Originally posted: https://www.stylemepretty.com/2023/03/10/the-bachelorettes-lesley-murphy-gets-married-at-a-must-see-maui-wedding/
MELISSA HAMMAM - MARCH 10, 2023
Destination wedding dreams come true at this Maui must-see. Lesley Murphy of The Bachelorette marries the man of her dreams at this fairytale day planned by Mauna Creative. Utterly romantic blooms designed by Asa Flowers will have you head over heels in love, and every picture perfect moment is elegantly captured in exquisite imagery by Chris J Evans Photography. You won't want to miss a single detail inside the full gallery.
From Gemini Event Planning... It's funny to think that a decade ago, I went on The Bachelor to try and find love. While it didn't work out, it did set me on a path that would eventually lead me to Alex. Cut to 2018 when we were both living in LA and I had a broken drone (that a previous boyfriend flew into a palm tree! Truly, every circumstance that happened in my life was so purposeful, leading me straight to a path for Alex). I DM'd a drone pilot in LA, and he ended up messaging me back saying that he could meet the next day to try and fix it. Even though he couldn't repair it, he lent me one of his to use for my shoot (because he knew I'd have to come back and return it; thus seeing him again!). I think it was our 9th date when we traveled to Norway together for my work. To this day, that trip is still one of my favorites after almost 30 countries together! Here's a write-up on The Story of Us, and here's the proposal with a drone, a United plane, and the ring box.
I remember Jennifer saying the day before during rehearsals that whatever happened, happened! She laid the groundwork that no matter what Nora decided, everything was going to work out. When push came to shove, Nora wouldn't go with her cousins. I looked at my Dad, he looked back at me. I bent down to scoop her up, like it was supposed to happen this way all along, and he said in his enthusiastic tone, "Here we go!" It wasn't the moment I'd always pictured, but it was perfectly us and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'll never forget looking over my shoulder during the ceremony towards the sea. It was golden hour. The sun was setting. Sea mist was in the air. Islands rising tall in the background. It was jaw-dropping scenery out of a storybook and truly perfect weather. What was really fascinating about the weather that day was around 8pm when everyone was on the dance floor, it started to sprinkle. I got so nervous that I grabbed Alex's hand and headed for the photo booth. I think I was looking for a distraction of any kind. We didn't have any sort of tent or cover that night. If it rained, the reception was ruined. When we got out of the photo booth, the sprinkling had stopped and all was well. What I didn't know until the next day was that just a few hundred yards away at the hotel (we were down on the beach lawn), it was pouring rain! I thank my lucky stars that it decided to skip over us on the beach lawn that evening. One last standout memory was when we were all seated for dinner. I was in the center of the entire set up with our guests on either side of me, my family next to me, and the band in front of me. I sat there stunned for a few seconds, taking it all in, creating a memory. I wanted to live in that moment forever. Any vendor experiences worth noting from your team? My wedding planner, Jennifer Pletcher, from Gemini Event Planning, deserves so much praise for bringing this wedding to life! I couldn't have done it without her direction and guidance, and for that, I'm forever grateful. Asa Flowers, my florist, just got it. Without having to overly explain myself, he knew exactly how to execute what florals I wanted and where. The venue and the staff from The Ritz Carlton Kapalua are topnotch and can't be replicated. Chris J Evans Photography is the definition of PRO. Jordan Kahn Orchestra- Walton Stout Band out of Dallas is the best wedding band that money can book! If you're in need of an elite team in Maui, these are your people. Then honestly your wedding to me meant so much because you three were already a family the moment Nora was born, but became official that day which I thought was so special, if you want to close with your feelings on that and your family? I think society tells you there's a proper order to life. "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage." I absolutely love that we started our family in the middle of a pandemic when we couldn't have a wedding anyway! We would've been waiting three years to welcome a child otherwise. The fact that she was earthside and could be a part of our special day as our flower girl made all the difference. I will cherish the moment she walked down the aisle on my hip and the moment we all became the Kavanaghs!
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Photography: Chris J Evans Photography | Videographer: Wes Larsen Media | Event Planning: Mauna Creative | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: By Invitation Only | Reception Venue: Ritz Carlton Kapalua | Hair And Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry | Rentals: Accel Rentals Maui | Rentals: Artisan Maui | Reception Music: Jordan Kahn Orchestra- Walton Stout Band | Ceremony Music/Rehearsal Dinner Entertainment: Manutea | DJ/Cold Sparks: Maui DJ Services | Photo Bus: Maui Photo Bus | Day of Papery: Miss B Calligraphy | Officiant: Ealae Weddings