A Kauaiian Wedding

Aloha! I’ve been back from Hawaii for over a week now and in total denial about being back in the “real world”.  I’d give alot to be back there in Paradise, eating Hawaiian food to my heart’s content! Alas, I don’t think I’ll be moving there anytime soon :)

The main purpose of our vacation was to celebrate with our friends, Richard and Sue, as they tied the knot on the stunning island of Kauai. Nearly all of the guests arrived on Monday, so Rich and Sue opted to host their wedding the day after, on Tuesday. That way everyone could enjoy the rest of their trip and do as they pleased.

(All pictures below are taken by me)

Gorgeous ceremony site on the lawns of the Westin Princeville

I adored their ceremony programs, with the cover featuring a beautiful picture from their engagement shoot with Chicago photographer, Jennifer Kathryn

The gentlemen standing at attention (that’s my hubby, Groomsmen #2). One thing I was slightly scratching my head about was why the wedding planner (a Kauai local) had the guys standing on the left side of the ceremony arch instead of on the right side, as we normally see here on the “mainland”. Maybe it’s a Hawaiian thing?  P1010760

Entrance of the beautiful bride
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I love this shot! I was impressed with my camera’s zoom, as I was sitting in the 3rd or 4th row.P1010774


Sue greeting her new Mother-in-Law… so cute!P1010788

Orchids, orchids, orchids!

My husband’s groomsman leiP1010738

Floral details at the top of the ceremony structureP1010797

A group shot of our group (4 couples) who attended the weddingP1010799

The infamous bridal-party-walking-forward shot. I think I’m gonna be a wedding photographer now… KIDDING!!P1010811

Probably my favorite shot of the whole wedding… it looks like Sue has some Hawaiian secret service agents carrying her train :)

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Reception at the gorgeous P1010822

An intimate reception – 5 tablesP1010844

Cake cutting
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First dance

Stunning sunsets…




  1. Have you ever attended a Jewish wedding ceremony where traditionally the bride stands to the right of the groom?

    Looks like a gorgeous wedding. I can imagine the adjustment of returning from paradise. However, I have an issue with destinations and the financial obligation it puts on the guests.

    • @ Winnie – yes, I actually have done Jewish weddings where the sides are switched… it’s just that my friends are in no way Jewish :)

      And yes, I totally agree that destinations definitely DO put a financial obligation on guests. Although I think most brides & grooms that plan them are understanding of the fact that many of their friends/loved ones will not be able to make it. Initially we were very concerned with the whole cost factor but decided to treat it as a vacation (with friends too!). After getting into that mindset, it was much easier to get excited about the trip!

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