As two Indonesian students studying abroad, it was only natural for Arga and Danica to occasionally bump into each other. "Arga and I mostly hung out in different circles, but we would see each other at birthdays or parties," said Danica. After finishing their studies, a lot of their friends flew back to Indonesia for good. "As the 'leftovers', we started to hang out more. It was then that something sparked between us. Funny how life works, as he was there this whole time," Danica reminisced. After four years of dating, an intimate proposal soon followed.
The wedding venue was the first thing that Danica booked, even without actually seeing it firsthand. "When I came across Haiku Mill online, I knew deep down that this place was it and that I had to secure this venue," Danica said. Turns out, the venue wasn't the only thing that she hadn't seen before her wedding day. "I didn't meet my Maui vendors in person before the wedding, as all the coordination was done through Haiku Mill. It ended up being a blessing in disguise, as I was able to fully let go and place my trust in the hands of the professionals. It made the overall wedding planning process more relaxed and stress-free," Danica added.
Aside from helping with her vendors, Haiku Mill also became Danica's source of inspiration. "There's an old-world elegance throughout the venue that's so beautiful, I didn't have to do much. To complement the lush greenery of the mill, I chose dark farm tables with gold Chiavari chairs. For the flowers, I chose ivory and soft hues of blush, peach, and yellow displayed in differently shaped and sized gold vessels," Danica said. The result was a truly elegant, natural, and romantic celebration.
What the couple loved most about the wedding, however, was how it became a big reunion for their friends and family from around the globe. They also had two close friends that helped them for the wedding. "I have known Edwin from ENMUSE, my photographer, since elementary school. When I saw his work for my friend's wedding, I knew that I wanted him to document my wedding as well. Dhita of Faith Hope Love is also my friend from the 5th grade. Her work has never disappointed me and she did it once again with my bridesmaids' dresses!" said Danica.
The day unfolded effortlessly and you can see from the pictures how everyone had enjoyed the night. Don't forget to pin your favourite images to the inspiration board and read more from the happy bride about her wedding planning tips!
From the blushing bride:
I learned two things from my wedding planning. First. you can't have it all. Pick a few things that are of upmost importance to you and splurge on those. Compromise or try to get creative on things that are less important to you. For example, I opted to have a Sound Tech instead of a DJ for the dancing portion of the wedding and I did my own calligraphy for the place cards.
Also, there is no such thing as a perfect wedding, no matter how hard you try. A lot of things didn't go as planned on my wedding day. For starters, it rained; half of the Prada logo on my wedding shoes fell off, and a picture frame broke—just to name a few. Yet to be honest, none of these things bothered me in the slightest bit. We just had a chuckle about it and tried to improvise on the spot. At the end of the day, you just have to look at the big picture.