Hawaii wedding details often take their cue from the intoxicating natural beauty of the islands, and a palm tree motif can be beautiful in this tropical context. This article, which first appeared in Pacific Weddings® in July, 2002, was inspired by European botanical prints from the 18th century. Honolulu cake designer, Lillian Masamitsu, created royal icing panels on the wedding cake, which provided a perfect canvas for the hand painted palm tree renderings. The regal pineapple cake topper was sculpted out of gumpaste, and a pearl and white harlequin pattern is accented with intricate lace icing on each tier.
Baby’s breath in tall ceramic vases mimic a palm tree’s graceful curves. A lei of crown flowers connects each vase. The table was set on the ocean front lawn of the Four Seasons Resort Wailea, Maui, a fabulous wedding and honeymoon spot. Wedding bouquets and centerpieces in shades of white and pale green reflect the natural color palette of the islands. (Flower designs by Sheryl Suzuki and Eileen Woods-Takayesu of Town & Country at the Four Seasons; photos by the amazingly talented Hawaii photographers Chrissy Lambert and Dave Miyamoto)