We met a little over 3 years ago online and haven’t been apart since. A year ago, he accompanied me on a visit to the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao, HI (Maui) for a work trip, and there he proposed to me under one of their two large monkeypod trees. The Hui and those trees were so special to us, that we knew a year later we wanted to be married under the same tree where he proposed. Della Peacock of Dellables draped our tree in hanging orchids. White phalenopsis orchids were used as centerpieces, boutonnieres and in the bridal bouquet. All paired with the dark navy linens and natural chairs.
We had 44 guests join us from all over the mainland, all parts of California, Wisconsin and Texas for our destination wedding. Many of whom this was their first trip to Hawaii. We shuttled our guests upcountry for a 10:00AM wedding performed by the most wonderful officiant, Tino Rosete in a Christian/Hawaiian style, followed by a brunch buffet catered by Bev Gannon’s Celebrations Maui, instead of your traditional plated dinner. We replaced the need for DJ and dancing with a wonderful ukulele player and two dancers that performed for the ceremony, all arranged for by Celebrations Maui. Taking photos with Nicole and her team from Behind The Lens Maui was so much fun! She laughed with us throughout, carefully worked with our family, and produced exquisite wedding photos that really captured how wonderful this day was. My bridal portrait, is simply a work of art!
The best part overall was we laughed, through our handwritten vows, the family photos, and every moment of the wedding reception. After the shuttle took everyone away, my husband and I remained for our limo to arrive and caught a private moment to share our first dance to Pixar’s “Someone to Lava”.