our fabulous wedding planner picked from her garden that morning," Ashlee says of the themed decor.
Ashlee and Bryan used a restored Volkswagen bus as photo booth, reflecting Bryan's love for restoring cars and VW buses in his  hot rod shop. "It was the perfect blend of local flair and sentiment for my groom," Ashlee says.
In keeping with a true Hawaiian theme, Ashlee and Bryan gave jars of Kauai alaea sea salt with custom salt spoons that said "Sprinkle some aloha!"
"One of the highlights was that Wailua Shave Ice, the best shaved ice and the coolest dudes on the island, served custom-flavored shaved ice (including varieties with and without alcohol) and also ran the bar service, mixing fresh, hand-crafted cocktails. The shaved ice was such a hit and such a perfect way to incorporate a traditional Hawaiian treat for our guests," Ashlee says.
"Probably the most special detail was our ukulele guest book," Ashlee says. Instead of a guest book, friends and family members signed a Hawaiian ukulele that now sits on a stand in their home. "It is a beautiful keepsake from our special day," she says.
Since Ashlee is gluten-free, she needed a cake that fit her dietary needs. "Kawaii Designs managed to deliver us the most beautiful and delicious cake and cupcakes with custom tropical flavors," she says.
The Kauai-baked cake from Kawaii Designs was tasty and wearable, as Ashlee and Bryan lovingly smashed it into each other's faces. Their topper read: "You're My Greatest Adventure."