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Nyree & Sole

If there is one place the world seems to love for destination weddings, well, it has to be Hawaii and Nyree and Sole’s glam (right down to the gold pineapples!) chic Hawaiian destination wedding certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to a wedding that was, in the bride’s words “Chic, modern, touch of tropical “. The couple chose Kayla Maree Photography to capture their big day.

Nyree kicks us off with the story of how the happy couple came to be. “We met at a house party about 11 years ago now, I was only 16 and he was 17. We both have different versions of the story but my version is that when we got introduced he got very nervous and dropped his drink and spilt it everywhere because of me!! After being introduced we talked and realised we lived one street apart. We went for a walk the next day and after that, the rest is kind of history!”

J’Aton Couture  created the bride’s high neck gown. Nyree remarking “I chose to get my dress made by J’Aton, which was probably the easiest decision I had to make for the wedding. I always loved their designs, and I knew they could create me something amazing. I gave the boys a lot of free range with most parts as I trusted their opinion completely, the only requests I had was for a higher neckline, sheer and something I can move in! The experience was one of the easiest. They made me feel so comfortable and each time I went was more fun than anything.”

Nyree remembers “One of the most special moments of the day was when my dad saw me in my dress for the first time.”

The couple chose to marry at the beautiful Lanikuhonua, noting “The venue was at Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute aka “Where heaven meets earth”. It’s an ocean front estate which shows you all of Hawaii’s natural beauty. We wanted all our guests to know that they were in Hawaii.”

Nyree walked down the aisle to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

Rev. James Chun officiated the ceremony, the bride noting “We ended up choosing an ‘unplugged’ ceremony. We had chosen such a beautiful place and everyone travelled far to be there, we just wanted everyone to be in the moment with us. Our Rev.James Chun spoke such beautiful words and gave the most relaxed vibe which suited us perfectly.”

Nyree and Sole worked with Michelle Garibay Events to plan and style the wedding, which included plenty of tropical touches. “I really wanted to keep with the tropical Hawaiian theme. I love pineapples and had to have them included somewhere in the wedding, so the florist sprayed them gold to go in theme and they were our main centre piece. We also had a lei on each person’s chair to really give the Hawaiian vibe.”

Of their first dance, the bride remembers “We chose “It feels like home” by Chantal Kreviazuk. This wasn’t a specific song of ours, but we felt it the most suited to how we felt about each other.”

Congratulations on your marriage Nyree and Sole! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Kayla Maree Photography for sharing today’s celebration with us!

Photographer: Kayla Maree Photography / Cinematographer: Evolve Digital Media / Wedding Planner: Michelle Garibay Events / Styling: Michelle Garibay Events / Bride's Dress: J'Aton Couture / Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Groom's Attire: Calibre / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Calibre / Groomsmen Shoes: Aquila / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Leslie Fair / Makeup Artist: Leslie Fair / Flowers: Okika Hawaii / Invitations & Stationery: Hoop Studio / Venue: Lanikuhonua / Ceremony Officiant: Rev. James Chun / Ceremony Musicians: The Hawaiian Wedding Singer / DJ: DJ Tron Michael / Catering: Memoirs Hawaii / Wedding Ring: Anton Jewellery
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Festival Vibe - Where To Celebrate Your Love In MarchImage via holifestival.org

Festivals are known for their colour and their exuberance – we are always looking forward to the next celebration of our culture and traditions and we make sure that we honour those moments in the way we know how. Always, that is with a celebration of love and being around those you treasure most. So for a honeymoon in March embrace this celebration with your significant other – but do it in a new place, with a festival you’re not familiar with, and celebrate your marriage with the spirit and the excitement that comes with being in an incredible atmosphere.

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Festival of Colours

Celebrate the vibrancy of love under an explosion of colours in India or Nepal with your new partner. Each year, in March millions of people around the world gather together to throw fistfuls of coloured powder at each other and the world around them to honour good overcoming evil, as well as youth, fertility, playfulness and vigour. The Festival of Colours is an incredible sight to see, and an amazing way to celebrate a new romance. For two days around the last full moon of the Hindu lunar month – usually around late March – seek out powder, head to India or Nepal, and celebrate love.

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For somewhere to stay, it’s best to stick close to the cities and the celebrations. In India, consider checking into five-star hotels The Leela Palace or Taj Palace Hotel – both of which are incredibly gorgeous, luxurious and very popular among visitors. The hotels also offer dining services and are close to the festival. If you prefer to stay in Nepal, have a look at Dwarika’s Hotel or the Hotel Yak and Yeti, both located in Kathmandu – the best place in Nepal for the festivities. Like India, both hotels offer world class living and dining facilities that will make your honeymoon that much more special.

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To kick off the festivities, the Holika Bonfire is lit and watched by many. Mantras are chanted, almost always along with dancing, to ward off evil spirits. This is always a wonderful part of the festival, and something worth looking out for. But then there’s the colours. Either bring your own or make them yourself, and then smear each other. You can also opt for a water gun for a little more excitement! Make sure you also try some of the delicacies, like Thandai, a traditional flavoured drink. There are many more ways to celebrate the Festival of Colours, so don’t be afraid to explore!

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St Patrick’s Festival

It’s one of the biggest festivals in the world, not only in its traditional home of Dublin, Ireland, but across the entire world. New York does an incredible version of their own celebration, but it’s not quite like the magic of being in Ireland during their biggest festival. To create hype and energy that is unlike any other in the world, Dublin in March gives its visitors the luck of the Irish. People around the world visit and watch as the city completely transforms with new ideas and unforgettable experiences – so try to be among them! Celebrate your new marriage with the world in beautiful Ireland!

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There are so many charming and historical hotels to stay in around Dublin – and the festival – but a stay at either The Westbury, The Westin Hotel and Resort, or Merrion is made that much more special. Each of the three hotels offer a historic look into the beauty of Ireland, as well as high-class luxury and incredible dining experiences. The hotels are all very close to the centre of Dublin so you won’t miss a thing.

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The festival usually takes place mid-March with its biggest event, the Festival Parade, an exciting flourish of colour and of life that weaves through the city among thousands and thousands of people. Join the crowds and watch the performances, and then try out some of their citywide events, like walking tours and historical monuments full of legends and myths out of another time. There is so much waiting to be discovered, so make the most of your honeymoon with this not-to-be-missed March festival.

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Las Fallas

For a new, exciting, and maybe a little unusual turn on the March festivals, consider booking a flight and heading straight for Spain for the Fallas fiesta in Valencia. From the 15th to the 19th of the month, many visitors gather around the city in beautiful Spain to honour the patron saint of Carpenters with an unusual take on puppets. The entire city is taken on by these incredible figures which are then are destroyed in enormous explosions of fireworks – often led up to by smaller explosions around the city. It’s an absolutely fun and out of this world experience you should see on your honeymoon.

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For a hotel that’s just as vivid and incredible as the festival, consider the stunning Caro Hotel. Each of the rooms, whilst completely different, are all just luxurious and beautiful. The lobby, the bar, the restaurant, and every last public space in the hotel is new and unusual but genuinely inspiring and original. Almost like nothing you’ve ever seen. But if that’s not your style, have a look at the equally dazzling The Westin Valencia. Its restaurant and its living rooms are historic and relaxing.

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Each night during the festival there is a vivid fireworks display, followed by the puppet, or better known as ‘ninot’, explosions. Each year, one of the ninots is spared the spectacular fate – as voted by the public – but that’s only half the fun. All day, every day the streets are a huge street party, complete with parades, pageants, and bullfights. It’s thrilling, it’s daring, and it’s perfect for a honeymoon with literal explosions.

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March’s festivals are all incredible – either because they’re world-famous for their joy and tradition, or because they are a literal explosion of colour or fire. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have a honeymoon that’s new and original. Join in with the crowds of people enjoying their moments and celebrate love in an atmosphere that creates it.

 

Ms Chinoiserie Says: March festivals are full of colour and fun; a perfect time to honeymoon, Valencia is my choice for celebrations!

Stylish Honeymoon Accessories: The Neutral Edit

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From tropical beach escapes to big city sightseeing, arrive and enjoy your honeymoon in organised style with these neutral ‘wear with anything’ bags and accessories you’re bound to love.

The Travel Wallet
Board your flights with style and composure with a chic travel wallet that can neatly hold all your airport essentials.

This super sweet pastel wallet from Kikki K is made from leather with metallic hardware embellishments and embossing. It safely stows your passport, tickets, cards, currency and boarding passes in perfectly sized compartments, and includes a zip closure for extra security.

For added honeymoon style, create a bespoke keepsake with Kikki K’s monogramming option, and include your ‘just married’ initials in a gorgeous metallic font!


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The Carry-On
A sturdy, yet lightweight carry-on is a honeymoon essential, and this Country Road tote is a great choice. With luxe hardware and a chevron quilted pattern, this tote will fit all your in-flight must-haves, and fit any honeymoon purchases on your flight home.

Made from 100 per cent wool, it has an adjustable shoulder strap and external side pocket for those ‘need to grab now’ items.


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The Backpack
Perfect for when you need your hands free for map-reading, photo taking and romantic hand holding – a backpack is a great travel companion.

Chic backpacks have made a reappearance of late, and this one is perfect for city exploring or laid back activities like an easy bike ride or scenic walk.

Crafted from soft buffalo leather, this Mimco number is a hardworking multi-tasker – converting easily into a cross-body bag or handbag when required.

With stud hardware details, zipped compartments, phone pocket and a neutral dual-toned aesthetic, it’s an ideal piece to pack!


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The Beach Tote
Made from wetsuit material, this cool grey Prene Bags tote is naturally perfect for pool days, boat trips and beach expeditions, but equally ideal for everyday use.

Super roomy and crafted from perforated neoprene with durable straps, this tote includes a matching purse – perfect for storing room keys, phones and cash. Plus it’s machine washable, so you can rinse out the salt and sand once you’re home!


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The Day-Tripper
For shopping, sightseeing and evening outings you need a compact, yet stylish carry-all that can fit your essentials including camera and passport. This cross-body bag from The Daily Edited is a gorgeous and practical choice that you can wear securely and use from day to night.

Made from leather in a soft grey hue, it can also be personalised with your monogram, name or emojis of your choice!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Loving the day tripper bag for a seamless day to night carry all; definitely need to include your ‘just married’ monogram!

About Anika: I’m a freelance writer with a love of weddings and creatively styled events. I have a penchant for pretty stationery and perfectly put together cheese plates, and a never-ending sense of wanderlust!