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Bliss Wedding Design & Spectacular Events

The core of Bliss has always been love. Bliss Wedding Design & Spectacular Events is a company centered around love and inspired by love. Even before Bliss became a reality, each of our co-founders developed their wedding design skills and passions by way of love. After all, that is what weddings are all about.

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Darren Keala moved back home to Maui eighteen years ago when his father found out that he had cancer. While the love of his family pulled Darren back to the island, the love he found in a partner kept him here. Darren’s partner was planning weddings at the time, and Darren quickly realized how much he enjoyed being a part of such special celebrations. “My favorite part about planning weddings,” Darren says, “has always been watching the joy on couples’ faces as they witness their wedding dreams blossom into reality.” Darren worked alongside his partner for years and took his lessons to heart. “Through the years of doing weddings together, I had learned a lot from my partner about planning events, but the most important thing was how to work cohesively with other vendors,” Darren recalls. “He knew how to relate to people and taught me that this was the most important aspect of the wedding business.”

Darren and his partner became business partners as well, and had multiple small businesses together. Their biggest and most exciting business endeavor they embarked on was purchasing a flower shop. They decided it would be the first big step in their own wedding business. Soon after purchasing their flower shop, Darren’s partner suddenly passed away due to an aneurysm. He spent the next few months healing his heart through his creativity. He experimented with feathers, branches, and other natural wonders, weaving them into his floral designs. Every bouquet he made he would place on his partner’s grave to show him that he was still carrying their dream on into the future.

Jenna Henderson Photographer

Four years later, Darren met Shane. In his early 20s, Shane was living in DC and took a side gig as a cater waiter in the evenings for extra cash. Little did he know that this “side gig” would become the platform for his future career and passion in the wedding industry. He realized very quickly that he loved everything about weddings and found his passion in the details of the installation and setup. Within a few short months, the owner of the company asked Shane to take a position in the office as an assistant. This allowed him to get even more involved with the details of planning and carrying events through. Soon after working as an assistant, he rose to event coordinator.

Working as an event coordinator in DC allowed Shane to work in several styles of events, including the National DNC dinner. “I knew my passion was weddings and everything around celebrations of love,” Shane says. “I love being a part of my couples’ wedding day! The details of the design are what I find to create a vision of the perfect day for each couple. Colors, textures, and elements make up a story that represents each couples’ individuality. I feel very fortunate that I get to spend my life doing exactly what I love and being able to share in so many couples’ love. It’s truly spectacular.”

Jenna Henderson Photographer

When Shane moved to Maui, he met Darren and the seeds of Bliss were planted.

Darren and Shane would stay up late drinking red wine and discussing their dreams of designing weddings together. Separately, Shane and Darren were busy helping couples design and plan weddings and creating floral arrangements. Together, they knew they could create something special. Bliss was born in 2010 and it has been a whirlwind ever since.

Fast forward to 2018 and Bliss is a flourishing event design & planning company and Petals has bloomed into a successful floral business. We help couples from all over the world plan for their biggest celebration and infuse their personalities and styles into every detail and design of their special day.

Anna Kim Photography

One of our absolute favorite weddings that we designed recently was for our amazing Bliss couple, Jacqui and David. It truly was a celebration of love. Our couple wanted a boho inspired fuchsia wedding by the sea, brimming with bright flowers and accenting Maui’s natural beauty. From the tropical details on Jacqui and David's wedding invitations to the halo of vibrant bougainvillea arching above the bride and groom as they said, "I do," every aspect of this Bliss Maui Wedding was as striking as it was radiant.

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

Although there were countless moments that were the epitome of "bliss," the most heartwarming might have been when the beautiful mother and father of the bride walked their gorgeous daughter down the grassy aisle toward her future. It was truly such a special moment, especially for Jacqui and her mother. Just one month after walking her daughter down the aisle, Jacqui's mother passed away. We can only imagine the incredible joy that filled both Jacqui and her mother up by being able to share this symbolic and monumental experience together.

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

Looking through Jacqui and David’s stunning wedding photographs by Dmitri and Sandra Photography still gives us all the feels and such teary-eyed and heartwarming goosebumps.

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

We feel so blessed to have not only helped Jacqui and David plan such a beautiful and fun-filled wedding celebration, but also to have witnessed such a touching moment that Jacqui will treasure forever. "It was a dream come true having her walk me down the aisle," Jacqui reminisced. "She was so pleased with how everything looked. We talked for months about wedding ideas and seeing it come to light was truly amazing." Jacqui and David's wedding was another beautiful reminder of why we started this business to begin with. Bliss is about love and love transcends even death. Love is the life force of our world. We feel so honored to be able to center our lives and careers around such a powerful thing.

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

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