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Monday, August 30, 2010

Our Hawaiian Wedding

August 30th, 2000

Hello Ladies! It's hard to believe it, but hubby & I have been married for 10 years! It sure seems like yesterday!  I have a funny little story to tell you. We first me on a blind date, that I almost backed out on at the last minute, as I was so nervous!  Well, that night he mentioned that Hawaii was his favorite place to visit.  Not just any island, but the island of Kauai, and he went there every year!  Why does this matter?  Well, for years I had dreamed of a Hawaiian vacation, specifically to the island of Kauai!  I had always heard what a gorgeous and special place it was, and I was beginning to think I would never get the chance to go there. Also, I had always said that if I ever got married, I would want to get married on the beach in Kauai!  So I about died when he said how much he loved it there!  Of course, I didn't mention any of this that night! (imagine if I did?  He would have been running for the nearest exit!!).  I didn't reveal any of this to him til after we were engaged!

So, you guessed it!  We got married at sunset on the beach in Kauai!  It was such a magical day! There was even a sailboat in the background (maybe you can see it), almost as if we had planned it! I have goosebumps just thinking about it!  Our Hawaiian minister said some of the vows in Hawaiian, then he translated them to English.  I think the Hawaiian language is just so beautiful and lyrical!!

We were fortunate to get to attend our friends' wedding a few years later there, with "our" minister officiating!  We have since visited all of the Hawaiian islands except for Lanai, and Kauai is still our very favorite!

Barefoot on the beach!  Hubby wore a "maille" made of fragrant leaves that traditionally was worn by Hawaiian royalty during special ceremonies.  I wish you could've seen my bouquet! The most gorgeous orchids and stephanotis.  And a few tucked in my hair,too!

Love this silhouette!  I loved my dress, too!  It was a very simple ivory chiffon dress (but so me!), with a long chiffon scarf that fluttered in the breeze! I sure wish I could still fit into it!!
The flowers you see here were impatients.  They were huge!  Sorry the picture quality isn't that great.  We don't have these digitally, and we don't have a scanner, so I had to take pictures of these photos.
Our cake was delish! And covered with tons of fresh orchids!
Thanks for letting me share a bit of our special day with you!  And a big thanks for your thoughts and prayers for hubby's recovery from his knee surgery last week.  He is starting to feel alot better.  We will be glad when he is off crutches and can get around better!

Hope you all have a great week!


Christine said...

Donna, what a beautiful wedding! Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. I love your wedding dress-very lovely...Thank you sharing these.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Happy Anniversary Donna! Looks like a beautiful place for a wedding. I'd love to go one day.

Morgane @ Bear,Dolly and Moi said...

happy anniversary, your wedding was beautiful!

NanaDiana said...

Happy Anniversary Donna! What a special wedding...what special memories...what a special couple! It looks like something out of a fairytale! I think you are even prettier today than you were then...although you were VERY pretty back then too! You age well, girl! Diana

Cindy Adkins said...

Happy Anniversary, Donna!!!
WOw, these are such gorgeous pictures...dreamy and breathtaking!
10 years--that is fantastic! Wishing you both love and health and happiness, dear friends.

mizdarlin said...

Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing!

Leo said...

Donna - happy anniversary. Lovely photos. What a nice story - seems like it was meant to be. Your dress in fabulous...and Kauai - my husband and I love it there too.

Arlene said...

Donna, Happy Anniversary to you two.. I haven't been to the islands, but would love to see it all.
Thanks for your comments on my blog.

Debbie said...

Happy Anniversary Donna~what a wonderful wedding. Your photos are amazing!!! What a lucky girl you are!!!
I found some vintage fabrics at a sale, and wondered if you could use them...they are just pieces...but with your talent, I'm sure you could find something to do with them...if not...that's okay.

Karen said...

Oh, the memories you two have! Beautiful pictures, although I've seen most of them. Maybe not the cake....it looked wonderful!

Happy Anniversary to you both!

Love, K

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Donna,
What a beautiful love story. You looked so lovely and still are.
Happy Anniversary.


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH Donna~ what beautiful photos...such a great looking couple! Happy Anniversary!

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

What a wonderful and romantic story. You all were just meant to be! Lovely photos too!
Please drop by my blog as I have a surprise for you!

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish

Wendy said...

Your wedding was BEAUTIFUL!! :) Congratulations on 10 years!!! :)