From The Bride:
Ekahi and I met in the fourth grade when he was the new kid in school. I was fairly skeptical of him at first, but after several grade school spats (always resulting in me “tattling” he’d say), we decided to call a truce and be friends. After a couple of years, this friendship turned into a flirtation which ultimately materialized while on our 8th grade graduation trip to Maui. Apparently, love was in the air in June 2001 because that’s where our love story starts. Through high school, long-distance college relationships, and growing up in the real world, it was a wild rollercoaster ride, but we made it through and are still smiling.
So needless to say, we’ve been thinking about our wedding day for quite some time now! So when he finally popped the question, after immediately saying “yes!” my mind quickly started running in circles of all the many ideas I had throughout the years. Oh, and did I mention that I also am an event planner and designer (I launched my dream business in 2014 Paper and Plumes Events)…I had too many ideas. This was the hardest part — deciding exactly what we wanted, and the second challenge was sourcing these items in Maui. After several rounds of moodboards and many vetos from Ekahi, we finally started making some decisions and one thing was for sure – we were going back to Maui where it all began.
We incorporated elements of the East Coast (where my family is from) through starfish, lanterns and anchors, and tied in Hawaiian accents of pineapples and proteas. There was plenty of seafood to go around along with plenty of cocktails. Our day was nothing short of amazing. Ekahi’s sisters surprised us with a hula dance that brought the entire crowd to tears, the wedding party did a flash mob dance (channeling Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan in the movie Step Up), and we stuffed our faces with donuts for dessert. I remember looking over and asking Ekahi “could this day have been any more perfect?” and he just shook his head and kissed me.
My advice for any couple planning a wedding is to remember what’s important about that day, and it’s your marriage, not the little details. Enjoy it — eat the food, drink the drinks, and most importantly enjoy each other, your guests and dance!
- Ceremony Venue: Olowalu Plantation House
- Cinematographer: Russell Alboroto
- Flowers: Whole Foods
- Music: Liam Grist
- Officiant: Ekavir Casino
- Photographer: Maggie Dowdy
- Planner: Planning and Design: Paper and Plumes Events Coordination: For Love + Aloha
- Reception Venue: Olowalu Plantation House