SAYING I DO IN PARADISE
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.
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.