Saturday, August 16, 2008

Mahalo!

Here's me and JonP on glorious Waimanalo beach, Oahu for our wedding. Eveything was perfect, the cd sounded good, everybody was lovely to us and there were no stresses (apart from the limo guy trying to charge us extra, even though we returned within our time limit: grrr!). Hawaiians really are the nicest people. The spirit of 'aloha', which means love, goes through everything they do and it's such a shock to be in such a caring and considerate community. Traffic stops to let anybody cross whenever they want and to let others through. People working in the service industry don't act like it's a chore to help you out or to answer your questions, and go out of their way to make sure you have a lovely time. For example, we went to The Cheesecake Factory (actually, quite a ritzy place, despite the awful name) the day after the wedding, and when they discovered we'd just got wed, they decorated our plates with sugar confetti and "Congratulations/happy/wedding/day!" drawn round the edges of our plates with chocolate sauce! Yes, we had 4 pieces of cheesecake, have you not seen us?

Thanks for the comment on the dress FP, it was indeed tricky to find a pretty dress for the beach: thank god for Monsoon! It's actually going to cost me more to clean the dress than it did to buy the dress, shoes, veil and underwear. The beauty of Ebay! The flower-wreath (haku) was probably my favourite thing, so delicate and pretty. We went to a luau (again, preferential treament) the following day and I got to make a haku from plumeria, which I kept in the fridge for the rest of the hols and every time we opened the fridge there was this gorgeous waft of frangipani.

I've listened to all the tracks and am going to get the husband to make me a copy, I'm sure he'll figure it out. He did walk in while Prefab Sprout was playing and went "Ugh, jazz!". We are so right for each other! Thanks for the creative artwork and the poem too, very touching indeed. Should you really want to see more pics, and should you have Facebook or Myspace, let me know and I'll add you as a friend.
















10 comments:

saneshane said...

hey ..you look so happy.
glad I'm able to keep my normal grrr @ life with this weeks subject!

but cheesecake factory.. my Ms might even marry me if I took her to a cheesecake emporium!

Abahachi said...

Awwwww.... All the happiness and good fortune in the world to you both. Guess you're not going to be in the mood for an Arguments thread just yet, unlike us cynical long-term marrieds...

ToffeeBoy said...

Lovely pics - looks like a magical location.

btw I think your hubby's Prefab Sprout comment is one of the greatest compliments I've ever heard - Paddy would be proud!

DarceysDad said...

Ha! The parallels between our weddings continue. As well as the email stories swapped recently, our version of the cheesecake visit was the sugar factory on Barbados: doesn't sound promising, but like you, when they found out we'd been married less than 24hrs, we were treated like visiting royalty!

alimunday said...

Congratulations to you both, TracyK you look beautiful!

TracyK said...

Damn it, it's just eaten my message! Anyway, trying to remember what I said before...

The pic on the left was taken on Waikiki beach after we had dinner, beautiful and all, but very crowded compared to Waimanalo, which you can see here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h73GyF0_gH4
Stunning blonde sand, turquoise surf, islands in the background, gorgeous!

I do think getting married on a beach is something special (back me up Rich!), our celebrant called it "the most beautiful temple in the world", and I'd agree with that. It was very easy to be natural and spontaneous, which I don't think I would have felt anywhere else. Hubby also managed to work a Peep Show quotation in, so he was happy too...

I still don't think Prefab Sprout are jazz though!

DarceysDad said...

Yup, donds to getting wed on the beach, Tracy. In fact, there's already been a wedding shot from my ceremony on The 'Spill:

http://readersrecommend.blogspot.com/2008/01/view-from-dd-desk.html

And yes I appreciate that's turf under my sockless toes, but take my word from it, we're less than 50ft from surf at that point.

TracyK said...

That's a very cheery looking wedding group DD, no sulky looking anyones! Can't say I'd expect anything less, mind.

Blimpy said...

Lovely pix!

Blimpy said...

I like your tomato tattoo, by the way!