Caitlin Leiweke and Loren Nowland wed in the perfect beach wedding on Maui's north coast.
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Caitlin and Loren
They met in 2001 in the Cayman Islands, where Caitlin Leiweke, then 18, was vacationing, and Loren Nowland, a 22-year-old, was waiting tables. They had an instant connection and promised to keep in touch. She went off to college in San Francisco; Loren moved to New Zealand and played hockey for the national team. In 2009, Caitlin reached out to Loren via Facebook. "We e-mailed, and three months later, I found myself on a plane to New Zealand to see him for the first time in eight years." She saw him and never looked back. They soon relocated to Australia, where they bought and renovated a surf bar. After a 2011 proposal in Hawaii, the two returned to the Pacific island state on June 16, 2012, to say "I do."
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A floral motif, like the one that later appeared on table linens, was letterpressed onto invites.
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Caitlin's cascading clutch showcased a variety of native ferns. “It looked like it had just been gathered from the forest,” she says.
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The Bride's EntranceA string quartet performed Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" as Caitlin took her father's arm. "I still get chills when I think about seeing her in her dress, walking down the aisle," says Loren.
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6 of 12Their ceremony included a group blessing from all attendees and a string quartet's rendition of AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long," to which the newlyweds danced back up the aisle. "The entire day was sublime, but reading the vows we had written was the most special," says Caitlin.
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Revelers took their seats at long tables lushly decorated with ferns, native phalaenopsis orchids, and botanical prints.
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A variety of ferns helped green the scene. The continent-hopping couple's wanderlust also made its way into the décor. Before guests left, they signed a world map highlighting all the places Caitlin and Loren have been since the beginning of their fling-turned-forever romance.
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Location: Haiku Mill
Catering: Aloha Events Catering
Flowers: Teresa Sena Design
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Officiant: Pia Aluli
Stationery: Kathleen Cooper Fine Papers
Cake: Cravings Bakery
Bar Service: Garnish Events
Bride's gown: Monique Lhuillier
Hair: Dan Sanchez
Makeup: Jessica Waite
Groom's suit: Jack London
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