- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2016
I’m laying in bed while DH (!!!!) sleeps and listening to the remaining guest scurry around and pack. We’ve had an amazing week with those closest to us here in Hawaii and I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about it! We got to spend so much time with our family and friends in paradise, that wouldn’t have ever happened otherwise! We’ve hiked, drank, ate a ton, got burnt and had a blast!
I was never really super nervous, it just all felt surreal. We had our rehearsal then went to a luau (ehh, not worth it) and then came home and passed out. Me and DH slept together and woke up the morning of our wedding and went to breakfast with our friends while everyone else went to Pearl Harbor, then went to the grocery store to buy pineapples and beer haha. We both got tons of sleep and a full belly! Came home and spray painted the pineapples then I started getting ready!
I was seriously so relaxed! My hair is so long and idk what to do with it so I usually just throw it up and I never wear makeup, so this was all pretty unusual for me, but my artist was amazing! My photographer and videographer got there and they were seriously so damn awesome and made everyone feel so comfortable!
I feel like since it was such a small wedding and we were engaged forever, I definitely procrastinated, but everything turned out beautifully. I mean I was literally trying to figure out our vows the morning of, and we didn’t have chairs or flowers until last week, but it all came together! The only thing that went “wrong” was that the damn fedex driver showed up as I was getting ready and tried to take our linens back, but they just scheduled the wrong day, but that’s what I paid my amazing coordinator for!
I finished getting ready and checked some emails, which they said is unheard of for brides on their wedding day haha. They kept telling me how easy going I was and how refreshing it was to have a bride like me, so I guess they deal with a lot of bridezillas haha. Our guest also all wore white or blue and they said it was a beautifully, color coordinated group!
Fiance drove our car to our first look and I stuffed me and my dress into the videographers car. We were supposed to follow the photographer since she’s the only one from Hawaii, but she kept running yellow lights and leaving us in the dust. Me and the videographer got some great shots of our exciting car journey, but it’s too bad there wasn’t a camera man in the car with DH to catch him cussing us for getting lost a couple of times!
Our first look was great! Since we got engaged here, I wanted pictures of that location in the background while we had our wedding attire on. DH teared up a lil, but nothing ever fell lol. Me, I’m always a crying mess. Then we shoved me and my dress into the car with DH and headed off to get married!!
The beach we were getting married on has a good many homeless people living in tents, but obviously we didn’t want these in our pictures. But, we did have to walk by them to get to our ceremony location, but they all congratulated us too! As I’m standing there getting ready to walk down the aisle, I see our coordinator move our guest to the opposite side from where they were standing for the rehearsal. I guess this was better for pics (the tents would have been behind them otherwise), but it meant our guest had the waves breaking in their ear instead of our vows.
DH met the officiant at the alter for the first time and they were just chit chatting. The officiant was amazing and literally used every single thing him and DH had talked about in those short 5 min, in our ceremony! I of course, was a crying mess again. Since I’ve lost both of my parents and Fiance has lost his mom, both of our grandfathers and FIs stepdad couldn’t make it out here, the officiant did a traditional Hawaiian song/chant? to call the love and spit of those who couldn’t be with us, it was beautiful! He also did another Hawaiian chant while me and DH stood with our forehead and nose touching (my calves were killing from standing on my tippy toes in the sand) which symbolizes us becoming one with each other, and the world around us! We also did a lei exchange! Our family only heard the part of our vows that said “in the high tide and low tide, I’ll be by your side” you know, because the tide was right behind them!
After pics, and some videos, we all headed back toward the house! When we got there our guest greeted us with Aloha and we started eating! My coordinator and “stand in mom” kinda made a memorial table, except like I said, I procrastinated and didn’t print pics of our parents out. My “stand in mom” only had a pic of me and my grandpa so that was the only one on the table, along with a shirt he always wore for important events in my life and our lei from the ceremony!
The food was seriously some of the most amazing stuff I had ever ate. We had some teryaki chicken skewers and some little taco thing for apps, but omg, there wasn’t enough of those haha. For dinner we had some sort of fish, steak and chicken and none of us can decide what our favorite was. We also have a ton left over and are planning on taking it to tent city today!
We did our first dance before we ate dinner and right after, we ran off to the beach for some more pics. Our photographer and videographer got some amazing shots, and the moon came out for us right at the end! When we got to the beach there were two women and a baby there and they kept staring at us. As we were taking pics one of the women approached and asked if I wanted a hand picked, freshly made haku for pictures. I had no idea what this was, but said sure, and our videographer recorded her explaining what it was, how it was made and her placing it on my head! With the haku and my lei, I was feeling super Hawaiian and it was seriously a gorgeous masterpiece!
We headed back to the house for some cake!! Our cakes were huge, and remember, we only have 12 people, so they will also be going to tent city! The wedding cake was pina colada and the grooms cake was cookies n cream! DH works at Nike, so on top of my custom sneakers, his cake was a ginormous swoosh! Then when we were full of cake, we partied! My “stand in mom” never drinks, like I’ve seen her try a Smirnoff in the 10 years Ive known her, but she was taking shots of jack and dancing all over the place, it was pretty embarrassing! After awhile, I headed down stairs and removed my dress and bobby pins, undreaded my hair and passed out on the couch!
Yesterday our friends left, and half of DHs sisters left so it was the “old folks” and us left. We had a lazy day, went shopping, hung out at the beach and then went to Waikiki lastnight. Today is their last day, but we’re heading to a resort a little later for a couple of days. This has been the best week of our lives and such a great time! We couldn’t be happier with our choice to have a Destination Wedding and everything turned out great! We had amazing vendors and even though I feel like I winged most of it, was amazing! AND I NOW HAVE A HUSBAND!!
Sorry this was so damn long! Here’s some pics!
Thanks for making it this far haha!