All RIGHT! It’s about time for an epic wedding around here, don’t you think? Since it’s fuh-reezing outside, I thought I’d take us someplace tropical and warm. Christen and Leigh’s “amazeballs” Hawaiian Mauna Lani destination wedding was recently featured over on the awesome Offbeat Bride blog. So, please, head over there to hear Christen’s take on the wedding day. YES! There was wedding-morning swimming… YES! There was a TARDIS wine box… YES! There were sea turtles… YES! There was a mid-ceremony pinky-swear AND rock-paper-scissors… YES! There was even karaoke!
Christen and Leigh chose Hawaii for their wedding because it’s a half-way point between his home (Australia) and hers (Wyoming). Though they booked us almost two years before their wedding, we never met them in person until the day of their karaoke co-bachelor/ette parties in Kona. Holy moly, was that one heck of a way to start off a week like no other.
On the morning of the wedding, Christen and Leigh went with their “crew” to swim in the salt-water Love Pond on the grounds of the Mauna Lani. Cold, purifying, and a great initiation into marriage! After getting ready in the hotel, they were wed on the beach with a sea turtle slumbering not 50 yards away. They celebrated on the Mauna Lani lawn with glow-in-the-dark bocce ball, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, cupcakes, cigars, and karaoke. But even after that, the party wasn’t over! We took a full-day road trip around the Big Island with Christen, Leigh, and some friends to see Volcanoes National Park. Then, on the Fourth of July, Christen and Leigh were selected by the Mauna Lani to be a part of their Sea Turtle Independence Day turtle release! I’ll have a separate post or posts with some of those photos later. For now, enjoy these photos from their wedding day, and don’t forget to read Christen’s account on Offbeat Bride.
Wedding Service by:
Turquoise Pearls: North Atlantic Art on Etsy
Turquoise Buttons: LiD Designs Supplies on Etsy
Red Sox Garter: Garters by Kristi on Etsy
Brooch Bouquet: Bride’s mother-in-law
Dress: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Shorts: Volcom from Dogfunk.com
Venue: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows
Photographers: Persimmon Images
Wedding Bands: Kathryn Riechert on Etsy
Want to see more? Watch their wedding slideshow!