Inside Weddings - - Re­sources 2018 - Jan­uary 18, 2017 Maui, Hawaii | Pho­tographed by Wendy Lau­rel


Syd­ney Knaut had al­ways been en­am­ored with the Hawaiian Is­lands, as it was the des­ti­na­tion of choice for an­nual fam­ily va­ca­tions since she was a young girl. Decades later, while Syd­ney walked along the sand of Maui’s Kai­halulu Beach with her long­time boyfriend Roy, he sur­prised her by drop­ping to one knee and ask­ing for her hand in mar­riage. The cou­ple’s daugh­ter Leilani, along with Syd­ney’s par­ents, joy­fully looked on, wit­ness­ing the lov­ing mo­ment.

With­out hes­i­ta­tion, the cou­ple knew that Maui would be the lo­ca­tion for their wed­ding due to its sen­ti­men­tal value. They were cer­tain they wanted the cel­e­bra­tion near the wa­ter, but were aware of dec­o­ra­tion re­stric­tions on pub­lic beaches. Syd­ney and Roy then con­sid­ered a sea­side ho­tel, but wanted to main­tain a sense of pri­vacy for their event and though lovely, they didn’t like that the pub­lic still had ac­cess to walk through the area in the midst of it all. Fi­nally, with the help of their plan­ner, Lor­rie Bet­sill Niel­son of Un­veiled Hawaii, the cou­ple found their ideal venue. “It was a pri­vate es­tate, which gave us the abil­ity to get mar­ried near the wa­ter and pro­vided the seclu­sion we de­sired,” de­scribes Syd­ney.

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