christy & kris are such a beautiful and thoughtful couple. you would have thought we were the ones being wed, with the way they were so accommodating to us! we were forewarned that the weather would be pretty hot before we arrived on oahu and were pleasantly surprised that the climate was in the high- 80s with pleasant trade winds, a welcome change from the triple digit scorching dry heat and the fires we had just left in norcal. (must be the same way other folks view us spoiled bay areans when we claim it's "so cold" once the temperature drops below 65 or "too hot" once it climbs over 85.)
we began their wedding day by meeting up with christy and the ladies who were preparing at the sheraton waikiki, where the reception would be held later that evening. from their bridal suite, we had a great view of the ocean and the numerous sea turtles feeding on the algae surrounding the shore. we also had a chance to mingle with kris and the guys in their room, who were such a hilarious group to photograph.
the ceremony was held in waipahu, in what seemed worlds apart from the hectic "strip" of waikiki beach, at st. joseph. with a break scheduled between the ceremony and reception, we had plenty of opportunity to photograph the bride, groom, and bridal party. and unlike other couples who schedule their destination wedding in hawaii, these locals who call oahu home, wanted less beach and more of an architectural, urban feel in their images. we headed to the state capitol building in downtown honolulu. we were worried we'd be kicked out without the necessary permit once we saw the police officers guarding the state property, however, the aloha spirit was in full effect, since they were oh-so-kind enough to allow us full use of the entire building. soooo different from our state capitol!
the ballroom in the sheraton waikiki is probably one of the biggest we've seen yet for a wedding. as a way to start off their reception program, christy & kris performed an awesome routine which they called "the evolution of dance," showing off signature dance moves from different decades. the twosome had created a wonderful program, full of surprise games and lively entertainment, with the help of their fantastic dj/mc team, ninja entertainment. the final surprise was actually for the bride herself, as it was her birthday, and her new husband had purchased a cake to acknowledge his new wife's special day, along with their shared day. such a thoughtful guy!
congratulations, christy & kris! we hope you both enjoyed your trip to new york and europe!!!
wedding coordinator: geri simbahon of angelic creations
live entertainment by: epic session
shoes! hair/make up by: hairstyles by frank; makeup by glenda
the tiffany rings
flowers provided by: always flowers
butterflies were a theme throughout the entire wedding
kris primping with ed in the background
the lovely bride
heading to the church; transportation by: platinum limousine
what a beautiful day to be wed!
the guys cooling off
the bride and her maids
the entire entourage
inside the state capitol courtyard
alone at last
after 11 years...
the sheraton waikiki ballroom
more butterfly details; a candle to honor christy's late father
first dance: "evolution of dance"
celebrating the birthday!
a hilarious game where male partners are told by the ladies where to find certain objects in their handbags. check out how confused the guys are!
the winners of the handbag game became the winners of the garter/bouquet. but first, the guy needs to place the garter on his girlfriend... or is it?
a "hot potato" game with a dollar to win the centerpiece
let the dancing begin!
a photo with the newlyweds