Happiness in Hawaii

A few years ago I had the pleasure of planning a destination wedding in Hawaii, and what a pleasure it was!  Mikkel & Jeremy lived in Portland at the time and we were actually planning a local wedding until a few months into the process.   The couple scratched our plans and decided they wanted a more intimate experience where they could stay for their honeymoon.   I can think of much rougher places to plan a wedding for than the Big Island!!!

Photo by Powers Studios

Photo by Powers Studios

photo by Powers Studios

Mikkel & Jeremy wanted to incorporate some Hawaiian elements into the wedding but  the focus was to really make sure their friends and family had a great time.  On the wedding day itself we arranged for live Island ceremony music, leis waiting for guests on their ceremony chairs, a yummy menu featuring fresh local ingredients, a cake made with Lilikoi (a Hawaiian fruit), a fire dancer at the reception and amazing Hawaiian orchids gracing every aspect of the entire event.

Photo by Powers Studios

photo by Powers Studios

Photo by Powers Studios

The only challenge as a planner was dealing with vendors who were on “Hawaiian Time.”  Thankfully, I learned this early on while coordinating and it wasn’t an issue on the wedding day.   The ceremony was stunning, guests had a wonderful time and we all enjoyed a beautiful sunset!

Photo by Powers Studios

photography by Powers Studios

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