Anyways, We got married On October 6, 2012. The day started out cloudy and a little rainy apparently. However, I was too busy getting ready and rocking out to Pandora with my friends and family to even notice. I managed to have no bridezilla meltdowns. I got to the point where all I cared about was marrying Jon. One of our groomsmen actually tried to play a prank of us that he didn't pick up the pants from the rental place. My bridesmaid freaked out about it more than I did. I was about to have him borrow a pair of Jon's jeans. Haha. He was just messing with us anyways. Also, my groom decided to spend a little too much time doing shots with the boys. We were able to get 8 adult and 3 child females out of the house before he could get himself and 3 other men. Typical. Haha. One of my bridesmaids came up with the idea to all rock silly aloha shirts for the "getting ready" pic. Loved the idea :)
We got married around 4:00pm at Waimea Valley. A couple months before our wedding day, our pastor unfortunately passed away. Jon knew a pastor who lived in the condo complex who offered to step in and officiate the ceremony for us. He did an amazing job. One of my favorite memories of the day was when our ring bearer presented the pillow, which was a Patriots pillow pet, and he laughed at us. He said "and I thought I had seen everything!". We are serious about our love for the New England Patriots.
Our ceremony was short, sweet and to the point. It lasted about 15 minutes in total. After that, the guests went on to the cocktail hour and we started the photo session. We did the group pictures with our families and the bridal party.
Funny story about the bridal party pictures. When planning the wedding, the one part that was freaking me out the most was how unbalanced our pictures were going to be. Jon and I both only have sisters and I have four very close girl friends. So, I ended up with 7 bridesmaids and he only 3 groomsmen. Being a Libra and loving balance and all that, this was totally throwing me off. I figured out a way to line up everyone evenly with 5 on each side, which made me feel much better. As a joke to make fun of his OCD wife, Jon asked the photographer to get a picture with 3 groomsmen on his side and the 10,000 females on mine. It ended up being my favorite picture! Haha.
Then, we went across the street alone to get some shots at infamous Waimea Bay beach at sunset.
After the photos, we headed back over to join the party. Our theme was love birds, in tiffany blue and peach. Our moms set up the entire room and it looked amazing! We had a candy bar, and each guest got a favor box to go fill up. We DIY'd the invitations, programs, centerpieces, favor boxes and candy bar. Our first dance was Michael Buble "Everything". I danced with my father to "Have I Told You Lately?" by Van Morrison. My dad raised me listening to Van Morrison so it was a perfect song for us to dance to. I would've loved to dance to Brown Eyed Girl but my blue eyes kind of ruined that for us, haha. Jon danced with his mom to Landslide by Stevie Knicks. We also went ahead and led the dance floor with Gangnam Style because what would a 2012 wedding be without that? Its also worth mentioning that I specifically asked that guy NOT to smash cake all over the makeup that took precious time to happen. Photo evidence that he doesn't listen very well follows.
The whole night was just totally wonderful. Jon and I have been together now about 8 1/2 years and it is so wonderful to finally be husband and wife. We have seen each other through good, bad and ugly times. He is my best friend in the whole world and challenges me every day to be a better person. I hope that everyone reading this has someone like that in their life and if not that 2013 brings that person to you!
I will finish this post with a few pictures from our "staycation" honeymoon. We are going on a "real" honeymoon in April to Vegas. But, hi, we live in Hawaii, I'd say that's a worthy honeymoon destination!