SAY­ING I DO IN PAR­ADISE

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Three cou­ples rem­i­nisce about where they took their vows.

Leila Finn & San­dra Neuse

His­tory: To­gether 25 years, mar­ried on the 25th an­niver­sary of their com­mit­ment, Oc­to­ber 1, 2014 From: At­lanta, Ge­or­gia

Why Waimanalo Beach:

At first we were go­ing to get mar­ried on Waikiki Beach, but Leila’s sis­ter, who had lived in Honolulu for 10 years, pointed out that it would be busy. We didn’t want peo­ple wan­der­ing in and out dur­ing our cer­e­mony! Our of­fi­ciant’s web­site had sev­eral sug­ges­tions, in­clud­ing Waimanalo Beach. It was an easy drive from Waikiki, the scenery was spec­tac­u­lar, and it was rel­a­tively quiet.

Most mem­o­rable mo­ment:

The cer­e­mony. It was beau­ti­ful. We kept it very sim­ple, with two close friends, the pho­tog­ra­pher, and the of­fi­ciant, James Chun. He did a won­der­ful job, show­ing re­spect for the years we al­ready had to­gether and ex­plain­ing how mar­riage builds upon an al­ready won­der­ful and spe­cial re­la­tion­ship.

Ad­vice:

Let the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings be your back­drop—you re­ally don’t need any­thing else! Our friends picked roses up from a florist in Honolulu for a “flower shower.” Be care­ful what you take to the beach for this; some items aren’t al­lowed, like con­fetti or rice. Also, you do need a beach per­mit. Fi­nally, don’t stress over weather fore­casts. The weather in Hawai‘i changes quickly. Rain was fore­cast for our wed­ding day, but the sun came out and stayed out.

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