We at Platinum Weddings & Events love getting to know our wedding couples and learning the little details that brought the two of them together as a couple. Who doesn’t love a great meet cute or proposal story!? We live for those details and sometimes it’s too hard to wait for the toasts at the end of the wedding by the Maid of Honor and/or Best Man. You know those stories that have everyone laughing and/or crying, that is one of our favorite parts of the day!
We also love learning about how the couple came to the decision of having a destination wedding in Maui. There is always some element of the couple’s love for nature, adventure and the sea, but every story is different and we love that. Whatever the reason that brings our couples to the warm shores of Maui to say I DO is a true testament to how magical our gorgeous little island is.
We thought it would be enjoyable for our readers to share some of that information about our couples here on our blog. It’s always fun to look through gorgeous wedding images but when you get a little background into the couple we think it makes viewing their wedding that much more meaningful!
Today we’re happy to introduce you to Jonell and Julian, a gorgeous couple from NYC that was recently married at the Pono Makena Estate on the South side of the island. They enjoyed a phenomenal wedding day and we’re so excited to share a bit of their love story, and their amazing wedding images, with you below:
PWE: How did the two of you meet?
Julian and I were introduced through mutual friends. We started talking soon after and really just bonded over our love of food. We clicked immediately and before we knew it, we were dating. A funny story that Julian wants to include (from his perspective): I was pretty shy at first and was having trouble initiating the first move, despite hanging out a few times in a group, AND despite Jonell already having given me her number. I wouldn’t stop talking to my friend Lance about her, so one night after the two of us had quite a few drinks, Lance took my phone and texted, “What’s up?” to her. I was absolutely livid, but she responded right way and the relationship pretty much just took off from there.
PWE: Why/how did you choose Maui as your destination wedding location?
When we both decided to have a destination wedding, we wanted a location that would be appealing to both of our tastes. Jonell’s adventurous side and Julian’s calm, relaxed side. Maui provided the best of both worlds which we knew would leave our guests satisfied and who wouldn’t want to visit such a beautiful island such as Maui!
PWE: How did he or she propose?
After 5-years of dating, Julian proposed to me on December 31, 2015. He asked my cousins to take me out to lunch in the city, and somehow lead me to a location he had selected. After lunch, they took me on a detour to the Washington Mews in the West Village where Julian was waiting in hiding. His good friend, who just happens to be a wedding photographer, was waiting as well and snapped pictures of Julian’s proposal to me.
Mahalo to Jonell and Julian for sharing and for choosing Platinum Weddings as your Maui Wedding Planner! We had so much fun working with you both and will always remember your amazing wedding day as the perfect day that it was!
Maui Wedding Planner: Platinum Weddings & Events
Maui Wedding Photographer: Tamiz Photography
Maui Wedding Venue: Pono Makena (Sugarman Estate)
Minister: Kimo Kirkman
Hair & Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty
Bridal Gown: Ines Di Santo
Groom’s Attire: J Crew
Floral Decor: Floral Designs Maui
Catering: Maui Catering Services
Mobile Bar Service: Aloha Bars Maui
Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals
Ceremony Musician: Marvin Tevaga
DJ Entertainment: Maui DJ Services
Cake: Cake Fanatics
Fire Knife Performance: Manutea Nui E