It was a tale of love at first sight for Giada and Matteo, who met as teenagers when he was one of the lifeguards at the pool of Giada’s residence. They describe themselves as total opposites. Giada is impulsive, chatty, determined, someone that always says what she thinks, a person that you either love or hate. Matteo is calm, quiet, very organized, rational, and always tries to find a compromise. Despite their differences, they are the perfect balance for each other. Even their names are just right together. When you take “ma” from Matteo and “gia” from Giada, they become MaGia, the Italian word for magic.
They adore doing anything together, but traveling is their most beloved shared passion and Giada is a travel agent. Whenever MaGia pictured their wedding, it was always just the two of them somewhere in paradise. They decided to take a long summer holiday, flying first from Italy to Canada where they drove to several destinations, getting married and seeing the sights on Maui, and ending their honeymoon on Oahu.
Planning from afar is daunting, so we scheduled a Skype call to see each other and talk more in detail about MaGia’s wedding day vision. Even though they were eloping, there were still lots of details to discuss and we were on that first call for two hours. It’s really important to find the right fit in a wedding coordinator and it was much more personal getting that opportunity to see and talk to them. I created a custom wedding package based on everything we discussed and we continued to email back and forth to make sure every last question was answered. On our second Skype call, MaGia chose me to be their Maui wedding planner and I couldn’t have been more thrilled!
Matteo and Giada planned the main elements of their special day together, which included amazing vows (that you can listen to in their wedding film below) written in handmade vow books, a sand ceremony, custom flip flops, a Just Maui’d sign, and a trash the dress. They also both contacted me separately to help pull off surprises. Matteo ordered a personalized dress hanger for his bride and made a slideshow of photos for Giada to watch before the ceremony. Since she is an avid horseback rider, his wedding gift was a necklace with horseshoe pendant.
Giada asked to have balloons delivered to the beach for their sunset pictures because they were a significant symbol their relationship. As a child, Matteo invented a phrase to describe his feelings towards his parents – “oltre il cielo dei palloncini” in Italian, which roughly translates to “above the balloons sky.” The phrase has now come to have many meanings (respect, love, passion, etc) for Giada and Matteo. They even have the phrase tattooed on the same spot on their right forearms. Giada and I also secretly planned a simple yet romantic dinner and small wedding cake to be waiting for them back at their villa.
I loved that MaGia found ways to incorporate personal touches into their Maui elopement. They were the only ones at their wedding, so it wasn’t about pleasing anyone else. They made sure every last detail was something that they wanted, which is one of the very best things about planning a wedding for two.
Planning: Fawn of Maile Maui Weddings // Photographer: Mariah Milan // Videographer: Stephan Boeker Films // Officiant: Ernest Pua’a // Bouquet: In Bloom Hawaii // Haku Lei: Haku Maui // Hair and Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty // Getting Ready: Kapalua Bay Villas // Ceremony and Trash the Dress: Ironwood Beach // Time of Day: Sunset