When I first met Christie and Mike, I of course asked them how they met....Christie first caught Mike's eye while they were both employed at The Kahala Resort. It's easy to see why this pair goes together so well. With Mike's shy and caring demeanor, and Christie's sweet and sunny personality, it was an inevitable match.
Leading up to their big day, the weather was anything but sunny. The night before their wedding I was trying to figure out how would I create beautiful images while it was thundering and pouring rain. I wake up the next morning and drive to the Hale Koa Hotel as the unpredictable weather continued. I figure I’ll roll with it and make the best of things, being as prepared as possible.
When Paula my assistant and I arrive to the hotel, for the most part it had stopped raining, leaving only a light drizzle. No problem, I tell myself. I can work around that :)
Paula and I divide and conquer to start our day's coverage. As I get to Christie's room all I see is a big smile coming from a beautiful bride who is excited about her wedding day, rain or shine!
Setting the day's stage, we start our outdoor photos. Going with the ebb and flow of the weather -the sun broke through, and we had a great session. Soon after we finish session 1, Mother Nature took control, and here came the rain again. The typically pristine and lush Hale Koa garden lawn was dotted with mud puddles. Guest chairs had to be wiped down numerous times, while everyone anxiously awaited the arrival of the bride, standing by for the "all clear / let's get started" signal from the Coordinator.
As for my Assistant Paula, the Officiant -Bishop Dean Okimoto shared with her, an inspiring thought provoking story, on the other side of the lawn, just prior to ceremony time. The story goes- Bishop Dean had been in a coma for over a month, and had gone through an out of body experience. He was greeted on the "other side" by those in his life who had departed, while he watched those loved ones still present, mourn over his motionless body in a hospital bed. Through the urging of his passed-on loved ones : his father, grandfather and his fiancee, he found his way back from his comatose state. From his near death journey he recognized that life is about enjoying the present moment, not longing for material things, or doing things to gain others approval. Life is about creating and living your true happiness. After Paula listened to Bishop Dean's story, just mere seconds later, the sun started to break through the clouds, and our glowing bride Christie, came into view. Nature's reminder to us all : enjoy the here and now.
As their wedding ceremony began, our groom Mike chose to share his vows to his bride in Japanese-Christie's native tongue. Laughter was shared between the two of them as Mike expressed his love for Christie, as Mike puts it, "even though she eats nato beans".
True love can weather it all ~ Congratulations to Mike and Christie !