We are back from two glorious and amazing weeks in Hawaii. The main attraction, of course, was the wedding so I am going to start my week of blogging recap with that event.
About 10 days before the wedding, one of Kameko’s original bridesmaids was starting to flake so in a bold move, she fired her and invited Kelly to be a bridesmaid instead. We were thrilled to have both of Anthony’s siblings participate in the wedding.
Since the bridesmaids were free to choose any dress in a wine color, Kelly was able to go online, find the perfect dress and have it sent to her with expedited shipping with no problem. Kelly was a beautiful addition to the wedding party and looked fantastic in her dress.
My boy looked so handsome in the new suit that he bought from Macy’s.
He asked his brother, Zack to be his best man and two Hawaiian friends from college to be his groomsmen.
All 16 family members that rented the house together, the wedding party and a few assorted friends of Anthony and Kameko were a tremendous help in getting set up for the wedding.
From spending hours setting up the icicle lights, hanging paper lanterns in the trees, steaming wrinkles out of table cloths, setting up tables and chairs and helping clean up, it was a true family effort with everyone pitching in to help. We couldn’t have done it without all of them!
The ceremony was absolutely beautiful, with a back drop of the mountains behind the bride and groom.
It was a tear-jerker from the moment Carl and I walked down the aisle to 10,000 Reasons (a significant song for us as we sang this song on the day that Anthony was baptized while attending MN Teen Challenge) until Anthony and Kameko were pronounced husband and wife. One of the sweetest moments was to see Zack pat his weeping brother on the back while Kameko came walking down the aisle.
We provided soft drinks, beer, wine and the two signature cocktails for refreshments. Anthony’s friends all claimed that I was the boss cocktail master as they all thoroughly enjoyed the cocktails!
We had an authentic Hawaiian buffet meal and ate under the beautiful lights.
It was even more beautiful as night fell and the tables were moved aside for dancing.
It really was a picture-perfect day and things could not have gone more smoothly or more beautifully. I asked Anthony and Kameko what they would have done differently and they said “not a thing…it was absolutely perfect” and they loved every minute. So did all of those in attendance as well!
It was such a joy to celebrate their love and marriage in such a beautiful place. We are excited to see how the Lord will use them and their marriage to honor and glorify God. To Him be the glory for the great thing He has done in both of their lives and in bringing them together.