- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
I am grateful to have had the Bee for the past few years, leading up to our engagement and June wedding. I have always enjoyed seeing everyone’s recaps so I thought I’d share my (budget) Hawaii wedding…
I just added all the photos but couldn’t quite figure out how to go back and add captions, so I wrote a short recap below…
We were married on June 14th in Honolulu, Hawaii. My mom, daughter, and I got ready at the historic Moana Surfrider Hotel in Waikiki, which had just gorgeous views. The photos below start out with some of my favorite details, like my bouquet (king protea and pink roses), our wedding invitation, my name hanger, the sash I wore with my dress, my Hello Kitty lai see envelopes to feed the lion, my rose gold sandals, etc.
After getting ready, our photographer took some portraits at the hotel, meanwhile, my husband was getting ready at his family home. I love that our photographer captured him as he was looking in the mirror with his family’s photos tucked into the mirror frame.
Our ceremony was at a lush and gorgeous park where my husband actually grew up playing. We have spent a lot of time there and it was such a lovely and serene location for our ceremony. My best friend since high school and her sister came all the way here for the wedding – they are both talented violinists and played our wedding music (love!). Her son was also our ring bearer 🙂 Our wedding was fairly small – my husband’s eldest brother was our officiant, my son and daughter were best man and maid of honor, my husband’s baby niece was our flower girl. It made the day even more special and meaningful for us.
After the ceremony, we had a Chinese Lion Blessing Dance, my husband is 1/4 Chinese, I love lion dances, and I thought our guests, especially those from outside Hawaii, would enjoy it – and they did!
After having a bit of quiet, romantic time together and some portraits together, we headed to our low-key dinner reception at our favorite Thai restaurant. We chose this restaurant because it is where we had our first date. We decorated very simply with gold paper lanterns strung across the patio. My husband’s very sweet and talented aunts made our beautiful, delicious wedding cake and cupcakes, which doubled as edible favors. In lieu of a traditional guestbook, we had a bench for our guests to sign, which we’ll keep in our house for years to come. My favorite part of our reception was when our guests shared their “Words of Wisdom” for us.
I may do a semi budget breakdown in a post below, I’m proud that we were able to pull everything off on a pretty small budget.
I hope the photos aren’t too big!