The day before the wedding, 4,500 plumeria blossoms were picked at sunrise on the island of Molokai, lovingly packed and brought to the airport. The fragrant flowers then made a 20 minute inter-island flight to Maui’s OGG where my father and daughter picked them up. The plumeria were then placed in the back of my dad’s ancient Mazda MPV minivan and driven “up the hill” to Makawao, the hippie cowboy town I grew up in, where family and close friends had gathered at my parents house.
My mother taught the mainland-folk how to make a traditional Hawaiian lei, and then everyone spent the morning talking story, eating Komoda donuts and making enough leis for every guest who would be coming to the wedding.
Wedding Ceremony & Celebration Ka’anapali Beach Hotel
The ceremony site was set up on the edge of the lawn at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, against the beach, and under a canopy of old giant plumeria trees. Black Rock, the famous cliff diving spot was in the background.
|Zak Wass played the music, including an original song, "Paco the Lazy Cat" by my brother.|
|Aloha! I welcomed everyone and talked about what it means to be a witness.|
|Uncle Michael started the processional by blowing the conch shell three times, I knew it was coming, but it still gave me goosebumps.|
|Philip entered between our mother and father.|
|Adorable flower girl assisted by Grandma|
|Everyone waits for Emily's arrival.|
|Declaration of Support: Do you promise to accept this couple...|
|Seven Steps into the Sunset. Blessings are bestowed and plumeria tossed as the newlyweds take their first steps into married life together.|
|Everyone gets in on the kissing and celebrating!|
At their wedding reception, every guest was greeted with one of the plumeria leis the family had made the day before.
|Philip with his lovely older sisters.|
The highlight of the evening, the real stand out moment, was when Emily surprised everyone, especially her new husband Philip, by dancing a hula. All us locals agree, she nailed it!
I can't say enough about how wonderful it was to work with Chelsea Heller, who photographed Emily and Philip's wedding. As a professional, she was on point unobtrusive and kind. Then when I saw her pictures and the moments she captured, I was blown away by the magic, the sparkle and the romance that came through too. I would absolutely recommend Chelsea Heller Photography to couples and families wanting important life moments documented in a loving way on the Valley Isle.