Colorful, Elegant Wedding in Kapalua, Hawaii

While living in San Diego, Evgeniya Vasilchenko (30 and a project manager) and Alex Bazhynov (30 and an auto broker) always knew they wanted to get married in Maui—their favorite destination. “We wanted our wedding to feel vibrant, bold and colorful,” says Evgeniya. “We love Maui and so we wanted to share all of the native colors and flowers with our guests.” They worked with a bright color palette that drew from the location’s vibrant natural foliage—yellows, oranges, and deep pinks sidled up next to crisp white and green.
After an outdoor ocean view ceremony at the Montage Kapalua Bay Hotel, the couple held an intimate oceanside dinner for their guests on the hotel's grounds. Florist Lauryl Lane created elegant compositions for Evgeniya’s bouquet and dining table centerpieces using the king protea, white orchids and lots of greenery. "We used all local grown tropical flowers. Ginger, ferns and orchids were just a few of our favorites," says Evgeniya. The party also included some very hot local entertainment—namely, a fire dancer. The wedding was a celebration on many fronts; Evgeniya and Alex’s family members traveled far to meet the couple in Hawaii, many coming from Russia and the Ukraine. “Maui was the perfect place as it allowed us to have both our wedding and the first family vacation at the same time,” says Evgeniya. —Carolyn Meers