My Wedding

I noticed that a lot of people had a “wedding” page. I found this to be kind of weird but hey! I liked my wedding so why wouldn’t I want to share it like everyone else?

we did have a pretty cool wedding after all….

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As stated in the about me section on this blog, Colin and I were Married on May 23rd 2011 in Waimanalo, Oahu on Angels Bay beach. We were married through Above Heaven’s Gate by a crazy coot named Captain Howie – yes, its true, that is his real name. We chose a sunrise ceremony on the beach and couldn’t be happier.

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Well I could be happier….our wedding experience wasn’t everything we had hoped for but hey, we were married alone, on a breath-taking beach and it was sooooo very romantic. I think all weddings are probably the same – everything moves by you so fast and when I think back we did share a lot of laughs and good times on this very special day <3

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We didn’t have any family come with us and a lot of people think we’re crazy although, a lot of others are envious. Here’s the deal – maybe things would’ve been different had we not already owned a home together and had a son together, but then again – maybe not. I am an attention lover and I also love dancing and a good excuse to party but to be honest whenever I pictured confessing my love to Colin I just saw us, alone and intimate. I am very close with my family but I think because we told everyone prior to leaving, everyone had a chance to openly express their feelings and everything worked out great. So, No regrets! I loved our private ceremony. I just wasn’t crazy about the captain 😉 lol

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I am just so thankful that Colin & I had the opportunity to go to Hawaii and get married there.  Not many people can say that! (although with the amount of newly-weds we met there, maybe a lot of people can say that, lol) We had such a great time on the island and dream of going back one day to get our vows renewed in front of anyone who wishes to attend :)

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Anyway, our wedding was beautiful, heartfelt and memorable. The time we spent with the photographers and crew were some of the best from that whole day and if you’re interested the following are some more of our favourite pictures….

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In the end your wedding is just one day of the rest of our lives together and as long as you pick the right person, you’ll have many more memories that will surpass the day you committed to each other through marriage.

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We have a relationship mantra and it goes like this:

ACCEPT, COMMUNICATE, GROW

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EDIT: I receive way too many emails requesting reviews of my wedding experience with the Capt. So I will summarize my thoughts here – TRUST your gut. Yes, I picked him, was it the worst day of my life? no. Was it the best? no. However, it is what it is and perhaps it’ll work for you, perhaps it won’t. The bottom line is trust yours and your partners initial thoughts. If you are scouring the internet for a negative review, you will surely find one. So it is ultimately your choice. TRUST. 


41 thoughts on “My Wedding

  1. You have the most gorgeous, fantastic wedding pictures EVER! You are so amazingly pretty! (And Colin looks pretty great, too. 😉 ) Beach weddings are so romantic.

    • That’s too bad about your photo budget. We didn’t have any choice of which photos we picked, because it was a destination wedding, so we had to put our trust in the company and we know there were photos we would’ve enjoyed more than a few they selected, but overall, it’s the day you have in your memories that counts 😀

    • That’s awesome!!!! and no regrets about getting married in Hawaii. I can’t wait to save more money so we can one day go back :) and congrats to you too!!!

  2. Your wedding is seriously my dream wedding. IF I choose to have family there, I just want our immediate families. Parents and siblings. No one else. And I’d love for it to be on a beach in the middle of nowhere. :) Thank you so much for sharing your lovely wedding experience with us.

    • Thanks you so much Gloria :) and you know what – having some immediate family with you is beautiful and fun too! it just wasn’t for us, I didn’t want any meddling parents ruining my day 😉 …..nor did I wish my son there :) hahaha.

      There are some beautiful beaches in Hawaii, but I’ve heard Australia’s are even better :)

  3. How have I not seen this before?? I LOVE these photos! The setting is beautiful, you two are beautiful, and you both look incredibly happy!

    • Awww thanks buddy :) (we’re buddies now) and our 1st anniversary is coming up. I wish I had the money to go to hawaii again :( but alas I don’t

    • if you are getting ready to book with him, I guess you’ve already made up your mind. Anything I say is just my opinion. I’ve sent tons of reviews to people but the bottom line is – I didn’t get what I expected.

      I hope it amazing for you :) xo

    • Hey Laura! I don’t know why I’m just seeing this now but yes I love that we went away :) Some people ask if I regret not having my family there, but as much as I love them, I don’t regret it at all :) so intimate and beautiful 😀

  4. Congrats on your beautiful island wedding! With your scrumptious body and awesomely unique dress I’ll bet it was hard for Colin to keep his hands on the outside of your dress! I know it would have been hard for me! LOL Anyway all my best wishes and prayers for a lifetime of companionship for you two!

  5. Capt. Howie married us Feb. 19, 2001 – my husband thought he was a little strange – but I loved him!! It wasn’t your standard marriage vows and I can almost remember ALL that he said!! We were married at the falls! Just thought I’d share that!

    • Connie that’s great news!! You know what. Your comment doesn’t surprise me actually. If I could sum up my experience with the Capt in one sentence it would be “He has been doing his job too long and doesn’t love it anymore” ….so I imagine a 2001 wedding would’ve been really exciting! I’m glad you had a good time :) We stayed on Waimanalo beach and I loved the location.

  6. Wowzers- why am I only seeing this now???

    I think you told me you got married here but I’m such a space cadet I think I completely blanked!

    Your pictures are gorgeous and I love your dress! And um, Captain Howie? REALLY? LOL

    I would love to stalk/attend your vow renewal when you make it back!

  7. Wow your pics are amazing…you look radiant! :) We got married 22 years ago and basically did the whole wedding thing for my parents..youngest of 5 kids, baby girl etc etc. I did it for dad which I don’t regret BUT I would certainly do it differently in hindsight. Oh and we had a great NB storm on Dec 16/89 lol at least our pics look nice with snow flakes. 😉
    Good on you guys for doing what you want!
    Denise

  8. Absolutely love ur pics!!! And loved how u summed up ur feelings about ur experience. I’ve been researching this place quite a bit. And have seen many wonderful reviews and just a few not so good ones. Anyways, do u have a recommendation on a place to stay? Affordable. And r there very many places to eat close by? I am just beginning to plan my wedding and it will just b the two of us. Our stories are actually quite similar. We have been living together for a couple of years and have a son together. Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated. Thank you

  9. I just came across this. Beautiful wedding. My fiancé & I have booked a sunrise wedding in almost that same location in November, but with a different wedding company. I am curious as to what the two of you did after your wedding with it being so early and just the two of you to celebrate? We are getting married without anyone there as well. I want to do something to celebrate afterward in our wedding attire. Brunch, day cruise, lunch, etc? Thanks for posting this. I came across it while searching for ideas after our wedding in the same spot :-)

    • Hey Rose! Thats great that you’re doing a similar thing….we stayed up for the ENTIRE day – we got married then went back to our beach house and took some personal beach photos (since we looked so nice lol) then we relaxed in the hot tub and went shopping in town and then headed off to a night luau – where we paid top dollar for the “royal treatment” it was exhausting but well worth it 😉

  10. Hey, I love your photos!! I am thinking of getting married july 2014. I am looking at going with captain howie also. Just wondering why you said you werent too fond of the captain? Would you say it is worth going through them and if not what else would be a great spot for a wedding in honolulu?? need help :(

  11. Love your pictures and your overall wedding story. I am recently engaged and looking to get married alone on the beach in Hawaii. How did you meet at the beach or start the wedding? Did you arrive separately or just drive over to the wedding and walk up there together? I’m struggling with planning some of the tradition and logistics and would love to get some ideas from someone who has done it and maybe felt a certain way about it. Thanks!!

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