I'm not sure words can do justice to this post--will heavily compensate with photos. Suffice it to say, it was an amazing week of family and friends and I'm married to an amazing person. Our wedding was the perfect size, intimate, and I'm incredibly happy!
We had about 16 people at our wedding, and a surprisingly sparse (like really sparse) amount of photos the day of, 0 photos from my mom, the sentimental camera-always-in-hand mom. Awesome.
I've been trying to come up with something short, sweet or witty, to sum up our wedding. After the n-th time of looking at this photo, I realize: Jeremy and me in slippers, and my best friend Felicia--who made out for a few days from Germany--barefoot. Everyone family, so comfortable with everyone else.
Day before: Hike Diamond Head. Quote of the day from Jeremy's 4 yr old niece, who he carried the whole way: "Jeremy, your rocks are smaller than my dad's." It was humid, about the worst I've ever remembered in Hawaii, almost like Houston without air conditioning...almost.
View from the top of Diamond Head, Kapiolani Park and Waikiki.
Shave Ice at Waiola's! Seriously, everything post-Waiola's is a snow cone. It's legit, the only way shave ice should be had.
Evening-before dinner at Kona Brewery. Highly recommend going, they always have a few special un-bottled taps, including Lemongrass Wheat and their Black Sand Porter. All their bottled beer is actually brewed in California--only the beer in their local breweries is brewed in Hawaii.
On to the important day of! Google Hangouts with Jeremy's dad, who couldn't make it out. The weather gave a bit of a break that day and the tradewinds returned, but ominous dark clouds rolled in over the mountain range as we were about to start the ceremony.
Another amazing friend, my 9th grade English teacher, was our officiant. I draw a lot of inspiration and courage to write from her blog. I couldn't be more surrounded by amazing women than her and Felicia.
Literally at the first word of the ceremony, the first big warm drizzle hit. I remember glancing down at the ceremony script and the drops of water--looking at Jeremy too long and I would've started bawling, but ssh, he was just about to let a few loose himself. The rain stopped at the end of the ceremony as if on cue, the clouds making a gorgeous sunset.
Rain and rainbows are blessings from the gods, at least in Hawaii. When people ask how the wedding went, I start excitedly explaining the rain and get sorrowful look of "oh no, rain on your wedding" expressions that I quickly stop-halt and explain!
I like to call this picture "oh shit I need to sign the marriage certificate with Meigs? I haven't practiced that!"
Man of my life.