Life is good, lemme tell ya! I'm still in my "let's move to HI in 6mos" phase lol, honeymoon bliss gotta love it. Everything went amazingly wonderful, save for the wind not blowing during the photoshoot and I sweated all over the damn place lol, gotta love photoshop! Still getting used to my new last name, but I like seeing it in print, makes it more real that I AM FLIPPIN MARRIED! :-D Ok let's get to the deets:
Above Heaven's Gate:
The crew here was beyond amazing from first email contact to the time we left Pukalani Falls garden. I spoke with Sara for all my coordinating needs, she was the best ever! She put up with my adding and subtracting to our package and all my weirdo freaked out over nothing bridal requests with love and grace, couldn't have asked for a better coordinator. I checked in with her after arriving in HI and we went over the timeline of events down to making sure we'll be out of there in time for dinner. My boss gifted me the $$ for hair and makeup (damn new car sucked up all our funds) so I was even able to add that the day we arrived on Oahu with no issues. Day of: Sara asked if I could call her when I was heading over b/c you have to be let into the property via doorbell and she wanted make sure she didn't miss the bell (such a sweetie).
Hair and Makeup: AHG
I arrived with dress and jewelery and was swept into a blessedly air conditioned room to get dolled up. For some reason the wind decied to stop blowing when I needed it most so it was HOT AND STICKY like nobody's business! Tony, hair and makeup man extrodinaire, flat ironed and curled me to perfection and his makeup skills, girls lemme tell ya, I looked HOT! After I was bridal dolled up, he added the hair flowers and it was perfect, the volume and placement, the color, I couldn't have asked for better. He even laced me into my dress like the comsumate pro that he is.
For the life of me I can't remember our photog's name, by the time I met him we were 30mins behind b/c someone *cough, husband, cough* was late AND forgot the rings and his good luck chain at the cottage....Thank goodness we were only 9blks away. MIL made several trips for things the Mr. forgot....but no matter. We weren't rushed or anything. Even as I was getting dressed Judy, another coordinator, very calmly if everything was ok with Ed b/c he had not arrived by 1:30pm. The way she did it was so reassuring as to make sure I didn't panic, I knew he would be late so I didn't trip, the nature of my beast lol. I called him and of course he was at the front door ready to dash in and get dressed...ANYHOO, photog explained how he wanted to shoot the first reveal shot and it was so cute! The look on DH's face when he saw me in full bridal glory was priceless (can't WAIT to see that pic!). Photog captured our oohhh/ahhh moments and then the kissing for pix began. The Pukalani Falls garden shoot was relaxing but not just b/c it was so dang humid. It wasn't awkward though and nothing felt forced. DH isn't a natural smiler for pix and THANKFULLY his mom told him to say Sandia (watermelon in Spanish) b/c it naturally turns your face in to a smile, it made him laugh too so we have great pix of him really smiling. Once we were done in the garden we moved to the beach and took some AMAZING shots and I got my 'dress in the water" shots I wanted and I can't wait to see them!
it was so relaxing and flippin awesome! I LOVE Capt. Howie! We were mic'd and camera's set up. Then the Captin starts talking to us and it wasn't really until he started to do vows did I realzie that "holy crap this is my wedding ceremony", I loved it. No pressure, didn't feel any nerves, the sea breeze kicked in so I wasn't hot anymore and it was perfect. I didn't cry the whole day, not a drop, that is an amazing feat b/c I am a crier for sure lol.
Dinner at Hau Tree Lanai, Kaimana Beach Hotel:
We missed the sunset b/c my stupid GPS decided downtown Waikiki was a good time to freeze, but it was a blessing anyway b/c it was overcast and you couldn't see anything anyway. The service was excellent, the food was better and they brought out a slice of chocolate n fresh fruit wedding cake witha candle on it :-). We got to feed each other cake,something I wasn't expecting to be able to do. My awesome MIL encouraged the mini cake fight at the table lol, that woman is a riot! Love the heck outta her! After wiping off our faces we made a graceful exit to start the funtime wedding night ;-)
The End, Fin, Nada Mas!
Now for what you've all be waiting for: the picuture!
(not an optical illusion, we are really that gorgeous in real life) LOL I silly, pretty, but silly LOL again!
and to top it all off, DH wants to have babies right away as opposed to waiting like we originally said! So excited! We've agreed that if I'm not knocked up now then I'll be on the pill for a couple months, I want to drop some more lbs, then let the baby makin begin :-D