Wilson and I met doing a church internship and despite all the unconventional aspects of our relationship we never thought our wedding would be one.
We had dated for four months before we got engaged, two before we started talking about getting married. We knew we were both meant to be together and desired nothing less either. So we went about our plans. We planned a venue, food, DJ, photographer; you name it - it was planned. My mom and I went down to see the venue you after I 'said yes' to the dress and everything started to fall into place. With six months to go before the wedding, I was an excited and blushing bride to be. I sent an email to the venue asking if we could get married under in a specific park but due to it being a public park we were unable to; so the venue fell through. In the midst of trying to find a new venue, Wilson and I, for some reason, however, started fighting and stressing out. We didn't know what the cause was but every time we talked about the wedding we would start to argue, and we couldn't agree on anything. The venue played a big part in the disagreements but also the stress and the waiting time. We had been engaged for six months already and there were another six to go.
A lot of situations played into the way the next months came about. It is always difficult to compensate for everyone's opinion, make it fun and enjoyable for everyone while still making it about you and your groom and on a budget too. Under all this pressure Wilson and I cracked. One night, after a few tears were shed, I joked about eloping. At that moment, we decided to move our wedding to Hawaii. We sat down, and we talked about what was most important to us about the wedding and our marriage. We came up with this list: family is there, on that day we get married and tell each other how much we love the other, the day is stress free, the day is fun, and we get to spend quality time with the people closest to us. We were excited, nervous and a little worried about what people might think but mostly we were relieved. It was a strange feeling but after thinking, praying, and parental consent, we booked tickets and hotel rooms. It worked out best that we do the wedding two months earlier.
There were a lot of people that disagreed with us but the ones that mattered supported us and were excited for us. We decided to fly with us to Hawaii our immediate family, photographers, and videographers and a few of our close friends.
We got to Hawaii and our photographer, Laine, met us at the door with a huge hug and a "what can I do to help?". Never before have I ever appreciated those words more, that small conversation will forever be in my memory. My mind was going a million miles a minute, after all, I was getting married the next morning. Laine and I went to her room and built the bouquets together, a masterpiece if you ask me.
The morning was quiet, filled with the sunshine and a fresh Hawaiian breeze. The girls got ready together and the boys did as well. Wilson and I did first look photos because the day was so casual we hadn't yet picked a spot to get married. After first look photos, the photographers and videographers looked for the perfect spot and when they found it, we walked over. We exchanged vows and rings, tears and laughs and we were married, not a hair turned gray. We took some photos and we ate some food, and we made a lot of memories. The day was exactly what we wanted it to be and I wouldn't have it any other way. Of course there were things leading up to our wedding that we would probably change, but the day was like a dream in a fairytale.
Photography: Lesley Laine Photography - she's the best in the biz, in my opinion. Not only because she does great work but because she's an amazing person that really cares about her clients and always has their best interests in mind. We love you, Laine.
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And they all lived, happily ever after.