As we said in Married in Maui – Part 1, we have arranged for Reverend Alapaki and Laurie of Makena Weddings to provide just the wedding we have always dreamed of: small, intimate, wacky, romantic, sexy, and most of all, ours.
And today, everything is perfect.
Well, there was one small glitch. Two days before the wedding, as we sat in the county courthouse waiting to get our legal papers in order — the electricity went out on the island. You can’t get married without paperwork! We shrugged. “Island life.” Fortunately, after about an hour, power was restored, the computers turn on, and we left the courthouse happy.
Now, finally, it’s our wedding day!!
There’s nothing like champagne and a hair dresser to calm pre-wedding butterflies.
All wedding photographs on this page were taken by Kinga Richey and are used with her knowledge and permission. Please visit www.kingaritchey.photography for more information.
Note my lovely engagement ring. We picked out the gems and had it custom designed and made in the Los Angeles Jewelry District.
I think the Fairmont built this alcove just for moments like this.
We arrive at our “private” beach. Reverend Alapaki is holding our leis and his assistants are waiting for us. The groom waits in the flower circle, the bride approaches, the conch sounds, and the ceremony begins.
“Bride and Groom: we are here to celebrate your marriage, on this very special day. You have chosen to affirm your love for one another with spoken words, music, prayer, and with the sharing of symbols. It is good that you have chosen this place here in Hawaii.”
We recite the words of the traditional Hawaiian ceremony to the sound of gentle guitar strings and the swirling waters.
“Your rings by their shape are symbols of eternal unity, without beginning or end. They are the emblems of love that exist between you and they represent your devotion to one another. And so, let these rings always remind you of the commitment that you make to each other here on this very special day.”
“Bride and Groom, do you promise to let your love for each other grow as it will, as it must so that in the years to come you will renew your acceptance, understanding and trust of one another? If so, please say, ‘We Promise’.”
“With the blessings of those of us who are present here today, and by the power vested in me by the State of Hawaii, it gives me great honor to pronounce you husband and wife, wife and husband.”
We know that this special moment, on a quiet beach on Maui, Hawaii, will stay with us forever.
Time for a nuzzle, hidden behind the veil so no one can see. 🙂
We walk along the beach, happy to be here and to be married to each other.
We thought the tropics would be the perfect place to be wedded, and we are correct.
We dance our wedding dance to the sound of Hawaiian guitar strings and the ocean breeze.
It had rained earlier in the day and we wondered if the rain would change our wedding plans. Rather, it provides this rainbow to showcase our wedding.
The sun begins to set, but we are oblivious, basking in each other’s light.
Our photographer highlights the wedding dress, with all its filigree.
I am so happy, I’m floating!
We stare into each other’s eyes as the sun sets behind Lanai.
Looking into each other’s eyes, we know this is right.
Dang! Where did that water come from???
Getting married on the beach has unanticipated consequences!
Ah, well. Now we can cuddle on the sand and not worry about the water.
Hmmm, this “mermaid” thing is getting out of hand!
At this point, we are too happy and too drenched to worry about more waves.
Life is good.
I hope the hotel lets us walk back through the lobby!
A hiki mai no ou kou, a hiki pu no me ke aloha.
Our Wedding Album
When we first contacted Laurie at Makena Weddings, we agreed to 36 digital photographs of our ceremony, thinking that would be enough. When we met with the photographer, Kinga Richey, and saw her work, we changed our minds and selected the largest album she made. Below, you can see why.
Kinga and her assistant took hundreds of photographs of us. Our favorites are shown here in our wedding album.