I’ve known Kira for quite a while now, so spending a few days in Hawaii to document her marrying Luke was beyond a privilege. It was my first visit to Hawaii and it is EXACTLY as beautiful as on the television / internet / travel brochure you picked up. I can see why so many couples flock here yearly to tie the knot – absolute paradise. Kira & Luke are the kind of couple that you could sit down with on a couch to play some video games and basically never get up again. My kind of people, real, down to earth, generous and a little bit geeky.
Like so many destination weddings this was an intimate one, just family joined the couple for what has probably been my most relaxed wedding to date! I loved how effortlessly beautiful Kira looked on the day, the ultimate barefoot bride both in soul and attire. The entire wedding party stayed at the Kei Iki bungalows and the weather on the day itself just couldn’t make it’s mind up – rain, to wind, to scorching sunshine. But of course from the moment Kira stepped onto that beach for their authentic Hawaiian wedding ceremony – the skies were perfect.
The very sweet Hawaiian wedding ceremony can best be described as spiritual in my opinion – truly beautiful to witness the ceremony brings together not only the couple and their families, but land, sky and sea. One of my favourite things about what I do is witnessing all the different ceremonies and ways that people make their wedding ceremony their own. Kira & Luke also exchanged Lei’s during the ceremony – which draws parallels with a hindu wedding ceremony and something Todd and I integrated into our own nuptials back in February.
After the ceremony we mingled, gorged ourselves on Fresh island fruit, laughed, took photographs and in general just had an amazing time. Dinner was a traditional Hawaiian barbecue with all the trimmings – I’ve decided I could live off of huli huli chicken now! I was so sad to jump back on a plane to less warmer clients and leave behind this wonderful couple and their awesome families.