Aaron Hepps & Aaron O’Neill

Lei - - Love - IM­AGE BY Kelli Bul­lock

Kane‘ohe, Hawai‘i

Years to­gether: We have ac­tu­ally only been to­gether for a cou­ple months. The Navy brought my nowhus­band to where I am cur­rently sta­tioned in Jack­sonville, Florida. We started hang­ing out and feel­ings grew very quickly. His or­ders changed, tak­ing him to Hawai‘i, and af­ter a cou­ple days sep­a­rated from each other, we knew we couldn’t spend our lives apart.

The wed­ding: Orig­i­nally, we were plan­ning on get­ting mar­ried in Cal­i­for­nia, but I wanted to see Hawai‘i and have a beach wed­ding. We got mar­ried on my birth­day, and the whole thing was Aaron’s gift to me. We got mar­ried on a very pri­vate area of Ka­hala Beach. We had one friend come. The scene was awe­some, with trop­i­cal views and beau­ti­ful wa­ters.

Wed­ding tip: En­sure you com­plete the on­line mar­riage li­cense ap­pli­ca­tion a week or two in ad­vance and con­tact an of­fi­ciant prior to get­ting to Hawai‘i.

Plans to re­turn to Hawai‘i: The beauty of the is­land is amaz­ing. Ev­ery­where you look, it’s breath­tak­ing. And the lo­cals are so nice! I will be mov­ing to Hawai‘i this June. The mil­i­tary is al­low­ing me to co-lo­cate with my hus­band.

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