Sisa is from Slovakia and Jorge is from Mexico. Instead of having their loved ones fly somewhere for their wedding, they decided to elope in Maui and have a relaxing honeymoon before moving to Mexico together.

Sisa wanted something very simple, preferring to focus on the promise they were making to each other while letting the beauty of nature and her boho style shine through. The couple incorporated Hawaiian wedding traditions into their ceremony, including the blowing of the conch shell, a lei exchange in lieu of a bouquet and boutonniere, and circle of love instead of an arch.

Maui Elopement on Ironwoods Beach 

Kahu blows conch shellbride arriving on sandy beach with waves in background
Kahu officiant reading vows on Ironwoods Beachbride and groom stand barefoot on sandy Ironwoods Beach in Maui

During the era of Kings in the Hawaiian Islands, the kahu (officiant) would blow the conch shell to mark the start of any significant ceremony, announce the arrival of a royal, or communicate across the sea. Today, the conch shell is sounded to signal the Bride’s procession and symbolize the couple’s journey to this moment.

bride and groom hold hands inside ring of flowers on Ironwoods Beachconch shell in foreground with bride and groom in background Click to see more great photos!

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The sangria recipe in today’s romantic wedding inspiration styled shoot brings me back to the first time I drank Sangria – on a Contiki tour in the year 2005 as I traveled around Europe.  One afternoon our tour group had to choose:

1) Go to an organized show, or
2) Spend an afternoon doing whatever we pleased

We chose the latter and wound up at a little bar in a square in Barcelona that served Sangria.  It was the real deal, a deep red liquid that came in a jug with cut up fresh fruit.  I’m sure that we weren’t walking a straight line by the time we got up to leave, but I remember it being a tasty treat, perfect for underneath the glow of the hot afternoon sun.

Along with a Sangria recipe (below) comes the cute couple, rustic flare, brick wall, exposed beams and great photography by Blue Barn Photography.

Romantic Wedding Inspiration + Sangria Recipe

Remarks from photographer: “We styled this shoot thinking of timeless southern romance, simple yet meaningful details, and a touch of winter elegance. We chose vintage inspired elements like the bride’s gorgeous floral wreath crown, the groom’s suspenders, a classic pickup truck getaway, heirloom fine china, French bistro chairs, and a 1900’s venue highlighting the loveliest exposed brick. Our real couple, married for three years, made us swoon with the bride’s sweet giggle, the groom’s dapper look and their playful affection for one another. We want to inspire brides with the motto that ‘simple is beautiful’. Celebrating with your soul-mate is the most cherished part of your wedding day.”

white and brown Wedding invitations with calligraphy by Heather’s Letters
Bride wearing a white Mena Garcia gown with flowers in her hair and a brick wall behind herBride with her hair braided and white and pink roses going down the side of her hair
Bride wearing a Mena Garcia gown with white flowers in her hair and drop pearl earrings Bride carrying a bouquet of green, white and red flowers and cotton accents Click to see more great photos!

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