Exactly one month has passed since Drew and I tied the knot, feels suiting to relive the day and share with everyone a few special photos from what truly was “The Best Day Ever” here on Oahu with all of our closest family friends.
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To start off with, this was a very hands on, DIY wedding, with some of the most fantastic help out there. For anyone looking to have a wedding out here on Oahu, Kualoa Ranch is both affordable and stunning. There are several wedding venues at the ranch, however the Paliku Gardens was an instant hit for both Drew and I. With the jaw dropping mountains on one side and the ocean with Chinaman’s hat on the other, it was an easy pick. Next came the catering, our good friend and wedding planner highly recommended Beaches and Backyard, and after meeting with Vanessa the owner and trying her food I instantly understood why. We got to pick out exactly what we wanted with B&B right down to the cheese table for dessert! Next up…the flowers, done by the beautiful Alanna Madrid. I have had succulents on the brain for the entire year we were planning our wedding, plus as many King Proteas we could add to the mix, and she not only put together the perfect combination of the two she went above and beyond. Being the Outdoor Junkiez hippies we are, I wanted to use as much green as possible, and not just that, but green we could reuse and enjoy for however long we can keep our plants alive. Fast forward to today and we’ve got two air plants floating in their clear bulbs, and too many succulents to count on the shelves, coffee table, and nightstands. She even created my Haku lei with baby succulents all throughout, pretty damn perfect if ya ask this succulent obsessed wife.
We continued to use our friend’s and their many talents to ring in a kick ass Emcee and DJ, father / daughter photographer duo Eddie and Nicole, custom Aloha shirts for the boys by Roberta Oaks, handmade earrings by Katie P, and of course my superwoman mother who I spoke with almost everyday up till the wedding who helped plan from thousands of miles away. I’ll spare you the rest of the details, however if any of you Junkiez are looking to get hitched out here on Oahu and need any tips / advice please let me know!
The day of was hectic to start, a lot of moving parts, with helping hands comes a lot of direction and “Uhhh well we will just figure it out!”. But once the dress was on, the beer was cracked, and the lawn games we set up, it was nothing short of a perfect day. The fact that I got to wear a dress with massive pockets was my all time favorite accessory, in there I had a pair of sunglasses, our vows, some lipstick, the first “Jane” in our family history’s handkerchief, and alas, a beer for Drew for our “first look” photos. The day was a balance of wedding traditions, and doing things the “Jane and Drew” way.
After one more dose of A/C in the dressing room it was time for the Big Walk. We suited up, the bridal party went hand in hand, and away we went. Our flower girl had the most epic Flower Girl Meltdown, the kind that you could only hope would happen on your wedding day. After punting orchid after orchid while power walking in her golden sparkly Pumas, she had had enough and tossed those buckets down with a vengeance. I can’t thank our good friends Dave and Jenny enough for letting us have Sophie rock the show and set the tone for my turn down the aisle. As for the vows, that’s where tradition turns to more “Jane and Drew”, my Uncle John was the officiant and has been and always will be one of the funniest, kindest humans I know. He shared with us memories of both Drew and I, both that had me laughing hysterically, but then came Drew’s surf poem….
Afterwards it felt like we time traveled, we ate, played games, had the most heartwarming speeches by my father Jamie, my father-in-law Scott, my sister Sally, and Drew’s Best Man Tarik. Then came the chance for open speeches, this is that moment you hold your breath and see if anyone has had one too many, ready to storm to the mic. Quite the contrary..we had Drew’s Vavoo, who kept his speech short and sweet and left me with the kindest gift I could ever ask for, a photo of Drew from when he was 5 that he’s kept in his wallet for the past 23 years. Next up we had Dave, our former boss and close friend (Sophie’s Dad) who hates giving speeches, so to say that we were honored by his words is an understatement, and finally we had Aunt Missy…who had no idea what she was going to say as she walked up to the microphone, but ended up killing it with the best quote of the night. She described talking to Rebecca, Drew’s mom, on the phone, wanting to get the details on me (your normal Auntie job) when Drew and I first started dating, where the line came “Well…she’s Drew, in a dress.” Mic….drop..
After all the talking, and all the eating, it was to the dance floor…and dear God did we literally tear that dance floor up. Backflips and breakdancing, the worm, my father getting so low during shout that he went full jitter bug and couldn’t get back up. It was a sweaty hot mess that ended with none other than Semisonic “Closing time” and a champagne shower. Our driver aka my Mother and Father, took us up to Turtle Bay where I had my one and only meltdown of the night trying to get room service as I pulled the typical bride card and didn’t eat as much as I should have. Looking back there’s not one thing we’d do differently, except maybe try to barter our way to continue the dancing past 11! We cannot thank everyone enough for their generous support that was not just given on that day, but for the past 5 years of being partners in crime and for many more to come.
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So now where are Mr & Mrs Outdoor Junkiez off to next? We will be heading to Sri Lanka, and Thailand for the Honeymoon and New Year! We will be blogging away and will keep you all updated on our OJz abroad extravaganza. Expect lots of elephants, curry, and hopefully a sloth bear or two.