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Aloha to Love

Two lovebirds return to a meaningful location for an intimate, family-filled affair.

Maggie wore a custom-designed gown while Aaron paired a J.Crew pocket square and Ted Baker shirt with his navy Suitsupply suit. 

The couple share a moment on the dance floor

The ocean views of Turtle Bay Resort added a gorgeous backdrop to the reception.  

Maggie and her bridesmaids carried lush bouquets of pink and ivory roses with seasonal foliage and vines. 

Aaron reads a heartfelt card from Maggie before their ceremony 

Maggie’s charming flower girls 

Maggie Hoomanawanui and Aaron Rodgers always laugh about how many times their paths must have crossed in Chicago before they finally met (right before Aaron was about to move away, of course). But the couple stayed in touch and eventually were reunited when they were transferred to the same city for work, and love bloomed. Aaron proposed during a picnic at the Dallas Arboretum, enlisting a passing couple to take a photo, during which he popped the question. “We laughed, we cried and we were able to make a video with the 36 photos this awesome lady took of the entire experience,” Maggie says.

With their cross-country love story, a destination wedding seemed fitting, and the couple chose a spot close to Maggie’s heart: Kuilima Point at Hawaii’s Turtle Bay Resort on the island of Oahu—where Maggie’s family lives. “Kuilima means ‘to go hand in hand,’” says Maggie, “so, of course, it was the perfect place for us to be married.”

Maggie donned a look inspired by her heritage: Tracy Popken fitted her grandmother’s 1954 ivory lace gown bodice to a blush-colored Kensington skirt by Carol Hannah purchased at Alice in Ivory. Adding her own modern and fashionable touch, Maggie paired the look with laser-cut Klub Nico leather heels.

Three flower girls preceded the bride down the aisle, wearing pink floral crowns by Passion Roots. Maggie’s grandfather was a famous slack-key guitarist on the islands, so her uncle Phil Palumbo played grandpa Mike Hoomanawanui’s famous song, “The Hula Medley,” as Maggie and her dad walked toward Aaron as he stood under a floral arch on a hill overlooking the ocean. The ceremony was simple, fresh and family-oriented, infused with heartfelt details. “When Aaron and I started to plan, we knew that we wanted to host a party that honored our family and friends,” Maggie recalls.

Aaron’s oldest brother, John, was the officiant, and the couple exchanged vows they had written themselves. The pair exchanged rings, and Aaron’s band had the inscription “At Last.”

They kept the decor lush but simple, in stunning ivory and blush shades. Maggie’s dad cut, burned and stained the wood for the table numbers, and Maggie created her own watercolor and calligraphy place cards.

“The flowers! We are all still talking about the flowers!” Maggie says. But in the end, the special location was the most perfect background, she says, adding: “Who needs a lot of decor when you have Hawaii as a backdrop?”

The List 
Venue Turtle Bay Resort
Wedding Planner Brianne Vajaria, Marquette Avenue Events
Bride’s Gown Carol Hannah, Alice in Ivory; Tracy Popken
Bride’s Shoes Klub Nico, Nordstrom
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Sarah Obringer, Whik’d Hawaii
Groom’s Suit Suitsupply
Groom’s Watch Original Grain
Rings James Allen
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Jenny Yoo
Groomsmen’s Tuxes J.Crew
Florals Passion Roots
Catering & Cake Turtle Bay Resort
Entertainment The Island Kings