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January 30, 2024

A Stylish Affair at the Moana Surfrider: Tori & Chris’ Vogue-Inspired Wedding

As a destination wedding photographer, every assignment is a unique opportunity to capture the essence of love in a visual masterpiece. Tori and Chris’ wedding was no exception – a stylish celebration that unfolded against the stunning backdrop of Waikiki.

A Discerning Eye for Details

From the start, Tori knew what she wanted. With her discerning taste and eye for style, she envisioned a wedding that could grace the pages of Vogue. Her fashion-forward choices were evident in each detail she selected. Tori dazzled in not one, but two breathtaking wedding dresses, each reflecting her personality. The first was a timeless ball gown adorned with vintage bows from BHLDN, creating a look that was both classic and whimsical. Later, she slipped into a form-fitting slip dress from a local boutique, showcasing a more contemporary, sleek silhouette.

Getting Ready at the Iconic Moana Surfrider Hotel

The getting-ready moments were filled with excitement and anticipation as Tori and her bridesmaids prepared for the day. The soft neutral accents Tori had chosen were reflected in the delicate details of the the floral arrangements and the intricate table settings for the reception.

“Going through the process of wedding planning, I realized I would do a wedding all over again particularly for the bridal fashion. I searched high and low for the right venues and really wanted each venue to feel like me, like us! It was important for me to highlight our faith as a couple and I believe I found the perfect compromise between a beautiful venue and a traditional venue with Waikiki Leia.
I love that the chapel is elegant and timeless and has a cross at the altar so Chris and I can be married in front of God. The Moana Surfrider was a no brainer. Once we stepped in the doors we fell in love. There’s no place like Moana Surfrider and no one can replicate it. It’s THE first lady of Waikiki and has all the charm, historical prestige, and beauty like no other hotel on Kalakaua Avenue!”

– Tori, bride

An Intimate Ceremony at the Waikiki Leia

To begin, the ceremony took place at the Waikiki Leia Chapel, a charming venue that added an air of grace to the proceedings. With its picturesque surroundings and intimate atmosphere, the chapel provided the perfect setting for Tori and Chris to exchange vows and embark on their journey as a married couple.

A Reception Curated by an Expert Vendor Team for a Stunning Moana Surfrider Wedding

Next, the day’s festivities continued at the historic Moana Surfrider hotel, an iconic Waikiki landmark that exudes old-world charm and timeless elegance. For me, working within the enchanting confines of the Moana Surfrider was a dream come true. Nestled against the backdrop of Waikiki Beach, the hotel’s colonial architecture offered a picturesque canvas.

The Moana Surfrider’s grandeur provided the perfect setting for capturing the glamorous reception that followed. I loved the neutral palette Tori had chosen. It was complemented by subtle pops of gold and lush greenery, creating an atmosphere of refined luxury.

A Refined, Luxurious Celebration of Love

Through a documentary approach, my lens danced between candid moments of joy, stolen glances, and the elegance of Tori and Chris’ first dance. Every detail was meticulously curated by the team at Cherished in Hawaii Weddings. The floral arrangements, centerpieces, and the stylishly wedding cake truly spoke to Tori’s vision of a Vogue-worthy celebration.

Furthermore, The Moana Surfrider wedding was not just an event; it was a visual symphony of love, style, and elegance. Tori and Chris’ union, set against the timeless beauty of Waikiki, showcased that a wedding can be both a celebration of tradition and an expression of personal style.

In the years to come, Tori and Chris’ wedding will remain etched in my heart. And the photographs we captured will serve as a timeless reminder of a day that truly embodied the essence of a bespoke celebration.

Vendor Team

Planner | Cherished in Hawaii Weddings

Ceremony Venue | Waikiki Leia

Reception Venue/Hotel | Moana Surfrider Waikiki

Photography | Masha Sakhno Photo

Hair and Makeup | Reveal Hair and Makeup

Florals | Lulu’s Leis and Bouquets

Linens | The Wedding Linen Company

I’m Masha, a wedding, elopement and couples photographer based in sunny Hawaii, & often found serving couples worldwide.

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